Boy gets Lego dream
2012 brought its share of stories that made us feel good and downright inspired us. Here’s a look at dreams come true and the bad gone good for many locals this year.
James Groccia, 11, of Boylston got his wish for a LEGO Emerald Night toy train set. The company sent him the set free of charge after he wrote a letter when he was 8-years-old asking if he could still purchase the discontinued toy. James has Asperger’s syndrome and playing with LEGO toys can be therapeutic for him. Next
A prank gone right
It started as an offensive Internet prank. Internet trolls on 4chan and Reddit began nominating Horace Mann School for the Deaf to win a Papa John’s and Chegg-sponsored contest that would send pop singer Taylor Swift to perform at the school with the most Facebook votes. Some votes came from the 4chan users who thought it’d be funny to send Swift to perform for deaf students.But thanks to the pranksters, the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Allston is $50,000 richer. Swift caught on to the prank and decided to give the school a personal donation of $10,000, which was matched by the two sponsor companies as well as Cover Girl and American Greetings. Next
“You’re not special”
Wellesley High teacher David McCullough Jr. drew some attention with his speech to the school’s graduates in June, urging them to pursue their goals not merely to cross them off a list, but for what he called “the exhilaration of learning.’’ He told the graduating class that they are not special, a phrase that became a viral motivational truth. Next
Aerosmith gets back to its roots
As legendary as Aerosmith hasbecome, it seems the band has never forgotten its roots. In November, the band performed in front of their old apartment building in Allston. Among the massive crowd of fans were their old neighbors who cheered them on. Next
A new way to ride
Perhaps there’s no better way to motivate Bostonians to be more environmentally conscious that to provide the transportation to do just that. Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing system went into full force on April, and has been expanding its stations around Greater Boston ever since. Consider it the Zipcar of bicycles. Next
A little creativity may not keep you in school long enough to get a degree, but it could get you a viral video, a token dance move and a lot of publicity.
South Korean rap sensation PSY said in an online chat with fans in October that he somewhat regrets skipping classes when he was a college student a Berklee School of Music. In the late 1990s, PSY enrolled in classes at Berklee, and before that at Boston University. Next
Sweet dreams go a long way
24-year-old John Piermarini was relentless in pursuing his dream to bake, and deliver the sweets all over Boston. He quit his full time job and has been fostering his growing company Seet Idea. He and his team can be spotted sprinting through college campuses on their bikes dressed in orange delivering cookies late at night to hungry college students.
Lobster spared from dinner
A local market held a raffle for a 21-pound lobster but the winner declind the lobster feast. Instead, the crustacean was donated to the New England Aquarium.
Federal and state authorities have passed stricter regulations to protect the reproductive capacity of large lobsters, because they are important for breeding purposes in the wild. Next
Mayor Menino vs. Chick-fil-A
The mayor of Boston vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company’s president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.
Mayor Menino later admitted that he probably couldn’t do anything legally to prevent the fried chicken sandwich chain from opening downtown. Still, it was an interesting moment that gaind traction among other city officials across the country.
Pictured: Mia Finterman and Gwendolyn Griffin kissed as they join several dozen people at a Chick-fil-A in Birmingham, Ala., for a national same-sex kiss day to protest Chick-fil-A executive Dan Cathy, who was quoted as supporting the traditional family unit. Mia, who is heterosexual, came to support her gay friends. It is not entirely clear whether Chick-fil-a has definitely ended its financial support for groups that oppose same-sex unions. But a statement issued by the company in September just months after its chief spoke against gay marriage, indicated it planned to keep its distance from the more controversial views held by its Southern Baptist owners. Back to the beginning
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