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Contest: Win a Free $25 Seamless Gift Card

1/31/2011 01:23:00 AM 1 Response
It's been a long time since I've given anything away, so I guess this giveaway is long overdue.

The nice folks over at Seamlessweb are sponsoring this one and are giving away two $25 gift cards.   If you haven't heard of seamless, you should check them out.  The guys that I'm staying with in NYC, use them every single weekday to order dinner.  I'm not exaggerating. 

After two successful years in New York City, SeamlessWeb is bringing its Free Coffee Days promotion to Boston! From February 1st – 4th, the online food delivery and takeout ordering service will hand out over 10,000 free cups of coffee all around the city from a SeamlessWeb branded truck.

To coincide with this promotion, SeamlessWeb is launching a social media photo sweepstakes where people can Tweet or post to Facebook a photo of their free coffee to win $100 in food. In addition, SeamlessWeb is offering new customers $5 off by using the code FREECOFFEE ($10 minimum purchase). Visit the Free Coffee Days site
to find the locations to receive your complimentary cup of joe and full details about the photo sweepstakes:

Besides handing out free coffee, SeamlessWeb
is always available for people to order delivery and takeout from over 380 restaurants in the Boston metro area. 


Ok, so here are the rules.  This one's a little more complicated than usual.  Email me with the following information:

In the Subject Line:  Seamless Contest
In the Email Body:  How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?  And where do you get your coffee?

Everyone who emails me will get their name entered in a drawing for one of the two gift cards.  IF you want a 2nd entry, retweet my tweet about this contest and then include your twitter screen name in the email you send me.  I'll add your name in a 2nd time for the drawing.   Contest Ends on Monday 2/7 at 10pm EST.  

Click (here) to check out seamless.  


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Networking Cocktail Party - 2/2

1/28/2011 12:04:00 AM 0 Responses
I just recently was contacted by the folks over at the Boston Event Guide and they let me know about an upcoming networking event at Splash Lounge next week.  Sounds like a good opportunity to pick up chicks .... I mean network.  =)

Join Boston Event Guide and the Boston Networking Club, the Largest Social Networking Group at Splash Ultra Lounge to network on 1/26 as featured on FOX news and sponsored by Boston Business Journal. The Networking Cocktail Party will be from 6:00pm-10:00pm at the swanky Splash Lounge for a night of networking, cocktails, and light hors d’oeuvres. Bring lots of business cards.  You can win great door prizes including tickets to the BBJ Book of Lists, Summer Party Cruise, networking events and Restaurant gift certificates.

The BostonEventGuide.com hosts this event open to all young professionals in the Boston area.

Wednesday, February 2nd
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Splash
150 Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-426-6397


I just went to a networking event myself last night.  And now I have 2 new friends to poke on Facebook because of it. 


Click (here) to get more info.

PS.  That cocktail in the picture is a Pisco Sour.  In case you were wondering.



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Free Fish Taco @ Dorado Tacos - 1/31

1/28/2011 12:01:00 AM 0 Responses
Soooo, how about that snow, guys?  I went out and bought a new pair of snow boots today because if there's one thing I really hate, it's trudging through the slush without waterproof shoes - resulting in wet socks.  Gross.

On to happier things, like free fish tacos.  I checked out their website, these guys do it right.  I love fish tacos, but only when the fish is fried.  Grilled fish tacos just aren't the same.  Thanks to the folks at Dorado Tacos and the folks at Signpost.com, we can all get a free taco this upcoming Monday - 1/31.

Because there is little in Boston that's as delicious as a Dorado Baja California style fish taco, Signpost and Dorado are teaming up to give you one for free. On Monday, January 31st from 5:30pm-8:00pm, stop by Dorado and if you are a Signpost member, you will get a free Ensenada fish taco.

I think the best fish tacos I've ever had would still have to be from southern California.  But, I've got high hopes for these.

Click (here) for more details on how to get your free taco.



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Screening: Night Catches Us

1/25/2011 10:54:00 PM 0 Responses
The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc., in association with The Roxbury International Film Festival, Future Boston Alliance and Night Life Executives presents a one-time only New England screening of NIGHT CATCHES US. Directed and written by Tanya Hamilton, the urban family drama stars Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”), Kerry Washington (“for colored girls”), Jamie Hector, Wendell Pierce and Amari Cheatom and features a score by The Roots. This screening begins a series of events leading up to the 13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival in July 2011.

In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.

Screening: Night Catches Us
Date: Thursday, January 27th
Location: The Stuart Street Playhouse (200 Stuart Street, Boston)
Tickets: $8.00 General Admission (ticket stub can be used for discounted tickets at the Roxbury International Film Festival)
Run Time: 7:30PM

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Nebo’s Superbowl Snackdown Italian Recipes

1/25/2011 10:48:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm looking forward to Superbowl Sunday.  I'm not sure yet if I'm going to be in Boston or NYC, but either way, there's going to be Bon Chon involved.  And the folks over at Nebo sent over a couple of Superbowl recipes those that want to do a little cooking.

Carla & Christine Pallotta, the deliciously eccentric owners of Nebo Restaurant in
Boston’s North End have devised a winning game plan for your Super Sunday Snackdown.

STEEL TOWN SAUSAGE BURGER (Serves Four)

Ingredients:
1/2 lb ground angus beef
1/2 lb sweet italian sausage , out of casing
1/4 cup Romano Romano
Pinch of salt and black pepper
2 large onions sliced
3 tbl spoon butter
4 Ciabatta rolls
4 slices of provolone
4 slices of skillet fried pancetta
4 tbl spoons of pesto aioli

Ingredients:
1 cp. Mayonnaise
1 cp. Arugula chopped
1 cp. Fresh basil chopped
2 tbls. chopped garlic
1/2 cp. pine nuts
4 tbls pecorino roman
11/2 tbls lemon juice
Salt
2 cps. Extra virgin olive oil

Preparation :
Put all ingredients in a food processor except the oil .Cover and pulse. Put food processor on and slowly add olive oil into mixture until fully incorporated. Mix beef ,sausage, salt.pepper and roman cheese together. Form into 4 patties. Brush the burger with oil grill on medium heat until brown for appr. 5 minutes. Flip the burger and top with provolone, grill 5 more minutes Toss and repeat . Cook until golden. On ciabatta bread layer 1 tablespoon of mayo pesto,burger with cheese, pancetta, caramelized onion and arugula.

CHEESE HEAD MAC-N-CHEESE

Ingredients:
11/2 lb penne
1 cup wild mushrooms (such as porcini,shitake, oyster)
1/2 cup of pancetta cut into small cubes
3 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup flour
8 oz. Goat cheese
1/2 cup fontina
1/2 cup mascarpone
1 cup of pecorino Romano
Salt
Pepper
3 large egg yolks
3 tbls. Butter melted
1cup of day old bread crumbs
2 tbls olive oil

Preparation
Combine crumbs and oil. Heat in skillet until toasted. Boil pasta until al dente. Drain. Preheat at 375. Remove from heat,adding goat cheese,fontina,1/2 of the romano cheese,salt and pepper. In another bowl,whisk egg yolks with 1 cup of sauce, return to sauce pan continuously whisking. Stir in mushrooms and pancetta. Pour pasta in baking dish,pour sauce over and sprinkle with rest of Romano and toasted bread crumbs. Bake for 45 minutes and bubbly. Cool for 15 minutes.



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Sam Adams Brewery Tour & Infinium

1/24/2011 11:35:00 PM 0 Responses
Media rep DanDan swung by the Sam Adams Brewery last week for a tour led by Jim Koch himself and also got a sneak preview of their new Infinium beer.  Here's what he had to say:

I stopped by the original Sam Adams brewery to get a backstage tour of the Boston Brewery from founder Jim Koch, along with a sneak peak at their new offering, Infinium. As a home brewer (and beer drinker!) myself, I understand how difficult it is to make a completely new beer style that adheres to the German Beer Purity Law, that nothing can go into a beer besides the four basic ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water. Through three years of collaboration with the world's oldest brewery, Weihenstephan, Koch and Dr. Josef Schradler have done it (and their work has actually resulted in a patent!). The result is a crisp, champagne-like beer, with hints of fruit (banana? apples? grapes?) and a unique, malty finish. Definitely unlike any beer I've tried before, and without doubt something worth trying, especially for the craft beer drinking novice! And, if you haven't had a chance to check out the home of the America's largest craft brewery (clocking in at right around 1% of the overall market), you should see where these world class beers are made.


To infinium and beyond!  Ok that was a bad pun.  But, not as bad as some other ones that I know.  What do you call a midget psychic that has escaped from prison?  A small medium at large.  ZING!


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Dropbox Online Storage

1/24/2011 11:31:00 PM 3 Responses
I've had lots of online storage accounts in the past, I would sign up and then totally forget about them.  But I just recently downloaded Dropbox and it's been pretty useful.  There's an application that I downloaded onto my macbook and then an app that I downloaded onto my iPhone and I've been using it to store magazines and books (pdfs) to read - I've been reading a lot of finance/interview books lately.

Then, one of my friends got sick and a bunch of us decided to put together an online scrapbook of photos, and so everyone uploaded photos to a shared folder on dropbox so that we could put the scrapbook together quickly.  Pretty useful. 

They give you 2GB for free.  I recommend you check it out. 

If I was willing to pay the $200 a year for 100GBs, I'd use that to host all my music rather than my desktop server.  More convenient and probably a lot safer in terms of backup. 

Click (here) to checkout Dropbox.



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Presale: Katy Perry @ TD Garden - 6/18

1/23/2011 11:20:00 PM 0 Responses
I don't like her second cd nearly as much as I liked her first one, but this will probably still be a great show - high production value.  Tickets are going to go fast. 

Katy Perry
TD Garden
Boston, MA
Sat, Jun 18, 2011 07:30 PM

Onsale to General Public
Start: Sat, 01/29/11 10:00 AM EST

American Express Presale
Start: Sat, 01/22/11 10:00 AM EST
End: Fri, 01/28/11 10:00 PM EST

Presale preferred password:  8005253355

Click (here) to get tickets.


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The Pretty Reckless @ Brighton Music Hall - 3/3/11

1/19/2011 11:25:00 PM 1 Response
I'm already expecting backlash from this post, but I'm going to post it anyway because I've listened to the Pretty Reckless cd and I think it's actually pretty good.  I remember posting about Nickelback tickets a couple years ago and one reader told me that I have terrible taste in music and that I should drink bleach and die.  Harsh right?  I thought so.

The Pretty Reckless
Brighton Music Hall
Boston, MA
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 07:00 PM

The lead singer is that little sister character from Gossip Girl.  I forget her name.

Click (here) to get tickets.



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Dewar's Discovery Scotch Tasting - 1/27 to 2/5

1/19/2011 11:14:00 PM 0 Responses
I went to the Dewar's Scotch Tasting event the last time they were around.  It was pretty fun.  We got to taste four different scotches and then also try to make our own "blend."  I don't know if it's going to be the same format this time around, but hey, it's free scotch.

Dewar's Discovery
In Boston @ The Loft
Jan 27 - Feb 5

Someone needs to tell the Glenmorangie guys to get with the program and hold a tasting.  =)

Click (here) to register for the Dewar's event.




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Julianne Moore Wins Hasty Pudding Award - 1/27

1/18/2011 11:04:00 PM 1 Response
I'm trying to remember the last movie I saw with Julianne Moore in it, and can't think of one.  Was she in something with Pierce Brosnan?  Actually, I was just reminded that she cameod on 30 Rock.  I remember that.  Well, she's going to be receiving the Hasty Pudding Award on 1/27.  

Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore is being honored at Harvard University as the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.


The four-time Oscar nominee is to receive her pudding pot at a Jan. 27 roast by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the nation's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.


Hasty Pudding Theatricals says Moore's talents extend beyond the film screen to her roles in Broadway productions and to her success as author of two children's book series.

Harvard Square is going to be hoppin next week.  I wonder who's going to get the men's version.

Click (here) for the article.





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Presale: Rod Stewart - 3/30

1/17/2011 11:18:00 PM 0 Responses
I remember seeing an episode of MTV Cribs that featured Rod Stewart's daughter. Other than that, I'm not familiar at all with his music.  I'm sure there are some old school songs that are his that I would recognize, but I can't name any off the top of my head.

Rod Stewart fans should know that an Amex presale just started for his concert in March at TD Garden. 

Rod Stewart
TD Garden
Boston, MA
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 07:30 PM

Onsale to General Public
Start: Sat, 01/22/11 10:00 AM EST

American Express
Start: Mon, 01/17/11 10:00 AM EST
End: Fri, 01/21/11 10:00 PM EST

Here's a password for the Amex Preferred Seating option: 8005253355.

FYI, you may need an American Express card to checkout.  I'm not sure though because I won't be buying tickets for myself, so I'm not going through the entire checkout process. 

Click (here) to get tickets.


 
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Happy MLK Day

1/17/2011 12:43:00 AM 0 Responses
If you have 17 minutes to spare.  Listen to Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech." 





 
 

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An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert - 3/4

1/14/2011 12:31:00 AM 0 Responses
OMG, an opportunity to see Anthony Bourdain in person!  I'm a big fan of No Reservations, so this is going to be a quite the event.  Tickets go on sale today at 10am EST. 

Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert
Boston Symphony Hall
Boston, MA
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 08:00 PM

I wish I had that job.  Traveling around the world eating great food.  Instead, I'm in NYC right now interviewing.  On the bright side, I had an interview this week - hopefully I get the job.  Otherwise, it's back to the drawing board.

Click (here) to get tickets.



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Paul Van Dyk @ Royale - 2/17

1/12/2011 10:42:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm posting this one in advance because I'm a big fan of PVD.  He's up there on my list of favorite trance dj's.  The only two folks ahead of him would have to be Tiesto and Armin van Buuren.  Paul Van Dyk is coming to Royale next month on 2/17.  Tickets are on sale now.  

Paul Van Dyk at Royale Boston
@ Royale | Boston, MA
Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM EST
presented by Royale Boston
Ages: 21 up

Click (here) to get tickets.


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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Dinner at Aura w/ Harry Karis - 1/20

1/12/2011 12:40:00 AM 0 Responses
When I quit my job to work on a couple of startup companies, I had to give up a bunch of luxuries.  One of those was wine ... my favorite type of which is chateaunef-du-pape.  So, I'm kind of excited about this chateaunef-du-pape dinner with Harry Karis that is coming up in about a week at Aura - 1/20.  Oh, and I'm also sad because I can't go. 

Aura Chef Rachel Klein pays homage to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and visiting author, Harry Karis and his book, The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book, with a multi-course menu featuring accompanying wines from the area (menu below).

Along with the cuisine, the highlight of the event will be a discussion with author Harry Karis. A self-described “late-bloomer”, Mr. Karis was fortunate to begin drinking more exclusive and rare wines in his late 30s. He ultimately became focused on the quality Southern Rhone wines, especially Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

WHO: Wine lovers, novices and experts alike!
WHERE: Aura restaurant, Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, Boston
WHEN: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Dinner featuring Author Harry Karis – Thursday, January 20th; 6 - 7 pm, cocktails & book signing, 7 - 9 pm, dinner & wine discussion

Châteauneuf-du-Pape WINE DINNER MENU

First
Pine Nut & Roquefort Tart
Young mache, truffle-honey vinaigrette
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos Mont Olivet (blanc)

Second
Moulard Duck
Red quinoa, marcona almond, medjool dates, 5-spice
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Vieux Telegraphe
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Monpertuis, "Secret de Gabriel"

Third
Duet of Lamb
Braised lamb shank & roasted lamb loin, parsnip puree, prunes, shaved grana padana, cinnamon olives, spinach
Cornas, Vielles Vignes, Alain Voge

Dessert
Almond Cake
Confit Thai chili and pineapple, Beaumes de Venise sabayon
Muscat Beaumes de Venise, Baumalric


I've had both of the ones being served with the second course, they're both excellent.  I think my all time favorite though is one from Chateau de Beaucastel.  That one is amazing. 



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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks - 1/15

1/10/2011 11:14:00 PM 0 Responses
Probably still a little cold to be visiting national parks right?  Then again, what do I know; I'm not outdoorsy at all.  Coming up this weekend (MLK weekend) starts a series of free entrance days in a bunch of our national parks.

America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

* January 15-17
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
* April 16-24
(National Park Week)
* June 21
(First day of summer)
* September 24
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)

I clicked around and it looks like there's lots of parks in the MA area.  Although, I've been reading that tomorrow is going to be Snowpocalypse Part II.  Soooo, those parks might be rather snowy this weekend.

Click (here) for more info.


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Ben Affleck Giving You The Finger

1/09/2011 11:09:00 PM 0 Responses
I really enjoyed this picture, figured you might too.  And I suppose technically its the paparazzi that he's giving the finger to.  Pics are from the Superficial. 


Click (here) for more pics of the Affleck family.




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4th Annual No Pants Subway Ride - 1/9

1/07/2011 12:42:00 AM 0 Responses
Looks like I'm going to be walking wherever I need to go this upcoming Sunday - 1/9 - because it's apparently the 4th Annual No Pants Subway Ride.

The 4th annual No Pants Subway Ride in Boston will take place on Sunday, January 9th in the afternoon at 2pm at Alewife. Specifics may change between now and the event, so register at our Boston Flash Mob site for email updates.

You must arrive by 2pm to receive instructions and be assigned to a team. Wear 2 or more pairs of underwear to prevent embarrassing "wardrobe malfunctions" as well as to keep your bits from freezing! Bring a bag/large purse/backpack/tall hat/briefcase to hide your pants in when the event starts. To receive instructions and to be assigned to a team, just look for the people with the umbrellas that have an interrobang (see: symbol in profile photo ) on them.

There's more info on the site, and info regarding the afterparty as well.

Click (here) for more info.


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Chestnut Hills Macy's Closing Sale - Starts 1/9

1/07/2011 12:33:00 AM 1 Response
I used to do about 90% of my clothing shopping at Macy's - at the Downtown Crossing one.  Looks for the next few weeks, though, that better deals may be had at the one in Chestnut Hill.  They're closing it down.  

Macy’s said today that it is closing its store in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center as part of an annual review process by the retailer. A final clearance sale at the store, which begins on Sunday, will run for about 10 weeks.

The only unfortunate thing is that I wear a pretty common size, soooo stuff will probably sell out quickly.  Too bad I'm not really skinny or really fat.  Ok, I guess rather miss out on a sale than be really fat.  That being said, I need new jeans. 


Click (here) for the article.




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$1 Chowder at Legals on 1/11/11

1/04/2011 12:35:00 AM 0 Responses
Did you know that January is National Soup Month?  I just found out.  Who makes these things up?  I was just browsing the internet for other sorta made up 'holidays' or whatever you call them and apparently there is an 'Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day' and also a 'Take Your Daughter To Work Day'.  Ok just kidding about that 2nd one.  That one's been around since I was a kid (and probably before that).

Just wanted to let you know that there will be $1 chowder available at Legal's next week.

In honor of National Soup Month in January, Legal Sea Foods will be declaring a ‘Legal’ Holiday on 1/11/11: “Chowda Day.” Available at all Legal Sea Foods locations for the duration of the day, $1 cups (with purchase of an entrée) of their signature New England Clam Chowder will be served up as they have been at every Presidential Inauguration since 1981. On 1/11/11, it makes perfect sense to share Legal’s #1 famous chowder for only $1 a cup.

I made sure to bold the "with purchase of an entree" part because I don't want anyone coming back to me and telling me that they went to Legal's trying to order 9 cups of chowder and got thrown out thanks to me.

Click (here) for info on participating locations and stuff.





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Boston is the 8th Drunkest City in America

1/03/2011 12:17:00 AM 0 Responses
Probably a good thing that we didn't make the top of the list on this one. I'm happy for settling for top colleges and top running cities and other positive lists. We did however make it 8th on the list, which I personally believe shows that we're not wastoids, but we can still hold our liquor.

8. Boston, MA

Average drinks, per person, per month: 14.38
Percent of adults who are heavy drinkers: 7
Percent of adults who are binge drinkers: 20
Deaths per 100,000 residents from alcoholic liver disease: 1.3


I'm trying to decide if my friends and I fall into the heavy drinker category or the binge drinker category ... probably the latter.  Oh and if you're wondering, the #1 drunkest city is Milwaukee. 

Click (here) for the article.


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No More Alcohol Sales Tax = Happy New Year

1/03/2011 12:07:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy new year indeed. I hope this means my Glenmorangie and my Patron will be at least 6.25% cheaper.

Massachusetts shoppers soon will no longer have to pay the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on alcohol sold in stores. Come Jan. 1 the tax is set to disappear. Voters approved a ballot question in November eliminating the levy.

Alcohol was exempt until 2009 when lawmakers expanded the sales tax to include beer and wine sold in stores and use the extra revenue to help fund substance abuse programs.

Click (here) for the article.  


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