Arianna MacNeill Boston.com Staff December 18, 2018 6:33 pm A Ferris wheel could eventually provide a new perspective to Charlestown Navy Yard. The attraction is included in one of six proposals to make the area more appealing to visitors, including performances areas, as well as new dining opportunities and recreational activities. The Boston Planning & Development Agency is reviewing the proposals; the process is in a public comment period until the end of the month. “After reviewing the public comments, we hope to move forward with some of the short-term proposals that do not require a significant build out in 2019,” the agency said in a statement to Boston.com. “We will continue to evaluate the feasibility of the long-term proposals alongside the community. Our hope is that any proposal selected will encourage residents from across Boston to visit and enjoy the Navy Yard.” Here’s a look at the six proposals the city received: Upton … [Read more...] about Ferris wheel part of proposal weighed for Charlestown Navy Yard
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Anneliese Abarth, the wife of Carlo Abarth, will be attending this year's Fiat FreakOut. The Fiat FreakOut is the Fiat Club America's national convention and the largest Fiat event of the year. This is the 35th year the Fiat FreakOut has been held and to celebrate the occasion; it is being held in Disney Land, Florida. Every year the FreakOut gets bigger and better, and this year is no exception. We have a mini itinerary of some of what's happening this year, but one of the big treats is Anneliese Abarth will be the keynote speaker. Read more about the Fiat FreakOut A lifelong car and racing enthusiast, Mrs. Abarth was by her husband's side and deeply involved in every momentous occasion, event, and race throughout the peak of the brand's most historic time. Anneliese Abarth is Brand Ambassador and actively represents Abarth & C. S.p.A. at many car events and international club meetings to communicate the brand's values and passion. It is fitting she is the brand's … [Read more...] about Anneliese Abarth Attending the Fiat FreakOut!
The 1946 Austin 10’s four-cylinder engine screams for all its worth as it crawls agonisingly up one of Funchal’s near-vertical streets. Reaching the crest of the hill, a moment’s respite is swiftly replaced by more screaming as we edge slowly down a steep descent. Fighting with the elongated gear lever, Joao Perneta – who with brother Paulo runs Two Ten Classic Tours, providing trips around the Madeiran capital in a fleet of classic cars, including two Austin Tens and a 1966 Singer Vogue – forces the non-synchronised gearbox into first. “The gears are challenging, you have to be an expert at double clutching,” he explains. Unwittingly, I start applying pressure to an imaginary brake pedal as we creep down the long hill. Noticing, Paulo thrusts himself forward from the back seat. “The brakes take longer to react than in modern cars so you have to be careful – they operate on cables, like a bicycle,” he explains. In … [Read more...] about Island paradise: Madeira’s love affair with classic cars
When a Boeing-made satellite launched from French Guiana in early June, it carried a kitchen table-sized battery designed to keep it powered during times when the Sun's rays were blocked by Earth's shadow. "We'd get a lot of angry phone calls if it stopped working," said Mike Mitchell, a Boeing project manager, about the communications satellite capable of providing homes across the nation with such services as XM Radio and DirecTV. "Once you launch it, you never see it again. It has to work once you put it up there."While many Americans may not think about how their television or radio programs make it to their home or car, this is the daily burden of engineers and technicians at Saft America, a battery manufacturing and research facility in Cockeysville.Workers there develop some of the nation's most high-tech batteries for use in satellites, weather balloons, rocket ships, military Humvees, fighter jets and even Formula One race cars. A Saft battery powered NASA's Mars Pathfinder … [Read more...] about Little known Cockeysville plant produces powerful batteries for satellites, military and race cars
Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, who is planning a $5.5 billion waterfront development in South Baltimore, is moving to buy the company that operates the city's Inner Harbor water taxis.Plank's firm Sagamore Ventures is expected to buy Harbor Boating Inc. as the city agrees to award the firm another long-term contract to operate passenger service around the Inner Harbor, with stops in Fells Point, Canton and other waterfront spots.It would be another line in a growing business empire that has expanded from athletic apparel into real estate, horse racing, whiskey and more.Sagamore hopes to expand the water taxi, adding new boats, longer hours, more stops, and an on-demand offering in partnership with Uber. Under Armour already partially funds the city's free Harbor Connector commuter boat service, and water taxis play a large role in the plans for Plank's massive mixed-use development in Port Covington."What we really want to do is make this a truly commuter-friendly service," said … [Read more...] about Under Armour founder Kevin Plank to take over Baltimore’s water taxis