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INSIDE OPERATION VANGUARD, BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER’S MASSIVE SECURITY DRILL

For any event organizer worth his or her salt, safety and security is always top of mind. In light of last week’s tragedy in New Zealand and today’s in the Netherlands, as well as many others — including the Las Vegas shooting outside Mandalay Bay in October 2017 — having an action plan in place in event of a security threat has never been more important.

Demonstrating this fact, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will host the one of the industry’s largest, most comprehensive active shooter exercises to date at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center this Friday, March 22. Operation Vanguard, as the exercise is named, is the result of...

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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The NAACP Will Hold its 2020 Convention in Boston

Boston will host civil rights leaders from around the country next year as host of the NAACP’s 2020 convention, the national organization said Monday.

In a release, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said it chose Boston as the site of its 111th annual gathering, noting that the city was “home to one of the association’s earliest conferences in 1911 and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation.”

It’s slated to take place in July at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and attract an estimated 10,000 attendees.

“The NAACP Boston Branch is honored to serve as the host Branch for the NAACP National Convention in 2020,” Tanisha Sullivan, the president of the NAACP’s Boston branch, said in a statement. “As the oldest Branch in...

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Making mark at Seafood Expo

BOSTON — By any conjurable measure, things seemed to be going pretty well for the sons and daughters of Gloucester as the second day the cavernous Seafood Expo North America approached high noon on Monday.

The traffic by and around the Gloucester Fresh booth was strong and folks appeared interested in what America’s oldest commercial seaport had to offer beyond the 2,000 lobster arancini that chef Todd Snopkowski and his SnapChef staff handrolled and handed out for the asking.

“We’ve really had a really good two days,” said Sal Di Stefano, the city’s director of economic development. “On Sunday, we set a record for the number of scanned badges of the people that visited the booth. I’d say at least 150. Of course, my policy is if they take a sample, they’re getting scanned.”

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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