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2013 has been marred by yet another tragic event. The bombings at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent acts of violence have resulted in death, injury and perhaps for many, a general feeling of despair. It is times like these when acts of kindness are most appreciated.
Individuals and businesses, in Boston and throughout the country, have reacted, contributed and shown their support for those affected by the tragedy. Perhaps no show of support has been more selfless or inspiring than that of Ehab Sadeek, owner of a bagel shop in Winchester, MA. For Sadeek, an Egyptian Muslim, the Boston Marathon bombings were personal.
He told WBZ NewsRadio1030:
“They don’t represent my faith. They don’t represent my religion. They will not hijack my religion…Being a Muslim, I felt I cannot stay quiet about that.”
Ehab Sadeek is donating 100% of his shop’s profits to One Fund Boston, the foundation set up by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino to help those most affected by the bombings. Sadeek says he will continue to give the shop’s profits to the fund until the last victim is out of the hospital. If you’re in the Winchester area, stop by Bagel Land for a bite. If you can’t do that, make a contribution to One Fund Boston.
This morning we needed some batteries, so we were excited to give Portland startup Bettery a try. Bettery kiosks, located in select Whole Foods locations and at Portland State University, allow customers to purchase charged batteries and return them after the charge has worn out.
Founder Charlie Kawasaki got the idea from Redbox — the kiosk where customers can rent DVDs, Blu-Ray and games — but Bettery kiosks carry AA and AAA batteries. First use costs a customer $10 for a pack of four batteries and then $2.50 each time they want to exchange used batteries for freshly charged ones. Bettery also allows customers to recycle non-rechargeable batteries at no cost.
The company has six kiosks in Seattle and Portland and is in talks with other retailers in the Portland area as well as nationally. (more…)
…and a great day for a timelapse out the office windows.