Out with the old; In with the new

With 2019 just about history, we always tend to look back upon the year that has passed with an eye toward identifying what stands out.

This year’s big event above all, in every way, was about the completion and opening of the Encore Boston Harbor Casino andHotel last June.

It doesn’t get bigger than the casino and hotel investment here which stands at $2.6 billion.

Another big event is discovering through investigative reporting, that our mayor signed a deal (called a proffer)with the FBI/US Attorney’s Office to provide information about wrongdoing he was aware of and that he had been paying criminal attorneys as much as $10,000 a month to protect himself from prosecution throughout 2018 and into 2019.

This is not a lie – it is a big story that has not yet concluded for the mayor and some of his crew past and present.

This was a year for huge apartment projects to finish and to start, with about 1000 new units in total coming on line by the end of next year. And there are additional big real estate projects in the planning stages right now.

Dramatic new changes took place inside the School Department where a new superintendent has been chosen for the first time in 30 years.

This was a year when many of our readers lost loved ones – and therefor it is a year and moment in time many will never forget.

It was a year for births and a year for deaths.

It was a year for hope and a year of despair.

It was a year for poverty and it was a year for wealth.

It was a year of happiness and a year of sadness.

I believe the passing of time is said best by the 19th century German philosopher Schopenhauer:

“When we are young, we look forward to all the years in front of us. When we are old, we look back on everything that has passed. The only thing we truly own is the moment.”

Happy New Year to you all.

Thank you so much for your support.

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