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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005
9:46 am - Gyms in Braintree

This week I explored the two gyms in Braintree.

The Braintree Athletic Club is across from the South Shore Plaza and in the building that houses the Sheraton. It is a small area with a jacuzzi, a small indoor pool, and an equally small outdoor pool. There is a weight area that houses standard machine weight equipment and an alcove that has a complement of exercise bikes, step machines, elliptical and treadmills. In the lower level there is a studio room for classes and a racketball court. The studio room is about to be renovated, and Robin (the woman who walked me through the club) said that they planned on replacing the weight machines. The space is very tight, especially in the cardio area where some of the machines are close enough together that you might hit someone on the way out. However, the gym does not appear very busy. There was a sauna, which I think was coed. There was a steam room in the locker room. They offer towel service for free, and they do not have assigned lockers. You can either get a lock/key from them for your visit or you can bring your own.

The atmosphere when I was there was much more like a club than an athletic or fitness facility.

The price was for a single membership a $199 enrollment fee with at $59 monthly fee. Robin seemed willing to make deals, and was able to lower the enrollment fee to just the $24 processing fee.

The Bayshore Athletic Club is located at 14 Plain Street, a short walk from the T (they advertise it as about a half mile). It is a large facility of about 47,000 square feet, which has two cardio areas and extensive weight equipment. They have two classroom areas, offer cycling classes, and is generally designed for adults who want to get fit. It doesn't have a lot of perks of the Braintree Athletic Club. There are no pools, saunas, steam rooms or jacuzzis, and they don't offer towel service or locks - bring your own. Their machines appear to be mostly up to date models, and they have a babysitting room for moms and dads who want to still get in their gym time. The area feels like the bottom floor of a large factory and has a slightly unpleasant smell of a lot of workouts.

The locker room has very large lockers, but the shower area was obviously undergoing some renovations. There were still showers available, just not as many.

Bayshore Athletic Club offers what they call Wellness Classes at an additional fee, which includes a group walk/run and the yoga and pilates offerings. The fee is small at $5 a class, and you can pay for all the Wellness classes in a monthly fee. Their fees are a little odd. They offer prepaid memberships for a short a period as three months and for as long as a year. They also offer two different monthly payment plans with different enrollment fees: $99 plus $39.99 a month and $199 plus $29.99 a month, minimum 12 month commitment. I haven't talked to the people there fully, but it sounds like the enrollment fee is just for the first year and paying it allows you to lock in your price. Theoretically subsequent years would be much cheaper.

They also have a juice bar (they might offer other things, but I only noticed the juice stuff).

Both of these clubs open at 5/5:30 (Braintree Athletic is at 5:30) during the week and close at 10. Weekend hours are different.

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
2:11 pm - Adult education in Braintree

There is an adult ed program in Braintree (the site currently has them looking for instructors).

The course list for 2005-2006 will be posted in August.

For more info: http://www.braintreeadulted.com/

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004
12:02 pm - MBTA Capital Investment Program meeting - Monday!!

CIP Public Meetings Schedule

6:00-7:30pm Braintree Town Hall-Auditorium, One JFK Memorial Dr., Braintree, MA 02184 Red Line or Middleborough/ Lakeville Commuter Rail Line from South Station to Braintree. Exit the station to your left and walk to Union Street, turn left under the rail crossing to Washington Street. Town Hall is off Washington Street.

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Monday, November 29th, 2004
11:06 am - A neat story about Braintree natives

Woman gets marriage proposal during Thanksgiving Day parade

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
12:46 pm - More Braintree linkage

Braintree Info

Braintree info is a collection of links, and there are a few nice things in there, but the site is really, really empty. Maybe it is time to post these things at the library or something, so people know where else they can update information about their groups.

Of different activities:

Curtain Call Theater

October 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 p.m./October 19 at 2:00 p.m. is performing The Dresser, directed by Stacey Erikson

It looks like they are doing Into the Woods for the spring show and The Odd Couple for the end of April.

current mood: informative

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12:36 pm - South Shore Network

The site, which has listings for various groups, events, restaurants and more, is not exactly complete, but looks like a good place to start for activities in the Braintree area.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004
10:49 am - Braintree news, part 2

The Friends of Thayer Public Library are having their book sale Friday and Saturday (September 17 and 18) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Yesterday, they were still taking donations of books (looks like they take most books, but specifically not college text books), so feel free to bring books by today or call them first at 781.848.0405 to see if they still want more.

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10:25 am - Braintree news, part 1

Sweet Indulgence is now "The Shoppe."

It is also going to be open year round (and they have plenty of nifty little magnets to put on the fridge).


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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
10:14 am - Voting in the Primary

Today is the Primary, so it's time to go out and vote.

If you aren't sure whether you are registered or where you should go to vote, call the Town Clerk at (781) 794-8240.

For people who live near the Thayer Public Library (I live on Woodsum Drive), our voting place is the Hollis School, which is on the corner of Washington and Webster Street. To get there from Union, go to the light and turn right. (away from the supermarket). I don't know if it is on your right or left, but it is according to the Reference Librarian I spoke to, it is the second school like building on the street (ignoring Thayer Academy).

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Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
12:24 pm - Ice Cream shoppe (Sweet Indulgence)

The sign in the front of the shop has been changed. It now says that Sweet Indulgence will open on September 7th. Just for info, that's the same day that the public library switches to their Fall hours.

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
9:19 am - New Community (and some news)

I decided when one of my friends posted about something happening in Davis Square (Somerville, my old home) that Braintree (my new home) needs a community, a place to get some good information.

Without further ado, here are a few things to start out with, mostly for other people who are new like me.

1. Braintree Forum comes out on Wednesday morning ($0.75), and seems relatively informative. It sells out at all the shops, but the news kiosk at the T station actually still has a paper left a few days later. According to Town Online, the Braintree Forum currently costs $29 a year.

2. Thayer Public Library is open! It's down the road from where I live (a big plus). However, it only allows you to take out books for 2 weeks at a time (2 renewals). I am more used to 3 weeks at a time (2 renewals). But they have a decent video and dvd collection. I haven't had a lot of time to explore, but there seems to be a lot of stuff to look at.

3. Sweet Indulgence (ice cream shoppe) was renovated, and is supposed to be back open after Wednesday (August 18). I haven't had anytime to get a good look at what's up though. Their Monster Mash ice cream was pretty good when I had it (though the Apple Crumble was better).

That's a wrap up for today.

current mood: Braintree!

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