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Fisher College
118 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02116

Stemming from vocational roots, Fisher College offers a wide range of bachelor degrees, associate degrees and medicalMore certificate programs.

The small school contains about 700 traditional-aged undergraduates and 650 continuing education students. Through both classroom and online teaching, students benefit from individual attention and challenging academics.

The college has grown significantly since being approved as a two-year institution in 1952. In 1970 it received accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Five years later it established the Division of Continuing Education, with branches in Boston, North Attleborough and New Bedford. The Fisher Online division, created in 1998, serves students from across the U.S. and world.

Snowden International School
150 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

This public high school serves grades 9 through 12, and requires students complete four years of the same foreignMore language. It's one of the largest inner-city high schools in the country to offer two Asian languages - Mandarin and Japanese - as well as French and Spanish. Students regularly take part in overeseas study programs, and faculty members include a Chinese exchange teacher.

Snowden was designated an International Baccalaureate world school in July 2010, at the time joining one other Boston school (Josiah Quincy Upper School in Chinatown) and 13 state-wide schools with the distinction. World-wide there are 3,001 schools in 139 countries, and the non-profit organization is recognized for high standards and leadership qualities.

Snowden also offers a wide range of sports, club and extracurricular activities. It was formerly known as Copley High School, and became Snowden International School in 1986.

Well-known graduates include two members of the popular 90's band New Kids on the Block. Daniel Wood graduated in 1987, and Donnie Wahlberg in 1989. Actor Mark Wahlberg, Donnie's brother, attended the school but transferred his senior year.

Bureau of the Census
4 Copley Pl, Boston, MA 02116

As the central office for New England, the Bureau of the Census in Boston has seen a hub of activity during theMore launch of the 2010 Census this spring. The collection, which occurs every 10 years, created thousands of temporary, part-time and permanent jobs across the country as people went door-to-door gathering information from people who didn't return their mail-in form. The first census took place in 1790 under Thomas Jefferson, and U.S. marshals visited homes on horseback and counted 3.9 million people.

The data is used in congressional redistricting and to determine the allocation of federal funding for needs like education, government programs like Medicaid, and the distribution of community and neighborhood grants.

The Boston bureau can provide everything from population estimates, to economic, social demographic and housing breakdowns. The website contains maps, links to state data centers for localized information, community facts, sheets for workshops and presentations, and even a kids' corner.

Brooks Brothers
46 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
Boston tour guides often point out this fixture of the Back Bay area, serving the neighborhood since 1928. The BrooksMore Brothers name, however, dates back to 1818, having long since established itself as the definitive high-end clothing store for men. In the past 30 years, however, the label has grown to include ladies fashion and, just recently, a young girls' collection has been introduced to complement its well-known line of suits for young boys. Walking into this immense corner store, one is greeted with an air of old world class. The dark wood paneling and vintage window dressings evoke a sense of dignity, warmth and tradition. Spread along the shelves and antique display tables are the famous non-iron dress shirts, vibrant silk and knit ties and a variety of decorative cuff links. Women might enjoy browsing the collection of professional footwear, blouses and fluid-stretch trousers. Nearly all items in the store are Brooks Brothers brand, except for a collection of Hartmann luggage and a new line of Levi's jeans designed especially for Brooks Brothers retail.
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