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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Today was Sunday; this is 41, our next offering. I have liked them both, simultaneously. Some of you, no doubt, will be reading this issue asynchronously with how we have experienced it: on the brink of having your tax returns postmarked. For current New Englanders, you may be reading this on Tuesday as Monday is Patriot(‘)s Day. Therefore, the IRS has granted (on top of an extention already made because of the weekend) an extra day, because the filing hub for the area is in Andover. So, if you haven’t sent in your taxes early, you may be TurboTaxing all day Tuesday. If this is the case, many of you may not be reading this until Wednesday.

Good Wednesday to you.

For those who have the luxury of reading this on Sunday, the picture is current. As far as the issue is conerned, I think it is quite swell, and perhaps you will also. Now, if you are reading this column, you’ve probably already been through the preceding articles and reviews, and perhaps the on-the-town’s already. In a traditional print format, this would preface all of the offerings we have for this issue. However, this template for a journal is user friendly, open-ended, and self service. Chances are, you’ve already read what I would summarize for you. So, I offer a disclosure of my source for any real informaiton in this letter.

From the writer(s) of this entry at Wikipedia:

Patriot’s Day (sometimes spelled “Patriots’ Day” or without the apostrophe) is a holiday in the U.S. states of Massachusetts, Maine, and (to a lesser extent) Wisconsin. It is on April 19, in honor of the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, which is generally considered to be the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. In recent years it has generally been observed on the Monday nearest that date, to provide a three-day long weekend. Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April.

Very interesting. Read further:

The Boston Marathon is run on this day every year. Also, the Boston Red Sox traditionally play a home game on this date, typically starting at 11:00 AM. Many schools, elementary through high school, take the entire week off as “April vacation.”

Aha. This is good. Another footnote (that I didn’t write):

In 2006, because April 15 fell on a weekend, the IRS said that tax returns would be due on April 17. However, for those states which celebrate Patriot’s Day, the deadline is not until Tuesday, April 18.

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My contribution to Wikipedia has paid off, in more ways than one – I can write that off that 20 bucks next year’s returns.


Links:
Movie Forum Dot Com
Wikipedia – Patriot(‘)s Day

Image courtesy of the Movie Forum (Easter Parade); significant knowledge courtesy of Wikipedia.

For those that celebrate Pat’s Day, taxes must be postmarked Tuesday, April 18th


 

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Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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