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At its Annual Meeting on March 15, 2016, the members of the Belmont Tennis Club (BTC), one of the oldest tennis clubs in America, honored its venerable Groundskeeper – Charles T. “Chuck” Jennings. BTC President Alison Borelli’s remarks follow:

“Chuck, you are the Groundskeeper in name only – yes, you keep the Club in pristine shape, but you give so much more of yourself and your time. This is not part of your job description, nor are you compensated for it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if most members didn’t realize that you are not required to be there whenever the sun is shining! You could show up in the morning, ready the courts, and leave if you wished.

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But, you love this place, and you devote much of your time here. You take care of so many small issues that arise that, left unattended, would fester and become much more difficult to address.

In an abundance of good faith, from us (collectively, the “Wishor”) to you (hereinafter referred to as the “Wishee”), please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable  traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . and a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the Wishee (cumulatively, the “Seasonal Greeting” or “Greeting”).

By accepting this Greeting you hereby agree to be bound by these terms; THAT:

* This Greeting is subject to further clarification or revisions including, but not limited to, revocation; and

red_xmas_bauble1.jpgIn an abundance of good faith, from us (collectively, the “Wishor”) to you (hereinafter referred to as the “Wishee”), please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . and a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2014, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the Wishee (cumulatively, the “Seasonal Greeting” or “Greeting”).

By accepting this Greeting you hereby agree to be bound by these terms; THAT:

  • This Greeting is subject to further clarification or revisions including, but not limited to, revocation; and

Z greeting.JPGFrom us (collectively, the “Wishor”) to you (hereinafter called the “Wishee”), Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non- addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all…and a financially

successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the Wishee.

By accepting this greeting (“Greeting”) you are hereby bound by these terms that:

When it comes to cyber crime, a new CNN article makes a sobering assessment:

“There are probably some corporations and credit cards that haven’t been hacked,” said Kim Peretti, director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ forensic services practice. “But you have to assume you’ve been compromised.”
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Massachusetts business attorneys who are familiar with information and technology issues understand the importance of protecting consumer databases, trade secrets and other information stored on servers or in the cloud. Security breaches can cost companies millions and it’s becoming more common for companies to face lawsuits from consumers or to agree to purchase identity theft protection services for millions whose personal information was compromised.

In other cases, contract disputes and litigation can arise over online issues, shared technology or other disagreements. Consulting a Massachusetts law firm with the knowledge and experience to protect your rights can be critical to the growth and survival of your business.

A Cambridge man is facing wire fraud and computer fraud charges in Massachusetts after authorities say he hacked into a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer system to steal millions of scientific and academic articles, according to the Boston Globe. He is charged with unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and faces up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines if convicted.

“Stealing is stealing, whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data, or dollars,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. “It is equally harmful to the victim whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away.”

The defendant in this case has founded a political action group that advocates for free distribution of materials over the Internet.

The CNN report focuses on computer crimes committed for profit by large organized crime syndicates. The report indicates the criminal activity costs major corporations billions of dollars each year and that the criminals target the most sensitive computer systems of large corporations. It notes Sony had the credit card information of 77 million customers stolen and Citigroup dealt with the theft of $2.7 million from 3,400 accounts earlier this year.

And the thefts occur internationally, with the most advanced attacks often coming out of Russia. Many former KGB computer experts when to work for criminal enterprises after the Iron Curtain lifted in the 1990s. Many organizations have hackers who work in tandem — hacking into a company and passing the hack up the ladder as the complexity increases.

Credit card scams have decreased in popularity and profitability because there is a glut on the black market. The new target: corporate espionage and the theft of intellectual property. The sale of such information to competitors has become much more profitable.
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