$20 Bill, Solar Plane, CVS Express, & Greenway Food Truck Festival

Weekly Roundup 4.22

Top News: Harriet Tubman Placed on 20 Dollar Bill

Monumental changes are soon coming to US currency! Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Wednesday announced replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist, and also to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 notes.

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[NYTimes]

Tubman would be the first woman to be placed on paper currency since Martha Washington’s portrait was on the $1 silver certificate in the late 19th century.

“I’m very excited by it and I think it’s much bigger than just honoring one woman,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told NBC News. “This is about saying that our money is going to tell a much bigger part of our story.”

While Hamilton would remain on the $10, and Abraham Lincoln on the $5, images of women would be added to the back of both — in keeping with Mr. Lew’s intent “to bring to life” the national monuments depicted there.

According to the New York Times, The final redesigns will be unveiled in 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment establishing women’s suffrage, and will not go into wide circulation until later in the decade, starting with the new $10 note.

Under the Radar: Solar Plane Flies Around the World

An important event is about to occur that could have significant impact on the alternative energy world. A fully solar plane is planning a trip from Hawaii to the coast of California.

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[CNN]

According to NBC News, The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to leave Hawaii on Thursday to continue its circumnavigation of the globe using only energy from the sun. The crew landed in Hawaii last July but was forced to stay in the islands after the plane’s battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan.

The weather has an extreme affect on the schedule of the journey. The journey was scheduled to finish last summer, but because of weather and difficulties with the battery it has been significantly pushed back.

“Nobody’s done this before,” managing director Gregory Blatt said. “There’s no guidebook.”

The plane plans to return back to the Middle East, where they first started by late summer, which will be completing a 35,000-kilometer (27,000-mile) trip around the world.

Tool of the Week: CVS Express

Our tool of the week is definitely going to make your daily errands a lot less stressful. CVS announced on Thursday an investment in Palo Alto-based shopping startup Curbside, along with plans to further roll out to CVS’s 9,600 retail pharmacy locations curbside pickups powered by the service.

“CVS Express,” which will be accessible within its own CVS mobile application. This is currently available in 350 locations in San Francisco, Charlotte, NC, and Atlanta, GA, allowing customers to select from close to 10,000 SKUs — or about three-quarters of CVS’s inventory.

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[Tech Crunch]

Customers can place items in their basket while shopping from their smartphone app, then head over to their local retail location where the order is ready for pickup within an hour and brought out directly to their car.

“The thing that got us so excited about our initial pilots over the last summer — and that has continued — is that we see that over two-thirds of our customers who try it actually repeat usage of it in a very short period of time,” says Brian Tilzer, Chief Digital Officer at CVS Health. “Customers like it a lot.”

Around the Hub: Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival

The Annual Greenway Spring Food Truck Festival returns on Saturday, April 23 (rain date: April 30), a dozen trucks will line up between Milk and India streets from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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[BostonInno]

“We are excited about the expansion of the Greenway’s Mobile Eats program, which not only offers residents and visitors alike an array of food options, but also helps support local food entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Marty Walsh via the release.

Some new additions this year include:

  • Chik Chak(Middle Eastern)
  • Cupcake City(gourmet cupcakes)
  • Gogi on the Block(“Korean Fusion Food Truck — run by an actual Korean dude”)
  • Jamaica Me Hungry(Jamaican)
  • Munch Mobile(elevated street food)
  • Quebrada*(gourmet baked goods)
  • Roving Lunch Box(Savory & Sweet Hand Pies)
  • Sheherezad(Iraqi and Middle Eastern cuisine)
  • Walden Meat Co.*(local, sustainable and humanely raised 100% grass-fed beef burgers)
  • Walloon’s Fried Chicken (Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches and Hand-Cut Fries)

You can find these food trucks all over the city throughout the warmer seasons. The food trucks are involved in the Greenway’s Mobile Eats program, which served more than 640,000 people over the course last season. On weekdays, you can find the trucks primarily parked at Dewey Square Park Plaza, Dewey Square Park at Congress Street, and Rowes Wharf Plaza at High Street. Vendors can also be found at Chinatown Park, the Rings Fountain, the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, and the North End Parks at Hanover Street.

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