Nowadays the words “Tea Partier” is used to describe folks such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and even Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. But back in 1773 it meant something quite different. On this day that year, the Tea Act entered the lexicon as the British Parliament passed a measure as a way to help the British East India Company reduce its surplus of tea and get back on financial footing. As such, the tax on tea entering the American colonies stayed the same, while the duty on tea entering England was eliminated.
This did not go over well with the colonists who considered it yet another example of tyrannical British rule. Later that year they made that fact perfectly clear when the Tea Party, a group organized by Patriot Samuel Adams, dumped the tea cargo from three East India Company ships into Boston Harbor.
Also on this day in 2009, General Motors (GM) announced plans to discontinue an 80-year-old brand, Pontiac.
Today's birthdays include – Ulysses S. Grant, 18th U.S. president of the United States (1822); Coretta Scott King (1927), the widow of Martin Luther King and a renowned activist herself; Ace Frehley, Guitarist/vocalist for rock band KISS (1951), and Earl Anthony, considered by many fans to be the greatest bowler of all time (1938).
Here are six tips of the day –
1. The Marlborough Mayor's Fund, under the directorship of Mayor Arthur Vigeant, will be assisting the victims of the Monday, April 23 fire at the Lake Williams Condominiums.
2. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. This Sunday, April 29, the Westborough Tennis and Swim Club will hosting its third annual 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. More information can be found here – http://communityadvocate.com/2012/03/23/westborough-wtsc-walkrun/
3. St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Hudson will be hosting a free community supper on Sunday. April 29. For more information, visit www.stlukeshudson.org/communitysupper.html.
4. “Benedicite,” a choral concert, will be presented Sunday, April 29 at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury.
5. Here's a fun way to get some exercise – Zumba – while raising money for an important cause, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marlborough Hudson. More information on the Sunday, April 29 event is here –
6. It's golf season! What could be better than playing at a beautiful new course and having a delicious meal afterwards with friends? How about playing for a great cause – helping the Westborough VFW raise monies for much needed building renovations?