The 2014 Boston Marathon promises to be an emotional race for the entire city, and perhaps none more so than the 467 runners who received "special bibs" from the Boston Athletic Association. The Boston Globe reports these runners were selected on the merits of essays describing how they were impacted first-hand by the events of the 2013 Marathon. All entrants were vying for a very limited non-qualifying spot in the race, and more than 1,200 would-be runners submitted essays.
It's been a big week for transportation news here in Boston. If you're planning to fly back to Boston after the holidays--or travel to and from Logan Airport or East Boston in early 2014, don't plan on using the Callahan Tunnel. As of December 27, the Callahan will be closed until March 12.
Give the gift of reading this holiday season (and it can be our little secret that it was done on the cheap)! One of my favorite events, the Harvard Book Store Winter Warehouse Sale, is scheduled for this upcoming weekend, December 7 and 8 at 14 Park Street in Somerville. The sale will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and is free and open to the public.
The list continues to grow: Three more holiday markets offer even more opportunities to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your list. The wares at these three markets promise to be unique, unusual, and authentic. If you have a tricky gift recipient to buy for, or want to support local artists and small businesses, check out these markets.
Hanukkah starts early this year, the night before Thanksgiving (I've seen it rebranded as Thanksgivukkah around the Internet). Take a break from feasting and shopping to attend a Menorah lighting in and around downtown Boston - there are several to choose from this December (and earlier) around the city!
The annual lighting of the Boston Common Menorah will take place nightly November 27 through December 5, near the Park Street T stop facing the State House. Lightings take place at sundown between 4 and 4:45 p.m. each night. The lighting event is free and open to the public. In past years, attendees have included state legislators, the governor, and other local dignitaries.
It wouldn't be the holidays in Boston without our three most popular tree lighting events. Check out one or all this year to get in a festive mood.
Skip the Black Friday craziness this year with a memorable present from a Boston holiday market. The perks? Gifts that are unique, unexpected, and (often) one of a kind. An added plus? Proceeds go toward supporting your fellow Bostonians' (or New Englanders') local businesses. Check out my picks for 2013's best holiday markets in and around greater Boston.
Don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? No problem at all - many restaurants in and around greater Boston are open for the holiday and promise gourmet takes on the traditional feast. If you're staying in town and are looking for a memorable meal this Thanksgiving, these restaurants will fit the bill.
There will be no casino in East Boston, following a decisive strike down from neighborhood voters who rejected the proposed plan by a margin of 56 to 44 percent. The proposed $1 billion gambling complex would have straddled both East Boston and Revere, and proposals were being heard from developers at Suffolk Downs and Foxwoods, as well as from gaming magnate Steve Wynn.
Complicating the issue, however, is that Revere's voters overwhelmingly approved the casino, which leaves the current plan in limbo. Officials from the city of Revere and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are now evaluating whether the proposed development can take place solely within Revere's city limits, instead of both townships as included in the original plan.