Justin Bieber draws crowds, meets a local fan in Boston
Boston Police were on Boylston Street Friday to tame the mob of mostly young women who waited for a glimpse of Justin Bieber after discovering that the pop star was staying at the Mandarin Oriental. Our sources tell us that Bieber escaped out of the back of the hotel that night and wound up spending his evening off with 6one7Productions guys Jeff London and Ace Gershfield, who hosted him as he enjoyed some local nightlife. Bieber was in town for a sold-out gig at the TD Garden on Saturday. One of a few local fans who got to meet him before the show was Jared Bedard, a Newburyport High School sophomore with Down syndrome, who raised $7,000 to fight atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors, the rare illness that took the life of another local Bieber fan, Merrimac’s Avalanna Routh . Bedard raised the money by singing and playing guitar at local restaurants such as the Orange Leaf. Those eateries wound up donating a portion of their proceeds to Bedard’s cause. Bedard’s mom, Karen, says the meet-and-greet with Bieber — which was set up through Avalanna’s family — was a short one, and that Jared didn’t get to talk to the singer, but that the show was great.