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The crocuses bent under today's icy intrusion, and people grumbled as they pulled out the snow shovels that had been optimistically stashed away for the season. But have hope, Hub: There were signs that the seasonal wheels were turning after all.
The crew of the USS Constitution shifted to summer -- yes, summer -- operating hours. (Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
In other nautical news, the folks down at Community Boating will be rigging its fleet of Cape Cod Mercurys and other vessels as they launch another season on the Charles today. There's extra excitement riverside this year because the organization is christening new docks and a new dock house, part of a $2.8 million renovation.
They didn't seem much bothered by a little snow nor the gloomy gray skies hanging over the city.
"We'll just shovel off the boats and the dock," said Tom Moore, operations manager for Community Boating, which has been helping youngsters and adults ply the river for 65 years. "We expect the diehards to come on down.''
And, of course, it's Opening Day for a highly-hyped Sox team. Hope springs eternal, and all that jazz.
The weather did cause a slight adjustment for the city of Boston. The annual launch of street sweeping, scheduled to begin today, has been delayed until Monday.
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