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Some Bostonians prefer quiet, warm welcome to new year

Some sun block was needed for Don Chapelle’s ice sculpture on Boston Common by Tremont Street yesterday. Some sun block was needed for Don Chapelle’s ice sculpture on Boston Common by Tremont Street yesterday. (DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF)
By Meghan E. Irons
Globe Staff / December 31, 2011
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They will plunge into the icy waters of a Dorchester beach, trek 9-miles near Jamaica Plain, or quietly practice yoga to usher in 2012. Across the city, many Bostonians will trade tonight’s fireworks, concerts, and other First Night fanfare in exchange for quieter celebrations and intimate feasts with their family and close friends. Long associated with loud concerts, sloppy kisses and drunken revelry, New Year’s Eve is also a time to reflect on the year past and recommit to family, faith, and community, many across the city say.

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