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Your New Year's Weekend in Dorchester

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 30, 2011 10:50 AM

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2012 is just around the corner. Here are a few helpful tips to make sure your New Year’s weekend is fun and safe.

Transportation:
After a night of fun and friends, eventually everyone needs to find their way home. On New Year’s Eve the MBTA will offer free service after 8 p.m. The T will also be offering extended hours Saturday night and Sunday morning. All trains including the Mattapan Trolley will operate on a normal Saturday schedule but the MBTA will be extending service until 2 a.m. Sunday to make sure everyone can get a safe ride home. Buses will also run on a Saturday schedule.

What to do:
Although a night of big and loud parties might not be your cup of tea, Boston.com has a complete guide to where the hottest New Year’s Eve bashes will be, along with some great tips for dining and kids’ activities. To get the scoop visit Boston.com’s New Year’s Eve Guide. If you are looking for a little family friendly entertainment NECN will bring the fireworks to your house with their Boston Family Fireworks celebration. Coverage of the 12-minute fireworks spectacular begins at 6 p.m. on NECN. Also don’t forget Boston’s annual First Night celebration which features everything from food to family activities from 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. Dec. 31.

Some may find it a little hard waking up on Jan. 1, but Dorchester has a ton of great things to do to start 2012 off on the right foot.

The Franklin Park Coalition will be holding their annual New Year’s Day Walk. The free event begins at 2 p.m. at the Golf Clubhouse, at 1 Circuit Dr. For more information or to RSVP click here.

If you are looking to wake up with a shock and support a good cause the Leahy-Holloran Community Center will be holding their first annual polar plunge at Tenean Beach. The event begins at 4 p.m. and registration costs $25, with all proceeds benefiting the community center. To find out more information or to register contact Craig Galvin craig@galvingroupre.com, Tom Leahy toml919@comcast.net or Robert Genduso robertgenduso@gmail.com

The Year in Review:
It wouldn't be the end of another year without a few of those lists looking back at the year that was. Boston.com has a few of them and they are a great way to look back at what went on in 2011. To find out what the top stories in 2011 were click here.

Email Patrick D. Rosso, patrick.d.rosso@gmail.com. Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.

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