New Year’s Weekend: First Night Details, #FlashbackFriday, Marijuana Delayed, Self-Driving Cars

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Things to Know for the Transition Weekend into 2017!

Plan your New Year’s celebration:

Saturday, December 31

1:00pm Waterfront New Year’s Eve Sculpture Stroll & ActivitiesFourth Annual Waterfront New Year’s Eve Sculpture Stroll, a list of free activities have been announced, along with sites that include either ice sculptures or a variety of free refreshments and activities, more information on the full details of the programming.

2:30pm Blink! Dance Party at Faneuil Hall Marketplace  Faneuil Hall Marketplace is throwing a big outdoor dance party at the site of the Blink! Holiday Tree to ring in 2017. From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, the crew from MIX 104.1 FM will help to get the party started with dance tunes spun by DJ Karson from MIX’s morning drive team and hosted by Afternoon Drive’s Gregg Daniels.

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Remember! There will be no fireworks this year on Boston Harborthe New Year’s 2017 midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor were cancelled. There will be 7pm family fireworks on Boston Common and pyrotechnics at midnight at Copley Square. In fact, First Night 2017 will be mostly a Back Bay-only affair, more information.

MBTA Schedule for New Year’s Eve:

The MBTA will not collect fares after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve – Saturday, 12/31/16 and will have additional trains operating at rush-hour levels of service throughout the evening from 3 p.m. until approximately 2 a.m.

#FlashbackFriday to the Fireworks Display from First Night 2014:

News from Around the Neighborhood:

Mass. lawmakers approve marijuana delay bill

Despite the marijuana legalization law being approved by 1.8 million voters last month, state legislators approved a bill that will overturn significant parts of the legislation and delay the likely opening date for recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts from January to July of 2018, The Boston Globe has the full story.

A Cambridge startup has been given the green light to start testing a self-driving car on the roads of South Boston’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. The program will be confined to this specific area, and a person will be in the car ready to take manual control if needed, The Boston Globe has more on this new venture.

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