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December 9, 2013 
In The News

Boston Herald, "Mayor-Elect Walsh Transition Forums To Gather Public Opinion On Issues," 12/9/13

Banker & Tradesman
, "ICON Architecture Leases 10,000 Sq. Ft. At 101 Summer St.," 12/9/13

WCVB-5 TV, "St. Anthony Shrine Holds Funeral Mass For Abandoned Infants," 12/6/13

Boston Globe, "Mayor-Elect Walsh Transition Committee Announces Public Meetings," 12/6/13

Curbed Boston, "103 Arch St. Residences Join Financial District Just In Time," 12/5/13

Boston Globe, "A Pair Of Mesmerizing Performances In 'Mies Julie' [theater review]," 12/5/13

This Week's Featured Calendar Events   
Celebrate Omni Parker House's Traditional "A Christmas Carol"

One of downtown's most cherished holiday traditions takes place this weekend when actor
Al LePage returns to the Omni Paker House to perform, for the 4th straight year, a special reading of Charles Dickens' Yuletide classic, "A Christmas Carol."
 


Commemorating Dickens' historic reading of
"A Christmas Carol" at the Omni Parker House in 1867--the first public reading of the story in North America--LePage impersonates 26 different characters in his rousing performance.

The reading takes place at 2 pm on Saturday, December 14th, in the Press Room. All proceeds go to the Greater Boston Food Bank; visit here for tickets and more info.   
Tea Party Reenactment On Saturday

Old South Meeting House, which recently restored its facade, celebrates the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party with its annual reenactment next Monday.



The stirring holiday tradition, featuring dramatic speeches by Sam Adams, John Hancock, and other legendary figures, takes place at 6:30 pm on December 16th at the museum. Tickets have sold-out, but portions of the program are open to the general public. Call 617-482-6439 for more info.
Meetings & Notices
Walsh Administration Transition:
Hearing On Basic City Services

The Basic City Services working group of the Mayor-Elect Walsh Transition Committee will host a public hearing at Old South Meeting House next Thursday, December 19th, at 6 pm.



All members of the downtown community are encouraged to attend to present their ideas as to how they would improve the City of Boston. Please visit here for more information about all aspects of the Walsh Administration transition.
NSTAR Parking Lot Reopened

With NSTAR's infrastructure project now complete, the parking lot at the NSTAR substation at the corner of Ave. de Lafayette & Chauncy St. has reopened.



Operated by Stanhope Garage, the NSTAR parking lot is open Mondays-Thursdays, 6 am-9 pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 6 am-midnight, and Sundays, 9 am-9 pm. Please call 617-262-0691 for more info.
Internships Available

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking interested students to help out with a variety of projects. Please send cover letters and resumes to info@bostonbid.org.
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BID Ambassador Services
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  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Providing walking escorts 24 hours/day: contact 617-261-0066 to arrange. 
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, etc. 
  • contact info@bostonbid.org for more.
Additional BID Services
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Featured Stories
Downtown Boston Holiday Market:
New Vendors Showcase

The fifth-annual Downtown Boston Holiday Market
has entered its second week, accompanied by a whole new set of artisan vendors!



Among this week's new vendors are Chrioph Swift (above) and his mother Susan Swift. The mother-son team manages Swift Farms, makers of 100% beeswax candles. For a listing of vendors participating in this year's Holiday Market, please visit here.


The Downtown Boston Holiday Market performers--the Downtown Boston Brass, Twilight Carolers, and Santa Claus (all shown above)--continue to spread joy and cheer daily from 12-2 pm. Visit here for the complete performance schedule.

In addition to the regular Downtown Boston Holiday Market performances, the Boston Globe's Santa visits the Walgreens emporium plaza at School & Washington St. this Wednesday, December 11th, from 11 am-3 pm. Look for the special Globe Santa van!
Callahan Tunnel Closure Starts Soon

To complete a full rehabilitation of the Callahan Tunnel, MassDOT will close the tunnel for three months starting Friday, December 27th.



The tunnel is set to reopen on Wednesday, March 12th, with significant penalties incurred if there are delays. Contact callahan.tunnel@state.ma.us for questions or comments.

Soon after the Callahan Tunnel re-opens in March, the MBTA will close the Government Center T Station for a two-year renovation. Please visit here for more info on the Government Center project.
Deals & Promotions
Final Day Of Macy's "Friends & Family"

There's still time to take advantage of Macy's fall 2014 "Friends & Family" sale!



Head to the store before 11 pm tonight to participate in the savings extravaganza, which features an extra 25% off on brands such as Hugo Boss, Cole Haan, Polo, and more. Call 617-357-3000 for more info.   
Ritz-Carlton Celebrates "Nutcracker" Season With Special Suite

For the third consecutive year, the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common hails the return of the Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" with the opening of its "Nutcracker Suite."



Designed and coordinated by Michael Barnum Studio and Be Our Guest, the luxury suite (above)
is inspired by the colors, costumes, and majestic performances of "The Nutcracker." The suite is available through Sunday, December 29th; please
visit here for info and reservations.       
PRC Hosting Holiday Parties

There's no more convenient location to host your holiday office party than Petit Robert Central, set above Summer Street in the heart of downtown.



The restaurant offers multiple dining rooms along with custom catering & entertainment packages. Contact 617-737-1777 for more info.

Mayor's Holiday Spectacular Continues

The 10th Annual Mayor's Holiday Spectacular
got off to a smashing start in downtown, with
free performances by Blue Man Group in the Downtown Crossing T station (below) and The Boston Pops in the Government Center T station
.



For a listing of all shows participating in the Holiday Spectacular, please visit here.
Arts, Entertainment & Events
Ribbon-Cutting At Sweet Tooth

Downtown's newest bakery, Sweet Tooth, now open in the Corner Mall, celebrates its debut this Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.



Mayor Thomas M. Menino
will present a check from the Office of Business Development to Sweet Tooth owners David Venter (above) and Glenn Quirion.
There will be a cake-cutting with refreshments at the ceremony, which takes place at 3 pm on Wednesday at the Corner Mall. All are invited to attend!
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