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Celebrating two years of BOStoday
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BOStoday City Editors Jessica and Victoria | Photo by BOStoday team
Happy birthday to us. It’s been two full years of BOStoday bringing hyper-local + positive news straight to your inbox. Today we want to celebrate all of you, our dedicated readers and social media followers who help make the BOStoday community what it is.

As a little gift, we’re sharing some feedback from our readers and some of our favorite content from the past year.

Reader Feedback

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It’s no secret I love learning about local history, so getting to deep dive on the history of the lobster roll in New England was a delicious experience. Plus, getting to meet some of you and asking your favorite way to enjoy a lobster roll was the perfect side dish.

Sometimes it’s the little things, like getting to work with your dog — I got to sniff out New England’s first dog-bar with my pup Reyna and that was a doggone good time to share with all of you.

Getting people hip to the city’s thriving hip-hop scene is one of my passions, so of course I had to break out some of Boston’s best bars in honor of the genre’s 50th anniversary. Allow BIA, Cousin Stizz, Coi Leray, and STL GLD to energize your playlist.

Combine a lifetime of living in Greater Boston with a love of dogs and a little creative license, and you get Part 1 of my breakdown of Boston neighborhoods as dog breeds. Where are my fellow BU terriers?
What do you want to see more of in year three?

A. More new restaurant openings
B. More history
C. More sports coverage
D. More development news
Thursday, Nov. 16
  • Pottery with a Purpose Holiday Ceramics Class | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Lamplighter Broadway, 284 Broadway, Cambridge | $75 | This two-hour workshop provides all the materials to make pinch pots, coils, and more with a beer.
  • C.S. Pacat: “Dark Heir” | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $0-$32 | Register for this virtual event and receive exclusive trading cards with a copy “Dark Heir,” while supplies last.
Friday, Nov. 17
  • Plastic Dreams Monthly Vinyl Night | Friday, Nov. 17 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $10 | Saucy Lady will join DJs Emerson and Private Dancer for the monthly DJ night.
  • deadmau5 | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston | Prices vary | Doors to this 21+ event open at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Harry Potter Trivia Brunch | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 12-3 p.m. | City Tap House, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston | Free to attend | The eatery will transform into Hogwarts with festive décor and potent potions for a game of trivia.
  • Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 7 p.m. | TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston | Prices vary | Cheer on the B’s against the visitors from Canada.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • BrunchFit: Hot Girl Walk | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Joe’s Waterfront, 100 Atlantic Ave., Boston | $45 | Take a stroll with Boston Girls Who Walk and then grab brunch at Joe’s Waterfront.
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News Notes
  • Brookline community members voted to approve a hybrid of two proposals, which plan to rezone the area around Harvard Street to allow for four-story buildings with apartments and condos. The changes could lead to the construction of 1,540 new housing units. (Boston Globe)
Coming Soon
  • Brian Moy will open a new iteration of the decades-old restaurant China Pearl this winter. Moy’s family opened the establishment in 1960 and wants to pay homage to the rich history while reaching a new new generation and more diverse crowds, like with his other restaurants Shōjō + Ruckus.
  • The US Department of Energy is working to provide a cost effective way to support the energy grid when demand is high. The $50 million grant funded the installation of 2,000 small batteries in homes in Massachusetts to use temporarily until demand falls and can switch back to the power grid. (WBUR)
  • Somerville City Council members approved a plan to use cameras to monitor misused street parking spaces and send tickets in the mail. The solar-powered devices called SafetySticks will help prevent people from parking in illegal spaces for any period of time. (Boston Globe)
  • Massachusetts plans to expand financial aid programs that will benefit roughly 25,000 college students. The new MASSGrant Plus Expansion program will use $62 million in funding to help cover tuition, fees, books, and supply costs for eligible students. (NBC 10)
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Shake up your Friendsgiving plans with a cocktail class at Citrus and Salt on Monday, Nov. 20. Tickets are $45 and include a welcome cocktail, small plates to snack on, and instructions from Beverage Director Sarah Heimreid on creating delicious holiday-inspired cocktails from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
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