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Menino’s absence is felt as holiday trolley tour kicks off

A blast of confetti filled the night sky Friday as a wild cheer went up from the crowd in West Roxbury: Boston’s Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings had begun. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, a glittery elf, and a nutcracker wove through the throng in front of the Roche Family Community Center as Mr. and Mrs. Claus posed for pictures.

But one holiday mainstay was missing: Mayor Thomas M. Menino remained at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is undergoing physical therapy after an upper respiratory infection and a blood clot that traveled from his leg to his lungs landed him in a hospital bed in October.

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