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A New Year’s standout in Needham

Maybe it’s because Boston makes such a fuss over New Year’s Eve. First Night, Boston’s annual Dec. 31 street carnival, is the first of its kind, after all, and has been emulated all over the country in the 36 years since its initiation. So perhaps it makes sense to think that anyone who finds themselves in Greater Boston as a new year approaches would make their way into the city if they want any kind of public hoopla.

Whether it is Boston’s presumed monopoly, or more a sign of the tight budgetary times, there aren’t a lot of other large-scale events celebrating the countdown and farewell to the old year in these parts.

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