A guide to New Year's Eve in Boston

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff/file 2010

Our critics give their picks for what to do leading up to midnight.

Mansfield area, MA. 06/ 21 / 2011: Pilot Lt. Col.John Klatt, a veteran F-16 jet fighter pilot had a flight over Boston is in anticipation of his aerobatic performance presented by the Air National Guard, at the Rhode Island Air Show Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, Lt. Col. Klatt will hurtle his 350 hp plane toward the earth and heavens at speeds upward of 250 mph as he performs seemingly unrecoverable maneuvers that will thrill the crowd below. Second pilot in plane is Bill Kerns (cq) in the background .( David L Ryan / Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION : METRO TOPIC : 22flyoverphoto REPORTER ONLINE CUTLINE BELOW: Lieutenant Colonel John Klatt, a veteran F-16 jet fighter pilot, took a flight over Boston is in anticipation of the June 25-26 Rhode Island Air Show, along with pilot Bill Kerns in plane below. pow2011


Globe staff photos of the year

Boston Globe staff photographers were on hand to capture Boston news as it unfolded throughout 2011. See the best of the best, as chosen by Globe photo editors.

Ben Cherington

Red Sox Analysis

Ben Cherington’s patience is paying off

While other teams lavish money on 30-something closers, Cherington has landed two young late-inning relievers who will cost the team approximately $4 million in 2012.

ghters marched on their way tothe wake of fallen Peabody firefighter James M. Rice today in Peabody.

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Peabody honors ‘great firefighter’

More than 300 Peabody firefighters and police officers marched in a solemn procession to the wake for James M. Rice, who died after battling a fire last week.

Boston school relocation proposal is scrutinized

The Boston Finance Commission fears a plan to expand access to a high-quality schools was hurriedly hatched, resulting in unintended consequences.

BC is ordered to turn over IRA materials

A federal judge has ordered Boston College to turn over recorded interviews of a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army to federal prosecutors in Boston.

“There absolutely will not be casino gambling in any community that does not want it. The governor and the Legislature were slam-dunk clear on that point.’’

Stephen P. Crosby,  head of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission


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South Boston, MA., 12/28/11, Senator Scott Brown, cq, met with Boston Globe reporter Frank Philips at Mul's Diner for a chat. On the left is Marcie Ridgway Kinzel, cq, Communications Director. Section; Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Scott Brown seeks underdog role

The senator expressed confidence that he can win a full six-year term by persuading voters that likely opponent Elizabeth Warren is too liberal and uncompromising on a host of issues.


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Businesses get ready for first Celtics home game

Companies that depend on the popularity of the Celtics are gearing up for the team’s first home game tomorrow night after a 149-day lockout kept the parquet empty.


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2-24-11: Fort Myers, FL: Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish has a laugh while leaning on the cage while waiting for his trun to take batting practice. Spring Training workouts for Red Sox players took place at the team's Player Development Complex. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports slug:unknown Library Tag 05132011

Shoulder surgery will delay return of Ryan Kalish

The outfielder, who could see time in right field with the trade of Josh Reddick to Oakland, does not expect to be ready for spring training or the start the season.