Thanking Veterans Today, and Every Day

Every year on November 11th, we remember the armistice, signed on November 11th, 1918, that ended the First World War. One hundred years later, it can be easy to forget why we celebrate this day of all days, as the living memory of that war fades. The fact is, thousands of young men from Boston’s neighborhoods, and from all across our country, put their lives on the line to defend our allies in the Great War. Today, the legacy of that courage and sacrifice is alive all around us -- in the men and women in our neighborhoods who continue to serve our country; the families who continue to sacrifice; and veterans who continue to make Boston the great city that it is. It is essential, this year and every year, that we acknowledge and thank these honored members of our community.

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Video: ‘Thriller’ Flash Mob with Boston Symphony Orchestra & Pops in Jamaica Plain

This Halloween in Jamaica Plain wasn't just costumed kids going from house-to-house asking for candy. This year, professional musicians and dancers made their way across JP creating flash mobs in an homage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Jamaica Plain's Hoopla Productions collaborated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops to produce several flash mobs for Halloween outside of Symphony Hall and in various locations in Jamaica Plain, said Hoopla's Mindy Fried to Jamaica Plain News. Hoopla Productions also organizes the popular Jamaica Plain Porchfest. Ali Pierre-Etienne choreographed the dancing, which was accompanied by the professional musicians, who also got into the zombie performance with makeup and some dance moves.

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Happy Halloween! Go Trick-or-Treating on Centre and South Streets

Not sure where to go trick-or-treating with the kids on Halloween? Then head to Centre and South streets where local stores will be handing out hundreds of pieces of candy. The 5th Annual JP Business and Professional Association Trick or Treat Halloween Stroll will be from 3 to 6 pm. "The last five years, the Trick or Treat Halloween Stroll on Centre and South streets was especially great," said Michael Reiskind, board member of JP BAPA, via email. "There was high energy in the business district and some businesses gave out over 1,000 pieces of candy.

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Boo! Halloween Festival in Hyde Square!

Looking for a fun family-friendly event on Halloween? Stop by Hyde Square Task Force’s 5th Annual Halloween Festival for carnival games, activities, arts, crafts and free treats! The Festival will take place on Halloween from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza (361 Centre St.). This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s ¡Viva el Latin Quarter! community events.

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Photos: 35th Annual Jamaica Plain Lantern Parades

The cold arrived just in time for Jamaica Plain's annual Lantern Parades this past weekend. Participants, some donning costumes, met at Jamaica Pond's Boat House on Saturday and Sunday, and paraded around the pond with lanterns in tow at dusk. You don't have to be young, or with a youngster (at least in a photo) to enjoy Jamaica Plain's lantern parades. This is the 35th year for the annual tradition presented by Spontaneous Celebrations and the Friends of Jamaica Pond. Some participants wore scary costumes, and the classic skeleton outfit never goes out of style.

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