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Five Things: City Residents Given Chance to Skate at Fenway

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 14. Here are five things you need to know today:

1. It should be partly cloudy today, with temperatures in the mid 40s. The overnight low is 33 degrees.

2. City of Boston residents will have a chance to ice skate inside Fenway Park for free this winter. The city is giving away close to 3,600 tickets to residents this Saturday, Dec. 17, for either one of two free skates on the Red Sox rink – on Sunday, Jan. 1, or Monday, Jan. 16. The city is giving away the tickets from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis at 16 locations throughout the city, including the Blackstone Community Center in the South End. If interested, make sure you read the full rules – such as the proof of residency requirements – before heading down.

3. The for 655 Tremont St. has been scrapped by its developer due to neighbors’ complaints, according to Boston.com. Developer Clayton Turnbull withdrew his application for a variance with the Zoning Board of Appeals and no longer plans to pursue the project, according to the news source. Turnbull had intended to present his plans at the Pilot Block Neighborhood Association’s meeting Thursday night.

4. Don’t forget: more than 40 locally-owned shops and a handful of restaurants in the South End will have deals from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. All participating shops will be taking 15 to 20 percent off almost all merchandise, while restaurants will be offering special prix fixe options. There will be free parking at 500 and 540 Harrison Ave. during the event. . Also, stop by , from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., or Washington Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., to hear carolers sponsored by Washington Gateway Main Street and the Friends of Peters Park.

5. There will be a regarding the for the city of Boston at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Quincy School cafeteria. The meeting will address districts in the South End and Chinatown.

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