New Year's Eve

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The season of “Auld Lang Syne” is fast upon us. As we sing the strains inspired by the Scottish poet Robert Burns, we remember the past year. We also look ahead to the new.

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This New Year’s Eve, we wanted to find out how some Rhode Islanders plan to celebrate. At Providence Place Mall, we found revelers browsing for party clothes and mall workers trying to find a little peace on their lunch breaks.  

At the mall kiosk where she works, Providence resident Hena Krinsky was philosophical about the New Year, “I can’t believe a whole year has passed already. It kinda sucks. Time’s flying!”

Krinsky had a lock of brown hair wrapped around a curling iron as she prepared for a night of bar-hopping, but she planned to stay away from bigger cities.

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From Westerly to Woonsocket, there's no shortage of ways to ring in the New Year. If you’ve yet to decide on where to sing Auld Lyne Syne, here are a few options you may have overlooked.

The Indian Association of Rhode Island hosts a party at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, where traditional Indian food and drink will be served to the sounds of Bollywood music.

For families with kids, The Providence Children’s Museum will provide materials to build noisemakers and musical instruments for an early New Year’s Eve celebration in the afternoon.

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St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve are the biggest nights for drunk driving arrests, so State Police are getting ready for one of their busiest nights of the year.

Authorities plan to increase patrols on the road by 50 percent on New Year’s Eve, and by about 30 percent through the rest of the weekend.

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It’s New Year’s Eve, and though there is no city-wide celebration in Providence this year, there are still plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in the state’s capital.

Providence’s ample restaurants and nightclubs have you covered if you want your standard New Year’s fete. For something a little different head over to performance space AS220 for a night full of live comedy.  For the more adventurous find out what the “Psycho-magical beach party” is at the Providence community space and nightclub Aurora.

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As the city of Newport rings in the New Year, it’s also culminating a yearlong celebration of Newport’s 375th anniversary.  

The city-by-the sea has been marking the milestone with lectures, readings, and concerts.  Organizer Steve Waluk said it’s provided residents an opportunity to reflect on the city’s history.  “I think that people who have lived in Newport for generations can appreciate the various impacts that the community’s had on Rhode Island history and U.S. history really,” said Waluk.

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State Police say they’ll be beefing up patrols during the upcoming New Year’s holiday.  State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell is urging motorists not to drink and drive.

State Police say they’ll use state Department of Transportation money to add extra patrols around the New Year’s holiday. Troopers will be raising enforcement for speeding, driving while impaired, aggressive driving, and texting while driving, among other offenses.

Rhode Islanders Get Ready To Ring In The New Year

Dec 31, 2013
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This New Year’s Eve, Rhode Islanders will celebrate in high style and low key. 

For the theatrically minded, there’s a masquerade ball at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and a Wizard of Oz-themed bash at The Dorrance in Providence.

There’s a band at Chan’s in Woonsocket, and Improv Comedy at the Firehouse Theater in Newport.

And even a New Year’s Eve group meditation session at the Zettmar Studio in Providence.

But some, like North Providence resident Nathan Hatch, will be staying home.