See 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical' with Hull Park & Rec

Hull Park & Rec is offering tickets to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Musical” at the Boch Wang Theater in Boston for $25 per person. Price includes bus transport to and from the Memorial School.

Children 5 and up can attend the 6 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 9 without an adult present, but families are encouraged to attend together.

To sign up, visit the Park & Rec website at www.town.hull.ma.us or call Melissa, 781-708-6877.

State officials offer Thanksgiving travel outlook

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

Projecting a 15 percent to 20 percent increase in traffic volume as Thanksgiving approaches, with more than 1.5 million people moving through Logan Airport and a "very unsettled weather pattern," state officials are recommending travelers take additional time and caution this week.

"There will be a lot of extra travelers out there over the next few days and this week, and because of the nature of holiday travel, many of these travelers will not be everyday users of our transportation facilities. So if you are traveling, it's especially important to pay extra attention to your surroundings," Massachusetts Department of Transportation highway administrator Jonathan Gulliver said said at a press conference Monday at MassDOT's South Boston highway operations center.

All road construction will be shut down to accommodate the anticipated traffic volume, with crews mobilizing only for emergency responses, Gulliver said.

"For those of you who may not follow the forecasts as closely as many of us up here do, we are also in a very unsettled weather pattern over the next few days, so we are preparing for a wintry mix tomorrow, and then again it looks like we might get some of the same this weekend into Sunday," he said. "We have sufficient materials and resources and equipment to deal with the weather, but we also need the help of the traveling public."

Gulliver said free coffee will be available for motorists at 18 service plazas across the state, including on the Massachusetts Turnpike, from 10 p.m. Thursday through 5 a.m. Friday.

Coffee and fresh air can help a drowsy driver, but the best solution is to "pull over to a safe location and take a quick nap," said Jeff Larason, director of highway safety in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

Larason urged drivers to keep their cellphones out of sight to avoid distractions. He cautioned that safety officials are also focused on drowsiness and impairments like cannabis – the first two adult-use marijuana retailers in Massachusetts are set to open Tuesday – and alcohol.

"Many of you might know that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is commonly known as Blackout Wednesday," Larason said. "It's a time when a lot of people go out and celebrate. What we encourage people to do is if you're going to be celebrating over the holidays, plan ahead, get a ride share, a taxi, or use the MBTA so you can get to and from your destination safely and avoid the challenges of impairment."

MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez said the T will run a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, with a few exceptions including "enhanced" service levels on the Silver Line 1 route that serves the airport, and a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday and Friday. Commuter rail will have added capacity on selected trains leaving Boston Wednesday afternoon, he said.

Drivers traveling this week will find gasoline prices three cents lower than last week, with regular unleaded averaging $2.71 a gallon, AAA Northeast announced Monday. The average price per gallon a year ago was 18 cents lower, at $2.53, according to AAA.

Mass. jobless rate below 4% for 30 straight months


The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped slightly, to 3.5 percent, last month as the state added 4,440 jobs, labor officials announced Friday.

October marked the 30th consecutive month the unemployment rate had held below 4 percent. Nationally, the rate is at 3.7 percent, state Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.

“With the Commonwealth's consistently low rate of unemployment, the economy continues to add jobs at a healthy clip and our labor force continues to grow to meet employment needs, with an additional 169,600 employed residents and 5,200 fewer unemployed over the last year,” she said.

The educational and health services, construction, information, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, other services and professional, scientific and business services sectors all added jobs in October. Leisure and hospitality, financial activities, and government recorded job losses.

The total Massachusetts labor force in October was up 174,800 from the 3,658,100 people in October 2017.

–Katie Lannan/State House News Service

MBTA increases service capacity for Sox celebration Wednesday

By Chris Triunfo, State House News Service


The MBTA on Wednesday will run enhanced subway service throughout the day and provide additional capacity on certain commuter rail lines to accommodate the crowds expected to throng the city to celebrate the Boston Red Sox and their World Series win.

Subway services will operate at rush-hour levels from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday also marks the celebration of Halloween, which will make commuter services especially busy, according to MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez.

"Because the parade coincides with Halloween, we fully expect Wednesday to be a busy day in Boston and around the region," Ramirez said in a statement. "So, as a reminder, we’re asking people to please stay informed of service information. We want everyone to have an enjoyable day, so please be safe, be respectful, and enjoy the special day on Wednesday."

According to the MBTA, approximately 200 Keolis and commuter rail personnel will be at key stations to assist with wayfinding, boarding, and schedule information. Bikes will not be allowed on any commuter rail trains.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Fenway Park and will run on city streets near the following subway stations: Hynes Convention Center, Copley, Arlington, Boylston, Park Street, Downtown Crossing, and Government Center.