Region rings in 2022

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Hudson’s Downtown Business District welcome sign celebrated the approaching new year, Friday afternoon. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

REGION – Area communities are ringing in the new year today, welcoming 2022 and bidding adieu to 2021. 

Local police departments marked New Year’s Eve with messages last night, celebrating the then approaching new year while reminding community members to, themselves, celebrate responsibly.

In downtown Hudson, the Business Improvement District’s new electronic welcome sign blared its New Year’s message. 

Elsewhere, businesses, community groups and other municipal agencies are also noting the holiday.

2022 arrives after the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases prompted precautions particularly on New Year’s Eve, with a number of area groups putting familiar celebrations on hold. 

That included both the Westborough Public Library and the Hudson Public Library, which opted earlier this week to cancel planned “noon-year’s eve” celebrations. 

“We wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2022,” the Westborough Public Library wrote in a post to social media after cancelling their event.

On a regional scale, New Year’s Eve programming moved forward in both Worcester and Boston. But many events ran in abbreviated formats, with both organizers and attendees expressing concerns about the spread of the virus. 

“Stay safe in the New Year!” the Shrewsbury Fire Department said, this morning. “Have a Happy and Healthy 2022!”