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Top Stories for the Week of July 15th

The "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt Is On!

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is partnering with JetBlue Airways again this year for the 3rd annual "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt. It is free and easy to enter. If you find a marble on your favorite beach from Nahant to Nantasket, just take a photo of yourself with your marble, post it on Save the Harbor's Facebook page at and email the photo and contact information to

"In June we released marbles on the beach in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, Hull and in the Boston Harbor Islands" said Save the Harbor's spokesman Bruce Berman. "In July, August and September we will be releasing hundreds more at Better Beaches Program events from Nahant to Nantasket." You can find a complete list of this year's events at this post on Save the Harbor's youth and beach blog "Sea, Sand and Sky".

The "Simply Marble-ous" Treasure Hunt began in 2012 on the beaches of South Boston with a beach clean up sponsored by JetBlue in partnership with the Massachusetts DCR. In just a few short hours, more than 100 people did 5 weeks worth of work cleaning up the beaches. At the end of the day, the participants released their marbles into the water for Boston beach-goers to find.

Of course the marbles are environmentally friendly. "These marbles are made from glass, which is made from sand." said Berman."Its a great way to encourage people to explore and enjoy the Boston Harbor region's great public beaches."

More than 300 marbles have been "released" so far on Boston area beaches from Nahant to Nantasket by Save the Harbor's summer staffers and Better Beaches program partners already, so start hunting!

The first drawing will be in August, so start hunting - and stay tuned.

Severe Thunderstorms Ripping Through Southern New England

Southern New England could see some wild weather during the first half of the week.

The National Weather Service is predicting strong to severe thunderstorms. Each day will see an unsettled and wet weather pattern with heavy downpours, localized flooding and strong winds a possibility.

Parts of the area could see as much as 3 inches of rain between Monday and the end of the day on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Dry weather is expected to return on Thursday.

Free Zumba Classes on the Esplanade

This summer marks our fourth year of holding free Zumba classes at the Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade, in partnership with our friends at The Esplanade Association. The enthusiasm and energy of the crowds is always contagious, and we can't wait to get our dance on at one of the most beautiful locations in town! Classes are Tuesdays, July 15th through August 26th, from 6-7 pm. Refreshments provided by Neuro and CLIF MOJO.