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The new year is the perfect time to make a few resolutions. Start with being more charitable, and you can also check off your wish to be more adventurous: At this month’s Maryland Polar Bear Plunge, you can join the thousands of brave, swimsuit-clad souls who will barrel into the frigid Chesapeake Bay to raise money for the Special Olympics of Maryland. After you’ve returned to shore and feeling returns to your extremities, celebrate your dual accomplishments at the post-plunge party, complete with DJs and, yes, plenty of hot chocolate.