BRAINTREE — 500 guests attended the inaugural ball to celebration Mayor Charles C. Kokoros, above left, being sworn in as mayor of Braintree. The swanky event was held at X1 Boston, which is located in Braintree. Kokoros was sworn in on Thursday at a ceremony that included US Representative Steve Lynch serving as emcee. Kokoros succeeds the town’s first Mayor, Joseph Sullivan, who was elected in 2007. All photos by Bill Brett

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SOUTH BOSTON — Hundreds of intrepid swimmers, many donning costumes, made the leap into Dorchester Bay outside the Curley Community Center on Columbia Road on January 1, 2020, as part of the L Street Brownies’ annual New Year’s Day Plunge. The water off of the L Street and M Street beaches was a balmy 42 degrees for the plunge, according to the National Weather Service. The air temperature was also 42 degrees, but with the…

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GLOUCESTER — More than a 1,000 people turned out on Saturday, December 28, 2019, for the eighth and final “Plunge for Pete” in honor of the late Pete Frates. The event coincided with what would have been Frates’ 35th birthday. Organizers said that 350 registered to take the plunge but some 400 actually jumped into the cold Atlantic Ocean waters. All photos by Bill Brett

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ALL OVER THE SOUTH SHORE — A jolly happy birthday to our friend Jim Fagan, who can often be found using his prodigious talent for talking as an emcee for numerous area charities. Here’s to our friend, a husband, father and grandfather, whose photos of the youngest members of his clan fill up his social media feed.

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QUINCY — Quincy’s own Uncle Sam Rounseville used the occasion of his 80th birthday to raise money for the Lions Club, specifically the organization’s effort to work with those who are blind or visually impaired. Uncle Sam’s wife Jean Kenney threw the party at Alba’s restaurant. The couple has been using his birthday as a fundraiser for more than a decade. All photos by Bill Brett

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