HANOVER — Seventy guests including board and family members, students and adult program participants, staff, donors, and supporters gathered at Cardinal Cushing Centers on July 18, 2019, to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new MarketPlace Building. Speakers included the organization’s new President and CEO John F. Von Ahn; Gerard A. Vitti, chair of the board and parent; George Drummey, Building Committee chair; Jody Nash, Capital Campaign chair and parent; and Nicholas Heap, a residential student…

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NORTH END — It was a packed house at the North End eatery Table for the watch party for the hit Showtime series “City on a Hill” episode that was written by Boston investigative journalist Michele McPhee. Joining McPhee, an East Boston native who worked at both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, was a cadre of Boston supporters including “City on a Hill” actor Jere Shea, philanthropist Ernie Boch and his publicist Peggy…

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EAST BOSTON — Our own Bill Brett made his way to the rail, trackside of Suffolk Downs in East Boston on June 30, 2019, for the last day of live racing at the 84-year-old track. Live horse racing was held on three weekends this year with June 29 and 30 rounding out the lineup. Simulcast racing, with races from tracks around the country, is slated to continue at Suffolk Downs. Once a grand track and…

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WATERFRONT — The stunning new Martin’s Park, a universally accessible playground located along the Fort Point Channel, was packed with well-wishers and children anxious to try out the amazing new features at a ceremony on spectacular (weather-wise) Saturday. Martin Richard was eight years old at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon. As the park was being planned, Bill Richard, Martin’s dad, said he did not want the park to be a memorial. Instead, he…

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BOSTON — It was a packed house for the June 10 luncheon to mark the 50th anniversary of Tom Kershaw’s purchase of the Hampshire House and the Bull & Finch, the basement bar that spawned the TV show “Cheers.” Joining Kershaw for the lunch and an evening of festivities were state House Speaker Bob DeLeo, Mayor Marty Walsh, former Mayor Ray Flynn, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Union Oyster House owner Joe Milano, Kiss 108 FM’s…

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