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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PHOTO BY BILL BRETT This parking space in South Boston would rent or sell for a premium, but when Bill was passing by it was just a bicycle taking up a whole spot. Places to park your car are scarce throughout the city, but particularly in South Boston. The city council is debating having residents pay for the parking permits that city residents use to park in their neighborhood.

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BOSTON — Tens of thousands of people, many of them waving rainbow flags, lined the two-mile route of Boston’s 49th annual Pride Parade on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The parade’s theme this year was “Looking Back, Loving Forward.” Among the many participating in the parade were Miss Gay Massachusetts US of A 2019 Ivy League-O’Deria, Ania Bangkoks, who was Queen of Pride, elected officials including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner Willie Gross, Senator…

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PAINTING BY JANET LEE HARROLD, COPYRIGHT RESERVED. DORCHESTER — Today, June 3, 2019, marks the 55th anniversary of Bill Brett’s photographs appearing in the pages of The Boston Globe. And, he had a spread on Page B6 of his photographs from the South End Settlements’ gala. You can view them on this website or, in the Globe by clicking here. The team at BillBrettBoston.com is using Janet Lee Harrold’s beautiful painting of the old Globe…

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