REPOSTED ON JANUARY 1, 2021: 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…

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By Marion A. McBride Early on October 26, as the morning light lifted over the iconic Union Oyster House sign, film crews scurried on Union and Marshall streets preparing to film scenes for the pilot of the Lionsgate/HBO Max TV production of “Julia,” about culinary icon Julia Child. Child, who died in 2004, lived in Cambridge for many years and filmed her now classic TV show the “French Chef” for WGBH-TV, when the PBS station…

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