DORCHESTER — Steve MacDonald may have thought he was showing up at Florian Hall for a TV interview, but the Boston Fire Department spokesman was actually surprised by Commissioner Joe Finn and about a 100 friends gathered to wish MacDonald well on his retirement from the department. MacDonald, the spokesman for the Boston Fire Department, has more than 31 years with the department. Among those on-hand to greet him were Mayor Marty Walsh, members of…

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Hollywood legend Jimmy Durante performed at the Wilbur in 1968 after a fire destroyed Blinstrub’s Village. PHOTO BY BILL BRETT Jimmy Durante, center, with US House Speaker John W. McCormack, left, with Thomas Eisenstadt, who was on the Boston School Committee and running for Suffolk County Sheriff. THEATER DISTRICT — Jimmy Durante, the famed vaudevillian and comic, made Boston a regular stop on his many national tours. His favorite stop, The Boston Globe’s Ernie Santosuosso…

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BEACON HILL — Some 300 guests turned out to celebrate the life of Smoki Bacon, a well-known part of and reporter on Boston’s social scene. Smoki marked her 90th birthday with a party at her daughter’s Beacon Hill home last weekend. Among those who turned out were Marvin Gilmore, who marked his 90th birthday a few years ago. Smoki and her husband Dick Concannon are well-known to so many through their TV show “The Literati…

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Despite years of being wrong or the scientific evidence that proves a buck-toothed rodent in a burrow in Western Pennsylvania cannot predict the weather, Punxsutawney Phil still holds court each Feb. 2. Post By Carol Beggy When I was working as a “co-op” student at the Boston Globe, I talked the city desk editors into letting me return “home” to Western Pennsylvania to cover the 100th anniversary of Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction. That day 31…

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