ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON DEC. 28, 2017: COPLEY SQUARE — Channeling his friend and mentor, the late New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, Bill Brett took to the streets on Dec. 28, 2017 to capture some of the ways that people were dressing to deal with the extreme cold. With a high of just 12 degrees, Thursday saw the lowest high temperature in 140 years of record keeping, shattering the previous mark by six degrees.…

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SOUTH BOSTON — The now shuttered St. Vincent de Paul Church in South Boston could soon be put up for sale, sources say. The building is located at 363 E Street at the intersection of W. Third Street in South Boston. In 2018, neighbors worked to keep the building from being sold to a developer interested in making it housing. The Roman Catholic Church was an important location for Boston’s Irish community, serving recent immigrants…

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BACK BAY — Our former colleague George Rizer shared some of his amazing photos from the tragic fire on June 17, 1972, in the Hotel Vendome in the Back Bay that claimed the lives of nine Boston firefighters, the largest loss of life in the department’s history. A memorial on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall commemorates the valor of the fire crews and marks the nine men lost that day. What George remembered was how the…

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QUINCY — Our friend Cody Huntington hit the streets in Quincy to photograph the peaceful protest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, and the subsequent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against people of color. Here is Cody’s report: “The past week has been incredibly difficult for many, but today I found a small glimpse of hope for our future. Today, a candlelight vigil was held in my city of Quincy, MA,…

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BOSTON — Our colleague Sean Goss packed his camera and headed to Boston for the evening protest march, the third one held in Boston on Sunday. The day’s marches were held to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and for other instances where a Black person was killed by police. As you can seen in Sean’s photos, the day was a peaceful and powerful one, but when the sun went down and the…

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