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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  Editor’s Note: We’re re-publishing Bill’s photos from the 2018 Santa Speedo Run. BACK BAY — More than $75,000 was raised in the 18th annual Santa Speedo Run on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Money raised from the event for the Play Ball! Foundation.  The SSRun began in Boston in 2000 with give guys just looking to spread some holiday spirit by running through Back Bay in only Santa hats and Speedos. Since then it has…

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BACK BAY — 500 guests attended the 140th annual Awards Ceremony and Ball, which was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in the Back Bay. The evening’s emcee was WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchor Maria Stephanos, who helped Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn keep things moving during the awards presentations. The honorees included Channel 25 reporter Blair Miller, who has been covering the issue of firefighters diagnosed with cancer while on…

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Bill Brett took this portrait of Kip Tiernan about 15 years ago and it was part of his fifth book, “Boston: Irish.” BACK BAY — The three arches on Dartmouth Street near Boylston Street mark the extraordinary life of Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie’s Place and champion of those who others often overlooked, who died of cancer on July 2, 2011 at the age of 85. Dozens of people turned out on Saturday, Oct. 6,…

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