BOSTON — At the Book Expo in New York earlier this year, I got a chance to (briefly) meet former Dallas Police chief David O. Brown, whose “Called to Rise,” is now out from Ballantine Books. The New York Times published a piece today by Elizabeth Hinton about Brown’s book (which he wrote with Michelle Burford) and two other books that look at confronting and reforming racist policing. For me, Brown’s story is an important…

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BOSTON — Some 200 guests attended the Esplanade Friends Council’s 7th annual Esplanade Summer Dock Party that was held on July 20, 2017 on the Docks at Community Boating Inc. The evening’s host was Kennedy Elsey from Mix 104.1FM’s “Karson & Kennedy” show. The funds raised at this event are critical to the Esplanade Association to fund important park improvements and community enriching programs for the enjoyment of the park’s millions of visitors. All photos…

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We start the week with a piece that includes a bit of a brag for my son, Tim, and his team at the Revere Hotel, which recently underwent a $28 million renovation. Tim, the hotel’s general manager, and his colleague Fergal Gildea, the hotel’s food and beverage director, are featured in a piece on Dirty Water TV that shows off some the amazing work done during the renovation project. You can view it on YouTube…

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Dear Friends: I just received word that Dick Dray, a familiar face on the local scene for decades, died this week. Dray, whose wife, Peggy, still works with the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel, worked with Dusty Rhodes at her company, Conventures. The funeral and burial were private. A memorial service will be held later this summer and I will post details when we get them. I pulled this photo that I took of Dick, Peggy…

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SOUTH BOSTON — More than 500 guests attended The Mary Binda Memorial Cruise held on July 6, 2017 to support summer programming for more than 300 young people at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s Edgerley Family South Boston Club. Binda, who died in 2009, was involved in many South Boston organizations, including serving on the board of the Boys and Girls Club. The cruise was held on board the Provincetown II.      …

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