I just wanted to take a moment to remember Tom “Red” Martin, who could claim multiple titles including philanthropist and friend to many. Tom died recently and the Boston Globe ran a wonderful obituary, which you can read via this link.  He was 79. Tom was featured in my fifth book, “Boston: Irish.” (My photo is in this post.) From Boston College hockey star to founder of Cramer Productions, Red loomed large on the local…

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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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