CHARLESTOWN — 400 guests attended the 50th annual Lt. Michael P. Quinn Scholarship dinner dance, which was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Knights of Columbus hall in Charlestown. This year’s scholarship recipient is Devin James Gallagher of Charlestown. The honored guest was Brigadier General Benjamin T. Watson, commanding general, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. The dinner has been held for 50 years to honor the life of Quinn, a Charlestown native who…

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CHARLESTOWN — Clarence Smoyer got a surprise on Wednesday. The 95-year-old World War II veteran and Allentown, Pa., resident was in Boston for a special event for the release of “Spearhead,” a book that tells Smoyer’s story. Written by Adam Makos, the book was released Tuesday. In “Spearhead” Makos chronicles the exploits of Smoyer, who fought with the US Army’s 3rd Armored Division, which was nicknamed the Spearhead Division. “In 1945, Smoyer defeated a German…

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BACK BAY — The Spaulding Hospital Professionals Council (which many knew by its former name the Young Professionals Group) hosted some 250 people at a recent fundraiser held at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston hotel. The group is dedicated to making the lives of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s patients better. All photos are by Bill Brett.

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BOSTON — Before Bill Brett headed to Dorchester on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, to see the cleanup of a multiple-alarm fire that drove several families from their homes, he stopped by the office and pulled these images from his archives. As best as he could remember for us, all three of these photos were taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s. They all show the added trials that firefighters face in the extremely cold…

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