UPDATE, December 28, 2018: Happy 34th birthday, Pete Frates! BOSTON — As a crowd gathered outside Boston’s City Hall today, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh recognized Sept. 5, 2017 as Pete Frates Day in Boston. Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, his family and vast collection of friends have been committed to find a cure for this devastating disease. Frates, a former Boston College baseball standout, is the force behind the Ice Bucket Challenge,…

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EAST BOSTON — More than 500 guests attended the Social Centers’ 100th anniversary gala, which was held at Suffolk Downs. It was the last scheduled event at the storied horse racing track. At the gala, the Social Centers honored Robert Lewis Jr., with its inaugural Community Activist award. Lewis, founder and president of The BASE, is an East Boston native who has worked in the city of Boston’s neighborhoods and with young people, he whole…

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DORCHESTER — Hundreds turned out as a new granite memorial to honor the lives of two Dorchester police officers was dedicated on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset. The memorial to the late Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier and Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Richard “Ricky” Dever sits near the drawbridge not far from Granite Avenue. The ceremony marked the end of three years of work to raise the money…

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BOSTON — More than 600 local Comcast NBCUniversal employees and their families, friends and community partners will “make change happen” as they volunteer to improve the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and other Chinatown neighborhood gathering areas as a result of the company’s partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation as part of the 17th annual Comcast Cares Day. This year, volunteers in Boston’s Chinatown also were part of and celebrated a significant milestone of Comcast…

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SOUTH BOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh hosted the 12th annual We Are Boston gala, which recognizes the contributions and achievements of the city’s immigrant and refugee residents. Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez was recognized at this year’s event, which shone a spotlight on the Caribbean. The event, which was held at the Westin Waterfront hotel on Nov. 30, emcee was Maria Stephanos. All photos are by Bill Brett.

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