[Originally posted in 2018] SOUTH BOSTON — The air temperature was about 1 degree above zero when 200 people plunged into Boston Harbor at M Street Beach in South Boston for the annual L Street Brownies New Year’s Day polar swim. Water temperature was 44 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The Jan. 1st swim, one of the country’s oldest such charity events, has been held annually for 115 years. In 2017, about 500…

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SOUTH BOSTON — The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, the leading nonprofit supporting research in brain aneurysms and helping those affected by the condition, was (finally) able to hold the 20th annual Arterial Challenge, which took place at Castle Island in South Boston recently. After the race/walk, guests were treated to hot dogs and hamburgers at Sullivan’s. All photos are by Bill Brett.

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BOSTON — The Boston Irish news organization recognized Mary Sugrue, CEO of Irish American Partnership and a native of County Kerry, Ireland, and Joseph R. Nolan Jr., CEO of Eversource Energy and a native of Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, at the 11th annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon. The event was held on Oct. 29, 2021, at the Boston Seaport Hotel. BostonIrish.com and Boston Neighborhood News, Inc., the region’s leading chronicler of all things Irish American, has hosted…

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SOUTH BOSTON — A number of Medal of Honor recipients were on hand for the rededication ceremony for the South Boston Vietnam Memorial to mark the monument’s 40th anniversary. Before the events in Medal of Honor Park in South Boston on Sunday, a memorial Mass was said at St. Brigid Church. “I’m thankful that this great country entrusted me with this medal. I wear it for the great Marines and those phenomenal Navy corpsmen that…

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SOUTH BOSTON — When you can’t have the traditional packed house for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and you don’t want to miss the event for a second year, you have to try something new. That is what state Senator Nick Collins did, when he opened his doors to a few socially distant appearances along with recorded and broadcast visits from the usual cast of politicians. Among those stopping by in person was former…

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