Monthly Archives: January 2011

Discourse

In light of the recent tragedy involving Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Herald, like most other publications, was mining the local delegation about its reaction to the events. For the most part, nothing will change, as being out there in public, listening and meeting constituents, is part of doing the people’s work, according to Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Congressman Lynch was kind enough to let me into his home in Southie for a quick portrait. Keep in mind, it’s not every day that you get a one-on-one portrait session with an elected official, let alone in his own home, but even though I tracked my snow-covered shoes into his living room floor and got it all wet, congressman Lynch was very generous with his time and a gracious host. He answered his own door, and I even learned that he has to park his car on the street in Southie, fighting for a spot just like everyone else. Well, it is Southie, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.

But my time with congressman Lynch only underscores an important lesson to take away from all of the inflammatory political rhetoric that pundits and politicos have been criticizing in the past 24 hours. At the end of the day, your elected representatives — regardless of politics or egos — are still just real people.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances. "You've still got to put yourself out there," he said.

1/9/11 -- Boston, Mass. -- Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) sits for a portrait in his South Boston Home on Jan. 9 2011. Lynch spent 2 hours earlier in the evening on a conference call with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' staff, receiving updates on her status. Giffords was shot in the head at a public event the day before. In light of the violence, Lynch said he will not change any of his practices regarding security with his public appearances.

#SnowLoko In Detail

Now that I’ve had a little bit of time to sit down and digest the hectic season of work mixed with holidays mixed with weather, here’s a more thorough look at last week’s epic Northeast blizzard.

With the snow expected to hit hard, the Herald had a bunch of us working last Sunday hit up various angles to find snow features. Knowing about my skiing background, the folks at the Herald kept me out of the city and looking for features at local ski areas. It was obvious that ski areas were salivating over the idea of 2 feet of fresh snow during winter vacation week, so I had a great opportunity to hit up my old stomping grounds at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., where I spent two seasons as a ski instructor in high school.

Shrewsbury, Mass. -- Suzanna Rachimi, 13, of Ashland, dives into the tubing chute at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Dec. 26, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Shrewsbury, Mass. -- Suzanna Rachimi, 13, of Ashland, dives into the tubing chute at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Dec. 26, 2010.


Shrewsbury, Mass. -- Ryan Miller, 17, of Westboro, jumps off a pipe in the terrain park at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Dec. 26, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Shrewsbury, Mass. -- Ryan Miller, 17, of Westboro, jumps off a pipe in the terrain park at Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Dec. 26, 2010.

And then it was back into the city after the sun went down and the snow really started coming down. I had a simple assignment — to walk around and literally keep an eye out for plows to shoot specifically for the cover design. I did come across a few other poor souls braving the storm, but at least this guy was making it easier for us fools to walk around out there…

Boston, Mass. -- Paul Peterson, a facilities employee for Tufts University, clears out snow along the Harrison Avenue sidewalks on Dec. 26, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Paul Peterson, a facilities employee for Tufts University, clears out snow along the Harrison Avenue sidewalks on Dec. 26, 2010.


Boston, Mass. -- A snow plow truck makes its way onto Harrison Avenue from Herald Street on Dec. 26, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- A snow plow truck makes its way onto Harrison Avenue from Herald Street on Dec. 26, 2010.


Boston, Mass. -- The Hancock Tower's weather light blinks red through the blizzard on Dec. 26, 2010. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- The Hancock Tower's weather light blinks red through the blizzard on Dec. 26, 2010.

And of course, when I made it back to the office, our security guard wouldn’t let me in the building until I shook off the snow I had acquired on my stroll. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more. Oh well.
 (Kelvin Ma)

And of course, the fruits of my labor…

Boston Herald cover, 12.27.2010

2011 – L Street Brownie-style

Happy New Year, everyone!

I rang in 2011 the same way I rang in 2010, spending New Year’s morning in South Boston with the L Street Brownies as they jumped into Dorchester Bay for their annual Polar Bear swim. Granted, it was a little balmier this year with temperatures hovering near the 60-degree mark for most of the day, but that didn’t mean the water was warm.

This year, I brought some waders so I could get a little deeper into the water. Didn’t mean I stayed dry though! The 2011 Brownie Jump was just as fun as last year’s, and the people who do it are always a lot of fun to hang out with. And since the 2010 Brownie Jump was the first assignment of a very fruitful year for me, here’s hoping 2011 is even better!

Boston, Mass. -- A woman rings in 2011 with a dip in Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- A woman rings in 2011 with a dip in Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- L Street Brownies president Jack Dever pumps up the crowd at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- L Street Brownies president Jack Dever pumps up the crowd at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- Stephen McKenna, running in costume for the L Street Tavern charity, leads the charge into Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Stephen McKenna, running in costume for the L Street Tavern charity, leads the charge into Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.


Boston, Mass. -- Meagan Johnson, 16, of Andover reacts to the cold water in Dorchester Bay as her grandfather, Tom Furey, and her sister and cousin, Kelly Johnson, 14, and Leah Hart, left, follow her out of Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees. (Kelvin Ma)

Boston, Mass. -- Meagan Johnson, 16, of Andover reacts to the cold water in Dorchester Bay as her grandfather, Tom Furey, and her sister and cousin, Kelly Johnson, 14, and Leah Hart, left, follow her out of Dorchester Bay at the L Street Brownie swim on Jan. 1, 2011. The 2011 swim brought the largest crowd ever, with more than 700 swimmers and about 2,000 spectators, L Street Brownies president Jack Dever said. He attributed the larger crowd to the weather, with the air temperature at 54 degrees at the time of the 10 a.m. swim. The water, however, remained a frigid 34 degrees.

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