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Matzomania

Fans of competitive eating and matzo, I do believe I stumbled into your dream photo assignment yesterday.

The folks at Maxie’s Deli in Stoughton put together a Matzo Mania matzo ball eating contest to raise money for New England Sinai’s Alzheimer’s day program, and sure enough, I had the pleasure of starting my Sunday shift for the Boston Herald getting pictures of people jamming unleavened bread balls down their gullets. From what the organizers told me, the event was a resounding success, packing about 100 people into the restaurant to watch 18 competitors and raising more than $5,000 for the hospital.

Success for the competitors came in the form of winner Joe Menchetti of Cheshire, Conn., who downed 51 matzo balls within the 8-minute timel limit. Then again, everyone was a winner in my book if they didn’t have to use the barf buckets…

Stoughton, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, struggles to down a matzo ball at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Cooks prepare a load of matzo balls for Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, of Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Liam Burt, 29, of East Boston, center left, and Scott Krawitz, 30, or Seekonk, center right, dive into their trays at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011


Stoughton, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Candace Taralla shuttles a tray of matzo balls to contestants in Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jesse Barnett, 41, of Easton, struggles to keep food down at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jaron Golb, 23, of Brockton, digs into his tray at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.


Stoughton, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011. The benefit raised more than $5,000 for New England Sinai Hospital's Alzheimer's day program, with approximately 100 people in attendance, event coordinator Faith Weiner said. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

4/10/2011 -- STOUGHTON, Mass. -- Jordan Golb, 25, left, holds in a "reversal" as his brother, Jaron Golb, 23, both of Brockton, presses on at Maxie's Deli's Matzo Ball Mania matzo ball eating contest on April 10, 2011.

Frozen Finals

We’re starting to wind down winter championship season here in Massachusetts. This year, it seemed like I was on hockey duty for the Boston Herald, covering the opening of the Super 8, and a few weeks later, finishing it up with the final Sunday at the TD Garden. The final was a pretty exciting game, matching No. 1 seed Malden Catholic with No. 2 St. John’s Prep. It was a high scoring game, 4-3, but it didn’t seem like there was a whole lot of clean action from whatever photo spot I happened to be shooting from. Sometimes, those are the breaks.

I piggybacked the girls’ Division 1 final into my night as well, covering Hingham as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over Acton-Boxborough to take the state championship. Most of the game, I was filing on deadline, right up to the last minute, so that meant I was chained to my laptop and shooting upstairs. No through-the-hole shots for me that close to deadline!

Here are some selects from the two games.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John‘s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic celebrates its 4-3 win over St. John’s Prep in overtime of the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. Johns Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Malden Catholic forward Mike Vecchione, left, celebrates his game-tying goal on St. John‘s Prep in the second period with defenseman Conor Evangelista in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald tries to get inside on Malden Catholic forward Rick Keogh in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep goaltender David Letarte dives on a loose puck against Malden Catholic in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- St. John’s Prep forward Matt MacDonald throws up his arms in celebration after scoring on Malden Catholic in the second period in the Super 8 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Malden Catholic won, 4-3, in overtime.

And from the girls’ final.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham forward Catherine Linehan gets a hug from forward Jane Freda (40) after scoring as Acton-Boxborough defenseman Emily Everdell (9) argues the call in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON Acton-Boxborough forward Leah Cardarelli, left, fights for the puck with Hingham forward Catherine Linehan in the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. Hingham won, 3-1.

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

3/20/2011 -- BOSTON -- Hingham players rush to the glass to show off their trophy after defeating Acton-Boxborough to take the girls D1 hockey championship on March 20, 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.

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