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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.

Johnny New Year

The first baby of the new year is one of those stories that happens, well, every year. Yesterday, I was sent to get some photos of John Joseph Hayden, or Johnny, as his parents say they will call him. A ton of fun to shoot, and the family was great to be around. Read more about their story from the Herald.

Congrats, Haydens!

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden is Boston's first baby of 2010, born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m. at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden will join his sister, Sloan, 2, and his parents Whitney and Chris at home in Charlestown.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” Whitney Hayden holds her son, John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden, Boston's first baby of 2010 at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden, was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” Whitney Hayden holds her son, John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden, Boston's first baby of 2010, as his sister, Sloan, 2, watches over him, at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden, was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m.

1.1.2010 — BOSTON — Whitney Hayden holds her son, John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden, Boston's first baby of 2010, as his sister, Sloan, 2, watches over him, at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden, was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” The Haydens, Whitney, left, Sloan, 2, and Chris, welcome the newest member of their family, John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden, Boston's first baby of 2010, at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden, was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” Whitney Hayden holds her son, John Joseph "Johnny" Hayden, Boston's first baby of 2010 at Massachusetts General Hopsital on Jan. 1, 2010. Named after his paternal grandfather, Johnny Hayden, was born 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 20.25 inches long at 12:06 a.m.

The Anti- “Ball Drop”

A lot about this job is about feeding off the energy of the people you cover. I was out yesterday morning, New Year’s Day, to photograph the 106th annual L Street Brownie Jump, which is the oldest polar bear swim in the nation. These are some dedicated folks, jumping into frigid Dorchester Bay to ring in the new year. It’s hard not to get pumped up by seeing these people freeze their unmentionables off, as non-functional as you may be the day after New Year’s Eve.

Either way, there sure weren’t any balls dropping at this New Year’s tradition.

Here’s some photos, and a link to the Herald story:

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” The initial wave of swimmers makes its way out of Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” Joseph P. Saniuk, with his nephew, Chris Saniuk, left, keeps Nancy Mickeywicz, all of Boston, warm before jumping into Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON — From left, Andie Hession, Kayleigh Hodgdon and Jess Rogers, 18, all of Uxbridge, try to keep their spirits up before jumping into Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1.1.2010 €”— BOSTON —€” The initial wave of swimmers makes its way out of Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1/1/2010 —€” BOSTON —€” Anna Sheridan, 19, of Boston makes her way through the second wave of swimmers after jumping into Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€” First-time swimmers Tracey Navaroli, 28, left, and Shannon Cain, 18, both of Worcester, make a running start into Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.

1.1.2010 —€” BOSTON —€ Stephen Picard of Cambridge, right, and Andrew MacDonald of Andover, left, express their shock after submerging themselves in Dorchester Bay at the 2010 L Street Brownie Jump Polar Bear swim on Jan. 1, 2010.