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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.

The Longest Night

With all this talk about a white Christmas, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the homeless. Every year for the past 20 years, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul has their homeless memorial service on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.

This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed one of these events — I covered one back in Tampa a few years back. Obviously, weather conditions are much different in Florida, so it definitely has a bit of a different feel back in Boston. With the heavy snow last week and the bitter cold that’s been lingering for the past month, I can only imagine how difficult it is on the street.

Here are some photos from the service:

12.21.2009 — BOSTON — Chris Hunt arranges some tombstones representing homeless people who have died at the 20th annual Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Dec. 21, 2009. The service is held on the longest night of the year.


12.21.2009 — BOSTON — John Predso lights a candle a homeless person who died in the last year at the 20th annual Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Dec. 21, 2009. The tall candle to his right represents 'John Doe.' The service is held on the longest night of the year.

Tick. Tock.

I grew up in Boston, and I’ve spent plenty of time walking through Downtown Crossing and the surrounding areas of the Freedom Trail. The Old South Meeting House was always something of an afterthought — just a building you’d happen to pass on the way from the Common to Faneuil Hall.

Monday, I was assigned to easily one of the coolest assignments I’ve had in a long time. A clocksmith by the name of David Hochstrasser was up in the steeple, restoring the clock to make sure everything was on time. It’s a painstaking process, I can imagine, and with all the gears involved, quite an impressive feat, and very cool for a history geek like me. Here’s some photos of him in action, plus a link to the Boston Herald’s story:

12.21.2009 — BOSTON — Clocksmith David Hochstrasser checks the time after restoring the steeple clock of the Old South Meeting House on Dec. 21, 2009. The restoration of clock, built in 1766 by Gawen Brown, involved no modifications save for a faceplate to commemorate the date of the project.


12.21.2009 — BOSTON — Clocksmith David Hochstrasser puts the final touches on his restoration of the clock in the steeple of the Old South Meeting House on Dec. 21, 2009. The restoration of clock, built in 1766 by Gawen Brown, involved no modifications save for a faceplate to commemorate the date of the project.


12.21.2009 — Clocksmith David Hochstrasser restored the steeple clock in the Old South Meeting House on Dec. 21, 2009. The restoration of clock, built in 1766 by Gawen Brown, who left his signature on this gear, involved no modifications save for a faceplate to commemorate the date of the project.

12.21.2009 — BOSTON — Clocksmith David Hochstrasser restored the steeple clock in the Old South Meeting House on Dec. 21, 2009. The restoration of clock, built in 1766 by Gawen Brown, involved no modifications save for a faceplate to commemorate the date of the project.

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