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Suffolk Downs, 3 days before last race.

10/02/2014-Revere,MA. Andre Rivera, a Suffolk Downs’ Horse Groom for over 20 years, is seen with Hey Kid this morning in the stables area of the racetrack. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel
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09/22/2014-Boston,MA. As her mother Lisa speaks passionately about the hopeful benefits of medicinal marijuana, 5 year old  Madison Cole gets a hug from her father, Lonnie. Madison was just one of the several patients, who could benefit from the use of the drug, along with other activists, who presented Governor Deval Patrick’s office with a letter pleading for quicker approval of medicinal marijuana. 

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Dog saves family, then is saved by firefighters

Calie, a 7 year old pit bull was called a hero by his owners  Yves Casseus and Wendall Mars, after he would not stop barking as a 3 alarm fire began consuming their Chelsea home. The dog went missing but was found an hour into the fire as the fire continued to roar. The dog was found by Winthrop firefighters searching the 1st floor, and then carried out by Chelsea Duputy Chief Paul J. Eaves.

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Fun in the sun in South Boston

The crew of the fishing vessel Osprey leave Boston Harbor at sunrise.

Later, the Queen Mary 2, the huge Cunard Lines’ cruise ship, enters Boston’s Black Falcon Terminal.

The next day the rising sun, shining upon windows of Southie’s Drydock building, makes a colorful pattern.

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Everett Mayor and wife celebrate as casino proposal is approved.

Everett,MA Mayor Carlo DeMaria and his wife Stacy celebrate after the MA. Gaming Commission voted to approve a proposal put forth by Wynn Casino, to place a casino in Everett, beating out a proposed Revere casino. At bottom, Mayor DeMaria approaches Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo and shakes his hand.
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Boston sunrise over Graves Lighthouse

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Boston commemorates September 11, 13 years on.

From the Public Garden memorial to the State House, to a special honor at Boston’s Engine 33 and Ladder 15

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Remembering the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks.

I, like many, was watching one of the morning national news shows when the unthinkable events that would change our nation forever commenced. First, one plane, and then another crashed into the World Trade Center towers. I went in to work my Boston Herald news photography shift shortly thereafter. The updated and ever-changing news reports showed one, if not both of the ill-fated airliners, departed from Boston’s Logan airport. I started toward the airport. It would take me over an hour to get from the Herald’s South End headquarters to Logan as most workers vacated the city at the same time. Cell phone service, due to heavy usage, was barely working in our area. I arrived on top of Logan’s Terminal B parking garage to look down at a quiet airport as other media members arrived. We all noticed when an F15 fighter jet roared overhead. It was at about that time that I received word that Peter West, the father of Herald colleague Matthew West, had been working in one of the WTC towers when the planes hit. Cell service was still very spotty and every once in a while, through the day, I would check in with Matthew and another co-worker/friend Matt Stone to find out any information about Mr. West. We all thought that the heavy confusion of the day and the bad cell service, etc. were the reasons we had not received information on the whereabouts of Mr. West. We are a close bunch at the Herald photography department and as the hours passed, we would contact each other  to find any information we could about the West family, so as to not bother them. Peter west, a loving father, husband, brother, uncle and friend, died as he was going about his work on the 104th floor. A loving eulogy by his son Matthew would follow at the New Jersey funeral. Here is a link to the eulogy and to the Peter West memorial website. My photos below show F15 flying over Logan and a state police car guarding an American Airlines plane in the hours after the attacks. They also show one of the first jets to arrive at Logan after the four day closure of the airport. That arriving jet, a DHL cargo jet, is framed by an American flag flying above Winthrop. A few days later there was a very emotional prayer service at City Hall plaza that was attended by many area pilots and flight attendants. God bless to Mr. West and to all the victims of that horrific day. Peace on earth!

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Chelsea police officer Paul McCarthy was awarded a medal yesterday for his life saving actions on Saturday, atop the Tobin Bridge, according to the Chelsea police website. A man had allegedly assaulted his wife and was on the run when a Chelsea cop spotted him and initiated a brief pursuit, that ended when the man jumped from the upper deck of the bridge, only to get caught in construction safety netting on the lower deck. Here is my original post, with photos, from the incident. Below are more of my photos of officer McCarthy in action on the Tobin. Photos were snapped during my Saturday shift as a Boston Herald staff photographer.

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Moons, suns, rainbows oh my. My week that was, in photos.

A Supermoon, a dramatic sunrise, and a beautiful rainbow were just some of my photo experiences this past week. Here are my photos.

Sunrise with Boston Harbor fishermen.

Sunrise with Boston Harbor fishermen.

A British Airways jetliner, headed from Orlando to London, is seen over Boston Just a few days before the Supermoon

A British Airways jetliner, headed from Orlando to London, is seen over Boston Just a few days before the Supermoon

Several days before the Supermoon. Shot with an 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender.

Several days before the Supermoon. Shot with an 800mm lens and a 1.4x extender.

An intensifying thunderstorm exits the coast of Boston's North Shore August 7. Shot with an I phone

An intensifying thunderstorm exits the coast of Boston’s North Shore August 7. Shot with an I phone

A rainbow forms close to the near-full moon on August 7, as a jetliner leaves Boston's Logan airport.

A rainbow forms close to the near-full moon on August 7, as a jetliner leaves Boston’s Logan airport.

The near-full moon is seen on August 8, from Winthrop,MA

The near-full moon is seen on August 8, from Winthrop,MA

The Supermoon, August 10. Shot from Arlington,MA.

The Supermoon, August 10. Shot from Arlington,MA.

The Supermoon fades into a Boston morning sky shortly before moonset on August 11, as a Southwest Airliners jet departs Logan airport.

The Supermoon fades into a Boston morning sky shortly before moonset on August 11, as a Southwest Airliners jet departs Logan airport.

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