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Power couple building a family in Massachusetts

Thirty years ago, Gretchen Monahan and Ricky Paull Goldin were sweeping hair off barbershop floors several states away from each other. Monahan was 6, earning 50 cents an hour working for her uncle Eddie Priest at his shop in Cambridge’s Central Square. Goldin, 5½ years her senior, was living on Long Island with his mom, earning $1 an hour at Tito’s Barber Shop in Woodmere, N.Y.  

Now a couple, with a home in the Boston area and a 2-year-old son, both of them have come a long way since those modest beginnings. Goldin, a Broadway actor and soap star who began acting at 3, is hosting a new HGTV show filmed in New England called “Spontaneous Construction.” 

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