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Bridget Moynahan helps Jumpstart in Boston

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Bridget Moynahan chats with author Peter Reynolds, who autographed a book for her son at Scribbles to Novels.

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Actress Bridget Moynahan knew exactly where she should have dinner when she had free time in town Wednesday night. The Longmeadow native, who’s been in Boston supporting the national early education program Jumpstart, said she and her friends took a boat to Hingham so that she could check out her “Blue Bloods’’ costar Donnie Wahlberg’s burger joint, Wahlburgers. Moynahan said the place looked great but that she wound up eating across the street at Donnie’s brother Paul Wahlberg’s restaurant Alma Nove, which is named for matriarch Alma Wahlberg and her nine children. At least she kept it in the family.

Moynahan, whose show is about to end its second season, only had kind words for her pal Donnie during her visit to Holland Elementary School in Dorchester on Thursday. “He’s a very generous and caring man, and I think that’s reflected in the work he does,’’ she said. Moynahan said she signed on to help Jumpstart because she’s committed to making sure kids get the education they need. She visited a Holland class during the afternoon and then appeared at the Jumpstart Scribbles to Novels gala Thursday night at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. The guest list also included writers Ace Atkins (of the new “Spencer’’ book), Jonathan Alter, and Andre Dubus III.

It would be a late night for Moynahan, who admits that she’s on an early sleep schedule - so early that she usually misses “Blue Bloods,’’ which airs at 10 p.m. on Fridays. “Honestly, I can’t stay up that late. I’m such a loser,’’ joked Moynahan, who has a 4-year-old with her ex, Pats QB Tom Brady. Moynahan said she’ll spend her summer off from “Blue Bloods’’ filming the movie “Small Time’’ with Christopher Meloni.

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