Dec. 20, 2015 | Bostonians of the Year | The Boston Globe Magazine

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Bostonians of the Year 2015: John Fish and Chris Dempsey

Only one could prevail, but the leaders of each side of the Boston Olympics question forced us to get serious about the city’s future. By Shirley Leung

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Honorable Mention

Liam Fitzgerald: The Fist-Bump Kid with the unshakable spirit

He beat cancer, became a social media sensation, raised more than $155,000 for charity — and third grade isn’t over yet. By Eric Moskowitz

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2015 Top Places to Work

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/newenvelopeweb.jpg How does your workplace compare with these employers?

Being considered for our annual Top Places to Work list is fairly straightforward. But making the cut is no small feat.

Things to do

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/07/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/James-Bay-1.jpg Things to do in Greater Boston this fall and winter

Your calendar of events, concerts, and more into the cold weather.

Where to eat

Where to Eat

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/13/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/meritdessert1025-1798.jpg Where to eat in Greater Boston

A sampling of the area’s best restaurants, from Globe critics.

Honorable Mention

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/campanelloBOTY_03.jpg Leonard Campanello: The police chief with a new blueprint for fighting heroin

A revolutionary plan for tackling the opioid addiction problem ravaging the nation.

Honorable Mention

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/27/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/150728_WALKER_publicmarket_6205x-5628[1].jpg Liz Morningstar: The hero to New England farmers

It seemed like the Boston Public Market would never happen. Then she came along.

Honorable Mention

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Echelman_substitutepic5-001.jpg Janet Echelman: The sculptor of wonders

No artist in the Boston area is working with greater ambition, on a grander scale.

Honorable Mention

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Bill%20RichardsBOTYillo.jpg Bill Richard: The moral compass of a city

He and his family lost so much in the Boston Marathon bombings, but none of their grace.

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Shoppers wait at a Toys ’R’ Us on Thanksgiving Day 2013.

Dispatches from customer service hell

Aggravated by standing in line or holding for help? You’re not alone according to the 2015 Customer Rage Survey. By Elizabeth Gehrman

Connections

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/connections1220_cropped.jpg I’m afraid of Santa

How was I supposed to feel about this stranger who brought exotic deer to our house for the sole purpose of judging my behavior?

Miss Conduct

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/MissConduct_logo.jpg Advice: I can’t deal with my friend’s grief

How do you continue a relationship with someone who’s too needy? Plus, the line between polite and patronizing.

Dinner With Cupid

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/MAG1220_CupidKim.JPG Blind date: Meet me on Nantucket?

Will a mutual fondness for island life bond these two?

Style Watch

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/LingosWebb1220web-2108-U82850038524nyD--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg Chic fashions at the Mistletoe Ball

Guests were dressed to thrill at the Hellenic Women’s Club charitable event.

On the Block

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Industrial chic in Hyde Park and classic charm in Roslindale.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston Dec. 20-Jan. 3

First Night, New Year’s Eve comedy, a harbor island getaway, and more.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/calendar90.jpg The Globe Magazine’s 2016 calendar

The year ahead.

Comments

Letters to the editor of the Globe Magazine

Readers weigh in on stories about medical research, a stealth holiday decorator, and the climate debate.

Tales from the City

A Cape Ann geography lesson

What’s that ocean right off Rockport?

Game Changers

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/08/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/coverTechInnovatorsFinal1f-1830.jpg 2015 Game Changers

These 51 innovative people and organizations did extraordinary things last year, reshaping the way we live and work.

Stylish Bostonians

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/07/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Graciela_Riveras_05-U802156260026cwB--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg 2015 Most Stylish Bostonians

From fashionistas to legal scholars, these tastemakers reveal how they set the city’s trends.

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