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Joining sorrow — the joy of coming together

Region, echoing David Ortiz, gets an (expletive) bit of its swagger back

The throngs started showing up before the 7 a.m. opening, hungry for pancakes but hungrier for company at the Deluxe Town Diner in Watertown. By 11 a.m. the line still was out the door, mixed with onlookers snapping photos of the eatery that hours earlier had been shuttered by strict order of police.

“Usually we don’t like the crowds, but today we wanted it,” said Jim Racette, 52, of Watertown, a library staffer at Boston University who gleefully waited 20 minutes with other breakfast-seekers before ordering scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, and pancakes. “We wanted to mix with other people after being so isolated.”

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