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Jennifer Kelly (left), City of Newton Mayor Setti Warren (center), and Gary Bimonte (right) celebrating the grand opening of Frank Pepe of Chestnut Hill in 2016.

Gary Bimonte, co-owner of Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria, has died

"Gary was the pride and joy of the Pepe’s family, and there are no words to express the immense void that his passing has left in our hearts,” a family statement read.

Director George Clooney talks with actors Tye Sheridan and Briana Middleton while filming a scene for "The Tender Bar" at the South End Buttery in March.

George Clooney keeps ‘Tender Bar’ cameras rolling, greets fans, and even poses for a selfie in Ashby

“Who is that masked man? That’s right, the one and only, Ashby PD’s own, Officer Brian Vautour,” the police department wrote in a cheeky Facebook post, which featured a photo of Clooney and Vautour.

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Issues with the neighbors? Not in Monowi, Neb. The population in Monowi is one — that would be Elsie Eiler, shown here.

Move over, Austin: These towns are weirder

Seeing America this summer? Put these offbeat burgs on your list.

Restaurant reopenings roundup
Takoyaki at Banyan Bar + Refuge in Boston.

Reopenings abound from Cambridge to the South End, and a star chef signs off

Tapas parlor Dali, vegan destination True Bistro, Haley.Henry wine bar, and more have reopened.

QUICK BITE
Cuban sandwich at Deep Cuts Deli.

At Deep Cuts Deli, music and sandwiches exist in perfect harmony

Browse records, eat grilled cheese, and support local artists.

At Raynham Flea Market, dealers sell inside the mart and outside in the lot.

These five outdoor flea markets come to life on Sundays this spring

In Grafton, Hubbardston, Raynham, and other towns, vendors are returning to hawk everything from jewelry to power tools.

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"GLASSTASTIC" is at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Bike camps for girls, a whimsical glass exhibit in Vermont, and getting ready to ride the rails

Travel news you can use.

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Synchronous fireflies lit up the trees along a trail at the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June 2019.

How to plan a national park visit in 2021

Visitation to national parks exploded last year, and all indications are that they’ll be even more popular this year. Here are some tips if you’re thinking about a getaway of your own.


CHRISTOPHER MUTHER
After a year of not venturing out, many are ready to return to the playgrounds of New England, such as Old Orchard Beach.

‘We’ve never seen anything like it’: The rush is on to book summer rentals

It’s shaping up to be a blockbuster vacation year for the pandemic weary, now that they’ve got shots in their arms.

Faux wedding is a real gamble

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Jack Hanna stood at the entrance of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, in 2013.

Celebrity zookeeper Jack Hanna is diagnosed with dementia

Celebrity zookeeper and animal TV show host Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia and will retire from public life, his family said.

NAMES
Amanda Gorman in a Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh Dress (left) and a Dior Haute Couture dress and headband (right).

Amanda Gorman, poet and Harvard graduate, stuns on the May cover of Vogue

Gorman appears on two versions of Vogue's cover, both shot by Annie Leibovitz.

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Halle Berry (pictured at the Golden Globe Awards in 2018) will star in “The Mothership.”

Netflix to shoot Halle Berry sci-fi drama in Boston

Filming of "The Mothership" is scheduled to begin locally in mid-June.

THE WAITING
We've been holding on the phone much longer during the pandemic

‘Your call is important to us.’ Really?

Yes, you've been spending a lot more time waiting on the phone during the pandemic.

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Jamie Gahlon and her husband, Patrick Smith, at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in New Zealand.

She loves theater, dessert, and New Zealand — and can’t wait to get to Japan

We caught up with HowlRound director Jamie Gahlon to talk about all things travel.

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TAP Air Portugal rescheduled his flight — can he get a refund?

TAP Air Portugal reschedules — and then cancels — John Schmidt’s flights. He wants a refund, but the airline is offering a voucher. Who is right?