December 23, 2012 Bostonians of the Year Issue

Anne Hawley remade a grande dame

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director brought the city’s beloved gem into the modern age. By Geoff Edgers

2012, the Massachusetts year in review

Political ambitions, business flops, love affairs, and one wicked set of biceps. By David Filipov


Best Boston Globe photos of the year, 2012

Go behind the lens to discover the inspiration for the year’s most memorable images.

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Hayley reardon Hayley Reardon finds her voice

The Marblehead 16-year-old pairs her music with a message of collective responsibility.

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Sarbpreet Singh Sikh leader Sarbpreet Singh forged community from tragedy

Following the Wisconsin shootings, this Hopkinton man organized a service that enlightened a region. By Scott Helman

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Steve Walsh. Rep. Steve Walsh was a strong voice for consumers

The Lynn Democrat pushed for aggressive measures to slow escalating health care costs. By Chelsea Conaboy

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Joe O’Donnell made a small but significant cystic fibrosis victory possible

With his Joey Fund and his experiment in venture philanthropy, the father kept his late son’s memory alive. By Brian McGrory

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Acclaimed novelist Junot Diaz delivers

The MIT writing professor had a string of successes in 2012, though he still struggles with the creative process. By Neil Swidey

2012 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mention

Katie Rae Katie Rae nurtures Boston’s entrepreneurs

She’s become the high-profile ringmaster of Boston’s start-up circus. By Scott Kirsner

Style Watch

Newton interior designer Liz Caan's finished basement in her 1920s Georgian-style home in Chestnut Hill. A beautified basement

As designer Liz Caan proves, lower-level living space needn’t be sub par. By Jaci Conry

First Person

“The slower you go, the better you make ice,” says Donnie Mooney of his rink-grooming duties. Frog Pond’s ice king

Donnie Mooney grew up to have the part-time job of his dreams, operating the Zamboni at the skating rink on Boston Common.

Your Week Ahead

Fireworks at the Boston Common on December 31, 2010 as part of the First Night Celebration. 5 things to do in and around Boston

First Night Boston, a New Year’s Day Harbor Islands outing, a Moby-Dick readathon, and more


2013: Strange days ahead?

Forecasting the stories that will captivate Boston and beyond over the next 12 months. By Scott Helman


Carolers sang at an MBTA station. Bringing Christmas joy to commuters

Jamaica Plain church sustains caroling tradition at T stations. By Scott Helman

Dinner With Cupid

Andy Bartlett and Sarah Tupper. Big love

Is a second date too tall an order?


Broccoli and cheese is a classic savory strata combination. But you can tweak the basic recipe any way you like. Brunch star

A bread, cheese, and egg strata, with anything else you like, is a great way to start the day (or year). By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

Ashmont Grill's Breakfast Strata. Strata at Ashmont Grill

A seasonal brunch in Dorchester

Miss Conduct

A thank you that lasts

Showing appreciation at the end of the year. Plus, a call for the best and worst in behavior. By Robin Abrahams

Tales from the City

Yes, there is a Santa Claus

Plus, a clerk willing to go out of his way.

On the Block

16 Ocean Avenue, Salem For sale: Queen Anne-style homes

New and old, these properties in Roxbury, Salem, and Needham are striking.

Out and About

The Maynard parade Santa gives out candy canes after arriving in Ellie Callahan's helicopter at the staging area of the Maynard holiday parade. As seen around town

Santa gets around, Hanukkah revels, and more


Letters to the editor

Globe Magazine readers respond to stories on the drug lab scandal, bird-watching, and friendship from a distance.


Going list-less this Christmas

All the holiday to-dos were taking me away from the thing that would mean the most--time with my family. By Kim Lawrence