Monday, March 21, 2016

Last Call

My last blog of the day:

"Johnny D’s bids farewell with parade in Davis Square" by Astead W. Herndon Globe Staff  March 13, 2016

SOMERVILLE – The final day of business for Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club in Davis Square began like many of the 17,237 days that preceded it. Funk-filled bass lines and splashy drum riffs pulsated throughout the two-room venue, while patrons toasted with $6 drinks served by bartenders who knew their names.

But as Sunday afternoon became evening, the free-flowing, jubilant atmosphere gave way to a sobering – but not sober – realization. After more than 47 years, there would be no more Sunday brunches, roots music concerts, or welcoming smiles from Carla DeLellis, the bar’s lively owner.

Johnny D’s was done.

“It will be a huge hole in the community and in our lives,” said Holly Harris, a 20-year patron from Salem and disc jockey at WUMB who drove back from a New Orleans vacation for the bar’s final day.

By late afternoon Sunday, the historic venue was tightly squeezed with hundreds of well-wishers all ready to party....


Related: Closing the Bars With the Bo$ton Globe

They reopened under a different name.

Also see: Duxbury decriminalizes underage drinking

Gives one reason to hoist a few, doesn't it?

Too late for this guy:

"Hockey player from Mass. dies after fall in Delaware" by Aneri Pattani Globe Correspondent  March 20, 2016

A 20-year-old college hockey player from Cohasset died Saturday while visiting the University of Delaware, officials said.

Willem Golden was a first-year student at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he majored in business and played as a forward on the hockey team. Police in Newark, Del., said he fell from the roof of a three-story building near the campus there.

Police found Golden unresponsive at a residence on West Main Street about 4 p.m. Saturday. He died later that night at Christiana Hospital, Newark police said.

Newark police are investigating....

Do you think the end of spring break had anything to do with it?



"Ten men are in custody — and investigators are seeking another two suspects — in connection with a January fight that left a 20-year-old man seriously hurt at a Brighton pub, according to police and prosecutors. Authorities say the victim was attacked by about 20 men at the Green Briar Pub on Washington Street at around 1 a.m. on Jan. 24. Police say the attackers used fists, glass bottles, and chairs in the altercation, which left the victim seriously injured. Nine men have been arraigned in the case, and another man was already in custody on another charge, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. They all face one count of assault and battery and three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon."

Also see:

"A 20-year-old college hockey player from Cohasset likely slipped before he fell to his death from the roof of a three-story home while visiting a friend in Delaware, police said Monday. Police in Newark, Del., said they do not suspect foul play in the death of Willem Golden, who was a first-year student and a respected member of the ice hockey team at Skidmore College in New York. Golden was staying with a friend from Massachusetts at the home near the University of Delaware campus, according to police. He fell just before 4 p.m. Saturday, after stepping out onto a roof after a light rain. The surface was wet, police said, and Golden was on the roof by himself. Those who knew him said Golden was a standout in both hockey and lacrosse. He played forward for the Skidmore Thouroughbreds, and had played lacrosse before college for the Boston Bandits in the Eastern Hockey League."