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Huff is leaving Ch. 5

Gail Huff and her husband, Senator Scott Brown. Gail Huff and her husband, Senator Scott Brown. (Globe Photo)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 8, 2010

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Less than a year after her husband, Scott Brown, was elected to the US Senate, Gail Huff is signing off at WCVB-TV (Channel 5). Huff, who’d been with the station for 17 years, announced yesterday she’s leaving to spend more time with her husband and their daughters, Ayla and Arianna. Huff has also taken a part-time job as a reporter in D.C., and plans to split her time between Wrentham and Washington. “This has been one of the most difficult personal or professional decisions I have ever made, but it is the right one for me, because it enables me to spend more time with my husband and family,’’ Huff said. Her last day on the air at WCVB will be June 25.

Filling the school with glee — and Celtic pride
“Glee’’ writer-director Brad Falchuk returned to his alma mater, Beaver Country Day School, on Sunday to give the commencement speech and to assure students that grades don’t mean everything. The Newton native brought report cards to show the kids that he earned not only a D-minus in science but a C in English and was told by a now-retired teacher that he was destined to fail. (Falchuck later found out that he has severe dyslexia.) Senior class president Willy Tucker, who also spoke at the ceremony, gave Falchuck a “Beat LA’’ T-shirt for stopping by. . . . Speaking of which: The hardware has arrived. Former Celtic Dave Cowens was at Logan yesterday to pick up the NBA Championship Trophy, which arrived on a flight from Baltimore. (Southwest doesn’t fly direct from LA.) The rest is up to the C’s.

Appetites of champions
If the Celtics win tonight, they have Maria Menounos’s and Dane Cook’s appetites to thank. The Medford-bred “Access Hollywood’’ reporter and the Arlington-bred comedian, who root for the Celts together, have been eating the same thing before every home game because they believe it’s good luck to keep the routine. You can expect to find the duo at Bob’s in Medford for steak and cheese subs, then at Kelly’s in Medford for hot dogs, fries, and chowder, then at Brigham’s in Arlington for ice cream. After the game, they hit up the Kowloon in Saugus. We hope Menounos and Cook bring something to help them cope with their good-luck indigestion. Menounos turns 32 today, by the way, so if you see her at the Garden, wish her a happy birthday.

Back to the Vineyard for the Obamas?
Is the first family planning a return trip to Martha’s Vineyard this summer? Word on the Rock is that President Obama is weighing another Vineyard vacation, this time for two weeks at the end of August. Last summer, you’ll recall, the Obamas cut their weeklong sojourn short after the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Real-estate types on the island tell us the Secret Service has inquired about potential rental properties, but nothing is confirmed. “It’s definitely happening,’’ said one well-connected islander. Others are not so sure. Responding to an e-mail yesterday, a person close to the president said he doubted Obama will be on the Vineyard this summer. The White House, meanwhile, has yet to say anything about the president’s summer plans, and a spokesperson declined to comment yesterday. Last summer Obama spent his time on the island playing golf and taking bike rides with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Malia and Sasha. While not exactly ho-hum about hosting commanders-in-chief, islanders have grown accustomed to the security and traffic that are part of a presidential visit. And however bothersome that may be, they agree such visits are a boon to the local economy. While the Clintons vacationed in Edgartown, the Obamas bunked at Blue Heron Farm, a bucolic 28-acre estate in Chilmark. The sprawling property includes a white Victorian farmhouse, a barn, shed, orchard, elaborate gardens, swimming pool, golf tee, and a basketball court.

Kraft’s Rush weekend
What was Robert Kraft doing at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding? The Patriots owner knows the conservative commentator from Palm Beach, Fla., where both own property. But we’re told he attended the wedding as much to support his friend Elton John, who performed at the reception. Other VIPs at the weekend wedding in Palm Beach included Karl Rove, Fred Thompson, George Brett, Sean Hannity, Rudolph Giuliani, James Carville, and Tom Watson. Kraft and Limbaugh became better acquainted a few years back when the talk show host was considering buying the St. Louis Rams, the football team in his native Missouri. What does the bond say about Kraft’s politics? Not much. He’s given money to candidates of both parties and counts plenty of Dems among his friends, including Governor Deval Patrick.

Suspended animation at MTV Movie Awards
Mark Wahlberg isn’t afraid of Draco Malfoy. At the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, the Dorchester-bred actor interrupted Tom Felton — better known as Draco from the “Harry Potter’’ series — as the young Brit attempted to accept the award for best villain for his performance in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’’ Wahlberg, who hung on wires over Felton’s head as part of a gag with his “The Other Guys’’ costar Will Ferrell, interrupted Felton from above with a groan or a expletive almost every time Felton tried to thank his fans and his girlfriend, Jade Olivia. MTV has posted backstage footage of Wahlberg apologizing to a grinning Felton, who seemed to have a good sense of humor about the experience. Felton promptly tweeted to fans, “a big thank you to Mark Wahlberg for co-writing my acceptance speech. We got together a couple of days ago and wrote that little skit.’’ Felton quickly added, “I was joking about the Wahlberg speech! I was a bit stumped by the situation but did my best. Not an everyday occurrence.’’ According to Entertainment Weekly writer Vlada Gelman, who had a view of the teleprompter during the show, Wahlberg’s routine was ad-libbed. Gelman also wrote that once the show went to commercial break, the still-airborne Wahlberg grabbed Ferrell and made some rather obscene pelvic gestures for the MTV crowd. . . . If you watched the MTV awards, you probably noticed Wahlberg’s commercials for the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The Mark Wahlberg Foundation has signed a two-year partnership with the Taco Bell nonprofit to help improve high school drop-out rates.

Conan takes the cake
Sisters Erin Erler and Kelly Mackin, who own Haverhill-based Cakes by Erin, posed with Conan O’Brien after giving him a cake before his Boston show Friday night. The dessert, which was consumed by O’Brien’s band and crew, was a replica of O’Brien’s ’92 Ford Taurus.

Popping in for a party
Patch NYC designers Don Carney and John Ross, who live locally despite the name of their business, posed with New York handbag maker Michelle Valle at a Boldfacers “New York vs. Boston’’ pop-up store party in Fort Point on Friday night. Also on the guest list for the night were Erica and Elena Corsano, local “Project Runway’’ contestant Maya Luz, and anchorwoman Frances Rivera.

From Middle East to Austin
The longtime booker at the Middle East, Kevin Hoskins, is moving to Austin, Texas, where he’ll book shows at Emo’s. Hoskins announced yesterday that he’ll be replaced at the end of June by Middle East box office manager Kieran Fallon.

Sox owners take in some ‘Baseball’
Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner dined at UpStairs on the Square before checking out “Johnny Baseball’’ at the ART over the weekend. Also spotted at the restaurant last week was Cambridge rapper Sam Adams.

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