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South Boston residents to ring in 2012 with annual icy plunge

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 28, 2011 01:02 PM

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(Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff/2011)


The brave souls who took the plunge last year.

South Boston’s L Street Brownies, which bills itself as the oldest polar bear club in the United States, will ring in the New Year as it has for the past 100 years -- taking an icy plunge in Dorchester Bay.

The event, one of Boston’s oldest traditions, will be hosted by South Boston’s Curley Community Center. The swim starts at 8 a.m. Jan. 1 at the K Street entrance of the community center and costumes are encouraged.

The swim, which is dedicated to past and recently deceased Brownies, is free but all donations will benefit the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact Fred Ahern, director of the Curley Community Center, or Jack Dever, president of the L Street Brownies at 617-635-5104.

E-mail Patrick D. Rosso, patrick.d.rosso@gmail.com. Follow him @PDRosso, or friend him on Facebook.

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