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Weekly Top Reads: Memorial Day Traditions, Roma Pharmacy, Bruins Fever and Casino Concerns

It was a holiday-shortened week, full of Memorial Day events. The North End’s VFW Post 144 held a ceremony in the neighborhood while the solemn flag garden returned to Boston Common. The Prince Hall Freemasons continued their century-old tradition of a service at Copp’s Hill. This week, we also feature the latest “Life on the Corner” column recounting the history of the Roma Pharmacy building. Back to current events, at least one city councilor is worried about the new casino’s impact on seniors. And, of course, Bruins fever has taken over the city. We cover the huge watch party on City Hall Plaza.

Take a gander at the most popular articles from the past week.

Memorial Day Tradition Continues at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground by Prince Hall Freemasons

A century-old tradition in Boston’s North End is the annual Prince Hall Freemasons Memorial Service at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Prince Hall (c.1735-1807) was the founder of “Black Freemasonry” in the United States, known today as Prince Hall Freemasonry, and formed the African Grand Lodge where he was Grand Master. He was one of the first abolitionists. Prince Hall is buried in Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End. See photos from the event.

Life on the Corner: The Roma Pharmacy

Read the latest from columnist Nick Dello Russo about the history behind the building at the corner of Prince and Salem Streets, slated to be demolished and replaced. Formerly known as the Roma Pharmacy, for over two hundred years the building housed an apothecary shop. In fact, it could have been the oldest continually operating pharmacy in Boston or even the Colonies. Read more.

Stanley Cup Watch Party at City Hall Plaza

Stanley Cup Watch on City Hall Plaza

Heading into Game 3, its 1-1 between the Bruins and Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals. This week, large crowds of Bruins fans came together at City Hall Plaza to listen to some music, eat food, and, of course, cheer on the Bs. Before the puck dropped, musical acts kept the crowd energized. Country musician Chase Rice kicked off the rally followed by Lil Nas X performing his #1 single “Old Town Road.” See the highlight video.

Councilor Worried About Impact Casino Will Have on Seniors

Boston City Councilor Althea Garrison is worried about the impact casinos will have on Boston residents especially senior citizens. During the last city council meeting, Garrison called for a hearing looking into preventing exploitation of seniors because of casinos. Encore Boston Harbor, located in Everett but on the boarder of Boston, is expected to open at the end of June. See the article.

Memorial Day Flag Garden at Boston Common

Memorial Day Flag Garden Honors Massachusetts Fallen

The annual Memorial Day flag garden with 37,000 miniature American flags returned to Boston Common honoring the sacrifices of all fallen Massachusetts service men and women dating back to the Revolutionary War. View these photos.

VFW Post 144 at the Prado Memorial Plaque

Editor’s Pick: North End VFW Post 144 Honors Fallen Heroes in Memorial Day Service

The North End Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 144 held its annual service on Memorial Day. Honoring the North End’s fallen, ceremonial stops were made at the the VFW plaque on the Paul Revere Mall (Prado) and the Iraq/Afghanistan memorial at Old North Memorial Garden. See photos from the event.