Fixing the lifeguard crisis, Egyptian food and Juneteenth reflections

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Sunday is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The federal holiday, established by President Joe Biden in June 2021, is officially Monday. Here is some of our coverage:

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Have a great weekend.

Lifeguard James Mahoney, of Hull, holds a lifeguard float  while working at Station 1 on Nantasket Beach in Hull on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Lifeguard James Mahoney, of Hull, holds a lifeguard float while working at Station 1 on Nantasket Beach in Hull on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

A day at the beach: Lifeguards can earn up to $26 an hour this summer

From start- and end-of-season bonuses to increased pay, the state is reaching deeper into its pockets to ensure it has lifeguards at its beaches and pools this summer. Dive into the story here. (And speaking of beaches, the Hull-O Summer Trolley is back - check out the groups in Hull and Quincy that got Better Beaches grants.)

Crystal Evans, of Braintree, is getting new ramps with the help of the Braintree Rotary Club. She also has accessibility issues inside her home. Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Crystal Evans, of Braintree, is getting new ramps with the help of the Braintree Rotary Club. She also has accessibility issues inside her home. Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

A fierce advocate for others with disabilities, Braintree's Crystal Evans needed help herself

For the last few months, Crystal Evans hasn't been able to leave her house. The ramp she uses to get into and out of her Hall Avenue home had deteriorated to the point where it was unsafe for her to use in her motorized wheelchair. The Braintree Rotary stepped up. Now that's what community is about. Read the full story here.

The E-edition is available earlier in the morning these days

The E-edition of The Patriot Ledger includes bonus coverage of national and world news and sports across the nation. You can read page by page – the same layout as the home delivered newspaper. Plus, bonus content. It'll even read stories to you if you wish. If you haven't seen it, check it out here. 

Hungry? We've got you

The Yaz's Table signature drink is the Espresso Bomb Martini made with vanilla vodka, Bailey's Kahlua, chocolate liqueur and espresso bomb. Yaz's Table, which serves up new American cuisine with an Egyptian twist, is located at 1209 Bedford St. Abington on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
The Yaz's Table signature drink is the Espresso Bomb Martini made with vanilla vodka, Bailey's Kahlua, chocolate liqueur and espresso bomb. Yaz's Table, which serves up new American cuisine with an Egyptian twist, is located at 1209 Bedford St. Abington on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS Many breakfast restaurants sell steak and eggs. But Yaz's Table's steak and eggs features steak marinated for 24 hours in a blend of owner Yasmine Zakhary's six Egyptian spice recipe, passed down from generations of women in her family living in Egypt. The overnight marination allows the deep flavors of the onion juice, coriander, cumin and other spices to soak into every crevice. Check it out here. 

Hungry for more?

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS Scituate's new Chopsticks and Forks is finally open. It took over the old Riva location on Front Street. The Scituate Roll is one of the chef's proudest creations at the Asian fusion restaurant. It is a sushi roll with spicy tuna and mango inside. It is topped with torched salmon and jalapeño, the latter an uncommon ingredient for Asian food, adding a unique Mexican taste. Eat up the story here.

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS Some places are just legendary on the South Shore. The Venetian is one of those places. We checked the place out anew – with its new owner, who bought it right before the pandemic and faced a slew of complications, of course. Get out your fork (and spoon?) and dig in here.

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS On the eclectic menu at the new Blacksmith Tavern in Pembroke are cowboy ribeye, bao buns and whipped ricotta toast. Dig in here.

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS Sullivan's Castle Island – known locally as Sully's – will open a 6,000-square-foot restaurant at Hanover Crossing. But this location will feature sit-down bar area and patio where people can order a beer or a glass of wine go to with their meal. Now that'll hit the spot! Read the story here. 

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS More than pho: 'Authentic Vietnamese food' at new Pho So 1 in Quincy. And it's got a great family legacy angle you'll also enjoy. Food can be such a bond for families! Get a bit of the story here.

Think you may have missed some recent dining stories? Find more here.

Dr. Geoffrey W. Emerson, of Hingham, is an ophthalmologist and  a third-generation physician at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
Dr. Geoffrey W. Emerson, of Hingham, is an ophthalmologist and a third-generation physician at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

ICYMI: South Shore Hospital started with just 20 beds

Don't miss our special South Shore Hospital 100th anniversary series. We'll bet you'll learn something new about the Weymouth hospital and that time in history. Like how they'd get patients to the second-floor surgery area without an elevator. Or how one family has always had doctors at the hospital – a Dr. Emerson can always be found.

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