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Bono salutes Boston benefactors

Why'd Bono give Larry Moulter a shout-out the other night? Simple. U2's love affair with Boston began when Moulter, then president of Boston Garden, invited the band to a Celtics playoff game in May '87. Trying to persuade the boys to play the Gahhhden, Moulter let the lads hang around afterward and shoot hoops on the parquet. The full-court press paid off the following September, when U2, which had played the Centrum in Worcester, gigged at the Garden for the first of many times. In addition to Moulter, now a business consultant, Bono thanked promoter Don Law, another of the band's early Boston benefactors. . . . Chef Michael Schlow prepared dinner for 2 -- U2, that is -- at Radius the other night. Enjoying a rare night off before taking their show to Hartford, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton dined with manager Paul McGuinness, Tudor Investments's Jim Pallotta, and Peter Wolf.

Actor Logue visits schoolchildren

Writer-actor Donal Logue, best known for his portrayal of a Boston cabbie on MTV, visited third-grade students at the Maurice J. Tobin Elementary School in Mission Hill. Logue, who is a board member of the Boston-based Peace Games, was in town to promote his movie ''Tennis, Anyone . . .?" which also marks his directorial debut. Proceeds from the film's run will benefit Peace Games, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children to become peacemakers in their schools and communities.

A ‘Who’s Who’ of familiar names

The new ''Who's Who of American Women" is out, and several Bostonians are on the list, including arts Brahmin Smoki Bacon, former ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, philanthropist Barbara Lee, the ICA's Jill Medvedow, and Fidelity's Abigail Johnson. One name that caught our eye was Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, the first wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg. An accomplished interior designer whose resume includes the Trump Plaza Penthouse and Club Colette in Palm Beach, Sullivan Stemberg divorced the paper pusher in 1988. ''You go on," she told us yesterday. ''You forgive, but you never forget."

Celeb chefs offer helping hands

A gaggle of Boston chefs came together yesterday at the Home for Little Wanderers' Toy Room in Jamaica Plain to decorate aprons with the help of some young volunteers. Among those on hand were Jasper White of Summer Shack, Jody Adams of Rialto, Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger, Frank McLelland of L'Espalier, and Joanne Chang of Flour. The aprons, signed by each chef, are available as part of the Home's first online holiday auction to raise funds for children at risk.

It was a day to thank customers at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday. Peter O'Colmain, the hotel's GM, James Carter, managing director of American Airlines for the Eastern States, and Scott Solombrino, president and CEO of Dav El transportation, hosted some 250 people at the annual Client Appreciation Luncheon.

Kerry’s revealing comments

Senator John Kerry discusses serious stuff in the new Esquire. Like what? Oh, the see-through dress his daughter Alexandra wore at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. ''My daughter got blindsided by the flashbulbs," he tells the mag. ''Her dress was terrific without the illumination. What happened was that all these flashbulbs going off simultaneously created a see-through effect. She was mortified and terribly upset. Hey, these things happen. As a father, there's nothing you can do but be there for her."

Turning his lenson Lennon

Big Apple bound? Check out Boston-based shutterbug Roger Farrington's contribution to ''John Lennon in NYC," a collection of portraits of the former Beatle now on display at the Puffin Room in New York. Farrington shot the pics during the summer of 1980 at the invitation of Yoko Ono and photographer Allan Tannenbaum. Farrington captured Lennon, who was murdered 25 years ago today, outside the Dakota, arriving at the recording studio, playing guitar, and singing. The exhibit runs through Jan. 15. . . . Jim Apteker, owner of Boston-based Longwood Events, has added another venue to his stable -- Belle Mer, formerly known as the Newport Regatta Club. The announcement was celebrated at an event in Newport yesterday afternoon. Belle Mer will open to the public in early spring. . . . The Red Sox Foundation has given a $25,000 grant to Room to Grow, a nonprofit organization that helps babies born into poverty throughout their first three years of development. The group will name part of its space at 142 Berkeley St. the ''Red Sox Volunteer Room." . . . And Doug Flutie's sold-out Bowl-a-Thon at the Lucky Strike lanes the other night raised more than $100,000. Among those on hand to help the Pats QB raise money for autistic children were Pats Mike Vrabel, Willie McGinest, and Troy Brown.

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