Hill Happenings

Condolences to the family of Pauline Pierce, a beautiful, fun-loving woman who passed away last month. Mrs. Pierce was a terrific actress, performing for many years in the Mission Hill Theatre Group. She displayed her talent in several plays, including “Harvey,” but more importantly, Mrs. Pierce was instrumental in bringing a delightful sense of camaraderie to the Mission Hill Theatre Group.

It was nice conversing last month with Ed Burke, former proprietor of the famous Mission Hill bar on Huntington Ave., who was at Mission Church for Mrs. Pierce’s funeral Mass. Ed, who is trimmed down, looks great, and his presence brought back fond barroom memories.

I stopped by Friday’s at Brigham Circle last Tuesday night, sipping an ice-cold draft beer on trivia night. It was a pleasure conversing with “M&M,” Friday’s lovely bartenders, Maryanne and Merideth. Friday’s is also a terrific place to watch a sports event with close proximity to the big screen. To my chagrin, there was a hockey game on that night. I love sports, but regular-season pro hockey and pro basketball are boring and predictable. I did attend a terrific basketball game last month as Tilton Academy defeated Notre Dame Prep School at the fabulous Kroc Center on Dudley Street in Roxbury. Many in the overflow crowd were there to see Tilton, including Wayne Selden, a talented guard from Mission Hill. It was nice seeing Wayne’s grandmother, Mary Pitts, at the game.

Back in the days when I worked at Mission Hill Liquors, Mary would often bring in delicious home-cooked meals for me and my workers.

Mike’s Donuts in Mission Hill came alive last month when the popular coffee shop welcomed several Emerson College students, who filmed a television pilot comedy sitcom. I enjoyed chatting with Emerson students Anna Florell, who lives on Delle Ave. Anna helped produce the skit, which was about a young guy seeking a compatible roommate.

On the topic of coffee shops, good luck to Tony O’Brien on his new shop Green T, which was scheduled to open this week at 754 Huntington Ave. in the former location of Stylz by DaBarba. Tony is the manager of Flann O’Brien’s, a popular Mission Hill tavern. Perhaps I will stop by Green T for a cup of tea and a slice of Irish bread.

I’m told the friendly, long-awaited two-on-two basketball game featuring Craig Lankhorst and Jackie Harrington against Boston City Councilors Mike Ross and Rob Consalvo will soon take place at an undisclosed site. Some advice to the councilmen: Keep your heads up. Craig’s court nickname, “The Human Pick,” is well-earned.

Boston Police Officer Tony Nunez, a Mission Hill resident, was featured on “Chronicle,” a popular television show on Channel 5, last week. Tony was conversing with young folks in a program started by Liz Walker called Urban Improv. Tony, known on the Hill as the “Singing Policeman,” will be performing tomorrow night at the Cathay Pacific in Quincy. Kevin Todd, a Mission Hill native and interior lighting designer, also was featured on a home-improvement episode of “Chronicle” last month.

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