Congratulations to one of Boston’s Finest, Sean Deery, on his promotion to detective. Sean, who is a member of the Mission Hill Post, will be working out of District E-18 in Hyde Park.
Happy Birthday to Richie Caulfield, who is also one of Boston’s Finest. Richie, known as “Officer Friendly” around his Mission Hill neighborhood, will celebrate his 64th birthday Nov. 2, which is All Saints Day.
Condolences to the family of Patricia “Nicky” Nagle, who passed away last week. Nicky was retired from New England Telephone Company and she graduated from Mission High, class of 1966. When I played basketball for Mission, Nicky went to all the games and I fondly recall conversing and joking with her. Nicky was a fun loving, terrific woman.
Three hundred and seventy-five runners and walkers participated in the Tighe O’Brien Memorial 5K Race in Roslindale last week. Tony O’Brien, proprietor of Flann O’Brien’s Pub, sponsored the event, which raised money for Boston Children’s Hospital SIDS Research Lab. Mission Hill’s Peter Gray won a medal for his first place finish in the senior citizen walking division. Mairead Murphy, the eye-catching bartender at Flann, walked the course and joined the thirsty celebrants at Flann after the event. Tony’s family members, including his mother, Peg O’Brien came in from Ireland for the wonderful event.
Good luck to Lee Gomes, who recently moved to Mission Hill. Lee, a graduate of the University of Rochester, earned a scholarship to Harvard Law School.
Happy birthday (Oct. 16) to Paul Fitzgerald. Paul, who has worked at the New England Baptist Hospital for 41 years, is affectionately known around the Hill as “Mop Man.”
I enjoyed talking a bit of politics with Joey Weinograd at Mike’s Donuts last week. Joey is the son of Bruce and Maria Weinograd, the owners of the coffee shop. My only minor complaint about the terrific coffee shop is that the CNN news channel, which shows concocted news, is constantly on. I urged Joey, who is somewhat conservative, to throw his hat in the political arena. Joey declined, saying he’s fed up with both parties. I told him we’ll start our own party and call it the “Logic Party.”
It was a glorious day on the Hill last Saturday as a few hundred participated in the annual Mission Hill Road Race at Kevin Fitzgerald Park. It’s great seeing former Mission Hill folks gather for this terrific event, which raises funds for the maintenance of Fitzgerald Park, named after the beloved late Kevin Fitzgerald. Among the spectators were former boxing great from Tobin Court Jim McGonagle, Joe Tuohey, Bernie Fitzgerald and the flamboyant Tom Fitzgerald, who was spinning interesting yarns.
Fleet Nick Ryan won the race and his dad, “Rabbit” Ryan, topped the 60 and over division. My big brother, 73-year-old Dan Martin, was the first place finisher in the senior division. Dan stays in shape playing handball and in 1994 he won the World Handball Championship (50 and over division) in Ireland