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August 4, 2017
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The atrocity committed against beloved Andres Cruz, proprietor of AC Hardware, left a void in the heart of his Mission Hill neighborhood. The Boston Police did a tremendous job, immediately arresting the three suspects in Andres’ murder. Andres was the exemplar of the American dream. He arrived here 30 years ago from Puerto Rico and...

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July 7, 2017
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Parishioners packed Mission Church last Saturday at the 12:10 Mass to commemorate 60 years of ministry for Father Robert Lennon, who is the director of healing and restoration at Mission Church. Father Lennon grew up on Mission Hill and he is a graduate of Mission Grammar School. In 1944, as a 13-year-old second baseman, Father...

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June 2, 2017
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Kudos to Kate Weldon, the executive director of Resolve New England, who was featured on WBZ television last month. Resolve New England counsels couples who are planning families, including adoption. Kate, from Mission Hill, has been director at Resolve N.E. in Waltham since 2015. I’m reminded of Kate’s wonderful parents, the late Dan Weldon and Judy Weldon,...

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Sister Patrice Garrity, the last principal of Mission High School, passed away last month in Connecticut at the age of 86. Sister Garrity, a 1946 Mission High alumna, locked the doors of the grand high school on Alleghany Street for the last time in 1991. “Although it is a sad day, I’m glad it...

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April 7, 2017
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Ed Burke, proprietor of Ed Burke’s Tavern on Huntington Avenue in Mission Hill, died of heart failure on March 9 at 76.  Burke’s death evoked an array of memories of the famous bar from legions of Mission Hill folks. Burke took over the bar in the early ‘70s upon the death of his father, also Ed...

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March 3, 2017
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Last month, family and friends mourned the death of Richie Durkin, a stalwart citizen, who loved Mission Hill. Richie was a retired Boston School police captain. He graduated from Mission High School in 1975, where he was an outstanding athlete. Richie was the center on the great 1974 Mission High basketball team. That group...

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February 3, 2017
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Frank Garvin is on the big screen, earning a small part alongside Casey Affleck in the American drama, Manchester by the Sea. Locals recall Frank from the Mission Hill Theatre Group in the 1980s, including his brilliant performance as Oscar in the Odd Couple. Garvin grew up in Charlestown before falling in love with Mission...

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January 6, 2017
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Mission Hill lost a fine gentleman when Joe (Buddy) Gillis passed away last month at age 85. Buddy, born in Roxbury, was a kind man who volunteered his time at the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.  In the golden era of the Mission Hill softball league, Buddy loved to watch his nephews, Eddie Gillis...

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December 2, 2016
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Condolences to the family of Thomas S. Maher, a retired Boston Police detective and former Mission Hill resident, who passed away Nov. 12. Being a good friend of his son, Tom Maher, Jr., as a youngster, I got to know the elder Maher and he was a great guy, always keeping an eye on me...

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November 4, 2016
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Former and current Mission Hillers gathered at Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park on a glorious Saturday morning for the annual Mission Hill 5K Road Race on Oct. 15, which was preceded by an inspiring talk from Mayor Marty Walsh. The race starts and finishes at Fitzgerald Park and raises funds for the maintenance of the park. The...

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