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April 3, 2015
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I was reflecting about my childhood friend, Phil Thompson, who passed away last month. My mind traveled to the great English-Latin football game at Harvard Stadium on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. I was among the 35,000 fans and I was cheering for Phil, a terrific player for English. Phil grew up on Sunset Street...

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March 6, 2015
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With March upon us, Mission Hill will celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St.Patrick. Perhaps some of our fine local pouring establishments will entertain us with Irish music to help digest the corned beef and cabbage on March 17. Irish music has been a festive part of my family, as my father, who died...

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February 6, 2015
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Congrats to local tavern-owner Diarmuid O’Neill and his lovely wife Sara O’Neill on the adoption of their four children. The beautiful children—Bezawit, 10;Selamawit, 8; Rahel, 7; and their “wee boy” Andualem, 5—are from Ethiopia. Diarmuid owns the Squealing Pig in Mission Hill, and he recently purchased the West Roxbury Pub in West Roxbury. Happy...

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January 9, 2015
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In Bill Brett’s terrific new book “Boston: Irish” there is a strong Mission Hill flavor. Jack Harrington a Mission High School graduate from Parker Street, is featured. Jack,co-founder of Atlantic Associates, has been involved in several charities, including the Home for Little Wanderers. Jack created the Harrington House, a 16-bed home in Mission Hill...

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December 12, 2014
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When I attended Mission High School in the mid-’60s, the school had some terrific educators, one of whom was Tom McManus. Tom, a1954 graduate, became a prominent attorney after his teaching stint at Mission High. Chatting with Tom last month, he told me several interesting stories, starting with his foray into teaching. “I had...

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November 14, 2014
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More than 400 runners and walkers participated in the Mission Hill Road Race on Oct. 18. The race, which starts and ends at Kevin Fitzgerald Park, has become something of a Mission Hill holiday. The event attracted a plethora of former Mission Hill folks, creating a jovial atmosphere on a glorious Saturday afternoon. Before...

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October 3, 2014
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A multitude of Mission Hill fans were among the large crowd who attended the Xaverian High School-Everett High football game on a pleasant Saturday afternoon last month in Westwood. The allure was rugged fullback Kenny Kern, from the Mission Hill Kern kinfold. Xaverian, perhaps the best football team in the state, was victorious 21-14,...

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September 5, 2014
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Good luck to Jessica Casey, president of the Community Alliance of Mission Hill, who will be moving to Plymouth. The beloved Jessica was given a heartfelt farewell party at the Mission Bar and Grill last month. Thumbs up to Jim Burke, who organized the party, and Mission proprietor Michel Soltani. The locals rollicked to...

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August 8, 2014
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An energetic crowd gathered at the Parker Hill Library last month, welcoming Bill Raynor, who read from his newly released book “Poetry in Motion.” Raynor,who grew up in the Mission Hill projects, writes about the meaning of sports is everyday life. The book is pleasant and an easy read. Among the notable faces in...

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July 11, 2014
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The Mission High School Class of ’64 held their 50th reunion last month at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. The Mission High principal back in those salad days was Brother Conal, and the celebrants were thrilled to reunite with the Man, who is now 85. Brother Conal was a strict disciplinarian. As a freshman,...

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