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November 2, 2018
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I enjoyed an inspiring chat with Father Kevin MacDonald over a beer at Flann O’Brien’s last week. Father MacDonald, a Redemptorist priest in Florida, loves Mission Church, having served here from 1999-2002 and he was back for a short visit. A great athlete and a 1974 graduate of Woburn High School, Father MacDonald got...
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October 5, 2018
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It was a nice send off and thank you party for outgoing State Rep. Jeff Sanchez at the Puddingstone Tavern last month. Jeff, who has represented Mission Hill since 2002, was surprisingly defeated by Nika Elugardo in a close election. Upsets happen in political races but I didn’t see this one coming. I was...
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September 7, 2018
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Good luck to Kevin Hearn, who will soon be a freshman at Florida State University. Kevin, the son of Kevin and Laura (Killion) Hearn, has fine lineage. His grandfather, John Killion, was my close friend and Mission High classmate. Kevin’s grandmother was Jeanne Killion (Hart), who was “Miss Mission” at our former great school....
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August 3, 2018
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Condolences to the family of Mary Gray, who passed away last month. Mary was a terrific woman who lived on Mission Hill after emigrating from Ireland as a child. I often chatted with Mary at the Mission Hill Post in the old days. She and her husband, Peter Gray raised four wonderful children, one...
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July 6, 2018
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A group of wonderful Mission Hill folks gathered at the Penguin last month as owner Dermot Doyne hosted a breakfast, featuring Congressman Mike Capuano. Faces in the crowd included Laura Adams, who does terrific work with the Mission Hill elderly, Chris Dwyer from the N.E. Baptist Hospital and my long time friend from Tobin...
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June 1, 2018
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With Memorial Day weekend upon us, may we pause and reflect back on the many who lost their lives in the line of duty for our country. A walk up the hill to the Mission Hill ball fields brings a somber reminder of the fallen. McLaughlin Park is named after Lt. Joe D. McLaughlin,...
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May 4, 2018
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On April 4, 1946 Mission Hill’s Charley Kelly was discharged from the Navy, as World War ll was finally over. Charley was picked up at the Fargo Building in South Boston by his brother Martin Kelly and their friend Red McIntyre and the three went to the Calumet Cafe (Currently Mission Bar and Grill)...
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April 6, 2018
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It’s cool when celebrities drop into local establishments and such was the case last week when Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder stopped in the Puddingstone Tavern with his small group. Discerning bartender Scott Prince recognized Snyder and tells me the football mogul seems like a real nice guy. The Redskins, incidentally, were the Boston...
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March 2, 2018
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Andre Dixon buckles his helmet, as he is about to take the field at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Washington for the start of the Detroit Lions-Washington Redskins NFL playoff game with 78,000 howling fans in attendance. It is January in 2000 and Andre, a football and track star at Northeastern University, class of...
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February 2, 2018
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It’s nice to see Wayne Selden back in action for the Memphis Grizzlies. Wayne, from Mission Hill, has recovered from a leg injury and he scored a career high 31 points against the New Orleans Pelicans last week. Wayne is a great kid who honed his basketball skills at the Shelburne Community Center in...
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