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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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June 13, 2014
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The Red Sox paid tribute to U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Rollins, a Mission Hill native, for his military service May 17 during the Sox-Tigers game at Fenway Park. It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon as past and present Mission Hill folks filled a bus to the old ball park. I enjoyed the pre-game...

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Condolences to the family of Joe Corsetti, who passed away last month. Joe was a graduate of Villanova University, where he was a terrific football player. Joe was welcomed to Mission Hill in the late ’60s, when he thrilled local football fans with his spectacular catches from Killilea Club quarterback Dan Breen in the...

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April 4, 2014
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Condolences to the family of Patsie MacDougall, who passed away last month. Patsie was a beautiful and elegant woman who raised her family in Mission Hill at 31 Tobin Court. It was nice getting to chat with Patsie the last year or so. Most recently, Patsie was at the Mission Hill Road Race. Although...

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March 7, 2014
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Condolences to the family of Tommy Tucker, who passed away last month. Tommy was a laborer and a jack-of-all-trades with his hands. Although he sometimes carried himself with a blustery facade, Tommy had a heart of gold. By coincidence, my brother, Dan Martin, was reminiscing about Tommy shortly before he died. Dan and Tommy...

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February 7, 2014
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Wayne Selden, the gifted freshman hoopster from the University of Kansas and the pride of Mission Hill, has been playing proficiently in the Jayhawks backcourt as the “March Madness” Tournament approaches. In the late ’90s, “Little Wayne” was the batboy for Winnie’s Pub in the Mission Hill Softball League when his dad, Wayne Selden...

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January 10, 2014
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Mission Hill lost a kind-hearted man when Peter Flynn passed away on Christmas Eve. Peter loved Mission Hill and he was instrumental in many Hill activities. Peter was devoted to the Mission Hill Softball League and he was the league’s commissioner and also the player-coach for the Tremont Pizza team. Peter organized the annual...

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December 13, 2013
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Several thousand people will attend the Urban Nutcracker this month at the John Hancock Hall, presented by Tony Williams. Williams, who grew up in the Bromley-Heath projects, founded the Urban Nutcracker in 2001. Williams runs the Tony Williams Dance Center at 284 Amory St. in Jamaica Plain. A tremendously talented dancer, Williams was the...

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November 15, 2013
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More than 400 runners and walkers participated in the 5K Mission Hill Road Race on Oct. 5. The event raises money for the maintenance of the Kevin Fitzgerald Park. Ross Macandrew, 22, won the race in 16:28, 35 seconds ahead of runner-up Christopher Mentas. The first woman to finish the race, which starts and...

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