Author: Maurice "Mossy" Martin

Hill Happenings

As the youngest of six, I’m a lucky guy to have had a terrific big brother. Thanks, John. John Martin passed away peacefully in Las Vegas June 2 after an enduring illness. A deluge of memories of John billowed through…

Hill Happenings

Shortly after terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured on April 19, it was heartwarming to look out my window and see several hundred young folks engaging in a spontaneous celebration in front of Calumet Square. When a police cruiser arrived, two…

Hill Happenings

Several former neighborhood folks traveled from throughout the globe to attend the Mission Hill-Jamaica Plain reunion at Cedars of Lebanon Hall in JP last month. I was surprised to see my ’67 Mission High classmate Stephen Coote at the reunion.…

Hill Happenings

Lionel “Sky” King, a longtime Mission Hill resident, is an easy-going gentle giant who is well-known on the Hill, especially at Dunkin’ Donuts, where he has his coffee and bagel every morning. Few people, however, are cognizant of Sky’s historic…

Hill Happenings

Several former Mission Hill folks assembled at the Corrib Pub in West Roxbury on Jan. 7. The occasion was George Traylor’s 60th birthday. George is a keen observer of local politics and he was an aide to the late Mission…

Hill Happenings

Congrats to Marion McCarthy and Col. George Rollins on their recent engagement, with a wedding date on the horizon. George is a West Point graduate who grew up in the Mission Hill projects, as did his honey, Marion. Marion’s daughter,…

Hill Happenings

On Aug. 23, 1968, Mission Hill’s Joe Conlon, a Green Beret assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, was stationed at headquarters at Marble Mountain in the Republic of Vietnam. Shortly after midnight, Conlon heard several explosions and realized the…

Hill Happenings

Gleaming sunshine hovered over Mission Hill on Oct. 20 for the annual Mission Hill Road Race, which starts and finishes at Kevin Fitzgerald Park. The race, which raises funds to maintain Fitzgerald Park, attracted several hundred runners and onlookers. The…

Hill Happenings

On April 29, 1945, Holocaust survivor Steve Ross was rescued by American troops from the horrors of Dachau. Incredibly, Steve met one of his rescuers, World War II hero Allen Zucker, last month at Mike’s Donuts in Mission Hill The…