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What’s Happening on Main Streets

June 2, 2017
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Trees and flowers in full bloom, graduates emblazoned in their academic regalia, iridescent sunsets, Old Glory flapping in the breeze… Mission Hill suffuses color at this time of year. After viewing the Botticelli exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts earlier this week, my eyes seem to be appreciating our natural surroundings even more....

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 5, 2017
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The 32nd anniversary party of the Mission Hill Crime Committee on April 27 at Mission Church Parish Hall was a dietary onslaught and a jovial gathering of neighbors. Boston’s oldest continuous crime watch always attracts those who love and care for our community for a few awards, friendly conversation with panegyrics kept to a...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

April 7, 2017
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A graduate of Boston Latin School, Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Love of beauty is taste…the creation of beauty is art.” As someone with zero artistic talent, I am frequently awestruck by what I observe surrounding me in this job in Mission Hill. The works hanging in the Sparring Partners Windows (the old Sparr’s...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

March 3, 2017
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This month features Evacuation Day memorializing the liberation of Boston by George Washington’s Continental Army from the 11-month siege of the British Redcoats in 1776. Coincidentally, the holiday falls upon the feast day of Ireland’s patron, Saint Patrick. March also brings with it the liturgical season of Lent where Catholics throughout the world forsake...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 3, 2017
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The chairman of the Republican National Committee cautioned his party about putting a brash, egotistical, and outspoken loudmouth in the White House. Calling this wealthy media celebrity a “Madman,” the GOP chairman worried about the sanity of this candidate. Railing on about the rigged system of entrenched special interests and how his fellow rich...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 6, 2017
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With the holidays behind us, here’s a thumbs-up to those who did more local shopping and a pat on the back to all the businesses that helped to make our neighborhoods feel more festive. The City’s #5onMain effort encouraging shoppers to purchase five items at Boston neighborhood businesses exceeded all expectations. I’m happy to...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

December 2, 2016
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It’s “Beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and Mayor Marty Walsh will commence Mission Hill’s holiday season with Santa Claus and his elves at 3:15 p.m. on Dec. 3 by lighting that sturdy tree in the Brigham Circle Park. Join with your neighbors on Saturday to promote community shopping in Boston while savoring...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

October 7, 2016
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Autumn arrives, daylight diminishes, and excitement ensues in the Mission Hill business district. A new venture will soon be opening at the recently shuttered Kwik-E Sub shop in Brigham Circle. Keith Patrick, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and manager of the Penguin in Mission Hill will oversee this new establishment, which...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

September 2, 2016
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Like salmon and herring heading upstream and the gazelles and wildebeests trekking the Serengeti, the Mission Hill neighborhood undergoes an annual migration each Sept. 1 when the students return on Move-In Day. The City and the various colleges attempt to make the operation a painless one with extra police presence, special parking and driving...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 5, 2016
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Main Streets Awards night continued… Our Golden Broom Award recognizes the “Cleanest business in the neighborhood.” Competition is always fierce for bragging rights that accompany this unique annual bauble. First term At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, a small business owner and former Fields Corner Main Street director, impressed the audience with her reflections...

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