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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 4, 2018
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What’s Happening on Main Streets

Boston’s oldest continuous crime watch attracts those who love and care for our community and our generous Main Street businesses fashioned a feast for the Mission Hill Crime Committee’s annual party on April 26. Eateries donating edibles and gift cards included Butterfly Falafel, Mission Bar, Penguin, Puddingstone, Halal Indian Food, AK’s, Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta,...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

April 6, 2018
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While sitting at my laptop, a Beatles song lyric repeats in my head… “Doing the garden, diggin’ the weeds, who could ask for more? Will you still need me? Will you still feed me? When I’m 64?” Paul McCartney was 15 when he penned this ditty about his dad. On my way to the...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

March 2, 2018
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Thank heaven that Presidential elections and Olympiads aren’t held more frequently than in four year increments! If they were, the histrionics and hyperbole would have asphyxiated me by now. What constantly amazes me is that I find myself enthralled with such contests like bobsledding, curling, Nordic skiing, and ice dancing ‘til the wee small...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

February 2, 2018
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“Customers come in, look at me, and begin to cry. Naturally, that starts me crying too, which is the hardest part,” says 35-year-old Noelia Cruz when describing how several patrons reacted upon entering the subterranean A & C Hardware shop on Tremont Street . Mid-January marked the reopening of the popular neighborhood ferreteria owned...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

January 5, 2018
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Siberian shivering caused by bone chilling breezes closed out 2017, canceling many traditional First Night events at the Common and downtown. Nevertheless, the wintry weather cannot chill the hearts of Mission Hill neighbors who welcome the New Year and every day with smiles and greetings to all. Mission Hill business owners outdid themselves decorating...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

December 1, 2017
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It’s that holiday season and once again, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Each year, I’m inundated by national Main Street groups promoting small-business Saturday (the biggest sales day for most small businesses), which is the day after Black Friday. My colleagues are astonished to learn that the weekend following Thanksgiving is...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

November 3, 2017
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In “The Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein, the nuns sing, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” In Mission Hill, the answer is…with two Marias and Michel. On Oct. 29 a neighborhood fundraiser was held at the Puddingstone to benefit the victims of Hurricane Maria that recently devastated the island of...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

October 6, 2017
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With this column, I’m fortunate to make readers aware of events that occur in Mission Hill that might not merit news coverage, but are noteworthy as events particular to this great neighborhood. For example, on Sept. 14, I attended a 10th anniversary event at the Puddingstone Pub for New England Community Services, a provider...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

September 8, 2017
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Each year, seasonal transformation prompts a marvel of nature with over 1.7 million wildebeests trekking the Serengeti performing their yearly migration. Our Mission Hill neighborhood undergoes a much smaller annual response each Sept. 1 when the students return on Move-In Day. The City, the various colleges and MASCO attempt to make the operation a...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 4, 2017
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Novelist Ernest Hemingway writing about a happy man wrote, “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived, and how he died that distinguishes one man from another.” We’ve heard much about the life and death of Andres “Cholo” Cruz since his ghastly murder to merit his...

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