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What’s Happening on Main Streets

August 3, 2018
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Papa’s a hit! I’m not referring to Ernest Hemingway or Goldilocks’ friend. I’m talking about the restaurant run by Konstantine Papadopoulos called Papa’s Pizza Company at 682 Huntington Ave. which opened last month. Located next door to The Squealing Pig on Huntington at the intersection of Wigglesworth and Smith Streets, it features dine-in, take-out,...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 6, 2018
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(A timely observation) “I believe mankind longs for freedom from, and rumors of, war.” Sixty-three years ago this month at the Geneva Conference, President Eisenhower spoke of this craving at the Palais des Nations, which was once the site of the ill-fated League of Nations. The “man from Abilene” stunned the world with his...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

June 1, 2018
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What a vivid time of year this is! Flowers abloom, graduates adorned in academic regalia strolling with their proud families, iridescent sunsets, Old Glory flapping in the breeze… Mission Hill suffuses color at this time of year and the boys of summer at Fenway are on fire. Could it be any better? One of...

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What’s Happening on Main Streets

May 4, 2018
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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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