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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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What’s Happening on Main Streets

July 7, 2017
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Mission Hill Main Streets Awards night (continued) The evening exceeded expectations with remarkable presentations and dining delicacies prepared by Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta, Chacho’s, and the Laughing Monk Café. The cuisine is always a hit but this year’s awardees added to the sizzle. The 2017 Outstanding Public Servant prize bestowed upon retiring Boston Police Community...

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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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