Archive for ‘Neighborhood Heroes’

March 24, 2013

95 years old, but who’s counting?

Alice Mills, a long-time volunteer at all three local branch libraries, will be honored by the Friends of the Faneuil Branch in recognition of her dedication and to mark her 95th birthday. For many years, she coordinated ESL learning groups, which she referred to as “Friendly Conversations,” and continues this work at the Honan Allston branch. Her career ranged from a stitcher (and union leader) in a shoe factory to administrative assistant at Children’s Hospital and BU. The party is Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30 to 8PM, all invited.

March 5, 2013

You could write a book about it


People who made a difference, past and present, are the subject of the new book “Legendary Locals”. The profiles include the Winships and their support for soldiers of George Washington, Olympic gold medal winner Harold Connolly, and present-day state representative Kevin Honan. Bill Marchione, author of “The Bull in the Garden” and a key founder of the BAHS, wrote the foreword.

The author, Linda Mishkin, will have a book signing on April 6th from 1:00 to 3:00PM at the BAHS Heritage Museum/Veronica Smith Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue. She will do a repeat embossing on May 7th from 6:30-8:00PM at the Faneuil Branch Library, 419 Faneuil Street in Oak Square.

September 22, 2012

Move those feet

The annual Brian Honan 5K Road Race will be held tomorrow, Sunday, September 23. If you want to take a 5K tour of the neighborhood and help kids at the same time, sign up at Tavern in the Square, 161 Brighton Avenue (formerly the Kells). Sign-in starts at 9:30AM.

February 3, 2012

Neighborhood Heroes, then and now

Who is your local hero? Since 1994, neighbors have recognized neighbors for their dedication, decency and hard work on behalf of the people of Allston Brighton through the Unsung Heroes Awards. The committee that oversees this process wants to know about the people who do the things that few people hear about. Make your nomination by contacting Bill Margolin at 617-783-2267 or email him at

Perhaps Brighton’s first hero was Col. Thomas Gardner, who organized a regiment at the beginning of the American Revolution and died from wounds he suffered at the Battle of Bunker Hill. George Washington attended his funeral. You can see the painting above, “The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill,” at the Museum of Fine Arts. Gardner is said to be the figure on the ground in the lower right.


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