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    What's Happening on Main Street

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    Mission Hill Main Streets Newsletter
    By Christine Rose and Barry Twomey
    September 2008
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    Flann?s Pub Friends Indeed

    On Friday August 28 Tony O?Brien owner of Flann?s Pub sponsored a fundraiser for the victims of a fire next to Flann?s above Brigham Circle Liquors at 1623 Tremont St. Four families were displaced as a result of the fire. According to the owner of the building it will be 7 or 8 months before renovations will be complete and the building ready for occupancy. Flann?s held a raffle featuring dozens of really nice prizes. It seemed everyone went home with something (even if it was just a mug). The event raised $1700. All proceeds went to the displaced residents. A pub patron who is in real estate helped the displaced residents find housing. Flann?s regulars helped move the residents into their new homes. Flann?s is one of the friendliest places in town and cares about its neighbors and the community. Cheers.

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    The Big Bellies are Here

    Mission Hill Main Streets is proud to announce that the Big Bellies are here. MHMS purchased two Big Bellies. Wentworth Institute of Technology purchased 5 as a donation to the community. The City of Boston matched the amount bringing the total to 14. The Big Bellies are located on Tremont Street beginning at Parker to Brigham Circle and at various locations on Huntington Ave. to South Huntington. The Big Bellies are completely self-powered. Solar power provides100% of its energy needs. They take the same amount of space as a regular trash receptacle and hold five times more trash. They are self-compacting and they send an email to the city notifying them that it is time to be emptied. They save energy, labor and maintenance costs. Check them out. They are gray and black with a white logo. The Big Bellies are made in the Vermont and the company?s headquarters are in Needham, Massachusetts.

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    Don?t Spill on the Hill Neighborhood Clean Up

    MHMS would like to extend special thanks to Wentworth Institute of Technology and members of the incoming freshmen class who spent Sunday, Labor Day weekend working with MHMS to help clean up the neighborhood. Forty volunteers led by Wentworth Senior and MHMS project co-coordinator Tristan Cary, CAMH President Rich Johnson and Tom Finnigan of Boston Cares. The volunteers picked up litter, scraped flyers from poles, swept sidewalks and pulled weeds. Thanks to the City of Boston Public Works Department for the work they did; painting our street poles, street cleaning and sending Graffiti Busters back to our neighborhood to clean up some of the buildings. The clean up continues the second and last Sunday of each month at 1PM at the St Alphonsus entrance of Kevin Fitzgerald park. Volunteers are always welcome!

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    Farmer?s Market

    The farmer?s market will run through the end of October. There are three vendors selling local produce, herbs, flowers and plants. EBT cards are accepted. Now until October, EBT cardholders can double there value with a citywide initiative called ?Bounty Bucks? See the on-site coordinator for details.

    From the Executive Director

    Christine Rose

    On Saturday, September 13 Mayor Thomas Menino was present at The Savant Project to announce the ban of trans fats in Boston?s restaurants and any other food establishment that holds a permit from Inspectional Services Department. This is another first for the city of Boston; you may recall in 2004 there was a ban on smoking in restaurants which the city of Boston was the first in the state to implement. The Savant Project actually stopped using trans fats just over three months ago. According to Luis Sanchez, co-owner of the restaurant, and chef most people will not even notice a difference in the taste of their food. Dr. Walter Willett, nationally known nutrition expert from the Harvard School of Public Health spoke about the effects of trans fat. It raises our risk of coronary heart disease by raising the bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering the good cholesterol (HDL) levels.

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