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Changemaker: Niccoletta Longo, founder of NamaStay Sober

Nicoletta Longo (center) founder of recovery and wellness group NamaStay Sober.
April 13, 2020

It’s a pun, “like, ‘Nah imma stay sober,’” said Nicoletta Longo, founder of recovery and wellness group NamaStay Sober. But committing to sobriety is more than a play on words.  “It’s...

Life in Mission Hill: Richard Fratus

Richard Fratus. Photo by Ruth Hunger.
September 19, 2019

While walking with his brother and his brother’s dogs near McLaughlin Playground in Mission Hill, Richard Fratus, 67, said he has witnessed a massive amount of change in the 37 years he has been living...

Life in Mission Hill: Roni Partin

Mission Hill resident Roni Partin with her son, who is 6-years-old. Photo by Lex Weaver.
September 18, 2019

Roni Partin, 28, said she use to head to a dirt parking lot near Ward Street, which would serve as a space of leisure and activity for the neighborhood kids. “Once it rained or snowed it would get really...

Life in Mission Hill: John Toner

Mission Hill resident John Toner. Photo by Jordan Erb.
September 18, 2019

If John Toner had the chance to go back to the Mission Hill of his youth, he said he would take it.  The 61-year-old retiree was born and raised in Mission Hill. His family has been in the area for three...

Life in Mission Hill: Cristina Rosado

Life in Mission Hill: Cristina Rosado
March 13, 2019

By Alyssa Lukpat For Cristina Rosado, 32, the Mission Hill parks show just how much the neighborhood has changed. When she grew up in public housing in the 1990s, her childhood playground only had...

Life in Mission Hill: Hui Yu Zhang

Life in Mission Hill: Hui Yu Zhang
February 28, 2019

By Jasmine Wu Zhang Hui Yu didn’t mean to miss her stop. But she wanted to do well in her English class, and, at 82, she can be a little forgetful. “I was studying vocabulary, and I was returning...

Life in Mission Hill: Bill Larson

Life in Mission Hill: Bill Larson
February 27, 2019

By Oliver Price Bill Larson, 65, lives in Weymouth and has worked as an electrician at Roxbury Community College for more than 25 years. He knows which back roads in Mission Hill he can find parking...

Life in Mission Hill: Katie Ennis

Life in Mission Hill: Katie Ennis
February 25, 2019

By Michelle Faulkner Katelin “Katie” Ennis, 23, has lived in Mission Hill since 2017 after she graduated from Northeastern University. There’s one main reason she’s stuck around. “The...

Life in Mission Hill: Nicholas Chen

Life in Mission Hill: Nicholas Chen
February 25, 2019

By Casey Rochette “I came to Mission Hill many times on my own, just to see what the neighborhood was like,” said Nicholas Chen, 23. “I liked all the people walking around and driving up and...

Life in Mission Hill: Vincent Sallinger

Life in Mission Hill: Vincent Sallinger
February 22, 2019

By Alexandra Diamond Vincent Sallinger, sheltered from the -16 degree wind chill in a doorway, enjoyed his daily routine. Every morning, the 70-year-old visits Dunkin’ on the corner of Parker and...

Life in Mission Hill: Dhrumin Patel

Life in Mission Hill: Dhrumin Patel
February 22, 2019

By Joshua Stair Figueroa’s Market sits on the corner of Parker Street and Delle Avenue, and gets its fair share of customers from the Mission Hill community. Dhrumin Patel serves just about all of...

Life in Mission Hill: Branden Lyons

February 20, 2019

By Irvin Zhang As customers funnel in and out through the glass post office doors, Branden Lyons greets them with a smile, invites them forward and offers them assistance. On this sunny winter...

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