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7 07, 2016

Immigrant Dream Reveals Nation’s Greatness

2016-07-07T10:51:18-04:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |Comments Off on Immigrant Dream Reveals Nation’s Greatness

When Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that he was inviting me to deliver the city’s annual Fourth of July oration at historic Faneuil Hall, I was honored, grateful and overwhelmed. Honored because I was aware of the historic significance of the event. I was aware that great leaders including John Adams, John Hancock and John F. Kennedy had been chosen to deliver the address in the past. And I was grateful because I love the city of Boston and its unique immigrant pride and history. The immigrant pride I’m talking about is something I know about on a personal level, because my family is among the millions of American families whose ancestors came to the United States in search of freedom, independence and opportunity. I [...]

10 02, 2016

Waterfront park naming is an honor

2018-11-27T13:06:37-05:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Waterfront park naming is an honor

By RAY FLYNN The Port of Boston will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’ve worked those docks. Watched troop transports and passenger ships pull out into the harbor. Our fishing industry calls it home. It’s also home for me — it’s where my grandparents came from Ireland searching for the American dream. When I reflect on my life, going back 76 years, I could think of no better place to be named after than this cherished port. When our parents and grandparents first arrived from Ireland by ship, it was South Boston they first stepped foot on. It’s where thousands and thousands of immigrants from all over Europe came full of hope and craving opportunity. They worked in the wool houses, cleaned [...]

13 01, 2016

Recognizing our city’s public safety servants

2018-11-27T13:06:37-05:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Recognizing our city’s public safety servants

By RAY FLYNN About halfway through the funeral Mass for longtime Hub firefighter and union leader Mike Mullane, police Commissioner William B. Evans could be seen hurriedly making his way through the capacity crowd. As Evans, who had been sitting in the front of Dorchester’s St. Brendan Church with Mayor Martin Walsh and fire Commissioner Joe Finn, made his way for the door, I whispered to my wife: “A cop must have been shot.” I don’t know how many other people in the church had the same thought, but in understanding the extreme dangers of being a police officer in today’s day and age — it was sadly the first thing I thought of. Just before the final message, Fr. Richard O’Donnell requested that we all say a prayer for the Boston police officer who was just shot a short distance away in Dorchester. After the moving service, [...]

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