Letter: A big shout-out to Egleston Sq.

I just would like to give a “shout-out” to Egleston Square!

I have lived here in this neighborhood for over 20 years. I have lived on School and Copley streets for most of this time. I have seen this community change quite a bit. I remember the X-Men, a time before there was a youth center, and even with all of that stuff going on, there were strong families with thriving cultural connections that loved living here.

Fast-forward to the present day. I can’t say that everything around here is wonderful. Recently, my neighbor was attacked; another neighbor saw the whole thing and reported it to the police. I want to give this neighbor of mine a big shout-out. Way to come together, stand up and say no to crime in our ’hood!

I would like to give a big shout-out to George Anastos! George is a local artist and community leader who lives in Egleston Square. George does so many things. He helps run the Peace Garden, which recently held a tree-lighting with Santa and caroling. There was also a turkey giveaway for Thanksgiving. Thank you, George, for loving Egleston Square!

I also want to give a shout-out to the wonderful folks that work at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Egleston Square! They run a tight ship over there! The folks on the morning shift are always polite and ready to help you, always asking, “How are you today,” and you can tell that they mean it. That Dunkin’ Donuts is always clean and tidy. One day I was in a hurry and I took my iced tea to my car and spilled the whole thing. I went back inside to re-order. The young man said, “You were just here, right?” I replied, “Yes. I just spilled the whole thing.” The young man made me another and did not charge me. Now maybe I should not be “leaking” that information, but it was a lovely gesture—just a nice thing to do, and it warms my heart to receive this kindness and to know that it exists in the place where I live.

At this time of the year, I just wanted to share some cheer, joy and love about the place that I call home—Egleston Square!

Ifé Franklin

Jamaica Plain

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