Roslindale Neighbors: RVMS to host Menino for anniversary celebration

Editor’s Note: After this week’s issue of the Gazette went to press, former Mayor Menino announced that he is cancelling various book-related appearances as part of his decision to end treatment of his cancer. It is still unclear what that means for this event, Roslindale Village Main Streets Executive Director Christina DiLisio told the Gazette on Friday. “We’re working with Mayor Menino’s family and friends and expect to have more information in the next few days,” she said.  

Former Mayor Thomas Menino, who created Roslindale Village Main Streets’ (RVMS) in the 1980s, will appear at its anniversary and fundraiser next month.

He’ll be discussing his new book, “Mayor for a New America,” which discusses Main Streets in depth. The event will be called “Menino on Main.”

The “celebration of 30 years of urban Main Streets programs and the mayor who got it all started” will take place on Nov. 20 at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury, RVMS Executive Director Christina DiLisio told the Gazette, and will include a talk from the former mayor, visits from other political figures, including U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and community figures.

Then City Councilor Menino launched the Boston Main Streets program in Roslindale in 1985. The program was targeted at empowering local businesses, residents, and community leaders to take an active role in strengthening the economic vitality, physical appearance, and unique local character of their neighborhood business district.

Menino will speak about his time in office in “fireside chat” style, DiLisio said.

Proceeds from the $125 tickets will benefit RVMS. Information and tickets are available at

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