Somebody down in that Central American nation looks to Menino as the sort of person the country desperately needs as its next prime minister, to stave off Guatemalan incursions, create a health-care system that works and bring more jobs.
Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials, an occasional bereaved relative, and get "tape" (what most non-journalists call soundbites). I'd often wince while the phone rang, imagining it jangling in someone's bedroom.
The McDonald's on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park this evening.
Michael Halle watched Tom Menino's hearse pass by Fenway Park on its way from Faneuil Hall to Hyde Park today.
At first, the mood was almost festive. Schoolkids and many adults waved flags - some handed out by Carlos Arredondo - friends and neighbors reminisced. But as the sirens of the motorcycle cops began to echo down Cummins Highway and the funeral procession appeared, heading down the hill into Roslindale Square, the crowds gathered around Adams Park hushed.
He said, "meet me after the breakfast and we will take a ride." I said "ok" having no idea where we were going. About 8:15, he finishes his talk and he leaves and I go with him. We go down to his car and I get in. His driver takes us on a short drive to Downtown Crossing where we go into an alley behind Filene's Basement. We get out the car and he raps on the back door. A splendidly dressed man meets The Mayor and I at the door. We walk thru the dark back rooms of the Basement and onto the floor which was still dark because the place was not open yet. The Mayor says to the Suit Man, whom he obviously knows quite well, " take my friend John here to the suits that are going on sale Friday."
Road Trip New England captured people waiting by the statue of Mayor White for their turn to pay their final respects to Mayor Menino inside Faneuil Hall this morning. Faneuil Hall will remain open until there are no more people left.
Around 10:45 a.m. on Monday, a hearse carrying Tom Menino's body will leave Faneuil Hall for a private mass at noon at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park.
The procession will pass in front of several spots in the city that were important to Menino, including Fenway Park, Dudley Square, where he started the renovation of the Ferdinand Building, Grove Hall, to which he helped bring a supermarket, Bowdoin/Geneva, where he always gave out toys at Christmas time, Franklin Park, the Mattapan branch library and Roslindale Square, which he helped revitalize.
Ben Heyman paused to take a look at the makeshift memorial to Tom Menino at the heart of Downtown Crossing this afternoon.
Somebody mounted an old Menino sign at Adams Park, in front of a flag flying at half staff.
Roslindale was part of Tom Menino's old city-council district, and as a councilor, he helped create the city's first Main Streets program there.
Starting at 10 a.m., according to his family. The mayor's office in City Hall overlooks Faneuil Hall.
A funeral mass the next day at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park will be private.
For people who want to bring flowers or mementos to honor Tom Menino, the mayor's office announces.
Tomorrow, condolence books will be placed in all BPL branches and city community centers.
Letters and cards may be sent to:
Mayor Meninoâ€™s Office
75 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215.
Mayor Menino's comments at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross after the Marathon bombings last year.
Thomas M. Menino, the longest serving mayor in Boston history, died this morning at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he had been battling cancer.
Menino, 71, served 20 years as mayor after a career as city councilor. He was very much a man of his city - what other big-city mayor could boast of having shaken hands with a majority of the residents he served?
Elevated to mayor by accident - he was city-council president when Ray Flynn left for the Vatican - Menino preceded to win five terms on his own by large margins.
WBZ reports that when Mayor Walsh called Tom Menino yesterday, one of the first things Menino wanted to talk about was how the city was cleaning up from the nor'easter.
A concerned citizen could take it no more and went out in the rain last night to chronicle the fact that one of those welcome signs still has Tom Menino's name on it.
The Globe reports.
Mayor Walsh issued a statement:
I've never known Tom Menino to back down from a fight, and I don't expect him to start now. Mayor Menino has always been here for the people of Boston, and we're behind him today, 100%. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, Angela, their family and many friends.