(Photo by Kim Foley MacKinnon)
In that age-old ritual of politicians everywhere running for re-election, Senator Scott Brown made the rounds in Roslindale on Friday, stopping at several businesses to say hello and sign autographs.
Roslindale residents Jean and George Reilly were pleasantly surprised by the senator’s visit as they ate their breakfast at Blue Star Restaurant.
“It’s unexpected,” said Jean Reilly, who said she and her husband have lived in Roslindale for 27 years. “I get a celebrity,” she said, after obtaining the senator’s autograph. “It doesn’t happen much.”
Teachers and administrators at the Head Start child care center brought the senator into a classroom to say hello to the children.
“I’d love to come back and read,” the senator said as he left. Education superviser Theresa Hutchings said they would be thrilled to welcome him back.
“We have a program where important figures ‘adopt’ a classroom,” she said. “The classroom he went into has no representative at all.”
As Brown walked around the village, shaking hands of passersby along the way, he noted how much it has changed in recent years.
“What the mayor has done transforming this downtown area, bringing businesses back is incredible,” Brown said.
Stephanie Cave, executive director of Roslindale Village Main Street, said she was happy for the senator to note the impact that the nonprofit Main Street program has been able to accomplish.
“We’re excited to show off our local businesses,” said Cave. “Roslindale has a lot going on.”
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