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Meeting Menino: Share Your Stories

Menino speaks outside City Hall in 2004. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Menino speaks outside City Hall in 2004. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection, was known for attending events and shaking hands with residents across the city.

According to a Boston Globe poll released this week, 49 percent of Bostonians say they’ve personally met the mayor.

“It’s amazing because he’s been mayor since I’ve been born,” said Keelan Sanford, 20, of Roxbury. “I met him once in elementary school … he came to my elementary school and he basically just told us to stay in school, be focused, you know, don’t ever give up your dreams.”

As Menino embarks on his last few months as mayor of Boston, we’re asking area residents: Have you ever met the mayor? Share your stories and photos in the comments below.

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  • fbteditor

    As a journalist and editor in Boston from the start until 2003, you could expect to get a personal call from “Tom” if a story questioned something the BRA – his “baby” – was doing in the neighborhood. But he never held a grudge, would pick up the check at Mike’s Diner and would go out of his way to help a neighborhood group such as South End Baseball. And I always “cleaned up” his mangling a simple sentence. When I think about Tom, I believe it could have been much worse so Boston lucked out with Menino.

  • http://www.fibrowitch.net Jan Dumas

    It is funny that Tom first made his name pushing a law that required companies doing business with the city hire residents of Boston. Now he is all for tossing out the same people he once cared about. He wants to give incentives to college students to stay and make Boston their home, but does nothing to encourage Boston high school students to attend college. I hope to never hear the term “New Boston” again.

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