Most of my friends are well aware that I grew up in Boston.  In addition to reading the New York Times every morning, I also check out the headlines and the obituaries of the Boston Globe.

Over the past few months, I have taken an interest in reading about Boston’s mayor, Tom Menino.  Mayor Menino has been in office since 1993, when his predecessor, Ray Flynn, was nominated by President Clinton to serve as the Ambassador of the United States to the Holy See.

Mayor Menino recently announced that he will not seek re-election this November.  This comes after the mayor spent several months convalescing from some serious health scares.  This morning, the mayor underwent a successful surgery to repair a bone in his leg, which he fractured after falling yesterday.

Mayor Menino has done a lot of amazing things to maintain Boston’s place among America’s great cities.  (The Red Sox even won the World Series twice during his term in office!)  Let’s keep him in our prayers and hope that he will overcome his current health issues, enabling him to end his twenty-year run with great success.