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A Discussion with Charlie McCarthy - Former President of RVMS.

In anticipation of the Roslindale Village Main Street 30th anniversary celebration, we’ve invited guest writers to provide insight into our neighborhood, and how it came to be.

By Jocelyn Hutt

[caption id="attachment_5965" align="alignleft" width="234"] Former RVMS President, Charlie McCarthy[/caption]


Anytime a newer member of Roslindale Village Main Street has the opportunity to speak with a past-member (and in this case, President) – you can bet that there will be stories. Oh yes, there were stories!

We sat down with Charlie McCarthy (RVMS member for 13 years, Board President for 3 ½) to get his take on what Roslindale Village was like during his tenure and where he sees it headed. Our ‘interview’ lasted well over two hours and frankly, it could have lasted another two because of the institutional knowledge and information Charlie has for all things Roslindale.

Here is a short list of some of the successes that happened during the years Charlie was involved:

  • 2006 saw the important and heralded Medical and Dental facility opened.
  • In 2007 RVMS launched the Taste of Roslindale: This is one of RVMS’ biggest fundraisers for the much-loved holiday lighting, and it is also one of Charlie’s favorites.
  • In 2008 RVMS was successful in finding a business to transform the long-abandoned Ashmont Hardware location on Washington Street. The redesigned Dunkin Donuts and Staples now seem as if they were always there – which is a testament to all involved.
  • Also in 2008, we saw the re-opening of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Roslindale Community Center.
  • In 2009, Charlie worked with the Local IBEW 103 electricians from Roslindale, South Boston and Dorchester to donate their time to wire 40 streetlights in Roslindale Village for the holiday season.
  • RVMS’ first Strategic Plan; a comprehensive plan that set goals and defined the mission of RVMS. This is a critically important document and one that certainly helped those who came after.

Now Charlie would never take sole credit for any of these successes. He worked with Rob Consalvo, Mayor Menino and of course the members of Roslindale Village Main Street and its many supporters.

When I asked Charlie what his hopes were looking forward, he said this: “I always thought that there should be a place at the table for everyone – old and new members alike. And if I had to point to just ONE thing – I’d say a renewed and revised strategic plan ought to be put in place. More than anything we did, this really helped define not only the organization and its role, but the bigger picture of what Roslindale Village should be.”

Does it take a village? Yes it does.