Oh, MJ, we’re going to miss you! Fairhaven High School’s Vice Principal, MJ Muello, has retired (see page 6).
Now, when I was in high school, the Vice Principal was the feared disciplinarian. And a mean and miserable cuss he was, too.
Things have changed a lot, I know that. But I doubt very much that Vice Principals in other schools are as beloved as MJ is here.
I can’t remember if it was the first year that I covered the FHS graduation that I noticed an interesting phenomenon around her, although, probably not because I didn’t really know who was who at that point. But it was very early on that I noticed many of the graduates seeking her out to have their pictures taken with her, and giving her a big hug, too.
Every time I saw it, I marveled at the sight.
MJ balked at giving me a real interview for the story. She just wanted to chat. Well, hmm….journalists don’t DO that. I had a picture from a few days before, and I jotted down some notes anyway.
Hah…take THAT, Ms. Muello!
Really, though, she’s one of those people who renews your faith in humanity.
People in my position meet a lot of people. We don’t always meet them when they are at their best.
But this is one of those jobs that, as they leave it, people always say was so wonderful because of all the great people they got to meet. Well, there’s a reason you hear it all the time: Because it’s true. And MJ is one of those people.
Have a good retirement, MJ.
I hope you’ll visit for some of the fun stuff every now and then.
On another note…
It is officially the Christmas season!
Benoit Square is lighting up this weekend (see page 3), Acushnet and New Bedford (pages 8 & 9) are lighting up this weekend, and next week there’ll be more caroling, and more hot chocolate and the Big Guy will be all over this part of the world ho-ho-ho-ing and spreading Christmas cheer.
So, get yourself into the Christmas spirit and join in on the festivities. If you already have the spirit, then share it with the rest of us.
And mark your calendar (or phone, or whatever we’re using these days) for the Old Time Holiday weekend on 12/9 & 10 (see page 3).
And don’t forget there are toy drives and food drives all over the place this time of year. If you’re out there spending money on gifts, divert a bit of it to those who are less fortunate.
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