Meet Craig Cashman
Craig Cashman’s family has had a passion and commitment to the Allston Brighton community across multiple generations. Public service has been an important aspect of his family going back to his great-grandfathers and both of his grandfathers’ service on the Boston Fire Department.
Growing up, Craig’s parents taught him from a young age the value of community service. His father, Mike grew up in Fidelis Way and was a telephone worker for almost 40 years. In 1969, he began volunteering as a youth hockey coach and went on to serve over 30 years as President of Allston Brighton Youth Hockey. He still serves on the Board of Directors and also spent many years active in little league in the community. Craig’s mother grew up on Bennett Street and has spent her life committed to the youth of our community. She was a music teacher and administrator for many years at St. Columbkille School until her retirement last year. She also taught at Mount Saint Joseph and spent many years working in their development office. Craig’s parents were also small business owners and active members of the Brighton Board of Trade in the late-1980’s and 1990’s.
Growing up in the Allston Brighton community has given Craig all that he could have ever asked for. He attended St. Columbkille School, played hockey and little league baseball and made life-long friendships. After college, Craig began giving back to the community just as his parents had. He has spent all of his adult life involved in local youth causes. In 2014, after many years of declining enrollment in Allston Brighton Youth Hockey, Craig took over as President of the association his father had run for so many years. Together, with a group of committed and passionate parents in our community, they worked tirelessly to grow our program. The last few seasons have seen a steady increase in enrollment and interest in our program. Allston Brighton Youth Hockey is now a thriving program and still remains the most affordable in the greater Boston area.
In 2007, Craig started working as a Legislative Aide for his friend and State Representative Mike Moran. For the last twelve years, he has worked with residents of Allston Brighton on a host on neighborhood issues. Whether it was opposing a specific proposed development project that would negatively impact our community or advocating for much needed transportation infrastructure, including the first commuter rail stop in our community in over 50 years. Serving the constituents of Allston and Brighton has given Craig a wealth of knowledge on issues that affect our neighbors. Also during his time working for Rep. Moran, Craig has been the manager of the Annual Allston Brighton Parade. Each September, the parade, along with the Brian Honan 5K and the Party in the Park, are a day where the entire community comes out to celebrate our unique neighborhoods.
In 2013, Craig married his wife Kathleen and they were soon given the opportunity to purchase her grandmother’s home in Oak Square. Kathleen’s family has also been members of the Allston-Brighton community for generations. Her grandmother, Barbara Kiddie, was a cornerstone of the community serving as a crossing guard for decades.
Craig and Kathleen’s roots run deep in Allston-Brighton and they now have even more reason to make sure our neighborhood remains a great place to raise a family. In February of both 2017 and 2018, their sons Carter and Cormac were born. It is important to Kathleen and Craig that they raise their boys in the community to which our families have given so much.
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