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AN OPEN ;LETTER TO MARGERY EAGAN, BOSTON HERALD
 Dear Ms. Eagan:              

As veterans we wish to convey in the strongest possible terms out utter disappointment with the unwarranted attack on veteran parade organizers written by you in the March 4, 2014 edition of your paper.               In your column, "It's time to scrap the St. Patrick's Day Parade," you wrote among other objectionable things:   Not a single politician should march. Nobody should, actually, save for maybe John “Wacko” Hurley and his pathetic band of Allied War Veterans, whose parade glorifies warfare at a time when veterans and most of America — after 11 years of bloodshed — want nothing more than peace.

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SB Real Estate:  Both Scarce and Hot!

By Rick Winterson
Going into 2014, many factors - one key factor being a very low inventory of property on the market - have combined to elevate housing prices.  Overall, residential real estate in South Boston continues to be among the most active and attractive in Massachusetts and nationwide.
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Walsh Announces New Substance Abuse Prevention Series
By Rick Winterson
On Tuesday, at BPD Station C-6 Mayor Walsh introduced a community-based series of workshops to help Boston residents in using the City’s substance abuse programs.  Drug issues are a top priority in the Mayor’s new administration; this was his first key policy announcement regarding them.
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh announces his new series of substance abuse prevention steps at BPD Station C-6, with BPD Commissioner Bill Evans, BPH Executive Director Barbara Ferrer, City Council President Bill Linehan, and Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry.
Bethany Riley Helps Inner City Kids
By Kevin Devlin
Bethany Riley is the type of person you would want on your team no matter what enterprise you’re involved with. She’s energetic and enthusiastic. She’s sincere and focused. She cares. Currently, she’s the Athletic Director for the South Boston Boys and Girls Club.  
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Bethany Riley with two of her hoop team players, Paulo and Kanyiah, in the Club’s gym. 
Just Admit You Are Wrong
By Kevin Devlin
Political Leaders need to be honest when mistakes are made on their watch. Since the beginning of the Republic our elected leaders have cleverly played the duck, dodge, and hide game to elude negative outcomes and the accompanying wrath of the electorate. Fast forward to Richard Nixon who emphatically denied any involvement in the Watergate scandal, or Bill Clinton who said he never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. When asked about Benghazi, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw up her hands and made history with her arrogant reply of what does that matter now.
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Two Medical Marijauna Sites Approved in Boston
By Rick Winterson
Late last week, Massachusetts officials approved two sites for medical marijuana dispensaries inside the City of Boston.  These were among a total of 20 statewide sites granted permission by the Commonwealth’s Department of Health to dispense medical marijuana.  The ballot initiative had resulted in setting up 35 potential medical marijuana licenses, so further approvals are expected.
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70 Southampton Street in the Newmarket Business District, one of two sites in the City of Boston approved for a medical marijuana dispensary.
Groundhog Day in Southie
By Rick Winterson
 By now, it’s well known nationwide that one of our key American mascots, Punxutawney Phil, saw his shadow last Sunday, February 2, a.k.a. Groundhog Day.  That predicts another six weeks of winter weather, which means that spring will arrive on March 16, just in time for the St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Parade.
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Andrew Square Annie is our local groundhog.  She lives in the large planter at the corner of Preble and Dorchester Streets overlooking Andrew Square; she definitely cast a shadow last Sunday.
Keep Dogs on a Leash
By Kevin Devlin
Lifelong resident feels dog owners need to show respect and consideration for others, by keeping their dogs leashed, properly disposing their dog’s waste, and by obeying the law.
Last Monday, I met lifelong Southie resident JoAnne Hawkes. She wasn’t a happy camper after Super Bowl Sunday. And it wasn’t because the Denver Broncos got stampeded. She’s truly disturbed with dog owners who lack respect for others and constantly violate the law. 
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Good Fortune, American Athletes
By Rick Winterson
There have been ominous reports about the readiness of the 2014 Winter Olympic venues in Sochi, Russia.  Not a single report has been favorable; nearly all of them have been quite unfavorable.  Media from everywhere, including global news journals like The Epoch Times, have been almost uniformly negative. 
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The bronze statue of South Boston’s James Brendan Connolly, the very first Modern Olympic medalist, completing his Triple Jump in the 1896 Olympics at Athens, Greece.
Broadway Village?
By Rick Winterson
At first, South Boston Online thought the name “Broadway Village” for the area around the end of West Broadway was a joke – a tasteless example of wordplay gone wrong - somewhat like the nickname of “SoBo” for South Boston ten years ago.  “SoBo” might well have gone viral, if the word “viral” had existed back then.  Instead, “SoBo” sputtered out from a terminal case of embarrassment
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A view of West Broadway near the “T” Station.  Does that look much like a “Village” to you?
Let's Not Spoil It
By Kevin Devlin
Use common sense and courtesy when dealing with parking spaces during snow storms. We all know the issue of parking in South Boston has reached the saturation point. When it snows the problem is only exacerbated to the point of dire frustration as compared to just frustration. That brings me to my main point. The tradition of reserving “your shoveled-out” parking space is fair, and in most instances, respected. But let’s discuss some parameters. 
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Major Expansion at Peter Welch’s Gym
By Rick Winterson
Peter Welch has more than doubled the space in his Gym at 371 Dorchester Avenue.  He intends for this expansion to make South Boston and his Gym a citywide magnet for the best boxing has to offer to men and women – young and old alike.
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 The iconic, cast bronze sculpture of two fighters in Peter Welch’s Gym.
Speakers for Hope
By Kevin Devlin
Their message for our youngsters is too snub their noses at peer pressure and don’t be afraid to say NO. On Friday evening, January 24, the Speakers for Hope Program was held at the Walsh gym. Boys and girls from the seventh grade through high school were invited to attend. Comedian Steve Sweeney is involved in this program and presented the two guest speakers. 
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After listening to the two guest speakers, the kids, along Steve Sweeney, Sean Monahan and Bobby McGarrell getting ready for pizza and the half court shootout.
Experience Stephi’s in Southie
By Rick Winterson
Stephanie’s Restaurant Group – “Sophisticated Comfort Food” – opened Stephi’s in Southie four months ago.  Ever since then, it has exceeded the expectations of both its patrons and its own business plan.  Visit Stephi’s by Broadway Station and enjoy varied fine dining experiences.  Let’s get to the informative details about Stephi’s in Southie right up front.  Stephi’s in Southie is the third (and the newest) member of Boston’s ground-breaking Stephanie’s Restaurant Group, which was founded by Stephanie Sokolove.  The other two are the original Stephanie’s on Newbury in Back Bay and Stephi’s on Tremont in the South End.  
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Sheriff Tompkins Welcomes New Boston Police Commissioner and Superintendent
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins joined City of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley in congratulating the Boston Police Department’s new Commissioner, William Evans and Superintendent In-Chief, William Gross.  Standing with Mayor Walsh inside of Boston Police Headquarters in Roxbury to help usher in this new era for the City of Boston with these appointments, Sheriff Tompkins was effusive in his praise of both the city’s newly elected mayor and his most recent appointees.
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Meeting the Tynan Girl
By Kevin Devlin
Emma “The Dilemma” Gillis is a happy girl who keeps busy in and out of school.She’s a shy, polite, young girl with a warm smile and pleasing personality. Her name is Emma Gillis. Emma, 10, is the daughter of Angela Gillis. She has a younger brother named Jaiden and a cat named Daisy. And, her cousin Nicki nicknamed her “Emma the Dilemma.”  
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Happy New Mayor to All
By Kevin Devlin

It's out with the old and in with the new as we move forward as One Boston.

More aptly than in recent Boston history, the New Year clichés are more apropos than ever before. Mayor Thomas Menino’s historic tenure has left Boston vibrant and ready to face future challenges, while other urban centers struggle for their very existence. 

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Mayor Walsh to Appoint Evans as Police Commissioner of BPD
On Thursday, January 9, Mayor Martin J. Walsh will appoint Interim Police Commissioner William B. Evans as Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department.“The Boston Police Department will be in great hands under the leadership of Bill Evans,” Mayor Walsh said. “He knows how to manage his team of talented officers, has the respect of the rank and file, and has proven his ability to diffuse even the most difficult of public safety situations.”
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Which Was Deeper? The Snow or the Hype?
By Rick Winterson
South Boston Online has great respect for the local media.  After all, we’re a local medium ourselves.  But ask yourself this question:  Wasn’t the media coverage of Boston’s recent snowstorm thoroughly and totally excessive, to the point of being completely boring? 
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Congratulations, Bill!
By Rick Winterson
It’s a pleasure for us to congratulate a fellow resident on an achievement that reflects both his professional and his personal qualities.  On Monday, District Two City Councilor William J. Linehan was voted the President of Boston’s City Council, succeeding City Councilor-at-Large Stephen Murphy.  Bill is serving his third term on the Council, and has been in City government over two decades. 
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No Longer “Elect”! It’s Mayor of Boston Martin J. Walsh
By Rick Winterson

Let’s get right to this article’s lead:  Mayor Walsh’s Inaugural Ceremony in B.C.’s Conte Forum was an absolutely marvelous event, well anchored by his Inaugural Address.   The prior weekend had been filled with community service projects at Walsh’s request; the Inaugural Gala was a huge, joy-filled party.  South Boston Online describes Walsh’s assumption of office below.  Please read on.

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Another Rising Star
By Kevin Devlin
He’s a polite, young lad who loves wrestling, football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, especially baseball. He’s been involved in these sports since he was knee high to a grasshopper. When he’s competing on the playing fields, he’s intense and focused on the task at hand. 
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