Unity Day, 2016

by Rick Winterson

 

  Unity Day has become another South Boston tradition, especially within the West Broadway Housing Development.  The 2016 event last Saturday, August 20, was no exception.  This is a celebration that is sponsored by the West Broadway Task Force, a highly active civic group presided over by our community’s own Betty Flaherty.

There were activities galore for all ages and tastes.  The DJ played rhythmic dance music; a huge outdoor grille/kitchen served summer food.  Of course, there were many things to keep the kids busy and happy.  Mayor Marty Walsh put in appearance around noontime.  And there were numerous officials and local organizations who exhibited their services and activities.

We only have room to mention a few:  a booth set up by Sheriff Steve Tomkins had some very interesting information about law enforcement careers in the Sheriff’s Department.  Notre Dame Education Center displayed their programs in English Language and High School Diplomas.  The South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative was represented by its Pastor, Fr. Steve Madden, and Fr. Gerald Souza, who asked South Boston Online to mention their pilgrimage next Saturday:

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, meet at St. Peter’s Church (75 Flaherty Way), then walk or ride a trolley to Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  Tour the Cathedral, attend Mass.  Return to St. Peter at noon for lunch.  All are welcome; there is no cost.

The bustling, open air kitchen and grille served countless hot dogs, hamburgers, and other goodies to the guests of the West Broadway Task Force’s 2016 Unity Day.
The bustling, open air kitchen and grille served countless hot dogs, hamburgers, and other goodies to the guests of the West Broadway Task Force’s 2016 Unity Day.

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Rows of community services exhibit at the recent Unity Day on West Broadway
Rows of community services exhibit at the recent Unity Day on West Broadway

Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.

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