About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
12 07, 2024

South Boston Artist: Dominique Nelson

2024-07-12T07:57:24-04:00July 12th, 2024|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Carol Masshardt Dominique Nelson, can turn an ordinary, imperfect, sun backed sidewalk into a stunning work of art. A twenty-five-year-old, life- long South Boston resident, she is an accomplished artist and teacher with a unique honesty and joy in who she is. The chalk drawings outside her East Broadway home near “H” are only the most obvious of the creations. She began drawing when her wise mother thought she needed to express more, and later at Boston Arts Academy and Mass. College of Art. If you know her mother, Luanne Litif, you will hear unmitigated, well-deserved pride and respect for a talented young woman who didn’t always have an easy course. Dominique is currently the Foundations Director at Artists for Humanity, where she teaches [...]

10 07, 2024

Second In-Person Meeting:  The Summer Street Pilot Program

2024-07-10T10:13:15-04:00July 10th, 2024|Categories: Featured, News|0 Comments

by Rick Winterson   Over the past twelve months, the Summer Street Pilot Program has progressed from a concept to the actual six-month execution of the Pilot Program between early December in 2023 until early June this year.  Last month, we reported upon this Program, after an update meeting and Open House in the CRISPR meeting room on A Street.  The Boston Traffic Department (the BTD) presented its early conclusions, led by Matt Moran, the Director of the BTD’s Transit Team – the group who actually designed and managed the entire Pilot Program from start to finish. The Transit Team’s second in-person update/Open House took place yesterday evening at the Tynan School.  The Open House generated significant interest and many comments from the attendees; it ran [...]

8 07, 2024

Summer Street Pilot Program Open House Meeting Tonight

2024-07-08T08:40:31-04:00July 8th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Real Estate|Comments Off on Summer Street Pilot Program Open House Meeting Tonight

SBTAP (the South Boston Transportation Action Plan) has the mission to improve traffic of all kinds in the central area of South Boston.  Last week, SBTAP held a community meeting and presented an initial list of draft recommendations to accomplish this.  Patrick Hoey, the Neighborhood Planning Director from the BTD (Boston Transportation Department) gave the presentation. It is important to note that SBTAP’s recommendations do not apply to all of South Boston. The SBTAP area amounts to just about one-third of the total square footage in South Boston, and it’s bordered on the west by Old Colony Boulevard and Dorchester Avenue down to Broadway Station.  It extends to the east between First Street, Ninth Street, and Day Boulevard all the way to Farragut Road.  The [...]

25 06, 2024

Gavin Foundation Appoints Peter Barbuto as New CEO

2024-06-27T09:17:28-04:00June 25th, 2024|Categories: News|Comments Off on Gavin Foundation Appoints Peter Barbuto as New CEO

Gavin Foundation Appoints Peter Barbuto as New CEO, Thanks John McGahan for Years of Dedicated Service Gavin Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Barbuto as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024. The Board of Directors unanimously selected Peter for this key leadership role.  Peter brings a wealth of experience in recovery services, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at Recovery Centers of America and formerly serving at American Addiction Centers, the South Boston Collaborative Center and the Gavin Foundation.  Peter has a personal and professional passion for recovery.  As CEO, he will lead the Gavin Foundation in fulfilling its mission of the “restoration of dignity” in the lives of those seeking recovery and [...]

13 06, 2024

Honoring a Hero: Students Receive Scholarships in Memory of Timothy “Doc” Cook

2024-06-13T12:07:03-04:00June 13th, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Honoring a Hero: Students Receive Scholarships in Memory of Timothy “Doc” Cook

Timothy “Doc” Cook was a man for others, saving countless lives as a Navy Corpsman in the Iraq war. The 13 exceptional students honored with scholarships this year in Tim’s memory are boys and girls for others as they work to bring awareness and help to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tim lost his battle with PTSD in March 2013 due to his combat experiences; he was 28 years old. Since then, his dad, Joseph Cook, family, friends, businesses, and neighbors have raised money in his memory for scholarships. “The Timothy (Doc) Cook Foundation will continue to have spirit, hope, and strength to make a difference for others,” Joseph said. “As always, we will remain being grateful one day at a time.”  [...]

12 06, 2024

South Boston Graduate 2024: Liana Flood

2024-06-12T08:15:19-04:00June 12th, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on South Boston Graduate 2024: Liana Flood

By Carol Masshardt (The series will feature 2024 high school graduates from South Boston) South Boston’s Liana Flood can make it look easy. A 2024 graduate of the Dexter-Southfield School in Brookline, she excelled in track and is an editor of the school newspaper and has been a peer tutor. She with graduate with the academic honor of cum laude on June 1. “I went to the Condon K-3 and SB Catholic 3-5 and knew when I made a choice that I wanted a small, closely knit school community where I could connect on a personal level,” she said. “The athletics and academics are collaborative at Dexter Southfield, and the teachers are willing to work with you,” she said.   If high school success could [...]

3 06, 2024

South Boston Graduate 2024: Caleigh Houlihan

2024-06-03T09:10:01-04:00June 3rd, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on South Boston Graduate 2024: Caleigh Houlihan

By Carol Masshardt (The series will feature 2024 high school graduates from South Boston) Many high school seniors are understandably unsure about their future goals, but eighteen-year-old Caleigh Houlihan isn’t one of them. If ever there was a born teacher in the making it is this South Boston native and 2024 Boston Latin Academy  graduate. Soon to attend Bridgewater State University as an Elementary Education/Special Education major, Caleigh hasn’t missed an opportunity to prepare. Perhaps it began at home with two younger sisters, or through the years at Miss Linda’s Dance Program, and/or in tutoring and babysitting, and surely because of teachers she has had. “I have been thinking about being a teacher and talking about it forever,” she said. “And Bridgewater was my choice [...]

31 05, 2024

Thanks for the Memories

2024-06-01T10:08:57-04:00May 31st, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Thanks for the Memories

By Judith Silva Nee We teachers are an odd breed, especially early childhood teachers like myself.  We often drive to work in a costume. If we’re on the phone at all, it’s emergency related and over a loud classroom din (‘Hello Dr. Welby...PUT THAT BLOCK DOWN!). We form friendships with other adults through snippets of conversations or a knowing nod between bells. Our lunchtime options are limited.  I happily eat mine in the car, rain or shine. It’s quiet there.  Our work conditions often resemble the great outdoors. It can get so hot that I once got asked at dismissal if I’d gone swimming;  my clothes clung to my body from sweat.  I sometimes walk directly from the schoolyard to the beach for a quick [...]

24 05, 2024

South Boston Graduate, 2024: Thomas Flaherty

2024-05-24T09:20:40-04:00May 24th, 2024|Categories: Education|Comments Off on South Boston Graduate, 2024: Thomas Flaherty

By Carol Masshardt (The series will feature 2024 high school graduates from South Boston) Thomas, “Tommy” Flaherty, 18, will soon be graduating from Archbishop Williams High School. He has lived in South Boston all of his life, and it seems he knows every street and blade of grass in the community he loves. In the fall, he plans to follow in the footsteps of his older sister, Casey, and join the Coast Guard. “I knew I wanted to do something different and didn’t want to go to college. My sister really liked the Coast Guard and is an Aviation Electronics Technician (helicopter mechanic) and that’s exactly what I think I want to do. I made the decision last summer, and have support to go this [...]

15 05, 2024

‘Our Biggest Fight’: McCourt visits South Boston to Get Technology Conversation Started

2024-05-15T10:26:55-04:00May 15th, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on ‘Our Biggest Fight’: McCourt visits South Boston to Get Technology Conversation Started

By Ginger DeShaney The Internet as we know it is broken, according to the book “Our Biggest Fight.” Renowned author, advocate, and Project Liberty founder Frank H. McCourt’s latest book delves into the alarming consequences of technology on today's youth, shedding light on its role in exacerbating mental health challenges, fostering a sense of isolation, and leading to teen suicide. As a longtime ally and former board president of the South Boston Neighborhood House (SBNH), McCourt visited South Boston to bring his message to the neighborhood, spark meaningful dialogue, and drive collective action. By hearing directly from parents and community members, he hopes to glean valuable perspectives that can inform effective strategies for addressing technology's adverse effects on youth mental health. SBNH Executive Director Kathy [...]

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