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13 07, 2020

Walsh Gym Reopens Today, July 13, at Noon

2020-07-13T08:31:31-04:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Walsh Gym Reopens Today, July 13, at Noon

by Rick Winterson It’s commonly called “the Walsh Gym” or the “Walsh McDonough Gym”, but this facility’s full name is “The McDonough Gym/John ‘Stretch’ Walsh Community Center”.   Just a few words about what it offers:  upstairs is the fully professional quality basketball court, sometimes split in two so football drills can also be run in parallel.  Downstairs is the Game Room:  pool, ping-pong, tables for lunch, and a TV area.  But the Walsh Gym has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic struck us in the middle of March.  And now, the Walsh Gym announces it will reopen today, at 12 noon. The Walsh Gym is more than just a gym.  It offers a full slate of activities to young boys and girls, especially teenagers.  We [...]

1 07, 2020

South Boston Elected Officials Hold Fireworks Meeting

2020-07-01T16:45:14-04:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on South Boston Elected Officials Hold Fireworks Meeting

On Monday evening, Councilor Ed Flynn, Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty and State Rep. David Biele, along with the offices of Congressman Lynch and Senator Collins, hosted a meeting with concerned neighbors and representatives from both the Boston Fire Department and the Boston Police Department to discuss the impact of illegal fireworks on our neighborhoods. The meeting, originally scheduled for Medal of Honor Park at 6pm, was held virtually via Zoom and provided an opportunity for elected and public safety officials to engage residents and discuss ways that we can stop the usage of illegal fireworks. Topics of discussion included increased fines and penalties, contacting 911 with locations and descriptions of illegal activity, greater community engagement, a coordinated regional approach from law enforcement, solicitation from distributors, [...]

22 06, 2020

The 2020 Timothy “Doc” Cook Scholarship Awards

2020-06-22T08:14:43-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on The 2020 Timothy “Doc” Cook Scholarship Awards

The Timothy “Doc” Cook Foundation’s Scholarship Awards ceremony was conducted on Saturday afternoon.  The gathering took place on Dorchester Heights in brilliant sunshine, cool early June weather, and at the top of the City of Boston’s highest natural elevation.  It was a perfect day to salute the memory of an outstanding American military man – a man who volunteered for the Marines and served on combat duty in Iraq as a Medical Corpsman.  And of course, those attending the Awards took COVID-19 precautions, especially face coverage and social distancing. The Cook Awards are actually educational scholarships.  Led by Joe Cook (Tim’s father), they were presented to 12 deserving young scholars last weekend, which is a commendable increase from the three or four scholarships when these [...]

11 06, 2020

Pride, faith, hard work will make for meaningful change

2020-06-11T09:18:10-04:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Pride, faith, hard work will make for meaningful change

Submitted by Ray Flynn former Mayor of Boston Boston Police officers are the best, and do their best to protect the people of Boston — from the hard working poor and middle income families to the vulnerable elderly. They are the first line of defense against violent criminals and gangs. Activists nationwide are calling for police departments to be defunded in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis — and that message has been echoed here.  Demands to cut the police budget and diminish the effectiveness and professionalism of our police officers is one of the most absurd proposals I have ever heard. Our police have done an outstanding job in protecting our decent, law abiding citizens and businesses, as they have [...]

6 06, 2020

Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

2020-06-06T08:32:03-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

Phase Two of Governor Baker’s multi-step plan to reopen Massachusetts, after the mid-March shutdown, could begin on Monday, June 8.  The shutdown shot down our St. Patrick/Evacuation Day Parade, and it mostly continues even now.  Barber shops, beauty shops, and beaches are open already, provided that access and all personal gatherings are controlled and limited.  And make no mistake – “Social Distancing” when we knew very little about Coronavirus was absolutely necessary. But right now, let’s start thinking about more reopenings, and how we can make it as real and enjoyable as possible here in South Boston.  Here are a few ideas: First, last weekend, beach crowding and athletics were rare.  Other than a couple of volleyball nets and some “gentlemen” passing a football back [...]

5 06, 2020

State Police Association Response to UMass & MBTA

2020-06-05T17:24:02-04:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on State Police Association Response to UMass & MBTA

The State Police Association of Massachusetts represents the Sergeants and Troopers that make up the uniformed branch of the State Police. For over 150 years, the Massachusetts State Police has served the Commonwealth with distinction, through natural disasters, terrorist attacks, riots and other disturbances. In recent days, we have ensured the safe exercise of First Amendment protests across the Commonwealth and continue to deliver the highest quality of police service. We have stood with many peaceful gatherings of concerned citizens as they march to advocate for change to not only our justice system, but to how our nation as a whole dissimilarly treats its citizens. As to the events that were the catalyst for where we are today, let us be very clear: The State [...]

4 06, 2020

South Boston Reopens: Chapter One

2020-06-04T08:49:57-04:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on South Boston Reopens: Chapter One

by Rick Winterson You are completely aware of the need to take steps against Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic – it was (and still is) a true plague of global, worldwide dimensions.  Here, our schools, churches, athletic facilities, entertainment venues, and almost all of South Boston’s stores were shut down.  And while it has been a great economic sacrifice, this quarantine has measurably “flattened the curve”.  It has worked. Now it’s time for South Boston to reopen – gradually! South Boston Online plans to report upon this reopening in segments, using several short articles.  You know that there are a large number of excellent retail establishments in our neighborhood - establishments that play a huge part in the high quality of life we all enjoy [...]

2 06, 2020

Thank You Boston Police Officers

2020-06-03T18:50:37-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Thank You Boston Police Officers

Brianne Fitzgerald RN, NP The recent incomprehensible murders of black men in Georgia and Minneapolis have shaken even the most jaded among us.  Eleven weeks of COVID-19 quarantine were more than enough, and now we have faced man's inhumanity to man as well as our complicated relationship to race.  The world, as we knew it has changed.  We are changing along with it, and I am just not sure what we will look like as a community when and if the dust settles. The Boston Police Department, the oldest in the country, remains a beacon of hope and comfort for residents of our city.  Full disclosure:  I have no relatives or even any friends who are members of this outstanding department.  As one who works [...]

29 05, 2020

Mayor Walsh Announces Distribution of 10,000 Community Care Kits

2020-05-29T08:14:44-04:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Mayor Walsh Announces Distribution of 10,000 Community Care Kits

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) this weekend will distribute the first half of the 20,000 care kits assembled over the course of this week to various community outreach partners, meal sites, and testing sites in Boston, building on the Mayor’s commitment of making critical resources available to residents. Each kit contains a mask, hand sanitizer, gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, soap, and a booklet with information from the City on COVID-19 facts and resources. The City of Boston is dedicated to providing access to these basic necessities to our most vulnerable population during this pandemic, and keeping residents informed while giving them the tools needed to adhere to the safety guidelines outlined by the Boston Public Health Commission.  Providing residents with the tools [...]

25 05, 2020

Bill Frew Remembers

2020-05-25T09:13:44-04:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on Bill Frew Remembers

Editor’s NOTE:  William J. “Bill” Frew is a local writer.  His major work is “A Pilot’s Life”, memoirs of flying for the Air Force and TransWorld Airlines.  With his permission, we have excerpted a vivid memory Bill wrote about in Book 2, concerning Charles Bazzinotti – now memorialized on South Boston’s Vietnam Memorial, the first in the nation.   “As I start to write this short chapter on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, I just watched the Memorials from Washington, D.C., on TV.  As I watched, I mentally mourned two of my Air Force friends I recalled on this beautiful Memorial Day, and one young man (Bazzinotti) I was associated with in South Boston.  This chapter is mainly about that young man ... I wrote [...]