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27 10, 2020

Calling all Happy Haunts! 

2020-10-27T13:54:24-04:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|0 Comments

Join us for a safe and festive Halloween celebration. Dress up your cars and yourselves and roll into this socially distant car parade.  This parade is being hosted by The MOMS Club of South Boston. EVERYONE is welcome to participate! Please feel free to RSVP even if you don't belong to the club. Southie, this is for you! Awards for costumed cars!   Categories to be announced. Time/Schedule: 9:50am- Vehicles line up for the parade at the Boston Athletic Club Parking Lot (Pappas Way Entrance) 10:30am- The parade begins (parade will conclude at the end of the route) Parade Route: A parade map through South Boston will be made available online, via email and on the day of the parade. Participating vehicles will be asked to place [...]

7 10, 2020

A Cut Above: Louie Styles now Open

2020-10-07T09:29:31-04:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on A Cut Above: Louie Styles now Open

By Ginger DeShaney The 32-year-old owner of Louie Styles is kicking it old school in his new barbershop at 100 Dorchester St. in South Boston.  Louie Ramos officially opened his doors about two months ago and he and his fellow barbers are already attracting regular customers. He attributes this early success to his strong work ethic, his old-school mentality, and his focus on the customers. “We offer high-quality cuts. We take our time,” Louie said. “We don’t want our customers to feel rushed.” Services range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. The shop takes walk-ins and scheduled appointments. “We build bonds; we have conversations,” he said. “The customers talk to us. We have conversations and make connections.” To get the word out about his shop, [...]

30 09, 2020

Fall and Winter Support for Restaurants

2020-09-30T15:58:15-04:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Fall and Winter Support for Restaurants

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the expansion of the Reopen Boston Fund to ensure restaurants in Boston are able to purchase necessary equipment for outdoor dining this fall and winter. This opportunity will include costs to cover heaters, storage equipment, and propane. In May, Mayor Walsh announced the $6 million Reopen Boston Fund, which provides debt-free grants to support the safe and healthy reopening of small businesses in Boston. To date, the City of Boston has issued more than $2.5 million in direct grants to 1,325 qualified small businesses to implement necessary public health measures and to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. The Reopen Boston Fund continues to offer grants to eligible small businesses of up to $2,000 (for non-restaurants) to assist with reopening costs, now [...]

31 08, 2020

Civil Fine of up to $300 for South Boston House Parties

2020-08-31T14:15:57-04:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Civil Fine of up to $300 for South Boston House Parties

Dear Neighbors, In recent months during this pandemic, many of you have contacted our offices out of great concern regarding largely attended house parties throughout the neighborhoods of South Boston. Please note that we share your concerns about these house parties, not only in terms of their noise and impact on the quality of life for our residents, but primarily due to their potential to become superspreader events in the age of COVID-19.  In the absence of medical and scientific breakthroughs, it is critical that each of us continue to follow public safety guidelines as this pandemic is not over, unfortunately.  The South Boston elected officials have also discussed these issues with city officials, as well as steps that have been taken to engage landlords [...]

14 08, 2020

Jackie O’Brien to Be Honored at New Street Hockey Rink

2020-08-14T11:05:09-04:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Jackie O’Brien to Be Honored at New Street Hockey Rink

by Rick Winterson   On Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m.,  Jackie O’Brien will be honored.  As part of the First Dangle Fest Street Hockey Tournament (which will be an annual event in years to come), the brand new street hockey court in Moakley Park will be named the John “Jackie” O’Brien Street Hockey Court, in recognition of his extraordinary efforts in support of South Boston’s youth clubs, sports, programs, and activities. And Jackie’s honor is not only well-deserved, it is highly fitting.  He and Joe Moakley were close friends; Jackie also played center at Saunders Field, in front of Ray Flynn, during his South Boston High School football years.  Over the years, he has supported our Boys & Girls Club, South Boston Little League, South [...]

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 [...]