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Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
16 04, 2021

Making a Difference: Susan Devlin Steps Up for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

2021-04-16T18:28:30-04:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Susan Devlin has stepped out of her comfort zone in honor of two courageous kids battling cancer. As she raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), her driving forces are Ollie, 3, and Belle,10 -- the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year.  “I do a lot with charities in the community, but I donate to them. I’m not a fundraiser,” said Susan, owner and founder of Nurture Salon at 127 L Street in Southie. “But I have been wanting to do something more. I have been kind of wishing for it; it’s like it came to me.”  Kristen Krikorian, a client who has been coming to the salon since it opened almost 19 years ago, nominated Susan for the [...]

12 04, 2021

Next Stop: Dartmouth

2021-04-12T20:54:33-04:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|0 Comments

Southie Sports Paved the Way for Adam Alto By Ginger DeShaney The wisdom Adam Alto gained from growing up in Southie will serve him well as he heads to the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College this fall.  “I’ll definitely continue the work ethic that I’ve learned from Southie,” said Adam, who is a senior at Belmont Hill School. “There’s a lot of lessons that I’ve learned here -- not just through school but through sports, through being with my friends -- that I’ll bring there.” The son of Carrie and Peter Alto plans to make some close friends at Dartmouth. “It really helped me in Southie,” Adam said. “I’ve known the kids I play hockey with and the kids I’m really close friends with since before [...]

11 04, 2021

Sprucing Up Broadway

2021-04-11T14:18:27-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Donna Brown and Noah White donned their gloves, grabbed their brooms and trash bags, loaded up the wagon, and hit West Broadway earlier this month.  Donna, the executive director of the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Noah, an intern there, were doing their part to help Southie shine by participating in the South Boston Spring Spruce-Up.  As Donna wrote in her SBNDC invitation to local businesses, nonprofits, and residents, “It's been a long winter, and South Boston's sidewalks could use a little TLC, especially along Broadway! If we all spend just 15-30 minutes picking up litter and giving the sidewalks a sweep, we'll head into [spring] looking and feeling fresher.” Donna said her organization tries to do something before Love Your Block (formerly Boston [...]

8 04, 2021

Men of ‘Leisure’

2021-04-09T07:57:35-04:00April 8th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Men of Southie, get ready to shop! Power couple Christine Crevier and Chris Yang, managing partners and co-founders of Luxe Leisure, knew there was a real need for a men’s clothing shop in the neighborhood. In chatting with customers and neighbors, it was apparent something was missing. So they opened a men’s boutique connected to their women’s shop at 553 E. Broadway. “A lot of men didn’t have the option to shop [in Southie],” said Chris. “There were no local boutiques. People are super excited to see we are offering a more rounded assortment for families.” “Women are super excited, too,” Christine added. “We are filling a void.” The men’s shop had a soft opening on Saturday, April 3, with the grand [...]

3 04, 2021

Cakes with a Kick: Riley’s Drunk Kitchen Bakes with Spirits and Love

2021-04-03T09:55:07-04:00April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Cakes with a Kick: Riley’s Drunk Kitchen Bakes with Spirits and Love

By Ginger DeShaney You can have your cake … and drink it, too. Wait, what?  Thanks to Riley Mahan’s creativity and flavor-making skills, you can buy cakes, cupcakes, and macarons made with booze ... and love. Welcome to Riley’s Drunk Kitchen. Her cake flavors include: Rose Riesling Prosecco Espresso martini (Bailey’s, coffee, and espresso) Coconut rum Mudslide (Bailey’s and Kahlua) Margarita Bourbon and caramel Chocolate and Guinness Frosting choices include: Limoncello Bailey’s Aperol Rum chata Kahlua You can also get booze-less cake (chocolate, vanilla, funfetti, lemon, and Oreo), cupcakes, and macarons. All of her cookies are booze-less. Riley’s Drunk Kitchen was born out of quarantine and boredom.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, Riley has been working from home full time as a program manager for Dana-Farber [...]

2 04, 2021

Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

2021-04-02T08:02:59-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

By Ginger DeShaney After 50 years at the helm of Harold’s Barber Shop, Harold Amato has hung up his scissors.  This old-school Southie landmark at 87 L Street closed its doors on March 31. In a farewell ad to his customers, Harold wrote, “I have made several great friends and have many memories that I will treasure forever. It has been my utmost pleasure to be part of the Southie community ... I will miss you all as I start the next chapter in my life.” Harold, 77, of Marlborough, was the only barber in his shop for those 50 years. He never sat around; he was always on the go, which would explain how he could manage several customers at once. He had tried [...]

28 03, 2021

Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

2021-03-28T19:42:22-04:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

By Ginger DeShaney Cam Murphy Jared Frith, 15, really enjoys being a member of Boyz II Men at the South Boston Neighborhood House. “It doesn’t feel like any other program,” he said. “Cam is super chill, but not too chill. It’s almost like being at home but way more fun.” Cam Murphy is the Boyz II Men coordinator. “I definitely want this program to be a place where they learn independence,” he said. “I try to not be overbearing or overcontrolling. I want them to have these experiences where they can learn. “I want them to have that ability to grow. When they move on from this program, they'll be going off on their own a little bit.” Boyz II Men is a [...]

25 03, 2021

Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

2021-03-25T22:10:00-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

By Ginger DeShaney For Women’s History Month, the Condon Community Center Girls Group honored inspiring local women for their contributions. The girls created a bulletin board “celebrating women who embrace our community.” “It’s people within the community,” said Girls Group member and Condon CC school year staffer Keara Wilbanks, a student at Boston Latin School. “When you hear Women’s History Month, you think of celebrities. But these are not celebrities. They are more relatable.” They are the faces we see in the community, women who live here, women who give back.  “They are not celebrities,” agreed Barbara Caputo Kelly, Program Supervisor, BCYF Condon Community Center, “but they are celebrities to us.” Debra Flaherty, Condon CC staff assistant, said it was important for the girls to [...]

25 03, 2021

National Medal of Honor Day Recognized at Medal of Honor Park, Today at 11:30 a.m.

2021-03-25T07:13:38-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on National Medal of Honor Day Recognized at Medal of Honor Park, Today at 11:30 a.m.

Boston to Recognize National Medal of Honor Day in Advance of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Unprecedented Fourth Convention in Boston in September 2021 Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Kim Janey, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and MOH Recipient and Massachusetts resident Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN Ret., will gather for a short speaking program and flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate National Medal of Honor Day, which every March 25 designated by Congress honors the Recipients of the Medal of Honor. Also expected to attend are Thomas Hudner, son of late MOH Recipient Thomas J. Hudner Jr., and Paul Monti, father of late MOH Recipient Jared C. Monti. This event will also recognize the upcoming return to Boston in September of many of the 69 living Medal of [...]

18 03, 2021

Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

2021-03-19T18:07:30-04:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

By Ginger DeShaney Do you ever wonder what it’s like falling under? Do you ever dream to succeed but you don’t? It don’t matter. ’cause the weight of the world is on your shoulders but nothing can bring you down. Is it wrong, is it right, but it don’t matter; what matters is right now. These are the opening lyrics of the original song “What Matters,” written by preteens Tiara H, Ella M, and Salamata B, members of the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club’s music program.  What matters, what matters is that we've got each other … When the world feels heavy and you feel lost, make sure one thing is clear: Don’t you worry about tomorrow; today you’re here. Tiara performed [...]

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