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Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
2 12, 2021

The Future Looks Bright: 16 Southie Students Awarded Sports Hall of Fame Scholarships

2021-12-02T23:10:13-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney  Sixteen outstanding South Boston students were awarded $2,000 grants from the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund on Friday. “It’s been an incredibly difficult last 20 months for everybody,” ceremony emcee and Trustee John Beatty said at the Walsh Gym. People have been affected in different ways, he said: “Some with physical hardship or illness, in some cases losing family members; businesses have been impacted, jobs have been impacted, family lives have been impacted. Our students’ have been impacted ... “We hope that this scholarship is a shining light in these students’ lives.”  In addition to the scholarship winners, John mentioned that the applicants who didn’t get scholarships were also exceptional students. “I found new inspiration for what’s going [...]

26 11, 2021

Hilco Redevelopment Partners Donates 1,000 Turkeys to South Boston Families

2021-11-26T14:26:43-05:00November 26th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Like a good neighbor, Hilco Redevelopment Partners is there.  HRP, the owner and developer of 776 Summer St., a 1.68-million-square-foot redevelopment of the former Edison Power Plant, donated 1,000 turkeys to South Boston families in need, working in collaboration with South Boston Association of Non-Profits (SBANP) to distribute them.  “We know that the pandemic hit families really hard,” said Jasmine Sessoms, senior vice president of corporate affairs for HRP. “We don’t want to just build in neighborhoods, we want to be good neighbors. This is our way of demonstrating that we want to be a part of the community here. Tell us what you need; we want to help out.” Jasmine said her company has donated 4,000 turkeys this year: 1,000 in [...]

23 11, 2021

Missing Ingredients: BPL Donation Initiative Looks to Spice Up Local Food Pantries

2021-11-23T17:39:38-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney They say variety is the spice of life, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any spices in a food pantry. Stephanie Chace, nutritional literacy coordinator for Boston Public Library and organizer of its Spice Bank Collective, is on a mission to change that.  “It’s an idea I’ve carried with me for a very long time, probably 8 or 10 years,” she said. “Whenever I would see a call-out for a food pantry for people to donate, you would see the list of things that most pantries were looking for; nonperishables was ultimately the final message. Bring canned goods, bring boxed mac and cheese, and I was always kind of struck that spices, which are nonperishables, were never listed. “So that always stuck [...]

19 11, 2021

Bob Monahan Completes 47 Years of Service

2021-11-19T08:13:41-05:00November 19th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings|0 Comments

   Bob Monahan is a born and brought up South Bostonian, who is concluding his 47th consecutive year of community service.  He’s a family man, the oldest of five brothers – Bob himself, Kevin, Sean, Danny, and Terry.  He recalls growing up, going to summer camps in his pre-teens, and coaching some of South Boston’s many sports teams; he was influenced by residents who themselves demonstrated strong community spirit.  Bob earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard in Psychology and Social Relations; he said, “I really wanted to know what I wanted to do.”  The answer to that lay in giving back to the community, including his family.  “I knew this in my soul”, he stated. A brief summary demonstrates what Bob meant by “giving back [...]

18 11, 2021

Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

2021-11-18T10:54:43-05:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

By Ginger DeShaney Happy Fairgiving! Or rather, Happy Thanksgiving, thanks in part to Fairway Independent Mortgage.  Fairway has donation boxes in nine South Boston businesses to collect food for St. Monica’s Thanksgiving meals. But Fairway isn’t just collecting the regular items. “[St. Monica’s] suggested some fun desserts: cake mixes and frosting and brownie mixes in addition to instant potatoes, cornbread, and cookie mixes,” said Colleen Howard, Fairway’s new marketing and business development coordinator. “Everyone always thinks of the typical stuff, like stuffing and canned veggies, but in addition they will be making a bunch of desserts to keep it fun.” Fairgiving is a new initiative Colleen started this year to help St. Monica’s in its mission to feed 400 local families for Thanksgiving. “St. Monica’s [...]

12 11, 2021

Wicked High Tides a Wake-up Call on Climate Change

2021-11-12T15:52:04-05:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Wicked High Tides a Wake-up Call on Climate Change

By Ginger DeShaney The wicked high tides that flooded Long Wharf and other parts of the city the weekend of Nov. 6 provided a wake-up call for Boston.  “Even though this is a natural event that we’re experiencing right now, it’s already been influenced by climate change,” said Rebecca Shoer, education and community engagement program manager for the Stone Living Lab. “We also know it’s going to keep rising. “It’s actually kind of a preview of what sea level rise might be like for Boston. Eventually this could be every single high tide.” Stone Living Lab, Boston Harbor Now, and the National Park Service hosted “Wicked High Tides” events at Long Wharf last weekend, educating people about Perigean Spring Tides and climate change. The events [...]

10 11, 2021

Police Support Vigil Tonight

2021-11-10T09:52:13-05:00November 10th, 2021|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Police Support Vigil Tonight

Boston Clergy to Hold a Police Support Vigil in Wake of Tuesday Police Shootings and a Weekend Police Stabbing Black clergy in Boston will convene tonight, at 7 p.m., at St Peter’s Church in the Bowdoin Geneva section of Dorchester in prayer as a show of support for the city’s police. On Tuesday, three Boston police officers were shot after a day-long standoff in Dorchester. This past weekend a police officer was stabbed by a civilian in the Grove Hall section of Boston during a domestic dispute. Boston police officers have come under attack in recent days while in the line of duty. Clergy will gather to express their concerns.  “We run the risk of descending into domestic chaos and anarchy in Boston if law [...]

1 11, 2021

VOTE Tuesday, November 2

2021-11-01T10:52:09-04:00November 1st, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on VOTE Tuesday, November 2

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 2nd is the Municipal Election in the City of Boston! You’ll be voting for Mayor of Boston and Boston City Council.   If you haven’t received your vote by mail ballot you should plan on voting in person on Tuesday.    Lists of Candidates to be voted upon in the 2021 General Election by residents of South Boston Lists give the candidates’ names in alphabetical order MAYOR OF BOSTON Annissa Essaibi George Michelle Wu DISTRICT 2 CITY COUNCILOR Edward Flynn (unopposed) DISTRICT 3 CITY COUNCILOR* Frank Baker (incumbent) Stephen McBride *NOTE:  South Boston voters in the neighborhoods of Andrew Square, McCormack Housing, and the Polish Triangle were reapportioned into District 3 several years ago. CITY COUNCILORS-AT-LARGE (four top vote-getters will be elected) Michael Flaherty (incumbent) Althea [...]

1 11, 2021

There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

2021-11-01T09:41:23-04:00November 1st, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

By Ginger DeShaney The banter between Lisa Walsh and Nikki McCart is easy because they’ve been friends forever. They finish each other’s sentences. They laugh a lot because, well, they are downright hilarious.  The second you are in their presence, you feel like family.  And that’s exactly how they want it.  Lisa, 41, and Nikki, 37 -- who were both born and raised in Southie -- opened MW Hair Studio at 401 W. First St. (right next to Publico) on Oct. 1 and the atmosphere is very welcoming. “The goal is to make everybody feel like they have someplace they belong,” Lisa said. “We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home and relaxed,” Nikki said. “That’s kind of the vibe we like in here. [...]

30 10, 2021

Make Moakley Yours: Cleanup, Planting Efforts Beautify Park

2021-10-30T15:36:21-04:00October 30th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Make Moakley Yours: Cleanup, Planting Efforts Beautify Park

By Ginger DeShaney Moakley Park will be bursting with color in the spring. On Saturday, Oct. 23, volunteers planted more than 880 daffodil, tulip, and allium bulbs. The plantings were part of the monthly cleanup sessions at the park.  “We want people to learn, we want people to play, we want people to be invested, we want everyone to feel like they can have a piece of Moakley,” said Jenn Meakem, Community Engagement Specialist for Boston Harbor Now. “Moakley Park is a really big priority for Boston Harbor Now and the city. It’s 60 acres of waterfront parkland.” The Make Moakley Yours campaign, a joint effort between Boston Harbor Now and Boston Parks & Recreation, is designed to encourage people to get to know the [...]

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