About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
24 07, 2021

Dluxe Nail Bar West Opens 

2021-07-24T12:08:24-04:00July 24th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Dluxe Nail Bar West, located at 377 W. Broadway, is now open.  The sister shop to D Luxe Nail Bar at 659 E. Broadway boasts 16 chairs, 8 bar stools, 4 tables, 4 drying stations, and a private waxing room.  With chandeliers lining the ceiling, the nail salon is inviting, modern, spacious, and bright.  “It’s beautiful,” said Ally White, who has been a client at the East Broadway location for years but stopped in the West Broadway spot last week. “You’re going into a pretty place.” Ally works on West Broadway, “so this is more convenient.”  Thai Nguyen and his sister Tiffanie Nguyen own the West Broadway location. Tiffanie is the owner of the flagship East Broadway salon.  The West Broadway location, [...]

23 07, 2021

Community Leader: Allison Baker Wears Many Hats to Help Southie Kids

2021-07-23T09:08:02-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”  That’s Allison Baker’s favorite saying. “I try to live that quote,” she said. And she is succeeding … big time. Allison is a lifelong Southie fixture who works tirelessly for the neighborhood’s children through the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, local community centers, the CYO basketball program, and her nonprofit organization Kickoff for Kids. When she was younger, Allison had the people she needed: Katie O’Connell, Barbara Kelly, Joe Kelly, Kathy Davis, Kevin Lally, John Lydon, Sean Monahan, Ronald “Cheech” Maciejewski, and so many others. “All these people still do youth work,” Allison said. “Those people have been role models to me.” Allison spent much of her youth at all [...]

15 07, 2021

Breaking Bread, Building Bonds

2021-07-16T15:55:43-04:00July 15th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

The true spirit of Southie was on full display at the Peace Picnic Wednesday. The Monica's Kitchen event at St. Monica's brought neighbors together to share a meal and build community. It was all about eating together and being together. Monica's Kitchen provides food support for the neighborhood year-round. In addition, every month the Kitchen holds Peace Breakfasts (winter), Peace and Pasta Spaghetti Dinners, and Peace Picnics (summer) where "individuals and families ... gather with us for community meals where peace and goodwill are shared and seeds of neighborly friendship and concern are sown," according to one of the church's bulletins. On Wednesday, burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips, cookies, and watermelon were served to attendees. The Boston Police Department ice cream truck provided cold treats [...]

10 06, 2021

After 50 Years of Service, Anne Gordon Retires from Boys & Girls Club

2021-06-10T19:10:43-04:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on After 50 Years of Service, Anne Gordon Retires from Boys & Girls Club

By Ginger DeShaney “If you like your job, it’s not really work,” said Anne Gordon. “That’s been the way it’s been for me all along.”  So after reaching her goal of “working” for 50 years at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club, Anne is retiring on June 29, 2021, the 50th anniversary of her start date. The 68-year-old Anne is currently the Arts Director and Summer Camp Director at the Edgerley Family South Boston Club but has held various titles throughout her tenure. “That’s one of the reasons I stayed so long is because I can change jobs around,” she said. “Being able to have something different to do … has been very rewarding.” As her retirement date nears, Anne acknowledges it doesn't feel [...]

6 06, 2021

These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

2021-06-06T10:51:25-04:00June 6th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

By Ginger DeShaney “Art is amazing,” said Erica Bayliss, age 10. “Art lets you express your feelings,” said Sean O’Keefe, 11.  “It’s kind of a fun way to relax,” said Nolan Brennan, 14. “I love it. I’ve drawn my whole life,” said Kay’ary King, 10. These were the answers to the question: What do you like about art? South Boston Online sat down for a Zoom call with these four artists from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club and the Club’s Arts Director, Anne Gordon. “They’ve really blossomed this year because they’ve been able to devote so much time to their art,” said Anne, who is retiring this summer. “They’ve really done some great work.” The three younger kids are in Anne’s [...]

3 06, 2021

Alpha Atleta Brings Field Hockey to South Boston

2021-07-16T15:56:08-04:00June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Alpha Atleta Brings Field Hockey to South Boston

By Ginger DeShaney Armed with sticks, boundless energy, and positive attitudes, the girls at Alpha Atleta’s South Boston field hockey clinic are eager to learn. “There’s zero field hockey in South Boston,” said Megan Shea. “Let’s bring it to Southie.”  Megan and her wife, Nicole Poli, started Alpha Atleta “for camps, clinics, and to grow the game,” said Megan. “We just wanted to bring field hockey to South Boston and get the girls going,” added Megan, the head field hockey coach for Division 1 Merrimack College. “And honestly, they’ve gotten so much better.” According to the duo, “We are committed to delivering an outstanding player experience for athletes and families who are looking to start field hockey for the first time or to continue their [...]

31 05, 2021

Fifth Anniversary of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial

2021-05-31T11:12:37-04:00May 31st, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Fifth Anniversary of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial

The Fifth Anniversary of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes took place on Seaport Common, between Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue, in the South Boston Seaport District.  The Memorial was originally dedicated five years ago.  This was its fifth anniversary observance, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is dedicated exclusively to those from Massachusetts who gave their lives in combat.   The MFH Honor Guard emplaces five wreaths – one for each U.S. military service.   Gold Star families place yellow roses in the Memorial’s reflecting pool   Ed Kelly tells about the creating and building the Fallen Heroes Memorial.   Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia asks, “Are we worthy of that sacrifice?”   Jon’s Allison-Cardoso sadly [...]

27 05, 2021

Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

2021-05-27T20:25:07-04:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

By Ginger DeShaney Andrew Markarian is going from a graduating class of about 70 students at Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) to Syracuse University, which boasts about 15,000 undergraduates. While he may experience a bit of culture shock in the fall, he’s hoping growing up in South Boston will help him adjust to a big school. “South Boston isn’t that big, but it still has a huge community, and I feel the same with Syracuse,” said the son of Debbie and Thomas Markarian of South Boston. “I know it’s a large school but I feel like there still could be small communities all around. That’s the same with South Boston. It’s not that large but there are a bunch of things you can do and [...]

17 05, 2021

Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

2021-05-17T15:27:10-04:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

By Ginger DeShaney Staff members at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club just want kids to have a typical summer camp experience this year. “We're excited to get back to a little bit of normalcy,” said director of operations Tim Bothwell. “The staff is excited to get back to the fun aspect … Just having the positive energy of kids in the building and having fun and interacting with one other.” Added Caroline Moreno, membership director, “I would love for them to be able to have fun and be around each other again. So many of our kids have not seen each other and have not seen our staff for over a year now. It’s always good to make new friends and [...]

15 05, 2021

WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

2021-05-15T17:07:33-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

 By Ginger DeShaney Emily Katz Eclectic artwork and funky lighting provide the perfect high-energy backdrop for working out at WAREHOUSE at 64 C Street in South Boston. A talented, diverse, and passionate group of artists was given free rein on the walls of B/SPOKE Studio’s 22,000-square-foot WAREHOUSE, which offers spin classes, weight training, yoga, personal training, and so much more. “WAREHOUSE embodies our aesthetic, energy, vibe, and culture,” said Emily Katz, B/SPOKE Director of Studios. “We had an opportunity to create and design a new space that feels really authentic to who we are and who we want to be as we continue forward. “Creativity, imagination, and inclusivity are literally painted into our DNA,” Emily continued. “Our walls are oozing with color, passion, [...]

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