About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
5 12, 2022

Senior Standouts: SB Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund Hands Out Awards

2022-12-05T19:15:49-05:00December 5th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, News|0 Comments

Since its founding in 1995, the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund has awarded 232 grants for a total of $366,000 to the deserving youth of South Boston. This year’s awards continued that success with a record-breaking 15 recipients getting $2,500 each. The following students were awarded the scholarships at the Tynan Community Center on Nov. 25:  KATHERINE BULGER   Boston Latin School Massport Scholarship Grant Attending: UMass-Amherst LAUREN CLOHERTY Lawrence Academy Folan Family Memorial Scholarship Grant Attending: Salve Regina OWEN DONOVAN Boston College High School “L” Street Brownies Association Grant Attending: Stonehill College AIDAN FITZGERALD Boston Latin School Cunniff Family Scholarship Grant Attending: UMass-Lowell CAITLIN FITZGERALD Thayer Academy South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Association Attending: Trinity College MARY KATE HART [...]

4 12, 2022

Women in the Trades – Leanne Boylan

2022-12-04T08:30:11-05:00December 4th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Carol Masshardt “Working hands do this work,” said South Boston daughter and Union 223 Laborer, Leanne Boylan, 57, and no one can tell the story better than she can. She has worked on a number of projects that have recreated the city while living her long-evolved dream. Graduating from Gate of Heaven and Cardinal Cushing High School, she began working at Joseph’s Bakery and stayed there for twenty-seven years. “My mother was old school, she wouldn’t go beyond H. St,” she said laughing and agreed that she followed suit but had her eye on becoming a tradeswoman for years. “Someone came into the bakery who had a union hat on, and it was Martin Walsh!  I was hoping to meet up with him and [...]

2 12, 2022

Michaela’s Market Pops Up on West Broadway

2022-12-02T15:18:15-05:00December 2nd, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Michaela’s Market has popped up at 369 W. Broadway, the former location of Sweet Tooth Bakery.  South Boston’s Michaela Colvin is selling her crocheted items and holding classes in the Event Gallery Room through the month of December. The shop is open weekdays from 4:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Michaela has her own Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarketMichaelasCo) and attends craft fairs but had been thinking of getting a physical space or looking for a place to pop up.   At a recent South Boston Chamber of Commerce event, Michaela talked to Donna Brown, executive director at South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, about possible spaces for a pop-up. South Boston NDC owns the building on West Broadway and [...]

25 11, 2022

Flying to a Record: Ava McKunes Celebrates South Boston Boys & Girls Club Butterfly Mark 

2022-11-25T11:39:17-05:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Following in the swim strokes of her dad, Stephen McKunes, Ava McKunes took to the water like a fish.  She started swimming the butterfly because that’s what her dad swam when he was a member of the South Boston Boys & Girls Club swim team. And it turns out, Ava’s pretty good at it.  Actually, she’s very good at it … she’s so good that she broke a 27-year-old South Boston Club 50 fly record set by Michelle Sloane. Ava’s time was 30.52 seconds, besting Michelle’s record of 31.44. But Ava had to wait two years to celebrate the milestone because she broke the record, at age 14, in January 2020, right before everything shut down because of COVID-19. It was tough [...]

17 11, 2022

Learning Walks: Harborwalk Group Gets Grant to Install Informational Signs at Castle Island

2022-11-17T16:16:39-05:00November 17th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Learning Walks: Harborwalk Group Gets Grant to Install Informational Signs at Castle Island

By Ginger DeShaney With a $75,000 grant from the city of Boston’s Community Preservation Act, Friends of the Boston Harborwalk has installed eight interpretive signs around Castle Island and Pleasure Bay. The signs include information about the history of the site, the lagoon, harbor vessels, and even birds, said Liz Nelson Weaver, a volunteer with the Friends group.  “We had a sense going into the project of what the really important stories were to tell at Castle Island and Pleasure Bay,” said Liz, who wrote the grant application. “And we always wanted it to be a mix. We didn’t want it to be just maritime industry stories.”  There are so many other things that have happened along the waterfront or that are connected to the [...]

14 11, 2022

It Takes a Village to Make a Community

2022-11-14T11:04:51-05:00November 14th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on It Takes a Village to Make a Community

By Carol Masshardt City streets, the people who occupy them and the cars that share them are nothing new to Safety Officer/Crossing Guard, Stacey Menjin. Living in Chelsea until she married husband, James, twenty-nine years ago, she has lived in South Boston   in the multi-generational house where he was raised and where they then raised their two daughters and one son. Her beat now, after having worked for many years at the Perry School and then as a crossing guard in Dorchester, is on the corner of “I” and Broadway. Stacey is practical and outgoing with her eye on the cityscape while focused on the footsteps and greetings of children and parents. “In the past, it was great to have hours that worked when [...]

13 11, 2022

Harry Duvall Reflects on Time at Club as He Prepares for Next Chapter

2022-11-13T12:29:48-05:00November 13th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Harry Duvall Reflects on Time at Club as He Prepares for Next Chapter

By Ginger DeShaney After 18 years at the helm of the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, Executive Director Harry Duvall is going to be exploring opportunities in international aid relief and cultural exchange. He will be with the Club through the end of December and leaves it in terrific shape. His decision “just kind of coalesced inside me,” he said recently, in terms of the timing being right. “There was no crisis of faith, no big soul searching, no plotting,” he said. “It was very naturally, like, oh, maybe this and maybe this and then, it’s time, let’s go.” While Harry doesn’t have a degree in international relations, his resume is strong and his skills are transferable. He has a couple of [...]

11 11, 2022

Join the Connolly and Barry Families 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk for Dana Farber

2022-11-18T08:15:40-05:00November 11th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Join the Connolly and Barry Families 1st Annual 5K Run/Walk for Dana Farber

There are many ways to deal with the sudden message of a parents’ cancer diagnoses when you are far away from home.   John Barry, and Griffin Connolly were enjoying their college life, Griff at University of Arizona and John at University of Virginia, when they heard news of their father’s throat cancer diagnosis just about a year apart. The friendship shared with the families provided the grounding they needed to remain focused, caring, and led to their plan for a Dana Farber fundraiser that will be a reality this Thanksgiving. It will, of course, be in South Boston, the community that nurtured the friendships between the families of Denise and John Barry and George and Tracy Connolly. “I was inspired by my father’s former [...]

5 11, 2022

Proud Graduation at the Laboure Center

2022-11-05T09:55:55-04:00November 5th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Proud Graduation at the Laboure Center

By Carol Masshardt There are many things on the minds of the instructors and students on the final day of October at the completion of the Certified Nurse Assistant Program. At the Laboure Program, Kathleen Curran-Nigi is not new to challenges in running successful programs, and nothing deters her from the fierce belief in the group she has ushered, taught, motivated, and learned from in these past weeks. “Oh my God, they are an excellent group,” she said. “They come with so many stories and struggles.” The group of eight expected to graduate navigated COVID at a clinical site, managed primary responsibilities at home, worried about distant relatives, and still brought a sense of pride in completion that would rival those at any commencement. They [...]

4 11, 2022

Last Day to Vote Early

2022-11-04T09:53:05-04:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: News|Comments Off on Last Day to Vote Early

The State Election is TUESDAY, November 8, 2022. If you are a registered voter, you can still vote early at City Hall on Friday, November 4.  Check it out at Boston.gov/early voting.And if you are still in doubt about Mid-term Elections, we suggest that you think about the four questions on the 2022 Mid-term Election ballot: 1.- Additional tax on income over one million ($1,000,000) dollars:    A YES vote would authorize that tax, which could raise an additional $1-2 billion for schools and transportation but there are two things to consider – first, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has an estimated tax surplus right now of roughly $5 billion; second, the State Constitution forbids a graduated (stepwise) income tax.  Do we need to raise more tax [...]

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