About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
21 10, 2021

Southie’s Tatte Location a Home Away From Home

2021-10-21T22:54:45-04:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Early Wednesday morning, a line had gathered at Tatte Bakery & Cafe at 60 Old Colony Ave. before the shop officially opened its doors at 8 a.m. By 10 a.m., people were set up at tables and counters with their laptops to do some work, orders of shakshuka were being consumed, and the coffee machines were buzzing. “I’m very excited to be here,” said founder Tzurit Or, who greeted customers offering their congratulations and hugs on the Southie location’s Opening Day. “It’s great. I could feel the anticipation from the neighborhood,” she said, noting she had gotten a lot of questions about when the bakery was going to open. Tatte is the anchor of National Development’s redevelopment of the Cole Hersee complex [...]

7 10, 2021

In Good Company: The Gift Shop That Keeps on Giving

2021-10-07T19:59:49-04:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on In Good Company: The Gift Shop That Keeps on Giving

By Ginger DeShaney In Good Company at 653 E. Broadway is so much more than a gift shop. It’s also a safe space, a supportive environment, and a meeting place. “The goal is to build a presence in the community around the shop that is a space where people go to feel good,” said owner Kait McKenna. “I want the shop to be a bright spot on the street where people can come to a meeting place ... A space that they can trust to buy meaningful gifts. It’s a space for people to express their individuality and spread kindness through gift giving and meaningful conversation.” In Good Company displays an LGBTQ flag in the window, which “is representative of a safe space for the [...]

7 10, 2021

50 Years of Memories: South Boston Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Anne Gordon

2021-10-07T19:38:00-04:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on 50 Years of Memories: South Boston Boys & Girls Club Celebrates Anne Gordon

By Ginger DeShaney Owen Rogers has known Anne Gordon since he was 6 years old.  “Anne has been right next to me the whole time,” Owen, 17, said. “She made me the person I am today.” Owen was just one of many people who attended the celebration Saturday of Anne’s 50-year career at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club. She retired on June 29, 2021, the 50th anniversary of her start date, but she comes back every Wednesday to volunteer. “Anne is the most influential person I’ve ever met,” Owen said. “She’s so inspiring. The work that she does influences so many different people.  “It’s so amazing to see the turnout,” continued Owen, who noted that the number of people who came [...]

4 10, 2021

Life-Changing Experience: Gym Owner Finds Burnin’ Passion to Help Others

2021-10-04T09:44:42-04:00October 4th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Life-Changing Experience: Gym Owner Finds Burnin’ Passion to Help Others

By Ginger DeShaney Helping a friend lose 50 pounds put Ray Peleckas on track to turn around his own life and dedicate himself to his passion for helping others through fitness.  His studio, Burnin’ by Ray, helps his members have a better life. “By coming to Burnin’ by Ray, by being part of the community, they were able to live a better life ... meaning, they slept better, they were better parents, they were a better spouse, they were a better employee, they had less doctors’ visits,” Ray said.  “It just made their life better.” That’s the name of the game at Burnin’ by Ray, which has locations in the Seaport District (157 Seaport Blvd.) and Belmont.  People from all different walks of life work [...]

3 10, 2021

Blessing of the Animals

2021-10-03T16:16:58-04:00October 3rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Blessing of the Animals

Rev. Christopher Boyle performed the Blessing of the Animals Sunday afternoon at Gate of Heaven Church. The Blessing of a gorgeous array of dogs and cats -- and even a couple of stuffed animals -- was held in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Photos by Ginger DeShaney ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **

30 09, 2021

Art in the Park: Free Class Draws People to Pappas Way

2021-09-30T18:53:57-04:00September 30th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Art in the Park: Free Class Draws People to Pappas Way

By Ginger DeShaney The setting was amazing, the weather was perfect, the class was a blast, and people were happy to be outside.  Almost 50 people gathered at the Rec Station at Pappas Way last Saturday for an afternoon of exploring color and paint.  Local artist Erica Goldstein, founder of the Blank Canvas Co., led the free community art class in which adults painted an Aperol Spritz and kids painted oranges. Teachers Gabriella Mirabella and Jill MacInnis came in from out of town for the event. Jill heard about the event on Erica’s Instagram. Jill and Gabriella were both on the waitlist for this session and were thrilled to get the notification that they were in. “I like being outside,” said Jill, who noted that [...]

26 09, 2021

Boston Microgreens: This Business is Literally Growing

2021-09-26T19:15:22-04:00September 26th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boston Microgreens: This Business is Literally Growing

By Ginger DeShaney There are a lot of growing businesses in South Boston, but only one is an actual farm. “I feel like it would be cool for more people to know [about the farm] because this is something really unique and special in Boston and in the city,” said Boston Microgreens cofounder and CEO Oliver Homberg. “It’s the most central production farm in Boston.” After growing microgreens in his South End apartment to provide for a handful of local restaurants, Oliver decided to expand the business into a space at 416 W. Broadway. He grows 75-plus varieties of microgreens based on what his restaurant customers want. “We are a custom urban farm,” Oliver said.  Oliver provides microgreens to more than 50 restaurant customers; he [...]

22 09, 2021

Deconstruction of the Edison Power Plant to Begin

2021-09-22T16:37:57-04:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Real Estate|Comments Off on Deconstruction of the Edison Power Plant to Begin

by Rick Winterson  Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., a ZOOM meeting began, which concerned the major project at 776 Summer Street.  This ZOOM meeting explained the first onsite step, called “Deconstruction,” in developing the property where the Edison Power Plant now sits – at the 776 Summer Street address, from the Dedicated Freight Corridor near the Reserved Channel, and extending around the corner of East First Street.  The developer of this property is Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP), who acquired the property five years ago. The property to be developed was once called the Edison Power Plant, or just “the Edison”.  L Street Station was another name it had.  South Boston Online will refer to it as HRP’s development or as “776 Summer Street”, the address [...]

16 09, 2021

Sending Off Summer in Style

2021-09-16T15:43:57-04:00September 16th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Sending Off Summer in Style

By Ginger DeShaney Summer went out with a bang Saturday, Sept. 11, thanks to the Carson Beach Summer Send-Off. People of all ages gathered at the McCormack Bath House for a beautiful afternoon of fun and exploration. Several organizations came together to help South Boston say farewell to the season: Boston Harbor Now, National Park Service, National Park Foundation, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, City of Boston, Coalition for a Resilient and Inclusive Waterfront, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, Piers Park Sailing Center, and Volo Sports. Boston Harbor Now works in collaboration with many organizations, said Jenn Meakem, community engagement specialist. So when they decided they had to do something at Carson Beach at the end of the summer, they reached out to groups [...]

11 09, 2021

Remember: It Has Been Twenty Years

2021-09-11T08:26:56-04:00September 11th, 2021|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on Remember: It Has Been Twenty Years

Today, September 11, is the twentieth (20th) anniversary of the tragic terrorist attack on America, at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001.  Nineteen members of al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial flights in Boston and New York.  All of these planes crashed; three of them managed to intentionally destroy major buildings in New York and Washington, D.C.  Thousands died.  This is a tragedy that we must never forget, so please make it a point to visit the Massachusetts September 11 Memorial in the southwest corner of Boston’s Public Garden. American deaths from the 9-11 hijackings finally amounted to 2,977.  The large majority of these casualties were civilians.  No, 9-11 was not a battle in any way.  It was a war crime committed by infidel terrorists, mostly [...]

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