About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
27 06, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking: Julia Kotlinska

2022-06-27T08:32:52-04:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Carol Masshardt  At one of the busiest four corner intersections in South Boston rests the lovely and peaceful coffee shop, Esthetic Bean. In a community loved by those from many generations to newcomers, Julia Kotlinska joined the ranks when she moved to Boston and then bought her special spot at 16 Prebble St. in September 2021. “I came from my home country of Ukraine eight years ago and lived in Key West, Florida, but I knew when I visited Boston that I had to be here. I loved it from the first moment. There is old architecture and history but also new. I like the weather, and the people have been especially great,” she said. The small space is filled with carefully arranged teas, [...]

25 06, 2022

Career Paths: Teens Learn about Different Professions at Boys & Girls Club Event 

2022-06-25T10:14:28-04:00June 25th, 2022|Categories: Business, Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Teens at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club learned about careers from professionals in the neighborhood Wednesday evening during Career Night. It was the Club’s first Career Night since COVID-19.  According to Pattie McCormick, Associate Director of Development at the Club, kids were polled on what they would like to hear about. The following professions were represented: accounting, urban planning, hospitality, nursing, photography, law enforcement, and fashion. “We want to let them know what’s out there,” she said, “and spark interest.” The kids were engaged throughout the night, asking great questions and listening intently. Two of the presenters – RN Cailin O’Dwyer and Officer Ryan Kelly – were former Club kids themselves! The following professionals were on hand for [...]

24 06, 2022

Boston Garden: Kathy Provenzano’s Instincts Create Beautiful Front Yard

2022-06-24T10:08:15-04:00June 24th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Kathy Provenzano says she’s no expert when it comes to gardening, but anyone walking by 105-107 Marine Road would beg to differ.  The front yard is an explosion of yellow with some pink and purple. It’s just gorgeous.  There are also garden embellishments such as a lighthouse, bird bath, and rock sculptures.  “I enjoy [gardening],” Kathy said. “I wish I knew more about it. It is what it is, I enjoy what I have.” And so does the neighborhood. Kathy doesn’t remember all the things she’s planted from way back when, but the evening primrose came from her friend’s husband’s mother and Kathy spread them around. “I’m just playing around out here,” said Kathy, who lives in a house owned by her [...]

23 06, 2022

Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

2022-06-23T16:52:25-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News, Sports|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney After learning that president Billy Baker was stepping down from South Boston Youth Soccer after the COVID-19 hiatus, some former players have vowed to revive the league.  When Caitlyn Murphy got the blessing from Baker to take the ball and run with it, she recruited Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. The foursome has been busy raising money, planning, organizing, and getting paperwork and permits in order in hopes of starting the league this fall. While Baker gave the women his nets, balls, and other equipment, he didn’t feel comfortable giving them the league name, so they are calling it the South Boston Soccer League. “South Boston Youth Soccer has been a thing as long as I’ve been alive,” Caitlyn said. [...]

17 06, 2022

Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

2022-06-17T10:39:10-04:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney A miserable workout led Rebecca Skudder to find her stride … and found MyStryde.  While training for a half-marathon back in 2014, Rebecca was supposed to do a running workout on the treadmill because it was cold out. “And I was like, this is miserable,” she recalled. So she took a spin class to change things up and get in her workout. “While I was in that cycling class, I was like, why don’t they just do this for running and make running on the treadmill so much more fun?” Assuming spin-like classes existed for running, she went home and started looking for studios. There were none. She decided she needed to change that. Unique studio In 2016, the self-trained entrepreneur opened [...]

11 06, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking: Filomena Lograsso

2022-06-11T09:09:39-04:00June 11th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking: Filomena Lograsso

By Carol Masshardt Filomena Lograsso, 75, of Sal’s Italian Ristorante and Pizzeria on L. St., looks back to her childhood in Abruzzi, Italy, and draws a quick connection to her lifelong skill and passion for cooking. She also looks ahead to a time when the third generation of her family with husband, Salvatore, continue the fine tradition. But, for now, she is in the kitchen most every day as she has been since 1986 when she and Sal turned a convenience store into the restaurant. “I came from Italy in 1965 at age 17,” she said. “I never studied cooking in the sense of going to school, but I watched my mother. She was a good cook, and I remember her making sauce, homemade pasta, [...]

9 06, 2022

Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

2022-06-09T16:08:40-04:00June 9th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

By Ginger DeShaney What started as a pickup flag football game between kids and their moms has grown into a major fundraiser that benefits South Boston children.  “My main focus is truly the kids who are in need,” said Allison Baker, founder of Kickoff for Kids. “That’s why it was created.” This year’s Kickoff for Kids women’s flag football tournament will be held Saturday, June 25, at the Pop Warner Field next to the Murphy Rink. There are 10 teams in the 30+ division (also known as the Moms’ division) and eight teams in the younger division. “The moms love it,” Allison said, noting some teams are stacked with 20 players. “They like to be part of something, enjoy the day, and be with their [...]

3 06, 2022

Voices in Health Care: Jocelyn Guggenheim

2022-06-03T08:33:21-04:00June 3rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Voices in Health Care: Jocelyn Guggenheim

By Carol Masshardt There are many options for talented nurse practitioners in a field with great need and short supply, and South Boston Community Health Center’s Jocelyn Guggenheim, RN, MS, CPNP, could be a leader in any of them. “I started eleven years ago as a NP student and refused to leave,” she joked, adding “it is really close to the truth, and I didn’t even know then how much my role would change.”  Clearly focused, practical, and analytic, a rare combination of skills, it is no mystery why she also was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in October 2021. A Brandeis University graduate with an English degree, she went on to Northeastern University for a challenging combined RN/NP program, and worked in a variety [...]

1 06, 2022

Voices In healthcare

2022-06-01T12:24:53-04:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Voices In healthcare

By Carol Masshardt Armando Correa’s work is all about breath.  As a Respiratory Therapist for the past sixteen years plus at Tufts Medical Center, he thinks about the rhythm of breath, how to evaluate it, and establish adequate flow regardless of a patents condition A life can depend on, and never has his expertise been more needed than in recent years. “I was in the hospital as a kid with asthma,” he said. “I can relate to not being able to breathe. Now, if I’m on the floor in non-critical situations, I get to know patients. They’re scared, sometimes angry, and I hope to alleviate their anxiety.” Experienced and focused, Correa, 56, exudes a caring capability and is someone anyone would want in the frightening [...]

27 05, 2022

Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

2022-05-27T10:01:56-04:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

By Ginger DeShaney Bo Cleary is just an old-school Southie soul.  His Southie upbringing – he grew up in Old Harbor, then in City Point – and so many good people here helped him along the way. He now settles in doing some fit coaching and once-in-a-blue-moon acting, stunts, and voiceovers as a Screen Actors Guild member. “It was an amazing place for me to grow up. I had some amazing people,” Bo said, noting it would take too long to name them all. “I like to call them good old-school souls that I benefited from being around, and I still cherish their relationships. “Some of the best people I've known come from South Boston,” said Bo, who divides his time between Cape Ann and [...]

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