About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
18 04, 2024

Boston’s Groomer Set to Open

2024-04-18T09:49:52-04:00April 18th, 2024|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Carol Masshardt It’s a new name and a new, but familiar owner, Jenna Spaudling, 33, in a reconfigured, but the same space as the popular Broadway Dog Spa. It is a time to congratulate former owner, Michelle McDonnell, who opened on December 16, 2005, and retired at the end of March, and to welcome into her new role, trusted groomer, Jenna. Michelle set a standard for a work ethic and searched for talent over her years. “I can be a micromanager, I know that, but didn’t have to be with Jenna. She’s ready to take over.” And Jenna has been preparing for  this step over most of her life. “I started volunteering at Alliance for Animals when I was six years old,” she said [...]

14 04, 2024

Over One Million Raised for The Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry

2024-04-14T09:36:22-04:00April 14th, 2024|Categories: Featured, News|0 Comments

By John Joseph Fahey The Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry held its annual fundraiser – in fact it was the 15th anniversary of the second largest food pantry (after Catholic Charities) in Dorchester. Relevant because the food pantry, named after the mother of former Dorchester State Representative and now president of The New England Council Jim Brett, is located in the lower level of St. Margaret’s Church on Columbia Road. The imposing Romanesque Revival style edifice was designed by Patrick C. Keely, a prominent church architect with roots in Ireland. St. Margaret’s was erected at the confluence of Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue in 1904 – only 50 years after what is referred to as the Great Famine in Ireland (1845-52) a difficult era where [...]

13 04, 2024

Creative Brilliance Shines at Boys & Girls Club Art Show

2024-04-13T10:23:45-04:00April 13th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Armed with colorful visions and boundless creativity, kids from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club showcased their artistic talents last week at the Club's judged art show. “I like the fact that I can draw things I haven’t experienced yet,” said 8-year-old Sierra Lites. “And I can make my own styles. I can draw something I want to experience one day.” Danae Dahabreh, 8, likes art “because there’s not only one way to do it” and it makes her happy. Kay’ary King, 12, likes art because he’s good at it and loves that he can create without boundaries.  “The art gallery was inspired by some of our kids who submitted for the national arts competition,” said the Club’s Stephanie Greene. “Unfortunately, none [...]

8 04, 2024

Why Run a Marathon: Susan Hurley

2024-04-08T09:00:32-04:00April 8th, 2024|Categories: Lifestyle|Comments Off on Why Run a Marathon: Susan Hurley

By Carol Masshardt Susan Hurley, 61, is the founder and owner of Chairty Team.org, established to support charity runners and the organization they represent. She is also a life force, who in addition to working as a consultant with the South Boston Neighborhood House’s running team, plans to run the Boston Marathon again this year. And, all with a serious health condition. “I started running in second grade, and haven’t stopped,” she said. “Connecting philanthropy with my passion for running allows me to see people accomplish so much and it benefits the community.” Susan Hurley was a New England Patriots Cheerleader in the late 1980’s, raised children and started a business, all while training for and running marathons. Her core motivation is a belief that [...]

5 04, 2024

Ladies Wednesday Night Bowling League

2024-04-05T10:51:55-04:00April 5th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Ladies Wednesday Night Bowling League

By Carol Masshardt Make no mistake, the forty or so ladies, ages twenties to eighties, own the bowling alley on Wednesday nights from September-April. They come from a variety of jobs, backgrounds, abilities as bowlers, and though some don’t actually recall how they came to join, they surely know why they stay. “It’s the camaraderie,” said Jeanne Hogan, who comes from her healthcare job at Tufts Medical Center. “I have only been coming about three years, but there are some thirty-plus. It is a fun group. We laugh, we bowl, there are banquets and get togethers. It breaks up the week and the winter. I have good and so good nights at the bowling, but it’s not about winning and losing,” she said. Betty Dillon [...]

2 04, 2024

Restaurant Proposed for Andrew Square

2024-04-02T16:54:30-04:00April 2nd, 2024|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Restaurant Proposed for Andrew Square

Andrew Square and the neighborhood directly around it are being rapidly expanded and renovated.  This includes the very substantial “On the Dot” development and future plans for rebuilding the McCormack residences, as well as the recent opening of the novel “flat iron” building at 400 Dorchester Street.  This architecturally striking building combines ground floor retail space and five floors of living space above that overlook the Square from the triangle formed by Preble and Dorchester Streets. So far, the ground floor space in 400 Dorchester Street includes a barber shop, a Dan McCole mural, and a soon-to-be-opened restaurant.  The owner is Joshua “Josh” Weinstein, who presently owns a restaurant in East Boston named “The Quiet Few”.  In his own words, he will continue the “community [...]

29 03, 2024

Condon School Seventh Grade Students Receive HarborOne Recognition

2024-03-29T09:24:00-04:00March 29th, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Condon School Seventh Grade Students Receive HarborOne Recognition

By Carol Masshardt Ateacher with two years’ experience in Boston, Kate Fennessey, and her 7th grade Math students at the Condon School showed what is possible with commitment, support and focus. On March 21st, teams of students presented their concepts for innovative programs with an audience of classmates, community representatives and banking executives from HarborOne. All worthwhile, three were chosen for a special recognition “micro loan” by HarborOne Bank. The “02127 Boys”, Jayden Bengoche, Jio Mendez and Muktar Hassan, presented a clear and energetic proposal to clean, repair the update the Condon gym and thereby enhance it for school and community events and raise funds through activity fees for groups. Other impressive projects with special recognition included a plan to provide a “safe space” in [...]

26 03, 2024

Task Force Formed to Focus on 2025 Parade Safety Plan in South Boston

2024-03-26T17:48:50-04:00March 26th, 2024|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Task Force Formed to Focus on 2025 Parade Safety Plan in South Boston

STATEMENT FROM THE SOUTH BOSTON ALLIED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL & SOUTH BOSTON ELECTED OFFICIALS REGARDING THE 2025 ST. PATRICK’S DAY & EVACUATION DAY PARADE Following the St. Patrick’s Day & Evacuation Day Parade, the South Boston Elected Officials met on Friday afternoon with the leadership of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council and officials from the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security, the Massachusetts State Police, MBTA Transit Police, Boston Police Department, City of Boston Licensing Board and Special Events Division. The focus was on the issues that took place during and in the aftermath of the Evacuation Day & St. Patrick’s Day Parade that we all need to work closely together on and address moving forward. In an effort to maintain this [...]

21 03, 2024

Why Run a Marathon?

2024-03-21T11:37:28-04:00March 21st, 2024|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Why Run a Marathon?

By Carol Masshardt (The next few weeks will profile the running team for the SBNH) “I don’t want to sugar coat it. The dark, brutally cold morning runs can be tough, but then you see a sun rise, and I do it with all the other charity runners, so you get close and it’s worth it.” Devin Baker, originally from Montpelier, Vt. has lived in Boston for three years. She is twenty-five years old, a soccer and basketball player in her youth and now a University of Vermont graduate and an accountant. It would be easy for Devin to enjoy the fullness of her young adult life without running several days a week and “long runs” of seventeen miles on a March weekend. But running [...]

5 03, 2024

It Takes a Community: Sister Maryadele Robinson

2024-03-05T09:19:17-05:00March 5th, 2024|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on It Takes a Community: Sister Maryadele Robinson

By Carol Masshardt Since age 19, Sister Maryadele, of the Catholic Charities Labore Center, has been guided by her faith, and that has led her, surely and through experience, to work with and on behalf of those suffering. “I was always close to the church where I grew up in Syracuse, New York, and learned so much from the sisters along the way, but it was when I saw them in action at a nursing home that I began to understand the meaning of God in action and lives. Faith isn’t just a Sunday morning thing,” she said. Many know Maryadele as the former Director of Labore prior to her “retirement.”  It may be less known that she returned to the ministry that has meant [...]

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