About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
23 11, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving

2023-11-23T08:22:43-05:00November 23rd, 2023|Categories: Editorial, Featured|0 Comments

You may not be aware of this, but our American Thanksgiving Day is unique in the world.  This is not to say that other countries are ungrateful for their blessings.  They certainly are grateful.  Instead, we claim that America was the very first nation to set aside an entire Holiday to say “Thanks”. It’s also worth pointing out that here in the U.S., Thanksgiving Day is usually spent with families and friends, no matter what’s going on in the rest of the world.  And Thanksgiving always begins an unusual, four-day, Holiday weekend as well.  In addition, many, many generous souls among us cheerfully make sure that delicious dinners are given to those who have no place to go on Thanksgiving Day – by the thousands [...]

17 11, 2023

Spotlight: Erin LaMonica

2023-11-17T10:16:59-05:00November 17th, 2023|Categories: Education|0 Comments

Since May, Erin LaMonica has been employed as the Community Initiatives Coordinator by the South Boston Neighborhood House (the SBNH) on H Street.  Erin’s position is funded with a three-year grant to the SBANP (South Boston Association of Non-Profits) from a Tufts Medical program, which is specifically named “The Tufts Community Benefits and Health Equity Project”.  In her capacity as Coordinator, she reports directly to Kathy Lafferty, the SBNH’s Executive Director.  Erin has learned a lot in her six months here.  Nowadays, she frequently refers to the SBNH as the “Ollie”, an affectionate nickname derived from Olivia James, the SBNH’s Founder. As the Community Initiative Coordinator, Erin has responsibilities that involve many of the “Ollie’s” and SBANP’s community-driven initiatives.  In a neighborhood as active as [...]

11 11, 2023

American Veterans Day: November 11, 2023

2023-11-11T09:55:40-05:00November 11th, 2023|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on American Veterans Day: November 11, 2023

Today, think of them as “Global Veterans”. Today November 11, all American veterans, living and dead, will be honored.  Thanks will be especially offered to all living veterans, who have served the United State honorably in war or in peace and who are still with us. There’ll be gatherings in veterans’ posts, governmental remembrances, and religious observances dedicated to living veterans and to those who have passed on since their time in America’s military services – in particular, to those who saw combat and lived to return to the United States. But here are two questions:  Did you ever think about how much our military veterans have done for so many other nations, for more than a hundred years?  Could they be called “Global Veterans”?  [...]

10 11, 2023

Honoring Veteran’s Day

2023-11-10T07:38:06-05:00November 10th, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Honoring Veteran’s Day

“If people walk by and ask about the meaning of the flags, and I can explain how important military service is and why flags are at half-staff and other things they may not know then I consider it Mission Accomplished,” said Foley Apartments resident Michael “Mike” Hayes. Every branch of the service is recognized by a flag or banner outside the complex on Columbia Road, and without fanfare, it is a place where service and sacrifice are remembered. In large part, this is due to the efforts of Mike. You may even hear patriotic music on given days, but more likely is a man quietly unfurling a flag or placing one in a garden. “Sometimes people get out of their cars and stand at attention [...]

6 11, 2023

Why Vote?

2023-11-06T08:27:23-05:00November 6th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Why Vote?

Why bother to make the effort, especially for a local city council election, and take two minutes to exercise one of the most important acts in a democracy?  The answers are steeped in philosophy, justice, history, psychology, and experience.  There was a commonly expressed wish for a productive, fair, and respectful city council that can tune into the needs of the everyday citizen. The conduct of construction projects, on-going traffic and safety issues, schools, and preservation of green space were named more than one by South Boston voters. Here is what a sampling of residents voting on a summer-like day at the Condon Community School of Oct. 27th had to say about voting and their hopes for the community. Despite serious concerns, voters came with [...]

3 11, 2023

Stand-Out at Sr. Mary Veronica SND Park

2023-11-03T10:03:26-04:00November 3rd, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Stand-Out at Sr. Mary Veronica SND Park

A South Boston Stand-Out took place and its main purpose was to address a serious community problem. The problem in question is the sale of South Boston’s Sr. Mary Veronica SND Park by the Archdiocese of Boston, which holds the title directly ever since St. Augustine Church closed.  The sale will be to a developer, who then intends to shut down the Park and build housing on it.  This Park is located on West Eighth Street between F and Grimes Streets.  It is open to everyone.  And it is small – at 50 by 100, it’s approximately 5,000 square feet.  Five basswood/linden trees encircled by small garden plots are located in the Park, as well as a couple of trees along the bordering sidewalk.  The Park [...]

2 11, 2023

Community Effort: Seven2 Foundation Rallies Support for Kids, Small Businesses

2023-11-02T15:09:44-04:00November 2nd, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Community Effort: Seven2 Foundation Rallies Support for Kids, Small Businesses

By Ginger DeShaney Campbell Marchant has been in South Boston since March 2022, but he’s already making an impact on the neighborhood.  After getting the lay of the land last November and not wanting to step on any toes, Campbell launched his first Southie Kids Food Drive 12 days before Thanksgiving, raising $7,000 for 700 meals for kids at the Condon, Tynan, Excel High School, and more.  This year, his goal is to raise $30,000 for 2,000 meals for Boston Public Schools students and others in need. He’s already at $10,000 and has a Southie Kids Food Drive fundraiser at Capo on Nov. 9 from 6-9 p.m. “I’d like everyone to be aware of the work we are doing. We’ve put long hours into this [...]

27 10, 2023

Over Thirty and Under Three: Bob Monahan

2023-10-27T08:47:09-04:00October 27th, 2023|Categories: Lifestyle|Comments Off on Over Thirty and Under Three: Bob Monahan

The series features residents who have made SB home for more than thirty years or fewer than three by alternating weeks.) South Boston non-profit leader and engaged community member, Bob Monahan, has made South Boston home for all of his sixty-nine years. He has never stopped appreciating and working toward better lives for the families in a familiar and changing landscape. It is here that his values and aspirations developed, and his contributions and professional life shaped. At every bend, he credits his late mother, Marion Monahan. “Growing up as one of five brothers, we played sports, went to see whatever was happening in the city, played in the streets. What really mattered though were the examples of people giving back, and that hasn’t changed,” [...]

24 10, 2023

Over Thirty and Under Three: Julia Sprofera

2023-10-24T09:44:16-04:00October 24th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Over Thirty and Under Three: Julia Sprofera

Twenty-five-year-old Julia Sprofera grew up in Medfield, went to college at Wake Forest in North Carolina, worked in Charlotte, but it seems as if she was destined to call South Boston home. “I knew I had to come “home” to Massachusetts after working for a year in Charlotte and so looked at a lot of neighborhoods. South Boston appealed to me because it was more of a community,” she said. Moving from apartment to apartment over three years, she is busy without seeming pressured. Working at Arbella Insurance, and pursuing an MBA at Boston College, Julia listens, observes, and engages. She has developed an appreciation of South Boston, and a recognition that it is not always easy for those who have been in the community [...]

19 10, 2023

Lifting Spirits of Deployed Soldiers, One Care Package at a Time

2023-10-19T18:33:54-04:00October 19th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Lifting Spirits of Deployed Soldiers, One Care Package at a Time

By Ginger DeShaney Coming from a military family, Kelly Conroy has always been passionate about taking care of soldiers. “Our troops don't get what they need and certainly not what they deserve,” said the lifelong South Bostonian. “I feel like it's something we can do just to lift them up. Some of them are just so young and they're so far away from home. “It's such a big sacrifice on everyone. I just figured, you know, if I can do a little something, why not?” Kelly isn’t doing a little something. She’s doing a BIG something. After years of sending care packages to a handful of soldiers, she has kicked it up several notches by becoming a local organizer for the AdoptaPlatoon organization. Her Adopt [...]

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