About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
15 05, 2021

WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

2021-05-15T17:07:33-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

 By Ginger DeShaney Emily Katz Eclectic artwork and funky lighting provide the perfect high-energy backdrop for working out at WAREHOUSE at 64 C Street in South Boston. A talented, diverse, and passionate group of artists was given free rein on the walls of B/SPOKE Studio’s 22,000-square-foot WAREHOUSE, which offers spin classes, weight training, yoga, personal training, and so much more. “WAREHOUSE embodies our aesthetic, energy, vibe, and culture,” said Emily Katz, B/SPOKE Director of Studios. “We had an opportunity to create and design a new space that feels really authentic to who we are and who we want to be as we continue forward. “Creativity, imagination, and inclusivity are literally painted into our DNA,” Emily continued. “Our walls are oozing with color, passion, [...]

14 05, 2021

Manufacturing a Good Time: Castle Island Brewing Co. Set to Open Southie Location

2021-05-14T19:13:10-04:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Manufacturing a Good Time: Castle Island Brewing Co. Set to Open Southie Location

By Ginger DeShaney With his Castle Island Brewing Co. set to open a new location this summer in South Boston’s Cole-Hersee building, Adam Romanow has come full circle.  “I’ve always wanted to be in Southie,” said Romanow, founder and president of the brewing company. “I’ve been living in Southie for 13 years now. I’ve got some history with the neighborhood.” Adam’s grandfather, Allan Romanow, started Romanow Container in Southie, and his great-grandfather, Leo Mayer, started Cole-Hersee. “I always had the dream of bringing some manufacturing back to South Boston,” Adam said. “With a name like Castle Island, it seemed like it would be a great fit.” Adam named his company after his favorite place in the city: “I love it there. That’s my happy place.”  [...]

11 05, 2021

From Southie to Penn State: McRae Wiederer has Always Known her Career Path

2021-05-11T07:33:32-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on From Southie to Penn State: McRae Wiederer has Always Known her Career Path

A dog named Boo solidified McRae Wiederer's goal to become a veterinarian.  In second grade, the daughter of Ed Wiederer and Ginger DeShaney decided she wanted to be a vet. But she only lived with cats, so when she befriended Boo at the Paraclete Center, before she was even a student there, she asked the staff if she could walk the dog every once in a while to see if being a vet was something she really wanted. “I said I wanted to be a vet in second grade, but that’s just something second-graders say,” said McRae. “So I wanted to confirm that I wanted to be a veterinarian. And that’s what taking care of Boo did.” Her friendship with Boo -- and two Adventures [...]

30 04, 2021

Neighborhood Pride: Volunteers Take Out the Trash on East First Street

2021-04-30T16:48:00-04:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Neighborhood Pride: Volunteers Take Out the Trash on East First Street

By Ginger DeShaney More than 50 volunteers descended upon East 1st Street Saturday to pick up trash and beautify the area. “It’s people coming together with pride for the neighborhood,” said former Mayor Ray Flynn, who along with his wife, Cathy, stopped by Eversource Park at 500 East 1st St. for the event. In a collaboration of the Friends of NoB (North of Broadway), the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk, and Eversource, the area between Summer Street and West 1st was cleaned up during the Harborwalk Park Cleanup, done in conjunction with Earth Day.  Ray and Cathy are no strangers to working with neighborhood residents. “I’m so proud of these neighbors,” Ray said. “All these neighbors, they are so committed to this community. It’s a [...]

25 04, 2021

South Boston Facebook Group Provides a Beautiful View of the Neighborhood

2021-04-25T19:16:35-04:00April 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on South Boston Facebook Group Provides a Beautiful View of the Neighborhood

By Ginger DeShaney Erin Welch The South Boston Lawn Garden & Patio Facebook group is a peaceful place to spend a little time and take a gorgeous journey through the neighborhood.  “If you're an obsessed gardener or someone who just likes to look at pretty landscapes, you'll make a great addition to the group,” said Erin Welch, who founded the group because “I love working in my yard! Obsessed with it. I also love to learn all there is to know about growing plants. “There's so much I don't know, and I thought it would be good to have a group where members can learn and share ideas. It seemed like a great way for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to bond [...]

24 04, 2021

The Bohdii Vibe: Boutique Already Making a Name in Southie

2021-04-24T12:45:08-04:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Bohdii Vibe: Boutique Already Making a Name in Southie

By Ginger DeShaney Bohdii Boutique opened its doors at 398 W. Broadway on April 10 and already has some regulars. “It seems like everyone has great things to say when they leave,” said owner Justice Pellegrino. “We’ve already had repeat customers. A few girls were like, ‘I was just here the other day.’ That says a lot.  “If you’re seeing people come back, that’s the best that can happen.” This is the second boutique for Justice, who is just 24 years old. She opened her first Bohdii Boutique in Western Mass. (East Longmeadow) in November 2019 to see if she could do it. “Then I brought myself to the big city.”   A Boston shop made sense because she ships a lot of merchandise from her [...]

23 04, 2021

Club Kid! Brendan Frize Proudly Represents South Boston as Youth of the Year 

2021-04-23T16:29:45-04:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Club Kid! Brendan Frize Proudly Represents South Boston as Youth of the Year 

By Ginger DeShaney The Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club helped shape Brendan Frize into the amazing young man he is today.  “Ever since I started spending time there at age 8, it’s been a big part of my life,” the son of Christine and Liam Frize said. “The Club has definitely prepared me for life … by teaching me tons of skills like leadership, honesty, and to be confident and outgoing” as well as responsibility, accountability, and empathy. Taking all those lessons to heart and incorporating them into his life set up Brendan to become the Edgerley Club’s Youth of the Year. “I was really excited when I got the call,” he said. “I was happy that I was able to represent [...]

22 04, 2021

Of Life and Lacrosse: Boston Program Goes Beyond the Game 

2021-04-22T18:56:35-04:00April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Of Life and Lacrosse: Boston Program Goes Beyond the Game 

By Ginger DeShaney More than 300 local youth are learning lacrosse and life skills. “We make sure we give them the skills to play, but we make sure it’s more than the X’s and O’s,” said Erin Brogan, director of Boston Youth Lacrosse and coach of the seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ team. “All our coaches talk about sportsmanship and remind kids how to be a great teammate.” There are also plenty of team-building activities, as well as leadership opportunities for the older kids and players who have graduated out of the program, including becoming junior officials and volunteering for the Learn to Play program for younger kids. The program started as South Boston Youth Lacrosse in 1997. In 2016, it became Boston Youth Lacrosse to [...]

16 04, 2021

Making a Difference: Susan Devlin Steps Up for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

2021-04-23T16:17:05-04:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Making a Difference: Susan Devlin Steps Up for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

By Ginger DeShaney Susan Devlin has stepped out of her comfort zone in honor of two courageous kids battling cancer. As she raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), her driving forces are Ollie, 3, and Belle,10 -- the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year.  “I do a lot with charities in the community, but I donate to them. I’m not a fundraiser,” said Susan, owner and founder of Nurture Salon at 127 L Street in Southie. “But I have been wanting to do something more. I have been kind of wishing for it; it’s like it came to me.”  Kristen Krikorian, a client who has been coming to the salon since it opened almost 19 years ago, nominated Susan for the [...]

12 04, 2021

Next Stop: Dartmouth

2021-04-12T20:54:33-04:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Next Stop: Dartmouth

Southie Sports Paved the Way for Adam Alto By Ginger DeShaney The wisdom Adam Alto gained from growing up in Southie will serve him well as he heads to the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College this fall.  “I’ll definitely continue the work ethic that I’ve learned from Southie,” said Adam, who is a senior at Belmont Hill School. “There’s a lot of lessons that I’ve learned here -- not just through school but through sports, through being with my friends -- that I’ll bring there.” The son of Carrie and Peter Alto plans to make some close friends at Dartmouth. “It really helped me in Southie,” Adam said. “I’ve known the kids I play hockey with and the kids I’m really close friends with since before [...]

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