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Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
2 06, 2020

Thank You Boston Police Officers

2020-06-03T18:50:37-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on Thank You Boston Police Officers

Brianne Fitzgerald RN, NP The recent incomprehensible murders of black men in Georgia and Minneapolis have shaken even the most jaded among us.  Eleven weeks of COVID-19 quarantine were more than enough, and now we have faced man's inhumanity to man as well as our complicated relationship to race.  The world, as we knew it has changed.  We are changing along with it, and I am just not sure what we will look like as a community when and if the dust settles. The Boston Police Department, the oldest in the country, remains a beacon of hope and comfort for residents of our city.  Full disclosure:  I have no relatives or even any friends who are members of this outstanding department.  As one who works [...]

29 05, 2020

Mayor Walsh Announces Distribution of 10,000 Community Care Kits

2020-05-29T08:14:44-04:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Mayor Walsh Announces Distribution of 10,000 Community Care Kits

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) this weekend will distribute the first half of the 20,000 care kits assembled over the course of this week to various community outreach partners, meal sites, and testing sites in Boston, building on the Mayor’s commitment of making critical resources available to residents. Each kit contains a mask, hand sanitizer, gloves, anti-bacterial wipes, soap, and a booklet with information from the City on COVID-19 facts and resources. The City of Boston is dedicated to providing access to these basic necessities to our most vulnerable population during this pandemic, and keeping residents informed while giving them the tools needed to adhere to the safety guidelines outlined by the Boston Public Health Commission.  Providing residents with the tools [...]

25 05, 2020

Bill Frew Remembers

2020-05-25T09:13:44-04:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on Bill Frew Remembers

Editor’s NOTE:  William J. “Bill” Frew is a local writer.  His major work is “A Pilot’s Life”, memoirs of flying for the Air Force and TransWorld Airlines.  With his permission, we have excerpted a vivid memory Bill wrote about in Book 2, concerning Charles Bazzinotti – now memorialized on South Boston’s Vietnam Memorial, the first in the nation.   “As I start to write this short chapter on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, I just watched the Memorials from Washington, D.C., on TV.  As I watched, I mentally mourned two of my Air Force friends I recalled on this beautiful Memorial Day, and one young man (Bazzinotti) I was associated with in South Boston.  This chapter is mainly about that young man ... I wrote [...]

23 05, 2020

Mona Amelia

2020-05-23T09:42:39-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Mona Amelia

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes I'm one of those people who tussles with the temptation of quitting Facebook. I struggle with intentions behind certain posts; the transparent boasting and silent competitions under the guise of something else. But I stick around for the positives, like the steady stream of comic relief we so desperately need lately, and for keeping up to date with family and friends from afar. Having lived in multiple cities and with family overseas, I have the gift of seeing photos of loved ones I might otherwise lose track of. More than anything, I remain to see the faces of their kids brighten my screen, as I witness their growth and triumphs over the years. One such kid appeared on my newsfeed a [...]

21 05, 2020

Drawing A Line In The Sand To Keep Our Beaches Safe And Open

2020-05-21T08:17:14-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Drawing A Line In The Sand To Keep Our Beaches Safe And Open

The late US District Court Judge A. David Mazzone, who oversaw the Boston Harbor case for nearly 20 years, often said that he measured the success of the Boston Harbor cleanup not by the “number of feet” you could see into the water, but by the “pairs of feet” he saw on the region’s public beaches on a hot summer day. Because we believe that the best way to “save the harbor” is to create new environmental stewards by “sharing the harbor” with the public, for more than 30 years Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has embraced Mazzone’s metric as one true measure of our success. We are certainly proud that in 2019 our free Youth Environmental Education programs served more than 35,000 primarily low-income [...]

20 05, 2020

Houses of Worship and the Power of Prayer

2020-05-20T09:34:03-04:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Editorial, Featured|Comments Off on Houses of Worship and the Power of Prayer

Brianne Fitzgerald NP,  MPH Governor Charlie Baker has unveiled his plan to begin the process of re-opening the state.  The re-opening of individual businesses is significant, but not any more so than the re-opening houses of worship.  We are all grateful as we move away from quarantine, and perhaps none more so than those individuals who gather in the basement of these houses of worship any night of the week to share recovery and fellowship through 12-Step meetings.  We have all suffered hardships; Zoom meetings for school aged kids, work Zoom meetings, and 12 step Zoom meetings.   Hopefully, the population understands the 40% capacity rule,  the social distancing, hand washing, and the masks. Once houses of worship open, we hope that they will include a [...]

10 05, 2020

Mother’s Day COVID-19 Style

2020-05-10T08:12:44-04:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Mother’s Day COVID-19 Style

Brianne Fitzgerald RN, NP, MPH A mother never has a day off, whether you are a front line worker in a grocery store, EMT or emergency room doctor.  A mother never has a day off, whether you are managing a Zoom meeting from home trying to homeschool two children under the age of 12, and carving out extra time to trek to the grocery store.  A mother never has a day off, even if she sits alone and knits her anxieties away, worrying about her grown children and her grandchildren.  Add the vicissitudes of COVID- 19 to the mix, and many of us are left breathless. Today is a special Mother's Day.  There will be no Lilac tours at the Arboretum,  The 24th Annual Mother’s [...]

9 05, 2020

A Laboure Auction for Unsettled Times

2020-05-09T08:48:09-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on A Laboure Auction for Unsettled Times

All of us realize these are unsettled times, and you know the reason why – the COVID-19 pandemic. One resulting problem is a “budget gap” encountered by South Boston’s Laboure Center at D and Broadway. Due to the pandemic, Laboure deferred its 38th Annual Spring Reception, which was originally planned for April 30, until Thursday evening, September 17 – over four full months from now. The Spring Reception is Laboure’s biggest single fundraiser, and their fiscal year begins in July, so there is an urgent need for funds to cover this “budget gap”.  The ingenious folks at Laboure have come up with a great idea to do this. They’ve arranged an auction, all of which will be held completely online for pandemic safety purposes, that [...]

7 05, 2020

A Call to Fix the Flaws of the PPP

2020-05-07T12:41:00-04:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on A Call to Fix the Flaws of the PPP

By Tara Kerrigan Hayes For many business owners, the Payroll Protection Program sounded like a saving grace. Until they read the fine print. The forgivable loan, designed to incentivize small business owners to get employees back on payroll, was plagued with issues from the beginning. From false starts to larger companies overshadowing the smaller businesses, there was a frenzied sense of urgency to get the money before it was depleted. Then money was gone. Then there was more. Small business owners scrambled to re-apply, many with a loose understanding of how, precisely, the guidelines worked, but desperately seeking a life support to one day reopen their doors. The general requirements, according to the Small Business Association website, is that, “the loan will be fully forgiven [...]

29 04, 2020

Birthday Motorcade Marks Ottavio Cerullo’s 99th

2020-04-29T08:40:40-04:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Birthday Motorcade Marks Ottavio Cerullo’s 99th

   It was a memorable event Sunday morning.  Ottavio “Ott” Cerullo, 99 years of age, viewed a motorcade assembled to mark his birthday properly.  You may ask – also quite properly – “What about Social Distancing?”  Well, the South Boston friends of Ott fully recognized the need for Social Distancing.  They assembled in the unused parking lot by the Boston Teachers Union, proceeded along Day Boulevard, made a U-turn onto Columbia Road, and then drove by Compass on the Bay where Ott now lives.  All participants in the motorcade stayed in their cars as they drove by, honking and cheering Ott.    All of the Compass staff were arrayed at safe distances from Ott and his sister Yolanda, and of course they all wore masks.  [...]