About Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.
1 02, 2022

Dorchester Bay City – 2022 Update

2022-02-01T09:24:39-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Featured, Real Estate|Comments Off on Dorchester Bay City – 2022 Update

by Rick Winterson For the past few years, a project entitled “Dorchester Bay City” (DBC) has been in the works – from initial exploratory discussions to the formation of development/construction organizations, and recently followed by the first property usage plans and proposed building designs.  Briefly, the DBC development agent is Accordia Partners, LLC; the DBC area is just over 35 acres.  Initial proposals (all of them still under review) amount to more than six million square feet and the total DBC project cost will be several billion dollars, particularly if much of the space is devoted to life sciences – a very fast-growing (but costly) Boston industry. Make no mistake, DBC is a massive project entirely located within the district we call “Columbia Point”.  The [...]

1 02, 2022

Dorchester Bay City – “Housing and Economic Development”

2022-02-01T09:21:52-05:00February 1st, 2022|Categories: Real Estate|Comments Off on Dorchester Bay City – “Housing and Economic Development”

The second of four virtual meetings in 2022 concerning the proposed Dorchester Bay City project (the “DBC”) took place via ZOOM on Thursday, January 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The two key topics discussed were housing, followed by economic development, with particular emphases on affordable housing and jobs that would become available as DBC is developed. The overall outline of this meeting had diversity, equity, and inclusion as its themes.  The benefits claimed from the DBC project include economic/small business development in a little-used part of Boston, protection of the Harbor Point neighborhood (and its residents) from storms and sea level rise, resilient infrastructure for outdoor pursuits (biking, walking, beaching), building sustainably green structures that are carbon neutral, and enhancing Boston’s access to nearby [...]

31 01, 2022

History Comes Alive at the Boston Bailey

2022-01-31T09:26:41-05:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on History Comes Alive at the Boston Bailey

By Ginger DeShaney The Boston Bailey B&B is the home of American history. Or at least a home of American history. The Boston Bailey, a 5-star registered short-term rental property at 101 P Street, is owned by Bill and Maureen Bailey. One suite is called “One By Land,” another is called “Two If by Sea,” and the third is “The Paul Revere Suite.” There’s also the “Tea Party Welcome Room.” The history brings people in, said Bill, a history buff who noted the house’s foundation dates to 1832-33 and the oldest frame goes back to 1875.  Bill was always reading “dry, old” history books even though he already knew the endings, he joked. “... you look at the virtue of the people back then when [...]

22 01, 2022

Open Skate at Murphy Rink

2022-01-22T11:18:17-05:00January 22nd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Open Skate at Murphy Rink

The Murphy Rink in South Boston is open for public skating until March 20 as part of the DCR’s program.  South Boston Online stopped by on a recent Sunday morning to check it out.  A group from East Boston was having a blast on the small rink while South Boston Youth Hockey games were being played on the large rink. The Eastie parents had been looking for a rink that was open in the morning – before naptime – and saw Murphy Rink offered that. The parents appreciated that a smaller rink was available for their young children, ages 2 and 3. The rink offers skate rentals, and for new skaters, crates and other aids are available. If you’re looking for a great activity this [...]

21 01, 2022

MAYOR WU URGES CAUTION AS BITTERLY COLD WEATHER ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND

2022-01-21T18:01:51-05:00January 21st, 2022|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on MAYOR WU URGES CAUTION AS BITTERLY COLD WEATHER ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND

Mayor Michelle Wu today announced a cold weather advisory in response to the bitterly cold temperatures expected tonight and this weekend.  Boston is forecasted to experience wind chills as low as zero overnight tonight into Saturday, January 22. This follows a wind chill of below zero Thursday night into Friday. Mayor Wu is advising residents to take precautions, reminding them to check in on older adults, people with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness. If you see an individual experiencing homelessness and vulnerable individuals out in the cold who appear immobile, disoriented, or underdressed for the cold, please call 911. If residents are aware of anyone staying in a vehicle or a place not intended for living during these extreme cold temperatures, they are encouraged to [...]

21 01, 2022

2022 St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade Plans Underway

2022-01-21T10:59:24-05:00January 21st, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on 2022 St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade Plans Underway

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council – abbreviated here to “SBAWVC” – has already begun planning for the 2022 St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade.  St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day occur on Thursday, March 17, this year, and as usual, the 2022 Parade will take place on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick’s Day.  So, on the afternoon of Sunday, March 20, this year’s Parade will step off promptly at 1 p.m. from the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and West Broadway, and will march along a route that has been submitted to the City of Boston for formal approval.  If approved, the Parade will proceed along Broadway to P Street, march up to Dorchester Heights, and then disband in Andrew Square.  The proposed Parade route [...]

20 01, 2022

DCR Presents Design Plan for Michael Joyce Playground

2022-01-20T19:41:22-05:00January 20th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on DCR Presents Design Plan for Michael Joyce Playground

By Ginger DeShaney The Department of Conservation and Recreation and BSC Design Group held a public meeting Wednesday night to present their design – inspired by neighborhood kids – for improvements to the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground at Marine Park.  Residents and elected officials expressed concern that the meeting was not widely advertised, therefore many people didn’t know about it. DCR officials pledged to improve outreach and notification for the next public meeting in March. Danielle Mellett, a landscape architect for DCR, said they have been working with the McGrath family in memory of their son, Colin, through the Colin’s Joy Project and the Colin’s Creativity Squad to renovate the playground in a more inclusive and accessible footprint.  South Boston schoolchildren were involved in creating [...]

14 01, 2022

JOKR Meeting About Liquor License Draws Mixed Reactions 

2022-01-14T18:33:46-05:00January 14th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on JOKR Meeting About Liquor License Draws Mixed Reactions 

JOKR, an instant grocery delivery company at 301 W. Broadway, held a virtual abutters meeting Monday, Jan. Jan. 10, to discuss its plan to apply for a liquor license and got pushback from some residents and support from others.  The company, which launched in South Boston at the end of November, is looking to add alcohol delivery to its repertoire, as it does in New York. The virtual meeting drew almost 40 people. “I do not support the delivery of alcohol from this store,” said City Councilor Ed Flynn, who lives near the store and notes no residents have asked him to support this proposal. “I’m not sure if the demand is there for delivering alcohol and liquor in the neighborhood … I know it’s [...]

10 01, 2022

City Councilor At-Large Murphy Getting Settled into New Role

2022-01-10T09:14:39-05:00January 10th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on City Councilor At-Large Murphy Getting Settled into New Role

By Ginger DeShaney New City Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy was sworn in for the second time in a month on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022,  signaling the start of her official term. Murphy got a headstart in learning the ropes at City Hall after being sworn in on Dec. 1, 2021, to fill Mayor Michelle Wu’s at-large seat.  “It’s been exciting,” Murphy said in mid-December after her first few weeks. “I’ve been finding my way around.”  When Wu was sworn in early to finish out Marty Walsh’s term, her at-large seat from the 2019 election came open. The charter states that at-large council seats cannot go empty for any period of time, Murphy said. So, the seat was offered to the runner-up from the 2019 election, [...]

5 01, 2022

New Year’s Dip!

2022-01-05T09:51:01-05:00January 5th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on New Year’s Dip!

People of all ages took the traditional dip at M Street Beach Saturday morning to ring in the new year. While not an official L Street Brownies-sanctioned event this year (the bath house is still being renovated), people were encouraged to swim and record themselves. A very enthusiastic crowd gathered. To really pump up the fun, the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums corp paraded to the beach from L Street Tavern. Happy New Year! (Photos by Ginger DeShaney)

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