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6 06, 2020

Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

2020-06-06T08:32:03-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

Phase Two of Governor Baker’s multi-step plan to reopen Massachusetts, after the mid-March shutdown, could begin on Monday, June 8.  The shutdown shot down our St. Patrick/Evacuation Day Parade, and it mostly continues even now.  Barber shops, beauty shops, and beaches are open already, provided that access and all personal gatherings are controlled and limited.  And make no mistake – “Social Distancing” when we knew very little about Coronavirus was absolutely necessary. But right now, let’s start thinking about more reopenings, and how we can make it as real and enjoyable as possible here in South Boston.  Here are a few ideas: First, last weekend, beach crowding and athletics were rare.  Other than a couple of volleyball nets and some “gentlemen” passing a football back [...]

4 06, 2020

South Boston Reopens: Chapter One

2020-06-04T08:49:57-04:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on South Boston Reopens: Chapter One

by Rick Winterson You are completely aware of the need to take steps against Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic – it was (and still is) a true plague of global, worldwide dimensions.  Here, our schools, churches, athletic facilities, entertainment venues, and almost all of South Boston’s stores were shut down.  And while it has been a great economic sacrifice, this quarantine has measurably “flattened the curve”.  It has worked. Now it’s time for South Boston to reopen – gradually! South Boston Online plans to report upon this reopening in segments, using several short articles.  You know that there are a large number of excellent retail establishments in our neighborhood - establishments that play a huge part in the high quality of life we all enjoy [...]

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 [...]

27 04, 2019

224 Boston Street – The New Brunch Hot Spot

2019-04-27T12:35:19-04:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: Business, Featured, News|Comments Off on 224 Boston Street – The New Brunch Hot Spot

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes   If you’re looking for a new favorite brunch spot, it’s time to take a fresh look at the old 224 Boston Street. While the name hasn’t changed, the proprietors have, along with the menu, look and energy. The vision for 224 by new owner, Eric Aulenback, is simple - preservation with subtle innovation. “224 had been a beloved Dorchester neighborhood dining institution for 30 years”, says Eric. “It was featured in the Boston Globe as one of a handful of Boston Restaurants that have stood the test of time, considering Chef Barbara Lynch’s debut on the Boston culinary scene began right here at 224. The place had such a rich history to celebrate and honor, that I vowed to retain name [...]

3 04, 2019

Boston Harbor Hero Kathy Lafferty Honored at Save the Harbor’s Gala

2019-04-03T15:11:20-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Boston Harbor Hero Kathy Lafferty Honored at Save the Harbor’s Gala

On Thursday, March 28, 500 corporate and civic leaders, elected officials, community partners, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay supporters gathered at the Seaport Hotel for Destination Boston Harbor, Save the Harbor's annual fundraising gala.  This event celebrated a year of on-the-water programming that connects millions of the region's residents and visitors to Boston Harbor, the Harbor Islands, the region's public beaches, and waterfront communities, and reflected on the investments and improvements in access to clean water for all.  Each year, Save the Harbor recognizes men and women as Boston Harbor Heroes for their commitment to Save the Harbor's mission, the community, and the Harbor. Save the Harbor's Board Chair and National Grid’s Vice President of Government Affairs for Massachusetts, Joseph Newman, along with Save [...]

14 03, 2019

Boston Celtic Al Horford brings the luck of the Irish to Firefighters in South Boston

2019-03-18T08:45:42-04:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Boston Celtic Al Horford brings the luck of the Irish to Firefighters in South Boston

Dunkin’ made a surprise delivery to Engine 2 and Ladder 19 in South Boston with the help of Al Horford.  To fuel the start to St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Horford will serve Irish Creme Coffee which is back in stores for the first time in five years to the firefighters.  They will also provided them with tickets to an upcoming Celtics game.      

7 03, 2019

Fox & The Knife, A Cut Above

2019-03-14T11:18:21-04:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Fox & The Knife, A Cut Above

By Tara Kerrigan Hayes   When you enter Fox & The Knife you’re immediately hit with sheer, exuberant, energy. Described as an Italian inspired Enoteca, this neighborhood joint is bursting with personality, with an Amy Winehouse meets Julia Child sort of vibe.  From the buzz of the crowd, to the intoxicating aromas, the character of the décor, and the thoughtfully chosen tunes, there’s a pure celebration of the senses, before even sitting down to taste. With no major structural renovations necessary, the redesign yields a sleek and cozy, yet edgy space, with one particular improvement that the Maiden lay-out had been screaming for; a six-seat chef’s table providing a full view of the open kitchen design, for diners to watch Chef Karen Akunowicz wield her [...]

19 01, 2019

Chickadee, the Place to Be

2019-01-19T10:16:42-05:00January 19th, 2019|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Chickadee, the Place to Be

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes When you enter Chickadee you are immediately aware that you’re embarking on an experience. The space is classy and modern, with design elements that celebrate it’s home in the heart of Boston’s Innovation and Design building.  The vibe in this Mediterranean inspired restaurant is both fun and hospitable, with a greeting that makes you feel not only welcome, but appreciated. The bar draws a communal crowd of fellow foodies who seek a glimpse of the kitchen, while watching the cocktail masters work their magic. Their creative cocktail program Is a testament to the passion and experience of Beverage Director/Owner Ted Kilpatrick, who has worked at some of the best restaurants in Boston, (L'Espalier, No. 9 Park) as well as New York [...]

28 11, 2018

Mayor Walsh Announces Expanded Partnership With Verizon, Bringing More Choices to Residents

2018-12-02T16:09:20-05:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Business, News|Comments Off on Mayor Walsh Announces Expanded Partnership With Verizon, Bringing More Choices to Residents

Verizon will accelerate small cell deployment for additional wireless broadband capacity, bring Fios Internet and TV to all city neighborhoods, and provide Verizon Smart Communities products and services. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Verizon today announced a new partnership that will accelerate Boston’s plan to be one of the most technologically advanced cities in the nation, giving residents more choice. Building on the partnership formed in 2016, Verizon will expand its local wireless network speed and capacity to its local 4G LTE network, expand Fios internet and cable television to all neighborhoods in Boston, and collaborate with Boston on Smart Communities solutions. “Our partnership with Verizon reflects one goal: to make sure all of Boston’s residents have access to the most advanced digital technology both [...]