25 06, 2022

Career Paths: Teens Learn about Different Professions at Boys & Girls Club Event 

2022-06-25T10:14:28-04:00June 25th, 2022|Categories: Business, Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Career Paths: Teens Learn about Different Professions at Boys & Girls Club Event 

By Ginger DeShaney Teens at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club learned about careers from professionals in the neighborhood Wednesday evening during Career Night. It was the Club’s first Career Night since COVID-19.  According to Pattie McCormick, Associate Director of Development at the Club, kids were polled on what they would like to hear about. The following professions were represented: accounting, urban planning, hospitality, nursing, photography, law enforcement, and fashion. “We want to let them know what’s out there,” she said, “and spark interest.” The kids were engaged throughout the night, asking great questions and listening intently. Two of the presenters – RN Cailin O’Dwyer and Officer Ryan Kelly – were former Club kids themselves! The following professionals were on hand for [...]

30 04, 2022

All Aboard the BioBus! Next Stop: Discovery

2022-04-30T14:08:18-04:00April 30th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on All Aboard the BioBus! Next Stop: Discovery

By Ginger DeShaney The BioBus was in South Boston Saturday, April 30, and will be back tomorrow, May 1, in conjunction with the City Nature Challenge, a four-day international bio blitz, said Rachel Vincent, a biological science technician with the National Park Service. In a joint effort between the New York-based BioBus, the National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the bus is parked in Moakley Park across from the Carson Beach Bath House. The bus will be open tomorrow, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The City Nature Challenge started April 29 and continues through Monday, May 2. According to Rachel, the city challenge started in 2016 and Boston joined the competition in 2017. Hundreds of [...]

28 04, 2022

Guardian Angels: Julie’s Honors Ann D’Auria, Dianne Driscoll at Spring Event

2022-04-28T17:44:52-04:00April 28th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Guardian Angels: Julie’s Honors Ann D’Auria, Dianne Driscoll at Spring Event

By Ginger DeShaney Ann D’Auria and Dianne Driscoll are guardian angels for countless women and children at Julie’s Family Learning Program. “I marvel at their passion and their dedication. This is not easy work,” said Julie’s Executive Director Bob Monahan. “You have to have the right qualities as a staff person to be effective. Their commitment to the mission of Julie's is just extraordinary.” For their amazing work, Ann and Dianne will be celebrated as Angels at the Julie’s Spring Event on Saturday, May 7, at Florian Hall in Dorchester. “They came with all of the credentials, all of the passion, all of the full engagement in the mission of Julie’s, which really put them in the best position to be extraordinary,” Bob said of [...]

1 04, 2022

Youth of the Year: Owen Rogers Grateful for Boys & Girls Club Mentors, Guidance

2022-04-01T17:54:08-04:00April 1st, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Youth of the Year: Owen Rogers Grateful for Boys & Girls Club Mentors, Guidance

By Ginger DeShaney Owen Rogers credits the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club with helping shape the person he is today. ​​ “A lot of us who have been there since we were 6, we wouldn't be the people we are without the Club,” said the Edgerley Club’s 2022 Youth of the Year. “We wouldn't have any of these opportunities and resources that keep us in check … which is amazing. I can definitely say the Club is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. “It's been my No. 1 lifeline my whole life.” Owen said he was excited when he found out he won this prestigious award out of five applicants. “It's nice to be able to be a role model [...]

17 12, 2021

The Pride of South Boston: JROTC at Excel High Building Leaders, Character

2021-12-17T16:08:56-05:00December 17th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Pride of South Boston: JROTC at Excel High Building Leaders, Character

By Ginger DeShaney Pride. Honor. Respect. Leadership. The cadets of South Boston JROTC exude these qualities.  And when we see these young leaders at events and ceremonies, presenting color guards or providing escorts, we can’t help but feel proud of them and our neighborhood. “It’s helping the community and giving the community something to be proud of,” C/MAJ George Infante, a senior at Excel High School, said about the cadets’ involvement in events. “We are doing these things to inspire people,” said LTC (R) Anthony Hinson, who has been with the South Boston JROTC at Excel for seven years and leads the cadets with SFC (R) George Machado. The cadets recently participated in a flag raising at UMass-Boston on Pearl Harbor Day and the opening [...]

16 12, 2021

Get Vax’d!

2021-12-16T13:59:20-05:00December 16th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Get Vax’d!

https://youtu.be/HFxfRBrRIlE South Boston Community Health Center’s Youth Ambassadors are determined to get their friends protected from the Covid-19 virus. The teens, all fully vaccinated, spearheaded a video/social media project to encourage other teens to get vaccinated after discovering that many of their peers and classmates were still not vaccinated against the virus. Michael Indresano, of Indresano Productions donated his studio time and talent to help the teens bring their vision to reality. The campaign went live on SBCHC’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/HFxfRBrRIlE “We couldn’t be more proud of these young people” said Bill Halpin, CEO of South Boston Community Health Center. “The Youth Ambassadors have always been an important voice among their peers on critical health issues like substance abuse and anti-vaping efforts. We were [...]

5 12, 2021

With Professional Guidance, South Boston Teens Create Vaccine Video

2021-12-05T09:17:53-05:00December 5th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on With Professional Guidance, South Boston Teens Create Vaccine Video

By Ginger DeShaney Boston teens are using their voices to spread the word among their peers about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. They are hopeful their message will be heard and heeded.  The “Teens Talking to Teens About the COVID Vaccine” video/social media project was spearheaded by the South Boston Community Health Center Youth Ambassadors in collaboration with the South Boston Neighborhood House and the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club. Michael Indresano of Indresano Studios in South Boston is generously providing professional studio, staff, technical support, and editing -- all pro bono.  “It’s a good opportunity for us to be able to have that voice and spread the word,” Youth Ambassador Owen Rogers, 17, said before his recent shoot. The [...]

2 12, 2021

The Future Looks Bright: 16 Southie Students Awarded Sports Hall of Fame Scholarships

2021-12-03T09:11:22-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on The Future Looks Bright: 16 Southie Students Awarded Sports Hall of Fame Scholarships

By Ginger DeShaney  Sixteen outstanding South Boston students were awarded $2,000 grants from the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund on Nov. 26. “It’s been an incredibly difficult last 20 months for everybody,” ceremony emcee and Trustee John Beatty said at the Walsh Gym. People have been affected in different ways, he said: “Some with physical hardship or illness, in some cases losing family members; businesses have been impacted, jobs have been impacted, family lives have been impacted. Our students’ have been impacted ... “We hope that this scholarship is a shining light in these students’ lives.”  In addition to the scholarship winners, John mentioned that the applicants who didn’t get scholarships were also exceptional students. “I found new inspiration for what’s [...]

23 11, 2021

Missing Ingredients: BPL Donation Initiative Looks to Spice Up Local Food Pantries

2021-11-23T17:39:38-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Missing Ingredients: BPL Donation Initiative Looks to Spice Up Local Food Pantries

By Ginger DeShaney They say variety is the spice of life, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any spices in a food pantry. Stephanie Chace, nutritional literacy coordinator for Boston Public Library and organizer of its Spice Bank Collective, is on a mission to change that.  “It’s an idea I’ve carried with me for a very long time, probably 8 or 10 years,” she said. “Whenever I would see a call-out for a food pantry for people to donate, you would see the list of things that most pantries were looking for; nonperishables was ultimately the final message. Bring canned goods, bring boxed mac and cheese, and I was always kind of struck that spices, which are nonperishables, were never listed. “So that always stuck [...]

10 06, 2021

After 50 Years of Service, Anne Gordon Retires from Boys & Girls Club

2021-06-10T19:10:43-04:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on After 50 Years of Service, Anne Gordon Retires from Boys & Girls Club

By Ginger DeShaney “If you like your job, it’s not really work,” said Anne Gordon. “That’s been the way it’s been for me all along.”  So after reaching her goal of “working” for 50 years at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club, Anne is retiring on June 29, 2021, the 50th anniversary of her start date. The 68-year-old Anne is currently the Arts Director and Summer Camp Director at the Edgerley Family South Boston Club but has held various titles throughout her tenure. “That’s one of the reasons I stayed so long is because I can change jobs around,” she said. “Being able to have something different to do … has been very rewarding.” As her retirement date nears, Anne acknowledges it doesn't feel [...]

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