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 [...]

6 06, 2021

These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

2021-06-06T10:51:25-04:00June 6th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on These Club Members Express Themselves Through Their Art 

By Ginger DeShaney “Art is amazing,” said Erica Bayliss, age 10. “Art lets you express your feelings,” said Sean O’Keefe, 11.  “It’s kind of a fun way to relax,” said Nolan Brennan, 14. “I love it. I’ve drawn my whole life,” said Kay’ary King, 10. These were the answers to the question: What do you like about art? South Boston Online sat down for a Zoom call with these four artists from the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club and the Club’s Arts Director, Anne Gordon. “They’ve really blossomed this year because they’ve been able to devote so much time to their art,” said Anne, who is retiring this summer. “They’ve really done some great work.” The three younger kids are in Anne’s [...]

27 05, 2021

Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

2021-05-27T20:25:07-04:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Big Leap: Small School, Southie Prepare Andrew Markarian for Syracuse

By Ginger DeShaney Andrew Markarian is going from a graduating class of about 70 students at Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) to Syracuse University, which boasts about 15,000 undergraduates. While he may experience a bit of culture shock in the fall, he’s hoping growing up in South Boston will help him adjust to a big school. “South Boston isn’t that big, but it still has a huge community, and I feel the same with Syracuse,” said the son of Debbie and Thomas Markarian of South Boston. “I know it’s a large school but I feel like there still could be small communities all around. That’s the same with South Boston. It’s not that large but there are a bunch of things you can do and [...]

17 05, 2021

Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

2021-05-17T15:27:10-04:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boys & Girls Club Hoping to Bring Back Some Normalcy with Summer Camp

By Ginger DeShaney Staff members at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club just want kids to have a typical summer camp experience this year. “We're excited to get back to a little bit of normalcy,” said director of operations Tim Bothwell. “The staff is excited to get back to the fun aspect … Just having the positive energy of kids in the building and having fun and interacting with one other.” Added Caroline Moreno, membership director, “I would love for them to be able to have fun and be around each other again. So many of our kids have not seen each other and have not seen our staff for over a year now. It’s always good to make new friends and [...]

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 [...]

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