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19 08, 2022

Round Table Garden Update

2022-08-19T09:42:57-04:00August 19th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Round Table Garden Update

For your information, South Boston is the home of a special and unique organization.  The founder of this organization is a local resident, George Benner.  George established it more than a dozen years ago in 2008, and he named it the “Round Table”.  If you think you remember that the first Round Table was part of the stories about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, you are absolutely correct. In George’s case, South Boston’s Round Table is devoted to gardening – yes, gardening.  The Round Table’s gardens are located in and around the Mary Ellen McCormack Project, between Old Colony/Columbia and Dorchester Avenue.  These gardens have one, single purpose:  the harvesting of nourishing vegetables that are available for free to residents of [...]

18 08, 2022

Teaching and Learning

2022-08-18T12:26:29-04:00August 18th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured|Comments Off on Teaching and Learning

There may be teachers who lost heart during the protracted and unpredictable COVID crisis, but John Provenzano is not one of them. In 1995 he had intended to paint a mural at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School as an artist-in-residence and then return to what was, and is still, an accomplished life as a painter, but once there, his life changed. “The principal said, why don’t you paint in front of the kids. I thought now why would I do that? I’m naturally shy, but then I saw the curiosity of the kids, and I fell in love,” he said. He has served as the art teacher since and has developed a philosophy creatively based and deeply respectful of his K-6 students. “The learning [...]

15 08, 2022

Registration open for South Boston Soccer League

2022-08-15T17:47:24-04:00August 15th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Registration open for South Boston Soccer League

Registration is open for the South Boston Soccer League. Games will be played Sundays, Sept. 8-Nov. 12, at Saunders Stadium at Moakley Park. South Boston Soccer League, for ages 3-14, is a continuation of South Boston Youth Soccer after president Billy Baker stepped down. The new league is organized by former SBYS players/coaches: Caitlyn Murphy, Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. Click here to register players. Coaches can sign up here.

10 08, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking – Shi Mei

2022-08-10T06:36:03-04:00August 10th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking – Shi Mei

The space doesn’t have to be large, and the chef/creator need not come from afar to become a Best Neighborhood Restaurant as named by Boston Magazine. Chef Shi Mei, 44, came to Boston from China at age four, lived in the South End throughout his childhood, and lives there now with his wife and young son. A Boston Latin School and UMass/Amherst graduate his concept for Lennox Sophia is altogether different than other fine restaurants lining South Boston streets, and at 87 A St., just a three-minute walk from Broadway Station, it is surely one of the smallest. Seating for twenty and a limited five course only, pre fixe menu, one entrée for the omnivores and one for the vegetarians, this confident and committed chef [...]

5 08, 2022

To the South Boston Community

2022-08-05T07:34:53-04:00August 5th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on To the South Boston Community

After a year and a half of careful consideration, contemplation, and discussions, along with another year and a half of logistics and paperwork, I have sold our family funeral home (O’Brien Funeral Home) to John Reen of Brighton.  John owns and operates his family’s funeral home in Brighton.  He worked for Jack when he was here, and for me in South Boston for more than 20 years.     This was not an easy decision. Stepping away from the full-time operations of the O’Brien Funeral Home has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make – both personally and professionally.  However, I continue to struggle with ongoing issues with my sight and overall well-being; my children need me to be more available. So, it [...]

3 08, 2022

Voices in Healthcare: Peter Agostinos

2022-08-03T08:58:30-04:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Voices in Healthcare: Peter Agostinos

South Boston resident and vascular surgeon, Peter Agostinos, 55, has a saying that he applies to many life situations, and it is “we will figure it out.” It   conveys an optimism that makes complex problems seem manageable and distinguishes solid intellect alone from an ability to deal with the unexpected. From the University of Buffalo Medical School to the Cleveland Clinic to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, this physician and father of four was working at the Carney Hospital when that familiar institution serving Boston neighborhoods for generations, entered a new iteration as it became the COVID treatment facility for much of the Steward Healthcare System. Peter Agostinos liked what the hospital stood for and worked their part -time in pre-Covid days. [...]

30 07, 2022

A Love of Food, and Gratitude

2022-07-30T09:53:35-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on A Love of Food, and Gratitude

For Chef Erick Medrano, cooking has always been more than a career choice. It’s been an expression of love and gratitude, instilled in him since he was a young boy. Raised in Guatemala, Erick grew up watching his mother and grandmother cook in a wood fire arcilla (clay oven), filling the house with the sweet smell of fresh baked bread and unique family recipes. It would be those memories that would fuel his childhood dream of one day becoming a chef. Like countless others, Erick would venture to the U.S. with the hopes of a brighter future for himself and his family. Landing in Massachusetts, he would unwittingly a take a fateful stroll down a local street, taking notice of a spot called 224 Boston. [...]

30 07, 2022

M Street Park Summer Sports Center Offers Fun, Sports, Camaraderie

2022-07-30T09:35:28-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on M Street Park Summer Sports Center Offers Fun, Sports, Camaraderie

South Boston Online stopped by M Street Park (Lee Playground) recently to check out the city’s Summer Sports Center.  The Boston Parks and Rec Department offers these free drop-in sports centers around the city from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week for boys and girls ages 7-14. Each location offers instruction in several popular sports. And every week, clinics are held on different activities, such as soccer and hockey. The Bruins’ mascot, Blades, made an appearance at M Street Park recently.  Five kids had signed up for a day of fun, sports, and camaraderie Tuesday. The program at M Street has about 20 staff members, providing a fantastic kid-to-staffer ratio. Baseball was a highlight for the kids that day, while many of the [...]

29 07, 2022

Fitness For Life: Brian Castellucci Powers Up His Own Business

2022-07-29T09:46:18-04:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fitness For Life: Brian Castellucci Powers Up His Own Business

By Ginger DeShaney For Brian Castellucci, “Fitness is not a destination. It's a way of life.” So when he was let go during the pandemic from the gym he worked at for a dozen years, the personal trainer found a way to rebuild himself and build his own fitness business.  “I kind of got forced into a situation,” said Brian, 34, owner of BCFitness. But he has made the best of it. ​​”I did a lot of virtual stuff at first. I contacted every client I've ever been with,” he said, noting he was able to reconnect with people and was training clients as far away as England. “So it was kind of cool.” When restrictions lifted a bit and he could work with clients [...]

25 07, 2022

Look Who’s Cooking: Tatyana Sukennik

2022-07-25T09:38:27-04:00July 25th, 2022|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Look Who’s Cooking: Tatyana Sukennik

Owner/chef of Fromage at 401 West Broadway for the past seven years, Tatyana Sukennik, originally from Ukraine, has both the delicacy and conviction well expressed in her fine European inspired menu of freshly made crepes, soups, and a distinguished wine bar. She is also someone who seized an opportunity after working at Mass. General Hospital as a medical technol-ogist in the transplant unit for almost twenty years. As with many natural cooks, it was common for her to be encouraged to start a restaurant, but quite another to convert a former pizza place into a sophisticated and unique bistro on one of the busiest and most restaurant saturated streets in South Boston. “My mother was an amazing cook. If you asked her for a recipe, [...]

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