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2 04, 2021

Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

2021-04-02T08:02:59-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

By Ginger DeShaney After 50 years at the helm of Harold’s Barber Shop, Harold Amato has hung up his scissors.  This old-school Southie landmark at 87 L Street closed its doors on March 31. In a farewell ad to his customers, Harold wrote, “I have made several great friends and have many memories that I will treasure forever. It has been my utmost pleasure to be part of the Southie community ... I will miss you all as I start the next chapter in my life.” Harold, 77, of Marlborough, was the only barber in his shop for those 50 years. He never sat around; he was always on the go, which would explain how he could manage several customers at once. He had tried [...]

28 03, 2021

Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

2021-03-28T19:42:22-04:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

By Ginger DeShaney Cam Murphy Jared Frith, 15, really enjoys being a member of Boyz II Men at the South Boston Neighborhood House. “It doesn’t feel like any other program,” he said. “Cam is super chill, but not too chill. It’s almost like being at home but way more fun.” Cam Murphy is the Boyz II Men coordinator. “I definitely want this program to be a place where they learn independence,” he said. “I try to not be overbearing or overcontrolling. I want them to have these experiences where they can learn. “I want them to have that ability to grow. When they move on from this program, they'll be going off on their own a little bit.” Boyz II Men is a [...]

25 03, 2021

Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

2021-03-25T22:10:00-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

By Ginger DeShaney For Women’s History Month, the Condon Community Center Girls Group honored inspiring local women for their contributions. The girls created a bulletin board “celebrating women who embrace our community.” “It’s people within the community,” said Girls Group member and Condon CC school year staffer Keara Wilbanks, a student at Boston Latin School. “When you hear Women’s History Month, you think of celebrities. But these are not celebrities. They are more relatable.” They are the faces we see in the community, women who live here, women who give back.  “They are not celebrities,” agreed Barbara Caputo Kelly, Program Supervisor, BCYF Condon Community Center, “but they are celebrities to us.” Debra Flaherty, Condon CC staff assistant, said it was important for the girls to [...]

25 03, 2021

National Medal of Honor Day Recognized at Medal of Honor Park, Today at 11:30 a.m.

2021-03-25T07:13:38-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, News|Comments Off on National Medal of Honor Day Recognized at Medal of Honor Park, Today at 11:30 a.m.

Boston to Recognize National Medal of Honor Day in Advance of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Unprecedented Fourth Convention in Boston in September 2021 Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Kim Janey, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and MOH Recipient and Massachusetts resident Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN Ret., will gather for a short speaking program and flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate National Medal of Honor Day, which every March 25 designated by Congress honors the Recipients of the Medal of Honor. Also expected to attend are Thomas Hudner, son of late MOH Recipient Thomas J. Hudner Jr., and Paul Monti, father of late MOH Recipient Jared C. Monti. This event will also recognize the upcoming return to Boston in September of many of the 69 living Medal of [...]

18 03, 2021

Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

2021-03-19T18:07:30-04:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

By Ginger DeShaney Do you ever wonder what it’s like falling under? Do you ever dream to succeed but you don’t? It don’t matter. ’cause the weight of the world is on your shoulders but nothing can bring you down. Is it wrong, is it right, but it don’t matter; what matters is right now. These are the opening lyrics of the original song “What Matters,” written by preteens Tiara H, Ella M, and Salamata B, members of the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club’s music program.  What matters, what matters is that we've got each other … When the world feels heavy and you feel lost, make sure one thing is clear: Don’t you worry about tomorrow; today you’re here. Tiara performed [...]

17 03, 2021

Going Green: Southie Woman Recycles Christmas tree, Creates St. Patrick’s Day Tree

2021-03-17T15:20:38-04:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Going Green: Southie Woman Recycles Christmas tree, Creates St. Patrick’s Day Tree

By Ginger DeShaney Andrea Antonucci has started a new tradition, transforming her Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree. She got the idea from a post by Jenn Nauyokas LaMountain on the Southie Community Bulletin Board.  “Around that time, I was going to take down my tree but I didn’t want to,” Andrea said. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was home all the time and wanted to keep the tree up so she could continue to enjoy it.  “I knew I could use some of my Christmas ornaments,” she said. She repurposed green, gold, and white Christmas ornaments. She also had Ireland ornaments that she had bought for her mom but got back when her mom died.  Andrea bought Irish ornaments from Southie’s [...]

13 03, 2021

Having a Ball: Fun is Right Up Their Alley at Southie Bowl

2021-03-13T16:18:03-05:00March 13th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Having a Ball: Fun is Right Up Their Alley at Southie Bowl

By Ginger DeShaney John Tunney The atmosphere was electric. The smiles were huge; the laughs were hearty; and friends were thrilled to be together -- safely, of course.  “It’s a great place. People are engaging,” owner John Tunney said about Southie Bowl. ”No one is on their phones. Everyone who is here wants to have fun. You can’t have a bad time here.”  Southie Bowl “is the soul of what we all love about South Boston,” John said. “I hope to bring the community back together after this traumatic event and collectively move forward.” When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Southie Bowl shut down until September. But when gyms and recreation facilities had to cut back in December, the lanes shut down again, [...]

6 03, 2021

Cookie Drive-Thru

2021-03-06T16:47:36-05:00March 6th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Cookie Drive-Thru

By Ginger DeShaney A steady stream of cookie lovers came through Girl Scout Troop 70040’s Drive-Thru Contactless Cookie Booth Saturday (March 6) in the Gate of Heaven parking lot.  Troop Leader Courtney Scott called the event a great success and noted there will be another Drive-Thru next week (site to be determined) and one at the end of the month. “This was our first time doing this,” Courtney said. “The Girls Scouts suggested it because we can’t sell at storefronts. “It’s drive-thru, contactless, and socially distanced.” The girl scouts on hand -- Emily Burton, Phoebe Scott, Josephine Lydon, Amara Ings, and Mia Dimaggio -- all had a great time. Customers drove up -- or walked up -- to one end of the parking lot to [...]

5 03, 2021

Puppy Love: Dogs Can’t Get Enough of Wolfie’s All Natural Treats 

2021-03-05T15:58:04-05:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Puppy Love: Dogs Can’t Get Enough of Wolfie’s All Natural Treats 

By Ginger DeShaney Jane Hayes Handrahan loves dogs. Some might even call her a “crazy dog lady.” “Anyone who has surrendered their heart to their dog understands what I mean. I love dogs because people …,” she said, trailing off. “Dogs are wicked cool. They all have their own cool personalities. They’re kind of like people, but they don’t talk back. They are always happy to see you. They don’t make snide remarks.”  Then there’s that unconditional love dogs offer.  Jane turned her passion for pooches into a business. Several years back, Jane made the unfortunate mistake of buying her beloved black German Shepherd, Leyna, chicken treats made in China. She then realized that polyurethane was an ingredient in the product to increase its shelf [...]

3 03, 2021

2021-03-03T12:36:33-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on

REMINDER SB Citizens’ Association’s Evacuation Day Essay and Poster Competitions  Due by Friday, March 12th, 2021 All entries should bear, in an attached envelope, the contestant’s name, school and a means of contacting the entrant and mailed to South Boston Citizens’ Association, P.O. Box 74, South Boston, MA 02127, or can be picked up at schools by a representative of the Citizens’ Association. Entries can also be dropped off at 170 M Street. Poster competition Grades 3-5  Subject matter has been specifically chosen as follows.The poster competition is open to all students that attend schools in South Boston.  This year’s theme is the significance of Colonel Henry Knox and the Noble Train of Artillery.  Poster should be original compositions, in any medium at least 8 [...]

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