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 [...]

21 07, 2022

Artistic Vision: Virginia Kropas’ Garden is a Masterpiece

2022-07-21T17:57:24-04:00July 21st, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Artistic Vision: Virginia Kropas’ Garden is a Masterpiece

By Ginger DeShaney “All gardening is landscape painting.”  – Alexander Pope This rings true at Virginia Kropas’ Hardy Street house. Virginia is an artist and her garden is her palette of color, shape, and texture … and her serenity.  “I can shut out most of the sounds,” she said. “It’s very peaceful. I can rest my eyes on green stuff.” Virginia gets a great view of the back yard from her second-floor deck, where her cat, Abigail, likes to hang out, too.  “I come out when I get up,” Virginia said, noting she may be in the garden working, or looking at it, for up to two hours in the morning. “I may just be staring and contemplating.” She also comes out in the evening. [...]

14 07, 2022

Urban Oasis: MaryAnne Miller’s Backyard Garden a Gift to Herself and Bees

2022-07-17T10:40:56-04:00July 14th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Urban Oasis: MaryAnne Miller’s Backyard Garden a Gift to Herself and Bees

By Ginger DeShaney MaryAnne Miller’s backyard garden oasis on I Street is a haven for bees.  “Bees are our friends,” she said. “I love bees.” MaryAnne has myriad pollinator-friendly plants to attract the bees.  “I understand these are our friends that are too busy working to bother you. So you need to keep the bees going. “I’m obsessed with bees.” MaryAnne combines plants that she knows the bees like and that she likes as well, such as sage, salvia, dill, calendula, mini sunflowers, wildflowers, dahlias, lobelia, and Dusty Millers (in honor of her last name). “I've had many, many bumblebees, which makes me so happy,” said MaryAnne, who has lived in her I Street house for 45 years. Her garden is a retirement/pandemic gift to [...]

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 [...]

24 06, 2022

Boston Garden: Kathy Provenzano’s Instincts Create Beautiful Front Yard

2022-06-24T10:08:15-04:00June 24th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boston Garden: Kathy Provenzano’s Instincts Create Beautiful Front Yard

By Ginger DeShaney Kathy Provenzano says she’s no expert when it comes to gardening, but anyone walking by 105-107 Marine Road would beg to differ.  The front yard is an explosion of yellow with some pink and purple. It’s just gorgeous.  There are also garden embellishments such as a lighthouse, bird bath, and rock sculptures.  “I enjoy [gardening],” Kathy said. “I wish I knew more about it. It is what it is, I enjoy what I have.” And so does the neighborhood. Kathy doesn’t remember all the things she’s planted from way back when, but the evening primrose came from her friend’s husband’s mother and Kathy spread them around. “I’m just playing around out here,” said Kathy, who lives in a house owned by her [...]

23 06, 2022

Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

2022-06-23T16:52:25-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News, Sports|Comments Off on Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

By Ginger DeShaney After learning that president Billy Baker was stepping down from South Boston Youth Soccer after the COVID-19 hiatus, some former players have vowed to revive the league.  When Caitlyn Murphy got the blessing from Baker to take the ball and run with it, she recruited Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. The foursome has been busy raising money, planning, organizing, and getting paperwork and permits in order in hopes of starting the league this fall. While Baker gave the women his nets, balls, and other equipment, he didn’t feel comfortable giving them the league name, so they are calling it the South Boston Soccer League. “South Boston Youth Soccer has been a thing as long as I’ve been alive,” Caitlyn said. [...]

17 06, 2022

Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

2022-06-17T10:39:10-04:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

By Ginger DeShaney A miserable workout led Rebecca Skudder to find her stride … and found MyStryde.  While training for a half-marathon back in 2014, Rebecca was supposed to do a running workout on the treadmill because it was cold out. “And I was like, this is miserable,” she recalled. So she took a spin class to change things up and get in her workout. “While I was in that cycling class, I was like, why don’t they just do this for running and make running on the treadmill so much more fun?” Assuming spin-like classes existed for running, she went home and started looking for studios. There were none. She decided she needed to change that. Unique studio In 2016, the self-trained entrepreneur opened [...]

9 06, 2022

Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

2022-06-09T16:08:40-04:00June 9th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

By Ginger DeShaney What started as a pickup flag football game between kids and their moms has grown into a major fundraiser that benefits South Boston children.  “My main focus is truly the kids who are in need,” said Allison Baker, founder of Kickoff for Kids. “That’s why it was created.” This year’s Kickoff for Kids women’s flag football tournament will be held Saturday, June 25, at the Pop Warner Field next to the Murphy Rink. There are 10 teams in the 30+ division (also known as the Moms’ division) and eight teams in the younger division. “The moms love it,” Allison said, noting some teams are stacked with 20 players. “They like to be part of something, enjoy the day, and be with their [...]

1 06, 2022

Voices In healthcare

2022-06-01T12:24:53-04:00June 1st, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Voices In healthcare

By Carol Masshardt Armando Correa’s work is all about breath.  As a Respiratory Therapist for the past sixteen years plus at Tufts Medical Center, he thinks about the rhythm of breath, how to evaluate it, and establish adequate flow regardless of a patents condition A life can depend on, and never has his expertise been more needed than in recent years. “I was in the hospital as a kid with asthma,” he said. “I can relate to not being able to breathe. Now, if I’m on the floor in non-critical situations, I get to know patients. They’re scared, sometimes angry, and I hope to alleviate their anxiety.” Experienced and focused, Correa, 56, exudes a caring capability and is someone anyone would want in the frightening [...]

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