14 02, 2024

Friendship Celebrated for Valentine’s Day

2024-02-14T08:22:11-05:00February 14th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Happenings|0 Comments

Regardless of gender, age, background or ethnicity, there seems to be a universal pleasure in talking about friendship. It makes sense given that research has shown again and again that having a friend improves mental and physical health. In a culture enamored with a focus on romantic love, friendship is less the focus but a special and steadfast kind of love. Reflecting a popular trend, florists and restaurants are pitching to a broader concept of people to honor as having special meaning in our lives. The history of Valentine’s Day is believed to echo back to about 500AD when it became part of the liturgical calendar for the Catholic religion commemorating martyred saints named Valentine. From that point, legends abound with the symbolism of fertility, [...]

11 01, 2024

Celebrating Three Kings Day, Community

2024-01-11T18:00:08-05:00January 11th, 2024|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Celebrating Three Kings Day, Community

City Councilor Flynn and South Boston En Accion Host Event City Councilor Ed Flynn and South Boston En Accion Executive Director Mercy Robinson celebrated Three Kings Day with a well-attended community supper Wednesday evening at the West Broadway Community Center. “I’m honored to partner with Mercy on this wonderful Three Kings event,” Councilor Flynn said, noting it’s an important day, especially in the Latinx community. “I just want to say thank you, Mercy, for the great work you do in the community.” Mercy was happy to see everyone come out for the event. “When we come together as a community, when we get to know each other as neighbors, we have love for one another. We really are changing the structure of the community.” At-large [...]

10 12, 2023

SB Sports Hall of Fame Awards Scholarships

2023-12-10T11:07:07-05:00December 10th, 2023|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on SB Sports Hall of Fame Awards Scholarships

The South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund awarded a record-breaking 16 $2,500 scholarships as well as the inaugural Ed Buccigross $5,000 Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Grant recently at the Curley Community Center. The Board applauds these youth for all that they do in their schools and in the community. Since its founding in 1995, the Fund has awarded scholarships to 249 deserving South Boston scholars for a grand total of $411,000. The Fund was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to provide scholarship grants to South Boston students who are academically excellent, have a reasonable family need, and demonstrate good citizenship and community involvement. Participation in athletics is not required in order to apply for the scholarship. The grant program is educational in nature [...]

4 12, 2023

Boys & Girls Club Explores Japanese Cuisine in Unique Collaboration

2023-12-04T19:29:29-05:00December 4th, 2023|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boys & Girls Club Explores Japanese Cuisine in Unique Collaboration

Most of the preteens in the after-school program at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club had never tried Japanese food … much less cooked it. But through a collaboration of Table for Two, SHOWA Boston Institute, and the Boys & Girls Club, the youngsters are getting a taste of international cuisine.  Table for Two has been providing Japanese cooking classes for the Club’s preteens through its Wa-Shokuiku program, a unique food education program in which American students learn about Japanese food and culture through hands-on activities. The SHOWA students, who are full-time Japanese college students attending school in Boston to learn about American culture, volunteer at the Club and are helping with the cooking classes. “It’s fun,” the Club kids agreed. “It’s [...]

1 12, 2023

Victor Baldassari: A Community Champion and the Heart of Kickoff for Kids

2023-12-01T17:42:04-05:00December 1st, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Victor Baldassari: A Community Champion and the Heart of Kickoff for Kids

By Ginger DeShaney When Victor Baldassari was told he was being considered for an ABCD Community Heroes Award for his work with Kickoff for Kids, he asked if it could be a group award. “There's a couple of us that make the magic happen down there,” Victor said. But ABCD doesn’t present group awards.  So he had to think about it. “It’s not just Victor Baldassari,” he said, crediting Kickoff for Kids founder Allison Baker and Al Mallon, as well as Jackie Beggan, Lily Joyce, Haley Dillon, Ashley Miller, Lisa Maki, and DCR’s Bobby Ferrara. But after some contemplation, and a push from his cohorts, he decided to accept the honor, which was handed out in November. “Victor is the heart and soul of Kickoff [...]

1 12, 2023

Over Thirty Years and Under Three: Jane Crump

2023-12-01T09:52:47-05:00December 1st, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Over Thirty Years and Under Three: Jane Crump

(A series of profiles of neighbors who have long lived or are recent to South Boston by alternating weeks) Jane Crump, born in Indiana and raised in Weymouth, moved for love to South Boston in 1979. It is here that she stayed, for a period of nearly ten years living on Thompson Island with her husband, artist Norman Crump and where their daughter, Amanda, grew up. But, in the beginning, South Boston was not where she imagined being. “I remember my mother telling me not to go certain places because there would be ‘Southie boys,’ and then I met Norman in church and that’s where he was from. I remember the day he walked in,” she said. Her early fear became a second love affair [...]

6 11, 2023

Why Vote?

2023-11-06T08:27:23-05:00November 6th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Why Vote?

Why bother to make the effort, especially for a local city council election, and take two minutes to exercise one of the most important acts in a democracy?  The answers are steeped in philosophy, justice, history, psychology, and experience.  There was a commonly expressed wish for a productive, fair, and respectful city council that can tune into the needs of the everyday citizen. The conduct of construction projects, on-going traffic and safety issues, schools, and preservation of green space were named more than one by South Boston voters. Here is what a sampling of residents voting on a summer-like day at the Condon Community School of Oct. 27th had to say about voting and their hopes for the community. Despite serious concerns, voters came with [...]

2 11, 2023

Community Effort: Seven2 Foundation Rallies Support for Kids, Small Businesses

2023-11-02T15:09:44-04:00November 2nd, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Community Effort: Seven2 Foundation Rallies Support for Kids, Small Businesses

By Ginger DeShaney Campbell Marchant has been in South Boston since March 2022, but he’s already making an impact on the neighborhood.  After getting the lay of the land last November and not wanting to step on any toes, Campbell launched his first Southie Kids Food Drive 12 days before Thanksgiving, raising $7,000 for 700 meals for kids at the Condon, Tynan, Excel High School, and more.  This year, his goal is to raise $30,000 for 2,000 meals for Boston Public Schools students and others in need. He’s already at $10,000 and has a Southie Kids Food Drive fundraiser at Capo on Nov. 9 from 6-9 p.m. “I’d like everyone to be aware of the work we are doing. We’ve put long hours into this [...]

19 10, 2023

Lifting Spirits of Deployed Soldiers, One Care Package at a Time

2023-10-19T18:33:54-04:00October 19th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Lifting Spirits of Deployed Soldiers, One Care Package at a Time

By Ginger DeShaney Coming from a military family, Kelly Conroy has always been passionate about taking care of soldiers. “Our troops don't get what they need and certainly not what they deserve,” said the lifelong South Bostonian. “I feel like it's something we can do just to lift them up. Some of them are just so young and they're so far away from home. “It's such a big sacrifice on everyone. I just figured, you know, if I can do a little something, why not?” Kelly isn’t doing a little something. She’s doing a BIG something. After years of sending care packages to a handful of soldiers, she has kicked it up several notches by becoming a local organizer for the AdoptaPlatoon organization. Her Adopt [...]

5 08, 2023

Back Home

2023-08-05T11:10:21-04:00August 5th, 2023|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Back Home

Josh Davis Returns to Southie to Take Helm at Boys & Girls Club By Ginger DeShaney Josh Davis’ career has come full circle. His first job after graduating from Tulane with a degree in Sociology was Education Director at the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club from 2001-2007. He then held several other positions with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, including Director at the Orchard Gardens and Dearborn Clubs, before coming back to Southie to replace Harry Duvall as Executive Director.  “Ever since I was able to work, I was working with children in some capacity,” said Josh, who credits his passion to his parents. “Just the idea of giving back to the community has always been instilled in me since [...]

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