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14 08, 2020

Jackie O’Brien to Be Honored at New Street Hockey Rink

2020-08-14T11:05:09-04:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Jackie O’Brien to Be Honored at New Street Hockey Rink

by Rick Winterson   On Saturday, August 15, at 10 a.m.,  Jackie O’Brien will be honored.  As part of the First Dangle Fest Street Hockey Tournament (which will be an annual event in years to come), the brand new street hockey court in Moakley Park will be named the John “Jackie” O’Brien Street Hockey Court, in recognition of his extraordinary efforts in support of South Boston’s youth clubs, sports, programs, and activities. And Jackie’s honor is not only well-deserved, it is highly fitting.  He and Joe Moakley were close friends; Jackie also played center at Saunders Field, in front of Ray Flynn, during his South Boston High School football years.  Over the years, he has supported our Boys & Girls Club, South Boston Little League, South [...]

13 07, 2020

Walsh Gym Reopens Today, July 13, at Noon

2020-07-13T08:31:31-04:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Walsh Gym Reopens Today, July 13, at Noon

by Rick Winterson It’s commonly called “the Walsh Gym” or the “Walsh McDonough Gym”, but this facility’s full name is “The McDonough Gym/John ‘Stretch’ Walsh Community Center”.   Just a few words about what it offers:  upstairs is the fully professional quality basketball court, sometimes split in two so football drills can also be run in parallel.  Downstairs is the Game Room:  pool, ping-pong, tables for lunch, and a TV area.  But the Walsh Gym has been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic struck us in the middle of March.  And now, the Walsh Gym announces it will reopen today, at 12 noon. The Walsh Gym is more than just a gym.  It offers a full slate of activities to young boys and girls, especially teenagers.  We [...]

23 05, 2020

Mona Amelia

2020-05-23T09:42:39-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Mona Amelia

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes I'm one of those people who tussles with the temptation of quitting Facebook. I struggle with intentions behind certain posts; the transparent boasting and silent competitions under the guise of something else. But I stick around for the positives, like the steady stream of comic relief we so desperately need lately, and for keeping up to date with family and friends from afar. Having lived in multiple cities and with family overseas, I have the gift of seeing photos of loved ones I might otherwise lose track of. More than anything, I remain to see the faces of their kids brighten my screen, as I witness their growth and triumphs over the years. One such kid appeared on my newsfeed a [...]

10 05, 2020

Mother’s Day COVID-19 Style

2020-05-10T08:12:44-04:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Mother’s Day COVID-19 Style

Brianne Fitzgerald RN, NP, MPH A mother never has a day off, whether you are a front line worker in a grocery store, EMT or emergency room doctor.  A mother never has a day off, whether you are managing a Zoom meeting from home trying to homeschool two children under the age of 12, and carving out extra time to trek to the grocery store.  A mother never has a day off, even if she sits alone and knits her anxieties away, worrying about her grown children and her grandchildren.  Add the vicissitudes of COVID- 19 to the mix, and many of us are left breathless. Today is a special Mother's Day.  There will be no Lilac tours at the Arboretum,  The 24th Annual Mother’s [...]

9 05, 2020

A Laboure Auction for Unsettled Times

2020-05-09T08:48:09-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on A Laboure Auction for Unsettled Times

All of us realize these are unsettled times, and you know the reason why – the COVID-19 pandemic. One resulting problem is a “budget gap” encountered by South Boston’s Laboure Center at D and Broadway. Due to the pandemic, Laboure deferred its 38th Annual Spring Reception, which was originally planned for April 30, until Thursday evening, September 17 – over four full months from now. The Spring Reception is Laboure’s biggest single fundraiser, and their fiscal year begins in July, so there is an urgent need for funds to cover this “budget gap”.  The ingenious folks at Laboure have come up with a great idea to do this. They’ve arranged an auction, all of which will be held completely online for pandemic safety purposes, that [...]

29 04, 2020

Birthday Motorcade Marks Ottavio Cerullo’s 99th

2020-04-29T08:40:40-04:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Birthday Motorcade Marks Ottavio Cerullo’s 99th

   It was a memorable event Sunday morning.  Ottavio “Ott” Cerullo, 99 years of age, viewed a motorcade assembled to mark his birthday properly.  You may ask – also quite properly – “What about Social Distancing?”  Well, the South Boston friends of Ott fully recognized the need for Social Distancing.  They assembled in the unused parking lot by the Boston Teachers Union, proceeded along Day Boulevard, made a U-turn onto Columbia Road, and then drove by Compass on the Bay where Ott now lives.  All participants in the motorcade stayed in their cars as they drove by, honking and cheering Ott.    All of the Compass staff were arrayed at safe distances from Ott and his sister Yolanda, and of course they all wore masks.  [...]

18 04, 2020

From the South Boston Health Center, with Love

2020-04-18T13:01:47-04:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on From the South Boston Health Center, with Love

In a recent Easter morning Facebook post, veteran newsmaker Dan Rather wrote “I think of grief, struggle and loss, but also a conviction that love and community can be fountains of hope for the future”. It stuck a cord, because love and community have always been at the heart of the mission at South Boston Community Health Center. We are used to supporting our community members through sickness and struggle and also by promoting ways to stay healthy and strong. What has been truly humbling is the community’s support of us in this time of great challenge and consequence. So we wanted to take a moment, in the middle of the insanity, to tell you how much your support has meant to all of us [...]

17 03, 2020

Southie Comes Through – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

2020-03-17T13:47:04-04:00March 17th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Southie Comes Through – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

It was Sunday morning, March 15.  Although it was cold, the sun was brilliant – a typical day in mid-March, and reasonably favorable weather for the St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade.  But the Parade had been cancelled because of the feared depredations of the Coronavirus plague, which has turned into a pandemic.  And make no mistake.  This cancellation was justified, because Coronavirus is highly contagious and can be lethal, especially to older people.  Even so, South Boston’s spirit came through, and in our own quiet but hearty, heartwarming way, we celebrated our unique double holidays – St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day (America’s first ever military victory). Vendors of Irish goods, which were emblazoned with Southie Irish insignia and even the word “Canceled”, installed temporary pop-up [...]