8 06, 2023

Timothy (Doc) Cook Scholarship Recipients Honored

2023-06-08T20:01:12-04:00June 8th, 2023|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Twelve outstanding students who have demonstrated community involvement and an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects have been awarded Timothy (Doc) Cook Scholarships. The scholarships are given in memory of Tim Cook, a Navy Corpsman who brought medical care to wounded soldiers on the battlefield. He was 28 years old in March 2013 when he lost his battle with PTSD from his combat experiences. The scholarship recipients were honored Sunday at a ceremony at the Thomas J. Fitzgerald VFW Post 561 attended by veterans, City Council President Ed Flynn, Rep. David Biele, outgoing Boston Police VFW 1018 Commander Craig DeOld, and friends and family. “The Timothy (Doc) Cook Foundation is dedicated to educating our youth and increasing awareness of PTS/PTSD within our community,” [...]

1 06, 2023

South Boston Farmers Market Opens June 5

2023-06-01T12:11:52-04:00June 1st, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

It’s farmers market time again! The South Boston Farmers Market opens for business on Monday, June 5 in front of the municipal parking lot at 446 W. Broadway. Riverdale Farm will be back with its array of fruit, vegetables, eggs, and honey. But the hours have changed for this year. The market will open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. On the first day, market attendees can expect a sausage cart and Jennifer Lee’s baked goods.  Courtney Mulligan, the new farmers market manager for South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, is excited about her new role and the new season. The farmers market “brings a lot more light to the community. It's nice to see how many people buy produce there and support local [...]

25 05, 2023

Southie Scholar: Henry Gailunas

2023-05-25T15:18:28-04:00May 25th, 2023|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Southie Scholar: Henry Gailunas

By Carol Masshardt Education is connected to service for Catholic Memorial graduate, 18-year-old Henry Gailunas. Many peers are headed to college, but this graduate is choosing a different route and one that is driven by knowledge of how he learns and how he wants to contribute. After six years at CM, he is taking a “gap year” to continue working full time at Fat Baby and Petula’s restaurants in South Boston, where he worked since interning as part of the Neighborhood House program. Then, he plans to enter either the Coast Guard or Marines or work in a union position. His ultimate goal is to follow the examples of his grandfather and father and become a firefighter. “My parents (Peter Gailunas and Maureen Dahill) support [...]

21 04, 2023

New Neighborhood Hangout: Petula’s Set to Open in Early May

2023-04-21T11:32:07-04:00April 21st, 2023|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on New Neighborhood Hangout: Petula’s Set to Open in Early May

By Ginger DeShaney When Rachel Titcomb was growing up, she started her day with Petula Clark. Now she wants her Southie neighbors to start their day with Petula’s.  “My mom really loved Petula Clark,” Rachel said. “She would blast Petula Clark every morning to wake me and my siblings up. It put us in such a good mood.” That’s the idea behind the name of her new restaurant at 81 L Street: Petula’s. “My sisters and brothers have flashbacks. There was a lot of Petula Clark going on in my house,” she laughs. Petula’s will be an all-day restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is set to open in early May, starting with dinner service, and by June, breakfast and lunch will be added. [...]

14 04, 2023

It Takes a Community: Belinda Scott

2023-04-14T09:56:16-04:00April 14th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on It Takes a Community: Belinda Scott

By Carol Masshardt What does it take to serve as a crossing guard at one of the most chaotic and dangerous intersections in South Boston? You may know the rotary near St. Monica’s Church that connects Old Colony Ave., Prebble St. and Columbia Rd., but perhaps not as well as Belinda Scott who firmly and lovingly manages five directions of traffic, a rotary that could elicit aggression in a lamb, and pedestrians, carriages, bikes, and wheelchairs. It is the epitome of an urban streetscape. It is here that she has navigated since 2017, interrupted by some pandemic gaps, with care, humor, confidence and grace. Guiding people is not new to Belinda, now in her sixth decade. Mother of children, biological, adopted and fostered, she now [...]

13 04, 2023

Crafting a Side Hustle: Kathryn Rizzo Creates Leather Items by Hand, with Love

2023-04-13T17:57:05-04:00April 13th, 2023|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Crafting a Side Hustle: Kathryn Rizzo Creates Leather Items by Hand, with Love

By Ginger DeShaney The amount of leather Kathryn Rizzo watched get tossed during her time working for a luxury handbag designer in New York sparked a passion.                        She had a boss who handed her a full leather hide – you could still see the shape of the cow – and asked her to get rid of it or make something out of it. At the time, Kathryn didn’t have the space in her tiny apartment or the know-how on what to do with that hide, but it stuck with her for years. “I think about how much I've thrown out now and it hurts my soul,” she said. During her time in the New [...]

6 04, 2023

‘All is Well’: Son Writes Book as Tribute to Late Father

2023-04-06T16:56:21-04:00April 6th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on ‘All is Well’: Son Writes Book as Tribute to Late Father

By Ginger DeShaney To deal with the unexpected loss of his father, Kevin P. Martin Jr. started writing down stories and life lessons he had learned from his dad.  “Part of it was the grief processing … and as crazy as it sounds, I didn't want to forget him. This was my way of keeping him in the present moment rather than the past,” Kevin Jr. said. “This was kind of my way of dealing.” Without realizing it, Kevin Jr. had penned 50,000 words. His wife of 30 years, Lisa, knew his writings were something special. She encouraged him to turn the writing into larger concepts, which turned into chapters. “And before you knew it, unknowingly, I had a book,” said Kevin, who is a [...]

3 04, 2023

Micro Plant Studio: An Artist with a Vision

2023-04-03T12:39:12-04:00April 3rd, 2023|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Micro Plant Studio: An Artist with a Vision

By Carol Masshardt The art of plants is displayed in the work of  Julio Cesar Roman-Rios of Micro Plant Studio on West Broadway, and the inspiration was formed through his experiences of both trauma and resilience. His path to the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by a Tufts University Master’s Degree in Public Policy, he has now been a business owner for the challenging past five years. His life and work is a testament to community, possibility and effort. Healthy plants and his uniquely designed pots create an environment of hopefulness and creativity, but the inspiration is decades old. Originally from Puerto Rico, nature caught his imagination and spirit early and in what were often trying circumstances. The impact of domestic violence inflicted on his [...]

30 03, 2023

Cleanups Begin at Moakley Park 

2023-03-30T19:24:31-04:00March 30th, 2023|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Cleanups Begin at Moakley Park 

By Ginger DeShaney About 45 people braved the cold and wind Saturday morning to clean up Moakley Park as Boston Harbor Now and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department kicked off the 2023 cleanup season. “It’s community building,” said Lulu O’Leary, one of about 20 members of the Boston University women’s water polo team to participate. “It’s creating a better environment for everybody.” Cliff Meggison traveled in from Sudbury after seeing the event posted on Boston Cares.  “We think it's important that we take care of the natural resources we have, because if we don't, they're not going to be here very long,” he said. “I think it's one of those things that, you know, everybody thinks somebody else is going to do it and [...]

21 03, 2023

It Takes a Community: Nicole Alfano

2023-03-21T13:27:55-04:00March 21st, 2023|Categories: Happenings|Comments Off on It Takes a Community: Nicole Alfano

By Carol Masshardt There are people who are at home in an office and only go outside to get back inside, but Nicole Alfano, a mail carrier for the past seventeen years, is not one of them.  Serving the community on a route of six hundred addresses that takes up to six hours to complete, Nicole, at 42, is undaunted by weather, the weight of a bag or city streets. “I love the South Boston community. There are so many nice people on my route and beyond. I see the same people every day and try to remember all the names on my route,” she said. This is no small goal in a community where she notes that many houses that were single family now [...]

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