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20 02, 2021

Dry Run: Temporary Pool Closure Can’t Stop These Swimmers

2021-02-20T10:37:19-05:00February 20th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney  The swim team at the Edgerley Family Boys & Girls Club South Boston has been working out and practicing ... without a pool.  And while that’s been a challenge -- along with the COVID-19 pandemic -- it hasn’t deterred these determined members. The boiler for the pool went out several weeks ago but because of the pandemic, it’s taking a while for it to get fixed, said Tia Ferrie, the Club’s aquatics director and swim coach. So while Tia and the members wait patiently for the pool to reopen, “We switched pool workouts to dry land workouts,” Tia said, noting they usually do a lot of dry land training anyway.  The workouts include calisthenics, rope jumping, and other exercises. The last 20-30 [...]

18 02, 2021

Smoothie Operators: OTEN Celebrates Successful First Year

2021-02-18T20:01:08-05:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

 By Ginger DeShaney “Everything we do comes from the heart,” Denisse Tejada said as On The Edge Nutrition (OTEN) celebrated its one-year anniversary in South Boston last Saturday. “It’s heart work; it’s not hard work,” she said.  Denisse along with Yeison Baez have put their hearts and souls into the healthy smoothie bar at 283 Old Colony Ave. and it shows.  With a customer base of 4,000 and at least 100 regulars, the shop is making a name for itself. People travel from Rhode Island and New Hampshire for OTEN’s offerings. And many of those customers stopped by for OTEN’s socially distanced anniversary celebration that included balloons and banners, a DJ spinning tunes, specials, and giveaways. “We started this because we wanted to create change [...]

11 02, 2021

For the love of cookies: Southie woman turns baking hobby into a business

2021-02-11T20:09:26-05:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney The timing was perfect for Katie Rausch. Just as she was turning 30 years old (Feb. 5), she transformed her baking hobby into a business.  “I’m entering a new decade with a new passion,” she said. “I’m so excited. It feels like the right time.” While stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie was looking for something to do “other than working and eating my feelings,” she said with an easy laugh. She’d been doing a lot of cooking during COVID and decided to take a baking course online, where she learned about cookies, icing techniques, decorating, and so much more.  She made decorated sugar cookies for family and friends. She made a batch for a friend who was going away [...]

23 01, 2021

After-School Special: Boys & Girls Club Program Provides Some Normalcy

2021-01-23T14:45:08-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on After-School Special: Boys & Girls Club Program Provides Some Normalcy

By Ginger DeShaney The kids in the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club after-school program are part of something special … especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We’re in this thing together. We’re a team; we’re a club,” said Michael Letchfield, Program Director at the Club and the manager of the after-school program. “The kids think, ‘It was a difficult year but my Club was behind me and I was part of something.’ “The members really appreciate what they are getting,” Michael added. “It’s a special deal. The kids feel like partners in this.” Part of the mission of the Club’s after-school program -- especially now -- is to offer a respite.  “We try to provide some normalcy for the kids in this crazy [...]

1 01, 2021

Ringing in the New Year: Polar Plunge

2021-01-01T15:53:51-05:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Ringing in the New Year: Polar Plunge

Despite the cancellation of the L Street Brownies New Year's Day plunge, people still flocked to the beach to take a dip. According to Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Elvira Stridsberg, and Jo Davies -- the Tribal Dippers -- plunging into the cold water releases tension and stress. Since March, the trio has been plunging every Friday to help deal with the pandemic.  A group of Southie guys, led by Colin Burnett, took the plunge and vow to make it an annual event. Even families got into the fun. And then there's Tim Regan, who has been plunging for 30 years and is always the last one out of the water. Happy New Year! (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY)                     [...]

30 12, 2020

The “Friends of Donny Nave and Katie” Raffle Winners

2020-12-30T09:01:55-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on The “Friends of Donny Nave and Katie” Raffle Winners

The committee gathered and would like to announce that due to the current and ongoing COVID pandemic the “Friends of Donny Nave and Katie” committee decided to draw the 50-50 raffle and the other raffle prizes that our sponsors have generously donated. It has become obvious that we cannot safely and legally have the friendship party that we originally envisioned running. We used the 50-50 raffle tickets to draw all prizes, so that the folks who have purchased one of those tickets had the opportunity to win more than just the 50-50 raffle prize.   We regret that we could not move forward with our original plans and would like to thank the Committee, our sponsors, and all of Donny’s great “friends” who have generously contributed [...]

30 12, 2020

‘Tis the Season… to Uplift Others

2020-12-30T07:56:43-05:00December 30th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on ‘Tis the Season… to Uplift Others

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes It’s that time of year again for our favorite holiday re-runs, and if you’ve ever watched the hit film, Love Actually, you’ve experienced the pull of your heartstrings before the first character is even introduced. You can credit the opening sequence, with its flood of images from the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport years ago; a tender montage of loved ones reuniting and enthusiastically embracing one another. Mothers, fathers, friends, lovers, leap eagerly into each others arms, kissing, hugging, crying tears of joy, as Hugh Grant’s voice tenderly narrates about how “love is everywhere”. As you watch the blissful expressions of these real life people – not actors – there is an unmistakable air of gratitude for the relationships. The raw [...]

12 12, 2020

Kickin’ it with Santa

2020-12-12T16:20:45-05:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Kickin’ it with Santa

Sporting their best holiday garb, teams had a blast playing in Social Boston Sports' Kickin’ It With Santa Kickball tournament at Moakley Park Saturday, Dec. 12. Festive music played in the background while players danced on the field. The constant rain didn't dampen anyone's spirit, though it did make for some slippery play. (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY)                              

11 12, 2020

Holiday Helpers: Relief for families in need

2020-12-11T07:52:43-05:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Holiday Helpers: Relief for families in need

By Ginger DeShaney “I am a single parent of two children; my family needs assistance this year because I am currently unemployed and have no money to provide the kids with Christmas presents. Everything in my life is very stressful right now and receiving help with gifts for my children would lessen the burden. Any help would be greatly appreciated.” The Holiday Helpers program through the South Boston Neighborhood House is more important than ever this year.  With families struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, this holiday program “helps parents feel a little bit of relief,” said Kathy Lafferty, executive director of the South Boston Neighborhood House. “While COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, those already in need in our community are suffering disproportionately from [...]

10 12, 2020

Scenes from the Holiday Spree

2020-12-10T21:00:30-05:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Scenes from the Holiday Spree

Southie businesses offered discounts and promotions during the second South Boston Chamber of Commerce's Thursday Holiday Spree. Festive backdrops were set up at the library and the West Broadway Municipal Parking lot for selfies. The backdrops will be up again next Thursday, Dec. 17, for the third Holiday Spree. Remember to shop locally! (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY) Lisa Urban poses in front of the Santa backdrop at the library with a goodie bag for people who stop by.   Karen and Tanner enjoyed having their photo snapped.   Noah checks out the Frozen backdrop at the West Broadway parking lot.   Roza Lyons is decked out for the holidays.   Pam Santorelli of Habit mans the [...]

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