16 01, 2020

Susan McDonough Chief Marshal 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

2020-01-16T11:52:13-05:00January 16th, 2020|Categories: Happenings|Comments Off on Susan McDonough Chief Marshal 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Rick Winterson     To say that Susan McDonough, who was born and brought up in South Boston, is devoted to veterans’ causes is an understatement.  On both professional and personal levels, she is an effective and hard-working champion of veterans and their interests. Please consider that Susan was asked to run for the Office of Commander, Martin F. McDonough American Legion Post #368.  (EDITOR’S NOTE:  She is not related to him.)  She is the second woman to occupy that position; she firmly believes that leading the Post is her most important ongoing job. In addition to that, Susan has been appointed the Chief Marshal of this year’s 2020 St. Patrick’s/Evacuation Day Parade, becoming only the third woman ever selected.  During South Boston Online’s interview [...]

7 11, 2019

Rob Pacitti to Receive “Beacon of Hope” Award

2019-11-07T12:35:42-05:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Rob Pacitti to Receive “Beacon of Hope” Award

The South Boston Collaborative Center’s Annual Comedy Night is at hand.  It will take place on Friday evening, November 8, in Florian Hall at 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester.  And it will certainly be a Comedy Night.  The tentative arrangements for the comedians include Johnny P. and Artie “The Pharmacist” Januario, along with interludes of live music – please watch for postings in South Boston Online about the final roster of performers.  The November 8 Comedy Night promises to be an evening of enjoyment to remember. One of the Comedy Night’s high points will be the presentation of the 2019 Darlene Sheehan “Beacon of Hope” Award.  Darlene was one of those rare self-sacrificing individuals, who always placed the wellbeing of others above her own.  In response [...]

16 10, 2019

A Friendship “Time” for Willy Wilson – OCT 26

2019-10-16T15:49:50-04:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on A Friendship “Time” for Willy Wilson – OCT 26

by Rick Winterson Willy Wilson, lovingly known  as “Mr. Hardware” of South Boston, experienced a true emergency at work, after he attended Grandparents Day at South Boston Catholic Academy.  His diabetic condition – first diagnosed when Willy had turned 30 - and the resulting neuropathy really flared up, making it necessary to amputate his left foot and part of his lower leg.  Willy is now in a wheelchair.  He has completed an arduous program at Spaulding Rehab in Charlestown.  In two weeks, he expects to be fitted with a prosthetic leg and foot.  His rehab will continue. And Willy also undergoes dialysis three times a week.  His daughter Kristen started a Facebook group seeking to find a compatible replacement kidney for him.  Tommy McGrath spotted [...]

8 08, 2019

Woods’ Farewell to H & Seventh

2019-08-08T09:01:40-04:00August 8th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Woods’ Farewell to H & Seventh

Peggy Woods was born and raised in South Boston in an Irish-American family with deep cultural roots.  She and her sisters began dancing at an early age, and as a result of their hard work and determination, Peggy and Rose earned several awards at the regional and national level and hence developed their passion for Irish Dance.  Twenty five years ago, as young adults, Peggy and Roseann Woods launched their own Irish Dance School so they could preserve this strong aspect of Irish culture. They also knew that the lasting friendships, travel experiences and self-confidence that comes from Irish Dance were most valuable and wanted to share that with the South Boston community.  Always traveling alongside them was their mom, Mary and her sisters, offering [...]

2 07, 2019

July 4th Traffic Advisory

2019-07-02T09:38:03-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on July 4th Traffic Advisory

Special events taking place as part of the City of Boston’s annual July 4th celebration will require street closings and parking restrictions at select locations in Boston.  People coming into the City to enjoy the festivities are strongly encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  People coming into Boston to attend are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found at http://bluebikes.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com. For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket. Walking is also a great way to move around Boston. The City of Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments may make changes to this plan as necessary.  Please see www.boston.gov for the [...]

26 06, 2019

Lorraine Linehan Receives Unsung Heroine Award

2019-06-26T07:43:09-04:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Happenings|Comments Off on Lorraine Linehan Receives Unsung Heroine Award

Last week, South Boston resident Lorraine Linehan received the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at a ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House.  The Unsung Heroine Award is given to women who don’t make the news, but make a difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution. Lorraine was nominated by State Representative David Biele for her dedication to improving the [...]

29 05, 2019

“Condon Connects” with BPD for Pilot Program

2019-05-29T18:24:03-04:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on “Condon Connects” with BPD for Pilot Program

A new pilot program debuted at the Condon Community Center last Wednesday, the 22nd - “Condon Connects”. BPD Officer Michelle Maffeo from Bureau of Community Engagement lead the presentation encouraging families living with a disability to connect with: each other, many of the  high-lighted resources, and, the Condon Community Center Last Wednesday evening, May 22, South Boston’s Condon Community Center was the site of an in-depth presentation of a newly conceived pilot program - “Condon Connects”. The Administrative Coordinator of the South Boston Center is Joseph Curran; the presentation at the Condon was arranged by Barbara Kelly, who is the Condon Community Center’s Program Supervisor, and Debra Flaherty, Condon Staff Assistant.  This was the very first presentation of the pilot program, which has been deemed [...]

23 05, 2019

Collaborative to Honor Commissioner Finn

2019-05-23T08:28:21-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Collaborative to Honor Commissioner Finn

The Joseph Nee South Boston Collaborative Center, known for its mission of combatting substance abuse and the addiction that stems from such abuse, will hold their “Spring Fling” fundraiser on Thursday evening, June 6, from 6 to 10 p.m.  The venue will be the Convention Center’s Lawn on D, an outdoor retreat that has become so popular that it’s frequently called “South Boston’s Playground”.  Which it certainly is! The high point of the evening will be honoring Boston Fire Department (the BFD) Commissioner Joseph E. Finn with the Collaborative’s “Community Hero” Award.  Finn richly deserves this Award.  He has served in the BFD for 35 years, since 1984.  He worked his way up through the ranks of the BFD, often considered the finest fire department [...]

3 05, 2019

The Lawn on D Weekend Events

2019-05-03T13:54:02-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on The Lawn on D Weekend Events

Swing into Spring for the Lawn on D’s first family event of the season with great entertainment for all ages!  This annual favorite will feature a live animal show, author readings, a magic show, and a ton of interactive activities and live musical performances. Signature Event:  Swing Into Spring Saturday, May 4th  Noon to 10:00 PM 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Knucklebones Playspace 1:00 pm: Magic Show with Evan the Magician 2:00 pm: Author Readings with 826 Boston 3:00 pm: Magic Show with Evan the Magician 4:00 pm: Animal Adventures LIVE MUSIC 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Steel and Rhythm Band 2:00 pm: DJ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Hockey Tonk Knights 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Soul Estate Band SPECIAL EVENT!  CINCO DE MAYO [...]

27 03, 2019

Giving Back to A Veteran in Need

2019-03-27T14:35:34-04:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Giving Back to A Veteran in Need

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes   If there’s one thing to be said for Bostonians, it’s that they rise up to take care of their own, and who better to consider one of our “own” than a Dorchester native, Veteran Marine who served his country in in the Vietnam war, then dedicated his life to serving as a Boston Fire Fighter. Charles “Charlie” Santangelo was born and raised in Dorchester, where he married the love of his life, Betty Anne, in December of 1969. A year later he would find himself in the Vietnam war, fighting for his country because, as Charlie would later tell his children, simply, “it was the right thing to do”. He served a tour in 1970/1971 as a Lance Corporal in [...]