12 01, 2021

Get in the Habit! Longtime Southie boutique keeps neighborhood fashionable

2021-01-12T16:22:07-05:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney When Pam Santorelli opened her boutique Habit at 703 E. Broadway almost 15 years ago, she received amazing support from the neighborhood.  “There was a lot of positive energy. We had a successful opening,” Pam said. “We got such a great response from the neighborhood. It pushed us to move forward.” That support remains strong today. When COVID-19 forced Habit, a women's clothing, accessories, and gift boutique, to close its doors for two and half months, right at the start of the busy season, the tight-knit Southie community was there for Pam. “We’re hanging in there,” she said. “We had a great response from the neighborhood. People want to shop small, which is so appreciated.” Christmas sales were good, again thanks to [...]

8 01, 2021

The Art of Giving: Local Woman Uses Her Talent to Help Others 

2021-01-08T21:56:21-05:00January 8th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Erica Hagler Erica Hagler uses her superpowers for good.  The South Boston artist has a passion for employing her talent to give back to the community. “If you have a talent, you should share it with people,” she said. “It feels really good to give back.” Erica’s mom instilled in her family the importance of giving back. The family fed the homeless every Thanksgiving; they donated toys to families in need; they saved extra toiletries to give out to people in need.  So it’s no surprise that Erica is involved in charitable giving every chance she gets. In November and December, Erica organized “The Art of Giving.” This project was born when Erica was sitting in her kitchen thinking, “I [...]

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)                     [...]

31 12, 2020

Island Treasure: Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Sully’s from Serving Great Food

2020-12-31T16:54:49-05:00December 31st, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Island Treasure: Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Sully’s from Serving Great Food

By Ginger DeShaney Kizito Paganini When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, management at Sullivan’s at Castle Island rallied to keep serving its loyal customers. “It’s been pretty good for a bad year,” said Kizito Paganini, director of operations for Sullivan’s, a South Boston institution. “We made the best of a bad time.” Paganini started with Sullivan’s in January 2020. The restaurant opened in February as usual but by March 13had to shut its doors because of the pandemic.  “We needed time to close down and rearrange how we do business,” Paganini said. Management discussed safety measures, social distancing, flow, and new ways of doing things.  That creative process came up with: A new way to order in person; Online ordering; Catering services. Sully’s opened [...]

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 [...]

8 12, 2020

Let your spirit shine!

2020-12-08T18:05:33-05:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Let your spirit shine!

The Christmas trees around Southie -- at the Seaport, South Boston Public Library, Medal of Honor Park, and the West Broadway Municipal Parking Lot -- are shining brightly for the season! We want to see how you are decorating for the holidays. Share photos of your trees on our Facebook page at We look forward to seeing your photos! The tree at the Seaport. The ornaments on the Seaport tree. The trees at the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in the Seaport.   The tree at the library. The tree at Medal of Honor Park.   The tree on West Broadway.

27 11, 2020

Giving thanks … during a pandemic

2020-11-27T11:06:12-05:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Giving thanks … during a pandemic

By Ginger DeShaney The year 2020 has been brutal, from the global COVID-19 pandemic, high unemployment, and business closures to remote learning, holiday restrictions, and political turmoil. But despite all this, people in South Boston are thankful for what they do have as we enter the holiday season. From healthy families to beloved dogs, people are cherishing what means the most to them during these unusual times. “I’m thankful for the health of my loved ones,” said Raphaela, who was at Dorchester Heights with Patrick and her dog, Tulip, last week. “The pace of this year has allowed me to spend more time with the people I love.” Patrick is very thankful for his family being safe.  And they are both thankful for 3-year-old Tulip.  [...]

12 11, 2020

This library is open: Bakers share their love of reading

2020-11-12T08:37:48-05:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on This library is open: Bakers share their love of reading

By Ginger DeShaney Rachel and Billy Baker are avid readers. And they are hoping to instill that love of reading in others through their Little Free Library, the first one in South Boston. “We want people to take books,” Rachel said, noting that she anticipates the Little Free Library will encourage reading, especially in these times when people can’t use the public library as they normally would.  According to its website, Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges. On Oct. 22, Rachel announced on the Southie Community Bulletin Board Facebook page that her Little Free Library was open at 430 E. 8th St., in her front yard and easily [...]

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