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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 https://www.facebook.com/SouthBostonOnlineFans. 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 [...]

2 11, 2020

Layers of Love: Organization finds perfect recipe for helping families in need

2020-11-02T08:02:28-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Layers of Love: Organization finds perfect recipe for helping families in need

By Ginger DeShaney Food is love. And the Lasagna Mamas and Papas of Lasagna Love are spreading that message in South Boston and the rest of the country. Several local women are giving back to the community in the best way they can during the Covid-19 crisis by making and delivering lasagnas to families who need a little bit of help. Daniella Place of South Boston was feeling helpless during the pandemic and was looking for a way to help out in her community when she came across a Facebook post by a college friend, Rhiannon Menn, promoting Lasagna Love. According to its website, Rhiannon founded Lasagna Love at the beginning of the pandemic, almost by accident. Rhiannon, who is also the founder of Good [...]

21 05, 2020

Drawing A Line In The Sand To Keep Our Beaches Safe And Open

2020-05-21T08:17:14-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Drawing A Line In The Sand To Keep Our Beaches Safe And Open

The late US District Court Judge A. David Mazzone, who oversaw the Boston Harbor case for nearly 20 years, often said that he measured the success of the Boston Harbor cleanup not by the “number of feet” you could see into the water, but by the “pairs of feet” he saw on the region’s public beaches on a hot summer day. Because we believe that the best way to “save the harbor” is to create new environmental stewards by “sharing the harbor” with the public, for more than 30 years Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has embraced Mazzone’s metric as one true measure of our success. We are certainly proud that in 2019 our free Youth Environmental Education programs served more than 35,000 primarily low-income [...]

14 04, 2020

South Boston Residents Step Up to Deliver Groceries

2020-04-14T09:48:37-04:00April 14th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on South Boston Residents Step Up to Deliver Groceries

It was late on a Friday afternoon when the South Boston Neighborhood Aid Hotline received a call from a hospital social worker: A young woman was about to be released from the hospital. She was still very sick, and had no family or friends to help make sure there was food in her apartment for the weekend. “I’ve been making call after call just trying to find this woman some food. Someone said you might have volunteers who could help?” Within an hour, South Boston residents had stepped up to shop and deliver groceries to her door, and were even standing by to help walk her dog. None of the volunteers knew the woman, but that didn’t matter. Continuing a long tradition of neighbors helping [...]

8 04, 2020

Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During The Coronavirus

2020-04-08T11:00:18-04:00April 8th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained During The Coronavirus

By: Tara Kerrigan Hayes These are scary times for everyone, including our children, so it’s important not just to occupy our kids, but also to find ways to emotionally support them. In an effort to capitalize on this unexpected gift of family time, (while struggling to keep our sanity in tact), I’ve compiled a list of activity ideas for indoors, outdoors, and even online, (gasp). Let’s face it, the war against screen time rages on. So for the times you can’t beat ‘em - join ‘em, (literally), and explore the world together without leaving your living room. There are countless virtual tours and webcams, (both entertaining and educational), for kids of all ages with varying interests: Future travelers: Transport your family to Paris, France by [...]

18 03, 2020

“Social Distancing” in Southie’s Open Spaces

2020-03-18T10:51:20-04:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on “Social Distancing” in Southie’s Open Spaces

Even when an event becomes an emergency, Americans can always come up with a couple of memorable words to describe it quickly.  “Social Distancing” is just one good example.  At first, Social Distancing sounds like a contradiction in terms, or an outright oxymoron like “jumbo shrimp”.  After all, “social” is a word that implies getting together, not keeping your “distance”. But Social Distancing is much more than some kind of courtesy.  Right now, with the onslaught of Coronavirus, Social Distancing is an important way to hold on to your own health, as well as something that prevents the spread of Coronavirus to others.  Keeping a distance between you, your friends, and maybe even the members of your immediate family is essential.  A separation of six [...]

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