16 12, 2021

Get Vax’d!

2021-12-16T13:59:20-05:00December 16th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Get Vax’d!

https://youtu.be/HFxfRBrRIlE South Boston Community Health Center’s Youth Ambassadors are determined to get their friends protected from the Covid-19 virus. The teens, all fully vaccinated, spearheaded a video/social media project to encourage other teens to get vaccinated after discovering that many of their peers and classmates were still not vaccinated against the virus. Michael Indresano, of Indresano Productions donated his studio time and talent to help the teens bring their vision to reality. The campaign went live on SBCHC’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/HFxfRBrRIlE “We couldn’t be more proud of these young people” said Bill Halpin, CEO of South Boston Community Health Center. “The Youth Ambassadors have always been an important voice among their peers on critical health issues like substance abuse and anti-vaping efforts. We were [...]

5 12, 2021

Medal of Honor Park Tree Lighting

2021-12-05T21:17:12-05:00December 5th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Medal of Honor Park Tree Lighting

Mayor Michelle Wu was in South Boston Sunday to light the tree at Medal of Honor Park. A huge crowd gathered to witness the event and take part in all the activities, such as pop a shot, bouncy houses and obstacles, snacks, gift bags, and so much more. In addition to Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, and Rudolph, there were appearances by Paw Patrol's Chase and Marshall, Frozen's Elsa and Olaf, Toy Story's Woody and Buzz, as well as our local politicians. What a wonderful day!! (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY)    

5 12, 2021

With Professional Guidance, South Boston Teens Create Vaccine Video

2021-12-05T09:17:53-05:00December 5th, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on With Professional Guidance, South Boston Teens Create Vaccine Video

By Ginger DeShaney Boston teens are using their voices to spread the word among their peers about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. They are hopeful their message will be heard and heeded.  The “Teens Talking to Teens About the COVID Vaccine” video/social media project was spearheaded by the South Boston Community Health Center Youth Ambassadors in collaboration with the South Boston Neighborhood House and the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club. Michael Indresano of Indresano Studios in South Boston is generously providing professional studio, staff, technical support, and editing -- all pro bono.  “It’s a good opportunity for us to be able to have that voice and spread the word,” Youth Ambassador Owen Rogers, 17, said before his recent shoot. The [...]

4 12, 2021

Coming Into Focus: Photographer Tells Stories Through A Different Lens

2021-12-04T09:04:16-05:00December 4th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Coming Into Focus: Photographer Tells Stories Through A Different Lens

By Ginger DeShaney John McCosh is a storyteller.  But he doesn’t use words to tell stories … he uses his camera, living by his philosophy of photo “fabula” (Russian for “story”).  “Photography is kind of like a poem,” said the owner of South Boston’s LightFlex Studios in the Distillery Gallery at 516 E. 2nd St., Suite 104. “Whatever you get with a poem, you can get with a picture. A thousand words for a picture, I would say make it 80 words and make it poetry.” And every good story includes people. When John first started out, he was focusing on landscapes. “But you know what? People are the story,” he said. “The more you can get a human, relatable moment, the more it's going [...]

2 12, 2021

The Future Looks Bright: 16 Southie Students Awarded Sports Hall of Fame Scholarships

2021-12-03T09:11:22-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on The Future Looks Bright: 16 Southie Students Awarded Sports Hall of Fame Scholarships

By Ginger DeShaney  Sixteen outstanding South Boston students were awarded $2,000 grants from the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund on Nov. 26. “It’s been an incredibly difficult last 20 months for everybody,” ceremony emcee and Trustee John Beatty said at the Walsh Gym. People have been affected in different ways, he said: “Some with physical hardship or illness, in some cases losing family members; businesses have been impacted, jobs have been impacted, family lives have been impacted. Our students’ have been impacted ... “We hope that this scholarship is a shining light in these students’ lives.”  In addition to the scholarship winners, John mentioned that the applicants who didn’t get scholarships were also exceptional students. “I found new inspiration for what’s [...]

26 11, 2021

Hilco Redevelopment Partners Donates 1,000 Turkeys to South Boston Families

2021-11-26T14:26:43-05:00November 26th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Hilco Redevelopment Partners Donates 1,000 Turkeys to South Boston Families

By Ginger DeShaney Like a good neighbor, Hilco Redevelopment Partners is there.  HRP, the owner and developer of 776 Summer St., a 1.68-million-square-foot redevelopment of the former Edison Power Plant, donated 1,000 turkeys to South Boston families in need, working in collaboration with South Boston Association of Non-Profits (SBANP) to distribute them.  “We know that the pandemic hit families really hard,” said Jasmine Sessoms, senior vice president of corporate affairs for HRP. “We don’t want to just build in neighborhoods, we want to be good neighbors. This is our way of demonstrating that we want to be a part of the community here. Tell us what you need; we want to help out.” Jasmine said her company has donated 4,000 turkeys this year: 1,000 in [...]

23 11, 2021

Missing Ingredients: BPL Donation Initiative Looks to Spice Up Local Food Pantries

2021-11-23T17:39:38-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Missing Ingredients: BPL Donation Initiative Looks to Spice Up Local Food Pantries

By Ginger DeShaney They say variety is the spice of life, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any spices in a food pantry. Stephanie Chace, nutritional literacy coordinator for Boston Public Library and organizer of its Spice Bank Collective, is on a mission to change that.  “It’s an idea I’ve carried with me for a very long time, probably 8 or 10 years,” she said. “Whenever I would see a call-out for a food pantry for people to donate, you would see the list of things that most pantries were looking for; nonperishables was ultimately the final message. Bring canned goods, bring boxed mac and cheese, and I was always kind of struck that spices, which are nonperishables, were never listed. “So that always stuck [...]

18 11, 2021

Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

2021-11-18T10:54:43-05:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

By Ginger DeShaney Happy Fairgiving! Or rather, Happy Thanksgiving, thanks in part to Fairway Independent Mortgage.  Fairway has donation boxes in nine South Boston businesses to collect food for St. Monica’s Thanksgiving meals. But Fairway isn’t just collecting the regular items. “[St. Monica’s] suggested some fun desserts: cake mixes and frosting and brownie mixes in addition to instant potatoes, cornbread, and cookie mixes,” said Colleen Howard, Fairway’s new marketing and business development coordinator. “Everyone always thinks of the typical stuff, like stuffing and canned veggies, but in addition they will be making a bunch of desserts to keep it fun.” Fairgiving is a new initiative Colleen started this year to help St. Monica’s in its mission to feed 400 local families for Thanksgiving. “St. Monica’s [...]

12 11, 2021

Wicked High Tides a Wake-up Call on Climate Change

2021-11-12T15:52:04-05:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Wicked High Tides a Wake-up Call on Climate Change

By Ginger DeShaney The wicked high tides that flooded Long Wharf and other parts of the city the weekend of Nov. 6 provided a wake-up call for Boston.  “Even though this is a natural event that we’re experiencing right now, it’s already been influenced by climate change,” said Rebecca Shoer, education and community engagement program manager for the Stone Living Lab. “We also know it’s going to keep rising. “It’s actually kind of a preview of what sea level rise might be like for Boston. Eventually this could be every single high tide.” Stone Living Lab, Boston Harbor Now, and the National Park Service hosted “Wicked High Tides” events at Long Wharf last weekend, educating people about Perigean Spring Tides and climate change. The events [...]

1 11, 2021

There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

2021-11-01T09:41:23-04:00November 1st, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

By Ginger DeShaney The banter between Lisa Walsh and Nikki McCart is easy because they’ve been friends forever. They finish each other’s sentences. They laugh a lot because, well, they are downright hilarious.  The second you are in their presence, you feel like family.  And that’s exactly how they want it.  Lisa, 41, and Nikki, 37 -- who were both born and raised in Southie -- opened MW Hair Studio at 401 W. First St. (right next to Publico) on Oct. 1 and the atmosphere is very welcoming. “The goal is to make everybody feel like they have someplace they belong,” Lisa said. “We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home and relaxed,” Nikki said. “That’s kind of the vibe we like in here. [...]

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