29 08, 2021

Southie Store Sprouts from Owner’s Boston Roots

2021-08-29T10:11:37-04:00August 29th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Southie Store Sprouts from Owner’s Boston Roots

By Ginger DeShaney A new store has sprouted up in Southie and it’s all about community.  Sprout, at 47 L Street, is a specialty shop that offers daily grocery needs -- produce, dairy, grains, and bread -- but also a selection of oils, vinegars, spices, natural preservatives, spreads, yogurts, Italian sweets, artisanal cheeses, beverages, and so much more. Grab and go sandwiches, wraps, and salads are also available. Owner Nazih Kishtban opened the store Aug. 2 and already has had good foot traffic. Nazih had never opened a business. But when the COVID-19 pandemic derailed a new job he was supposed to start, he reevaluated his life. Feeling lost and confused, he volunteered with the Food Bank, helping package food, do deliveries, and more. After [...]

20 08, 2021

Tenacity: Tennis, Reading, and Summer Fun

2021-08-20T09:06:56-04:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Tenacity: Tennis, Reading, and Summer Fun

By Ginger DeShaney The youngsters at Moakley Park’s tennis courts had a blast sharpening their skills, getting in some reading, and playing group games Friday as Tenacity ended its 2021 summer run. Thousands of kids across 18 Boston locations took part in the six-week tennis and reading program. Families could sign up their kids for just one week, all six weeks, or any number of weeks in between. It’s completely free. The morning sessions were for kids ages 6 to 10; the afternoon sessions for kids 11 to 15. South Boston Online stopped by the morning session Friday to take photos. During the summer, the kids’ daily schedule would start with exercises, stretching, and group activities. Then they would go to stations for tennis, reading, [...]

19 08, 2021

Listening is Lauretta Brennan’s Superpower

2021-08-19T21:42:22-04:00August 19th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Listening is Lauretta Brennan’s Superpower

By Ginger DeShaney   “I’m not even really a volunteer,” Lauretta Brennan said.  But many people in South Boston beg to differ.  Dawn Marie Gullage, one of four people who nominated Lauretta for South Boston Online’s new feature, Volunteer Spotlight, said Lauretta is worthy of the recognition. “She is a single mother who works hard to raise her son, yet is always giving back to the community,” she said.  In Beth Nagle’s nomination, she said, “Lauretta Brennan is always giving and helping out any way she can!” According to nominator Melissa Mcauliffe, “Lauretta Brennan is amazingly kind and always going out of her way for the people of Southie.” And Deborah Omalley concurred that Lauretta is always helping someone out. Even though Lauretta is not an [...]

14 08, 2021

Saying YES to Running: Program Introduces Kids to Track and Field

2021-08-14T10:06:45-04:00August 14th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Saying YES to Running: Program Introduces Kids to Track and Field

By Ginger DeShaney With bibs proudly pinned to their shirts, the excited young runners lined up on the Saunders Stadium track. At Coach Thomas White’s direction, the runners blazed down the track, wearing their game faces, which ranged from wide smiles to determined seriousness.  Once that group reached the finish line, Thomas prepared the next group of runners for their race. About 60 kids ages 6-13 gathered at the Moakley Park stadium Monday for their weekly session of the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) summer track and field program. While the younger kids took part in the developmental meet, the older kids did drills. The previous week, it was reversed, with the older kids having a meet and the younger kids doing drills.   Those drills included [...]

5 08, 2021

HarborOne Bank is All About Community, Giving Back

2021-08-05T19:35:55-04:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on HarborOne Bank is All About Community, Giving Back

By Ginger DeShaney Alba Shaba Alba Shaba knows the neighborhood. A resident of South Boston since 2007, she’s proud to call Southie her home and raise her children here.  “I love South Boston,” she said. “It’s my community.”   Because of that, she knew that Southie would be a great fit for HarborOne Bank, where she is the Assistant Vice President of the new branch on 14 West Broadway, which opened in May. “South Boston is all about community,” she said. And so is HarborOne.  “Giving back is important to HarborOne,” said Alba, who personally volunteers at the Pine Street Inn and with Cradles to Crayons. For more than a century, HarborOne has been committed to its customers, its communities, and its colleagues. As [...]

5 08, 2021

Fun in the Sun at Playdate at the Beach

2021-08-05T18:45:37-04:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fun in the Sun at Playdate at the Beach

By Ginger DeShaney The smiles were ear to ear. The laughter was infectious. There was pure joy at seeing a new tattoo or touching a lobster. It was the perfect event at just the right time. Last week’s Playdate at the Beach, sponsored by the South Boston Neighborhood House and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, featured games, crafts, music, food, and so much fun for all ages.  “I think it’s great,” said mom Melissa Hankowski. “It’s perfectly planned ... It’s low-key. It’s exactly what the kids need.” South Boston Online stopped by Pleasure Bay for last week’s beach event, the second in a series of four Playdates. The next Playdates are Aug. 19 at the McCormack Bathhouse at Carson Beach and Aug. 26 at Pleasure [...]

3 08, 2021

Cultivating Gardens … and Themselves: Youth Ambassadors Growing Confidence, Skills

2021-08-03T18:43:33-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Cultivating Gardens … and Themselves: Youth Ambassadors Growing Confidence, Skills

By Ginger DeShaney Sisters Courtney and Chelsea Mulligan and Vi Thai are spending this summer taking care of the plant beds and picking up trash along Broadway, planting flowers and caring for gardens, and cleaning up the area for the Farmers Market. But this is way more than just a summer job for these Youth Ambassadors.  It’s preparation for their futures: in education, in confidence, in the workforce, and in their communities. “We believe they can ... run the world,” said Linda Doran, Youth Program Coordinator of the Youth Ambassadors Program at the South Boston Community Health Center. “It’s nice to have supportive adults who have that thought, too. A lot of people think teenagers are nothing but a bother and useless. When you treat [...]

31 07, 2021

Artists Bring Awareness to Climate Change

2021-07-31T17:59:47-04:00July 31st, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Artists Bring Awareness to Climate Change

By Ginger DeShaney Artists Allison Maria Rodriguez, Franklin Marval, and Carolina Aragón are doing their part to bring attention to climate change. Because climate change is an urgent matter, “it makes sense that artists will be responding to that,” Allison said. “The climate for climate art is good because there is a lot going on and there’s a lot at stake,” said Carolina. Artists have the capacity to reach a lot of people through their work. “That’s an artist’s superpower,” she said. The trio talked about their art Wednesday night via Zoom during the second talk in the WeSPOKE Gallery series. “Art, Climate, and Boston” was moderated by Donna Brown, executive director of South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation and a SPOKE board member, at the [...]

24 07, 2021

Dluxe Nail Bar West Opens 

2021-07-24T12:08:24-04:00July 24th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Dluxe Nail Bar West Opens 

By Ginger DeShaney Dluxe Nail Bar West, located at 377 W. Broadway, is now open.  The sister shop to D Luxe Nail Bar at 659 E. Broadway boasts 16 chairs, 8 bar stools, 4 tables, 4 drying stations, and a private waxing room.  With chandeliers lining the ceiling, the nail salon is inviting, modern, spacious, and bright.  “It’s beautiful,” said Ally White, who has been a client at the East Broadway location for years but stopped in the West Broadway spot last week. “You’re going into a pretty place.” Ally works on West Broadway, “so this is more convenient.”  Thai Nguyen and his sister Tiffanie Nguyen own the West Broadway location. Tiffanie is the owner of the flagship East Broadway salon.  The West Broadway location, [...]

23 07, 2021

Community Leader: Allison Baker Wears Many Hats to Help Southie Kids

2021-07-23T09:08:02-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Community Leader: Allison Baker Wears Many Hats to Help Southie Kids

By Ginger DeShaney “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”  That’s Allison Baker’s favorite saying. “I try to live that quote,” she said. And she is succeeding … big time. Allison is a lifelong Southie fixture who works tirelessly for the neighborhood’s children through the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, local community centers, the CYO basketball program, and her nonprofit organization Kickoff for Kids. When she was younger, Allison had the people she needed: Katie O’Connell, Barbara Kelly, Joe Kelly, Kathy Davis, Kevin Lally, John Lydon, Sean Monahan, Ronald “Cheech” Maciejewski, and so many others. “All these people still do youth work,” Allison said. “Those people have been role models to me.” Allison spent much of her youth at all [...]

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