23 01, 2023

South Boston Real Estate Recap: Interest Rates Cause Transaction Numbers to Plummet

2023-01-23T18:31:28-05:00January 23rd, 2023|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News, Real Estate|0 Comments

 By Ginger DeShaney  Interest rates are wreaking havoc on the real estate market. In South Boston, real estate transactions in 2022 were down 34 percent from 2021, but at the same time, median prices have increased, said a longtime South Boston realtor. In 2021, there were 933 transactions; in 2022, that number was down to 615, of which 467 were condos.  “It’s not shocking given what happened with the interest rates spiking up,” said Jackie Rooney, broker/owner of Rooney Real Estate. “The interest rate is the main culprit.” Sales volume of condos and single-family and multi-family homes is down almost $300 million in 2022, Rooney said, noting that almost 40 percent of that amount came in the fourth quarter. Increasing median prices are a testament [...]

22 12, 2022

The Perfect Gift: Groundbreaking Marks Start of Michael Joyce Playground Renovation

2022-12-22T13:20:32-05:00December 22nd, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on The Perfect Gift: Groundbreaking Marks Start of Michael Joyce Playground Renovation

By Ginger DeShaney Ground was officially broken Monday afternoon on the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground at Marine Park. The $1.4 million renovation project came together through the strong partnerships of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Colin’s Joy Project, the Joyce family, colleagues in the Legislature, and the City of Boston, said Bethany Card, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs with the Baker-Polito administration. Family members, local and state officials, friends, neighbors, and South Boston Catholic Academy students (who helped in the design process) were on hand for the ceremony.  “We are so grateful to the McGrath family for committing about $600,000 through the Colin’s Joy Project to build on the renovation work the playground underwent in 2014 to ensure that [...]

15 12, 2022

‘Be Like Finnbar!’ South Boston Youth Recognized for his Good Works

2022-12-15T17:24:15-05:00December 15th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on ‘Be Like Finnbar!’ South Boston Youth Recognized for his Good Works

By Ginger DeShaney Finnbar Starosky is a community leader … and he’s only 12 years old. “I always want to help out my community,” he said. “It feels nice to do that and it feels like I’m actively participating.” For his good heart, civic-mindedness, and determination to do good things in this world, Finnbar was recognized at the Andrew Square Civic Association holiday party Monday night at the Polish Club.  That recognition included the Good Citizenship Award from the ASCA and an official City Council Proclamation from City Council President Ed Flynn. After noticing a rather large hole in the street, the South Boston resident and his family – mom Mary, dad Greg, and younger brother Declan – took action to get it fixed.  “The [...]

5 12, 2022

Senior Standouts: SB Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund Hands Out Awards

2022-12-05T19:15:49-05:00December 5th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, News|Comments Off on Senior Standouts: SB Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund Hands Out Awards

Since its founding in 1995, the South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Scholarship Trust Fund has awarded 232 grants for a total of $366,000 to the deserving youth of South Boston. This year’s awards continued that success with a record-breaking 15 recipients getting $2,500 each. The following students were awarded the scholarships at the Tynan Community Center on Nov. 25:  KATHERINE BULGER   Boston Latin School Massport Scholarship Grant Attending: UMass-Amherst LAUREN CLOHERTY Lawrence Academy Folan Family Memorial Scholarship Grant Attending: Salve Regina OWEN DONOVAN Boston College High School “L” Street Brownies Association Grant Attending: Stonehill College AIDAN FITZGERALD Boston Latin School Cunniff Family Scholarship Grant Attending: UMass-Lowell CAITLIN FITZGERALD Thayer Academy South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Association Attending: Trinity College MARY KATE HART [...]

25 11, 2022

Flying to a Record: Ava McKunes Celebrates South Boston Boys & Girls Club Butterfly Mark 

2022-11-25T11:39:17-05:00November 25th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Flying to a Record: Ava McKunes Celebrates South Boston Boys & Girls Club Butterfly Mark 

By Ginger DeShaney Following in the swim strokes of her dad, Stephen McKunes, Ava McKunes took to the water like a fish.  She started swimming the butterfly because that’s what her dad swam when he was a member of the South Boston Boys & Girls Club swim team. And it turns out, Ava’s pretty good at it.  Actually, she’s very good at it … she’s so good that she broke a 27-year-old South Boston Club 50 fly record set by Michelle Sloane. Ava’s time was 30.52 seconds, besting Michelle’s record of 31.44. But Ava had to wait two years to celebrate the milestone because she broke the record, at age 14, in January 2020, right before everything shut down because of COVID-19. It was tough [...]

13 11, 2022

Harry Duvall Reflects on Time at Club as He Prepares for Next Chapter

2022-11-13T12:29:48-05:00November 13th, 2022|Categories: Education, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Harry Duvall Reflects on Time at Club as He Prepares for Next Chapter

By Ginger DeShaney After 18 years at the helm of the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, Executive Director Harry Duvall is going to be exploring opportunities in international aid relief and cultural exchange. He will be with the Club through the end of December and leaves it in terrific shape. His decision “just kind of coalesced inside me,” he said recently, in terms of the timing being right. “There was no crisis of faith, no big soul searching, no plotting,” he said. “It was very naturally, like, oh, maybe this and maybe this and then, it’s time, let’s go.” While Harry doesn’t have a degree in international relations, his resume is strong and his skills are transferable. He has a couple of [...]

4 11, 2022

Last Day to Vote Early

2022-11-04T09:53:05-04:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: News|Comments Off on Last Day to Vote Early

The State Election is TUESDAY, November 8, 2022. If you are a registered voter, you can still vote early at City Hall on Friday, November 4.  Check it out at Boston.gov/early voting.And if you are still in doubt about Mid-term Elections, we suggest that you think about the four questions on the 2022 Mid-term Election ballot: 1.- Additional tax on income over one million ($1,000,000) dollars:    A YES vote would authorize that tax, which could raise an additional $1-2 billion for schools and transportation but there are two things to consider – first, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has an estimated tax surplus right now of roughly $5 billion; second, the State Constitution forbids a graduated (stepwise) income tax.  Do we need to raise more tax [...]

1 11, 2022

City Councilor Erin Murphy Calls for Transparency Around Council’s Redistricting Process

2022-11-01T12:32:45-04:00November 1st, 2022|Categories: News|Comments Off on City Councilor Erin Murphy Calls for Transparency Around Council’s Redistricting Process

City Councilor Erin Murphy Calls for Transparency and Language Access Around Council’s Redistricting Process “The lack of transparency throughout this whole process has been unsettling.” Said Councilor Murphy. “Redistricting is the most important thing we will do as the legislative body of the City, and this process has been rushed. The focus has been on getting it done rather than on getting it right. The Boston City Council finally received the Committee Report from Councilor Liz Breadon, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, after several requests from Council colleagues, and the public, asking to see what changes she made to the map that she was ready to ask for a vote on the Council floor at the last meeting. The vote was delayed last week only [...]

29 10, 2022

Women in the Trades: Part 2

2022-10-29T11:01:17-04:00October 29th, 2022|Categories: News|Comments Off on Women in the Trades: Part 2

By Carol Masshardt Building Pathways, housed in a simple building on Columbus Ave. has a powerful mission and an Executive Director devoted to the goal of helping women, and others historically underrepresented, gain a foothold in the trades. Mary Vogel, an attorney with a Georgetown degree, knows not only the laws and regulations of construction process and safety, but has been deeply committed to equity and inclusion throughout her career. “I wanted to be a social worker, and actually started to go that route, but it was really community organizing as an agent of social change that was my interest, and that’s what the labor movement is,” she said. So, with law school behind her, she did legal aid work in the 80’s and then [...]

28 10, 2022

Redistricting Vote Postponed

2022-10-28T10:18:18-04:00October 28th, 2022|Categories: News|Comments Off on Redistricting Vote Postponed

City Councilor Liz Breadon (the Redistricting Chair) put off a vote on the final City Council District “Map” until next Wednesday Recently, South Boston Online published an article that reported on redistricting the City of Boston, as required by law every ten years.    Basically, a controversy has arisen about the proposed new District “Maps”.  There presently are five of these “Maps”.  Two of those “Maps” best reflect the controversy that has arisen in 2022 redistricting – a “Unity Map” by Councilors Arroyo and Breadon (the Redistricting Chair) that changes district borders very sharply, and a more balanced “Coalition Map” put together by District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker and his staff.  The “Unity Map” features a much different east-west district border pattern; the “Coalition [...]

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