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10 05, 2016

Walsh visits Medal of Honor Park for community coffee hour

2016-05-10T17:38:13-04:00May 10th, 2016|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |Comments Off on Walsh visits Medal of Honor Park for community coffee hour

By SUSAN DOUCET Community members gathered at Medal of Honor Park Tuesday morning for the opportunity to have a cup of coffee with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The neighborhood coffee hour allowed South Boston residents to speak with Walsh, hear from other city and elected officials, have a free coffee, and for some, simply allowed the chance to have a photo taken with the city's mayor. This is the 18th year of the annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series, according to a statement from the mayor's office. The series runs through late June throughout the city. In addition to Walsh, various local officials gathered at Medal of Honor Park or M Street Park Tuesday. Boston Parks and Recreation Department Commissioner Chris Cook, at-large Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi [...]

4 05, 2016

Boston Shines: Community comes together to clean neighborhood

2016-05-04T15:37:08-04:00May 4th, 2016|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , |Comments Off on Boston Shines: Community comes together to clean neighborhood

By SUSAN DOUCET Fort Point looks more like it’s now truly spring following the cleaning of gardens and the planting of flowers last week as part of Boston Shines. Wormwood Park and A Street were the focus of a volunteer neighborhood clean-up effort on Friday and Saturday. “That’s the spine of the neighborhood,” said Cameron Sawzin of the Fort Point Neighborhood Association while standing along the fence on A Street on Friday afternoon. This was the neighborhood association’s 12th annual Boston Shines event. Boston Shines is a citywide initiative to clean Boston’s neighborhoods and is organized in different parts of the city during weekends in April and May. On Friday, members of local businesses gathered to clean tree circles and along the fences on A [...]

20 04, 2016

With some community support, Murphy’s Jewelry relocates

2016-04-21T10:42:53-04:00April 20th, 2016|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on With some community support, Murphy’s Jewelry relocates

By SUSAN DOUCET For decades, Billy Cosetta has been helping members of the community. If a set of rosary beads needs repair, Cosetta, the owner of Murphy’s Jewelry, fixes them at no charge. This winter, when Cosetta found out he was being evicted from the East Broadway storefront where Murphy’s has long been located, the community rallied around the small business owner who has shown generosity. His daughters set up an online fundraising campaign to help finance his relocation. More than $15,000 was raised in two months. “I wouldn’t have been able to move without it,” Cosetta said of the community’s fundraising efforts. Murphy’s Jewelry is now in a new building on West First Street. The development – condos with commercial space on the ground [...]

13 04, 2016

South Boston has dozens of entrants in the 2016 Boston Marathon

2016-04-13T14:54:00-04:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: Sports|Tags: |Comments Off on South Boston has dozens of entrants in the 2016 Boston Marathon

Thousands of people will line up in Hopkinton Monday morning for this year’s Boston Marathon. The competitive and historic race attracts runners from across the globe – as well as locals who have the advantage of training on the course. This year, 64 of the 30,000 Boston Marathon runners call South Boston home. The marathon entrants from this section of the city are first-time runners and veteran athletes, members of charity teams and competitive runners. What follows are a few of the South Boston runners’ stories. Each entrant has a story and motivation for entering the marathon, and we would love to tell them all, though space limits us from doing so. Read on to learn about a few of the runners before they take [...]

6 04, 2016

South Boston resident opens Castle Island Brewing Company

2016-04-06T15:36:14-04:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: Business, Featured|Tags: |Comments Off on South Boston resident opens Castle Island Brewing Company

By SUSAN DOUCET In 2009, Adam Romanow was brewing small batches of beer on top of his kitchen stove in South Boston. Now, he has 20,000 square feet where he can brew thousands of gallons of beer a day. Castle Island Brewing Company, born in South Boston, opened in Norwood this winter under Romanow, the founder and president, and a staff that is half South Boston residents or former residents. “It’s been a whirlwind, honestly,” he said Thursday afternoon, holding a sample of Jetty, a dry hop sour ale that had just been released that day. The brewery began brewing beer around Thanksgiving, opened Dec. 11, and started shipping beer the first week in January. The brewing company has large quantities of two beers – [...]

30 03, 2016

Honoring Amy Lord: Self-defense workshop to raise funds for Amy’s Sparkle Park

2016-03-30T14:54:29-04:00March 30th, 2016|Categories: Business, Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Honoring Amy Lord: Self-defense workshop to raise funds for Amy’s Sparkle Park

By SUSAN DOUCET When the true crime special featuring Amy Lord aired last month, it reinvigorated Andrea Regan’s feeling that she should do something to honor the 24-year-old South Boston woman who was murdered in 2013. The television special generated buzz in the community, Regan, the owner of East Side Yoga & Fitness, said. But amidst the buzz, Regan realized that some people who had moved to South Boston in the last couple of years did not know about Lord. “So many new people moved to South Boston,” Regan said. “It just kind of bothered me that no one knew the story.” This weekend, Regan and her husband, Tom Regan, are organizing a self-defense workshop honoring Lord, a way to generate funds for a park [...]

25 03, 2016

‘We walk with Jesus’: Outdoor Way of the Cross travels through South Boston

2016-03-25T16:55:47-04:00March 25th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on ‘We walk with Jesus’: Outdoor Way of the Cross travels through South Boston

By SUSAN DOUCET Leading a congregation of umbrella-toting parishioners, Peter Harrington, Maria Celeste Lara, Julio Lara, Phil Allison and Andrea Pena took turns carrying a large, wooden cross as they walked the streets of South Boston on Friday morning. The cross bearers, members of various South Boston churches, were just a few of the community members who commemorated Good Friday by participating in South Boston’s outdoor ecumenical Way of the Cross. “Today we follow (Jesus) in His final surrender,” Javier Soegaard, pastoral associate at the South Boston-Seaport Catholic Collaborative, said at the start of the walk. The Way of the Cross – or Stations of the Cross – is a representation of Jesus Christ’s day of crucifixion, which is commemorated on Good Friday. Churches often [...]

17 03, 2016

Evacuation Day remembered in annual memorial and historical exercises

2016-03-18T11:05:08-04:00March 17th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Evacuation Day remembered in annual memorial and historical exercises

By SUSAN DOUCET When Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty asked for a student volunteer to step up to the microphone in front of the Dorchester Heights monument Thursday morning, Thomas Germain’s hand shot in the air. His explanation of what Evacuation Day means was succinct. In one sentence, the third grade student at St. Peter’s Academy triumphantly announced that it was when the British left Boston, soliciting cheers from the elected officials, community members and students gathered for the historic Evacuation Day exercises. “This is a special day in the city of Boston and Suffolk County,” Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. “It is important for us to remember it every single year and continue to come back here” In most communities, March 17 is [...]

4 03, 2016

Bank on East Broadway robbed

2016-03-04T15:39:52-05:00March 4th, 2016|Categories: Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Bank on East Broadway robbed

By SUSAN DOUCET East Boston Savings Bank in South Boston was robbed Friday morning. The bank at 708 East Broadway was robbed at 8:44 a.m. Friday, March 4, Boston Police Department spokesperson Myesha Henderson confirmed. A District C-6 detective alerted South Boston Online, a neighboring business, around 9:30 a.m. that the bank had been robbed. The suspect, a male in a black hooded sweatshirt with a mask, according to Henderson, passed a note to a teller. The suspect left the bank on foot, according to the detective, and was headed west on Broadway. As of about 10:20 a.m., police were still searching for the suspect. The robbery occurred shortly after the bank's opening. According to its website, the bank opens at 8:30 a.m. This was not [...]

26 02, 2016

Graphic: Presidential primary primer

2016-02-26T14:43:03-05:00February 26th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Tags: |Comments Off on Graphic: Presidential primary primer

Numerous states have already cast votes for the presidential candidates seeking the hotly contested Republican and Democratic nominations. Now, Massachusetts residents will have their turn on Tuesday, March 1 - Super Tuesday. South Boston Online has compiled some information and created graphics about the upcoming primary election. (Click on the graphic to zoom.)  

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