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Growing Kindness: Volunteers Prepare Mother’s Day Plants

Revised Michael Joyce Memorial Playground Plan


he Depa r t ment of Conser vation a nd R e cre at ion design team for the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in Marine Park presented its revised – and final – plans in a public meeting last week. The revisions, which were made based on feedback the team received from residents at previous meetings and comments, still faced pushback from a handful of residents on the call, especially with regard to noise. Danielle Mellett, a landscape architect for DCR and project manager, said DCR has been working with the McGrath family in memory of their son, Colin, through the Colin’s Joy Project and the Colin’s Creativity Squad to renovate the playground in a more inclusive and accessible footprint. According to R icardo Austrich, a landscape architect


with BSC Group, the updated plan removes the community gathering space, reconfigures and reduces the number of picnic tables, upgrades the lighting and its placement, paves the existing dirt paths for better accessibility, preserves existing trees and adds trees, combines the two playgrounds into one space and fences it in, and moves its location. Many of these revisions address reducing the potential for nighttime gathering at the park, which was a concern of residents at previous meetings. The reconfigured playground integrates the 2-5-year-old and 5-12-year-old sections into the same space “so that parents can actually look at all their children within one zone. So we believe it’s a safer and better kind of arrangement,” Austrich said. The new playground is

By Ginger DeShaney


he mot herdaughter duo of K aren O’L ea r y and Nichole Mik shenas are regulars at the Lynch Campaign Mother’s Day Pla nt Night. Karen has been volunteering for this a nnua l event for 21 ye a r s. “It’s f u n,” s a id t he Southie resident. “It feels like we’re doing something good.” A room full of volunteers

Karen O’Leary, right, of South Boston and her daughter, Nichole Mikshenas, prepare plants at the Lynch Campaign Mother’s Day Plant Night. gathered at Plumbers Local 12 Union Ha ll in Dorchester last night to wrap foil around 7,000 pla nts a nd prepa re t hem for delivery to seniors across the area. “This is great,” Congressman

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Iron Workers Local 7 Union Hosts Building Trades Recovery Week Kickoff Event 15.1 percent of U.S. adults reported new or increased substance use due to pandemic-related stress.


ron Workers Local 7 kicked off the second annual Building Trades for Recovery Week conference at its union hall. The conference, organized by the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) Northeast, aims to raise awareness of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) across the hard-hit construction industry while breaking the stigma surrounding abuse and addiction and providing resources and support for those in need. “Local 7 is honored to kick off this year’s Recovery Week at our union hall,” said Mike Hess, Business Manager of Iron Workers Local 7. “Construction is dangerous work, and upholding safety on the job is a principal reason why unions are so important. Still, injuries do happen and even normal wear and tear out on the job can lead to addictive substance use, prescribed or otherwise. It is critical for people to understand that addiction is a chemical reaction, not a character flaw, so that people who need it will come forward and get help.” The union is a vocal advocate for recovery, promoting the many resources available to members through its various channels. The union holds weekly AA meetings at its union hall where a community of peers

[left to right] Mike Hess, Business Manager of Iron Workers Local 7; Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player and founder of the Herren Project; Thomas Gunning Jr., Executive Director of BTEA Northeast; Jimmy Kane, Director of Business Development Manager at Meta Addiction Treatment; Matt Simpson, Program Director at Meta Addiction Treatment; Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council; and Shawn Nehiley, President of the Iron Workers District Council of New England. support one another on the road to recovery. The union also offers Modern Assistance Program to members free of charge, which offers services such as counseling, alternative health care, and outpatient treatment programs. “Whatever you’re going through, you don’t have to go through it alone,” said Mike Doucette, Financial Secretary/ Treasurer and organizer of recovery resources at Iron Workers Local 7. “That’s really the message of this recovery week. People from all walks of life have gone through addiction and come out the other side. There is hope and there is support for everyone.” Research shows that the construction industry is disproportionately affected by SUD. This year’s conference comes at a particularly critical time as communities continue to rebuild in the wake of the

Event attendees hold up Recovery Week t-shirts

coronavirus pandemic, which created increased mental health hazards as people were forced into mass layoffs, lockdowns, and social isolation. In September 2020, 15.1% of U.S. adults reported new or increased substance use due to pandemic-related stress. At the kickoff event, participants had the opportunity to hear from industry and recovery leaders including: Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player and founder of the Herren Project; Frank Callahan, President of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council; Thomas Gunning, Executive Director of BTEA Northeast; and Shawn Nehiley, President of the Iron Workers District Council of New England. The speakers shared different perspectives on SUD and its effects on the construction industry, but all had one unifying message: No one

needs to suffer alone. Any worker struggling with substance abuse and addiction should turn to the industry’s network of allies and resources for judgment-free, proven recovery support. Recovery Week will continue with new events each day through Friday, April 29, when it will conclude with a national jobsite stand down in honor of those who have lost their lives to SUD About Iron Workers Local 7: Iron Workers Local 7 represents over 3,600 members specializing in bridge, structural, ornamental, reinforcing, pre-engineered metal buildings, industrial maintenance, architectural, heavy rigging, and welding across New England. We’ve built our region for over 120 years, including top medical facilities, universities, sports stadiums, historic buildings, and much more.

Iron Workers Business Manager Mike Hess (middle) with event attendees, Paul Greeley (left) and Rile Rhodes (right)




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Michael Joyce Park 350 feet from the existing gazebo and 250 feet from the neighborhood on Farragut Road, Austrich said. By moving the playground, the team was able to preserve all the existing trees. “That’s why we decided to rotate the playground rather than to combine them in their existing location because that would be impossible to do without removal of many of the wonderful old trees,” Austrich said. Severa l residents were concerned the relocated playground was too close to the neighborhood and would be too noisy, especially, they contend, since it would attract more children. “It’s already very noisy now,” one resident said, noting he’ll have to close his windows. One resident said she thought the plan protects trees over residents’ peace and quiet. One person asked if DCR had tracked noise levels of the park and what impact that would have on the neighborhood when everyone has their windows open on a beautiful day. Jennifer Norwood, DCR’s director of external affairs and partnerships, said, “I don’t think we’ve ever done a decibel level at a playground.” Meanwhile, others on the Zoom meeting supported the project and said they don’t hear playground noise. Many of those opposed to the new design seemed to be concerned about nighttime noise and activity, when children would not be using the playground. One resident noted

that whether there’s a playground there or not, there will be nighttime activity at Marine Park. After hearing several people talk about the noise, Brendan McGrath, Colin’s dad, spoke. “I appreciate the community engagement … It means that you care about the community,” said McGrath, who noted that Colin’s Joy Project is trying to engage and better the community. After apologizing for being emotional, he said, “The reason that we’re moving away from the street of Marine Road is because it’s a street – and we’re trying to fence it in so we can wrangle kids.” Regarding the noise levels, he said: “We live over a runway path with the airport. Why are you not chastising Massport for this? We have airplanes flying over our heads and no one has said a single word about that. And you’re worried about the noise from the neighborhood.” McGrath continued: “I’m trying to protect the kids, enclose them so that way they are safe, and make sure that we have play spaces that are inclusive to them.” Some suggested keeping the playgrounds separate and


their current locations. Norwood said accessibility was an important factor in the redesign of this playground. “It will be the most accessible playground in our entire system once it’s done,” she said. But that accessibility would not be possible in the current configuration because the footprint would be too small to accommodate the size of the accessible equipment. Ma r y Joyc e Morris, representing the Friends of Michael Joyce, expressed her

gratitude to the McGraths for what they have made possible and for their generous support. She called the plans wonderful. DCR will submit its Notice of Intent in May, bid documents will be finalized in July, and based on permitting, the team is hoping construction will start in September with the park completed in fall 2023, Mellett said. The recording and slide deck from the meeting will be available at w w w.mass. gov/dcr/pa st-public-meet ing s.

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Mother’s Day Plants Stephen Lynch said as he looked out over t he room. “They’ve got it down to a science. It ta kes just a couple of hours.” That’s thanks in large part to Nick Zaferakis, the organizer/

c o ord i n a t or. T h i s Mot he r ’s Day event has been going on for about 27 years, Nick said. Vo l u nt e e r s come back ye a r a f ter ye a r bec au se it’s f u n a nd re w a rd i n g a nd it m a k e s p e ople h appy. Hu g s are plentiful and the laughter is contagious on Plant Night.

Happy Mother’s Day

“Happy Mother’s Day to my mom & all mothers on this special day!”

Council President Ed Flynn

SOUTHBOSTONONLINE.COM “I think the volunteers get as much out of it as the seniors do,” t he C ong re s sma n sa id. W hen Plant Night started, volunteers delivered to about five senior developments. Today, they deliver to 21 towns and three cities. “It went over so big,” Lynch said. Volunteers will drop off the

plants tomorrow. It’s a given that many of the seniors will gleefully show the delivery people how much their previous plants have grown. A lot of seniors don’t have kids or their kids live far away, so this act of kindness means so much to them, the Congressman said. “People are so appreciative.”




Michael Flaherty Boston City Councilor At-Large




Look who's cooking!

Brian Axelrod By Carol Masshardt (Part 2 of a series on local chefs)


here are chefs who dream of large venues with vast kitchens, multi-leveled dining rooms and teams of employees. Then, there is Brian Axelrod, 33, who manages, cooks, and cleans in an industrial shipping container turned healthy food destination “Farmacy Cafe” at 25 Dry Dock Ave. His inspiration became a reality with a staff of about six, and a deeply held value of health, the well-being of the universe, and a studied business plan. “I came from New Jersey to go to Lesley University, and it was a nurturing space for me. I thought I would do work for the Red Cross, or Doctors Without Borders, and was going to apply to graduate school, but the idea of food inspired me for both entrepreneurial possibilities, but also because Boston just didn’t seem to have enough nourishing, he a lt hy foo d,” he s a id . He began the venture in 2016 and opened the second location High Street Place at South Station in 2022 after a lengthy wait for approval. “Boston is growing and isn’t the way it used to be and that extends to food, and it

should change, too. There is more than clam chowder and lobster rolls, and there are ways to offer fast and casual food that aren’t chains,” he said. The locations and concepts may seem hip and spontaneous, and that is part of the fun, but this 33-year-old has been thinking about them for years. “I started thinking about life in a whole different way after my mother died when I was ten, “said Axelrod. “Her passing made me think about health and all the adages like “Food is Medicine” and “You Are What You Eat.” They are true. Nutrition, our health, and the environment are all connected,” he said. And so, from college he went to Babson University for a program called “10,000 small businesses,” and from there integrated a business plan spurned by memories of his mother and important values with which he was attempting to live his life. “My version of success is different,” he said, while watching out one eye for a regular customer, a dog walked, to come back for her delicious and fresh bowl. “How we treat people, and the universe is my philosophical and guiding question. I want to pay my employees well and care for them. They depend on me.” And so, Brian Axelrod has a small farm in Vermont, and tries to source as much as food as possible while also re-charging from Boston, and the on-going stress of making a business work and retaining employees in a pandemic. “I source eggs, beets, basil, and try for spinach and use as much locally grown as possible, and also to keep the prices as low as I can,” he said on a freezing cold late April day. In his spare time, not s u r pr i s i n g ly, he c o a c he s track and runs marathons, and with the support of his

partner, Nora, attempts to stay true to people, and the universe he started observing at age 10 and has yet to stop. “I tried offices and other things but being outside is really better for me,” he said. He continues to work, ref lect on himself and the world, and all while having an efficient kitchen, appreciative customers, healthy products, and employees he wa nts to see succeed. A n industrial container, sparkling clean, in an old fishing port turned high end design center could raise brows, but Axelrod’s notion of a changing Boston might just be on target. A customer, waiting for her vegetarian salad seemed to think it all fit together nicely. “I like t his k ind of industrial/container vibe,” said Mary Lee Desmond, who works in audio visual tech in the area. “It’s utilitarian, doesn’t take up a lot of space and I bet the food is really good. People make houses now out of containers. Why not? I think it is neat. I

have to get my grub and get back to work now!” she said. Brian Axelrod is thinking about future options but thinks more about what matters. “It is about trust and respect,” he said. If Brian A xelrod is any indication the city may be beginning to recover from a tough pandemic with health and caring for each other centerstage. “Yes, I know my mother would be proud of me, for sure,” he said with a peacefulness not easily obtained by anyone in this still pandemic impacted world. He is thinking about future options but more about what matters. “It’s about trust and respect,” he said, on this historic waterfront with every possibility. (Fa rmac y Ca fe on 25 Drydock Ave is open for lunch., and there are benches nearby for enjoying the food. The High St. location at South Station offers inside and take out)

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The Laboure Spring Reception Returns Home

Sr. Maryadele Robinson welcomes the Spring Reception’s guests. by Rick Winterson


he Laboure Center of South Boston held its 38th Annual Spring Reception on Thursday. Once again in the Fish Pier’s Exchange Room, the Reception hosted more than 200 guests from all over South Boston and beyond. To call the event a celebration, or a success, or simply a memorable Southie “time” falls short of the mark, because the Spring Reception was much more. It was totally and completely joyful, as in “filled with joy”, because it marked the return of a muchmissed Southie “time” after two years of pandemic quarantine. Sr. Maryadele Robinson was once the Laboure Center’s Director. She now works directly with Laboure’s clients; she smilingly greeted all the guests by the entrance to the Exchange.

Center Director Jake Bombard (and now a Catholic Charities VP) welcomed everyone, as did Callie Armstrong, the Laboure Center’s Clinical Director. Long-time Laboure employee Judy Swanson helped at the welcoming table, which was overseen by Reception Chair Kelley O’Shea. Maureen Murray, Laboure’s Special Events Manager, succeeded in re-establishing a much-missed tradition with Laboure’s 2022 Spring Reception. The Laboure Center has been active in South Boston since its founding by a team made up of Knights of Columbus, the Sisters of Charity, and many concerned South Boston residents back in 1907. Today, 115 years later, the Center continues to provide a wide range of services to families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds in and around South Boston. That includes a unique new program for children called “Healing through Play Therapy”, which is being used to aid children who did not respond well enough to “virtual counseling” during the pandemic. The Spring Reception has always been a key fundraiser for Laboure. A high point of this year’s Reception was the Jack Shaughnessy Service Award conferred upon Ken Casey, the other members of the Dropkick Murphys, and their Claddagh Fund. They are “Leaders” among Laboure’s many donors. Ken received the Award from an enthusiastic Gov. Charlie Baker, Laboure Board Chair Matt Wells, and the Shaughnessy Fund’s Michael Shaughnessy.

Ken Casey’s Award, conferred by Michael Shaughnessy, Board Chair Matt Wells, and Gov. Baker. The second award of the evening was a surprise to almost everyone at the Spring Reception, which was actually the intention. Judy Swanson, now retired, was formally recognized for her 22 years of effort and non-stop services on behalf of the Laboure Center – Laboure’s Advisory Board Chair Matt Wells conferred the award on her. Judy never rested during her time at Laboure; her role in Laboure’s move to West Broadway and D Street was critical. Glowing words of praise were spoken about her part in raising some $8 million ($8,000,000) for Laboure over the

years, yet Judy has always and humbly diverted attention away from the many, many good things she accomplished. The auctions, both silent and out loud, then followed, led vocally and vociferously by Tom Tinlin, who voluntarily serves as South Boston’s Auctioneer of the moment. The Laboure Spring Reception concluded on a (very) high note, with the guests joyfully stating as they left, “It was so marvelous for all of us to get together once again!” And not a single person disagreed. Amen! A (very) good Southie “time” was had by all.

State Representative David Biele

Karen, Don, and HarborOne Bank Branch Manager Fioralba Shaba help with the Laboure auction.





“El trebol de cuatro hojas”, “Primera communion” Eleonora Ronconi

by Rick Winterson This article announces and briefly describes an impressive local exhibit of photographs by five artists. The exhibit is called “RECONSTRUCTED”; it is now taking place in South Boston’s Fort Point Artists Community (FPAC) Gallery. “RECONSTRUCTED” is showing all through the month of May, and admission is free to the general public. It will close on Saturday, June 4. This exhibition is intentionally focused on the five artists’ ancestral backgrounds, which strongly affected them and their lives in America. “RECONSTRUCTED” deals with the artists’ challenges here, as well as their visits back to their mother countries, all strikingly depicted by the photographs in this exhibit. The five artists are listed alphabetically below, along with their countries of origin and the titles of their individual photography showings – each of these individual showings is has been woven into the overall “RECONSTRUCTED” exhibit: Yo r g o s Ef thymiadis (Greece) – “There Is a Place I Want to Take You” Iaritza Menjivar (Guatemala/ El Salvador) – “First Generation” Astrid Reischwitz (Germany)

“Spin Club Tapestr y” Eleonora Ronconi (A rgentina) – “Seras mis ojos” (“You will be my eyes”) Hugo Teixeira (Portugal) – “Impenetrable Labyrinths” E f t h y m i a d i s’s photos emphasize what he had left behind, after leaving Greece and coming here. “I could not shake off a feeling of non-belonging…”, he said, when he first returned to visit Greece and his family. Menjivar is a first-generation daughter of Central American parents. She experienced the privilege of being born an American, along with the challenge of living in a society that ranks members based upon names, status, and color. The photos by Reischwitz combine her memories of German Spin Clubs, the stories she heard from Spin Club members, and photos from the village of her ancestry. Her stories are both affecting and humorous. Ronconi devoted one of her trips back to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to taking photographs of the scenes from her youth, which she termed as “a very important part of my life.” Her project delighted the members of her family still living there. The composite photographs of Teixeira depict the labyrinths of earth and stone encountered in the American West by successive waves of immigrants. These labyrinths symbolize the challenges immigrants faced, after arriving in the New World. You will be impressed by how vividly the five artists have caught their own immigrant experiences in the photographs that make up “RECONSTRUCTED”. Here is a statement about “RECONSTRUCTED” from its curator, Yorgos Efthymiadis – who is also one of the five exhibitors: “Every other year when I return to visit my homeland, I cannot shake off a feeling of nonbelonging. Retracing the long traveled path of my memories, I struggle to fit into a place I had consigned to the past in the process of moving on with my life, only

to now realize that I have been banished in return. As an artist, I am drawn to work that explores these ideas of origins and home. I feel inspired to share the work of four photographers, along with my latest body of work, who approach this deeply personal subject from different vantage points.” We’ll close by strongly recommending that you experience “R E C ONS T RUC T E D” in

person, for yourself. You’ll find it is meaningful – almost all of us have other countries as parts of our ancestries. The FPAC Gallery is located at 300 Summer Street in South Boston. Its hours are Friday-Saturday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., or by appointment. You can phone the Gallery at 617-4234299. And once again, admission to “R E C ONS T RUC T E D” is free to e ve r y one .

“Portals 2” Yorgos Efthymiadis (Exhibit Curator)

“Salara” Iaritza Menjivar

“Panoche Road”, “Salmon River Canyon” Hugo Teix

“Shadow & Light: The Flow of Nature” Astrid Reichwitz




Drug Drop-off Day

Saturday was Drug Drop-off Day all across the City of Boston. Here in South Boston, your unused or leftover prescription drugs could be dropped off inside the front entrance of BPD Station C-6 (101 West Broadway). Police Officer Jason Morano was on duty when we visited the drop-off point. Drug Drop-off Day is specifically aimed at collecting prescription drugs you no longer need, to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands (perhaps even children in your own household, who really don’t know any better). But if you want, you can deliver your unused prescriptions to Station C-6 on any day.

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SBCA April Highlights


rade 2B…What’s The Scoop you ask? It’s a very important concept when reading and also a delicious summer snack! The “SCOOP” helps students pull out the important topics in books that they read. As they go down the line they are Able to find the S. setting C. characters O. oh no! The problem O. order of events and P. problem solved. This was a fun activity that allowed the students to really visualize the importance of details within a story and how to pull those details together! “Grade 3A celebrated Women’s

History Month by conducting interviews of remarkable women that were in each student’s life. Students interviewed former teachers, family members, god parents, and others and created posters to share what they found with the whole school.” Grade 4 at South Boston Catholic Academy worked and collaborated on a poster for Earth Day. Each student made a square that tells their commitment to help the environment. Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The week of April 18 we had Spring

Camp 2022. Here are some of the activities the kids did at Spring Camp. They had a fun filled week doing outdoor activities with a walk and playing at M Street Park, walks to the beach to collect shells, going to Story Hour at the library, and indoors activities, such as, coloring, painting, making Sand Art, Snow Globes, Lego challenges and Fitness Fun. On April 25, 2022 we were excited that our newly renovated SBCA-Early Childhood Center was able to open its doors to our current K0 (A, B, C, D) classes. We were so happy to be able to welcome our K0 students, families

and faculty to the new building! (YAMA) Young Audiences of MA came to school on April 28 and we were totally amazed with the wonderfully talented Acrobatic Performance they did at SBCA. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching the acrobatic performance. The students not only got a chance to actually participate in this program, and they also had a chance to learn a little about some of the Chinese Customs, Traditions and Language. We are so proud of our SBCA acrobats, too! Thank you so much, Li and YAMA for such a wonderful performance!




SB Club Kids Among Graduates of Ready to Work Program


ore than 120 guests gathered at the Yawkey Club of Roxbury last week to celebrate 10 years of Ready to Work and honor the 2022 graduates. Eighty Fellows across six Boys & Girls Clubs, including the Edgerley Family South Boston Club, officially graduated, cheered on by Club staff and alumni, corporate guests, BGCB supporters, and members from the Ready to Work Academy. Edgerley Family South Boston Club members who participated in the program include: Jaden Blasramos, Nolan Brennan, Shandra Funches, Jack

Mogan, Jomairy Pena, Louidjine Polion, Owen Rogers, Kellia Rubin, Sophia Sai, Ethan Teixeira, and Brielle Jean. The program included a Club Fellows procession followed by messages delivered by Jen Medina, BGCB Director of Workforce Readiness,

Nicholas President and CEO Robert Lewis, Jr., and Dana Smith, who, along with Lynn Bogle and Jill Inches, founded the initiative a decade ago. This summer, teens will explore their career readiness in opportunities such as healthcare,

law, sciences, and marketing, as well as support their Clubs as Teen Staff. Ready to Work is in partnership with Boston’s business, healthcare, public, arts and other sectors, such as Fidelity Investments, MFS, Boston’s Children Hospital, RISE, and more.

The Celts Are Back by Rick Winterson


fter a four-game, “no-doubt-about-it” sweep of the Brooklyn Nets in their first 2022 playoff series, the Boston Celtics seemed primed to become the NBA’s “Beasts of the East”. Then on Sunday, Game 1 of their second playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks “happened” (just to describe it kindly). The Bucks, playing very physical basketball, crushed the Celtics 101-89. Overall, the Bucks held the Celts to an anemic 34% scoring percentage in Game 1. Jason Tatum scored a weakside 21 points; Jaylen Brown was held to just 12 points. While both teams had ended the current regular season with 51-31 win-loss figures, the Bucks were last year’s NBA Champions. Even so, the Celts had been playing better than .800 basketball for the last three months, which led them to become the best-playing team in the entire NBA since January. But they got schwacked by the Bucks on Sunday. And Game 1 was a home game, yet! However, just 54 hours later, the Celts roared back. On Tuesday evening, they handed the same Bucks team a resounding 109-86 defeat in Game 2 – a game that was also played here in the Garden. And Marcus Smart, the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, had to sit out Game 2 with a thigh muscle contusion and a painfully bruised shoulder (he’s expected back in Game 3).

Between them, Brown (30 pts.) and Tatum (29 pts.) accounted for more than half the total Celtics’ scoring. Three other Celts, notably Grant Williams, were in double figures; Robert Williams III played effectively at center. Offensively, the Celts did quite well. At halftime, the score was a lopsided 65-40 in their favor. “They won going away”, one of the TV announcers said, as the Celts’ put up a very solid 23-point lead at the end of the fourth quarter. But the good news Tuesday

evening was the Celtics’ defense. The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t even come close to making 100 points; the Celts stifled them in the first and fourth quarters. Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points (as usual) but converted only 11 of his 27 field goal attempts. Just three other Bucks made it into double figures. Celtic forward Grant Williams, especially in the second half, played like an NFL middle linebacker on defense. After winning Game 1, the

Bucks will now play three (Games 3, 4, and 6, if needed) out of the next four games at home in Milwaukee. That’s obviously an advantage for them. So let’s see how the Celtics’ “DEE-fense” holds up. Defense, especially during their next two games on the road, will be critical – it’ll determine whether the Celts move on in the Eastern Conference playoffs, or not. Final credits are due to the excellent coaching of Ime Udoka.



Hearts, Hugs & Hope: A Virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group Offered by Compass on the Bay

May 19, 6:00 p.m. Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia isn’t easy, so it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you’re going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family member. This group will be held in conjunction with our sister community, Standish Village. Call 617-268-5450 or email Program Director Dean Tricarico at for more information and to register for the virtual meeting.


Friends at Work Friends of the South Boston Branch Library raise money for our local Branch by conducting periodic book sales of donated, used books and they resume their periodic Book Sales for the first time in two years just last Saturday. At each sale, the Friends make available hundreds (if not thousands) of used books for $2 each or less Topics range from Atlases to Zoology, with lots and lots of wonderful stories in between. Some of the books offered are actually for free.

BPDA Income-restricted Home Ownership Opportunity 472 West Broadway South Boston, MA, 02127

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Does not include retirement. Does include Real Estate To learn more about eligibility + the BPDA screening requirements, please visit:

Applications are available during the application period, from April 25, 2022, through May 11, 2022. To request an application online visit: To have a hard copy of the application mailed to your mailing address, please call (617)-639-3064 Ext 709. After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, the City of Boston has decided to cancel the in-person application distribution period. If you cannot complete the application online, please call us at (617)-639-3064 Ext 709 to request that we mail you one and to ask us for any guidance you might need to complete the application. Fully completed + signed applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Mailed to: Maloney Properties, Inc. Attn: 472 West Broadway Lottery 27 Mica Lane, Wellesley, MA 02481 ● ● ● ● ●

Selection by lottery. Asset, Use & Resale Restrictions apply; Preference for Boston Residents; Preference for First Time Homebuyers; Preference for Households with at least one person per bedroom; And Minimum 3% down payment required. For more information, language assistance, or to make a request for reasonable accommodations, please call (617)-639-3064 Ext 709 or email

Virtual Public Meeting

Parcel X (310 Northern Ave) IAG Meeting Tuesday, May 17 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom Link: Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 160 369 2123

Project Proponent: MP Properties II, LLC, an affiliate of Marcus Partners Project Description: The BPDA is hosting an Impact Advisory Group Meeting (IAG) and Article 80 Public Meeting for the proposed 310 Northern Ave (Parcel X). This meeting is organized in a working session format during which the IAG Members engage in discussion with the development team about aspects of the project at hand. The latter portion of the meeting will be organized to provide for questions and commentary from the general public who are in attendance as well.

mail to: Daniel Polanco Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617.304.8109 email:

Close of Comment Period: 5/30/2022

Equal Housing Opportunity


Teresa Polhemus, Executive Director/Secretary


Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court SUFFOLK Division Docket No. SU22P0550EA Estate of Eleanor M. Milan late of Boston, MA, Date of Death 12/08/2021 To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Joseph G. Milan, Jr. of Great Barrington MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that: Joseph G. Milan, Jr. of Great Barrington, MA be appointed as Personal Representative of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this court before: 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 06/13/2022. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration.



Virtual Public Meeting

Parcel X , 310 Northern Avenue Thursday, May 19 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Zoom Link: Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 161 981 9901

Project Proponent: MP Properties II, LLC, an affiliate of Marcus Partners

Project Description: The BPDA is hosting a public meeting for the 310 Northern Ave, Parcel X project located in South End Waterfront. The meeting will include a presentation followed by Q&A and comments from the general public. The Proponent was assigned the existing ground lease for Parcel X, which has an address of 310 Northern Avenue, by the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (“EDIC”) in November of 2020. As detailed in the PNF, the Proponent proposes the demolition of the two (2) existing, single-story industrial buildings on the Project Site, and the construction of a new, two (2)-building, approximately 742,000 square foot life sciences/ research and development campus (the “Proposed Project”).

mail to: Daniel Polanco Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617.304.8109 email:

Close of Comment Period: 5/30/2022


Teresa Polhemus, Executive Director/Secretary

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