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Small Businesses in Boston Seaport

Organic Bath Co. co-founder Gianne Doherty stocks her new shop.

by Rick Winterson


oston Seaport and its primary developer, WS Development, are making a concerted effort to attract and publicize small businesses. You might think that’s unusual. After all, WS Development’s Boston


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Seaport is not only the largest single development in Boston’s history, it has already attracted big, nationally known tenants such as L.L. Bean and ShowPlace Icon Theatre. But please read on. Small businesses are actually a major part of what we’ll call “the A merican scene”. A quick statistic for you: Somewhere bet ween 50% and 60% of working Americans – over half of us – are employed by or own their small businesses. Actually, small business enterprises are the economic heartbeat of our nation, just as watchmakers are in Switzerland and the Mittelstand is in Germany. To this end, WS Development has sponsored a number of shops and small enter pr i se s a long Se apor t Boulevard and in the Green

“It was wonderful to see one of my former kindergarten students, Katelyn Coe. I was touched that she still remembered me after all these years. It is a tremendous privilege to get a chance to see former students after they left school and have all grown up. I am so proud of her success as a Boston Police Officer. It is great to see her giving back to the South Boston community”, Mrs. Susan Connolly, Grade K2A Teacher at South Boston Catholic Academy… 

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Small Businesses Common just off the Boulevard. Last Saturday, a marketplace purpose-bu i lt by WS Development included several pop-up shops and a contingent of 24 businesses founded by members of Black Owned Bos. South Boston Online had reported their prior market effort (Sunday, August 30) in our September 3 issue. In this article, we will feature five small enterprises who took part in last Saturday’s marketplace, vending products that ranged from skincare, coffee beans and arts/ craftworks to whizzy bicycling wear and COV ID facemasks that are both comfortable and fashionable. Some of these enterprises are owned and operated by just one individual, and not so incidentally, two

of their offerings have earned “Best of Boston” awards in 2020. We were intrigued by the bicycling wear at Velocio (as well as by Velocio’s name – “velocipede” was the original French name for “bic ycle” some 200 years ago). Velocio offers bicycling apparel for any kind of weather – apparel that respects the environment and has a high-end, awardwinning design, as well as being made to last. They’re open on weekends, Thursday through Sunday afternoons. Next to Velocio is Organic Bath Co., which is just being opened up by its co-founder, Gianne Doherty. She informed us that the average woman applies 12 products with 168 different chemicals to her skin every day, mostly from unregulated skincare formulations. After suffering

from her own skin breaking out, she resolved to develop products that are “Clean. Not complicated.” Gianne’s offerings include a Best of Boston, 2020, for hand sanitizer that is vegan, cruelty-free, and exceeds CDC requirements for alcohol content. HBR stands for “Happy Beans Roaster”. Their specialty coffee literature specifies that their Arabica coffee beans are “high grown”, meaning they grow at high altitudes (4,000 feet or more) and then are harvested by hand, one bean at a time. These specific beans are uniformly ripe; they are roasted a nd pack a ged immediately after being har vested. Lesley Ann Moore calls herself “The Poetic Artiste”, and the combination of her art and craf t work is ver y impressive. Clothes, jewelry,

and various accessories are all uniquely designed by Lesley. She certainly deser ves her soubriquet “Creator”; contact her at w w.w.ThePoeticArtiste.com. Schnelle Shelby, the owner of SchnelleCares, received her Best of Boston, 2020, award for her face masks, which effectively protect you and are fashionably designed – her Best award reads “Masks That Give Back”. Nicely put! Not only are her masks made from beautiful, comfortable fabrics, she also makes them in multiple sizes. Her masks are well-fitting works of art, as well as being practical and reusable. All in all, the recent efforts by WS Development to introduce and support small businesses to Boston Seaport are commendable, and they have been highly interesting so far. Don’t miss the next small business event sponsored by WS Development.

Schnelle Shelby of SchnelleCares shows her “Best of Boston” facemasks.

Lesley Ann Moore creates fantastic craft items at “The Poetic Artiste”.

HBR means “Happy Beans Roaster” of high-grown beans.

Velocio Cycling Apparel is now open on Seaport Boulevard.


Flynn Files Hearing on Pedestrian Safety, Vision Zero & Resolution of Disabled American Veterans


oston City Councilor Ed Flynn is calling for a hearing with Councilor Janey at this week’s City Council meeting to discuss ways to improve pedestrian safety, provide better traffic enforcement, and achieve Vision Zero - the goal of having zero serious or fatal traffic crashes in the City of Boston. He also filed a resolution celebrating the

centennial of Disabled American the safety and lives of our neighbors in danger. We therefore need to Veterans (DAV), a non-profit continue to focus on pedestrian and charity that provides service and traffic safety with infrastructure support for U.S. veterans and their families as they transition improvements - such as speed from military to civilian life.   humps, raised crosswalks, road diets and rapid flash beacons Co-sponsored by Council that would aid in traffic calming. President Kim Janey, this hearing   Councilor Flynn also filed a order on pedestrian safety, traffic resolution recognizing Disabled enforcement, and Vision Zero  aims to discuss ways to further improve A merican Veterans (DAV ), a veteran organization that traffic calming measures such as slower speeds, stricter enforcement, provides professional support and and infrastructure improvements. assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and Recently, a pedestrian was fatally services earned through military struck by a vehicle near Andrew Square in South Boston, and service. The DAV was founded another pedestrian was struck on Sept. 25, 1920, and chartered by a pickup truck at the entrance by Congress on June 17, 1932 as the official voice of the nation’s of the Public Garden when the truck crashed into a stone pillar. wartime disabled veterans. it is the largest wartime veterans service Even as we see less traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, some organization in the United States, drivers view these less congested with 1 million service-disabled roads as a license to speed and put veterans in membership. This

resolution recognizes the significant commitment and contributions that the DAV has made to our veterans, as well as celebrates their 100 years of service in our country. “Pedestrian safety is one of the most critical issues we face as a city. As we continue to hear about tragic fatalities and serious crashes, we must continue to work together towards the goal of Vision Zero. I want to thank Council President Janey for her partnership on this issue,” said Councilor Flynn. “Aside from pedestrian safety, I also want to recognize the tremendous work that the DAV has been doing for our veteran community. The DAV has been an indispensable organization for our disabled veterans, and it deserves recognition for their contributions to our community.”  For more information, plea se contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203.

LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULES SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 Registered Boston voters can vote at any early voting location in the City, including City Hall. Pick a time and place that is best for you. Los votantes registrados en Boston pueden votar en cualquier centro de votación adelantada en la ciudad, incluyendo en la Alcaldía de Boston. Elija la hora y el lugar que sea más conveniente para usted. DROPBOXES FOR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS AVAILABLE UNTIL NOVEMBER 3 (WILL BE NDER 24HR SURVEILLANCE) for more information visit: boston.gov/early-voting

OCT 19-23 & OCT 26-30 MON, WED, FRI, 9AM – 5PM & TUE & THRS, 9AM - 8PM Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201 SAT & SUN, OCT. 17 & 18, 11AM – 7PM BCYF Paris Street Gymnasium 112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128 BCYF Quincy 885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111 District Hall 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210 (Seaport) Richard J. Murphy K-8 School Cafeteria 1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 Thelma Burns Building 575 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02121 Another Course to College Cafeteria 612 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136 BCYF Roche Gymnasium 1716 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 Dewitt Center 122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA 02120 Fenway Park (Gate A) 4 Jersey Street, Fenway, MA 02215 Jackson Mann School Auditorium 500 Cambridge Street, Allston MA 02135

TUESDAY OCTOBER 20 12PM - 8PM BCYF Paris Street Gymnasium 112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128 BCYF Tobin (Lower Level) 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120 THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 12PM - 8PM BCYF Shelburne Gymnasium 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 Strand Theatre 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02125 TUESDAY OCTOBER 27 12 PM - 8PM St. George Orthodox Church of Boston 55 Emmonsdale Road, West Roxbury, MA 02132 BCYF Hyde Park 1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136 THURSDAY OCTOBER 29 12PM - 8PM Florian Hall 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02122 Boys and Girls Club Mattapan Teen Center 10 Hazelton Street, Mattapan, MA 02126 In order to vote early or on Election Day, you must register to vote by October 24. Check your voter status at boston.gov/election Para poder votar por adelantado o el día de las elecciones, debe registrarse para votar antes del 24 de octubre. Consulte su estatus como votante en boston.gov/election


SAT & SUN, OCT. 24 & 25, 11AM – 7PM Harvard/Kent Elementary School Gymnasium 50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129 James F. Condon School Cafeteria 200 D Street, South Boston, MA 02127 BCYF Perkins Gymnasium 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124 Mildred Avenue K-8 School Gymnasium 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02126 Saint Nectarios Greek Church Banquet Hall 39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131 Margarita Muñiz Academy Gymnasium 20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 BCYF Shelburne Gymnasium 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 The Salvation Army Kroc Center 650 Dudley Street, Dorchester, MA 02125 Boston Public Library - Central Branch (McKim Building) 700 Boylston Street, Back Bay, MA 02116 Honan Allston Branch Library (Community Room) 300 North Harvard Street, Allston, MA 02134 If you miss the early voting period, you can still vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Si decide no votar por adelantado, todavía puede ir a votar en persona el día de las elecciones, que es el martes, 3 de noviembre. Learn more at boston.gov/early-voting Call 311 • election@boston.gov #VoteEarlyBoston Llamar 311 • election@boston.gov



Handling the Pandemic Local Cycling Studio Raises the Bar with Creativity

By Ginger DeShaney  

Tugboats chug, birds soar, and the sun shines … what a spectacular backdrop for a spin class!


he Handle Bar, which has indoor cycling studios in South Boston, Fenway, the North End, and Harvard Square, has displayed creativity and perseverance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. As soon as Handle Bar staff received word that the indoor reopening would be severely restricted, the need for an outdoor venue was apparent. “We

crowd-sourced this solution by asking our community,” said Jess Fracalossi, the Handle Bar’s founder and CEO. “We included a request in our newsletter, expressing our need for a semipermanent outdoor space. There were many submissions and so much support, but one of them checked all of our boxes.” A Handle Bar rider recommended reaching out to the Cruiseport, which had also been impacted by Covid, Jess said. “We immediately jived with the Ops team and the amazing people at Massport. We’ve established a synergistic relationship and are so incredibly grateful for our Black Falcon pop-up location.” When riders come to the Cruiseport, they must wear masks and get their temperatures taken. Once they get to their bikes, which are spaced out to accommodate social distancing, they can take off their masks. Before the first morning class, the bikes are wheeled out from inside the terminal, and after the last class of the day, they are wheeled back in. “We basically set everything up and break everything down every day,” said Sarah Coppinger, the Handle Bar’s director of brand & content. “Our incredible desk team has gotten the process down to a science.” There is a covered option on days when it rains.    “Our riders are LOVING the classes at this location, and we have

plans to continue operating here in some of the massive indoor space during the winter months,” Sarah said. Handle Bar leadership closed its studio doors in March before the mandate from the state came down.    “Very early on, when the pandemic was just spreading beyond Asia, we had an internal discussion,” Jess said. “Then, about two weeks before closure, we had another more serious discussion. We decided to try our best to eliminate expectations and just follow the news, the industry, and our own hearts as best we could. This minimal foresight didn’t lessen the blow ... It was a devastating decision to close our doors, without knowing when, or if, we would ever reopen. “The days after [the closure] were surreal, and we all talked it over … through tears,” Jess said, noting they drafted an email to the community, one of several emails during this time that took the team many drafts to get right. “We received an influx of words of encouragement and messages of love and compassion.”   HB leadership workshopped every single issue or problem they could think of, then wrote down every possible solution they could come up with. “This session ended up being the starting point for many of the ideas that came to light in the coming months,” Jess said.

“Virtual fitness was NEEDED and businesses like ours were up to bat,” she continued.  “Transitioning to a virtual fitness offering -- that is supposed to compete with brands like Peloton -- was no small undertaking. We started on Instagram because it was easy and accessible. After enough learning and trialing, we finally launched our for-pay model, which is now a new revenue stream, and a part of our future!  “HB LIVE is our quarantine love child.” The Handle Bar sold kettlebells and many of its bikes; it also rented bikes to those who wanted one at home during the time the studios would be closed. “This was great because we knew the demand for gym equipment was so high due to the pandemic and quarantine,” Sarah said.  The Handle Bar also started an HB Relief Fund after so many supporters reached out asking if they could donate to HB during this difficult time. “We wanted to have offerings for our community to purchase, which we did in the form of gift cards, retail, etc., but for those who simply wanted to donate their money to us with nothing in return, or for taking our IG Live classes, we built this for them,” said Sarah. “It’s amazing to even say that we had several people ask us this in those very first days of being closed. We are so grateful.”


By Ginger DeShaney



A Cut Above: Louie Styles Now Open

he 32-year-old owner of Louie Styles is kicking it old school in his new barbershop at 100 Dorchester St. in South Boston. Louie Ramos officially opened his doors about two months ago and he and his fellow barbers are already attracting regular customers. He attributes this early success to his strong work ethic, his old-school mentality, and his focus on the customers. “We offer high-quality cuts. We take our time,” Louie said. “We don’t want our customers to feel rushed.” Services range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. The shop takes walkins and scheduled appointments. “We build bonds; we have conversations,” he said. “The customers talk to us. We have conversations and make connections.” To get the word out about his shop, the Southie native, who

grew up on D Street, distributed flyers and postcards all around the neighborhood. Louie called it old-school footwork. “I’m ver y hands-on,” Louie said about his shop. “I work as hard as the guys.” The guys are Gino Faiola and Louis Aponte. Gino recently came back to Massachusetts and was looking for a shop when one of his connections let him know Louie was opening one. Louis worked with Louie about 10 years ago and reconnected with him through a mutual friend. “Family … that’s what it’s all about,” Louie said. “[Louis and Gino] are partners more than employees.”  The trio already has formed a strong bond. “We don’t like [employee] turnaround here,” Louie said. And that bond extends to the customers. Louis said he’s met so many friends through his work as a barber. Louie wants Louie Styles to stand out from other shops. And

while they do low fades, men’s regulars, precision cuts, and more, they specialize in beards. “If you know beards, you know you need to get the angles right,” he said. Louie has worked in barbershops for the last 15 years and had plateaued working for others. “It was time to do my own thing.” But it wasn’t easy. “No one wanted to give me a chance,” he said, noting he looked at several locations. But through a connection, he was

able to secure 100 Dorchester St. “He opened the door for me.” While Covid-19 delayed the opening of Louie Styles, it did give Louie and his carpenter dad, Louie Sr., time to build up the shop. They added custom molding, erected columns, redid the floors and lighting, and built a bathroom and an employee room, totally transforming the former nail salon. “This location is the heart of Southie,” Louie said.



“Doodle” Art by Jon Burgerman

Smiling planter pots with real plants (a favorite!).

by Rick Winterson


ate last month, Boston Seaport announced the opening of its newest public art installation, by noted artist Jon Burgerman. The exhibit is entitled “Looking Out for Each Other” and Burgerman has created it using his innovative “Doodle” art style. According to Boston Seaport, this exhibit offers a “colorful and playful perspective on everyday life”. The exhibit is Burgerman’s latest work, which features lighthearted characters that add energy and bring the community together during these times of physical distancing. It was commissioned by WS Development, Boston Seaport’s primary developer. “Looking Out for Each Other” is positioned all across the public courtyard at One Seaport, 60 Seaport Boulevard, which stretches between Seaport Boulevard and the remaining western leg

of Northern Avenue near the Moakley Courthouse. Simply get off the Silver Line at its first stop after leaving South Station, and you are there. The exhibit will be on view all day every day through Saturday, October 31, which of course is Halloween. And also “of course”, the Seaport’s newest public art initiative is blessedly free; it would be an eye-catching place to visit with your whole family, imaginative younger members included. Artist Jon Burgerman was born in England and is now a graphic designer and artist in New York City. He takes a comedic approach in much of his work, which actually questions the events he experiences and the surroundings he sees. You can view his Seaport efforts in “Looking Out for Each Other” as works of fine art, 3-D urban creations, or even pop art installations. Other of his notable works include artwork in the award winning documentary, “The Great Hip Hop Hoax” (SXSW; directed by Jeanie Finlay) When you first enter Burgerman’s “Looking Out for Each Other” exhibit from Seaport Boulevard, you are greeted by a sort of brunch, consisting of a smiling, six-legged hot dog (seasoned with what looks like French’s yellow mustard). Nearby is an egg, sunnyside up, which makes this whole creation a brunch, we guess. The egg has been cooking for a while – you can walk across the egg-white portion. From the Northern Avenue side of the public courtyard at Boston Seaport,

Jon Burgerman’s “Doodle” brunch at “Looking Out for Each Other”.

a heart and a smiling rainbow (with eyes) will greet you as you enter. In the interior of the exhibit are numerous individual figures, all of whom are smiling at you. Look for the walking blue booklet with “Looking Out for Each Other on the cover; look up to see various smiley faces on the overhead wires. This writer’s favorite creations were the many large, grinning planter pots that had real plants in them. Here’s a suggestion for you: October is Halloween month, as you know. The usual Halloween celebration, which is centered around

Jon Burgerman greats you with a heart and smiling rainbow.

Congratulations RCIA Class! At the 12pm Mass on Sunday, September 20th, at Gate of Heaven Church, we welcomed five new Catholics into our Church. Charles Akwari and Julian Cooney received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; and Sonja Eaton, Caleb Ewald, and Ryan McQuaid received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. We are so excited to have them in our Catholic family. We pray for them and for all adults discerning entry into the Church through the RCIA Program.  God Bless you all! This Year’s Class:Every year the Church invites non-Catholic adults*

into the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), a course of learning and discernment to prepare them for full initiation in the Church. This year our parishes will host a digital course, which will commence on Sunday, October 18th. If you or someone you know has questions or is interested, please email our coordinator Javier Soegaard (Javier.soegaard@gmail. com) or call the Parish Office (617268-2122). *Eligible adults include: 1) Those who have not been baptized; 2) those who have not been baptized in other Christian traditions; and 3) those who were baptized Catholic, but never received Confirmation

Trick or Treating, won’t happen this year. South Boston Online recommends you consider bringing your family to see “Looking Out for Each Other” instead, perhaps even on the night of Halloween itself. Let your young ones wear Halloween costumes; make sure they are masked and practice Social Distancing of six feet apart. Then, bring them home and have a family party with lots of candy. Even though it isn’t the same as Trick or Treating, they won’t ever forget that you did this for them in October, 2020.



A (somewhat rambling) Sports Commentary by Rick Winterson


n the 21st Century, the professional sports scene in Boston (the “City of Champions”, at least until 2020) has featured an awe-inspiring devotion to the City’s teams, directly typified by the constant stream of soldout stadiums and playing fields. This was severely interrupted by Coronavirus and the COVID19 pandemic of course, which necessarily had mega-effects on game schedules and led to zero (yes, “0”) in-person attendance by fans. It will be two to six months before three of Boston’s four key professional teams resume playing again. Both the Bruins and the Celtics are talking about beginning some version of a “regular season” by December, although that seems somewhere between unlikely and impossible at this point in time. This last summer, the 100-point Bruins promptly skated themselves out of the hockey playoffs. The only Bruins’ questions that remain right now are whether they will re-sign Torey Krug and/or take Tuukka Rask back. The Celtics suffered from a nagging lack of consistency in their NBA playoffs, losing the semi-round to the Miami Heat, who played as if they had more than the necessary fire in their

to Kansas City on game day, and then played that evening. The decision to play on Monday wasn’t “good”, but actually it was “least bad”, because the Pat’s next game is on Sunday with the Broncos. Playing last Tuesday evening (only four full days before Sunday’s game) and then traveling back could have been very risky. The Pats showed some significant strengths. At 6-3 after 40 minutes, they had held the Chiefs virtually scoreless for almost three quarters. In a way, this is excuse-making, but it was a few mistakes, not a lack of overall ability, that cost the Pats the game. With one or two less mistakes (plus a better call by the ref on a Mahomes fumble), the score would have ended up at Pats-13, Chiefs-19. Or perhaps even closer? The Pats ran very well for 185 yards (5.3 per carry) vs. 85 for the Chiefs. The times of possession were evenly matched, with the Pats slightly ahead at 31+ minutes. Another (partly developed) Pats “positive” was the play of QB-3 Jarrett Stidham. With the Broncos (only 1-3) coming to town next Sunday, the 11th, it

sneakers. Now, we’ll see who the five starters are next season , out of Daniel Theis, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, and Kemba Walker. Who’ll go and who’ll sit? And then there’s baseball. Major League Red Sox baseball! Which plans to resume something like a “regular” regular season early next April. At this time, one can only sympathize with the recent “acting” Manager Ron Roenicke, after Sox leadership let Hallof-Famer Mookie Betts be “bought out”, without somehow bolstering a rapidly fading pitching staff in return. The question Roenicke leaves behind: Alex Cora, or Jason Varitek, or “neither of the above”? Answer: Take Varitek! Between now and the end of the year, only the Patriots stand between Boston having “one major sport” and “no major sports” at all. So let’s take a look at their game Monday night with the Chiefs, now that all of Boston’s boo-birds have had their raps. First, we must remember that right now, the Chiefs are the best pro football team in America; the Chiefs are really, really (!) good. They’re led by an MVP quarterback named Patrick Mahomes, and this year, the Pats have lost two starting QBs in a row – Brady and Newton. Second, after an agonizing weekend of uncertainty, the Pats traveled

might be time to use Stidham extensively and let Cam Newton continue to recover, as necessary. The Pats’ bye week follows on the 18th, giving Belichick plenty of time to work his coaching magic. After that, the San Francisco 49ers (2-2, same as the Pats) come to Gillette on the 25th, and then the Pats journey to Buffalo (4-0!) on November 3. The Pats basically have the toughest regular season schedule in the entire NFL, so the fact that they are fighting for a playoff spot is quite understandable. But there are still 12 regular season games to go – lots of time! And to (kind of) repeat ourselves: The Kansas City Chiefs had enjoyed three consecutive 4-0 NFL starts since 2017. So, is it any surprise that they went 4-0 on their current season’s start last Monday evening, October 5, 2020? Also, a piece of advice: Boston’s sports columnists should take good looks at the game summaries and box scores before they begin their writeups. Box scores are the most important (and accurate) sports columns of all.

Holloween Scavenger Hunt

Announcing the first-ever Jack O’Lantern’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt! ●

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Due to ongoing concerns about group gatherings and large events amid the pandemic, the South Boston Chamber of Commerce has decided not to organize the annual Trick or Treat on Broadway event this year. While we are all very disappointed, we want to ensure everyone’s safety and hope to find new ways to celebrate Halloween. In lieu of Trick or Treat on Broadway, the Chamber will hold the first-ever ​Jack O’Lantern’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt ​throughout the month of October! Our friend Jack O’Lantern is being very cheeky this year and is hiding shamrocks in the Halloween decorations. We hope you will help us find them! The Scavenger Hunt is open to all ages, and participants will be entered into weekly raffles to win prizes. To Play Along: ○ Jack O’Lantern will be hiding shamrocks around South Boston. Businesses and residents can also hide a shamrock in their Halloween Decorations. ○ Residents and businesses can hide a shamrock they already have on hand, or visit ​www.southbostonchamber.org​ for a printable one to decorate. ○ Scavenger Hunt Cards will be available at the businesses listed at www.southbostonchamber.org​, or print a card from the Chamber website. ○ Check ​www.southbostonchamber.org​ or follow the Chamber’s social media to find out hints where Jack O’Lantern has hidden shamrocks throughout South Boston. ○ Go on the hunt! When you find a shamrock, fill out the Scavenger Hunt Card. ○ When you have found 10 shamrocks, drop your Scavenger Hunt Card off at one of the addresses printed on the card, or email a picture or scan of your card to us at info@southbostonchamber.org. ○ Each complete Scavenger Hunt Card will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a gift card and goodie bag, starting Friday, October 16. Multiple age-appropriate prizes will be awarded each week. ○ Questions? Please see ​www.southbostonchamber.org​ for more details



Virtual Public Meeting

Dorchester Bay City Monday, October 19 6:00 PM

Ora Apartments 899 Congress Street, Seaport District 02210 www.OraLottery.com

Zoom Link: bit.ly/36h3ZSx Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 160 310 9875

Project Description: Virtual Kick-Off Public Meeting in connection with the proposed Dorchester Bay City project. This meeting will provide an introduction and overview of the Proposed Project, with subsequent Virtual Public Meetings focusing on specific topics. Interpretation services (Spanish, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole and Haitian Creole) will be provided. Translation of vital documents is available upon request.

mail to: Aisling Kerr Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617.918.4212 email: aisling.kerr@boston.gov

Close of Comment Period: 11/9/2020



Teresa Polhemus, Executive Director/Secretary

Virtual Public Meeting

244 - 284 A Street Tuesday, October 20 6:00 PM

BPDA Income Restricted Rental Opportunity

Zoom Link: bit.ly/36A0Xcc Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 161 342 4011

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# of Bedrooms Micro-Studio Studio 1-Bed 2-Bed

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Rent $1,012 $1,125 $1,318 $1,492

*Minimum income limits apply Minimum Income Limits (set by the owner, based on # of bedrooms + AMI) Maximum Income Limits (set by the BPDA, based on the household size + AMI) Minimum InHousehold Maximum Income # of Bedrooms come Limits (70% size Limits (70% AMI) AMI)*** Micro-Studio $30,360 1 $55,550 Studio $33,750 2 $63,450 3 $71,400 1-Bed $39,540 4 $79,300 5 $85,650 2-Bed $44,760 6 $92,000

***Minimum incomes do not apply to households receiving housing assistance such as Section 8, VASH, or MRVP. Maximum Asset Limits (70% AMI) $75,000

Does not include retirement. Does include Real Estate Applications are available during the application period from: Monday, October 12, 2020 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wednesday, October 21, 2020 To request + complete the application online, please visit: www.OraLottery.com To have a hard copy of the application sent to your mailing address, please call: 781-992-5316

Project Description: BPDA-hosted Article 80 Virtual Public Meeting to review Ground Floor Uses and Watersheet Activation in connection with the Proposed Project at 244 - 284 A Street in the Fort Point district of the South Boston Waterfront. Please register in advance for this meeting at the registration link provided above.

After careful consideration and 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 781-992-5316, 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, October 28, 2020

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Maloney Properties, Inc. Attention: Ora Lottery 27 Mica Lane, Wellesley MA 02481 Selection by lottery. Asset, Use & Occupancy Restrictions apply. Preference for Boston Residents. Preference for Households with at least one person per bedroom.

Aisling Kerr Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 617.918.4212 aisling.kerr@boston.gov

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South Boston Catholic Academy News “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” From Mrs. Susan Connolly, our Grade K2A Teacher at South Boston Catholic Academy… “It was wonderful to see one of my former kindergarten students, Katelyn Coe. I was touched that she still remembered me after all these years. It is a tremendous privilege to get a chance to see former students after they left school and have all grown up. I am so proud of her success as a Boston Police Officer. It is great to see her giving back to the South Boston community.”   “It is also incredible to see Miss Caroline Gannon back as a teacher where her school career began. She was a strong kindergarten student, kind, fair, and compassionate, and I see those same qualities as an adult working with her class.”  “As a kindergarten teacher, it is fantastic to watch the tremendous growth your students do throughout the year socially, emotionally, developmentally, and academically.  As they grow and leave school, you hope they continue to wonder and learn as they find their place in the world.  I am so proud to see Caroline went into education.  I know she will be a successful teacher and make a positive difference in many children›s lives.”   From Miss Jean McCarthy, our Grade 1A Teacher at South Boston Catholic Academy…”What a thrill it was for me to see my former student Katelyn Coe.  Twenty years ago, she sat in my first-grade class.  Katelyn, I am so proud of the strong woman you have become.  Thank you for your hard work and honorable dedication to our community Officer Coe.”    “As a teacher of many years, never did I think that one day I would be teaching with a former student, let alone as my first-grade colleague.  Miss Gannon brings passion, knowledge, hard work, and talent to South Boston Catholic Academy.  The first graders in her class are so fortunate to have a teacher who possesses these outstanding qualities.  I look forward to many years of collaborating with Miss Gannon.     Teaching is an awesome journey!”

What it means to be a teacher… “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” by Albert Einstein “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” by Rita Pierson “A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his/her influence stops.” by Henry Adams  “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” by Mark Van Doren “Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.” by Charles Kuralt



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