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Emergency Meeting: Redistricting in South Boston

Yesterday evening, Ed Flynn, the Boston City Council President (and our District 2 City Councilor), convened an Emergency Meeting to deal with the effects of the initially proposed Redistricting plan. This plan had been submitted in the form of a so-called “Unity Map” put together by City Councilors Liz Breadon and Ricardo Arroyo. This Unity Map has already generated significant controversy because the Redistricting it proposes will make significant changes in several Boston neighborhoods, including neighborhoods in South Boston and Dorchester in District 2 and District 3, respectively. Briefly, the Unity Map calls for major changes in

the border between Districts 2 and 3, which would be moved so far north that it would split the Old Colony, West Broadway, and Ninth Steet housing developments into two Districts. Also, South Dorchester and Lower Mills, now represented by Councilor Frank Baker, would be split off into District 4. The Unity Map would cut across or perhaps even eliminate important neighborhoods. Other, more acceptable approaches to Redistricting need to be brought forward.

Redistricting of the City Council is required by law every ten years. It has taken place in this century during 2002, 2012, and now 2022, but it’s important to note that the Redistricting only goes into

The Condon Connection Sgt. Gino Provenzano Receives Person of the Year Honor

When Boston Police Sgt. Gino Provenzano enters the Condon Community Center, it’s like Norm walking into Cheers. Everyone knows Gino’s name and greets him by giving him fist bumps, respect, and love.

About four years ago, Gino started coming down to the Condon on Saturday mornings dressed in his street clothes to play basketball with the kids. He would give up his own time on Saturday mornings and forge personal relationships with the Condon kids. Now, outfitted proudly in his latest Condon hoodie, Gino jumps in and keeps score for the basketball league. He’s an avid cheerleader for the kids.

From Day 1, Gino connected seamlessly with the Condon kids; his kind and unassuming demeanor resonated with them immediately.

Gino describes the kids at the Condon as fun, energetic, and hopeful.

One day Gino came in his full BPD uniform and some of the kids didn’t even recognize him. They never knew what “G” did for a living, however, it was too late, because they enjoyed his company so much and had accepted him as one of their own. “They love him. He is the epitome of what successful

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Sgt. Provenzano of the BPD’s Bureau of Community Engagement congratulates Pizzi Foundation College Scholarship recipients Michael Nunez and Aidan Fitzgerald.

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effect a year later – in 2023 after the current Redistricting exercise. Redistricting involves adjusting the borders and precincts in each Boston District (there are nine of them), so that all nine District populations become nearly equal, while retaining each District’s character and important neighborhoods. In a rapidly changing city like Boston, this is a complicated task.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Council President Flynn opened the Emergency Meeting. He first called upon members of the Meeting’s audience, and then on each City Councilor and elected official in turn. Phyllis Corbitt and Mary McKinnon, followed by Congressman Steve Lynch, eloquently praised the value of project life and strongly recommended the projects be kept whole and entire – in a single District, in other words. Mercy Robinson from South Boston en Accion spoke of working together

as a unit; Jeremiah Sparks spoke about South Boston’s community of veterans. Unfortunately, the Emergency Meeting turned unruly soon after 7 p.m. Although Flynn was able to control this at first, he wanted all of those at the head table to speak. He called upon District 3 Councilor Frank Baker, who then briefly and

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emphatically described his own Redistricting proposal, which he has entitled a “Coalition Map” (see our comments below). The Meeting adjourned after brief remarks from City Councilor-at-Large Erin Murphy and State Representative David Biele. Both of them encouraged the attendees to get in touch with elected officials about Redistricting issues. We have examined the Coalition Map developed by District 3 Councilor Baker. Not only does it accurately balance all nine District populations, it also shows how to preserve neighborhood character and maintain diverse, inclusive groups of residents. Out of the five Maps we have seen to date, Baker’s is the most effective –we recommend that it, or an

alternate Map nearly the same, be put into effect. The deadline for approving a new Redistricting plan is November 7, less than three weeks from now. If the 13 members of the Boston City Council can’t agree on a plan by that date, Mayor Wu is supposed to step in and initiate her own plan for Redistricting.

To voice your opposition to the Breadon-Arroyo redistricting map (Docket #1275) reach out to your local elected official:


Call Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050 to find a vaccine location.

Part of the South Boston large crowd at Wednesday’s Emergency Meeting. Boston’s City Councilors hold a Redistricting Emergency Meeting yesterday.

Local Chef Recognized at Company Cookoff Competition

Ken McCluskey, Director of Dining Experience at Compass on the Bay Memory Support Assisted Living, was recognized at Senior Living Residences’ (SLR) Annual Top Chef Cook Off for adhering to the company’s innovative Brain Healthy Cooking program. SLR is the management

company for Compass on the Bay and its 17 sister Assisted Living communities across New England. At this annual competition, chefs from each SLR community show off their cooking skills as they compete against one another by preparing dishes influenced by the various countries that are also being featured as part of SLR’s Grab Your Passport!

armchair travel program. A panel of guest judges graded each chef on a variety of criteria including adherence to the company’s Mediterraneaninspired Brain Healthy Cooking program, where McCluskey triumphed. McClusky prepared an Egypt inspired fava bean falafel (ta’ameya), an array of Mediterraneaninspired side dishes, and delicious

tahini brownies for dessert.

SLR’s Brain Healthy Cooking program is an award-winning nutrition program, largely based on the popular and well-researched Mediterranean diet, that brings residents at Compass on the Bay and its sister communities delicious taste-tested brain healthy choices on their daily menus.

Ken McCluskey (left), Director of Dining Experience, receives Adherence to Brain Healthy Cooking award from Tadd Clelland (center), also pictured: Viollca Dallta, cook.


Saturday, October 22 - Friday, November 4, 2022 WEEK 1


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 | 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.

BCYF Paris Street Community Center

112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA 02128

BCYF Quincy Community Center

885 Washington Street, Chinatown, MA 02111

Thelma D. Burns Building

575 Warren Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Another Course to College Cafeteria

612 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park, MA 02136

Margarita Muniz Academy

20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Dewitt Center

122 Dewitt Drive, Roxbury, MA 02120 Boston Public LibraryCentral Branch (Johnson Building)

700 Boylston Street, Back Bay, MA 02116

Jackson Mann School | 500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134

Richard J. Murphy K-8 School Cafeteria

1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

Ken McCluskey (right) presents his dishes to the judges, with cook Viollca Dallta (left)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 12 - 8 P.M.

Saint Nectarios Greek Church (Banquet Hall)

39 Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA 02131

BCYF Tobin Community Center (Lower Level)

1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 | 12 - 8 P.M.

Florian Hall | 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210


Monday, October 24 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 25 | 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 26 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, October 27 | 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, October 28 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


ImagineBrigid Nee Walsh as a young girl, the youngest of six, spending her time coloring and drawing in the union meetings and trips with her mother. This daughter of South Boston dreamed in those days of being an artist, which was realized, or a boat captain. Her ultimate profession as an ironworker for the last seventeen years reflects the same determination, creativity and a work ethic seen in her earliest days. She became part of an early group of women ironworkers in Local 7 and the first elected to a union office.

A graduate of Gate of Heaven, Archbishop Williams and then to Montserrat College and the Buran School of Art in County Clare, Ireland, there were many choices at her doorstep. “My mother worked in an office for 56 years and I knew I didn’t want to sit in a cubicle and needed something different,” she said. There were many conventional

Women in the Trades

and useful ways she could have used her considerable talents and ability to shift gears and think quickly, but Brigid was driven and unafraid of trail blazing. “My father used to say, tell her she can’t do something and just watch,” she said, reveling in the support she remembers by both parents.

Nannying for a year after getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, she had a boyfriend who was a carpenter, and it opened her eyes to possibilities. Experienced with welding from her work in sculpting, she found iron work. “I feel in love with it. I make very big sculptures called buildings, and there is an atmosphere of camaraderie and teamwork,” she said. She talks about materials and conditions with the focus of a fine artist all while helping create and reconsider the landscape of a city she clearly loves.

“I love the construction and the elements and the materials,” she said, and at forty-three has energy that matches her pride in

serious work she has made her own.

“The attitude that this isn’t a woman’s place has passed. It used to be ‘brute and briny’ but there are new tools now. It has developed and changed and re-invented itself. There were about fifteen women in the Ironworkers seventeen years ago out if thirty-five hundred and now there are about one hundred and forty. It is still short, but it is changing. The job site where I am now has about one third women and that will continue to increase,” she said. “I was on one job site near an all-girls school and the kids looked and said, ‘look it’s a girl,’ and I enjoy that. These choices should be more common with more support and prep at the high school level.”

So, Brigid Nee Walsh has a passion for her work and support of a union that she said, “has been supportive since day one,” but she doesn’t glorify her job. “The summers are hot, and you have boots and a hard hat, and even if there is a roof, you are exposed to wind,” but those issues are not at the forefront. “You see the most amazing sunrises, and I can say I was part of things like building Millennium Tower. I look around the city and know I was part of it. There is something structural you leave behind and that is pretty satisfying,” she said.

Brigid’s responsibilities don’t end after a shift working with concrete and glass in whatever conditions the day brings. She also cares for her mother, is raising two children and is a small business owner on West Broadway. And she ran as a city-wide candidate for Boston City Council in the last election in addition to teaching and serving in a leadership role with her union. Still, you get the feeling in talking with her that if there more hours in the days she would do it all, do it well, and take on more.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into it,” she said, “but college helped me a lot, sculpture to welding to ironworker, but I’ll always be an artist. My structures are just larger than my classmates! It’s a good way to make a living and now we have female instructors, stewards, forewomen, and the pay and benefits are good. Nothing goes by the blueprint, there is fabrication every day,” she said with the utter satisfaction of someone who is undeterred in her contribution to create a new city in as many ways as possible.

“The first step was the hardest and someone said, ‘you will never make it.’ We’ll see about that,” she said with hard hat and artful humor ready for the next big challenge.

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community policing looks like,” said Debra Flaherty, Staff Assistant, BCYF Condon Community Center.

Gino remembers that day. “Some of them were shocked when they finally saw me in the uniform,” he said, noting he’s in street clothes most of the time at the Condon. “I’ve been received really well. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to have all the positive interactions with the kids. It’s a nice feeling.”

For his tireless commitment and dedication to the youth of South Boston, Gino is being recognized with the 2022 Person of the Year award at the Condon CC Fall Friendraiser on Nov. 1 at Amrheins. The Condon CC serves thousands of youths, teens, seniors, and families, providing important social, educational, athletic programming and resources.

“It’s quite an honor,” Gino said. “It was a nice surprise when I got the word about it.”

Since those first days in the gym, Gino has gone on field trips with the kids, brought in resources, taken the

kids to the Harvard Club and Fenway Park, nominated Condon students for Pizzi college scholarships, instilled the importance of academics along with sports, arrived countless times with the BPD ice cream truck, delivered turkeys, offered Shop with a Cop opportunities, and so much more.

“Gino understands our kids really appreciate someone who is going to show up. He realizes that stability is a significant thing for them. It’s important our kids know that someone is committed to and invested in them,” said Barbara Kelly, Program Supervisor at the Condon CC.

Gino has been working closely with the Condon Community Center staff since 2018 while serving under the BPD Bureau of Community Engagement. “We have enjoyed a

great partnership and have been able to see some really positive results,” he said. “It’s a great little tightknit group …. almost like a little family. I’m very honored to be getting it [the award], but [the Condon staff] should be getting the recognition -- they do the work day in and day out,” Gino said.

Gino started volunteering as a police officer by connecting services and programs for kids and seniors. “It was a natural fit at the Condon. What they need most is opportunities. So that’s what we’re trying to connect them with; to show them there are opportunities and that we can help them reach their goals,” said Gino.

“He just gave of himself to this center and [the kids] responded,” Barbara said. “Their enjoyment, their excitement, their

new experiences … he enjoys every moment of that,” Debra added.

Gino’s wife, Susan, is very supportive of his work at the Condon. “We can always count on both of them to be there and support us, to help out,” Barbara said, noting that Gino is also a familiar face at the Condon CC senior events throughout the year.

“The Condon kids and staff aren’t the only ones who love Gino -- our whole town does,” Barbara said. Gino’s parents, John and Kathy, instilled a strong sense of community in their children – Gino, John, and Lisa.

“I’ve been very lucky that I’ve had this opportunity through my position in the police department,” Gino said. “It’s very gratifying. I’m humbled by getting an award for what I’m supposed to do. But I enjoy it and I look forward to continue doing it.

The Condon Community Center’s Fall Friendraiser will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 5-8 p.m. at Amrheins Restaurant. Tickets are $25 (Venmo @CondonCCC). Funds raised will go toward programming for the CCC. There will be light refreshments, a cash bar, and raffles.


South Boston Community Health Center Celebrates 50 years

50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, October 27th

The date was December 3, 1969 and a small group of concerned South Boston residents had just met to discuss the availability of health care in South Boston. Times were changing and Boston’s neighborhoods were all experiencing a departure of traditional community-based doctor’s offices. True to South Boston’s tradition of community activism, the group decided to face the problem head on. From this small group of concerned neighbors, the concept of the South Boston Community Health Center was born.

It would be three years before the old “Health Unit” at 133 Dorchester Street would open its doors in 1972 as the South Boston Community Health Center. The center was established as a private, non-profit corporation owned and operated by the community through a Board of Directors. At the time, the Board of Directors was comprised of members elected to represent various districts in South Boston.

Over the years, the Board of Directors evolved into a group where each member represents the community as a whole.

The 1990s were times of great accomplishment and challenge for the health center. Responding to the growing needs of adolescents, in 1994 we formed a Teen Health Clinic. We became a city-wide model for our Med Track, online storage of childhood immunizations, mammograms and pap smears enabling strong follow-up care for patients of the health center. We successfully captured contracts to be included in the primary care networks of all major managed care payers.

In 1997 - the health center’s 25th year – we made a huge leap forward when we expanded from a one building 15,000 square foot building to a modern two building 55,000 square foot facility on West Broadway, right in the heart of the South Boston.

In addition to being the only provider of primary health care in South Boston, our economic impact on the neighborhood is significant. We provide over 170 full and part-time jobs and generate more than $10 million dollars in personal income. We

also provide $39 million dollars in economic activity, making the Health Center an economic engine in the community.

The 2000s have been years of amazing growth and expansion. We expanded our services to include a range of Medical Specialties like Cardiology, Dermatology and Podiatry. We cut ribbons on an in-house pharmacy and a new mammography suite. We launched a Convenient Care Center, helping to keep our patients out of emergency rooms and providing them with access to care when they need it. We started our own van transportation service to make our care more convenient and accessible to patients with transportation challenges.

Responding to the needs of the community, we opened and have since expanded a Food Pantry where we feed over 400 families a month. We transitioned to online medical records and launched a patient portal that allows easier access and communication for our patients. We created the Youth Ambassadors program where we have mentored hundreds of young people – engaging them in positive activities, raising awareness about community and health related topics and empowering them to take on leadership roles of the future. And we expanded our addiction prevention & recovery services.

In 2016, SBCHC launched South Boston Health Seaport, the only provider of primary health care to the residents and workers in the South Boston Seaport district. We recently relaunched the site as an Urgent Care Center to better serve the residents, workers, and visitors to the South Boston Seaport.

In 2020, South Boston Community Health Center, along with health care providers all over the world, was faced with the most significant challenge in our 50-year history – the Covid-19 pandemic.

Because of early preparation

and foresight, we were among the very first centers in the state of Massachusetts to be awarded a direct federal supply of the Covid-19 vaccine and we were the very first (and for some time the only) site offering the Covid-19 vaccine to the public in all of Suffolk County. To date, SBCHC has vaccinated nearly 35,000 people. We’ve tested over 14,000 people for the virus with a combination of in-house, at-home, pop-up, and drive-up testing.

But our efforts were not limited to testing and vaccination. Early on, we quickly pivoted to telemedicine visits to maintain care and keep our patients safe. We stepped up efforts in our food pantry to meet the significant rise in requests for food assistance from our patients. We brought in engineers to ensure that air exchanges in all patient care areas not only met but exceeded the recommended CDC guidelines for air flow. SBCHC rose to meet the challenge of Covid-19 in ways that even we thought would not have been possible.

Today, our site at 409 West Broadway is bursting at the seams and we are drawing up plans to expand our building and add additional primary care space that will bring us into the future.

These past 50 years have seen extraordinary changes in health care and SBCHC has been changing and growing to meet the needs of our community. Please join us on Thursday, October 27th, 2022 for our 50th Anniversary Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. We’ll be honoring Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders with Joe Moakley Life Saver Awards. We’ll have live and silent auctions, a ‘50/50 for our 50th” raffle, cocktails & food stations & live music. Generously underwritten by Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center Health System it will be a night to remember!


Let’s Celly!

Local Vodka & Soda Company Wants Everyone to Celebrate Life

Becauseit’s important to celebrate every moment, the co-founders of a new canned vodka and soda company put it right in their name.

“Celly is short for celebration,” said John Dooley, a co-founder of Celly with his brother, Tyler, and his dad, Kevin.

“We wanted our brand to embody this idea that you need to celebrate every single moment, every single day of your life,” John said, especially with COVID and where the world is now.

“We want to ensure that people are taking the time, taking the moment to cherish everything that life has to offer,” he said. “We’re definitely trying to embody that spirit and bring that positivity back into everybody’s lives.”

John and Tyler both attended College of the Holy Cross, studying economics. After stints in the tech space, they are now following their passion along with their dad, whose background is in national accounts management.

“We have always had a deep passion for the alcohol space,” John said. Before the pandemic hit, John was looking at starting a tequila seltzer company. Tyler already runs a successful energy drink company called Wake Up Water. “It just made sense for us to partner and build our passion together,” John said.

With guidance from some of Tyler’s connections, the company is off and running.

The trio is involved in every phase, from branding, formulation, and operations, to marketing, finance, and sales.

The drinks are produced in Jersey Shore, PA. The family traveled there about a month ago and watched the first production run of Celly. “We saw our idea come alive,” John said. “It was super exhilarating for all of us.

“Watching our idea come from

our heads to the actual production line … that was something I wasn’t really even prepared to feel. It was definitely a surreal moment for all of us. It definitely made us feel a lot more excited and just thrilled that this idea is finally coming alive.”

Their products include Black Cherry Lime and Blueberry Pomegranate, which are available in Boston. They also have a Mango Pineapple and are looking to introduce new flavors.

John, Tyler, and Kevin worked closely with the formulation team members, telling them they wanted their consumers to have the best possible experience with these drinks. Each can comes in at about 100 calories. The company avoids adding sugar and artificial ingredients.

The ready-to-drink cocktail is made with premium vodka and real fruit juice.

The company launched

less than a month ago. John and Tyler, who grew up on the North Shore but live in South Boston, have held tastings, including one recently at Southie Liquors. Consumer feedback has been very positive, John said. Comments have included it’s

clean, the taste is very refined, it doesn’t cause bloating, and there’s no gross aftertaste.

“For strangers to say, ‘Wow, this drink is fantastic,’ is exhilarating and it makes me proud,” John said. “We’re definitely looking to make the consumer experience as best as possible.”

In Southie, you can find Celly at Southie Liquors, The Liquor & Wine Emporium, Seaport Wine & Spirits, American Provisions, Jimmy’s Korner, Shennanigans, and Loco.

The company will have the following tastings: Oct. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Brighton Cellar and Gourmet; Oct. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Liquor Junction in Somerville; and Oct. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Brighton Brewfest 2022.

“We’re definitely trying to make this a people-centric and forthe-people brand, and we just want to ensure that our customers are receiving the best product possible,” John said, noting the Celly team is open to ideas and feedback.

And as their website states: “With each sip, we hope you’re reminded to cherish all life has to offer. Celly -- because every day’s a celebration.”

Website: Social media: @drinkcelly John (left) and Tyler Dooley held a tasting at Southie Liquors recently.

Boston Seaport’s Tenth “The Current” Opens

This month in Boston Seaport, WS Development formally opened its tenth “The Current”, a name that WS uses for each new edition of its pop-up shops. “The Current” opened its first set of pop-ups at 100 Seaport Boulevard four years ago in 2018. Since then, it has provided space for nearly 80 new and growing businesses, many of which have gone on to permanent locations and much increased business.

The tenth opening of “The Current” presented nine new small shops and businesses to the Seaport public. A versatile jazz band sextet named “The Last Minute Band” welcomed customers and sightseers to 100 Seaport Boulevard alongside Seaport Common. Delicious, complimentary churros were handed out. And the weather could not have cooperated more than it did – the warm, sunny breeze felt like late summer. The shops will be open every day from now until New Year’s Eve, December 31, so you can begin your Holiday shopping whenever you visit them. And one, key advantage of shopping at these nine, carefully selected pop-ups is that you can be absolutely sure what you buy really is “unique” (and cannot be found elsewhere).

The following is a quick list of the nine shops in the Fall, 2022, tenth edition of “The Current”, along with brief descriptions:

“Brave Daughters”, fine jewelry and gifts that are customized and bespoke; “7uice”, uniquely named fashion and sportswear; “KADA”, clothing using Cupro – a “vegan silk” made from unused cotton fibers; “sleepy tie”, versatile headwear that actually preserves hairdos and treatments during sleep; “Lifebloom”, natural candles with home fragrances that evoke memories of the out-of-doors; “Mure + Grand”, curated collections of accessories and hand-made exclusives from New York City; “Project Paulie”, spreading awareness of and donating proceeds from hat sales to community causes; “ONE432”, handmade streetwear that shares half of its net profits with Pakistani children; “Baked by Melissa”, bite-sized cupcakes made by hand

and shipped nationwide as gift boxes.

Among the nine eye-catching pop-ups, we were especially interested to see “7uice”, an enterprise of Jaylen Brown, the All-Star Boston athlete –the name “7uice” includes his Celtic No. 7. KADA’s story is technically very interesting. KADA creates their products from textiles that are made with short cotton fibers, which were once discarded as waste. The resulting CUPRO fabrics not only benefit the environment, but also feel very soft and silky to the touch – they are nicknamed “vegan silk”. And there’s no need to for us to describe our attachment to the cupcakes from “Baked by Melissa.

“injeanius” – A “The Current” Success Story

It’s quite appropriate for you to ask if pop-ups taking part in South Boston Seaport’s “The Current” are successful. Did these pop-ups actually benefit from what’s called a “retail incubator”?

Did they eventually become permanent shops specializing in the products first sold in their pop-ups?

Here’s a success story that answers those questions with a solid “YES!”:

“injeanius”, as its name implies, specializes in fashionable blue jeans, along with allied high-quality clothing and accessories. The founder/ owner is Alison O’Brien. The first “injeanius” shop was originally located in the North End back in 2005. Space limitations, including expansions and extreme crowding, resulted in Alison not being able to renew her North End lease in 2020. Even though the pandemic was surging, she took a chance and joined “The Current” pop-ups that summer at 100 Seaport Boulevard.

And Alison’s risk-taking effort has paid off. After two years managing her pop-up, she was able to open a permanent shop in July. You’ll enjoy visiting her elegant establishment in The Superette, just off Seaport Boulevard at 70 Pier 4 Boulevard (you can also enter The Superette from the B Street side). When we asked her, Alison replied, “After getting a new start at The Current in 2020 and then moving here, injeanius and I are now doing very well, thank you.”

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The fall Edition of Fort Point Open Studios took place. There were arts, crafts, dance, music, poetry, and design projects on display, bringing to life the Fort Point motto: “No Art, No Point!” Well spoken! On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, both indoors and out (the weather smiled), streets, bridges, sidewalks, galleries, artists’ studios, and performance spaces all over Fort Point exhibited the creativity that makes it the center of the arts in South Boston.

More than 100 artists from the Fort Point neighborhood took part in the Open Studios, just as they had before the pandemic. Many of these creative folks occupy live/work studios in Fort Point that were once warehouses or factory buildings. The Fort Point neighborhood itself stretches (approximately) from the vicinity of A and Second Streets, along A and Channel Center, and then to

Fort Point Open Studios

Summer Street. Outlying Fort Point neighborhood arms extend over to the BSA (Boston Society of Architects) on Congress Street, the Assemblage Art Space in the Envoy Hotel, and along Seaport Boulevard to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art). And of course, the guiding landmark is the Fort Point Channel – once a small river, then a channel for shipping barges, and now a pristine watersheet, adorned with its own works of art.

The following are a few, quick impressions of the many notable exhibits at the 2022 Fort Point Open Studios:

We stopped into the Boston Button Factory at 50 Melcher Street Factory to view some works by Ari Hauben, the Factory’s Resident Artist. Ari is a contemporary, multimedia artist in many topics, styles, and materials. He’s also known as “Mr. H” to his special ed students, whom Ari has taught for more than 10 years, earning him the 2018 BPS Educator of the Year Award. And yes, there are still a lot of real buttons in the Boston Button Factory.

An outdoor walk down Melcher Street to A brought us past the Post Office’s parking lot fence. We were struck by the many artworks hanging on the fence, especially a large collage entitled “Snail”, by Kristen Alexandra. She accompanied Snail with a poem that ended on the words “… Practice patience. Slow down. Come out of your shell. Find your harmony.”

Then, a quick turn into the 249 A Gallery brought us to the exhibit by The (34) Artists of the 249 A Street Cooperative. “Pearl Earring (after Vermeer)” by photographer Jeffrey Heyne essentially presented itself to us –

a subtle rainbow camouflaged Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. Clever! Look for it. Philip Manna exhibited his simple, striking “Stone House” – a painting, bas relief, and sculpture of sand, stone, and acrylic paint combined. Jeffrey Heyne greeted us again in his studio with a striking visual of the original Northern Avenue Swing Bridge. The Berinsteins’ studio exhibited a family of three – Frank with his carefully wrought wood artistry, metalsmith Laurie and her unique (!) jewelry, and photographs by Martin of “liquids in motion”.

A short, sunny afternoon walk brought us to the Midway Studios (89 live/work studios) at 15 Channel Center, which is home to several performing artists. We knew that the BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) had relocated there this year and were (very) pleasantly surprised to hear them putting on a performance. The BLO’s General Director and CEO, Bradley Vernatter, introduced us to Fred Van Ness (tenor, BLO Emerging Artist) and pianist Brett Hodgdon. A studio occupied by “N3V3R” is also furthering the performing arts –arranging a “band bash, for example, and working on recordings as well. Stone hangings in one Midway

studio were decorative as well as beautiful. A Midway studio door welcomed the Halloween celebration. Lonnie Ash’s gently scenic watercolors really caught our eye. The U.S.A.’s national colors trapped in a vise accurately depicted Milan Kohout’s political performance arts. Another studio positively glittered with craftsmanship. Jacob Higginbottom’s watercolor “Towers II” echoed from its horizon. And a 19-unit polyptych, “Into the Flames” by Lee Graves, brightened one Midway corridor. Wearable art – closely woven, wire-wrapped jewelry by Dawna Davis – is also a craft and a usable “wearable” product.

During our amble back to West Broadway, it was a pleasure to stop and gaze at the colorfully painted A Street sidewalk by Artists for Humanity.


Fort Point Continued


A BIG Welcome to our new Early Childhood Director

Ms. MaryKate Bourdon is excited to begin her 5th year at South Boston Catholic Academy, starting in a new role as Director of the Early Childhood Program. She attended Loyola University Maryland for her undergraduate

degree and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Gordon College. Prior to her new role, MaryKate taught K2 at SBCA for three years. MaryKate loves watching the students grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. In her free time, MaryKate

enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends, cooking and baking, and cheering on the Red Sox! MaryKate looks forward to partnering with the SBCA parents, students, faculty and staff to make the 2022-2023 school year a strong, successful and wonderful year. One of Ms.

Bourdon’s favorite quotes… “Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning” by Robert John Meehan. New families are welcome to email our admissions team at: admissions@ for more info. about South Boston Catholic Academy.


Boston’s 2022 Veterans Parade a Celebration of Service

Boston’s Office of Veterans Services, in partnership with American Legion District 7 Suffolk County, will host the 2022 Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 5. The ‘Celebration of Service’ themed-march will start at Noon in Copley Square. The West Point and Navy Band Northeast’s Marching Bands along with the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Office of Military Connected Services are among the many units participating. This year’s theme showcases Veteran’s Day as a celebration, as well as a time to pause and reflect on the accomplishments of the armed forces.

Says Commissioner of Veterans Services Robert Santiago, “I’m so excited about this parade.

This parade is the kick-off to Veterans Month here in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, and we love being a part of it. We have a lot of amazing units signed up and look forward to seeing everyone lining the streets of Boston as we celebrate and honor our veterans and service members on November 5th!”

Those who wish to view the parade should begin gathering on Boylston and Tremont streets around 11:30 AM. The parade is expected to last until roughly 2PM and will end at Boston Common where guests are encouraged to gather and continue the celebration. For organizations interested in participating in the parade, contact Bryan Bishop at

One Last Good-bye

Empty shelves and shipping containers were all that was left when the Cumberland Farms store on L and Fifth closed last Friday, which is kind of sad. But some good news was disclosed – a couple of their employees are returning to school (good for them), two others are transferring to the Cumby’s in Brighton, and the Store Manager will go into training as a District Manager.

Cumberland Farms takes care of its own, it seems.

And who knows? One day, Cumby’s might return here. Once upon a time many years ago, there were two Cumberland Farms stores located in South Boston.

71st Annual Veterans Day Memorial Services

On Friday, November 11th, 2022, the Thomas Fitzgerald VFW Post #561 will hold its 71st Annual Veterans’ Day Memorial Service. The Order of events will be as follows: 9:00 a.m. Assembly 9:40 a.m. March to St. Brigid’s Church 10:00 a.m.

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Date of Death: 07/28/2019


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Petition has been filed by: Ona Danute Montrimiene of Melrose requesting that Christine H. King of Boston




requesting that: Patrick M. McAvoy of Melrose MA

Docket No. Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial CourtSU19P2163EA Probate and Family Court

Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617)788-8300


Docket No. Commonwealth of Massachusetts CITATION ON PETITION FOR SU22P2257EA The Trial Court FORMAL ADJUDICATION Probate and Family Court

Estate of: Helen Mary Milan

Also known as: Helen M. Milan, Helen Milan

Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114

Date of Death: 03/09/2018 (617)788-8300

To all interested persons:

A Petition for Late and Limited Formal Testacy and/or Appointment has been filed by Edward P. Milan, Sr. of South Boston 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: Edward P. Milan, Sr. of South Boston MA

be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in unsupervised administration


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 11/29/2022.

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.


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.

WITNESS, Hon. Brian J.

Virtual Public Meeting


PDA Amendment

Thursday, October 27 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Zoom Link: Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 160 216 7935

Summer St.-

Wednesday, October 26 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Project Description:


The Phase 1 Project will be located on 8.4 acres / 364,409 square feet within the approximately 15.2 acre (approximately 661,500 square foot) parcel of land known as and numbered 776 Summer Street in South Boston. The Phase 1 Project includes the rehabilitation of the Edison Turbine Halls 1, 2, and 3 and the construction of the buildings on Blocks D and F.

in the early 2000s. Since that time, six Notices of Project Change have been submitted for review and approval. This seventh Notice of Project Change (“Seventh NPC”) is for the Redevelopment Site only; the remainder of the Channel Center Project will remain as previously approved.

to: Daniel Polanco Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617-918-4460 email:

Close of Comment Period: 11/7/2022

mail to: Stephen Harvey Boston Planning & Development Agency One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617.918.4418 email:

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7 CC 73 Owner, LLC Project Description: 7 CC 73 Owner, LLC (the “Proponent”) proposes to redevelop 7 Channel Center Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston (the “Redevelopment Site”), by constructing a new office/research and development (“R&D”) building (the “Redevelopment”). The Redevelopment is a part of the Channel Center Project (the “Channel Center Project” or the “Project”) which was originally reviewed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (“BRA”)
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be appointed as Successor Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. 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 11/15/2022. 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 date; action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, Hon. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 14, 2022 Patrick M McAvoy, Esq. McAvoy and McAvoy 723 Main St Melrose, MA 02176 MPC 580 (3/31/12) tt PUBLISH ONLY THE CITATION ABOVE tt page 1 of 3 CITATION


The Zoning Commission of the City of Boston hereby gives notice, in accordance with Chapter 665 of the Acts of 1956, as amended, that a virtual public hearing will be held on November 9, 2022, at 9:30 A.M., in connection with the 6th Amendment to Master Plan for Planned Development Area No. 69, The 100 Acres (“6th Amendment”) and the Development Plan for 244-284 A Street within Planned Development Area No. 69, The 100 Acres (“Development Plan”), filed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority d/b/a the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

Said Development Plan and 6th Amendment would allow for the construction of a mixed-use development including laboratory and research, ground floor commercial/retail space, civic use, 340 residential units (including 68 Inclusionary Development Policy units) and 415 garage parking spaces.

This meeting will only be held virtually and not in person. You can participate in this meeting by going to

Copies of the petitions, the proposed 6th Amendment and proposed Development Plan and a map of the area involved may be obtained from the Zoning Commission electronically, and you may also submit written comments or questions to

Interpreting services are available to communicate information at this hearing. If you require interpreting services, please contact the following: or 617-918-4308. The meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2022.

Please request interpreting services no later than November 4, 2022.



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Virtual Public Meeting

330 C Street Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 9 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Project Description:

Zoom Link: Toll Free: (833) 568 - 8864 Meeting ID: 161 292 9539

The proposed project consists of a new six-story 74-room hotel, with a ground-floor restaurant, situated at 330 C Street in South Boston. The lot size is approximately 8,202 square feet and is currently occupied by a vacant single-story concrete block building which formerly housed a repair garage.

mail to: Stephen Harvey Boston Planning & Development Agency

One City Hall Square, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02201 phone: 617.918.4418 email:

Close of Comment Period: 11/18/2022


Teresa Polhemus, Executive Director/Secretary

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