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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018


The Work Begins

by Rick Winterson The Year 2018 A.D. is a historic year in South Boston. It is the 100th Anniversary of the World War I Armistice (November 11, 1918). Records show that 103 servicemen from South Boston lost their lives in “The War to End All Wars”. Equally as historic in a local sense is the 200th Anniversary of St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery on Dorchester Street at the corner of Sixth.

It is a Chapel built in memory of Father Francis Anthony Matignon, who served as the parish priest for Boston and all of New England until his death on September 19, 1818, 200 years ago. He was truly Boston’s “Pioneer Priest”; he is buried in the Chapel, which was begun in 1818 and was dedicated in June, 1819. Just last week, members of Local 7’s Ironworkers performed a clean-up along the wall and around the periphery of the Chapel and Cemetery (see photo). Thank you for your efforts, Local 7. Fr. Robert Casey, Pastor of St. Brigid, Gate of Heaven, and the St. Augustine Chapel/Cemetery, has formed a 200th Anniversary Committee that will arrange and sponsor observances and anniversary celebrations over the weekend of next September 14, 15, and 16, 2018. Boston’s Cardinal Sean will celebrate a late afternoon Mass in the Chapel on September 15. There will be many other events as well. Your ideas, help, (and contributions) are needed for this memorably historical weekend. Please contact Fr. Casey through the St. Brigid Church Office on East Broadway.

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By Richard Campbell Ethos Early Learning Center held a Grand Opening at their new West Broadway location on Saturday, May 12, and South Boston Online followed up on our earlier coverage from the company inception this past January, to see the early childhood learning center fully prepared for accepting children. The learning

program is modeled on a hybrid Montessori / Reggio Emila / Steiner Method approach, and the staff at this new center showed excitement as their small school looked perfectly modeled for South Boston. Particularly for parents of small babies growing into toddler stages, many of whom have busy professional lives working in the city, this kind service is a most welcomed Continued on Page 6

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People Still Respect Our Political Officials Raymond L. Flynn, Former Mayor of Boston If you monitor TV news each day all you see is the sharp political division in America.   The hatred that fuels enemy sides has made a reasonable exchange of ideas unattainable.  These are not the values that I grew up with in South Boston. Yes, we witnessed high profile competition growing up, but not the unhinged anger that we are witnessing today in America. Frankly, we should all be embarrassed.    But that unfortunately is not the case. Reflecting back in my political career when great discussions led to great change, I    hadn’t been inside Gardner Auditorium at the State House in close to 40 years we until last week. Gardner Auditorium was often the site of some of the most heated and largest public hearings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most world, political , academic and civil rights leaders at one time over the past couple of centuries, would have boasted that they had given testimony on a wide range of issues at Gardner Auditorium. In my own life’s political experience, having the honor of being one of the earliest co-sponsors of the Commonwealth’s first Special Needs and handicapped laws, testifying before a packed Gardner

Auditorium was the highlight of my life. I knew that if this law that I had co-introduced were enacted, some of my neighbors children and Massachusetts citizens might have the opportunity to live a happy and productive life that they might not have had otherwise. I knew about physical and mental problems from past family experiences. I learned this through the Church, academic, neighborhood and learning experiences while growing up and attending graduate colleges. Yes, I also experienced some personal painful and frustrating set backs while testifying at Gardner Auditorium on behalf or in support of other major legislative matters, like trying to give poor public school parents

better choices   in determining where their children would attend school. As I reflected, our failure that day at Gardner Auditorium resulted in thousands of great kids not receiving the education that they needed and to which they were entitled. Those were thoughts that ran through my head while sitting in my wheelchair last week alongside with my wife Kathy and son Eddie. The packed Auditorium witnessed a remarkable swearing-in ceremony of recently elected State Senator Nick Collins from South Boston, Dorchester, Hyde

Park and Mattapan.  He will represent with honor a great diverse district with other amazing elected colleagues. I watched how well each of the elected officials respected each other and how proud they all were in Sen. Collins’ political victory. Several of them were so kind to come up to me and introduce themselves.    Meeting them was an honor because I came away believing that they were sincere in wanting to work together to help their constituents. I have a message that I would like to share with the people who they helped elect them to serve them. “You made a good choice. They will make mistakes, but stay in contact with them. I watched them and listened to them. They are good people who want to do the right thing for you.” Leaving the historic Gardner Auditorium, a senior maintenance worker came up to me and said, “Mayor, you had to be very proud of the reception and standing ovation you received today. I haven’t seen that too many times around here.” I said, “ I learned that political leaders have a lot of respect for public service. And so do the people:” I wish such collegiality could extend to our national debate

Senator Nick Collins Sworn in to First Suffolk District Seat New senator appointed to several legislative committees Newly-elected Sen. Nick Collins was sworn in to his new position by Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and the Governor’s Council and was appointed to several legislative committees by Senate President Harriette Chandler. “It was an honor to be sworn into the senate by Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito and the Governor’s Council,” Collins said. “I’m also honored to have been appointed by the senate president to several key legislative committees. I look forward to getting to work with my new colleagues to improve the lives of the people of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, South Boston and the entire commonwealth.”  Collins, who served four terms as the state representative for the Fourth Suffolk District, was elected as senator for the First Suffolk District on May 1. The district includes Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston and sections of Hyde Park. Chandler appointed Collins to several committees, including naming him the chair or vice-chair of three committees. Among his assignements:   Chair of the Joint Committee on Export Development; Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Licensure; Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets;

Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight; Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; Joint Committee on Public Health; Joint Committee on Transportation


Matt Rusteika to Run for State Representative difficult issues we’re dealing with are solvable, but that they can’t be solved without the democratic participation of the district’s residents. We need an independent voice on Beacon Hill who will advocate for the unique needs of our neighborhoods, even when it’s diff icult. I believe I am the person to do that job. At B.C. High, we were always urged to be “men for others.” That imperative is the reason why I’m as proud of the time I’ve spent helping to organize a STEM education program for public housing youth in Southie as I am of my work on the Commonwealth’s Clean Energy & Climate Plan. It’s the most humbling thing I’ve ever done to announce my candidacy for State Representative in the 4th Suffolk District. I hope to do right by all of you over the course of this campaign, so I’m looking forward to talking to everybody in the district about what your aspirations are for our neighborhoods. See you soon!

I grew up in my family home on M Street where I continue to live with my wife Katrina, our son Simon, and our dog Watson. It’s impossible to grow up in Southie and not know your history. This is a community that has given economic opportunity to so many families and lent meaning to so many lives, including my own. That sense of being part of something is what has made this area such a desirable place to live. It’s clear that we’ve now reached an inflection point. As a community, we need to come together and decide what kind of neighborhood we want to live in: one that’s for sale to the highest bidder, or one that makes room for working families through increased investment in the public good—workforce and elderly housing, transportation infrastructure, quality public schools, affordable child care, recovery services, neighborhoodscale businesses, and the arts. We need a State Representative who lives the challenges that families face in this district every day; someone who understands that the


Laborers Local 223 Endorses David Biele for State Representative

David Biele, a lifelong South Boston resident and local attorney running in the Democratic Primary for State Representative, has been endorsed by Dorchester-based Laborers Local 223.    Biele  is running for State Representative for the  4th Suffolk District – a seat that was recently vacated by former Rep. Nick Collins when he was elected to the State Senate this spring. This endorsement is the first labor endorsement in the 2018 campaign to  represent the South Boston and Dorchester district on Beacon Hill. Biele said, “I am honored to have been endorsed by Laborers Local 223.  As someone who grew up in a union

family here in South Boston, I was taught the value of hard work and community engagement. I know how much organized labor does to support working families and retirees throughout our communities.  As State Representative, I will be committed to supporting job creation and economic opportunity in our neighborhoods, investing in our public schools, supporting our seniors and veterans, and giving the community a loud voice in government.” Biele is a lifelong resident of South Boston where he has been deeply engaged with local community-based organizations.  He serves on the board of the Harry McDonough Sailing Center and is actively involved with the South Boston Boys & Girls Club, South Boston Special Kids and Young Adults, and TEAM Mentoring Program through Catholic Charities’ Labouré Center.  Biele was a longtime staffer to Nick Collins in his State Representative Office, working on policy, legislation, and constituent services.  He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, and Boston College Law School.

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Lawn on D Opens for Summer The grass that is the key component of The Lawn on D is a striking green. The iconic white circular swings – a signature feature of The Lawn on D – sway slowly in the wind, while awaiting riders. The party tent is ready for music, good times, and, well, parties. Yes, The Lawn on D is open for the summer of 2018. The activities there are too numerous to list here. Google them up, or just walk through The Lawn on D – an urban oasis if there ever was one!


Seaport Society of Arts & Crafts Spring Showing

By Richard Campbell The Society of Arts and Crafts Gallery is easy to overlook in the Seaport upstairs at 100 Pier 4 as its narrow entrance to the second-floor location is marked with a modest sign, but for the size of this venue it affords quite a lot to explore. This year’s spring showing offers contrasting colorful collections in a series of mediums. The biggest installation is the National Basketry Organizations’ traveling show called All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century. The works were part of a juried show by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian and runs until June 9th. The artists in this show have all been recognized with national awards and present a high level of craft. This show greatly exceeds the concept of literal baskets and reveals art that might fit more comfortably as

sculpture, with artists using alternative basket materials like bamboo, glass, plastics, wire, and ceramics. On Thursday May 17th, Lynn FrancisLunn will give a gallery talk on her work and the exhibition in general. The other major exhibit is Nathalie Miebach’s series called Little Ones, are wall sculptures, made of paper and objects that have a quirky sensibility. She will also discuss her work on the 17th. According the program notes: “Central to her work is her desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems, particularly in areas such as meteorology, ecology, and oceanography.” Many of these museum quality works were sold on opening night, but for art collectors there was still a pretty good sample of works to be purchased. There is a basket weaving demonstration being held on Saturday May 19th featuring three members of the Northeast Basket makers Guild. Peggy Thrasher, Debra Rolfe, and Beverly Shafner. On June 7th Lois Russell, award winning basket maker will give a talk as well, revealing some of the techniques used to create such works. Founded in 1897, The Society of Arts and Crafts new Seaport Gallery is open free to the public, open Tuesday to Saturday 10-6, and Thursdays 10-9. The gallery has a substantial gift shop of original artworks. For more information see their website at:



David Monn Presents International Design Showcase By Richard Campbell Billed by the Boston Design Center as a book signing this past Wednesday May 9th, David Monn’s promotional event for his book: The Art of Celebrating turned out to be a full-fledged slide show presentation of his design work. It was peppered with detailed stories about how the designer arrives at his design concepts- or in his words: “the why” of his designs. As this writer is more informed in architecture and photography, I had never heard of David Monn before this showcase and was pleasantly surprised by the inventiveness of his well-crafted designs. This was perhaps the perfect spring showcase with a slew of over the top designed scenes. There is more than just beauty at work here, but a carefully cultivated design aesthetic. The reason for Monn’s success in staging giant lavish parties for New York Public Library, or the Guggenheim Museum of Art, at international events for the White House or in the capitals of Europe, is because of a highly developed ability to conceive of masterful designs and execute them flawlessly. Many of his smaller private occasions were equally impressive as the corporate client work, garnering him clients in the one percent class most of us never encounter. Designers in attendance oohed and awed at almost every frame of his slide show. For once, after a year of talky “design” presentations without visuals, a designer connected his words to real design scenarios and portfolio work. On the photographic level the presentation was instructive about the use of light. Monn revealed a kind of thoughtful presentation with depth in descriptions, beneath amusing showmanship. For many of us who are not interior designers this book would seem like so much fluff and wonder- a depiction of the

playgrounds of the rich and famous. One can only imagine the budgets for this shameless consumption. But in this class of books, The Art of Celebrating might exceed coffee book standards to become a valued resource for new interior designers. Monn demonstrated how to use inexpensive backgrounds, (large rolls of white fabric) draped and illuminated with carefully placed lighting to give the effect of a totally new environment to a plain hall. He shared secrets about why he chose plants and symbols customized to client identities. He also revealed a few architectural and engineering feats that transformed ordinary spaces- turning space limitations into assets. Perhaps the biggest lesson for designers was his insistence upon an overall aesthetic of simple elegance that creates a kind of authenticity. While it may not seem too difficult to create beautiful spaces in New York City’s Park Plaza with piles of cash, his designs elevated the spaces through meticulous detail. Most of his designs had a kind of ethereal harmony created through light. In an interesting twist towards the conclusion of his talk he lamented the loss of the incandescent light bulb, which the federal government is banning in place of LED lights. His makes the argument that incandescent lights create energy where LED lights merely illuminate, as well as the environmental dangers of the new bulbs. Regardless of how the science plays out, one of the secrets of his designs is very carefully handling light to bring enchantment, mystery and a feeling of wonder. For interior designers, and wedding planners alike, his book will find influence for years to come. To see his imagery at work, go to

Thank You

On May 3rd, friends of the Gavin Foundation joined together at the Innovation and Design Building in South Boston for the Road to Recovery Gala; a Benefit for the Gavin Foundation.

We thank those in attendance for joining us; we are grateful you came to celebrate Recovery and raise awareness and funds for the Gavin Foundation programs. If you missed us this year, we hope to see you soon, and are grateful to have you as part of our community. We appreciate your recognition and support; you make fulfilling the mission of the Gavin Foundation possible. It is truly amazing to see how much we can accomplish when we all work together.


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Ethos Grand Opening addition in the neighborhood.Having achieved all state and city inspections and certifications, on this day Ethos also received an official resolution from the City of Boston presented by Cit y Councilor Ed Flynn, who was in attendance with his daughter Caroline. The proclamation was issued by the president of the City Council and signed by Council president Andrea Campbell, and City Councilors: E d Fly nn, A nissa E ssa ibi George, Michelle Wu, Michael Flaherty, and Ayanna Pressley. Founder / CEO Alejandro Dubovoy, and Program Director Aedeen Twomey, gave tours to interested families while staff and well-wishers created a small party in one of the main play areas. The visiting children seemed to love the spaces for their kid friendly f urniture, a nd immediately started playing with educational toys, oblivious to the adults. Amid light refreshments, gift bags were given out, as a growing

crowd awaited the of f icia l ribbon cutting. Alejandro and Aedeen made brief comments about the mission of the center, and their friends and family mingled among the guests. A top of their building on 416 West Broadway, (above CafĂŠ Nero), Ethos designed a school

that checked all the boxes from security plans, in house kitchen and laundry, carefully designed furniture and facilities that well exceed rigorous standards. With qua lif ied professiona l classroom staff, the highly educated Ethos executive team comes to this project with a

wealth of experience to create an exemplary learning center in South Boston. The community looks forward to the first classes, stay tuned for more news. For more information on open houses and registration, CONTACT: W W W.ETHOSLE A R N.COM.


Flynn Supports Proposal to Ban Investor Units Boston Cit y Councilor Ed Flynn met this week with c onc er ne d S out h B o s ton residents regarding  short-term rentals platforms like  AirBnB and  Investor Units - entire buildings or units that are not owner-occupied and strictly used for AirBnB and short-term rentals.  Councilor Flynn and neighbors discussed the quality of life issues that arisen in the neighborhood due to Investor Units and absentee landlords.  Flynn declared that he will support upcoming proposa ls to ba n Investor Units so that corporations are unable to buy up housing stock and drive displacement in our neighborhoods. In addition, Flynn noted he suppor t s a l low i ng ow neroccupied properties to engage

in short-term rental activity. Flynn said,” These Investor Units are essentially  unregulated hotels with absentee landlords that are skirting the rooming house laws; however, they’re not held to the same public safety requirements as hotels. There are big corporations taking our  housing stock, displacing residents and driving up rents. They affect the quality of life for our residents due to issues like trash removal, parking, and noise. I will vote in support of upcoming proposals that ban Investor Units, while permitting owneroccupied properties to participate in s h o r t- t e r m r e nt a l s .” For more information, ple a se c ont ac t C ou nci lor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3452 or   E d . F l y n n @B o s t on .G ov.


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2018 Gavin Awards to Karen Van Winkle, Jeff Werner by Rick Winterson This year, as in recent years past, the Annual Road to Recovery Gala – the 2018 Gala that benefits the Gavin Foundation – took place in the Innovation and Design Building. With South Boston’s penchant for abbreviations, this structure (once the Boston Army Base and later to become the “Design Center”) has rapidly a nickname, “The IDB”. So be it. Each year, the Gavin Foundation holds this Gala, which has three purposes. First, it is a fundraiser that is essential to support the Gavin’s prime mission – providing a Road to Recovery. No one has to be told that we have an epidemic of addiction, both here in South Boston and countrywide. Second, it is to honor two awardees with the Caring Hearts Award and the Man if the Year Award – both highly deserved! Finally, and just as important, it’s to have a great party. The Gavin’s guests at the Gala, many of them in recovery themselves, are there for an enjoyable, fast-moving, all-too-short evening. The IDB, owned

and managed by Jamestown Properties LP, is a fine locale for a get-together, and it’s convenient to South Boston via the Silver Line (SL-2 from South Station). The 2018 Gavin Awardees were written up in South Boston Online’s April 26 issue (page three), but deserve a few more words. Karen Van Winkle, the recipient of the Gavin’s nicely entitled “Caring Hearts Award” is a highly energetic leader and connection maker. She essentially (and literally) brought the Gavin Gala to the IDB, starting by persuading Jamestown LP and her own employer, Creative Office Pavilion, to join together in supporting the Gala. She was searching for a key local cause to take on, and the Gavin Foundation filled the bill. As another example of her talents, Karen is the first female President of The Harvard Club Boston. If there’s one word that describes Karen, it’s “dedicated”. Jeff Werner, in his position as Executive Director of the New England Carpenters Benefit Funds, played a key role in obtaining recovery services for the members of his Union. One huge gap consisted of no reliable source of

Jeff Werner of the New England Carpenters Benefit Fund delivers his acceptance remarks, after receiving the Gavin Foundation’s 2018 Man of the Year Award.

Steve Levelle, a recipient of services from the Gavin House here in South Boston, tells his story at the Gavin Gala.

long-term aftercare for those in recovery. In addition, it was often necessary for patients to leave this area and go long distances. Working with insurance organizations, the Gavin Foundation, and the Carpenters Union itself, Jeff created a complete benefit program that is sourced locally. The word that describes Jeff is “commitment” – commitment to the Carpenters Union’s membership. Gavin Foundation President John McGahan emceed the 2018 Gala. A Gavin client named Steve Levelle told

his story. Then the live auction followed, conducted by Tom Tinlin. A word about Tom: He once served as the Highway Administrator of MASS DOT, and had been the longest serving Transportation Commissioner in the City of Boston’s history. He now works for Howard Stein Hudson as Director of Markets. And he’s an auctioneer. Why is that? Simple! He decided he wanted to become one, and so he did. He spends a lot of his evenings doing just that for a number of South Boston’s community agencies.

Laura Martin and Christine Koch (from Quincy) with South Boston’s Michael Donovan at the Gavin Gala in the Design Center.

Jeff Werner, the Gavin Foundation’s 2018 Man of the Year, with KGA (employee assistance) well-wishers Susan and Alison.

Auctioneer Tom Tinlin, Gavin President John McGahan, and Stage Manager Jim Calnan confer before the Gala’s program starts.

A well-deserved 2018 Caring Hearts Award is conferred on Karen Van Winkle, Sales and Marketing VP at Creative Office Pavilion, by Gavin Foundation President John McGahan.



The 50 Liberty Cultural Space

by Rick Winterson The construction project on Fan Pier that’s called “50 Liberty” is a condominium complex. That term is used locally to describe parts of South Boston’s Seaport District. It means upscale condos combined with various commercial uses on the ground f loor, which are usually retail shops or places to dine (although some offices can be in that street level mix as well). Like the rest of Fan Pier, it is being developed by t he Fa llon Compa ny. The Fallon Company has offered to give away 13,000 square feet of first- and second-f loor space in the 50 Liberty complex for cultural purposes. This space will be mostly free. It is therefore a (very) substantial gift to whomever finally occupies that square footage. The organization that eventually occupies said space will be responsible for “finishing” the space for their own purposes, and will then have to assume its upkeep and running costs. But nevertheless, it is extremely generous of Fallon Company to do this. One reason for this gift of space is to diversify the Seaport

District. No one has to be told that the District is expensive. Just the basic costs encountered in the Seaport District tend to make it “economically exclusive”. This is, of course, happening all over the City of Boston, from the South End to Charlestown to East Boston as far back as Orient Heights. Many agencies and organizations have declared their interest in the 50 Liberty space. Four of them have been selected to proceed in developing plans to occupy this space. These four are:

achievements to the vibrant Seaport area of the City. Grub Street, now a downtown writers’ group on Boylston Street, wants to set up what they call a “Narrative Arts Center” with Mass Poetry and the Harvard Book Store. Medicine Wheel (now located in South Boston at 110 K Street) would engage dissimilar people in the creative process – to make 50 Liberty a Cultural Hub, with each participant a Spoke in the Wheel.

It was interesting to see how all of the four groups perceived and emphasized the need to culturally educate youth in the City of Boston. It would not be correct to call any of the four groups a “winner”. The Seaport District will be the ultimate “winner”, no matter who is selected. A decision as to which organization gets the 50 Liberty space will likely be made by September. Stay tuned.

Boston Center for the Arts (the BCA) Cross Cultural Collective Grub Street Medicine Wheel Productions

On Monday, April 30, these four organizations gathered in front of a packed house at District Hall to make formal presentations of their proposed use of the 50 Liberty space. Each of the four presenters gave some very strong reasons why it should be the one considered, and what each one would do for diversity/inclusiveness along the South Boston Waterfront. The BCA would create a diverse “performing campus” – an extension of the one they now have on Lower Tremont Street in the South End at the Cyclorama. The Cross Cultural Collective would provide a showcase for America’s black artists, who would bring diverse cultural

The four agencies gather after their presntations for a Q&A session in District Hall.

An SRO crowd at District Hall for the 50 Liberty presentations.


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2018 Spring Stroll by Rick Winterson South Boston Online took the complete 2018 Spring Stroll last Thursday, March 10, which stretched for nearly two miles between the Dot Ave/West Broadway intersection and L Street/East Broadway. We have only enough space to make a few, brief comments on our walk – the weather was bright and mild; many of the enterprises we saw were new and seemed very successful. At Social Wines, a bourbon whiskey tasting was going on, sponsored by Berkshire Mountain Distillers. They are located in Sheffield in the southwestern corner of Massachusetts near Pittsfield. Just up Broadway, the City of Boston Credit Union was handing out ice cream treats. Do you remember Creamsicles? Beginning near E Street, there’s a (very) active Broadway block of both new and old businesses. Micro Plant Studio is not only still, well, “micro”, it has run some sold-out classes. Neatly Nested has that certain “vibe” about its offerings. Covet has expanded nearby into larger quarters; “go-garbaj” has taken its place. And the Spring Stroll cookies given out at Capo deserve a shout-out. Were you aware that the Luxury Box Barber Shop will soon move to 649 East Broadway? There are a couple of elegant new clothes shops at the top of the Hill, and at the foot of said Pill Hill, Andy’s American Provisions continues to thrive – they celebrated the Spring Stroll with a Rap DJ. The Friends of the Branch Library had a crowded Spring Stroll Book Sale. Across Broadway, by The Paramount, the Late Risers quartet played Dixieland to the 2018 Spring Strollers. Their genre is “NOLA”, an acronym for “New Orleans, Louisiana”. These gentlemen will be playing free concerts (no cover charge) every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. during June. You are welcome to attend, at the Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, in Somerville.

Cathe Walsh at her new Cranberry Café ice cream counter. You can even get a frappe! There’s a very attractive new store at 735 East Broadway – “deirfiur Home”. They purvey really attractive furniture and complete interiors. Definitely worth a visit, even if you’re only window shopping right now. “Deirfiur” is the Gaelic word for “sisters”. Proprietor Justene Spitz is one of four sisters; the other proprietor, Karen Argus, is one of five. We’ll close with a brief mention of a new offering at Cranberry Café – a “first-and-only” along East Broadway to the best of South Boston Online’s knowledge. Cathe Walsh has installed an ice cream counter at Cranberry’s. Be sure to try the mint chocolate chip. And (saints preserve us), you can even get frappes! And yet, even though the 2018 Spring Stroll reflected many astonishing successes here in South Boston, there were a couple of spots of bad news. KO Pies has relocated itself to East Boston – perhaps because there are increased pressures to build residences along A Street. And The Maiden has closed, which is a big loss to the Lower Broadway area. Since late last year, there have been a half-dozen restaurant closures in South Boston (including a few on the Waterfront). A coincidence? Or a trend?

The Late Risers – Austin, Eric, Josiah, Sam – play Spring Stroll Dixieland.

The elegant Luxury Box interior will relocate to 649 East Broadway.


Berkshire Mountain Distillers (Sheffield) offers tastes testing

Rich layer cookies salute the Spring Stroll at Capo.


Andy at American Provisions during the 2018 Spring Stroll.

2018 Spring Strollers gather briefly at I and East Broadway.

Free ice cream treats from the City of Boston Credit Union at the Spring Stroll.

Interiors with a vibe at deirfiur Home by Justene Spitz and Karen Argus.

Micro Plant Studio – a study in floral miniatures at the 2018 Spring Stroll.


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Gate of Heaven and St. Brigid Parishes News Honoring Mother’s Day

On Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the 9AM Mass at Gate of Heaven Church, some of the second grade children who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Gate of Heaven Church, also took part in this Mass. Monsignor Liam Bergin was the celebrant at this Mass, which was followed by the May Procession and the Crowning of our Blessed Mother, Mary, with a beautiful crown of flowers by one of the second graders. After the May Procession all were welcomed to go downstairs to the Gate of Heaven Hall for the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast hosted by Mary McCarthy Collins, Mary Maiullari and Karen Evans. It was wonderful to see the many families and friends that came to this Special Mother’s Day Celebration.  All are welcome to join us on the 2nd Sundays of each month, following the 9AM Mass at Gate of Heaven Church, to come downstairs to the Gate of Heaven Hall for Coffee and Conversation.




BCYF Tynan Community Center Summer Camp South Boston Summer Collaborative Presents the “Fun In The Sun” Summer Camp @ the BCYF Tynan Community Center. Registration will take place this Tuesday, May 22nd starting at 5pm. Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate, Current Physical & Immunization records and a $100.00 dollar Money order to save a seat with the remaining balance of $250.00 (sliding scale) due at Orientation. The Program runs from July 9th thru August 24th Monday –Friday, 9am3pm. The bcyf tynan offers an on-site program which includes a variety of activities, such as organized sports, Recreational room, arts & crafts, educational events, swimming and field trips. Any questions please feel free to call the Administrative Coordinator, John Lydon @ 617 635-5110


THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

AFFORDABLE AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Bancroft Apartments Waitlist Opening for All Bedroom Sizes Applications are currently being accepted for our 2, 3, & 4 Bedroom wait lists. Bancroft Apartments is a Section 8 subsidized development. Maximum Income per Household Size (HUD 2018 limits) Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 # of Units Type 13 2 BR 30 3 BR 2 4 BR

50% AMI $37,750 $43,150 $48,550 $53,900 $58,250 $62,550 $66,850 $71,150

Rent 30% of Income 30% of Income 30% of Income

Income Limit 50% AMI 50% AMI 50% AMI

Applications will be available beginning 05/14/2018 Applications may be picked up in person from the Management Office 1542 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119 Weekdays: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

You may also request an application via email at

Applications must be returned in person or by mail to the management office. Reasonable accommodations made. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.


AFFORDABLE AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Washington Columbia I, Waitlist Opening for 1&2 Bedroom 173 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02121 Applications are currently being accepted for our 1 & 2 Bedroom waiting list. Washington Columbia I Apartments is a Section 8 subsidized development. All units have plank floors, full kitchen appliances and a centralized laundry room. Rent includes heat & hot water Maximum Income per Household Size (HUD 2018 limits) Household size 1 2 3 4 # of Units Type 55 1 BR 87 2 BR

30% AMI $22,650 $25,900 $29,150 $32,350

50% AMI $37,750 $43,150 $48,550 $53,900

Rent 30% of Income 30% of Income

Income Limit 50% AMI 50% AMI

Applications will be available beginning 05/14/2018 You may request an application via email at Download the application from

Applications may also be picked up in person from the Management Office 173 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02121 Weekdays: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Completed applications will only be accepted in person at the management office or by mail to the address on the application. Reasonable accommodations made. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Income and Assets limits apply. Use and Occupancy Restrictions apply. Preferences apply: 6 mobility accessible units

For more info or reasonable accommodations, call WinnResidential (617) 287-9580 / TTY/TDD: (800) 439-2370

Income and Asset limits apply. Use and Occupancy Restrictions apply. Minimum one person per bedroom

For more info or reasonable accommodations, call WinnResidential (617) 287-9580 / TTY/TDD: (800) 439-2370

The Law Office of

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82 West Broadway South Boston, MA (617)269-1993

AFFORDABLE AND SUBSIDIZED HOUSING OPPORTUNITY WE ARE OPENING OUR WAITLIST FOR ALL BEDROOM SIZES Quincy Geneva II Apartments 200 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02121 94 Affordable Units # of Units Type 18 1 BR 41 2 BR 29 3 BR 6 4 BR

Rent Income Based Income Based Income Based Income Based

Income Limit 50% AMI 50% AMI 50% AMI 50% AMI

Maximum Income per Household Size (HUD 2018 limits) Household size 1 2 3 4 5 6

30% AMI $22,650 $25,890 $29,130 $32,340 $34,950 $37,530

50% AMI $37,750 $43,150 $48,550 $53,900 $58,250 $62,550

Applications are available beginning 05/14/2018

You may request an application via email at Download the application from:

Applications may also be picked up in person from the Management Office 200 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA 02121 Weekdays: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Completed applications will only be accepted in person at the management office or by mail to the address on the application. Reasonable accommodations made. Applications will be processed in the order they are received. Income and Assets limits apply. Use and Occupancy Restrictions apply. Preferences apply: 5 mobility accessible units Minimum 1 person per bedroom

For more info or reasonable accommodations, call WinnResidential (617) 427-4281 / TTY/TDD: (800) 439-2370


Compass on the Bay Residents Tour the Boston Fire Museum

Led by our wonderful guide, Jim Clancy, residents of Compass on the Bay had a fascinating educational tour of the Boston Fire Museum! The residents are feeling how heavy a fire helmet is. They learned that a firefighter’s gear weighs 60 pounds!



THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018


The rental season is upon us.


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