South Boston Celebrates Halloween
By Rick Winterson
Well, I got back safe and sound
late Sunday from visiting the grandchildren in England. It
was a marvelous trip but I’m still both jet-lagged and
feeling the effect of the switchover to Standard Time. Did
you remember to set your clocks back one hour last weekend?
And what time are you waking up, now that Daylight Savings
is through for the year?
Halloween Week was
celebrated in great style in South Boston. Fort Independence
was superbly decorated for the “Children’s Mystery Castle”
by the Castle Island Association, the Department of
Conservation and Recreation, and many other volunteers. This
event, which attracted thousands from all over Boston, was
followed on October 31 by the Chamber of Commerce’s
“Trick-or-Treat” night. Well over a thousand youngsters of
all ages took part in collecting goodies from merchants and
Chamber members all along South Boston’s “Main Street” –
East and West Broadway. It was nice to see that an
increasing number of grown-ups come to these events in
eye-catching costumes of their own. There’s a bit of the
child in all of us, I guess.
Three Honored as "Beacons of Hope"
Last Friday, November 2, The
Collaborative Center gave out three Darlene Sheehan “Beacon
of Hope “ Awards. The occasion was the Center’s annual
Comedy Night fundraiser. The Award recipients were Curtis
Lee, Danny Ryan, and Peter Barbuto. Congratulations to all
Rash of Robberies in
A rash of three armed robberies
has occurred in South Boston. All three took place the
weekend before last, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. All
were in daylight; in all of them, the robber brandished a
knife. All three were located near the intersection of E
Street and West Broadway, and the robber was described in
each case as a tall white male in his twenties wearing a
hoodie. The police detained one man for questioning, but did
not arrest him when it became obvious he was not the
culprit. There were differences in each incident as well. In
each case, the hoodies worn were of a different color. In
the second robbery, the victim stated that the robber had a
scar and a shamrock tattoo on his right hand. In the third
and last robbery, the robber encountered resistance and ran
off empty-handed. The police now think that two men were
involved. Fortunately, no more robberies have occurred in
the last ten days, but please be vigilant.
Local Candidates Win New Terms
The elections are thankfully
over, after a long, long year of very intensive campaigning.
You certainly know the results by now, so this will be only
a brief commentary. President Obama was re-elected with a
narrow popular majority but a decisive majority in Electoral
College votes. Although the President’s voting base was
narrowed, the political picture in Washington is virtually
status quo: A Democratic Presidency and Senate,
counter-balanced by a Republican House of Representatives.
Whether federal gridlock will now be overcome, especially in
time to handle the tax cliff that looms at year-end, remains
to be seen. South Boston’s Congressman Stephen Lynch, state
Senator Jack Hart, state Representative Nick Collins, and
Clerk of Court Michael Donovan all retained their seats.
Despite the fact that incumbents were generally re-elected,
Professor Elizabeth Warren, the challenger, defeated Senator
Scott Brown, who holds the Junior Senator’s seat in
Massachusetts. Her victory was a clear win by approximately
six percentage points, confirming the state’s firmly
Both Ballot Question 1 (right to repair motor vehicles)
and Question 3 (use of marijuana for medical purposes) were
overwhelmingly approved by Massachusetts voters. Question 2
(allowing physician-assisted suicide) was narrowly defeated.
City Councilors Try New District
A footnote on our local political scene concerns
redistricting of Boston’s City Council Districts, a project
that is chaired by South Boston’s Councilor Bill Linehan.
This was made necessary by major population shifts in Boston
that were revealed by the 2010 US Census. Mayor Menino
vetoed the first two redistricting plans, because he felt
they did not give residents of varying ethnicities
sufficient political strength. A third plan is now in the
Mayor’s hands. A final redistricting plan must be approved
soon, since the deadline for City Councilors to establish
year-long residency in their newly-drawn districts is just a
few days off. More on this in a future broadcast.
Happenings Around the Community
The Fitzgerald VFW Post will
hold its 61st annual Veterans Day Memorial Service this
coming Monday, November 12. Assembly at the Post on Fourth
Street starts at 9:15 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The
Post will then march to Saint Brigid Church for a Memorial
Mass at 10 a.m. The community is invited to
attend. Please reserve next Wednesday evening, November 14,
for a Southie time at the L Street Tavern. This event is
called “A Safe Home for Sydni.” The funds raised will be
used to make her home handicapped accessible, as she
continues her recovery from a brain tumor.
South Boston Community Calendar. . .
The 7th annual Neighborhood
House Ladies Night is scheduled for Friday evening,
November 30; the weekend of December 1 and 2 are the dates
for the much-anticipated Labouré Christmas House Tours;
Julie’s Family Learning Program will hold their
annual awards dinner on Thursday night, December 6; and the
South Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Stroll
is also scheduled for Thursday evening, December 6. Check
South Boston Online for details, as those dates approach.
Well, Thanksgiving is coming in just two short weeks,
otherwise known as a fortnight. I hope you have a blessed
and joyful holiday weekend, as we celebrate this most unique
of American feasts – an observance which goes all the way
back to our original American roots in Plymouth Colony,
Massachusetts, and Jamestown, Virginia. May I suggest that
more than anything else, you, your family, and your friends
relax for a few days? Thanksgiving is the threshold to our
hectic Holiday Season. Don’t succumb to the non-stop
shopping of Black Friday or any other distraction. Be
thankful for all the goodness we share in the U.S.; kick
back and enjoy yourself.
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