ABCD- For the Good of Our Community

Winter Weather

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) works with people to help them move out of poverty. Every year, it serves 95,000 low-income Greater Boston residents. And it does this neighborhood-by-neighborhood, including in South Boston. ABCD’s invaluable programs – which range from Head Start to elder services, job training, energy and fuel services, housing assistance and more — promote upward mobility, contributing to the strengthening of families and communities.

At its South Boston Action Center, some unique programs can be found, including:

  • a youth employment program;
  • a summer gardening program for young people, lead by teen mentors;
  • workshops that teach about healthy child development and parenting skills;
  • instruction in childproofing of homes;
  • emergency food assistance;
  • a program that aims to reduce underage drinking; and
  • a South Boston Youth Council.

ABCD is launching its Winter Emergency Campaign, asking people to contribute in ways that will get resources to families in need during the coldest, harshest months of the year. The main focus this season will be on providing heating help, food, warm winter clothing, and holiday toys. Generous donors can offer targeted financial support (would you prefer to “adopt a family” or make sure fuel assistance gets where home heating is a major worry?) through the campaign’s website . You can also choose to volunteer, or provide material donations. Any and all help is an investment in the future of our community.

For additional information, call the ABCD GiveLine at 617-348-6559.

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Conserving Energy This Winter

Conserve Energy at Home

Winter is just around the corner. A little preparation goes a long way in terms of comfort, and potential savings. Here are some hints for ways to conserve energy at home, and still keep cozy.

Any time of year:

* Unplug appliances and televisions when not in use.

* Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t in use.

* Set the water heater to maintain of temperature between 110 and 120 degrees.

Specifically during the colder months:

* Put storm windows in securely to keep the cold out.

* Leave shades and curtains open by day (to let the sun’s heat in) and closed by night to retain that heat.

* Make sure crawl spaces, attics and basements have good insulation.

* Close fireplace dampers when not in use.

* Place weather-stripping and caulk around all doors and windows.

* Replace furnace filters on a regular basis, and have your furnace serviced as needed.

* Maintain an inside temperature that’s comfortable, but not toasty. Make up for the lower temperature by wearing a sweater, and socks or slippers while inside.

* Use only LED holiday lights.

* For more great tips, check out this Energy Saver Guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Mission K9 Rescue Tribute Gala

Military Working Dog

Twenty-seven published authors of mysteries and thrillers!

Four K9 rescue dogs!

One Boston radio personality!

Cocktails and dinner!

Plus: A chance to raise money to support Mission K9 Rescue!

All of this and more awaits you at the Mission K9 Rescue Tribute Gala, set to take place on Saturday, November 14th from 6:00 – 11:00 pm, at the Four Points by Sheraton , 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880.

Come enjoy the company of acclaimed mystery and thriller writers – one of whom will be at every table, seated with nine ticket-buying guests (one of whom could be you). Each attendee will walk away not only having had a conversation with an accomplished author, but also holding a personal, autographed copy of that writer’s book. Most importantly, guests will leave knowing they’ve contributed to the fine work of Mission K9 Rescue, a non-profit organization with locations across the country.

Mission K9 Rescue aims to secure a good retirement and a loving home for “hero” dogs who are leaving their positions as Military Working Dogs or Contract Working Dogs. Military service dogs detect bombs, drugs, weaponry and much more. Mission K9 Rescue provides monetary, transportation and adoption services so that these dogs can be comfortable, and have a safe place to rest and play once they’ve been relieved of their official duties.

With Candy O’Terry of Magic 106.7/Boston as emcee, the gala will feature silent and live auctions. Plus, you’ll be able to meet Mission K9 rescue handlers and dogs.  Tickets for the event are $100 each and can be purchased here.

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A Green Light For Veterans Day

Green Light BulbIn 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased. World War I was on its way to being over. November 11th has been officially recognized since 1919 as an important day in U.S. and world history. First declared “Armistice Day,” it was originally intended to be a moment to foster “peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Following World War II, the holiday became “Veterans Day,” with a focus on honoring those who had served our country in times of war.

Parades and media coverage of veterans’ issues in November call attention to the fact that during the eleven other months of the year, veterans are also deserving of respect, assistance when they need it, and recognition of their service. Walmart is, in that vein, introducing a new initiative through which the general public can show veterans that they are being thought of every day of the year. Called Greenlight a Vet , the project involves the use of one green light bulb in every household, to spark public dialogue about these valued members of our society and the support they may need. Many veterans become invisible to the rest of us once they have returned from duty and slipped out of their uniforms. The plan is to make our support of these brave men and women visible, throughout the country.

So, by November 11th of this year, place a green light bulb on your porch, in your window to the street, or in your office. Every veteran’s experience is unique: Check out some of their stories in these short video clips . And then switch on that green light in honor of all they’ve done, and continue to do as valued members of our society. You can even extend the impact by taking a photo of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

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Where to Go in Costume in South Boston


How about on a cruise?

On Saturday, October 31st, Boston Harbor is the site of two special Halloween cruises: What we know as the Spirit of Boston yacht turns into the “Titanic Masquerade,” and the Provincetown II becomes the “Haunted Ghost Ship.” DJs on each ship make sure the dancing lasts throughout these 21-and-older adventures on water. The Titanic Masquerade boards at 9:30 pm, departs at 10:00 pm and returns to land at 1:00 am. The Provincetown II pulls off earlier in the evening, leaving at 7:30 following a 6:45 boarding time, and returning at 10:30 pm. Meet at Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. (866-254-8949). Individual and group tickets are available.

How about along Broadway?

The South Boston Chamber of Commerce invites you to join others wandering East and West Broadway in search of treats on Friday, October 30th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Local businesses – with orange and black posters prominently displayed — can’t wait to share their sweets with the costumed visitors.

How about at a museum?

Thursday night, October 29th, is Boston grown-ups night at Boston Children’s Museum. While guests (21 and older only) enjoy the cash bar, costume contest and creepy and creative activities throughout the exhibits, KISS 108 DJ Rich DiMare will keep the tunes coming. 7:00 – 11:00 pm. 308 Congress Street (617-986-3649). Purchase tickets ($25) in advance.

How about at the Harbor?

Start at TAMO Bistro & Bar at the Seaport Hotel on October 31st, and then take a DUCK Boat to any or all of the other bars participating in Halloween on the Harbor for cool cocktails, appetizers and special treats: Capiz Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel;
M.J. O’Connor’s; Whiskey Priest;
Atlantic Beer Garden;
The Barking Crab;
Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill; Temazcal Tequila Cantina;
No Name Restaurant. 21 and older only. Tickets are $5. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Fort Point Channel .

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A Gala to Support Our Veterans

Soldier Saluting American Flag

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that close to 50,000 veterans across the country are homeless each and every night.  Another one and a half million veterans remain at risk of homelessness because of a lack of support networks, poverty, a shortage of affordable housing, lack of access to health care, and, perhaps, the lasting impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. Shame on us as a society for not doing more to support people who risked so much in service to their (and our) country.

Some organizations have stepped up to combat this appalling situation, including the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV). Since 1989, the NECHV has been helping veterans living on the streets, and those at imminent risk of homelessness, through a range of programs and services. The gaining of meaningful employment and possibilities for independent living are first and foremost among their goals.

On November 4th, we’ll all have an opportunity to contribute to the fine work of NECHV at the 13th Annual Leave No One Behind Gala benefitting the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.

From 5:50 – 9:30 pm, come celebrate our veterans and those who work with them to turn difficult situations into hopeful, dignified ones at the Seaport World Trade Center. The event, which starts with a reception and silent auction before moving to dinner, an awards program and live auction, will be hosted by New England Cable News anchor Mike Nikitas.

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New Restaurant, Old-Style Hospitality

Worden Hall South Boston Restaurant

We’re happy to introduce you to Worden Hall, a new entry in South Boston’s burgeoning eatery scene. Contemporary American cuisine based on a seasonal food menu is complemented by a craft beverage program with 40 rotating draft beers, a selection of over 100 whiskeys and original, inventive cocktails. Very cool.

Locals are already singing the praises of Worden Hall’s deep-dish pizzas (grilled eggplant and heirloom tomato, soppressata and garlic sausage, etc.) and its innovative burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs, as well as its soups, salads and roasted, broiled and baked specialties.

Lovely for a family meal, date night or a gathering of friends, Worden Hall is also primed to host private parties in a separate room with space for up to 26 people. Even if you’re seated at one of the restaurant’s tables, do take a moment to check out the bar: The counter top is inlaid with close to 13,000 pennies!

Right by the Broadway MBTA stop at 22 West Broadway, the venue has an exciting and highly accomplished management and food and beverage team. Call 617-752-4206 or click on the reservations tab on the Worden Hall website to book your spot.

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Punkin’ Fest in South Boston

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is fun for the whole family. And it’s the most fun when a family partakes of the holiday’s spooky, quirky and creative activities all together. The Lawn on D, right here in South Boston, invites everyone to participate in their second annual Punkin’ Fest on Saturday, October 10th. Pumpkin carving, face painting, pumpkin bowling and a lit-up haunted “Punkin’ Manor” are just some of what lie in store for visitors to the Lawn between noon and 10:00 pm.

Pumpkins and carving tools will be available – on a first come, first served basis – for all who show up. The youngest among us can hang out at a special pumpkin patch with small pumpkins and paint for decorating. Everyone who carves or paints a pumpkin will place his or her masterpiece in the Punkin’ Manor. Stay until 7:00 or later when light shows throughout the evening bring the Punkin’ Manor spookily to life. (The Punkin’ Manor will also light up on Sunday and Monday nights October 11th and 12th.)

Food trucks will be available, so plan to spend hours sharing the Halloween spirit with friends, family and neighbors. See you there!

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All Aboard the Veterans Express!

World War II Memorial

This week some of the brave Veterans who served in WorId War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars who are residents of South Boston were invited to travel together to visit the monuments in Washington, D.C., that commemorate their service.

Our nation’s capital is home to unique and powerful monuments that honor courage, risk and sacrifice in times of war. A call has gone out to the public to help finance this once-in-a-lifetime trip for those who experienced our 20th-century armed conflicts first-hand.

The plan is to provide an all-expense-paid three-day trip for these veterans. The committee putting this adventure together hopes to raise $30,000, and they’re asking that the public consider contributing online or through the mail by sending a check made out to The Veterans Express II, c/o Eastern Bank, 470 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127. Any little bit helps!

Please join us in wishing these heroes an amazing trip to D.C. and our never-ending appreciation and gratitude for their service.

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Free Kids Festival!

Catch “Boston Kids Really Rock,” a book and bib drive to benefit Room to Grow, at the Lawn on D on Saturday, September 26th. It’s a kid-centered all-day festival featuring food trucks, hands-on art projects and performances galore. The music line-up includes 12 performers on two stages, while kids’ activities range from bookmaking to a percussion playground to a rest-and-read station.

If you can, please do bring a board book or bib to the festival to donate to Room to Grow, a non-profit organization that responds to the fact that children born into poverty are more likely to enter school behind others, which leads to an educational achievement gap that is hard to overcome, and unjust. The Boston chapter serves approximately 400 babies in our region. Over the course of three years, mothers and fathers receive parenting support and education, referrals to local resources, and high-quality books, toys and clothing, thus helping these children build a solid foundation that will bring increased opportunities for success in school and beyond.

Boston Kids Really Rock

 Saturday, September 26

(rain date Sunday, September 27)

 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

 The Lawn on D

420 D Street, South Boston, 
next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

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