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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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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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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“Wall that Heals” Memorial this Weekend

American Flag with Soldier

This weekend marks one of the time honored traditions revered and shared by South Bostonians for more than three decades.  The South Boston Vietnam War Memorial will be rededicated for its 34th year and this year there is even more to see.  The traveling “Wall that Heals” will be on exhibit for everyone to visit this weekend.  It is a large replica of the Vietnam Memorial that is on display at the Mall in Washington D.C.  People are encouraged to visit the traveling wall and can even sketch names of loved ones on a piece of paper as a token of remembrance.

The “Wall that Heals” will be on display all weekend, but the main event you will not want to miss is on Sunday, September 20.  The Memorial Mass begins at 10:30am at St. Brigid Church, featuring Irish Tenor, John McDermott.  After the service, the procession will lead the crowd to Medal of Honor Park, just across the street from the church.  This spot is where the rededication ceremony of the Memorial will occur.  We ask all South Bostonians, young and old, to please join us in commemorating this important event.  There will be 19 brave Medal of Honor recipients in attendance.

This is such a special weekend to take part in, not only to remember the brave soldiers who lost their lives standing up for America, but also to give thanks for everyone fighting for our freedom, both past and present.  The weather looks great for Sunday, so make sure to grab the family or some friends and head out to support this wonderful event.

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Girls Night Out at Dew Luxe in Southie

Girls Night Out in Southie

Mark your calendars for Sip, Shop, REACH!-Girls Night Out in Southie.

On Thursday, September 24th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, at the wonderful boutique Dew Luxe, located at 36 A Street in South Boston, women interested in (or already) reaching for the stars will gather for an evening of fine appetizers and champagne, designer fashion at affordable prices and networking opportunities with women entrepreneurs from around Massachusetts.

At any career stage, there are probably others who’ve been in your position before. These are the people poised to help you imagine and navigate next steps. Potential mentors might be right around the corner. Sip, Shop, REACH! – where establishing connections is a goal — is presented by REACH!, a collaboration of people dedicated to linking people who go after huge (and perhaps wild) dreams.

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The South Boston Street Festival

South Boston Street Festival

One of our very favorite things about South Boston is the way in which sustaining a sense of community is a priority for residents, local business owners, and people who work here. Throughout the year, South Boston finds way to celebrate this community spirit.

The South Boston Street Festival kicks off the fall season with a day-long celebration of so much in which Southie takes pride: On Saturday, September 19th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, East Broadway (between I and L Streets) will become the site of a host of children’s activities and entertainment, live music on two stages, dance performances, and special offers from local merchants and artists. Arrive ready to play, partake of great food and drink, browse inside cool boutiques, learn about the work of local organizations, and mix and mingle with your neighbors!

Musical performances will feature Adam Herbert’s Sinatra Band, Thomas Park (South Boston-based cover band whose repertory includes rock, R&B, and top 40 hits), to Parents Choice award-winner Karen K and the Jitterbugs, and many other ensembles.

With more than 70 vendors – everything from Zip Cars to ABCD South Boston Headstart, and dozens of restaurants, shops, and non-profit organizations in between – this 16th annual edition of the South Boston Street Festival promises to be a winner.

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Fresh and Local

South Boston Farmers Market

The Fall Harvest Season is just around the corner. While it’s possible – and enjoyable – to visit various farms and orchards, why not take advantage of the fact that local growers are represented in abundance at the South Boston Farmers Market?! By going to just one site, you’ll have your pick of a great variety of fruits and vegetables, and even meats, baked goods, plants and more.

The South Boston Farmers Market takes place on Monday afternoons through October 26th at 446 W. Broadway. Stop by between noon and 6:00 pm to purchase luscious tomatoes, blueberries, corn and other produce, as well as fish, eggs and flowers, too.

This season you’ll find Freitas Farm, Wengers Farm and Red’s Best represented each week. The first Monday of every month, musicians are present, adding to the ambiance. On various Farmers Market days throughout the summer and early fall, the Bicyclists Union offers free bike tune ups, UMass Extension Nutritional Program gives out healthy food samples and recipes, and some South Boston non-profit organizations set up information and display tables.

On September 14th, the New England Aquarium will bring the Traveling Tide Pool program, for people of all ages, to the Market.

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