Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in West Roxbury. "Since the beginning of 2011, sixteen new businesses have opened along Centre and Spring Streets - an astounding number considering the current economy. Shop and restaurant owners come to our neighborhood because they know you …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Marino's Deli is a new entry to the food options on Centre Street - what do you think of the new business?
Marino's Deli opened recently at 1906 Centre Street, in the middle of Centre Street's busy commercial district - so what do you think of Marino's Deli? The Centre Street location is the second Marino's Deli in the neighborhood, with the first at 1245 VFW Parkway in recent years. Could you see it turning into a chain and opening in more locations? Marino's Deli's website advertises "It's NOT just a deli!" Is it more than just a deli? How are the sandwiches? How's the service? The sandwich of the month is, rightfully so, the Turkey Gobbler. How is it? Let us know what you think of the new business in the comments section below.
Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports led the drive, with the St. Theresa's community and Irish Social Club pitching in to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.
Boxes and bags of Luvs, Pampers, bottles of water, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and more were piled on tables at the Irish Social Club on Monday afternoon. Volunteers like West Roxbury's Thomas Bergeron brought in bag after bag of donations raised by the Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive in the last week. Said Bergeron (who heard about volunteering through a West Roxbury Patch tweet about volunteers being needed) spoke about why he came down to help. "We definitely wanted to donate our time because we didn't get hit hard, but we know people who did." Bergeron added he has family in Long Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. West Roxbury's Jocelyn Bourgault (who also heard about volunteers being needed …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports got the ball rolling, and St. Theresa's joined in, and help is needed to load the truck full of supplies today at 1 p.m.
Editor's note: 12:15 p.m. This just came across my email - but volunteers are needed at 1 p.m. today to help load the truck with Hurricane Sandy relief drive items. JP Bedard and Aaron Thompson from Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports organized a Hurricane Sandy Relief Aid drive, and need volunteers at 1 p.m. to go to the Irish Social Club at 119 Park Street in West Roxbury, to help load the truck headed to New Jersey. The truck is being provided by Viridian Energy, and is going to Garfield, New Jersey with community donations for those suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy. If you are able to go, just get yourself down there. Any help, no matter how big or small, is appreciated.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The financially and legally troubled Boston-based pizza chain has shut some locations, including its South End location, and its future remains uncertain.
The West Roxbury branch of the Upper Crust Pizzeria is remaining open while 10 out of 16 local branches have closed in the face of financial failures. The locally owned pizza chain Upper Crust needs a cash infusion of a least a hundred thousand dollars to keep its doors open, or it could close forever, according to the Boston Globe. But West Roxbury's branch is locally-owned and continues to keep its doors open on Centre Street, said co-owner Kelley Santangelo. But the local business is no longer taking Groupon coupons. "We are not taking Groupons because although corporate UC (Upper Crust) was paid for them by Groupon, they never forwarded the $15K coming to us. We are out about $23,000 in product due to all of the $25 Groupon vouchers …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sophia Snow Place independent living has 18 veterans living at its West Roxbury location.
A Tuskegee Airman was among the veterans honored during a "Salute to Our Veterans" event at Sophia Snow Place. George Giddings and his wife, Ethel, now live at Sophia Snow Place in West Roxbury, and were actually among the first 12 residents to put a down payment on moving into the independent living facility before it was built. But well before they moved to West Roxbury, George was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a popular name for the first African-American pilots in US military history. They flew during World War II. Geddings was a student at Fisk University and enlisted in the US Air Corps after breakout of the war. George made it through the war, and the couple married on February 5, 1945, and had three children together. The …