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.
Sixteen entrepreneurs have taken a chance on West Roxbury in the last two years, and their success is a testament to the vitality of our community.
I have a simple but powerful message: the people of West Roxbury support local business. Since the beginning of 2011, 16 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 will shop local. The numbers tell the story: West Roxbury Main Streets is one of 20 Main Streets districts across the City of Boston, and is one of the largest district by area and by number of businesses (more than 200). But we also have the lowest number of vacancies, at 5. Think about that. West Roxbury has been home to a neighborhood downtown renewal for the better part of a decade, since neighborhood anchors like Roche Bros., …
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 …