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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

         – Lao Tzu

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

         – Milton Berle

When one neighbor helps another, we strengthen our communities.

        – Jennifer Pahlka

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.

          – Bob Basso

Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left.

        – Neil Patel

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

        – Steve Hawking

It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.

         – Elvis Presley 

God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.

         – Billy Graham

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

         – George Washington

Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

         – George Washington

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone.

         – George Washington

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

         – Mother Teresa

Heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. Heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.

         – Jodi Picoult

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

         – Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.

         –  John Donne

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

         –  Plato

Everything is connected, no one thing can change by itself.

         – Paul Hawken

Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen as once.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.

         –  Paulo Coelho

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

         – Yoda, Jedi Master

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Tenant Spotlight: Andrew Square Civic Association

July 7, 2022

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Tenant Spotlight: Andrew Square Civic Association


ASCA – it’s not the Australian Shepherd Club of America. No way.

In South Boston, it’s the Andrew Square Civic Association — perhaps the most active of a number of busy and involved neighborhood organizations in the subneighborhoods of a proud South Boston.

“The mission of the Andrew Square Civic Association is to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood, and serve as a forum for volunteerism, discourse, and cooperation,” ASCA says. “We work closely with residents, local businesses, and government officials to address our common issues.”

Or, in short: “We care about the Square.”

Decades old and, with changes afoot in the neighborhood more active than ever, the Andrew Square Civic Association embraces the principle of “the diversity of our neighborhood as the foundation of a healthy, vital, and dynamic community.”

The ASCA’s mission is “to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood, and serve as a forum for volunteerism, discourse, and cooperation.”

The ASCA President is Linda Zablocki, and Vice President is Pattie McCormick. Other members of  ASCA leadership today are: Secretary-Treasurer Jennifer Evans and IT Management and Overseer of Construction John Piekutowski.

Advisory Board Members are Cheryl Farrell-Koyon, Denise Lynch, Mary Moore, and Dennis O’Connor. Carol Houghtaling manages communications, primarily on Facebook.

ASCA was founded more than 70 years ago, and the current leadership credits John Mullen and Russ Waterman energizing the organization in the 1980s, paving the way for what it is today. The projects they worked on that were important to the neighborhood included Southampton Street Bridge repairs, Amtrak soundproofing, and mitigating Logan airport noise and flight patterns. (A plaque commemorating their work is under the U.S. Flag at Andrew Square.)

ASCA has dozens of members. Membership is $10 for residents annually and $25 for businesses. The organization meets once a month, on the evening of the second Wednesday, but of course, since early 2020 has been gathering virtually.

You can find the latest on Andrew Square and vicinity, courtesy of the Andrew Square Neighborhood Association and its hard-working leadership, at www.asca.news.

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