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The "Little House" Is 100
By Rick Winterson

     Many institutions, some going right back to the Revolutionary War, first saw the light of day in South Boston.  They range from Castle Island to the Perkins Institute for the Blind to Carney Hospital.   One of these institutions is the “Little House”, which got its start on A Street in 1906, and where it stayed for the next 30 years.

     The Little House has always been part of the American Settlement House movement.  Now located 275 East Cottage Street, between Columbia Road and Savin Hill, it still operates with the same philosophy and mission that sustained it for the past century:  Community support for a lifetime, for infants, children, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors.  As just one example, the Little House distributes 100 bags of groceries every week to families in need.

     These days, the Little House is part of the Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses.  That consolidation took place back in the 60s, and resulted in better services rendered at a lower cost.  Presently, the Federation serves 8,000 individuals and families in and around Dorchester.

     That number includes many people from South Boston.  For instance, some residents receive certain senior services under a contract that the Federation has with the City of Boston.

     Mark Hinderlie is the President and Executive Director of the Federated Neighborhood Houses.  He is originally from Minnesota and is of Norwegian descent.  In fact, “Hinderlie” means “behind the hill” in that language.  He’s married with three children and five grandchildren; he got his degree at Yale University. 

     As you probably have guessed by now, there will be a “time” to mark the Little House’s anniversary.  Mark and Event Chair Judith McDonough extend a cordial invitation for you to join them at the Little House Centennial Celebration.  The slogan for the evening is “100 Years of Caring”.  Co-chairs are Sean Curran and Tom O’Donnell.

     The Celebration will be held in the Ballroom at the new UMass Student Center.  If you haven’t been there already, it’s worth a trip just to see the ballroom and the smashing views.  And for entertainment at the Celebration, a highly unusual performer will demonstrate his art.  He’s Rob Surette, a self-taught artist, who creates gigantic portraits, some of them in less than 60 seconds.  And you thought Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” was an achievement.  Check Rob Surette out on his website: amazingheroart.com - you don’t want to miss this one.

     “Soho” will play dance music.  Soho’s seven musicians combine horns, rhythm, and electrifying vocals in a variety of genres.  The menu will feature gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a main course of Chicken Saltimbocca, an Italian word for “jumps into mouth”.  There’ll be auctions for many worthwhile items (cruises – both sail and powered, a round at The Country Club, and a full range of Sox-Yankee and Patriots tickets, among others).  Who knows?  You might obtain the best game tickets available for substantially less than current scalpers’ prices.

     For information and tickets to a really great “time”, call South Boston’s Michelle Harrington at (617)282-5034, Ext. 250, or e-mail her at Mharrington@fdnh.org  See you there.



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