Welcome To Our New Website!

Resilient CodersAs you may have noticed already, RVMS has redesigned its website to reflect the growing needs of Roslindale residents, landlords, and business owners. The whole site is now mobile-friendly, meaning you can view it with ease on both a smartphone or a tablet. It also has a dynamic, interactive business directory and an enhanced farmers market page and events calendar.

The website was created by Resilient Coders, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps underserved communities equip themselves with tech skills that they can use for future job opportunities and improve their communities. They run a seven-week program that teaches students the fundamentals of front-end web development. They start with the basics and end with real-world client work. We worked with Muigai Unaka, a Resilient Coders lab leader and a senior at Northeastern University, and one of Resilient Coders’ top performers from their Summer 2016 Bootcamp, Ashley Laing.

RVMS decided to redesign the website last February, and a website subcommittee was formed. Under the leadership of its chair Talia Whyte, the website subcommittee thoroughly reviewed the previous site to see how it could be improved in the redesign. It was our priority to make it an easy-to-use resource for both current and potential business owners, landlords and residents in Roslindale.

We hope you like it!

First Ever Holiday Market on Birch St in Roslindale Village

We’re excited to announce the first ever Holiday Market on Birch Street, a European-style outdoor event featuring live music, local vendors and holiday shopping. Join your neighbors and friends on Thursday, December 15th from 4 pm – 8 pm to celebrate and shop for the season.

Birch Street will be closed and lined with local businesses such as Birch St House and Garden, presenting a German-style Christmas ornament stall, and Dandelions Flower Shop, selling holiday wreaths. There will be other local vendors and artisans selling gifts and treats such as Apotheker Kitchen’s chocolate and marshmallows. The Boston Cheese Cellar will offer up a raclette, a gooey cheese. 

Inside the Emerald Society on Birch Street, shoppers will find a book sale from the Friends of the Roslindale Branch Library, with proceeds supporting efforts to promote and enrich branch library programs and services. The Thrift Shop of Boston will sell holiday décor alongside a drop-off point for the annual Home for Little Wanderers Toy Drive, which collects 15,000 gifts for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and families. Enhancing the festivities will be the sounds of Boston-based Balkan Mind Meld, which offers traditional music from the Balkan peninsula and beyond on accordion, violin, and clarinet.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Wander into the courtyard for drink specials from the surrounding restaurants: Birch St Bistro, Sophia’s Grotto, and Village Sushi and Grill. WalkUP Roslindale will be hosting a children’s activity as well. 

Please come join us for this exciting event!

 

Anthony Giordano

President, Business & Property Owner

Anthony Giordano joined RVMS in 2016. As a child, Anthony and his family moved to Roslindale in the 70’s and he hasn’t left the area since. Anthony attended Boston Public Schools, graduated from Boston Latin, attended Boston University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. After working as a consulting engineer, he started his own IT service company in 2001. Whole Mackerel helps many small businesses in and around Boston manage their technology. Most recently, along with his brother-in-law, he owns the building at the corners of Belgrade, Corinth and Birch Streets, and is learning about the challenges of being a landlord. In 2019, he opened the popular caffe and entertainment venue, The Square Root.

Anthony is looking forward to bringing his range of skills and experiences to the table. When not solving someone else’s problems, he can be found playing bass in a rock ‘n roll band or two, making a mess in the kitchen, or just daydreaming.

Chris Kollett


Resident

Chris Kollett joined the RVMS board in 2014. He has served on the board of the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association since 2011, including three years as Vice President. He is also spearheading an ongoing effort to bring more and better playgrounds to Roslindale with Roslindale Wants to Play. Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Williams College and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. He is a software engineer at MathWorks, a company that develops mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Chris and his wife Laura have lived in Roslindale since 2002, and are raising two daughters who can claim lifetime Roslindale resident status.

Andrea Miller

Andrea Miller, Resident

Andrea Miller is originally from the small, bucolic western MA town of Gill and migrated to the Boston area after traveling and studying International Relations at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Attracted by the greenery and plethora of parks, she and her husband sought out an old beauty of a fixer-upper and became proud Roslindale residents in 2012. She is new to the RVMS Board and serves as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee.

Together, Andrea and her husband own and operate Miller Custom Craftsmen LLC, a Roslindale-based residential and commercial construction company, providing classic and quality fine craftsmanship, and they enjoy working to build beautiful things. Andrea also manages the Body Composition Analysis Center and DXA Laboratory at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and provides administrative support to the university-wide Healthy Aging Initiative.

For fun and relaxation, Andrea loves walking the Emerald Necklace parks system, enjoying boat rides on the Charles River, or sipping a craft cocktail in the Square.

Vinny Fieg

Resident

Vinny Fieg first became involved with RVMS as a member of the Marketing Committee in 2017. He really enjoyed this experience, especially having the opportunity to produce video profiles for local businesses and organizations, and has expanded his role within RVMS since then, recently joining as an RVMS board member in 2019.

Vinny currently works as a marketing associate for a medical coding company in Wellesley where he spearheads a number of marketing initiatives, including content creation, brand building, and event management.  Prior to marketing, his career dabbled in the financial services and legal fields, as well as small business entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. in History from Connecticut College and is currently pursuing an MBA from Babson College.

Originally hailing from Allendale, New Jersey, Vinny has been a Roslindale resident since 2016 and lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their dog, Bruce. They love the neighborhood feel of Roslindale and enjoy frequenting all the great businesses and establishments that make up the Village. In his spare time, Vinny enjoys watching movies, going for walks in the Arboretum, and eating lots of pasta.

Courtney Pong

Courtney Pong, Business Owner

Courtney is a Roslindale business owner and a recent New Englander since moving to Boston in 2016 to take over as the owner and General Manager of CSz Boston. 

Since 2001, the California native has been a professional improviser and certified improv educator with CSz Worldwide, which encompasses 30 cities across the U.S. and England, all locally owned and operated. CSz Worldwide is most known for their flagship show ComedySportz, the widest-reaching and long-running competitive improv show now in its 36th year. She spent 15 yeas performing and training with CSz San Jose before making the decision to license and own the Boston location. She has led team building workshops and provided entertainment and entertainment programming for a variety of organizations from locally-owned businesses, non-profits, and higher ed institutions in Boston and the Greater Boston area, to Fortune 500 companies such as namedrop name drop and namedrop.In May 2016 she opened The Rozzie Square Theater to root Roslindale as the official home for ComedySportz in Boston.

The Rozzie Square Theater was opened with the intention of bringing entertainment, improv education, and laughter to areas she felt were overlooked as destinations, while believing that everyone is deserving of the community-strengthening and collaborative benefits an improv theater has to offer a neighborhood. The theater boasts a variety of regular weekend programming – from ComedySportz, to Riot Improv, and special collaborations with MassMouth and The Boston Magic Lab – as well as workshops and free drop-in classes. 

Today, as part of the Roslindale Village Main Street Board of Directors, Courtney brings her depth of experience in team-building, collaboration and workshop facilitation, her background in health tech start ups, and over a decade of experience in communication, public relations, and marketing. She waited many tables before and through the 2008 recession, and believes in the power of community colleges and mentorship. Courtney’s additional leadership roles include serving on the Executive Council for CSz Worldwide, continued support and involvement with ACENextGen, and volunteering with local and national orgs that focus on empowering POC/WOC/Women leadership. She is the world’s okayest indoor rock climber, nearsighted, and dust-intolerant.  

Tess McColgan

Tess McColgan, Program Manager

Tess is truly a New Englander at heart. She grew up in Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut before settling in Boston at age 14. She lived in Chinatown, Kenmore Square, the North End, South Boston, West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain prior to her move to Roslindale in 2015 where she found a sense of community that resonated with her. Tess’s background includes customer service, clinical research, volunteer management & recruitment and Human Resources. In her last role at the Museum of Science, Tess was inspired by the dedication of volunteers and their impact. She looks forward to being a part of enriching and supporting Roslindale Village.

In her free time, Tess likes spending time outside, doing yoga, painting, and writing poetry & short stories and is very close with her four younger siblings.

Nina Pralour

ninapralourTreasurer & Business Owner (FitChoice)

Nina Pralour is a lifetime Roslindale resident who grew up on Archdale Road and currently resides on South Street. Today, as part of the Roslindale Village Main Street Board, Nina continues a family tradition passed to her by her mother of being a devoted community advocate. Over the years, Nina has seen the evolution of Roslindale and has marveled at the businesses that have come to be an integral part of “Rosi’s” growth. Two years ago, after noting the absence of full service fitness options in the area, she set out, with her business partner, Crystal Boniello, to open FitChoice 24/7 which currently serves more than 300 Roslindale residents. FitChoice is Roslindale’s first fitness center offering state of the art strength, cardio and functional training equipment and is open 24 hrs a day / 7 days a week for members. In addition to her many community efforts, Nina is the Vice President of Direct Mail Products at Imagitas, a marketing company in Waltham that partners with the US Postal Service to connect more than 23 million moving households per year with relevant advertisers. Nina is an avid Patriots fan and enjoys spending time with her family.

Robert Orthman

Resident

Robert Orthman joined the RVMS board in 2016. Rob is an active Roslindale resident and former president of the Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association (LANA). He is involved in numerous civic initiatives including WalkUP Roslindale, the New Leaders Council, and the Big Brother Association as a “big brother” for over a decade. Rob is a practicing attorney and former aide on the Boston City Council. He is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College, and Suffolk University Law School. Rob works to assist local businesses and attract new businesses to Roslindale Village as co-chair of the RVMS Economic Development Committee (EDC).