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

anthonygiordanoPresident & Property Owner

Anthony Giordano joins 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.
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

chriskollettResident

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.

Daniel Johnson

danieljohnsonResident

Daniel Johnson has lived in Roslindale since 2009 with his wife and two children and is perhaps best known on Poplar Street for his long-running end-of-summer pig roast. Daniel loves that Roslindale nurtures independent businesses and hosts one of the city’s most vibrant farmers markets. Daniel is currently Director Emeritus at 826 Boston, a nonprofit youth writing center, in Roxbury’s Egleston Square. Daniel served as the founding executive director from 2009 – 2016. Prior to that role, Daniel, a Teach for America alumnus, spent more than a decade teaching underserved youth in schools, residential settings, and hospitals. He is also a poet and writer, who published How to Catch a Falling Knife with Alice James Books in 2010. His second collection-in-progress, In the Absence of Sparrows, has been featured on PBS News Hour, NPR, and in a number of media outlets. It explores Daniel’s nearly twenty-year friendship with journalist James Foley, who was killed in Syria in 2012. In the winter, Daniel can often be found snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the Arnold Arboretum. He loves to read, bike, cook, hike, and travel with his family.

Deborah DeBenedictis

debdebenedictisBusiness Owner

Deborah DeBenedictis has been a member of the RVMS board since 2012. She is married to Tony, of Tony’s Market Roslindale, helping Tony’s to participate in many of the Roslindale Village Main Street events, such as Taste of Roslindale, The Roslindale Farmer’s Market, One Small Step, and Holiday Wander. Deborah first came to live in Roslindale in 2007, from Weston. Deborah’s previous experience includes 15 years in high-tech management at a local computer manufacturer, long-range planning and executive sales and marketing. She ran her own after-school program, the Weston Wayland Success Learning Center, for almost 25 years. The Center is an independent, small business, which works with students on skills mastery and also provides standardized test prep for the Independent School Entrance Exam (aka, The Latin Exam), SSAT, SAT & ACT. Deborah received her BA & MA Degrees from Boston College.
Deb’s passions include the pursuit of equity in education, ballroom dancing, reading, horses, good food, and her family. Deb and Tony  live in West Roxbury, and enjoy visits from their far-flung off-spring. They are parents to seven accomplished children who live in locations including: New York, New Orleans, and Boston, Cambridge, Washington DC, California and Texas.

Dennis Patch

dennispatchBusiness Owner

Dennis Patch is a Real Estate Broker and Realtor who also has Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designations. He has owned Patch Realty Group at 717 South Street – in the heart of Roslindale Village – since January, 2011. In 2013 Patch Realty Group was the #1 Real Estate firm in Roslindale, helping 30 families to buy or sell homes that year. The company’s success is based on honesty, knowledge, communication and exceptional service. Dennis has been a real estate broker for 13 years and has helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes from North Andover to Yarmouth. He also teaches first time homebuyer classes and teaches investors how to purchase, develop, manage and build investment real estate. Before he got his real estate license, Dennis was a district manager for a hotel company where he helped open and manage hotels in 12 states. He is a former member of the Harvard Square Business Association, a board member of the Boathouse Condo Association in Hull MA, and a former board member of the YMCA in Penns Grove, New Jersey, He lives in Roslindale with his daughter Chelsea and his son Zachary. In his free time, he cooks, canoes, bikes, swims, and travels.

Elizabeth Sherva

elizabethshervaResident

Elizabeth Sherva currently serves on the Roslindale Village Main Street Board and acts as the Roslindale Substation Task Force Co-Chair. Elizabeth currently works as a Preservation Planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission where she oversees a number of Massachusetts Preservation Program Fund grant projects and reviews state historic tax credit projects. Prior to her work at MHC, she worked as a project manager in the environmental consulting industry. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and a Masters of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University. She and her husband Rick moved to Roslindale four years ago from the Midwest and have enjoyed the small community feel of Roslindale. They look forward to raising their two children in Roslindale and being part of the community for years to come.

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.