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Wednesday, September 14, 2021

Southie Spotlights: 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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