Julie Sullivan: Reflecting on a Charlestown Life

February 16, 2012
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Julie Sullivan

Resident Julie Sullivan has been living in Charlestown for 30 years. She lives alone at her home in the Navy Yard, but the avid knitter, exerciser, and food bank volunteer is always busy. Sullivan, who will be 92 in July, can be seen walking all over town, smiling and stopping to chat with friends.

START THE MORNING OFF RIGHT

I get up and make breakfast. I’m very careful with what I eat. I cook my own oatmeal, and rarely I’ll have eggs.

DRESS TO IMPRESS

I love to dress. I go into my closet and put things together. My favorite places to shop are Lord and Taylor’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, but I buy things on sale.

GETTING SPIRITUAL AND GIVING BACK  

Of course I go to Spanish Mass at 12:30 pm. I’m learning Spanish to better communicate with people at the food bank I volunteer at on Vine Street. (St. Catherine of Siena’s Harvest on Vine Food Pantry). I used to work for a food stamp program, meeting with people to see if they were eligible.

STROLLING AND CHATTING

I walk the piers and go around my area. Wherever I am, I’ll go. If I need to do grocery shopping I’ll go to Johnny’s. I walk alone but I always see people. I love to interact with people and find out different things. It’s just so easy to talk to people in Charlestown.

FAMILY TIME AT THE DINNER TABLE

I get supper with my son and daughter-in-law at the Ninety Nine Restaurant on Austin Street. It’s nice to catch up because I’m kind of busy all the time.

  • Grace Walsh

    Julie, I miss seeing you coming into City Hall. Hope you get to come in when weather permits. I know it’s been too cold to walk over the ‘Bridge’. You’re doing marvelous. I miss going on the “Oldies but Goodies” trips. I miss the laughter, fun and games……My best to you, see you soon, Graceann