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New “Healthy Streets” Program Will Expand Bus Stops, Create More Bike Lanes

As part of the City’s reopening process during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Walsh has announced a new “healthy streets” program that will reimagine streets to support businesses and restaurants, provide additional space for residents using public transportation, and accelerate the installation of bike lanes. The series of changes to Boston’s streets builds on Mayor Walsh’s Read More…

Featured Government

Councilor Essaibi-George Makes Masks for COVID-19 Frontline Workers and Local Residents

City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George set up a mask-making operation out of her business Stitch House, a local yarn and crafting store in Dorchester, at the beginning of the City’s lockdown due to COVID-19. Word about the masks spread, and one of the sewing teachers at StitchHouse organized a grassroots mask-making effort—Boston Area Mask Initiative. Read More…

Business Featured Government

Boston’s Relief Fund Distributes Grants to Neighborhood Businesses

The City of Boston announced the distribution of $4 million last week to support small businesses impacted by closures, policies, or general loss of revenue due to the coronavirus. Small businesses were defined as having fewer than 35 employees and less than $1.5 million in revenue. Grants varied from $2,500 up to $10,000, depending on Read More…

Daily Briefs

Thursday’s Brief: Taranta Transforms Into Taco Pop Up, NEMPAC Ask an Expert Panel, Zakim Bridge Sunset

Today is Thursday, May 28 and here’s a joke from local comedy writer Ben Alper: “Boston’s North End Prince Street dog park reopened. Social distancing rules will be observed, and no pet will be allowed to sniff another without a mask.” Here’s what else you need to know for today… 5:30PM NEMPAC Presents: “Ask an Read More…

Community Featured Food & Drink

Councilor Edwards: Liquor License Reform Could Help Small Restaurants Recover From Pandemic

City officials met with restaurant and bar owners to discuss the idea of a liquor license purchase/leasing program that would offer immediate financial relief to struggling businesses during a virtual hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The proposal, filed by Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1), would allow the City of Boston to buy (and leaseback) liquor licenses Read More…

Health & Environment

Boston Parks Rank #9 in the U.S. for Access, Size, and Amenities

Boston came in ninth in a national ranking of city parks based on citizens’ access to parks and park amenities. The annual ParkScore list, compiled by The Trust for Public Land, uses mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well the largest cities in the United States are meeting the need for parks. Boston Read More…

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Announcements Government

Legislature Passes Bill to Provide Relief and Improve Access to Unemployment Benefits

From the office of Senator Joseph Boncore: The Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill on Thursday May 21, 2020, that will provide additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) relief to low-income families, non-profit institutions and employers. An Act Providing Additional Support to Those Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Through the Unemployment Insurance System builds on UI legislation already Read More…

Daily Briefs

Wednesday’s Brief: COVID-19 Field Hospital To Stop Accepting Patients, RUFF North End Reopens, COVID-19 Exposure Hearing, Purchasing Liquor Licenses Hearing

Today is Wednesday, May 27 and if your furry friend has been missing their favorite park, you’re both in luck. After about six weeks of being closed, RUFF North End Dog Park finally reopened yesterday, watch the news video on CBS Boston. Here’s what else you need to know for today… 10:00AM Public Hearing on Read More…

Business Featured Government

Reopen Boston Fund to Provide $6 Million to Support Small Businesses

The Reopen Boston Fund will provide $6 million in new debt-free grants to help qualified small businesses implement the necessary public health measures required to reopen safely as the City continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This new funding is aimed at supporting small businesses with under 15 employees and with a majority of employees Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

What’s the 311? Salem St. Trash, Mask Questions in North Sq., Endicott St. Pothole

Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov. Residential Trash out Illegally at 209 Salem St This 311 user says, “Get people out to ticket. There is trash all over the North End!” The Read More…