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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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North End Waterfront Health Receives Emergency Grant to Bolster the Healthcare Safety Net

North End Waterfront Health (NEW Health) has announced an infusion of $50,000 in emergency grant funding from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. NEW Health was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding this week through Direct Relief’s $25 million COVID-19 Fund for Read More…

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Memorial Day Fallen Hero’s Garden [Photo Gallery]

Many Memorial Day tributes went virtual this year, but wreathes and flags still showed up at various sites around Boston to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation and freedoms. Photographer Gerri Paladino stopped by the Fallen Hero’s Memorial Garden in the Seaport to take in their Memorial Day display.

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Celebrate Memorial Day Safely by Participating Virtually

City Councilor Ed Flynn (District 2) expressed the importance of recognizing our fallen heroes on Memorial Day in the absence of the City’s usual large gatherings during the Council’s weekly meeting. Memorial Day weekend has always been a day filled with age-old traditions from the Memorial Day Flag Garden in the Boston Common to a Read More…

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Police Blotter: Bike Theft and Restaurant Break-In

The following are recent incidents reported by Boston Police District A-1 for the North End / Waterfront area. Bike Larceny05/16/20       7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Victim reports unknown persons entered a Noyes Place hallway building and stole a VF Transit (red) Hybrid bike. Breaking and Entering—Commercial05/16  8:00 p.m.  – 05/17/20    3:00 p.m.Salem street restaurant owner Read More…

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47% COVID-19 Patients Have Recovered; Construction and Some Sectors Reopen [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

Nearly half, 47%, of COVID-19 patients have recovered in the City of Boston. Boston’s total reported number of cases stands at 12,306. According to the most recent data, there were 779 newly reported positive cases citywide, a 7% increase from last week. The North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill have had a total of 434 positive Read More…