Featured Government Health & Environment

Mayor’s Column: Help Your City by Getting Tested for COVID-19

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us in profound ways, and has impacted nearly every aspect of city life. Although we have made great progress since the spring in controlling the spread of the virus, Boston has been facing an increase in COVID-19 positive rates for the last few weeks. Currently, Read More…

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Markey to Return to U.S. Senate, Lynch Wins Eighth District in Preliminary Election Results

Americans across the country took to the polls on November 3 amidst an ongoing pandemic and several months of social unrest to cast their vote for the next leaders of the United States. Over 100 million Americans voted prior to Election Day, either by mail-in ballot or early voting locations, according to The New York Read More…

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Go Vote Tuesday! 2020 United States Presidential Election

Tuesday, November 3, is the 2020 United States Presidential Election. In addition to U.S. President, Massachusetts residents will cast their vote for Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councilors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, and Register of Probate, as well as two ballot questions. Two million people have already voted in Read More…

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Request Your Mail-In Ballot by Oct. 28; Early Voting & Ballot Dropbox Locations

Twenty-one early voting locations and 17 ballot dropboxes are just some of the ways Boston residents can cast their votes leading up to the November 3, 2020 election. This election will include races for Senator in Congress, Representative in Congress, Governor’s Councilors, Senator in General Court, Representative in General Court, Register of Probate, and Office Read More…

Featured Government Real Estate

Affordable Rental Housing Extended at Mercantile Wharf

LIHC Investment Group and Belveron Partners have reached agreements with the Boston Housing Authority and MassHousing to extend 60 units of affordable rental housing at Mercantile Wharf, a historic property in Boston’s North End. Mercantile Wharf is a 122 unit mixed-income community that was subsidized through the 13A mortgage program in the 1970s, which allowed Read More…

Arts & Culture Government Health & Environment

Next Round of Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funding; Eligibility Forms Due Oct. 16

For Fiscal Year 2021, the City of Boston has made $25 million available for Community Preservation Act (CPA) projects under three categories consistent with statewide guidelines: affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space or recreation. Interested applicants must complete an eligibility form by October 16, 2020 that will be reviewed by the Community Preservation Act Read More…

Community Featured Government Meetings

Elected Officials Discuss FY21 Budget; Restaurant Relief; Developments Impacting North End & Waterfront

The North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) hosted a virtual joint meeting to hear updates from local elected officials on Tuesday evening. Follow along with the video or find points of interest summarized below. Senator Joe Boncore provided updates regarding restaurant relief, transportation, police reform legislature, and the Commonwealth’s budget. Read More…

Business Government

City Council Considers Proposal for Residential Kitchen Permits for Entrepreneurs

At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia offered a proposal to the City Council during their Wednesday meeting to consider offering residential kitchen permits in the City of Boston. A residential kitchen, also known as cottage food operations, is a kitchen located in a private home. There are two types of residential kitchen permits: retail and wholesale. Read More…

Featured Food & Drink Government

Colder Weather Poses Threat to Restaurants Dependent on Outdoor Dining

During the City Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Councilor Kenzie Bok (District 8) offered a proposal targeted at assisting the restaurant industry by promoting pedestrian traffic through various City-sponsored markets. With the threat of colder weather approaching, many restaurants who have come to depend on the City’s outdoor dining program are in danger of seeing Read More…