Business Government

Mayor’s Column: Helping Small Businesses Through the Boston Reopen Fund

The Boston Reopen fund is helping small businesses open their doors while keeping our community safe. By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of the people of Boston has been my top priority. As our city and our state begin a gradual reopening process, based on Read More…

Featured Government Police & Fire

Protesters at City Hall Plaza Speakout for Police Reforms; Small Group on Hanover St.

Protesters at City Hall Plaza had a defined message on Sunday afternoon calling for specific police reforms, now two weeks after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The 1,000+ person demonstration was peaceful with heavy presence by Boston Police and the National Guard. Speakers on the plaza called for (1) reopening death cases by Read More…

Business Featured Food & Drink Government

Outdoor Dining on Existing Patios and Retail Stores Among Phase II Reopenings

Outdoor dining on existing patios, retail stores, childcare facilities and hotels are some of the businesses allowed to reopen as Phase II of Massachusett’s reopening plan begins June 8th. City officials emailed restaurant owners that temporary extended sidewalks/street tables are still under consideration, but have not provided additional guidance. The move is sure to be Read More…

Announcements Government

Councilor Edwards Announces Hire of Jesse Purvis as Director of Policy

Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing District One (North End, East Boston, and Charlestown), has announced the hire of Jesse Purvis as the new Director of Policy in her office. Purvis joins the office after graduating from UMass Law where he served as a Public Interest Law Fellow and founder of the school’s local chapter Read More…

Community Featured Government People

Meet the 2020 – 2021 Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) Officers

The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) recently announced six new members, each who will serve a two-year term as part of the volunteer community organization. Learn more about the newly appointed/re-appointed members below (*incumbent). These introductions will also be part of the June NEWNC meeting, to be held virtually on June 8, 2020. 1. Kevin Drew: Read More…

Business Featured Government Transportation

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

Government Real Estate

Deadline to File Residential & Personal Exemption Applications June 1

As part of Boston’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Walsh extended the fiscal year 2020 residential and personal exemption applications deadline. This year’s deadline is Tuesday, June 1, 2020. The City has a number of tax relief programs for those homeowners who occupy the property as their principal residence. This year, the residential exemption Read More…

Featured Government

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…