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Reduced Traffic During Pandemic Prompts Discussion on Creating Safer Streets in Boston

While Boston’s streets have significantly emptied during the current public health crisis, City Councilors Michelle Wu (At-Large) and Liz Breadon (District 9) discussed options for using the reduction in traffic to reallocate street space to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Many cities across the country have started expanding crowded sidewalks and increased Read More…

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North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) Election Update: Candidacy Announcements Due May 4

The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) has announced a revised plan for their annual election due to COVID-19. Interested individuals must announce their candidacy to the Council by Monday, May 4 at 11:59 p.m. The election has been delayed to a tentative date of September 19, 2020. If you have previously pulled your Read More…

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COVID-19 Eviction / Foreclosure Moratorium Bill Becomes Law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the H.4647 bill into law this week, halting most Massachusetts evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic. Passed unanimously by the House, a final version was negotiated with the Senate late last week. Under the new law, all eviction proceedings will stop for four months or until 45 days after the Read More…

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Gov. Baker Closes Schools for Reminder of Academic Year; Daycares Closed Through June 29

Governor Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday, April 21, that Massachusetts schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year. State daycare centers will be closed until June 29. The announcement extends Gov. Baker’s earlier closure of schools due to COVID-19. Baker emphasized that Massachusetts is still in the midst of the coronavirus surge Read More…

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Councilor Edwards Addresses Housing During COVID-19: Boston’s Existing Crisis, Tenant/Landlord Rights, Relief Resources

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) held a virtual “coffee hour” Saturday morning via Facebook Live to discuss housing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined by Joey Michalakes, an attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services, to discuss housing resources and tenant/landlord rights as well as answer questions from residents online. Councilor Edwards, who Read More…

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Racial Health Inequities Addressed by City Council in Regard to Ventilator Distribution & ICU Beds

As Boston enters a period of surging COVID-19 cases, the City Council turned their attention toward the allocation of ventilators and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the event of limited medical resources. Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (District 5) proposed a hearing to discuss the pre-existing racial health inequities suffered by Boston’s communities of color and Read More…

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City Council Discusses Expanding SNAP Benefits for Online & Delivery Services

For Boston residents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gaining access to food has proven even more difficult as stay-at-home advisories and limited transportation options continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. More Bostonians are opting to remain at home during the City’s coronavirus surge, resulting in grocery delivery services no longer having available Read More…

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Councilor Campbell Addresses Need for Mental Health Fund During COVID-19 Pandemic

As Bostonians continue to practice physical distancing and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, rising concern around mental health issues being exacerbated by the current situation have been noted by many experts. During their weekly City Council meeting, Councilor Andrea Campbell (District 4) addressed the need to prioritize mental health in the public health response Read More…

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City Council Explores Rent Relief Options for Tenants in City-Owned & BPDA-Owned Properties

As the coronavirus continues to impact the daily lives of Boston residents, thousands are left experiencing a complete loss or severe reduction of income. The City Council tackled this financial uncertainty during their weekly meeting by hosting a conversation about how the City can offer relief to those suffering during this unprecedented public health crisis. Read More…

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North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) April Meeting and Election Canceled

After discussing alternative meeting solutions for this month’s NEWNC meeting, we have officially decided to cancel our April 2020 meeting due to the ongoing circumstances.  It also appears that due to the ongoing situation, we will most likely be postponing the 2020 NEWNC Election normally scheduled for May. We plan to provide an additional update regarding officially Read More…

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Food Insecurity Increases During Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact the City of Boston, an increase of hoarding food supplies have wiped grocery store shelves clean and left vulnerable residents worried about feeding their families. During their weekly meeting, the City Council addressed the increase in food insecurity among residents and discussed possible solutions. While parts of Eastern Read More…

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Restaurants: Proposed New Liquor Licenses “Slap in the Face” During Pandemic

This week’s Boston City Council hearing on adding 150 non-transferable liquor licenses for underserved neighborhoods became heated as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could put many existing alcohol licenses on the secondary market from many restaurants expected to go out of business. With all Massachusetts restaurants and bars ordered closed for on-site service as of March Read More…