Community Featured Health & Environment

Cases Continue Positive Trend as Boston Prepares to Reopen Offices June 1st [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

There were 375 new COVID-19 cases citywide reported on the COVID-19 case tracking dashboard through May 29th, a 52% decrease in new cases from last week when Boston had 779 new cases. Boston’s Emergency Departments (ED) reported that 3.5% of all ED visits were for COVID-19-like illness (CLI). This is down from 4.5% the prior Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

NEW Health Opens Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Site at Villa Michelangelo Senior Housing

North End Waterfront (NEW) Health opened a pop-up COVID-19 testing site at the Villa Michelangelo senior housing facility in the North End of Boston on May 28, 2020. The population of the Villa Michelangelo is 62 and above making them a high-risk population for COVID-19 infection. The testing site came to fruition after multiple residents Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment

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…

Featured Government Meetings

Mayor Walsh Discusses City’s Reopening Strategy with Wharf District Council

Stressing the need for a slow and cautious approach to reopening the City, Mayor Walsh opened his discussion with the Wharf District Council at their May meeting by referencing the latest COVID-19 numbers, which as of Wednesday, May 20, stood at 588 deaths and over 12,000 reported cases in Boston. Watch the full meeting video Read More…

Featured Meetings

Wharf District Council Updates: Police Report, Greenway News, Workplace Safety and Public Transit

The Wharf District Council (WDC) held its May meeting on Tuesday evening. The following reports and community updates were presented as part of a full agenda. The WDC welcomed the new North End & West End Liaison John Romano and recognized Councilor Ed Flynn’s volunteer initiative that helped arrange 5,000 phone calls to seniors and Read More…

Business Featured Food & Drink

Frustrated North End Restaurant Owners Rally for Support [Video]

North End restauranteurs listened closely to details of Gov. Baker’s four-phase reopening plan and were frustrated to learn that it would be at least until mid-June before indoor dining would be allowed. Even then, only partial occupancy, perhaps 25-50%, would be permitted with the likely addition of strict new guidelines, including social distancing of 6-feet Read More…

Government

City Council Pushes for Boston to Provide Bilingual Ballots During COVID-19

Some Massachusetts leaders have been at the forefront of pushing for Vote-by-Mail legislature that would allow mail-in ballots to be sent to every registered voter in the state. Councilors Liz Breadon (District 9) and Julia Mejia (At-Large) proposed a resolution regarding the City of Boston adequately providing bilingual ballots to City residents. As the coronavirus Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment

New COVID-19 Cases Slow in Boston; Per Study 90% Have Not Been Exposed [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

The number of newly reported positive COVID-19 cases in Boston dropped significantly this week, under 750, and the first time below 1,000 since March. And of those, 5.3% went to the hospital, down from a peak of over 11% in early April. The North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill had a total of 347 positive Read More…

Arts & Culture Featured Photos & Videos

Opera From the Balcony in Boston’s North End [Video]

Taking a cue from when they sang opera from balconies during the COVID-19 quarantine in Italy, the North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) joined with Tresca to bring opera from Ray Bourque’s Table 77 balcony in Boston’s North End. Performing on Sunday, Mother’s Day, were soprano Carina DiGianfilippo who sings internationally and tenor Fran Rogers Read More…

Government Health & Environment

Boston Resiliency Fund Raises $30.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief

The Boston Resiliency Fund, launched in March 2020, has raised $30.7 million to support Boston residents most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund aims to provide food for children and seniors, technology for remote learning for students, and support to first responders and healthcare workers. According to the City, the money was raised through Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

Boston Further Expands Testing; Antibody Testing Initiative Underway [COVID-19 Weekly Report]

There has been a 12% increase in cases this week among Boston residents, according to the most recent data. The number of positive COVID-19 cases for the week ending May 8th stand at 10,761 with 496 total deaths. There were 86 new deaths, representing about a 20% increase from last week. The most recent report Read More…