Where we are in the reopening process, new links, movie time w/ the WE library, and the best chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe
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Here is how things stand at the moment:
  • The City will now permit any construction type that is allowed by the state, with the required COVID-19 Safety Affidavits and COVID-19 Safety Plans for permitted construction work in place.
  • Public Health Advisory for everyone in Boston, except essential workers, to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. remains in effect. All residents and visitors to the City of Boston must practice social distancing.
  • There is now a "Safer at Home Advisory" in effect in Massachusetts. People over 65 and those with underlying health conditions should stay home, with the exception of essential trips for healthcare and groceries. Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people remain in effect.
  • All Massachusetts residents must wear a mask in public places when it is not possible to maintain proper social distance.

  • The MBTA has reduced its services. All riders and employees are required to wear a face covering while riding the T.
The Re-Opening Process

Beginning June 1

Phase 2
(start date will be determined on June 6th)

The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

  • Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2)
  • If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase
Thank you to all who are still working!

Fridays at 7pm, open your windows/doors and #clapbecausewecare as Massachusettes claps for essential workers!
New Links to Check out:
The Latest Edition of John Krasinki's 
Some Good News


The Official Stream of NASA
Space X's first mission stream

From the Welsh West End
Seasons of Love 
From Now On
Jimmy Fallon Reads Everything is Mama
Trombone Shorty Read by Angela Bassett

We hope you are all doing well, and staying healthy.

The city and the state continue to reopen slowly and cautiously, and we are all looking forward to beginning our new normal.

Our country is in a difficult time.  Covid 19 has kept us inside, and as much as we want to keep safe, the time inside has us frustrated that all we can do is stay home and support those that work so hard to keep us safe, healthy, and fed.  We hope that you show your support in any way that you can, for our city, our neighbors, our friends, and our local businesses. 

There have been a lot of terrible things that have happened in our country recently, I'm sure we are all watching, as much as we try not to get political, we must acknowledge them.  We ask that you respect your neighbor for the people you know them to be, and to spread love through your family. The West End has always been a neighborhood of diversity and inclusivity. We need to embrace each other more than ever!

Be safe, be healthy, and spread the love!

  ~The West End Community Center

Many thanks to State Representative Jay Livingstone, Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok, St. Joseph's Church and ABCD for all their efforts to help the West End!

This week, the City of Boston provided boxes of food that State Representative Jay Livingstone and Boston City Councillor Kenzie Bok distributed to each resident of Blackstone and Amy Lowell House.  They have also set up St. Joseph's as a food distribution site for daily pre-packaged adult and kids meals. 

Starting this coming Tuesday, people can get pick up free meals to go from 10 am to noon.  The program will run that time Monday through Friday.  The City is providing the meals daily to St Joe's to distribute.  St. Joseph's and ABCD are trying to replicate the Food Pantry that was at the West End library too.  Pick up is at a side door, there will be signs. 

Virtual Wednesday Night at International Movies, hosted by The Boston Synagogue. Wednesday, June 3 6:30 pm "Mr. Kaplan"

Join us for this screening of this award winning comedy from Uruguay.

Jacob, a 70-year-old Jewish man living in South America, is convinced a quiet German man is a runaway Nazi, and makes plans to kidnap and bring him to Israel.

This film won the Uruguayan Film Critics Association for best film.

We’ll bring the movie and you bring your favorite beverage and snacks!

Email office for zoom link at
Food Truck Schedule

The West End and North End Branch Libraries are hosting an Online Movie Club. The next date is Thursday June 4th.

Watch the movie, Purple Noon, on Kanopy Email Casey Abbott to register.

We'll send you the link for the ZOOM discussion. Then join us at 7pm. Then all you have to do is BYOP (Bring your own Popcorn).

Many of our neighborhood restaurants are still open for take out!  Some new additions to the list!

Here is a COMPLETE list of restaurants around us that are OPEN.

If you are able, consider take out, delivery or even buying a gift certificate to use at a later date!  Pick one of your favorites that you are sure to use, or pick one you haven't been to, so you can make sure you will visit!

Get the apps for food delivery services or just order online:
DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, ChowNow, Postmates, and Caviar.  You can also just give the restaurants a call!

All Star Pizza Bar
Anna's Taqueria Boston
Antonio's Cucina Italiana 
Bodega Canal
Boston Public Market
Cafe Podima
City Winery
Domino's Pizza
Felcaro Pizzeria
Fin's Suhi & Grill
Harvard Gardens
The Hill Tavern
J. Pace & Sons:  open til 3pm
(617) 227-6141
Osteria Rustico
Popover King
Rodeyi's Pizza & Pasta Bar
Tavern in the Square
Tequila Cantina -Guy Fieri's
Viva Burrito

Need groceries? Want them delivered to you, instead of heading out?  Check out Instacart, Shipt, Peapod, or Mercato.  Finding a delivery time can be difficult so plan ahead!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies     

recipe from

These cookies are great! We've made them a couple of times during quarantine!  You get a double dose of chocolate! 

Prep:  15 mins                       Cook:  10 mins
Total:  45 mins                       Additional:  20 mins
Servings:  48                         Yield:  4 dozen


Ingredient Checklist
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Step 2

    In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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