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MARCH 2021 CenterNews

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Effective March 1, 2021, Boston will move with the Commonwealth into Phase 3, Step 2 of the state's reopening plan, with the following exceptions:

  • Indoor performance venues and indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact will remain closed until March 22.
  • In Boston, we will not allow live musical performances in restaurants until March 22. 
  • Here is the link to the Reopening Plan according to the state

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will move to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, March 1:

  • Indoor performance venues (such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces) can open at 50% capacity, with a 500-person max (*Please note: This does not apply in Boston until March 22.)
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) will open at 50% capacity. (*Please note: This does not apply in Boston until March 22.)
  • A number of industries will increase to 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants will no longer be subject to a seated capacity limit. However, there must be six feet between tables. No more than 6 people per table will be allowed, and the 90-minute time limit on tables stays in place. In Boston, we will not allow live musical performances in restaurants until March 22.
  • Food courts remain closed.

The state also announced its plan to transition to Step 1 of Phase 4 on Monday, March 22, provided public health metrics continue to improve. 

Additional details about the current state of reopening can be found on

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The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) is pleased to recognize the Star Market at the Hub on Causeway as its partner of the month. Wilmer Ruiz, Store Director, and Tom Bilodeau, Produce Manager, of Star Market at the Hub on Causeway came to the center for a check presentation from the Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Program. In addition, Star Market donated 20 big turkeys, which the NE/WE NSC distributed to residents of the Blackstone Apartments in the West End. 

“What a blessing during the season of Lent and Passover!” Maria Stella, Director, ABCD North End/West End NSC exclaimed. “We are so appreciative of the ongoing support of the Star Market at the Hub on Causeway. They are a consistent friend and partner of our work to feed seniors and families in the North End and West End. From complete boxed meals to turkeys to hundreds of gift cards, they make it possible for our clients to access fresh, nourishing food and necessities. We are so glad that their well-stocked, accessible store is in our neighborhood. A lot of uncertainties still lie ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, but we know one constant is the continued help and kindness of the Star Market at the Hub on Causeway. On behalf of our agency and constituents, we thank you.” First priority is for existing and new ABCD members.
Call 617-523-8125 to obtain a free membership; NE/WE NSC is standing by to facilitate the advantages, intake procedure, and qualifications.

March is here,
 it's Women's History Month, Boston Public School K0-3rd graders are starting back to school with a hybrid plan, and things begin to open up a little more.  Check out the links below to read up on some amazing women in history, and on the left side for the city and state updates.  Boston is staying a little behind the state, but things look to be trending the right way, so let's be cautiously optimistic, as the number of people who are vaccinated increases. 


Eligible seniors who qualify for the vaccine and who need help with online registration should call 3-1-1 for help. Ask to be connected to the Age Strong Commission for vaccine registration assistance. Eligible Massachusetts residents can also call 2-1-1 if they need help for registration.

Here is a great link for information on the vaccine from the Boston Public Health Commission

Keep wearing your masks, and we'll get to the end of the tunnel!
Continue to be safe!

  ~The West End Community Center

Links to Check out
**note: times on the site are for the UK, so please plan accordingly

FREE - Tuesdays at 12:05 - 12:35 PM
with YogaPro Erika Fritz
Feb 16 - March 9

MARCH 14 - 28, 2021
Dine in and Take out options

FREE Intro to Watercolor
Monday, Mar 15, 2021 6:00p -7:30p

Virtual Guided Tour of Northern Ireland
SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021 $15 at 12 PM  – 1:30 PM

Dropkick Murphys to Livestream “Still Locked Down” on St. Patrick’s Day 2021
Free live stream from Fenway Park at 7pm
Roasted Chicken Thighs w/ Cauliflower & Herby Yogurt
By Yossy Arefi
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper flakes (or 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  •  Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 small head cauliflower (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 2-inch florets (about 5 cups)
  • 3 shallots, quartered lengthwise (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 1 ¼ cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, plus more for serving
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees and set a rack in the center.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the coriander, paprika and Aleppo pepper with 1 tablespoon oil and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat in the oil and spices. Arrange the chicken, skin-side up, on a large baking sheet.
  3. Add the cauliflower, shallots, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to the bowl. Toss to coat, then arrange the vegetables in a single layer surrounding the chicken.
  4. Bake until the chicken is deep golden brown and cooked through and the cauliflower is browned, tossing the vegetables once or twice, about 40 minutes. (If the chicken is done before the cauliflower, transfer the thighs to a plate, cover, and continue cooking the cauliflower until golden brown.)
  5. While the chicken bakes, prepare the yogurt sauce: Whisk the yogurt, mint, cilantro, lemon juice and grated garlic with a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  6. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a platter and top with any juices left on the sheet pan and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve with a swoop of yogurt on the side, and fresh cilantro, if desired.
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