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September CenterNews Part 2

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Here is how things stand at the moment:
  • We are moving forward with a responsible, phased-in plan to start the Boston Public Schools year, with all students starting fully remote on September 21. The first students will not return to school until at least October 1.
  • City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need to visit City Hall for essential services, you must make an appointment.
  • Mayor Walsh has extended his executive order allowing plastic bags in Boston until September 30. With both the Boston Public Health Commission and Mass. Department of Public Health finding that reusable bags are safe amid COVID-19, residents can use them again while shopping in the City.
  • Boston is in Step 1 of Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan. We continue to update City-specific guidance for Boston on our reopening website.
  • Park facilities, including athletic fields, courts, splash pads, and playgrounds are open as part of the City of Boston’s Phase 3 reopening.
  • We have free breakfast and lunch sites across the City for youth and teens through the Summer Eats program.
  • All Boston Public Library locations are closed. Through the "BPL to GO" program, the Library will allows patrons to “order” items by placing a hold on them, then safely picking them up from select branches.
  • All Mass. residents over the age of two must wear a face covering or mask in public.
  • 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.
  • The MBTA has reduced its services. All riders and employees are required to wear a face covering.

For more recent City of Boston updates, view the COVID-19 timeline.

New Links to Check out:

Want to watch a movie with friends and family virtually?
Here is how to do that with Netflix!

Are you a fan of the Amazing Race?  Take one around Boston in an 
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Boston


Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History

Possible signs of life on Venus

WATCH NASA: Astronaut Spacewalk #RealTimeTracker NASA FEED | 24/7 Earth Viewing cameras

2020 Boston Local Food Festival (Free!)

Sun, September 20, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
Milk Street and Atlantic Avenue
September 20th,  11am - 5pm

The 11th Annual Boston Local Food Festival is a FREE outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fishermen and women, and organizations focusing on healthy food from New England.

We are firmly in September, and the weather is starting to cool off.  But as we find our sweaters, and brace for the holiday season to begin, in the new world we live in, let us be note that the 19th anniversary of September 11th has passed.  The memories have never gone, and will never be forgotten.

We hope that you plan for your holidays, whether virtual or in small groups, please find a way to share the holidays with friends and loved ones.  No one says you have to spend the holiday just once all together!  Spread out the festivities and find a way!  Order take out from the same restaurant and have a virtual dinner, make cocktails together, or have some coffee or tea together!  More celebrations and social interaction, virtual or in small safe groups outside, while the weather is still nice, will spread the fun, and give us a little of what we have been lacking!

Continue to be safe and healthy! Continue social distancing, washing your hands, and wear a mask!
We will get through this!

  ~The West End Community Center

Author Carmela Cattuti with Between the Cracks & The Ascent
Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Online event

As part of our Never Too Late series created with older adults (55+) in mind, please join us for a talk with Carmela Cattuti, author of Between the Cracks and The Ascent.

We ask people who are interested in attending please register with an email address so we may send the Zoom link that will be used to access this program.

And please check out more events HERE

Starting Wednesday 9/16, the doors will be reopen!

HOURS: Wed – Sat from 8AM – 6PM⁠

Reopening is important both to keep our small New England businesses viable and to ensure access to safe, healthy, local food for all of our visitors. However, the public’s health is of the utmost importance and we will be vigilant in doing everything we can to ensure a safe return for all.
To learn more and review our Safety-First Reopening Strategy, visit:

Boston Public Schools Plan
The first day of school for
students in all grades is next Monday, September 21. All students begin the school year learning remotely, followed by a phased-in, opt-in hybrid model. Our plan prioritizes safety, quality education, and equity:

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)
Rustic Pear and Apple Galette

Recipe courtesy of: FAITH DURAND from

YIELDServes 6 to 8


For the crust:  (Or make it easy and use a store bought crust)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water

For the fruit:

  • 2 large apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 medium pears, peeled and cored
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

To finish:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F.

  2. Pulse the flour, salt, sugar, and butter in a food processor until crumbly. Slowly process in 1/3 cup of ice water just until it comes together in a dough. If necessary, add the remainder of the water. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate while you prepare the fruit.

  3. Thinly slice the apples and pears about 1/4-inch thick and toss with the lemon juice, brown sugar, flour, and spices. Take the dough out of the fridge and gently roll out onto a lightly greased large round pizza pan, or rectangular baking sheet, until it's about 12 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. This is rustic pastry — don't worry too much about the look of it; it doesn't need to be perfectly round!

  4. Lay the fruit out in overlapping circles or rows over the dough, leaving a small border, then fold the pastry up around the outer edges. Dot the top of the galette with cubes of butter, then mix together the sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle it over the top.

  5. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until browned and crispy on the bottom. Cool to room temperature and serve with cinnamon whipped cream or caramel sauce.

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