AAPI Month, Memorial Day, New links, Mexican corn, where we are now, West End Branch Library hours & stay tuned for some summer fun!
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MAY 2021 CenterNews

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The City of Boston
On May 11, Mayor Kim Janey announced the upcoming expansion of in-person City services at Boston City Hall, the Boston Public Library system (BPL), and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF):


Starting Monday, June 7, 2021, Boston City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only for a fourth day each week. In addition to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, residents will be able to make in-person appointments on Monday as well. Check the latest status of City departments.


The Boston Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services in June. The Library will prioritize bringing back critical services that help residents with economic and educational recovery. They will also be scheduling robust summer programs for both adults and youth.


BCYF will increase its youth programming to align with Phase Four, Step One of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. This will allow for the expansion of programs for children and youth, including arts and crafts, fitness classes, and game nights. BCYF will also offer summer day programs at several centers.


On Friday, April 30, Boston aligned with the state’s updated Face Coverings Order:

  • Face coverings are required at all times at indoor and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking.
  • Face coverings are recommended to be worn both inside and outside during small gatherings at private homes.
  • Face coverings are not required outside in public spaces when individuals are able to remain at a safe distance from others.
  • Also effective April 30, public gatherings in Boston increased to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • In Boston, all private gatherings and events in private residences will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Both public and private gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors on June 19.

The City plans to allow the following industries to reopen or resume:

  • road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
  • youth and adult amateur sports tournaments for moderate- and high-risk sports, and
  • singing indoors at performance venues, restaurants, event venues, and other businesses, subject to the state’s Theater and Performance Venue guidance.

For more about the City's reopening plans for the summer, check the update link below:



Vaccination Schedule:

Get vaccinated against COVID-19

People age 12 + who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated.

Click here to find out where to get your vaccine!  Walk-ins are being taken at the Mass Sites, pharmacies have opening, and one day mobile clinics are popping up all over the city.
Monday:  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday:  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday:  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday:  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday:  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday:  Closed
Sunday:  Closed 
*Will be closed Memorial Day
  • Phone: (617) 523-3957
Open for holds pickup and Printing To Go pickup only.
No other in-person services are available at this time.

Let us introduce you to Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu who has ties to Massachussetts.  She taught physics at Smith College in Northampton, MA in the 1940's.  

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution (

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu at a gathering at Columbia University in 1958.

Chien-Shiung Wu is a pioneer and pivotal figure in the history of physics. An immigrant to the United States from China, she did important work for the Manhattan Project and in experimental physics. Her crucial contribution to particle physics was, however, ignored by the Nobel Prize committee when it awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read more about her HERE

Learn more about Asian Pacific Americans and how you can help the AAPI community:
National Park Services
The Smithsonian
NPR's suggested reading List
Stop AAPI Hate
- Virtual, Interactive harrassment prevention & ByStander intervention trainings.
The blooming continues!

We're about half way through May,
the temperatures are rising, the greens are getting greener, and the pollen is high!  More things are happening outside, (check out the links below), we continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month (please see the links) by introducing you to Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, either for the first time, or again, and Memorial Day is approaching.  Please stop by the Boston Common on Memorial Day weekend to see the 37,000 flags that will be displayed to commemorate the Massachusetts service members who have given their lives to defend the United States and our freedom.

Mask restrictions have lifted for those who are in outside public spaces, when individuals are able to remain at a safe distance from others.  Enjoy some fresh air, but please where your mask when you are at events (indoor and outdoor), and inside.  Please respect the rules of individual establishments as we all have to respect each other.

Enjoy the weather, enjoy each other, and keep staying safe!

If you can, help our neighborhood businesses, get some take out, eat outside if you're comfortable, check out the B-local app, and shop when you can.

  ~The West End Community Center

Links to Check out

Food Trucks are returning to the Greenway!
Check out the food truck schedule!
Small Businesses are opening!
Check out the growing list!
Local Restaurants List

Find the ones with Outside Dining & Hours

Free Workout with Weigh Better U at The Anchor Charlestown
Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00a -10:45a
Greenway Artisan Market
Saturdays from 11a to 5p on The Greenway from May 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021.
Boston Open Market at Copley Square 2021
Saturdays, May through November from 11am-5pm

Stop Asian Hate Public Concert
Copley Square, Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00p -4:00p
Let's use music to let our voices heard. Da XiX brings back live music with an energetic performance. This is a fundraising public performance. All proceeds will go toward supporting the asian community in the Boston area. There will be dancing, singing and a whole lot of energy. If you are an ally of the asian community, come show your love.
Signs and protest boards are encouraged! Bring cash for donation

Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market
Sunday, May 23, (12pm - 6pm) on Seaport Common,
located at 85 Northern Avenue.

The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will take place outside on Seaport Common and will feature Black-owned businesses from throughout the Greater Boston area.

From gifts and apparel to packaged foods and beauty & skincare products, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will offer something for everyone as it raises awareness for and support of Black entrepreneurship. Live local DJ Knszwrth will also perform at the market.

Join the Massachussets Memoral Peace Action
 Memorial Day Monday, May 31st.

Gather at Park St. T Station at 11:30 am .

Leaving at 12:00 noon and parade up to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument
on the Common behind the bagpiper.

Memorial Day: Free Admission for All

Mon, May 31, 10 AM – 5 PM
FREE for all / timed tickets required and available onine 24 hours before

Memorial Drive Recreation Sundays
Every Sunday from the last Sunday of April until the 2nd Sunday of November, Memorial Drive is closed to traffic between Western Avenue and Mount Auburn Street, but open to recreation from 11am to 7pm.

We are planning to bring back our
West End Children's Festival Summer 2022!
This year we are planning something much smaller but will be fun!
so stay tuned!!

Mexican Grilled Corn - Mexican Corn on the Cob
Author: Becky Hardin - The Cookie Rookie 
Prep: 5 minutes  Cook: 10 minutes  Total: 15 minutes


Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob is the perfect Summer side dish! We love to make this Mexican Corn on the Cob recipe and serve it all summer long. This Mexican Corn recipe is so easy, unique, flavorful and delicious! It's the perfect Mexican corn side dish for every occasion.

  • 8 ears of fresh Sweet Corn shucked, silks removed
  • Olive Oil Spray for grilling
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 ounce Taco Seasoning Click for Homemade Recipe!
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon flake sea salt or sea salt
For Garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • Spray or brush each ear of corn lightly with olive oil.
  • Grill for approximately 10 minutes, turning often to avoid burning. The corn should brown in places and be cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together Greek Yogurt, Sour Cream, grated parmesan, taco seasoning, lime juice, and salt. Set aside.
  • Take corn off of grill and brush liberally with Greek Yogurt mixture.
  • Sprinkle each ear of corn with cilantro, shredded parmesan, and squeeze with more lime juice.
  • Enjoy!
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