Where we are in the opening process, drive in movie locations,   New links, BPL info, & Summer Corn & Couscous Salad.

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July Centernews Part 2

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Here is how things stand at the moment:

Phase 3- Step 1
effective as of Monday, July 13th in Boston

The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase III, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations:


Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts, conventions and more. This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible.

This revised order does not supersede previously issued sector guidance, and is effective as of Monday, July 13 in the City of Boston.

The next phase will begin when there is a viable vaccine or other effective treatment.
New Links to Check out:
Disney on Ice - full performance
“Be Our Guest”

Learn some Origami
Want to learn how to make a paper crane!


With the surge of Covid 19 in the US, I feel like this is an appropriate song:

Mamma Mia (Here we go again) 🎶
2018 movie or the 2008 Movie version or ABBA’s

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

Live vicariously and Escape to: 

Join a virtual Paint night!
Use your own supplies, or have them sent to you!

Outdoor Movies in the city

“Frozen II” (PG): Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m.; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, South Boston; Register here

“Jurassic Park” (PG-13): Wednesday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m.; Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, South Boston; Register here

“Coco” (PG): Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m.; 121 Halleck St., Roxbury; Register here

“Trolls” (PG): Wednesday, July 29 at 6 p.m.; 121 Halleck St., Roxbury; Register here

“Harriet” (PG-13): Wednesday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m.; 121 Halleck St., Roxbury; Register here

Or Check out a drive-in movie at
folk Downs
Mendon Twin Drive in

FREE Virtual Zumba w/ Calvin on the Seaport

Faneuil Hall Market Place
is Re-Opening.  

Here is a List of places that are open.

Hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July!

More things have opened since Monday, details are in the left column as to where we are now.  The Clubs at Charles River Park gym has opened with restrictions, and reservations, and the pool is due to open next week. The New England Aquarium reopens on July 16th and Museum of Science on July 26th.  The weather is warm, and more people are heading to the beach, enjoying walks and dining outside.  Our West End restaurants continue to open, many with outdoor seating!  CuppaCoffee, Alcove, West End Johnnies, the Fours, Causeway, and A & B Burger are just a few! 

The fall is around the corner, and what lays ahead is uncertain. Colleges and Universities are deciding how to move forward, as well as private schools and Boston Public Schools.  Hopefully our city and our state continues to do well. The Mayor and the Governor ask that you continue to socially distance, wear a mask when you can’t, and keep washing your hands.  

Please stay safe, and keep your friends, family and neighbors safe too!

Be kind, be safe, be healthy, and spread the love!

  ~The West End Community Center


Boston Public Library Adds Six New Locations and a New Service to BPL To Go Program


As of July 13, patrons will be able to pick up books, DVDs, and CDs at the Connolly, Grove Hall, Honan-Allston, Parker Hill, South End, and West End branches, in addition to the Central Library and the branches that have already opened. Patrons will also be able to return books.  All due dates for material currently out have been extended to Sept. 1. Bins will be set up for patrons to drop off returns; these bins will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being processed by staff and returned to circulation. All items will remain on patron accounts during the quarantine, but no late fees will be charged.

With BPL To Go, library card and e-card holders can "order" items by placing holds on their items at, by using the new BPL To Go iPhone app, or by calling the library's main number at 617-536-5400. Patrons will be able to make an appointment to safely pick up their items — much like picking up takeout from a restaurant — and return items using designated bins. All patrons will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing at all times. 

When their items are ready, patrons will be notified that they are ready for pickup, and will be asked to schedule a time to come to their pickup location. Once they have a time scheduled, patrons will be able to pick up their items from the branches from 2 - 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday; and from 1 - 4 p.m. Friday. At the Central Library, patrons can pick up their items from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday & Saturday. 

In addition, BPL has announced “Printing To Go,” a new print-on-demand service. Patrons can upload documents they need printed by filling out a form at, and can pick up their print jobs 24 hours later at the Central Library in Copley Square. The printing service, provided for free, is limited to 10 pages per patron per day. Documents will be printed in black and white, single-sided, on 8.5" x 11" paper, and should not include personal information, such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other similar information. Print requests must comply with the Library’s Internet Use Procedures and Guidelines

No other physical services at the libraries will be available, but all branches will continue to offer a wide range of digital eventsand online resources. Additional information about BPL To Go can be found here.

Lucca, Italy

In an effort to make us feel less stuck at home, send us pictures of your travels.  Let’s live vicariously through pictures, and make a list of places we want to go, when we can.  Email your pictures to:  No private information will be be given, just the photos of the places you have been. Please include the City & Country
We can't control Happiness,
but we can choose how we respond

Here is a calendar to help you do just that.
(click the calendar below for a larger view)

Summer Corn & CousCous Salad

4 ears of corn or 1 bag of frozen corn defrosted
1 10oz box of plain couscous
1 juice of 1/2 lime
3 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
3 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1 tomato chopped, or 1 cup of grape tomatoes cut in half
salt and pepper

Prepare the box of couscous according to the directions, and grill the corn and cut off off the cobb (or defrost the corn-  you can pan char the kernels in a dry pan over medium high heat)

While the couscous is cooking, cut the tomatoes, scallions, onions, cilantro and parsley and toss in a bowl together.  Add the couscous and corn, and toss.  Add the olive oil and lime juice, salt, pepper to taste.  Toss and you are ready to serve.  Can be served room temperature or chilled.
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