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CDC's recommendations for

Lower risk activities
  • Having a small dinner with only people who live in your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for family and neighbors, especially those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and delivering them in a way that doesn’t involve contact with others
  • Having a virtual dinner and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Shopping online rather than in person on the day after Thanksgiving or the next Monday
  • Watching sports events, parades, and movies from home

Moderate risk activities
  • Having a small outdoor dinner with family and friends who live in your community
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Attending a small outdoor sports events with safety precautions in place

Higher risk activities

Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Going shopping in crowded stores just before, on, or after Thanksgiving
  • Participating or being a spectator at a crowded race
  • Attending crowded parades
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside of your household


Information from the City of Boston
as of 10/30/2020


The City of Boston has 19,986 positive cases of coronavirus. So far, 17,279 of these 19,986 residents have fully recovered. Unfortunately, there have been 778 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston. 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases here.

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at or

Massachusetts has 150,498 positive cases of coronavirus and 9,700 deaths reported at this time. 


  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the City of Boston is launching “Get The Test Boston,” a pledge designed to encourage residents to get a COVID-19 test. 

  • To better increase access to testing for City of Boston employees, Mayor Walsh today also announced the City of Boston will be offering benefit-eligible City employees one paid hour every 14 days to get tested during their normal work hours. Employees will receive regular compensation for their time spent testing, and will not be required to utilize their sick or personal time for one hour of testing.

  • The City of Boston is encouraging all residents to consider getting tested for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms. Residents should get tested if they:

    • Are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, among others

    • Are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 

    • Have been in contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19 

    • Have traveled or been in large gatherings 

  • The City of Boston offers free, asymptomatic testing available at its two mobile sites, currently in Central Square in East Boston, and Nubian Square in Roxbury. As announced by Mayor Walsh in May, these mobile sites change every few weeks to help fill any gaps in testing availability, prioritizing neighborhoods and populations that need dedicated testing efforts to create equitable access to testing. 

  • Other neighborhood testing sites have varying policies regarding the availability of testing for those showing no symptoms and insurance coverage. Because of this, residents are encouraged to call ahead via their listed contact numbers on the website to check their availability, and policies on asymptomatic testing and insurance coverage. Together, Boston now has over 30 active testing sites across the city. Residents can find them on Boston’s testing map online. Residents who live near neighboring municipalities can also find a list of testing throughout the Commonwealth online

  • Mayor Walsh is encouraging businesses and employers throughout Boston to join the City in increasing access to testing, by making sure their employees know when to get tested, how to get tested, and have access to the resources they need to take care of their own and their communities’ collective public health. 


Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced that due to a rising COVID-19 infection rate in the city, and in support of efforts to contain the spread, all students will shift to remote learning effective Thursday, October 22.

That includes high-needs students who have been in school since October 1. 

Preventing another surge is top priority. We understand the impact it will have on our highest-need students. 

We will continue our food deliveries and food pickup sites for every single family, every single day. 

On reopening schools: We remain committed to an in-person learning option for our students as soon as it is safe to do so and public health guidance allows it. And we are committed to prioritizing students with the highest needs. 

To do that safely, we will follow the data benchmarks set out by our public health experts:
     - Once the citywide 7-day positivity rate is at or below 5% for 2 consecutive weeks, we will begin to welcome our students with the highest needs back for in-person learning. 

When the 7-day rate is at or below 4% for 2 consecutive weeks, we will restart the in-person phase-in, starting with the youngest grades.

And we will continue to offer families the choice of full remote. 

BPS will provide updates to plans as soon as they develop. In addition, schools will work with families who may need to pick up technology or other personal items students may have left at school. The district is exploring options for providing services for our students with complex disabilities and will update families with more information in the coming days.


  • FOR SENIORS: We’re asking them to take the precautions that keep them safe, by staying home as much as possible. The City has resources to help them.

    • We can get them access to food and medication deliveries -- and also care and connection to help overcome loneliness. 

    • We also help seniors pay for home repairs -- our Seniors Save program has 80 projects underway.

  • FOR ANYONE STRUGGLING WITH HOUSING: The Rental Relief Fund is open again, with $5 million available to help pay rent. If you are a tenant who needs Rental Relief or a landlord who wants to learn more, visit And if you are a homeowner concerned about paying your mortgage, reach out to your lender as soon as possible to find out what flexibility they offer. You can also check in with the Boston Home Center

  • FOR SMALL BUSINESS: So far we’ve distributed over $9 million in relief and reopening funds, and we still have grants available. Reach out to our Small Business Office by emailing

    • SimpliSafe has worked with the City to donate 250 security systems and 12 months of professional monitoring for small businesses in the City of Boston. 


      Learn more about the reopening process:

    • When going outside, wear a face covering, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart), and avoid mass  gatherings.

    • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911. 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor's Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at

    • Donate supplies to first responders here.

    • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here.

    • Volunteer with the City of Boston

It’s November!
Halloween has passed, we have turned our clocks back, and getting ready for Election Day.  We have a chart down below if you want to keep track as the results come in.  270 is the lucky number to win.

And passing into November marks the beginning of the Holiday season.
This year will be different from others, and in some ways will require more planning, but there are ways to celebrate with family and friends!  Zoom cooking, FaceTime dinners, recipe sharing, and movie watching.  If you holiday crowd is a little, or a lot, smaller than usual, we have a recipe for you!  The important parts, all on one tray!

Read on and click our links we’ve shared to see some ideas we have found!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook from updates between newsletters!

Continue to be safe and healthy! Continue social distancing, washing your hands, and wear a mask!

Find the good in the chaos, the smiles through the fog, and the hope of what will come.

  ~The West End Community Center

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served.

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.  However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center Has the Newest Cucina in the North End

Due to the limits of gatherings as a result of COVID-19, the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) cannot presently offer monthly celebrations and weekly Friday meals at its community drop-in center. However, thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Partner for Non-Profits program, along with a state earmark for FY2020 made possible from the advocacy of Senator Joe Boncore, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, and Representative Livingstone, the center now boasts of a gleaming, top-of-the -line, brand-new kitchen!

Meanwhile, the NE/WE NSC will still put the kitchen to good use to individually package and store food for the meal delivery program and food pantry respectively. The site currently offers three monthly meals, two of which are donated by the North End Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on Fulton Street in the North End and General Manger Richie Zapato of Pizzeria Regina’s on Thacher Street.

New Links to Check out:

Fall Foliage Cruise

Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11 AM EST – 12:30 PM EST
46–61°F Sunny
Charles Riverboat Company
Public · Hosted by Awesome Events - Boston
It’s that crisp, beautiful and cozy time of year again. This 90-minute cruise is perfect for soaking up the spectacular fall foliage as you cruise past Back Bay, MIT and Harvard. Enjoy some apple cider and cookies, quintessential fall flavors sure to conjure memories of families and fireplaces. The Charles Riverboat Company in Cambridge guides you through the sights, sounds and flavors of fall.
Learn more ➜

FREE Bluebikes Rides to the Polls on Election Day

To provide a safe and easy transportation option for voters across Metro Boston, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is offering free rides on Bluebikes, Metro Boston’s public bike share system, on Election Day.

Riders can take Bluebikes for a spin free of charge, courtesy of the health plan, from any of the more than 350 Bluebikes stations across the system’s eight municipalities: Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, Newton, Somerville, and Watertown, with stations in Chelsea and Revere launching soon.

Visit to find the closest Bluebikes station to their polling venue.


Boston Public Market Pop-up Outdoor Market

Wednesday, Nov 04, 2020 11:00a -

Outdoor Plaza (along Surface Road) by Haymarket Station
100 Hanover Street

The BPM pop up Outdoor Market is open!

Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Time: 11AM – 3PM
Location: Outdoor Plaza (along Surface Road) at 100 Hanover Street by Haymarket

Detroit Music City Virtual Tour
by Detroit Experience Factory
A FREE virtual tour fit for Detroit music newbies and enthusiasts alike.

Sunday, November 8th, 1-2pm
Sunday, December 13th, 1-2pm

Without a clue:
 virtual adventures

Gather 6-10 of your closest (or furthest, distance is no barrier here) accomplices online for a virtual murder mystery event like no other!!  During this hour and a half online event, you and your friends will get to examine the evidence, question each other as suspects, and ultimately choose who-dun-it.

Led by actors from Without A Cue Productions, your group of friends and family will be given characters and secret information online.  You will have a day or two to trade information, and then will come together through video conferencing to gather more evidence and solve the murder.

This real-time interactive mystery utilizes Zoom Video Conferencing which is available on almost all smart phones, tablets, and computers.
$250 per party


World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement.
Want to keep track of the results as the numbers come in?
How about a cute bunny break!

Sheet Pan Thanksgiving

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen


For the Stuffing:

1 pound (1 loaf) sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 cup chicken stock

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup slivered almonds

2 tablespoons minced parsley

1 tablespoon minced sage

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small carrot, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

½ yellow onion, finely chopped

½ Granny Smith apple, cored and finely chopped

For the Turkey:

4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon minced sage

1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves

2 garlic cloves, minced

One 2-pound turkey breast, skin on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Sweet Potatoes:

1 pound (2 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced on a mandoline

4 tablespoons brown butter

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon minced sage

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Green Beans:

12 ounces green beans, trimmed

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Prepare the stuffing: Preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, mix all of the stuffing ingredients until well incorporated. Let soak for 15 minutes, then spread in an even layer over the left half of the baking sheet, making a well in the center for the turkey.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the turkey: In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter with the sage, thyme and minced garlic. Season the turkey breast well with salt and pepper, then place in the center of the stuffing. Rub the turkey with the butter mixture.

3. Prepare the sweet potatoes: In a medium bowl, toss all of the sweet potato ingredients together to coat. Spread the sweet potatoes over the top half of the empty right side of the baking sheet. The slices will overlap like a gratin. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the green beans: In a medium bowl, toss together all the green beans ingredients. After 30 minutes, add the green beans to the remaining quarter of the baking sheet, spreading in an even layer to fill the space. Continue to cook until the green beans are tender and the turkey reads 155 on an instant-read thermometer when inserted, another 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Remove the tray from the oven and tent with foil, then let rest for 15 minutes. Carve the turkey and serve.

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