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Here is how things stand at the moment:
The Re-Opening Process - Phase 2 - Part 2
(Date to be determined)
  • The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.
  • Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2)
  • If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase
FRIDAY, June 19th
History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

New Links to Check out:
HairSpray Finale Spectacular 
You Can't Stop the Beat

Andrew Lloyd Weber & Dorothy's Reunite
Over the Rainbow


WATCH NASA: Astronaut Spacewalk #RealTimeTracker NASA FEED | 24/7 Earth Viewing cameras
The Spelman Glee Club
Lift Every Voice & Sing
Thank you to all who are still working!

Fridays at 7pm, open your windows/doors and #clapbecausewecare as Massachusettes claps for essential workers!

We hope you are all doing well, and continuing to stay healthy.

So, the city is starting to reopen.  Playgrounds and splash pads are open as of today, Monday, June 15, and restaurants are open for outdoor dining.  Please remember that the Mayor still asks that masks are worn while you are outside and not able to socially distance.  We are all feeling the fatigue of staying in and being extra cautious about everything, but Covid 19 is still here. 

Enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having, and enjoy eating socially distant outside, it'll do you a world of good!  And our neighborhood restaurants need our support!

Be safe, be healthy, and spread the love!

  ~The West End Community Center

This is not the end of year we had hoped for you, but our wishes and hopes for you are the same!

Keep reaching!
Keep Inspiring!
Our Future is yours,
and we know that you will light the way!


As of June 22, Boston Public Library patrons will be able to pick up physical items such as books, DVDs, and CDs from select Boston Public Library locations. The program, called “BPL to Go,” will allow patrons to “order” items from the library by placing a hold on them, then safely pick them up from select branches.

For more information, visit

Click here to see a list of restaurants that have outdoor dining now!  Scroll down the page to see the list.

Mexican Bean and Rice Salad

A great summer salad!
recipe from


Original recipe yields 10 servings Ingredient Checklist
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 small onion, diced 
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • Step 1

    In a large salad bowl, combine the brown rice, kidney beans, black beans, corn, onion, green pepper, jalapeno peppers, lime zest and juice, cilantro, garlic, and cumin. Lightly toss all ingredients to mix well, and sprinkle with salt to taste.

  • Step 2

    Refrigerate salad for 1 hour, toss again, and serve.

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