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August Centernews

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Here is how things stand at the moment:

COVID-19 Travel Order

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.

All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. 

If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

Please find more information below, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, business guidance and other details.

The next phase will begin when there is a viable vaccine or other effective treatment.

Q. What is a vaccine and how does it work?

A: A vaccine is a type of medicine designed to protect against infectious diseases by introducing the body’s immune system to a harmful virus or bacteria in a safe way. This allows the immune system to devise strategies to defeat it, typically by generating antibodies to proteins specific to the disease-causing virus or bacteria.

Q. Why are there so many COVID-19 vaccines in development? Shouldn't there just be one?

A: It is good that there are approximately 135 vaccines now in development worldwide, moving at a pace that we have never seen before. With seven billion people in the world, multiple vaccines are needed so that they can be successful in people of all ages, demographics and medical needs.

New Links to Check out:
Summer Movies @ Suffolk Downs
 Thursdays at 8:30pm
August 6th - Jurassic Park PG-13
August 13th - Sparkle PG-13
August 20 - LaLa Land PG-13
September 10 - Field of Dreams PG

Summer Meal Prep
by Downshiftology
Want to meal prep for the week, here are some ideas!

Get some at home exercise

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

The Greenway Open Market is a vibrant open-air artisan market featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers. Visitors will find exceptional art, locally produced products, and much more! Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop local at the Greenway Open Market! It’s truly an original Boston experience!

In line with Phase 2 guidance on retail operations, the Greenway Open Market will be open every Saturday and the first and third Sunday of the month through October 31, 2020!


Two-hour kayak (single or tandem) and stand-up-paddle-boards rentals are available for $30 plus taxes and fees.

Check out the link for more information, Kids are welcome to join as well (must be over 40inches tall, restrictions apply)

The Museum of Science is OPEN
Experience The Science Behind Pixar and enjoy the reopened Museum. Advance tickets are required for all guests and are now available for visits through August 14. Reserve your tickets now.

We're working to ensure a safe and T-rex-cellent experience for all, so get your face coverings ready to join us at Science Park!

Need something to watch?  
Here’s what is coming to Hulu, Netflix and Amazon in August!
Check out the list!


No Mayo Coleslaw

Camila Alves McConaughey

To begin, shred a head of green cabbage using a mandoline. You can also use a sharp knife and slice the cabbage thinly or use a food processor with a slicing attachment. If you are using a mandoline I highly suggest wearing a cut-proof glove. You can also use coleslaw mix if you want something a little bit more convenient.

Once the cabbage is shredded, add it to a large bowl. Next, chop up an apple either using the mandoline or a knife. Slice a red onion in half, then slice into thin strips. Dress the shredded cabbage with lemon juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and white wine vinegar. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.

Once everything is mixed, refrigerate the yummy cabbage salad for a few hours to let the flavors meld together. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and packed with veggies, this healthy coleslaw recipe will be your family favorite.

Looking to jazz it up a little bit? Add in red cabbage, jalapenos, green onion, and cilantro. One bite of this flavorful salad and you'll be hooked!

Happy August!

Hope you are staying cool with the heat we are experiencing!  Seems like the next few weeks will be milder.

We are busy trying to figure out the fall, as so many others.  Schools seem like they will be hybrid or virtual, no gatherings are planned, and virtual events continue.  

Check out our Links block! Maybe it’s a good time to take out a kayak, get some exercise at home, take in a drive-in movie, or get some meal prepping tips, since we are all spending more time cooking!  The No Mayo Coleslaw recipe is so easy, light, and good with so many things!

Covid 19 numbers are rising in MA, so please do your best to stay safe, and keep wearing face coverings when you are not able to be socially distant.

Stay tuned for details about events to come in the fall!

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

  ~The West End Community Center

FREE COVID 19 Testing Sites
(Click the link above for a full list of locations)

  • Testing is free regardless of insurance or immigration status, and will not affect "public charge" rule determinations.  
  • Some sites require you to call ahead for pre-screening and to schedule an appointment.
  • Hours vary between sites. Please call ahead.
  • Many of these sites have capacity for languages in addition to English.
  • Contact your health insurance provider with insurance coverage questions.

The multilingual Mayor's Health Line (617-534-5050) can help with health insurance applications, navigating Boston's health care system and COVID-19 questions.

Brigham and Women's Hospital
(Boston main campus)
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
CVS Pharmacy drive-thru 1921 Centre Street West Roxbury, MA 02132 Register in advance at  
Fenway Health McKinley School parking lot,
behind our 1340 Boylston Street location
Boston, MA 02215
617-927-6000 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., by appointment only.
You do NOT need to be a Fenway Health patient to be tested at our facility.
Massachusetts General Hospital 55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Nazarro Community Center 30 N. Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113 Appointments can be made by calling NEW Health at 617-643-8000 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Open to North End residents and workers.
NEW Health Charlestown 15 Tufts Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
St. Elizabeth Medical Center 736 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA 02135 617-789-3000  
Tufts Medical Center 37 Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02111 617-636-0019 Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. All patients are walk-ins; no appointments required.

The Museum is Open as of July 29th

I am so pleased to announce that The West End Museum is once again welcoming visitors as of July 29th. We will be open for our regular pre-pandemic hours, although at reduced capacity per city and state directives: Tuesday-Friday, 12-5PM; Saturday, 11AM-4PM; Closed Sunday and Monday. As always, admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

For the next few weeks, the main gallery will feature an exhibit, which was cut short by the mandatory closure under COVID-19 restrictions. “Cycling Legends of the West End” spotlights three key characters in bicycling history: two West End residents and one longtime physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. The cycling exhibit will transition temporarily to a revamped show exploring the roots and legacy of urban renewal in the US and in Boston. And of course, the Museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Last Tenement,” remains on display. 

Marrakech, Morocco

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
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