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APRIL 2021 CenterNews Part 2


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The swan boats will be back and open on Saturday, May 8th at 10am.

The City of Boston remains in a modified Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s Reopening Massachusetts plan, since Monday, March 22, 2021.

The City will not advance beyond the current reopening steps until the citywide testing positivity rate stays below 2.75% — as calculated by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) — for two consecutive weeks.

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

As of Monday, March 22, 2021, all visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival.  Travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:

  • Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.  Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
  • Anyone who is entering Massachusetts for fewer than 24 hours
  • Anyone who is returning to Massachusetts after being out of the State for fewer than 24 hours
  • Workers who enter Massachusetts to perform critical infrastructure functions (as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) during required commuting to or from work and while at work.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.

Vaccination Schedule:

These Phase 2 and Phase 3 groups will be eligible next:

EFFECTIVE 4/5/21: PEOPLE AGE 55 AND OLDER
EFFECTIVE 4/5/21: PEOPLE WITH 1 CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITION
EFFECTIVE 4/19/21: PEOPLE AGE 16 AND OLDER


Steps to get your vaccination

Step 1: Check your eligibility below or use our tool

Step 2: Preregister for a mass vaccination location or find a location and schedule your appointment

There are different ways to find a vaccine appointment:

  • Preregister at VaccineSignUp.mass.gov to be notified when it's your turn to schedule an appointment at one of 7 mass vaccination locations: Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Reggie Lewis Center, DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers, Eastfield Mall in Springfield, Natick Mall and former Circuit City in Dartmouth.
  • Use VaxFinder.mass.gov to search for appointments at pharmacies, health care providers, and other community locations

Massachusetts’ preregistration system makes it easier to request and schedule an appointment at one of the 7 mass vaccination locations. People can preregister for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at mass vaccination locations only. More locations will be added to the system in April.

Once you sign up for preregistration, you’ll receive weekly status updates. You can opt out at any time if you find an appointment elsewhere. Once an appointment is available, you’ll be contacted with the opportunity to book the appointment and have 24 hours to accept it.

Massachusetts receives a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the federal government each week. Due to high demand and very limited supply, it may take several weeks to schedule an appointment or to be notified that an appointment is available at mass vaccination locations. 

look for more information of Mass.gov

Additional details about the current state of reopening can be found on Boston.gov/reopening

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So this April is different than a usual April, the marathon is postponed, again, taxes are not due until May 17th, Earth Day is virtual, as are so many other things...but the trees are blooming, the grass is getting greener (despite the snow) and temperatures seem to be getting a little spring like...(I'm knocking on wood!)

Boston Public Schools are on vacation this week, and many are going out of town.  Travel advisory recommendations are listed in the left column for any one who needs the reference of where MA stands on this.


Hope that you are able to enjoy the outside a little, despite the April showers that are in the forecast.  Stay safe and keep wearing your masks, we are getting closer!  With any luck we'll have more of a summer this year!

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

 

West End Branch of the Boston Public Library

Picture of a Boston Public Library card. Text reads: The Boston Public Library will permanently eliminate late fines effective July 1, 2021 | Boston Public Library | City of Boston.
Mayor Janey announced today the BPL will permanently eliminate fines on materials returned late to the library for patrons of all ages, effective July 1, 2021.
Under this policy change, the BPL will also remove all past overdue fines from patrons’ accounts. Moving forward, patrons will not face monetary penalties for returning books late.
Learn more about the policy changes here: http://ow.ly/6cOD50EoCU4
 
Links to Check out

EARTH DAY 2021 BOSTON
Because of the ongoing pandemic, Earth Day Boston’s 2021 free event will be online. Tune in here!
Thursday, April 22, 2021
7 to 8 PM

 

Clean Water, Green Space, and Social Equity
Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 5:30p -6:30p
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
The chain of green spaces and waterways that comprise the Emerald Necklace park system is an invaluable urban oasis. Described as “the lungs of the city” this parkland and its rivers and ponds clean the city air, provide habitats for birds and other wildlife, and greatly improve quality of life for Boston residents. Our panel will explore the past, present, and future of this urban wild, beginning with Olmsted’s vision, through the lens of social equity and environmental justice. 

Free Wednesdays @ The MFA
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 4:00p -9:30p
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
UPDATE: Free MFA Wednesdays after 4pm are currently on hold. But you can still enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3pm courtesy of Chase:

https://twitter.com/mfaboston/status/1357071369742274560?lang=en
 


Free Thursdays at the ICA

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 5:00p -9:00p
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue
Admission is FREE for all every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM during ICA Free Thursday Nights. Timed tickets are required for free days and nights. Timed tickets for Free Thursday Nights become available at 10 AM the morning of.

 


After-School Animal Encounters: Humans and Animals

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021 3:00p -3:45p
(Virtual) Harvard Museum of Natural History
Life on planet Earth can sometimes seem unbelievably diverse and resilient, yet we’re more aware than ever of how connected all living beings are to one another. This special Earth Week edition focuses on some of the challenges animals face today, and on what we humans—young and old—can do to help. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder, and join Javier, Ryan, and some of our amazing animals as they lead you in a live 45-minute program.


FRESH SPRING ROLLS

Author: Joanna Cismaru

 
Serves: 
INGREDIENTS
  • 8 rice paper sheets
  • 8 large basil leaves or cilantro
  • 6 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced thin
  • ¼ head red cabbage shredded
  • 1 medium english cucumber sliced into thin, 2-3" long matchsticks
  • ¼ cup green onion sliced thin

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soften the Rice Paper: Submerge one sheet of rice paper at a time for 5 seconds to soften. Remove it and set aside for 10-15 seconds.
  • Assemble the Wrap: On the lower middle section of the rice paper wrap, place the ingredients. First, a basil leaf, a few pieces of lettuce and cucumber, carrots and bell pepper, some shredded cabbage, and some green onion.
  • Roll the Wraps: Bring up the smaller end of the rice paper to wrap tightly over the vegetables. Next, bring the sides of rice paper over. Roll tightly until you get to the end of rice paper wrapper. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Serve: Serve with peanut sauce.

RECIPE NOTES

  1. Don’t overstuff your rolls! This will cause the rice paper to tear and your spring roll will completely fall apart.
  2. Adding my homemade peanut sauce for dipping is an absolute must if you ask me!
  3. Serve these spring rolls immediately, since this provides for optimal freshness and taste. However, they will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days, but you don’t want the rice paper wrapper to dry out. To accomplish this, wrap individually in plastic, because plastic wrap will keep the rice paper moist, and prevents sticking or tearing.
  4. Spring Rolls do not freeze well.
 

PEANUT SAUCE
Author: Joanna Cismaru
Serves: 

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup peanut butter smooth
  • 1 inch ginger piece roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ⅓ cup water or more as needed

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine Ingredients: Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until well combined. Add more water if needed.
  • Adjust Seasoning: Taste and adjust for seasoning as needed.

RECIPE NOTES

  1. Recipe yields about 1 cup of sauce.
  2. If you’re allergic to peanuts or you’re not a fan of the peanut flavor, you can substitute almond butter or sunflower butter instead!
  3. If your sauce is too thick for your liking, try thinning it out by stirring in one tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Your sauce will keep for up to a week if refrigerated in an airtight container. Take the sauce out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving to let it come to room temperature for convenience.
  5. Peanut sauce freezes well, so you can make a double or triple batch and freeze the leftovers! Store in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

TIPS

  1. If you’re allergic to peanuts or you’re not a fan of the peanut flavor, you can substitute almond butter or sunflower butter instead!
  2. If your sauce is too thick for your liking, try thinning it out by stirring in one tablespoon of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

 

 
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