Friday, November 20, 2020

Your South Boston Newsletter Highlights

An update on events going on in South Boston and around the City from Haley Dillon, our Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services liaison. 

One addition, on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 244-284 A Street (former Gillette parking lot site) will be in front of the Boston Civic Design Commission (details under Events below).

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‘Moakley Talks’ Planning Discussions

"Moakley Talks" is a series of discussions on key aspects of the Moakley Park planning process. We hope you’ll join in on the conversation!
What to expect:

  • Update on our initiatives since the 2018 Vision Plan Open House
  • Hear the feedback we received
  • Overview of current design 
  • Upcoming outreach events
Next Discussion: Moakley Talks: Public Health and Environment
Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6 - 7 p.m. | Join the November 24 meeting.

More information here.

Kick off 4 Kids Peloton Raffle

Kick off 4 Kids annual flag football tournament raises money to provide South Boston families and non-profits with funds to help families in need, especially during the holiday season. Due to COVID-19 they are unable to host their Annual Kickoff 4 Kids Tournament this Fall, but it’s vital to continue our important mission and tradition of donating toys and gifts to countless needy children and families this Holiday Season! Please consider taking a chance and please spread the word!

Starting now, we are raffling off an amazing Peloton Bike! Venmo: Kickoff4Kids

1 for $20 (Field Goal) 
3 for $50 (Touchdown) 
8 for $100 (Game Winner) 
Good luck all! We’ll see you in the Spring!
For more information email


604-608 E Broadway

What: Updates from last meeting.
WhenMonday, November 23, 5:30 PM
Where: Join Webex Meeting
Meeting number (access code): 173 102 5014
Meeting password: 604e

8 Lilly Street

What: Proposed three story addition.
WhenMonday, November 23, 6:30 PM
Where: Join Webex Meeting
Meeting number (access code): 173 454 7702
Meeting password: lilly

753 E Broadway 

What: Change of use from office space and bagel shop to bagel shop and 4 dwelling units.
WhenMonday, November 23, 7:30 PM
Where: Join Webex Meeting
Meeting number (access code): 173 452 0642
Meeting password: 753e

244-284 A Street (former Gillette parking lot site)

What: Boston Civic Design Commission (urban design & public realm)
When: Tuesday, November 24, 5:00 PM
Where: Register

Virtual Table Talk on the Boston Student College Experience

What: The Office of Public Service & Community Outreach is hosting its second Virtual Table Talk regarding the Boston Student College Experience. 
When: Friday, November 20, 4:30 PM. 
Where: To register for the virtual meeting, please click here.

Mayor’s Office of Public Service and Community Outreach Giving Thanks Contest

The ‘Giving Thanks’ contest is a fun, creative, and safe way to celebrate Thanksgiving. Show OPS how you give thanks to your loved ones. Email your thank you notes, pictures, or videos to to enter for a chance to win a prize. The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 4.

Reimagine Boston's Main Streets

Join Mayor Martin Walsh and the Department of Economic Development on Monday, November 23 at 6:00 PM for the public launch to Reimagine Boston's Main Streets. All are invited! Register at

City Announcements

Mayor Walsh Announces Construction Completion of Key Healthy Streets Projects

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the completion of several Healthy Streets projects in Downtown, Mattapan, and Roslindale, to support transportation safety and reliability. These projects originate in  Go Boston 2030, the City's long-term transportation action plan, and were accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Walsh announced these projects earlier this fall as part of the second phase of the Healthy Streets transformation.
Read more.

Good Neighbors Program Has Fulfilled More Than 4500 Requests During Covid-19

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Good Neighbors program, a partnership with Nesterly that connects older, at-risk individuals with volunteers to help with basic needs, has fulfilled more than 4,500 requests for food delivery and friendly check-ins since its creation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food deliveries and check-ins continue to serve residents who are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and homebound.
Read more.

Mayor Walsh Releases Boston’s Zero-emission Vehicle Roadmap and Cuts Ribbon on Public Neighborhood Ev Chargers

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston has released its Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap, a long-term strategy to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and other zero-emission transportation, with specific actions to be taken by the City. In tandem, the Boston Transportation Department is installing publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in its neighborhood municipal lots. 
Read more.

New Covid-19 Relief Funds Available to Small Businesses

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of three new funds totaling $6.3 million that will support small businesses within the City of Boston that have been affected by COVID-19, focusing on commercial rent relief, supporting certified women, minority, and veteran owned small businesses, and restaurant payroll and rental relief. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Boston has allocated more than $15 million toward direct grants to small businesses. 
Read more.

Mayor to File Ordinance to Create Office of Police Accountability and Transparency

In keeping with his commitment to taking swift action on police reform, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced he will file an ordinance with the Boston City Council to create the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency to enact the Boston Police Reform Task Force recommendations. Mayor Walsh today also signed two executive orders to create Boston’s first-ever Civilian Review Board, and to create a stronger Internal Affairs Oversight Panel, both as recommended by the Task Force. 
Read more.

City of Boston Offering Expanded Recycling Resources for Residents

Following through with recommendations made in the City of Boston's first ever Zero Waste Plan, the Boston Public Works Department (PWD) in partnership with northeast-based textile recycling company, Helpsy, began delivering dropboxes for residents to dispose of their textiles to municipal parking lots across Boston. These dropboxes are part of the City of Boston's work to expand recycling services citywide, creating a healthier and greener environment for generations to come. 
Read more.

Thanksgiving Guidance

The City is asking people to spend Thanksgiving in person with only their current household. A big area of virus transmission is private gatherings.

If you feel you must be with your family: 
  • Keep it small and limit the number of guests. 
  • In Boston, indoor gatherings should be 10 people or less.
    • There are no exceptions. 
  • Everyone should wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking, and everyone should stay 6 feet apart when possible.
  • Look at how much space you have, and how many people can safely maintain distance. 
  • Look at your ventilation and open windows if needed. 
  • Consider spending time outdoors, weather permitting. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • We have a range of guidelines for how to serve food safely that you can check out at
  • And if you travel out of state, follow the state guidelines on quarantine and testing when you return. 
  • In fact: everyone should get tested before Thanksgiving and after Thanksgiving.
The City is also asking our colleges and universities to tell students that  if they go home for Thanksgiving, they should not be returning to Boston this semester.
  • Emerson College and Suffolk University simplified this issue by going fully remote after Thanksgiving, and Boston University and Harvard let students know they should not return in person if they go home. 
  • We are asking all our colleges and universities to take similar steps.

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