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Boston Public Library Program Brings Books to Vulnerable Citizens During COVID-19

Boston Public Library Program Brings Books to Vulnerable Citizens During COVID-19

Ha Ta, Editor

July 28, 2020

The Boston Public Library is one of the few public spaces where many marginalized community members, those who are unhoused or who don’t have technology and Internet access, feel welcomed. So when the Library closed in March due to COVID-19, its staff quickly put together and launched the Books for Bost...

Students struggling to access technology, reveals digital inequities

Snell Library, Northeastern University campus, Boston, MA.

Alex Ervin, Reporter

May 22, 2020

Ashaley Ashley received the same email thousands of Northeastern University students found in their inboxes on March 10, 2020 stating that all classes would move online due to COVID-19. But for Ashley, this posed a certain challenge that few of his colleagues would face. “Finding a way to get my...

How are students maintaining religious faith during a pandemic?

Signs outside the building where Hillel, a Jewish organization on Northeastern University's campus, meet, notifying students of cancelled events.

Abigail Hembree , Reporter

May 1, 2020

Sabah Gillani expected to observe the holy month of Ramadan with friends at Northeastern University’s Islamic Society. But now that COVID-19 has suspended community gatherings, Ramadan will not be what Gillani, or the broader Muslim community, anticipated.  “Everyone kind of looked forward to this month....

Meal services rely on Resiliency Fund to keep kitchens open

Community Servings home-delivers about 1,000 medically tailored meals a day, to Massachusetts residents living with critical illnesses.

Julia Carlin, Reporter

April 26, 2020

At Community Servings food is medicine.  Catering for more than a dozen different medical diets — including diabetic, healthy heart and vegetarian — the Jamaica Plain-based nonprofit serves food the doctor recommends “the way your grandmother cooks,” said CEO David Waters.   As the CO...

Women share tales, swap recipes from their quarantine kitchens

Elisa Hamilton's banana bread card.

Maria Aguirre, Reporter

April 22, 2020

Earlier this year, Boston-based visual artist Evelyn Rydz was struggling to decide which of her Colombian mother’s recipes she would take to the next “Comida Casera” dinner. Rydz has hosted these intimate, pot-luck meals since 2016, gathering strangers, neighbors, colleagues, friends, mentors...

Musicians take performances online to survive coronavirus shutdown

Boston musicians Ethan Setiawan and Louise Bichan record a video in their home for Club Passim’s Keep Your Distance Festival.

Eileen O’Grady, Editor

March 24, 2020

Boston-based fiddle player Louise Bichan watched two months worth of income vanish in a day.  In early March, at the recommendation of health officials, event organizers began cancelling concerts due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. By March 12, Bichan realized she had to cancel two tours and...

Mission Hill co-op making DIY more affordable for over 40 years

Deb Beatty Mel, assistant director of BBR’s Reuse Center says they are at home in Boston's Mission Hill. Photo by Abigail Hembree.

Abigail Hembree, Reporter

March 20, 2020

Tucked away on Terrace Street in Mission Hill, Boston Building Resources has been helping residents renovate their homes for over 40 years, providing discounted materials and trusted advice.   Part consumer co-op and part nonprofit, BBR provides people of all incomes and from many neighborhoods wi...

Chinese communities send surgical masks to Wuhan to support fight against coronavirus

Boxes of surgical masks and medical supplies wait to be shipped from UMass Amherst to Wuhan China, in the fight to contain the coronavirus. Photo by Hiu Yan Ping.

Hiu Yan Ping, Reporter

February 28, 2020

The continued spread of coronavirus is boosting the price of surgical masks across Asia. Here in Massachusetts, Chinese communities are organizing donations of surgical masks to send to China to help contain the disease. Xue Xiao, a student from Umass Amherst who is working to help the crisis, has g...

More than 17,000 requests for needle pick-ups since 2015: Boston neighborhoods most affected by the opioid crisis

Needle collection. Photo by Jordan Erb.

February 26, 2020

311 data from the City of Boston shows the number of requests for needle pick-ups has steadily increased over the past five years, now totaling over 17,000. The needles are but a quantifier of a bigger problem, a numerable proxy for a larger issue: the nation’s opioid crisis....

Boston Fire Department’s vague free speech policies spark debate after firings

A Boston Fire Department truck in a station. Photo by garghe, via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

George Barker

February 18, 2020

Off duty and on Facebook, Octavius Rowe, a 17-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, made a handful of posts in 2017 that included sentiments the Boston Civil Service Commission determined were bigoted and derogatory, especially against the LGBTQ community. After an investigation into his social ...

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