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City of Boston’s response to COVID-19: the latest updates

Stay informed about how Mayor Martin Walsh is protecting Boston residents with this timeline of orders and initiatives issued by the mayor's office. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.
Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief February 25, 2021

Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. We covered how the City of Boston has been responding to COVID-19. Now, as...

Annissa Essaibi George.

Mayoral race: Q&A with Annissa Essaibi George

"What I think I bring to the table is my diversity of experience from growing up in the city, going to school here, raising my kids here in our schools, building a business here, educating here, being a classroom teacher for 13 years."
Julia Preszler, Reporter February 17, 2021

Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George declared her candidacy for mayor at the end of January, shortly after President Biden nominated Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary. The daughter...

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates in Massachusetts

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Stay informed about phases of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Massachusetts. We will update this page as news breaks and provide resources when available.
Ha Ta, Reporter February 17, 2021

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has begun across the country, see which groups of people are prioritized to get the shots, when can you get the vaccine, where to get it and weekly updates of the rollout...

To find a testing site or food pantry in your neighborhood. Text COVID to 617 546 6111.

The Scope is piloting a news by text initiative to deliver essential COVID information to Boston residents

Lex Weaver, Reporter February 9, 2021

Want to receive the latest information about testing sites, food pantries and other COVID-19 related news in your neighborhood through texts? Sign up for a new text messaging service from the Scope, created...

Mayor Walsh declares snow emergency and parking ban Monday

Mayor Walsh declares snow emergency and parking ban Monday

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief February 1, 2021

Update: The snow emergency and parking ban currently in effect will be lifted at noon on Tuesday, the mayor announced. Residents who parked in discounted lots and garages will have until 2 p.m., Tuesday...

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

Advocates, lawmakers discuss implementing Boston Fire Cadet program to diversify fire department

Ollie Steinberg, Reporter January 25, 2021

Following the recent passage of legislation to create a Boston Fire Cadet program, aimed to diversify the Boston Fire Department, lawmakers, advocates and a group representing Black and Latino firefighters...

City of Boston announces start of new energy program offering affordable electricity rates

City of Boston announces start of new energy program offering affordable electricity rates

Ha Ta, Editor-in-chief January 25, 2021

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the Community Choice Electricity program begins on Feb. 1. Boston residents will benefit from renewable energy, stable prices and healthier communities, according to...

January 12, 2021 - Mayor Martin Walsh delivers the annual State of the City Address from the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Walsh delivers likely final State of the City address, says “our city is deep down Boston strong”

Ollie Steinberg, Reporter January 13, 2021

On Jan. 12, Mayor Marty Walsh addressed the city likely for the final time during his 7-year tenure as mayor in the 2021 State of the City address. Recently tapped for a position in the Biden-Harris...

Giovanni’s Market, located on Columbus Avenue.

Businesses in Boston college areas struggling to get back on track amid COVID-19 second wave

Alexis Santoro, Reporter January 6, 2021

Demetrios Pseudoikonomou, the owner of Cappy’s Pizza and Subs, located near 5 colleges in the Fenway area, has been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic. But even with longer days and...

Mass/Cass community frustrated with city’s approach to houselessness and addiction crisis

Mass/Cass community frustrated with city’s approach to houselessness and addiction crisis

Kelly Chan, Reporter December 22, 2020

Growing up in the Roxbury and South End neighborhood, Yahaira Lopez is one of many who has cut through Clifford Park to get to Target and Stop & Shop.  Now, she can’t bear to walk through it. The...

Superidentent of the BPS Dr. Brenda Cassellius

The balancing act of reopening Boston Public Schools

Annie Probert, Reporter December 21, 2020

When Shirley Jones Luke heard that the Boston Public Schools were transitioning back to remote learning on Oct. 22, she was relieved.  A teacher at John W. McCormack Middle School and a breast cancer...

Staff working at The Food Project's affordable Farmers' Market

Hunger relief nonprofits face challenges as they prepare for winter and COVID-19 surge

Matt Yan, Reporter December 15, 2020

In Massachusetts, the COVID-19 pandemic and cold winter weather are deepening the dire crisis of food insecurity.  It’s all hands on deck as nonprofits around the state, even those that are not typically...

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