Dear Friends,


Today Muslims begin a month’s observance of Ramadan. Usually, in addition to Ramadan’s sunrise-to-sunset fast, families and friends gather for large festive meals at dusk, worshippers go to mosques for hours of evening prayers and communal meals are held for the poor. With the necessary restrictions caused by the pandemic, we wish our Muslim neighbors and friends a safe way to observe this special month.

Ramadan Mubarak!


Each winter, The West End Civic Association presents a $250 check to a worthy neighborhood organization. This year, the recipient was Breaktime Café, Inc. soon to open in the North Station neighborhood of our West End.

            As the Boston Globe reported: “Breaktime Cafe doesn’t look like much. Its 1,500 square feet of typical office space on Portland Street, with gray carpeting, off-white walls, and tables shoved into corners. But by the time the cafe opens in the spring, its founders hope to transform the office into a resource for Boston’s homeless youth.

“The opening will mark a major expansion of a six-month pilot program founded last year by a pair of Harvard University undergraduates. It offered a handful of homeless youth on-the-job training as baristas, with the goal of bringing them into the workforce and out of homelessness. “We’re not creating jobs for people because we pity them,” cofounder Tony Shu, 20, said. “We’re creating jobs for people who have skills and talents within them.”

WECA is proud to partner with our new neighbor and anxious to try their coffee and pastries! We’ll keep members posted when he hear about Breaktime Café’s opening date.

PHOTO CAPTION: Breaktime Co-founders Connor Schoen and Tony Shu with the lovely Erica Tetzaguic.



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            There you can find Jay’s letter, co-signed by more than 50 MA State Representatives and Senators, written to Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders asking to address gaps in language and access for people applying to unemployment assistance. And regular Covid-19 updates. Plus, all blog posts and news

            We will have to do with electronic communication from our highly active State Rep until he can resume coffee hours again at Paces. May that be soon!

            You can reach Jay at Thanks for always being available, Jay


KENZIE BOK, Boston City Council, District 8

Be sure to sign up for Kenzie’s newsletter by contacting Emily Brown, Director of Policy and Communications and Liaison for the West End, Audubon Circle, Kenmore, and Back Bay


Daily updates are sent out by various government agencies. You may find these links helpful:

MAKE YOUR HOME SAFE! . With thanks to Elaine Cronin; come back from CA asap, Elaine!


Mass General has activated its Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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COVID-19 News.


In order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, face masks and cloth coverings have increasingly become part of our daily garb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing a face covering when you’re in public places. New YorkMaryland and parts of California have made them mandatory to wear or carry in places where social distancing isn’t possible, like the supermarket.

With the shortage of N95 and surgical face masks, cloth coverings are the next best option. Wearing a nonmedical face mask doesn’t exempt you from physical and social distancing — you still need to behave as though you’re not wearing one. The idea is to protect others from your droplets of various origins; masks do not do much to protect you. But: they do remind you to keep your distance.

Be aware that nonmedical masks may not prevent you from acquiring COVID-19, which is why other precautions are so important. 

The price of masks ranges from the low-price disposal paper models at Walmart to the washable fashionista prints of local designers. Or Louis Vuitton and the crafters of Etsy! Bandannas and scarves are being worn, too, or make your own. Check out the innumerable posts and patterns offered on the Web.

            Should we see each other on a safe-distance stroll, smile hidden by our mask/scarf, please assume there is a smile under the fabric – and give a warm wave! My mask says “I’m Smiling!” – because, usually, I am.


“Per the Mayor and the City of Boston’s recent mandate, our team will be pausing all construction at the West End site until further notice. This is in direct response to health concerns around the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and, like many of you, we are adapting to ensure we are taking the appropriate precautions during these unprecedented times. We have taken all measures to secure the site during this shutdown.

We will have 24-hour security onsite until we receive notification from the City of Boston to resume our work. As part of their routine, Security Guards will make periodic walks around the site to check that things are secure. Site lighting and perimeter fencing will be maintained for safety of the neighborhood.

  Upcoming Meetings – Amy Lowell Coffee Hour – Suspended until further notice.

  Current Sub-Contractors On-Site – Andy Frain Services (Security)

  Tishman Construction Neighborhood Liaison Barry McGrath

Renovations and new construction in the City of Boston is LEED Certified.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), issued by U.S. Green Buildings Council


Please do not drop off any book you want to return! All late fees will be waived if you just hold on to them until the Library sends out updated information. Again – no fines!

The ABCD Food Bank at the Library is closed, as is their Boston office. Their nearest office accepting food donations is ABCD East Boston APAC 21 Meridan Street East Boston, MA 02128. Phone: 617.567.8857.


Anais Nin once opined: “Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So, we lost our center and have to find it again.”

In the only-30-days-of-April, we have celebrated our wonderful and varied religious holidays in isolation – reaching out as best we could – and being grateful for technology that brought family and friends “together.”

            Most of us have observed the bedrock rule for conquering this pandemic: STAY HOME.

We are improving our tech skills, washing our hands, disinfecting, and gloving – and surviving. It can get lonely, and it helps to reach out, as best we can, to those who are the most isolated.

Again, an offer: Should you need to speak to someone – and connect – try me at 617.227.3662.


Jane Breschard Wilson



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