The Nazareth Child Care Center is closing its Jamaica Plain program due to increased operational costs, and consolidating with its Dorchester program. Janet MacDougall, Divisional Director of Child Care for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Boston, provided a letter on May 26 to families of the child care center outlining the reasons for the Jamaica Plain program's closure. "While Catholic Charities continually strives to serve working families, increases to building operating expenses and program related costs of care, along with the overall cost of the renovations necessary to the Nazareth building have become too great for us to continue the program at its current location," wrote MacDougall. MacDougall wrote it was with a "heavy heart" that the decision was made to close the program at 19 Joseph St. The letter states that they're working with the Nazareth teaching team as they will make the transition to the Yawkey Child Care Center in Dorchester.
Eliminating self-serve coffee stations, having no more than four people in an elevator at one time, and other best public health practices are part of the city's recommended strategies to return to places of work. "Our first and foremost priority in making available these guidelines is to empower businesses and employers to act now and put in place safety precautions and protocols before beginning to reopen," said Mayor Marty Walsh. On Thursday the city announced guidance and operational recommendations for businesses, employers and commercial landlords to consider as part of their return-to-work strategies for office workplaces. These are not regulations, but additional considerations to supplement state and federal mandates around building and property management. Areas such as social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting, are specific to Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's phased reopening plan.
After 24 years of being a local bed and breakfast off Centre Street, the Taylor House announced the business is closing, and that the owners are selling the two houses of the inn. In an email to customers the proprietors Dave Elliott and Daryl Bichel addressed the B&B's closure:
"After years of competition from AirB&B and recent substantial losses due to the pandemic, we have found it necessary to sell our two houses. This was a very difficult decision, as we have many good memories associated with our 24 years in business - friendships, joyous events, concerts, dinners and more. We're grateful for your patronage." Then they asked for possible buyer referrals on the two large houses: 50 Burroughs St., 9 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms; and 3 Agassiz Park, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
El Oriental de Cuba, Midway Cafe, and The Video Underground, are just of several well-known and popular Jamaica Plain businesses that received money from the city's Small Business Relief Fund. The city gave $2 million to 561 small businesses, as part of the initial money distributed from the relief fund. Small businesses in Jamaica Plain received a total of $250,000 as of May 22. Once approved businesses started receiving grants on April 24, and grants are distributed each week as businesses submit and finalize required documentation. The city denoted that small businesses to receive the fund must have fewer than 35 employees, less than $1.5 million in annual revenue, and registered and operating in good standing with the city.
Joggers, bicycling, and dogs will no longer be allowed when the Forest Hills Cemetery reopens to the public. And there's a neighborhood petition objecting to the private cemetery's new policy. The cemetery announced it was closed to the public in late April because too many people were coming to bike rides, walk around, walk dogs, and exercise. The reopening date has not been chosen yet, and will be determined based upon the guidance of the state. "We require all visitors to be respectful of our primary purpose which is to bury the dead and to provide a peaceful and tranquil setting for their families and friends," said the cemetery's website.