Participate In Franklin Park Action Plan Public Meetings on July 14

The city's continuing its 18-month planning process to create a master plan for Franklin Park, and would like your help during upcoming online public meetings. The city has earmarked $28 million to update Franklin Park, and is creating a master plan. The plan is looking at a long list of elements to Franklin Park, including accessibility, arboriculture, ecology, equity, implementation strategy, inclusion, master plan document, soil science, urban planning, wayfinding, and more. There will be two online workshops on July 14, 12 pm and 6:30 pm. The Franklin Park Coalition also released a mini-poll seeking people's opinions on the poll.

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Fireworks Complaints Exploding! Up 5,543% in June 2020 Compared to June 2019

We've all noticed that there has been an increase in renegade fireworks being shot off across the city this month. There have been so many complaints to the city that Mayor Walsh created a task force to tackle the issue of illegal fireworks. "Fireworks are a serious issue not only in the city of Boston, but all across the country. People lose sleep, babies get woken up, some people with PTSD experience real harms, pets are terrified and they're fire hazards," said Mayor Walsh. Fireworks calls to the Boston Police Department were up by 5,543% in June 2020 compared to the previous June, according to a city press release.

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‘BPL to Go’ Launches at Jamaica Plain Branch Library

The Jamaica Plain Branch Library is one of the five branch libraries that will participate in the initial BPL to Go program, which will allow people to pick up physical items such as books, DVDs, and CDs. BPL to Go launched at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on June 22. "We are so glad to return this first in-person service to our patrons, to complement the online services we have rolled out since we closed in March," said David Leonard, BPL President.  "For several weeks, we have been planning how to safely return to in-person service; after evaluating recommendations from experts and learning from peer libraries across the country, we have a program that will allow us to place some of our collections back into circulation." The first five locations participating in the program re the Central Library in Copley Square, the Codman Square Branch, the East Boston Branch, the Jamaica Plain Branch, and the Mattapan Branch. BPL hopes the program will be expanded throughout the system in the coming weeks.

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Walsh: Filling Out U.S. Census Is Effective, Safe Way to Support Your Community

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a U.S. Census, counting every person living in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and five U.S. territories. This is more than just a headcount; the Census determines everything from representation in Congress, to federal funds for schools, affordable housing, infrastructure, and healthcare programs.

As Boston continues to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and work towards an equitable recovery, Federal funding will play a key role in providing relief for our small business owners, veterans, renters, our healthcare sector, and more. Much of the recovery aid that Washington will allocate is based on our population’s size determined by the Census. Filling out the 2020 Census is a great way to support healthcare workers, first responders, and other people on the front lines from the safety of your home. It will also help Boston respond to future emergencies by increasing data accuracy and federal dollars for community health centers and hospitals.

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Boston Expands COVID-19 Testing; Free to Residents Regardless of Insurance & Immigration Status

Boston is ramping up its daily diagnostic testing of residents, to more than double tests in the last two weeks. The city's averaging 1,100 tests conducted per day, up from an average of 680 tests conducted per day the prior week, and the aim is to reach an average of 1,500 diagnostic tests per day of residents, according to a city press release. Testing efforts are being prioritized in each neighborhood, particularly of populations most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. "Testing helps people get the care they need and avoid passing the virus on to others," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "Increasing our testing efforts allows our public health experts to better track the outbreak and it will continue to be essential in our progress toward recovery.

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