Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, contact organizers (phone, web or social media) to check the status of events you are interested in attending and as always, keep yourself and your family safe.
USS Constitution & Museum Virtual Tours and Activities
The USS Constitution and USS Constitution Museum are online.
Try out hands-on activities, such as A Sailor’s Life for Me!
Take a virtual tour of USS Constitution on Facebook Live. They’re hosted daily at 1 p.m.
Explore the Constitution’s major voyages and events
Browse the online collections of artifacts
Dig into the rich history of “Old Ironsides” in their vast and varied blog posts.
There is something available for everyone.
The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website and social media channels.
Visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube just for the fun of it.
Kennedy Center – Updates
For more than 56 years, the Kennedy Center has provided critical safety nets for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors. At this time:
• All ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services have been canceled with the intention of re-opening the Early Education programs.
• All Family Engagement and Senior activities at the Community Resource Center (JFK CRC), located at 55 Bunker Hill St. has been suspended.
• The JFK CRC is a BPS School Easts Drop-and-Go food site for children, ages 18 and under. No registration is required. All children receive free books, early literacy and learning kits, tools, and related materials daily.
• JFK Home Care is open until further notice and they are reaching out to all seniors in the network to assess health/safety, food and financial insecurity and will direct resources as appropriately.
• They are actively creating and sharing early learning activities on their social media accounts and via email.
• They have launched a new Charlestown Family Engagement Network site and will update the content daily.
• You can subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at KennedyCenter.org.
If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit kennedycenter.org/donate.
Food pantry requests
The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup and cans of coffee. Any donation on non-perishable foods would also be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., the Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St.
Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.
For more information, phone 617-990-7314.
Free breakfast & lunch for all Boston students
BPS will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students until further notice. A variety of packaged meal options will be available for pick up. Locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30–11:30 a.m. at the schools. View all locations here.
Free meals for all students
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
Visit boston.gov for a list of meal sites or phone 617-635-3717 or email email@example.com for other information. See all locations here.
If you need additional food resources, you can contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
‘Sing a Song – Send a Song’
ZUMIX may not be able to entertain you at one of their events right now, but they are still committed to bringing joy to everyone, especially in this time of need. That is why ZUMIX has started a new at-home campaign called “Sing a Song/ Send a Song!”
Participants are asked to sing a song dedicated to someone they're not able to see right now and nominate three friends to do the same.
They are hoping people will consider donating $10 to ZUMIX through their First Giving page with the post and asking your nominees to do the same.
To take part, visit www.firstgiving.com.
BPL is closed; online services continue to grow
All locations of the Boston Public Library are closed until further notice.
Please note the following:
• All events, classes, concerts and talks taking place at all locations of the Boston Public Library are at this time either cancelled or postponed.
• The BPL will waive overdue fines for our library patrons through May 1st..
• During this time, the library is expanding automatic renewals and allowing people to keep their books and other materials for 15 weeks, instead of the usual three weeks.
• The BPL has pushed back library card expiration dates - if your card is due for renewal, you will have until October to renew it.
• The library is increasing the limits on accrued fines before an account is blocked. Use of online library services will not be suspended for patrons during this period.
• The library foresees no interruption in its digital services, which will remain on line for cardholders to enjoy remotely. In the coming days and weeks, the library will increase its online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources. Details about and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.
• The library is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of the visitors and staff. Further updates to our operating hours will be announced on our website, on our social media platforms, and through email.
• For more information on the library closure, visit www.bpl.org/news/covid-19-update-march-16th.
• If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email ask@BPL.org
Disaster relief donations
The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions, hurricanes in the South and more recently, COVID-19.
All proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative costs. Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to: P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129.
Send an email to Towniemoe@aol.com for more information.
Brewer’s Fork, Charlestown
Brewer’s Fork (brewersfork.com) has set up a fund @Brewers-Fork and all proceeds will benefit their staff members who can’t work while they are closed.
Historic neighborhood tour
The Charlestown Preservation Society hosts a self-guided historic neighborhood tour, with information available at cps-ris.org.
The 1.5-mile route winds through Boston’s oldest neighborhood, through charming neighborhood squares and street and past historic houses and monuments. Read about Charlestown’s history and people and peek inside many buildings through interior photographs.
Mobile market program
The Fresh Connect Truck is usually at 150 Medford St. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays and from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the year.
Visit aboutfresh.org for more information, including delivery status.
Two Dollar-A-Bag sites
Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.
The trucks will be at The Kennedy Center, 55 Bunker Hill St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit fairfoods.org or phone 617-288-6185 for more information, including delivery status.
New Moms Group
A New Moms Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on most Thursdays at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St. in the North End during the school year and at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St. during the summer.
This is a safe, supportive and welcoming place to come and meet other new mothers in the neighborhood. They talk about everything from diapers, to nursing, to sleep deprivation and all the other exciting and challenging happenings – and sometimes overwhelming transitions – in their new chapter of life.
This is a drop-in group – with no late comers – so arrive anytime that works for you. The group includes mothers from the North End, Waterfront, West End, Beacon Hill, Seaport, Charlestown neighborhoods and beyond. Babies (infants to 12 months) are welcome, also.
Visit NewMomsGroupNorthEnd.com, email NewMomsGroupNorthEnd@gmail.com, or phone 781-639-6002 for other information, including when the group will meet again.