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The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday, November 20th.  Over 75 members of the community, nearly all of them seniors from the neighborhoods, came to the center at 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End to enjoy salad, turkey, potato, vegetables, and apple pie.  Special guests included Kathy Carangelo from City Councilor Sal La Mattina's office and Mary Guarino, President of Church on the Hill.


This year the NE/WE NSC has seen an increase in the need for turkeys and food donations to provide holiday meals and holiday baskets for seniors.  They remain especially thankful to elected officials, businesses, and donors for their support.  


Turkey donations and deliveries included 20 turkeys from Representati...




Book Launch & Reception

Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30pm


The community is invited to the Book Launch and Presentation by local Boston author, Michael Weingarten’s for his newest book, “Preservation, Intrigue & Property: Dissolving Boston’s Vilna Shul Congregation 1985-2001.” The Presentation will be followed by a book signing and a reception with light refreshments.


This enlightening event will be held December 2nd at 6:30 PM in The Boston Synagogue. The Boston Synagogue is conveniently located at 55 Martha Road, in the West End’s Charles River Park.  


This book tells the story of how a dying synagogue congregation on Boston’s Beacon Hill -- the Vilner Congregation, which built and operated the Vilner (Vilna) Shul on Phillips Street -- filed what it thought would be an uncontested dissol...




Dear Friends:


     Happy holidays!  Many of the 2,400 clients we serve a year in the North End, West End, and surrounding neighborhoods are immigrants, elderly, non-English speaking, homebound, disabled, and alone.  They are the “hidden poor” and without the NE/WE NSC, would have been forced out long ago by gentrification, soaring rents, and failing health.  As senior citizens on a fixed income, our elderly are facing hunger once again in a time of economic uncertainty, rising rents and energy costs, and the increase in food prices.  


     The holidays are wonderful, but many of the seniors who flock to our doors have no sense of belonging and no comfort.  The NE/WE NSC is their family.  That is why we try to make the day a special one for the elderly who co...




Arts & Crafts Class for Seniors


Come join the fun!  The local ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) runs a free arts and crafts class for seniors every other Wednesday at 10:00AM.   You do not need to be artistic-the students and teacher have been making all sorts of creations, including Halloween masks and Thanksgiving decorations!  They also welcome gift cards for Michael's, Joanne's, and The Dollar Tree, as well as in-kind donations of the following: 





lace and trim

other sewing notions








ceramic items to paint

colored paper


colored pencils

Or your own suggestions!


Please contact Lizbeth Castrillon at 617-523-8125 or via email at if you are interested in join...


This is the season for giving and thinking about what we are thankful for. We at the West End Community Center would ask that you not give to us, but back to community.


We have families in our neighborhood who struggle to provide their children some of the basic necessities, and  we would like to fulfill some of these mothers' wish lists for their children. We will be collecting donations through December 14th to aid the Temporary Home for Women and Children in their efforts to provide winter clothing, books, and small toys for children in need, as well as toiletries for the families. We invite you to join our wrapping and packing party on Sunday, December 13th at 2pm, to prepare the gift donations for the December 16th Holiday Party at the Temporary Women and Children's Shelter. 




Christmas Poinsettia Festival
December 5-7, 2015
68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way (behind Whole Foods)

Enjoy fellowship, coffee and treats and purchase items to support the good work of St. Joseph Parish.

*Poinsettia Plants, jewelry, knit goods, sport tickets and neighborhood gift certificate raffles*

$250 First Prize Cash Raffle
Raffles drawn at 6pm Monday, Dec. 7
You need not be present to win

- Saturday, Dec. 5: After 4pm Mass
- Sunday, Dec. 6: After 9am, 11:30am, and 5pm Masses
- Monday, Dec. 7: After 12:10pm and 5pm vigil Masses




Families with young children in the neighborhood are invited to The Boston Synagogue’s Family Fun Chanukah Festival.


This Chanukah festival will be held December 13th at 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in The Boston Synagogue. The Boston Synagogue is conveniently located at 55 Martha Road, in the West End’s Charles River Park.  


Enjoy dreidels, games, as well as arts and crafts. There will be live music, festive singing, and “Shalom Sesame: Chanukah: The Missing Menorah” movie played on our new large screen. There also will be a fun skit performed by children in our Hebrew School. Delicious traditional latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (mini donuts) will be served.


Checkout the synagogue’s other programming and events at




For 40 years, Boston’s First Night has been a cherished tradition and a signature event for our city. It has been a very successful New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year.


This celebration will be free and open to all. Entertainment and specialty attractions will be focused in Copley Square and the Boston Common. Many of the beloved traditions of First Nights past will be retained, including ice sculptures and light displays. In addition, arts and musical performances will take place in numerous inside and outside venues around the heart of the event.


Visit for more information.





Dewey Defeats Truman/The Housing Act of 1949

September 15, 2015 - January 9, 2016

Free and open to the public


Indelebile Italia by Giselle Valdes

September 22 - December 5, 2015

Free and open to the public


Special Event: 8 Nights, 8 Windows

December 6 - 14



Talk: "Halfway through the Dark," a discussion with 8 Nights, 8 Windows artists Christian Meade and Nathaniel Wyrick

Friday, December 11, 2015, 7-8pm




Please visit for more information about the West End Museum's exhibits and events.




Don't want to cook for Thanksgiving?


Here are some places you can go, but make your reservations soon!


Boston Harbor Hotel

$115 per adult, $55 per child

70 Rowes Wharf, Downtown Waterfront 



Omni Parker House

$58 per adult, $19 per child

60 School Street, Historic Downtown Boston   Reservations (required):  617-725-1600 


26 North at the Millenium Boston

$55 per adult, $35 per child

26 North Street, Historic Downtown Boston    



Beacon Hill Bistro  

$61 per person

25 Charles Street, Beacon Hill.



Seaport Hotel  

$85 adult, $25 child, under 4 free

One Seaport Lane, South Boston Waterfront ;



Brasserie Jo @ the Colonnade Hotel

$28-29 per entree

120 Huntington Ave, Back Bay. 



Cafe Fleuri @ The Langham Hotel   

$81 per adult, $4...

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