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June 05, 2017 Likes Comments

A message from membership

By Lise Elcock

On Thursday, June 29 the chamber returns to the Newton Marriott’s pavilion along the banks of the Charles River for our Annual Members Celebration, where we’ll toast a larger-than-most-years group of businesses and organizations marking significant anniversaries of chamber membership.

Serving double-duty as the evening’s sponsor and this year’s longest-serving honoree and long-time Platinum Annual Partner, The Village Bank boasts 70 years of chamber membership.

“It is truly an honor for The Village Bank to be recognized as the longest-standing member of the Newton-Needham Chamber, and to continue to this very day our historical 70-year dedication to helping to build a stronger, more vibrant region for all. Times may have changed over the decades, but our commitment has never wavered,” said Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank and a chamber Board of Director.

“As always, we are extremely proud to work in partnership with local businesses and non-profits, and to support the universal goals we share for our communities. By working together, NNCC members are writing a dynamic script for the future of our region.”

Barry Brown, Mount Ida College president and chamber board of director, was delighted to learn of the important half-century anniversary of the school’s chamber membership. Mount Ida has deepened its involvement with the chamber under Brown’s leadership by helping to underwrite our programming and events as an Annual Gold Level Partner and contributing to the chamber’s N-Squared Innovation District fundraising initiative as the college focuses on student interest in the entrepreneurial and innovation sphere.

"We are proud of Mount Ida's membership and support of the chamber over the past half century,” Brown said. “Our mission and purpose is to guide our students toward career success and lifelong involvement in their communities. There has been no better way to achieve these goals than partnership with the chamber.”

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, which will celebrate 40 years of membership at the event, is another long-time Annual Gold Level Partner and contributor to the chamber’s N2 initiative. With its ambulatory care center in the heart of the district’s footprint, the hospital strongly supports the chamber’s efforts to promote infrastructure, traffic and other enhancements within the Wells Avenue office park and beyond.

When contacted about his business’s 40-year chamber anniversary, Paul Roberts of Newtonville Camera said the chamber’s economic advocacy role has changed during his years as a chamber member.

“We are excited about the chamber's increasing role in promoting business development. We need leadership in advocating not only affordable housing, but promoting affordable small business locations as well,” Roberts said.

We hope you’ll join us on June 29 as we gather to thank the many members who have supported us throughout the years and on whose collective foundation we’ve been able to build our organization into the state’s fastest growing chamber for the second year in a row.

From the small business owners who pay their dues each year to our annual partners who contribute generous levels of underwriting, each and every member of the chamber makes it possible in its own way for us to continue to promote the cultural and economic vitality of Newton, Needham and the surrounding communities.

Members may register for our June 29 Annual Members Celebration at Space is limited. Email Lise Elcock, the chamber’s membership director, at


2017 milestone member anniversaries

70 Years

The Village Bank

50 Years

Mount Ida College

St. Seb’s

40 Years

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Newtonville Camera

30 Years

Genalco Inc.

25 Years

Boston Showcase Company

Marcum LLP

Berman Adjusters Inc.

Boston Sports Clubs

The Second Step Inc.

FineLines Hair Salon

Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors Inc.

Nature Springs Water Co. Inc.

20 Years

Goldberg & Associates

The Carroll Center For The Blind

William James College

TD Bank

Spaulding OutPatient Center Wellesley

The Bulfinch Companies Inc.

Golden Living Center — Heathwood

Advantage Payroll Services

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP


FBC Mortgage, LLC

Lasell Village

15 Years

Home Instead Senior Care

First Financial Trust

Verve Creative

Avery Crossings Independent & Assisted Living

New England Cable News (NECN)

Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer LLP

Needham Bank

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering


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