Welcome to the first day of the new rules
the wearing of face covering in public spaces across Massachusetts.
Stores may now decline entry to anyone who refuses to wear a face covering (unless it is for a medical reason). Violators can be fined up to $300 at
the discretion of local law enforcement.
This afternoon at 1 p.m. on Day 57 of our shut down, we’ll have a presentation
by crisis management expert (and chamber member) Janey Bishoff and HR specialist Pattie Hunt Sinacole to help us as we think about the logistical
and human resource issues we’ll need to once we bring our economy back.
New hospital boss is a neighbor
Errol Norwitz has come a long way. But soon he'll live close enough to walk to work.
Norwitz was just named president of Newton-Wellesley Hospital
He is currently
chief scientific officer at Tufts Medical Center and the chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Tufts MC and Tufts University
School of Medicine.
He's a longtime Auburndale resident who now lives a few blocks from his new gig. He grew up in South Africa where he completed his medical training
at the University of Cape Town.
He then pursued a PhD at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, followed by an OB/GYN residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at Harvard,
with clinical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
There’s more: He earned an MBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and has written 14 textbooks
90 book chapters and more than 250 original research articles and reviews.
Norwitz will be returning to Newton-Wellesley, where he was on the medical staff from 1997-2002.
“As a longstanding Newton resident and former member of the Hospital’s medical staff, I know firsthand what a special institution this is,” he said
in a statement
“I’m eager to collaborate with the dedicated, talented healthcare and administrative teams at NWH, and focus on driving the continuous innovation
and superb care that our community deserves and has come to rely upon,”
Norwitz succeeds Dr. Michael R. Jaff, a former chamber director who joined
Boston Scientific in January, and Dr. Gregg Meyer, who has led the hospital for the past several months.
He can start walking to work on July 1.
Construction projects can resume in Newton
Construction and renovation projects that had been put on hold across Newton can now resume
as long as you follow new guidelines.
The rules are not surprising: physical distancing, hand hygiene, employee health protections and site risk prevention measures as detailed in state
construction guidelines. Workers must wear face coverings indoors or outdoors whenever workers are unable to maintain a distance of less than 6
Before commencing work, contractors or owners must sign and send to Newton’s Inspectional Services Department this form
stating that they acknowledge they understand and will follow Newton’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Construction Sites. Newton’s inspectors will
do unannounced visits to job sites as well as routine inspections to ensure compliance.
What are your future workforce needs?
MBAE has worked to ensure that all Massachusetts’ students gain the skills to contribute to our high-skill economy. Recently, MBAE advocated for effective,
equitable remote learning plans to serve students during the COVID-19 crisis and to meet the needs of parents and guardians who are supporting
their children at home while working. Last year, MBAE was a key negotiator for the Student Opportunity Act, which promised to address the state’s
persistent education achievement gaps for minority students.
MBAE is now looking input from the businesses to shape its priorities going forward. They want to know how you prioritize education as part of workforce
development. As part of that process, I’d like to ask you to spend five minutes completing this survey
which is designed to help them help businesses plan for their workforce needs.
Health care, mental care
If you've lost a job and need insurance, you may qualify for coverage through the Health Connector. An extended enrollment period is available through
May 25, 202. Apply for coverage here
Mental health, emotional support and suicide prevention programs are a call away. Call2Talk by dialing 2-1-1. Call2Talk is also available by calling
508-532-2255 or by texting C2T to 741741. Text COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive daily text updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Looking for other support? Sen. Cindy Creem has created this list
of community organizations offering a variety of assistance.
They will not be getting your coffee
If you are a nonprofit organization with back-burner projects that you haven’t had the time and/or resources to complete and now have reduced staff,
chamber member InternBoston
can provide remote student interns for your organization at no cost to your nonprofit. Virtual60 is a new project-based internship program designed
to provide students with meaningful, unpaid remote learning and career exploration opportunities
Finally, what are you doing Aug. 3?
Massachusetts golf courses are closed. But Gov. Charlie Baker is thinking about allowing golfers back on the fairway, MassLive reports.
Golf associations representatives (well maybe not this guy
met with Baker’s reopening advisory board
over the weekend. They proposed a number of modifications, such as managing tee time intervals and educing touch points on the golf course and
Baker said the “presentation is being taken into consideration."
Hope to see you there. In person. Not by Zoom.
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber