Chamber News

Newton
October 30, 2018
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Where would Newton’s marijuana stores be allowed to open?

Often lost in the debate over whether or not adult-use recreational marijuana shops should operate in Newton is the fact that there aren’t very many properties where these stores can exist under the city’s proposed zoning. By Greg Reibman Often lost in the debate over...

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N2 Innovation District
October 29, 2018
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Coke to stop manufacturing in Needham

The operators of the Coca-Cola facility in Needham announced plans to cease manufacturing operations at the site and covert the facility into a warehouse. The change in use could result in approximately 146 local layoffs, although the company says it will work to retain interested associates in other roles. ...

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October 29, 2018
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Newton seeking volunteers to examine elected officials’ salaries

Newton City Council President Marc Laredo is seeking volunteers from the business and nonprofit communities to serve on a new commission that will be examining the compensation of Newton’s elected officials. The city council passed a resolution on Oct. 1 asking the Council President...

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N2 Innovation District / Newton
October 26, 2018
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Former Bookfair building gets new owner

Hammers, dust and broken pieces of wood are flying inside the building that served for a half-century as the home of The New England Mobile Book Fair. The bookstore itself moved last year to a storefront further down Needham Street, but the long warehouse-like space it once...

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Needham
October 24, 2018
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Help light up downtown Needham for the holidays

This December the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber becomes the keeper of the long-time town tradition of lighting up the Needham’s Town Common -- including the beloved Blue Tree -- throughout the holiday season. The 64-year-long town tradition of the lighting of the Blue Tree will take place on...

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October 23, 2018
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Chamber’s R.L. Tennant Award goes full circle

The Board of Directors of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will bestow the R.L. Tennant Award -- the chamber’s highest honor – to the son of the man that the award was originally named after. Walter F. Tennant, the chamber’s long-time treasurer and proprietor of...

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Needham
October 19, 2018
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Needham seeks $70 M tax hike for new police & fire stations

Needham voters will be asked to approve a $70 million property tax increase on Nov. 6 to replace the town’s outdated police and fire stations. The project includes tearing down and reconstructing both the police and fire headquarters on Chestnut Street in Needham Center and Fire...

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Newton
October 16, 2018
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Newton-Wellesley Hospital projects $16M loss if nurse ratio question passes

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is projecting significant negative impacts on its capability to provide safe, quality care to patients should proposed nurse staffing ratios pass on Nov. 6. The ballot question would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or the specific needs of their patients, adhere...

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October 09, 2018
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Newton-Needham Chamber supports ‘Yes on 3’ to uphold transgender protections

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has joined a growing coalition of business organizations and employers supporting the “Yes on 3” ballot question campaign which seeks to uphold the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law. “Repealing a law that protects the basic human rights of our transgender friends, neighbors, employees and...

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Newton
October 05, 2018
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Proposed pot shop ban would mean lost revenue for Newton

A ballot referendum that would ban the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana in Newton would result in the loss of millions of dollars annually in local tax revenue, according to city projections. By Greg Reibman A ballot referendum that would ban the sale of adult-use...

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