Chamber News

October 30, 2020
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The source of spread, quantified.

The Baker administration has finally begun releasing data that can help us all better understand the source of coronavirus clusters across the state. And the just-released numbers suggest that retail shops, office settings, restaurants, child care settings and other business locations, aren’t big drivers.   Other states have been releasing similar data for...

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October 29, 2020
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We're losing another local favorite

The loss of any local business is hard. But this one really stings. After seven years in Needham, Stacy Madison of Stacy’s Juicebar announced yesterday that she will be closing her much-loved shop on Nov. 25.   “I want to personally thank you for your patronage and friendship,” Madison wrote...

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October 28, 2020
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The shutdown drumbeat grows louder

The drumbeat to shut down more of our economy is, understandably, growing louder. Among the experts calling for a pull back of indoor dining, casinos and other activities is Dr. Ashish Jha, the highly-respected dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.   “Whenever you get...

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October 27, 2020
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Four non-COVID things that will also make 2021 hard

How are your nerves? The most consequential election of our time is also the most stressful, right?   Coronavirus cases continue a disturbing climb; nationally and across the state. Stocks plunge.   Our health care workers are experiencing palpable anxiety. Other front line workers are harassed ...

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October 23, 2020
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More about Baker's plan to help businesses

Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a multi-million dollar plan yesterday designed to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy. The plan focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. Please block off Thursday Nov. 12 from 10:30 to noon on...

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October 22, 2020
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Yesterday's new CDC guidance could impact workplaces & schools

New guidance from the CDC could have a big impact on workplaces, schools and other group settings where we might come into contact with an individual carrying the coronavirus multiple times over the same day. The CDC had previously defined a “close contact” as someone who spent at...

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October 21, 2020
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Stimulus? Fuhgeddaboudit

Any hopes that Washington might agree to another Paycheck Protection Program, the Restaurant Relief Bill or any other stimulus measures, grew dimer yesterday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told the White House not to strike an agreement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before the Nov. 3...

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October 20, 2020
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Twenty-four thumbs up for Riverside Station!

This is big! A transformative, transit-oriented development at the Riverside MBTA station was approved, 24-0, by the Newton City Council last night.   The years-in-the-making project will include 582 apartments (including 103 affordable units) along with 253,827 square feet of office space, 150 hotel rooms and 38,895 square feet ...

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October 19, 2020
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Landmark Newton retailer relocates to anchor retail space at Trio Newton

The Barn Family Shoe Store, New England’s favorite destination for stylish, high-quality footwear for the entire family has just relocated to a state-of-the-art new retail space at Trio Newton in Newtonville. The Barn, a family-owned and operated shoe store since 1948, relocated to 229 Walnut Street, less than...

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October 16, 2020
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My feet have been waiting months for this

Next week, the Barn makes its long-anticipated move to its new home at Trio in Newtonville, less than a mile east on Washington Street from its former location in West Newton. The move to Trio is noteworthy in many ways. The mixed-use project from Mark Development was...

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