Chamber News

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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October 15, 2020
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Everybody wins when you dine locally

It's no secret that the pandemic is taking its toll on local restaurants. One in five restaurants statewide have closed. More inevitably will. But, instead of throwing in the kitchen towel, more than 60 Newton and Needham restaurants are teaming together, rolling up their sleeves,...

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October 14, 2020
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Charlie Baker said it again yesterday

There is “no evidence” that indoor dining is responsible for the spread of COVID-19.   The governor says same thing, over ...

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October 13, 2020
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'Please behave' isn't working so neighboring towns step up fines

"Please follow the guidelines" isn't working. So as Massachusetts enters 'a COVID autumn,' and more cities and towns find themselves in high and moderate-risk territory, two of our neighboring communities have apparently decided to get tough.   Last week, Natick’s Board of Health voted to levy fines...

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October 09, 2020
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Work from home? Your boss may have a different idea.

Back in August, a survey of Greater Boston employers showed that nearly half of their employees would continue to work remotely even after the pandemic was over. So it was interesting to read the comments from some top business leaders this week,...

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