Chamber News

Needham / Newton
December 24, 2020
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One last time in 2020

We're closing the (virtual) chamber office for a week so this will be my final email for 2020. Thanks to everyone who found time to read these updates regularly, or even occasionally. Your feedback, ideas, news tips and encouragement have kept me going over many late nights and...

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Needham / Newton
December 23, 2020
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The science behind Baker’s decision

There continues to be a clamoring for Baker to close indoor dining (including from the Globe and a number of legislators). But, to the relief of our local restaurants, that’s not what he did yesterday. And it appears the governor has science on his side. It used to...

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Needham / Newton
December 22, 2020
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Another round of PPP headed our way

With no time to spare, Congress sent a $900 billion dollar stimulus package to the White House last night. The bill includes $325 billion for a second round of the Paycheck Protection Program and other provisions that could determine whether, or not, a lot of our businesses...

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Needham / Newton
December 21, 2020
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We're expanding into Wellesley!

This morning our board chair Linda Sloane Kay announced plans to expand our chamber's outreach and engagement into Wellesley. This decision follows several months of engaging in some great conversations with members of the Wellesley Chamber’s board, during which we mutually agreed that the businesses and nonprofits in...

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Needham / Newton
December 18, 2020
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Our work together is just beginning

Believe it or not, this is my 153rd morning update since March. And in some ways, it feels like our journey is just beginning.   We still need to get through a very challenging winter. Then we’ll need to work together in 2021 rebuilding our economy.   Since March, we’ve hosted 106 webinars, covering...

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Needham / Newton
December 17, 2020
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Read now. Shovel later.

Will they? Or won't they? Last night Politico reported that Congress appears to finally be closing in on another round of coronavirus relief while the Hill said negotiations over a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill are running into eleventh-hour snags, threatening to push into a...

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Needham / Newton
December 16, 2020
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There's light at the end of the tunnel but we're still in the tunnel

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but remember, we are still in the tunnel.” That’s how Melissa Jocelyn, nursing director at Mass. General, summed our world up yesterday. And if you ask me, she was spot on.   “On behalf of all of our nurses and healthcare...

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Needham / Newton
December 15, 2020
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Another step back as Newton, other cities, add restrictions

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is wise to collaborate with other mayors in the region on steps to curtail the regional rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Otherwise, we’re left with a confusing quilt of policies that can literally vary from one block to the next. ...

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Needham / Newton
December 11, 2020
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Chamber members helping chamber members

Yesterday, I noted that Needham’s Exchange Club is showing its support for local businesses by buying $50 gift cards for each of its nearly 100 members to any Needham business of their choice. Today, we have a story about how an employer also found a way to...

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Needham / Newton
December 10, 2020
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Restaurants aren't just about 'raucous celebrating'

There’s this perspective offered by Karen Masterson, proprietor of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton Centre. Masterson notes that, while most of us think of restaurants as places for social interaction, they can also be a respite for individuals coping with isolation. Gov. Charlie Baker’s rollback of...

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