Chamber News

March 30, 2020
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New program aims to help health care workers & restaurants

As we enter our third full week of the shutdown, here's the latest updates: Our businesses and nonprofits are anxiously waiting this week for specifics about the $2 trillion federal CARES Act. The bill reforms the unemployment insurance program; provides...

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March 27, 2020
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Do what's in your wheelhouse

Yesterday, I shared the story of an anonymous customer who made a Needham shop owner's day.   This morning, meet a restaurant owner who is refusing to wait out this pandemic.   “We feed people," said Karen Masterson,...

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Needham
March 26, 2020
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Olin College of Engineering names Dr. Gilda Barabino as its second president

Dr. Gilda Barabino has been named the next president of Olin College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Barabino’s unanimous selection by the Olin College Board of Trustees comes after a comprehensive search that drew interest from around the world. Photo by Leise Jones Photography Dr. Gilda Barabino...

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March 26, 2020
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Updates on the 'essential/non-essential business' rules and more

Earlier this week, Julie Ben-David, owner of the Needham Florist Shop, was worried about the same thing small retailers across our communities were worried about; How to survive and abide by Gov. Baker's order to close her non-essential business. ...

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March 25, 2020
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​Defining 'essential business' and other COVID related updates

We have multiple timely updates (including an item at the very end about takeout beer!) this morning: Let's start with Gov. Baker's order this week requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close their...

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Newton
March 25, 2020
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Mayor announces Newton COVID-19 Care Fund

Fund will assist both Newton residents and Newton-based workers. Mayor Fuller on Friday announced the launch of the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund, established by Newton community leaders in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. The campaign will help families and individuals --...

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Needham
March 25, 2020
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BID Needham establishes Health Care Heroes Fund

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham has just announced the creation of the Healthcare Heroes Fund. 100% of contributions to the Healthcare Heroes Fund will be used to provide essential resources to BID Needham employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the following priorities. ...

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March 19, 2020
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Newton-Needham food pantries need your help

Responding to many requests from our members as to how they can help during this time of crisis, the chamber will be providing updates from our nonprofit members.   Updated: Monday, March 23, 2020 Responding to many requests from our members as to how they can help during this...

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March 05, 2020
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JCC’s Mark Sokoll to retire

After 21 years at the organization, Mark Sokoll, President and CEO of JCC Greater Boston, has announced his retirement. A respected leader in the Jewish community for over 30 years, Sokoll’s commitment and partnerships have led to achievements such as a nationally recognized ...

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