Chamber News

April 30, 2020
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The golden anniversary none of us wanted

It’s the milestone none of us wanted. But here we are: Day 50 of the state-ordered shut-down. We have (at least) 18 days to go before, hopefully, some form of phased-in reopening of the economy. Rent day is tomorrow. Early on in this crisis, the...

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Newton
April 29, 2020
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Newton-Wellesley Hospital names new president

Newton resident Errol R. Norwitz, MD, PhD, MBA has been named President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, effective July 1. Norwitz is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Tufts Medical Center and the Louis E. Phaneuf Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at...

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April 29, 2020
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We've been extended (and other updates)

As we enter day 49 of the state-ordered shut-down, we’ve confirmed what we all already knew: This is far from over. Yesterday Governor Charlie Baker extended his order requiring non-essential Massachusetts businesses to close physical operations until May 18. It’s the second time he’s extended this order. The...

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April 28, 2020
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Up next: Mandatory face masks?

Welcome to day 48 of our state-ordered shut down. Rent is due on Friday.   We’re also just six days away from May 4; the date when Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order to close businesses expires. No one expects the governor ...

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April 27, 2020
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What's not happening tonight

Welcome to day 47 of our state-ordered shut down. We’re now five days away from the first of the month, rent day, and just hours away from when the SBA will begin accepting PPP loan applications again (see below). Tonight, was also supposed to be a special evening...

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April 24, 2020
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Race for PPP round two begins

Welcome to day 44 of our state-ordered shut down. We’re also seven days away from the first of the month -- rent day -- a date that looms large for both tenants and landlords (more on that below). Today also marks round two of scrambling for those...

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April 23, 2020
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The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber launches new Shop Local directory and campaign to help local businesses during COVID-19

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber invites all local businesses in Newton, Needham, Watertown and Wellesley, both members and non-members, to add itself to the directory by completing this form. As part of the Chamber’s Shop Local directory, the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has launched a social media...

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April 23, 2020
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Business help Newton Covid-19 Fund raise over $600K

It’s not surprising to see so many displays of kindness and generosity these days.   It’s the kind of community we’ve always been.   Still, it was impressive when the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund ...

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April 22, 2020
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Today's news-packed updates

As you probably heard, Gov. Charlie Baker cancelled the rest of the school year yesterday and extended day care closings through June 29. But the governor also talked about creating procedures to gradually reopen some parts of the economy in the weeks to come.   Baker declined to say if his non-essential...

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April 21, 2020
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Go fast? Or go far?

There’s a wonderful African proverb that my friend (and chamber member) Colette Phillips includes in her email signature:   "If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together."   ...

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