Chamber News

July 21, 2020
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Our latest updates and events

Mixed drinks to go are finally legal in Massachusetts.   Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Senate-delayed bill yesterday afternoon, about six weeks after a more ambitious restaurant relief bill was passed by the House and three months...

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July 20, 2020
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Something governments don't usually do: Offer to lower fees

From the start of this pandemic, Needham’s officials have been proactively looking for ways to help restaurants.   Back in May, weeks before the state allowed restaurants to offer outdoor dining, the town set up tents and picnic tables at two parks and one other public location where...

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July 17, 2020
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Only one man stands between you and a to-go frozen margarita

The concept is simple. If residents in a municipality or region want to build a bike trail or fund a cross town shuttle bus they can vote to increase their local hotel, auto excise, sales or property tax to pay for it.   If they don’t like the proposal,...

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July 16, 2020
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Don’t just reopen. Talk with your team.

As workplaces reopen, addressing our employees’ well-being is as important as implementing safety protocols. Not acknowledging months in isolation, the loss of friends or family, fears of a resurgence, feelings exposed by the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans, is about as big a mistake as...

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July 15, 2020
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Covidiot by any other name

Beth Teitell calls them “mask holes.” I’ve been referring to them as “covidiots.” But we’re talking about the same thing, those members of the public who scoff at covering their face in public.   The mask wars isn't just a science-defying red state/blue state issue. Sometimes it's...

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July 14, 2020
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Fuller grants a reprieve

Yesterday afternoon Mayor Ruthanne Fuller scrambled to do what municipal leaders in 138 other communities across the state also have to -- or should do -- this week. She granted Newton merchants and shoppers an extension, to Sept. 1, to comply with the city ordinance that bans plastic...

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July 13, 2020
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Confusion about plastic bags? You're not alone

UPDATE: In this morning’s email, I noted that in an order released Friday, the state’s Commissioner of Public Health Monica Bharel rescinded orders, effective immediately, that her office released on March 25 and April ...

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July 13, 2020
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Plastic bag bans are back

Over the weekend, the Baker Administration reinstated the ban on plastic bags and bag fees, effective immediately. Unfortunately, the order did not allow time for merchants to adjust to the sudden change. Plastic bag bans are back Over the weekend, the Baker Administration reinstated the ban on plastic...

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July 10, 2020
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Your morning update awaits

While so many things seem to be on hold these days, the Northland project on Needham Street is steadily moving forward. After winning approval from voters just days before the COVID shutdown, the project’s teams have been busy working on designs and timelines.   Northland has also managed to make...

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July 09, 2020
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Three good things to report

We start today with good news about three projects that have just been given the green light. West Newton 40B approved   A dilapidated block in West Newton is getting a major upgrade. Mark Development’s Dunstan East...

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