“Bar pizza has not only survived, it has thrived," said Kerry Byrne, a former Boston Herald food writer who started the Facebook group out of concern for
local restaurants and how a decline in indoor dining would impact them.
Several groups in our market are also dedicated to supporting dining local, although so far none are quite as big as that South Shore group, at least not
There's the MetroWest-focused Chew On This,
with nearly 12,000 members.
If there’s a similar dining-dedicated Newton or Wellesley group, we couldn’t find it. Here’s hoping someone starts them. And let me know what else I missing.
And here’s a few Instagram feeds to follow as well:
Meanwhile, the suburban takeout scene remains woefully underrepresented on Boston Globe’s big “Project Takeout” map,
As of last night, it only listed nine restaurants in Newton, two in Needham and two in Wellesley that offer takeout.
128 Biz Council head laments ‘heart breaking’ vetoes
Add Monica Tibbits-Nutt to the list of high-profile transportation experts who were frustrated by Gov. Charlie Baker’s recent heart-breaking vetoes in the transportation bond
The only difference here is Tibbits-Nutt is a Baker appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the MBTA’s Fiscal and
Management Control Board, notes Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth.
“Many of the vetoes represent missed opportunities for building a more equitable transportation system for all residents of the Commonwealth,” tweeted
Tibbits-Nutt who is also executive director of the 128 Business Council,
which operates shuttles serving Needham, Newton and other communities in our area.
Tibbits-Nutt also lamented the striking of reduced fares for low-income people as well as a veto of a program providing grants to transportation management
associations, private organizations, including the Business Council.
“The programs that were vetoed won’t potentially make it back onto a legislative agenda for several years—maybe longer,” she added.
Hardly 'Sleepy Joe'
Here's a look at some the actions taken by Joe Biden in his first half day as President of the United States.
Calling all Wellesley businesses and nonprofits
On Thurs. Feb. 4 the chamber will be holding an open house information session for Wellesley-based businesses and nonprofits. If you are a former Wellesley Chamber member with questions about the transition,
or if you’ve never been a member and are not even sure what the chamber can do for your organization – this is an opportunity to learn more.
We’ll have a short presentation, but mostly this will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss ways in which the chamber can best serve your company
and the Wellesley community at large. RSVP here or by emailing email@example.com
The Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative (NUARI) Working Group is creating a vision statement for racial equity in Needham and guiding principles
that will inform future actions to achieve that vision. A draft statement is here.
Feedback is welcome here.
The next meeting is Jan. 25, 6 p.m. via Zoom.
NBC10 Boston, NECN and Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofits through Feb. 12
for its annual Project Innovation grant challenge. The stations will award a total of $315,000 to up to 12 community organizations in May.
Galen Street life sciences center advances
Boston Development Group’s
proposed new life science building on Galen Street just outside of Watertown Square just received thumbs-up from the town’s Planning Board, Watertown News reports.
Next stop is the Zoning Board of Appeals, which could grant final approval next week.
“Life science clusters will be found in areas where developers have the correct zoning and access to public transportation,” Boston Development’s Jodie
Zussman said in explaining why her company is bullish about working in Watertown.
In other local biotech news, Abcuro (located at LabShares Newton)
has raised $42 million to continues its development of immunotherapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer, according to Endpoints News.
When will business bounce back?
The BBJ has published a series of articles exploring when an economic recovery can be expected in a six key sectors. Here’s the relevant links….
Yesterday, I asked for feedback from anyone who has applied for the just opened new round of the Paycheck Protection Program to tell me how the process
was going. Overwhelmingly, our members said it’s been smooth sailing, a big improvement over the chaos in 2020.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the SBA’s infuriating habit of continually revising its rules.
A simpler form is likely good news but less frequent SBA whiplash would be a positive too.
And here’s one more interesting PPP tidbit: If your business did not receive a PPP loan in 2020 you might actually be able to get two PPP loans in 2021
— if you act fast, experts say. The process would require getting a PPP loan, spending it and applying for a second PPP loan before the program
expires. The BBJ’s Andy Medici explains.
Subscribe to our Events eNewsletter, INBusiness or BOTH!
Thank you for subscribing to the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber's email list. Please note that you can always unsubscribe or change your preferences using the link included at the bottom of each e-mail.