If you have not voted yet, you’re in the minority.
But you still have time.
Most Bay State residents who are expected to vote in today's Democratic or Republican primaries, have already cast their ballots
Secretary of State William Galvin said yesterday.
At stake are U.S. Senate races on both the Democratic and Republican sides and a seven-way Democratic primary for the seat U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III is
giving up in order to challenge Sen. Ed Markey.
If you're voting the old fashioned way, check here
to be sure your polling location hasn’t changed. If you've voted by mail, you can track the status
of your mail-in ballot.
Or, if you’re one of the 400,000 voters who asked for a mail-in ballot but never sent it, you can still bring it to a drop box at your city or town hall
by 8 p.m. tonight.
As for what you should do with that stack of over-sized post cards sitting in your front hall, I have no idea.
Needham and chamber partner on shop-dine local campaign
As part of an effort to encourage supporting Needham’s small businesses and restaurants, the chamber and the town are splitting the cost of hanging
“Dine Local Shop Local Needham” banners
in the downtown shopping district.
The new banners (similar to the navy blue banners with the same message the chamber hung along Chapel Street last year) will go up along Great Plain Ave.
The town is also hanging banners along Chapel Street that remind residents to wear face coverings to help protect the health and safety of workers and
the community at large.
Needham officials have worked cooperatively with our downtown restaurants and retailers in recent months, creating outdoor dining spaces for meals to go,
reducing liquor license renewal fees, providing signage for COVID-related safety measures and eliminating parking meter fees through Labor Day.
We’re grateful for the support.
And a big shout out to Steven Schwede and his team at Fast Signs in Needham
(a chamber member) for giving us a great price on the banners!
Newton’s plastic bag and polystyrene bans are back
Back in July, the Baker administration caught merchants and officials in communities
across the state by surprise
when -- without advance notice -- it lifted the state’s ban on reusable bags in grocery stores and allowed plastic bag bans
to go back into effect.
Municipalities scrambled to respond. In Newton, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller granted Newton merchants and shoppers an extension, to Sept. 1, to comply with the
city ordinance that bans plastic bags.
“Recognizing that there was no advance notice of the statewide order rescission, the City of Newton will delay enforcement of its plastic bag
and polystyrene ordinances
until Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, to give retailers time to adjust to this change,” Fuller said at the time.
So effective today, Newton businesses should not be distributing single use plastic bags or serve food in polystyrene (Styrofoam).
And once again, Newton businesses are required to charge 10-cents per paper bag.
Needham only has a voluntary plastic bag ban so the paper bags that cost a dime at, for example, Trader Joes in Newton are free in Needham.
Watertown’s single-use plastic bag ban ordinance
is also back in effect but enforcement will not begin until Oct. 1. Watertown does not require a fee for paper bags at checkout.
Other communities have responded with other deadlines, which of course is one of the problems with not having these products regulated at the state level.
Masks. They aren’t just for Halloween anymore.
But what about Halloween?
A bipartisan group of 30 members of Congress are asking the CDC to provide safety guidance on celebrating Halloween during COVID, the Hill reports.
They’re asking for the CDC to weigh in on activities such as leaving packages of candy for friends and neighbors and setting up drive-through trick-or-treat
venues where children can dress up and wear masks, preferably not one of these
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Life sciences developer believes in the burbs
After recently acquiring properties in Newton
the life sciences developer has just acquired Reservoir Woods East, a trio of Waltham buildings that includes the U.S. headquarters for gas and electric
company National Grid, for a combined $330 million, the BBJ reports
Grim reaper won’t leave retailers alone
Another round of bad retail news. The Natick Mall Neiman Marcus is closing at the end of this year, Patch reports
The Dallas-based retailer is in the midst of a bankruptcy reorganization and is closing six other stores across the U.S. The store at Copley Place
in Boston will remain open.
Another Natick Mall anchor, Lord & Taylor will close up as the company ends a nearly 200 year run
closing its remaining 38 stores (so including Back Bay) and shutting down its website.
That’s actually rosier than in San Francisco where less than half
of the storefront businesses open at start of pandemic are still operating.
"Debt is now the common enemy," writes Walter Loeb. "Every retailer who had high debt before all of this started is closing some stores and cutting back
on new projects."
Some travel restrictions lifted
Colorado, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia were recently added to the lower-risk list of states that are not subject to travel order restrictions
in Massachusetts. Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey and New York are also exempt.
Visitors entering Massachusetts from 40 other states must quarantine for two weeks or test negative for COVID-19 up to 72 hours before arriving in Massachusetts.
D-Line shuttle buses return on weeknights
Four days to go!
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber