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 after beer and wine to-go was approved.
Restaurants can begin selling mixed drinks to-go immediately.
Drinks can be as large as 64 ounces. Lids with sipping holes or an opening for straws must be covered.
No mixed drinks can be sold after midnight. If the mixed drink is to be transported by a motor vehicle, either by delivery or pick-up, the drink should
be placed in the trunk or some other area that’s not considered the passenger area. (More on the regulations here.)
“It’s not going to push anybody over the finish line, but we’ll take every little bit of help we can get,” Tony Maws
of Mass Restaurants United told the Globe
adding that “this does not help the smaller mom and pops serving pizza and tacos that don’t have a liquor license.”
Looking for a list of local restaurants offering takeout and/or delivery? Go here.
Now, go even bolder Needham
In a blog post
architect and Needham resident John Rufo
urges the town to go even bigger by planning more permanent changes to streets and how we think of what a street is.
"The creative spontaneous response during the COVID crisis where small portions of 'streets' are reclaimed for other uses has functioned as a real-time
experiment, allowing us to easily imagine our typical street a little differently," writes Rufo, who is also on the chamber’s board of directors
"Replace the jersey barriers, the traffic cones and temporary galvanized railings with design elements of the same function but better aesthetics,
and the street quickly becomes a new kind of enjoyable place to dwell in and share.”
West Newton Cinema reopens
On Friday, the beloved West Newton Cinema opened its doors to the public for the first time in four months.
But the theater’s owners are optimistic that audiences will slowly – and safely -- return.
“We have spent the last few months making small improvements to the building as well as preparing to welcome our patrons back into an environment that
is safe and adheres to ALL government guidelines,” says a notice on the theater’s website.
“We will only be selling 25 tickets/theater, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online to secure a seat.”
Needham Unite Against Racism event tonight
Workers and residents are invited to share their personal experiences with racism in Needham, and their concerns and suggestions for improvement as
part of the town’s Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative
Search the categories here
to add your business or nonprofit.
Fair collection returns
The T had allowed riders to enter via the rear door on trollies and buses as a way to social distance from drivers. Front-door boarding also resumed
on Monday with new separators between drivers and passengers installed.
Transportation funding: point, counterpoint
This week’s Codcast features an interesting point-counter point
on transportation funding. Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts, makes the case for more revenue. John Regan, president
and CEO of the business group Associated Industries of Massachusetts, disagrees.
...and one more point
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber