Chamber News

Needham / Newton
November 11, 2020
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The changing face(s) of the suburbs

There was a lot of talk during this past election about the suburbs and the big role they played in Joe Biden’s election. The 'burbs -- experts reminded us over and over -- have become increasingly racially and ethnically...

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Needham / Newton
November 10, 2020
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This is a BIG week for your chamber

Look, folks. Here's the deal: This is a big week for your chamber.   This afternoon at 1 p.m., join me for a conversation with Congressman-elect Jake Auchincloss. I’ll get his reaction to the national election, but also ask about his transition from Newton City Council (and the contest to...

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Needham / Newton
November 06, 2020
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Chamber joins call to avoid new business taxes

Our chamber joined a coalition of other businesses groups across Massachusetts yesterday cautioning state leaders to “go-slow” before considering new or higher taxes during upcoming budget deliberations. We all know that face coverings are widely regarded as the single biggest defense against spreading COVID-19. We also...

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Needham / Newton
November 05, 2020
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What happens at 12:01 tonight

At one minute after midnight tonight, Gov. Charlie Baker’s latest guidelines -- mandating eat in restaurants, gyms, liquor stores, entertainment venues and a long list of other businesses close at 9:30 p.m. -- goes into effect. So will new rules requiring public mask wearing at all times and...

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Needham / Newton
November 03, 2020
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Guv to us: Be home by 10 p.m.

“What we should not do,” Gov. Charlie Baker said near the start of his big announcement yesterday, “is shut down our economy or our schools. “Schools are not spreaders, here or anywhere else, and its been proven now over and over and over again by real...

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Needham / Newton
November 02, 2020
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Is your company or nonprofit in need of COVID testing?

The Needham-Newton Regional Chamber is working with Project Beacon to make additional COVID-19 testing available to employers and institutions in the Newton-Needham-Wellesley area. Project Beacon is founded by the Broad Institute, F-Prime Capital, and GV, and is focused on providing low cost, end-to-end COVID...

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October 30, 2020
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The source of spread, quantified.

The Baker administration has finally begun releasing data that can help us all better understand the source of coronavirus clusters across the state. And the just-released numbers suggest that retail shops, office settings, restaurants, child care settings and other business locations, aren’t big drivers.   Other states have been releasing similar data for...

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October 29, 2020
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We're losing another local favorite

The loss of any local business is hard. But this one really stings. After seven years in Needham, Stacy Madison of Stacy’s Juicebar announced yesterday that she will be closing her much-loved shop on Nov. 25.   “I want to personally thank you for your patronage and friendship,” Madison wrote...

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October 28, 2020
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The shutdown drumbeat grows louder

The drumbeat to shut down more of our economy is, understandably, growing louder. Among the experts calling for a pull back of indoor dining, casinos and other activities is Dr. Ashish Jha, the highly-respected dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.   “Whenever you get...

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October 27, 2020
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Four non-COVID things that will also make 2021 hard

How are your nerves? The most consequential election of our time is also the most stressful, right?   Coronavirus cases continue a disturbing climb; nationally and across the state. Stocks plunge.   Our health care workers are experiencing palpable anxiety. Other front line workers are harassed ...

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