Chamber News

September 04, 2020
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Gov.: 'People are tired! I'm tired!'

A few weeks back, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubled down on, what the New York Post called, his ‘war on fun.’ Yesterday, it was Gov. Charlie Baker's turn. “People are tired,” Baker admitted. “I am too.   “None of us were brought up anticipating that we would end up living a significant portion...

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September 03, 2020
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The next 'pandemic purchase'

As the weather gets colder, many restaurateurs with outdoor setups are hoping to extend the season by investing in heat lamps. But just as plexiglass was in short supply a few months ago, there’s now fears of an outdoor heater shortage. I goofed yesterday when I provided the...

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September 02, 2020
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Introducing the Newton-Needham Dining Collaborative

In May, the chamber invited a group of Needham and Newton restaurateurs to participate in a Zoom call to discuss the struggles facing their industry.   In May, the chamber invited a group of Needham and Newton restaurateurs to participate in a Zoom call to discuss the struggles facing their industry. ...

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September 01, 2020
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Grim reaper won’t leave retailers alone

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...

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August 31, 2020
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Town of Needham, Chamber partner on ‘shop local’ banner campaign

The Town of Needham, with support from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber, is urging the public to keep their dollars local and shop and dine safely through a new downtown banner campaign. ...

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August 28, 2020
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Don’t be the person who ‘meant to, but never got around to it.’

Will anyone at your business or nonprofit be included in our list of the 50 Most Influential Business People of Color in Greater Boston’s western suburbs? The nomination deadline for this project (which will be celebrated with a print publication and a virtual event) is Sept. 4 … one week from...

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August 27, 2020
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A message from the chamber's virtual intern

While finishing my senior year at Newton South High School, I started an internship with the chamber in an attempt to narrow down what I might want to do in the future. I was initially interested in interning at the chamber because I would be involved with...

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August 27, 2020
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Here's a stimulus idea from across the pond

The British government has launched a program designed to help restaurants and everyone else struggling from a deep recession: Half price meals.   ...

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August 26, 2020
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And the $2 million dollar slogan is...

“Put your money where your heart is.” That’s the slogan that will be front and center in a $2 million ad campaign encouraging Massachusetts’ residents to shop, dine out and travel at local stores and destinations.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced the program yesterday. It will launch...

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August 25, 2020
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The Globe's message to Newton

The Boston Globe's editorial board is challenging us to follow our better angels. Will we listen?   In an editorial Sunday, “Tear down this paper wall, Newton,” editors urged the Newton City Council to “correct a historic mistake” by overhauling the zoning rules that “for almost a century, have outlawed...

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