Chamber News

Needham / Newton
December 18, 2020
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Our work together is just beginning

Believe it or not, this is my 153rd morning update since March. And in some ways, it feels like our journey is just beginning.   We still need to get through a very challenging winter. Then we’ll need to work together in 2021 rebuilding our economy.   Since March, we’ve hosted 106 webinars, covering...

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Needham / Newton
December 17, 2020
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Read now. Shovel later.

Will they? Or won't they? Last night Politico reported that Congress appears to finally be closing in on another round of coronavirus relief while the Hill said negotiations over a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill are running into eleventh-hour snags, threatening to push into a...

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Needham / Newton
December 16, 2020
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There's light at the end of the tunnel but we're still in the tunnel

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel, but remember, we are still in the tunnel.” That’s how Melissa Jocelyn, nursing director at Mass. General, summed our world up yesterday. And if you ask me, she was spot on.   “On behalf of all of our nurses and healthcare...

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Needham / Newton
December 15, 2020
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Another step back as Newton, other cities, add restrictions

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is wise to collaborate with other mayors in the region on steps to curtail the regional rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Otherwise, we’re left with a confusing quilt of policies that can literally vary from one block to the next. ...

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Needham / Newton
December 11, 2020
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Chamber members helping chamber members

Yesterday, I noted that Needham’s Exchange Club is showing its support for local businesses by buying $50 gift cards for each of its nearly 100 members to any Needham business of their choice. Today, we have a story about how an employer also found a way to...

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Needham / Newton
December 10, 2020
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Restaurants aren't just about 'raucous celebrating'

There’s this perspective offered by Karen Masterson, proprietor of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton Centre. Masterson notes that, while most of us think of restaurants as places for social interaction, they can also be a respite for individuals coping with isolation. Gov. Charlie Baker’s rollback of...

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Needham / Newton
December 09, 2020
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Many businesses expected worst

That sound you heard yesterday at about 2 p.m. were restaurateurs, retailers, fitness club operators and other small business owners exhaling. That’s because -- although Gov. Charlie Baker dialed back a number of restrictions yesterday -- the measures were not as harsh as many businesses feared;...

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Needham / Newton
December 08, 2020
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Needham's simple idea should be adopted everywhere

Retailers and restaurateurs are fighting to survive the holidays and get through rest of this winter.  And a growing number of customers are, understandably, jittery about indoor dining and shopping.   That’s why Needham’s new campaign promoting curbside pickup is really smart.   The town has designated one dozen downtown parking spaces...

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Needham
December 07, 2020
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Needham just made curbside pickup even easier

To support small businesses and give the public a safe and easy way to shop locally, the Town of Needham has worked with downtown businesses to create curbside pick spots in front of retailers and restaurants.   The...

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Needham / Newton
December 04, 2020
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Stimulus proposal would include another PPP

Hopes for a new federal stimulus before Christmas -- with perhaps $288 billion for businesses, including another PPP and a separate restaurant relief program -- picked up steam yesterday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had an actual phone conversation. Is there ever...

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