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Needham / Newton
February 05, 2021
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40 is the new 25 (and other news)

Back in late December when Gov. Charlie Baker ordered virtually all business statewide to reduce capacity to 25 percent, he promised the restrictions would be reversed when the data improved. The data improved.   True to his word, Baker is lifting the capacity cap to 40 percent for most businesses,...

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Needham / Newton
February 04, 2021
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Two reasons why the Tripadvisor news is significant

Yesterday’s opening of a vaccine clinic at Tripadvisor in Needham, wasn’t merely significant because it offers another option for residents and workers in our area. It’s also noteworthy because Tripadvisor is the first large private sector company to turn over its corporate headquarters rent-free in the race to...

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Needham / Newton
February 03, 2021
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New vaccine clinics sites opening locally

Tripadvisor is lending the first floor of its Needham headquarters to Newton-Wellesley Hospital rent free to serve as a community vaccination center for eligible Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Mass General Brigham patients starting today. (Boston Globe story here.) Newton-Wellesley opens vaccine clinic today at TripAdvisor's Needham HQ Clinics also...

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Needham / Newton
February 03, 2021
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Is your empty building still burning the midnight oil?

Will workers come back to the office? Will companies shrink their footprint or abandon Greater Boston altogether?   Both the Globe’s Jon Chesto and Tim Logan explored those questions in back-to-back articles this week.   Chesto's story asks "Will Boston lose its competitive edge in a WFH world?" It hasn't yet, he...

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Needham / Newton
February 02, 2021
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It's just still once a year, isn't it

So much about this pandemic feels like Groundhog Day. The movie that is. Same thing happening over and over and over.   We didn’t have enough toilet paper. Enough PPE. Enough ventilators. Enough PPP dollars. Enough testing kits. Enough testing sites. And, now, enough vaccines. ...

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Needham / Newton
January 29, 2021
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What we should be doing while waiting for vaccines

Yes, Massachusetts’ vaccine roll out has been inadequate, frustrating and messy. Yesterday, Gov. Charlie Baker outlined steps state plans to take (including opening a call center next week) to improve the process. Meanwhile, as we wait for supply to catch up with demand,...

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Needham / Newton
January 28, 2021
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A million here. A million there. Pretty soon, we don't have enough vaccines

Charlie Baker used simple math yesterday to try and explain why so many seniors weren’t able to book a vaccine appointment yesterday. He said there are one million residents in the state 75 years or older. On the other hand, the state has received less than one million...

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Needham / Newton
January 27, 2021
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Comm. Ave. will never look sweeter

Imagine being able to -- once again -- cheer runners on as they chug up Heartbreak Hill. Or picture the joyful return of the Scream Tunnel.   The Boston Athletic Association said it has “cautious optimism” the 125th run up Heartbreak Hill – better known as the Boston Marathon -- will...

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Needham / Newton
January 26, 2021
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Vaccine musical chairs

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So when Gov. Charlie Baker announced yesterday that he was moving residents 65 or older up on the COVID vaccination priority list, it meant pushing back workers in grocery, restaurants, transit, sanitation,...

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Needham / Newton
January 22, 2021
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Two things Charlie Baker just did for businesses

When history looks back at how many businesses were lost and how many found a way to survive this pandemic, one significant part of the story will be how many businesses were saved at the eleventh hour by a state grant or the PPP. Yesterday, the Baker administration...

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