Chamber News

Newton
December 03, 2019
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Northland approved (but it’s too soon to celebrate)

I come with good news. But also, potentially, some disturbing news. Last night, the Newton City Council approved Northland's proposed mixed-use project, 17-7. This project -- the result of more than three years of discussions and tough negotiations between city leaders, neighbors, civic groups, housing ...

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December 02, 2019
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Chamber launches targeted affinity spheres

Chamber members who work in health and wellness, digital marketing, or education have a new avenue for networking and finding referrals, thanks to the creation of three new targeted affinity groups. These affinity spheres, led by fellow chamber members, offer a consistent opportunity to make connections, tackle common...

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November 27, 2019
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We asked, and you responded

After several years of unprecedented membership growth for our chamber - and breaking into the Boston Business Journal’s top ten list of largest chambers in the state - we thought it was time to take a look at just what was driving this engagement from the local...

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Newton
November 21, 2019
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Scaled-down Riverside Station project edges forward

A proposed mixed-use development at the Riverside MBTA Station has cleared a major hurdle, but only after it was significantly reduced in size and scope. Originally proposed at 1.5 million square feet, the Newton City Council unanimously approved a compromise zoning...

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November 14, 2019
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Chamber urges Newton City Council to approve Northland’s special permit

  The following letter was sent to the Newton City Council Land Use Committee Chair Greg Schwartz from the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors.   Chairman Greg Schwartz Land Use Committee Newton City Council   Dear Chairman Schwartz: The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors has voted unanimously to...

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November 01, 2019
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A word about traffic and the T

Over the past six months, I have been participating in meetings with two separate business coalitions that were asked by the Massachusetts House Speaker and Senate President to recommend funding options to address our region's transportation crisis. During those meetings we took a deep dive...

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Newton
November 01, 2019
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Newton Innovation Center closing

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller made the following announcement on Nov. 1, 2019. I have made the difficult decision to phase-out in four months the Newton Innovation Center co-working space located in a City of Newton building in Newton Corner. The Newton Innovation Center (NIC) opened in 2016. Mayor Setti...

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November 01, 2019
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Millona: Immigration policies are undermining our economy

By Eva Millona Today is the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Among immigration officials and immigrant advocates, it’s also known as Citizenship Day. It’s a time to reflect on what it means to be a U.S. citizen, and to recognize and encourage immigrants...

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Newton
October 31, 2019
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28 Austin opens, bringing much-needed housing and retail to Newtonville

Seven years after Newton‘s Board of Alderman voted unanimously to transform Newtonville‘s Austin Street municipal parking lot into housing and retail space, 28 Austin has opened. 28 Austin — Newton’s first new multi-family housing north of Route 9 in more than a decade — is...

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Newton
October 23, 2019
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Newton’s variable parking price program is worth exploring

An article in today’s Newton TAB (Newton businesses flabbergasted by possible $3.75 parking meters) mischaracterized a new parking rate plan in Newton. The TAB reported that the council gave the city the authority to raise parking rates to as much as $3.75 an hour.But it failed to...

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