Chamber News

June 16, 2020
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Next reopening decision could come this week

It was her most important speech since she was elected mayor in 2017. I thought it was her best too.   In an address to the city last night, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller acknowledged the toll of COVID-19: 118 deaths, a recession, job losses, struggling families and struggling businesses.   And, without...

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June 15, 2020
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Mayor to discuss racism, police, economic recession, tonight

Like mayors across the nation, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is facing demands to re-allocate funds from the Newton Police Department to other community programs.   Tonight (Monday) at 6 p.m. she plans to discuss those requests and related issues in a...

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June 12, 2020
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Get out! (and eat)

Our housing shortage, especially the lack of housing for low wage workers, is particularly dire in our inner suburbs and creates major hiring challenges for hotels, stores, restaurants and other employers.   And it appears to be getting worse. Nearly 30...

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June 11, 2020
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Making buildings feel safe

It’s been nearly three weeks since Gov. Charlie Baker announced that non-essential workers could return to their offices.   But by all accounts, companies large and small have been slow ...

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June 10, 2020
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YOU did this!

Three weeks ago, we took a break from our usual morning email to talk about an impending financial crisis facing this chamber. We noted that one-third of our 2020 operating budget was dependent upon revenue from events that have been cancelled, or put on hold. Our dues revenue ...

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June 09, 2020
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So how'd it go yesterday?

Monday marked the start of Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, which allowed for restaurants to offer outdoor dining, retailers to allow indoor shopping, hotels to welcome guests and car dealers to open showrooms, among others. Not every business that could open did. As I wrote yesterday, ...

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June 08, 2020
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Fingers crossed for Phase 2; Tim Duncan speaks with city leaders

Phase 2 (technically, Phase 2, part 1) of the state’s reopening plan, begins today.   Retailers can open their shops. Restaurants can begin serving outdoors. Hotels can welcome guests.   Preventive care, car dealerships, playgrounds,...

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June 05, 2020
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Here's an idea we should 'borrow' from Texas

It's Friday! We’re smart in Massachusetts. But here’s an idea we should “borrow” from Texas.   We should adopt the Texas Restaurant Promise, a pledge that all of us will act safely when restaurants reopen.   The Texas Promise asks restaurants, employees and customers to promise to practice social distancing, hand washing,...

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June 04, 2020
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Breaking news: Government does some useful stuff

The monthly jobs numbers for May will be released tomorrow. Look for them to show that we’ve reached 20 percent unemployment nationwide.   On a more positive note (as we wait for Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement on Saturday) ...

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June 03, 2020
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How to know when Phase 2 starts

Restaurants, retail shops, hotels, day care centers and other businesses will be anxiously watching Gov. Charlie Baker on Saturday to see if he will allow Phase 2 of his reopening plan to commence on Monday (June 8).   ...

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