Chamber News

July 24, 2020
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Must we step back to move forward?

Watertown’s State Senator William Brownsberger wonders if we have our priorities wrong. He’s been looking at infection rates -- and our plans to reopen schools and colleges -- and thinks "we may need to hit the brakes on our phased reopening of the economy in...

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July 23, 2020
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Partnership to document and encourage a diverse workforce in western suburbs

Today we’re announcing that the chamber has formed a strategic partnership with Colette Phillips, and her companies Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected!, to celebrate, document and encourage a diverse workforce in our western suburban communities. Phillips is widely recognized as one Greater Boston’s most...

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July 22, 2020
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Chamber announces partnership with Colette Phillips’ Get Konnected!

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber is forming a strategic partnership with Colette Phillips Communications and Get Konnected! to celebrate, document and encourage a diverse workforce in Greater Boston’s western suburbs. The collaboration’s first joint project will be to publish a list of 50 Influential Business...

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July 22, 2020
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What was worrying these owners yesterday

Every Tuesday afternoon I have the privilege of sitting in on a Zoom meeting with some of our best local restaurateurs. They’ve been meeting weekly since shortly after the shutdown, commiserating and sharing tips and tricks for navigating the biggest economic challenge any of these savvy business leaders...

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July 21, 2020
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Our latest updates and events

Mixed drinks to go are finally legal in Massachusetts.   Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Senate-delayed bill yesterday afternoon, about six weeks after a more ambitious restaurant relief bill was passed by the House and three months...

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July 20, 2020
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Something governments don't usually do: Offer to lower fees

From the start of this pandemic, Needham’s officials have been proactively looking for ways to help restaurants.   Back in May, weeks before the state allowed restaurants to offer outdoor dining, the town set up tents and picnic tables at two parks and one other public location where...

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July 17, 2020
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Only one man stands between you and a to-go frozen margarita

The concept is simple. If residents in a municipality or region want to build a bike trail or fund a cross town shuttle bus they can vote to increase their local hotel, auto excise, sales or property tax to pay for it.   If they don’t like the proposal,...

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July 16, 2020
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Don’t just reopen. Talk with your team.

As workplaces reopen, addressing our employees’ well-being is as important as implementing safety protocols. Not acknowledging months in isolation, the loss of friends or family, fears of a resurgence, feelings exposed by the murder of George Floyd and other Black Americans, is about as big a mistake as...

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July 15, 2020
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Covidiot by any other name

Beth Teitell calls them “mask holes.” I’ve been referring to them as “covidiots.” But we’re talking about the same thing, those members of the public who scoff at covering their face in public.   The mask wars isn't just a science-defying red state/blue state issue. Sometimes it's...

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July 14, 2020
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Fuller grants a reprieve

Yesterday afternoon Mayor Ruthanne Fuller scrambled to do what municipal leaders in 138 other communities across the state also have to -- or should do -- this week. She granted Newton merchants and shoppers an extension, to Sept. 1, to comply with the city ordinance that bans plastic...

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