Your chamber is proud to have partnered with Colette Phillips on this project. But our commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusivity in Greater
Boston’s western suburbs can't stop here. Please send me your thoughts and suggestions for next steps.
One final comment: Yesterday I congratulated our 50 honorees for making the list.
But I realized later that what I should have done is thank these 50 women and men for inspiring and elevating us and our communities. We are so fortunate.
The Baker administration will announce plans today to begin setting up field hospitals in preparation for worsening COVID-19 conditions as the state prepares
to cross the threshold of 10,000 confirmed deaths from the disease, reports Matt Murphy at State House News.
But Gov. Charlie Baker, however, warned against becoming too alarmed by the rising numbers of daily cases and hospitalizations, pointing to the progress
the state has made in testing and the improved preparedness of the health care system.
"We're nowhere near the uncharted territory we were at in the spring. Nowhere near it," Baker said yesterday.
The Department of Public Health reported this week that the state's hospitals were operating at 72 percent occupancy of non-intensive care unit beds and
50 percent capacity in ICUs around the state.
The Post article noted that earlier coronavirus clusters were linked to nursing homes and crowded nightclubs. But public health officials nationwide now
say case investigations are increasingly leading them to small, private social gatherings.
“We’ve all gotten used to our bubbles, but I don’t think we’ve really asked whether someone who’s in our bubble is also in another person’s bubble,” said
Nirav Shah, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Maine.
The Post also quoted Needham’s Public Heath Director Tim McDonald, saying he’s considering a campaign reminding residents that, according to guidance from the CDC,
they should avoid spending more than 15 minutes within six feet of most other people in a 24-hour period.
And in a Globe op-ed this week,
a group of infectious disease experts shared similar concerns about informal gatherings while actually cautioning against closing businesses or schools.
“It’s not clear that shutting down would stop or even control this spread," they wrote. “In fact, there’s a real chance such measures would have the opposite
effect, prompting more congregating indoors in household or private settings.”
"The highly anticipated restaurant from acclaimed restaurateurs Nancy and Tim Cushman (of o ya and Hojoko) was originally set to open in March but good
things come to those who wait – good things like wood-fired pizzas, house made pastas, crispy nori sushi tacos and lots of creative cocktails.”
The menu is here.
Not such good news in Wellesley where Fat Face closed, according to the Swellesely report.
“The tree lighting ceremonies in retail shopping districts? They’ll probably be on Zoom. Crowding into stores for Black Friday sales? Not a great idea.
Kids posing for photos with Santa? Not without a temperature check,” Nanos writes.
“Still, people are creatures of habit, and retailers are hoping that if they can add a dash of holiday magic into the dark winter ahead, it might offer
a sense of normalcy.”
Needham is embarking on a project to cover up a 75-foot graffiti-tagged fence along the Needham Bay Colony Rail Trail while engaging residents in a community
art project that will promote unity and kindness in Needham.
The project invites residents to paint sections of a mural designed by Megan Carleton, an expressive art therapist who works for Needham Youth and Family
Services, designed with input from youth in the community.
“Art that unites, like this project does, is so important right now and we’re glad that it’s happening in Needham,” said Moe Handel, chair of the Select
Board. “It’s another example of the value of public and private efforts to improve the quality of our community.”
Will you apply for a state small business grant?
As Tuesday’s deadline to apply for some of the $508 million from the state’s small business grant program looms. I'm interested in hearing how our local business owners feel about the program and its criteria.
Have you or will you apply? Did you consider applying but decided not to? Or did the requirement that your business had to be established before Sept.
30, 2019, hold you back? Please email me.
Want to help the chamber (but don’t have a business)?
Finally, looking for a way to support the chamber’s advocacy and programming but you don’t work locally, or perhaps you’re retired?
Earlier this year we created a new membership category – Citizen Members -- for individuals who are not directly affiliated with a business or nonprofit
organization but share our mission.
Citizen Membership does not include a business listing, marketing benefits, referrals and access to other tools designed to promote your company.
But it’s a great way to stand up and say that you share our passion for the economic and cultural vitality of our communities. (And the chamber team does
virtual high fives each time we gain a new Citizen Member!)
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