If it’s Thursday, it’s vaccine roulette day; the day when next week’s appointments are loaded into the state mass vax web site,
which in recent weeks has been overwhelmed with demand, but underwhelming in performance.
"The 65-plus group and the two health conditions group between them represent about a million residents,” Baker explained yesterday. “So far, we've received
enough vaccine to vaccinate about one-third of the folks in that category.
"The math on this is pretty straightforward: If we add 400,000 people on March 11 to the eligible pool, that'll mean we'll be back to having about a million
people who are eligible to receive a vaccine."
In other words, Vegas odds makers would say don't get your hopes up.
Testing is the new toilet paper
Remember a few months back when COVID tests were as scarce as toilet paper had been a few months before that?
Now grocery store shelves are stocked and the lines at testing centers across Greater Boston are mostly gone, as providers say they've seen a decrease
in people looking for COVID testing.
And that’s worrying experts.
Historic Auburndale property goes on the market
Back in the days when we held networking events (they'll be back!), the Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange
-- a majestic conference center and bed and breakfast in Auburndale -- was a favorite event location.
But the center (which has a fascinating history dating back to the 1860s
as a children’s missionary and home for transient resident) has closed permanently, due to the economic fallout from COVID.
Wellesley restaurant ready for its close up
The Wellesley Tavern
is set to open on March 10, replacing Door No. 7, which had operated for two years before the COVID shut down. The concept has changed but owners Laura
and John Wolfe haven’t.
The pair, who also operate The Cottage
(located on the other side of Linden Square) are looking to the Tavern to bring “a family-friendly vibe to the Linden Square dining scene,” according
to the Swellesley Report.
Meanwhile, the Cottage, which been operating for take-out only, is getting ready to reopen for onsite dining.
Beacon Hill still pondering PPP, UI fixes
Jon Chesto at the Globe has the latest
on efforts to protect thousands of small businesses from getting hit with a state tax on federal funds they received through the PPP.
Without action, businesses structured as corporations won't have to pay state taxes on forgivable PPP dollars. But businesses structured as “pass-through
entities,” which are taxed via personal income taxes, will.
Not addressing the matter will cost pass through business owners an estimated $150 million, according the Baker administration which supports a fix.
Also urgently pending is the governor's call to freeze unemployment insurance rates.
With UI bills due to go out in a few weeks and taxes due March 15, both items need immediate attention from a Legislature known for waiting to the last
Energy saving program can help restaurants
If you run a restaurant in Needham, Newton, Watertown or Wellesley, a new program provides a way for your customers to support your business while helping
Spread the word about no-cost MassSave home energy assessments to your customers. When your customers sign up and complete a virtual home energy assessment
with HomeWorks Energy, HomeWorks will purchase a $25 gift card from you that your customer can use on their next visit.
Thanks to Green Needham, who came up with this idea and worked with HomeWorks to share it more widely.
To participate, contact Riley Duggan, of HomeWorks Energy, at 207-664-9393.
Dig this list! (We certainly do)
Time, once again, for our monthly welcome to our new members, along with a few employers who are returning after a lengthy absence, to the chamber.
In February, we welcomed 32 members (including 4 reinstatements). Most notably -- just two months since we’ve officially expanded into Wellesley
-- we gained 21 Wellesley members last month (for a total of 30 so far this year).
Please join me in welcoming our February’s new and reinstated members to the chamber.
February’s new members from Wellesley:
- Barry Braunstein Photography
- Building A Better Wellesley
- Cheesy Street Grill Wellesley
- Code Ninjas
- Davids & Cohen, P.C.
- Deland, Gibson Insurance Associate
- Gretta Enterprises
- Health Care Without Walls
- Human Relations Service, Inc.
- Kelly Segal Consulting
- Kenzie & Hope
- Linden Square/Federal Realty
- Pinnacle Residential Properties
- Prepped and Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation
- Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
- Scafidi Juliano, LLP
- The Cat's Hospital, LLC
- The Cottage
- Washington Trust Mortgage Company, LLC
- Wellesley Books
- Wilder, Shea & Himmelberger, LLP
- World of Wellesley
Additional new and reinstated members:
Last thing before I go...
Looking for incentives to help lure your working from home workers back to the office? How about one of these
See you tomorrow. Really sorry to see you go
Jackie Bradley Jr.
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber