Businesses and nonprofits on the Phase 3 reopening list (and everyone else in the Bay State) have to be encouraged by our continued improved health trends.
Theater to racists: We don’t want your money
Earlier this month, New Repertory Theatre
Artistic Director Michael J. Bobbitt led the staff, board, and community of the Watertown-based company in publicly expressing solidarity with Black
While the message generated mostly supportive responses, some New Rep patrons reacted negatively, sending replies ranging from “Unsubscribe me immediately”
to descriptions of protesters as “racist scum.”
Bobbitt didn’t mince words in response.
“I told them they were no longer welcome in our space,” Bobbitt said in an interview with Wicked Local
“I further advised the staff to do the same to anyone who responded inappropriately.
“We don’t need or want their money. We absolutely will not tolerate racism in the New Rep community,” he added.
While New Rep (a chamber member) may have lost some supporters (difficult for a nonprofit at any time, but particularly during
the COVID shutdown), the company may have gained others.
“We have received much more support for doing so, and have already gained new patrons and donors in the process, “Bobbitt wrote on Facebook.
“New Rep's mission is to produce plays that speak powerfully to the vital ideas of our time. Just because we're not able to produce plays right now does
not mean that we can't speak powerfully,” he said on Broadway World.com
“We can't rely just on diverse programming or casting. [Black and Indigenous people of color] need to know that they are welcome and safe in our space,
and have voices in every aspect of the company, and New Rep is committed to walking our talk.”
PPP we hardly knew ye
Let's not let this morning pass without noting that today (June 30) is the final day to apply
to the Paycheck Protection Program; a subject discussed more here than other item in this newsletter. (Even Forbes noticed
That’s not to say there won’t be a lot more to write about. (Or maybe even a fourth “P" in our future.)
- First, there’s all those PPP lawsuits.
- Then there’s the billions that remain unspent and a proposal in Washington for the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program which would allow some small businesses to apply for a second one (and give that letter just to the right of the "O" on my keyboard an extra workout.)
- PLUS there’s still tons of questions on the minds of PPP recipients who want to be sure that they spend their loans properly so they can exercise the
forgiveness features and not have pay the loan back.
And watch for another chamber Zoominar with lots of P's in the title soon.
MBTA adding bus crowding data
Crowds will be described in three tiers: "crowded," "some crowding" or "not crowded," all of which are based on the lower counting thresholds
the T implemented amid the pandemic.
Buses that will offer the new feature at the start of the pilot are Routes 1, 15, 16, 22, 23, 31, 32, 109 and 110, and T officials said they will make
similar information available on additional routes throughout the summer.
Cumberland drops beer and wine ballot question
Independent package store owners across the state must have been relieved to hear
that Cumberland Farms has dropped its planned ballot initiative that would have expand the number of food stores that can sell beer and wine in Massachusetts.
The decision wasn’t a change of heart. Cumberland said it needed to focus on the impact COVID-19 is having on business now.
Needham biotech gains FDA approval
Four years after a Needham-based biotech had hoped to launch a drug for the rare hormone disorder that afflicted actor and professional wrestler Andre
the Giant, the drug has finally been approved, the BBJ reports.
which is headquartered at 140 Kendrick Street, received FDA approval Friday for the oral treatment, called Mycapssa. The drug is the company’s first
commercial product. Chiasma originally hoped to launch the drug in 2016, but the FDA rejected its first application.
Remembering David S. Tobin
Our condolences to the family and colleagues of David S. Tobin, Needham’s longtime Town Counsel. Tobin became special counsel for Needham in 1983 and was
appointed Town Counsel in 1985. After practicing law in Wellesley for many years, Tobin and former Needham labor counsel David Grunebaum founded the
law firm Tobin & Grunebaum.
“David was an outstanding attorney and friend to all of us here in Needham,” said Select Board Member Dan Matthews. “He was extraordinarily knowledgeable
in all aspects of municipal law, and his experience and insight were valued on matters large and small. He was a trusted and effective advisor over
decades of service, and we miss him.”
Be back tomorrow.
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber