This is big!
A transformative, transit-oriented development at the Riverside MBTA station was approved, 24-0, by the Newton City Council last night.
The years-in-the-making project
will include 582 apartments (including 103 affordable units) along with 253,827 square feet of office space, 150 hotel rooms and 38,895 square feet
of ground-floor commercial.
(It was not clear last night if a dispute between Mark Development
and Woodland Golf Club that was the subject of a page one story in the Globe
has been fully resolved but the sense is that tensions there have cooled.)
There’s surely a lot more to say about this project and what it means for Newton and our region.
For this morning, let’s just say that, with last night’s unanimous vote, and the resounding approval
of the Northland project by 60 percent of voters in March, Newton’s reputation as a city that says "no" to growth and change is very much in danger.
Congratulations to all involved!
Residents aren't the only ones struggling with evictions
Massachusetts’ eviction moratorium expired Saturday and we should all be deeply concerned about the estimated
60,000 renter households across the state who may now fear imminent eviction.
We should also be concerned about our independent landlords, who risk losing their livelihoods and the workers they employ, as they struggle to cover mortgage
payments and other expenses.
And then there’s small business owners like Maria Mavrogiannis.
The 76-year-old owner of Maria's Dress and Tailor Shop in Needham tells Samantha Mercado at Patch that she’s still working, despite being at high risk
for COVID-19, because she can't afford not to.
When her husband died last year, Mavrogiannis didn't have enough money for his gravestone.
And while she hadn't missed a rent payment, or any bill, in 30 years before this year, she’s now in court fighting eviction.
"No one needs tailoring, no one is buying dresses. I don't know what to do," Mavrogiannis said.
A word about work and politics
Two weeks before election day and pretty much everyone is on edge, right?
In addition to lost productivity from sleepless nights and nonstop headline and social media surfing, employers need to keep an eye out for instances when
political acrimony might lead to legal claims of a hostile work environment.
“... employers should not try to ‘draw lines’ about political views or topics. If a company has a dress-code policy, it should consistently prohibit all
political positions and issues or permit any of them. As an example, they observed, banning Trump ‘Make America Great Again’ hats while allowing ‘Black
Lives Matter’ t-shirts could be problematic.”
Northland COO honored
Congratulations to Suzanne Abair, COO at the Newton-based Northland Investment Corp. who has been selected as one of the eight 2020 Women Who Mean Business
honorees by the BBJ. The honorees were selected from more than 200 nominations across the Greater Boston.
Abair joined Northland in 2004 and served as general counsel for 12 years prior to becoming COO. She was previously a partner at at Mintz, Levin, Cohn,
Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C. FY22 Capital Improvement Plan and Five-Year Financial Forecast
Tuesday's three bullet points
- Join MassChallenge Thursday (Oct. 22) at 5 p.m. for a live, virtual celebration of innovation featuring 200+ startups from their 2020 U.S. accelerator
programs. The event will showcase the startups, feature industry-leading speakers on the transformative power of entrepreneurship. Register here.
Dining contest off to a tasty start
The goal behind the contest is to flood social media with the message of supporting local and images of the area's amazing food options. To enter, visit
a participating restaurant (dine in, dine out or take out) between now and Nov. 15, post to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #keepmakingmemoriescontest,
or (if you’re not on social media) enter your meals via an online form
Be back tomorrow. Join us this afternoon at 1 p.m. for a cybersecurity webinar.
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber