News we've all been waiting for
News we've all been waiting for
Among our four chamber communities, keeping up with what’s happening locally has been hardest these past few years in Needham.
- Wellesley is served by the Swellesley Report. Watertown has the Watertown News. Both are run admirably by residents who’ve turned their passions into independent small businesses.
- The Globe used to pay more attention to Newton but recently ditched its Newton Report and Globe Local section. Fortunately, last June the impressive, Fig City News launched in Newton, while a second site, The Newton Beacon, is gearing up for a full launch this summer after focusing on the tax override this past spring.
Chambers call on state to rebuild trust in UI system
Our chamber signed onto a statement this week encouraging state policy makers “to hold employers harmless in any remedial action necessary” to cover that $2.5 billion dollar Unemployment Assistance blunder made during the Baker administration.
The statement was issued through the Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce Policy Network, a newly formed group of ten large regional chambers representing over ten-thousand-member employers and millions of workers and customers across the entire state Massachusetts.
Newton voters could see ballot questions this fall
- One would seek to repeal Newton’s seasonal overnight winter parking ban.
- Another would be a nonbinding referendum challenging many of the zoning reform elements that are currently being considered, but have yet to be adopted by the city council. Here’s the petition and a response from the Planning Department
Friday grab bag
- We love when businesses across chamber communities collaborate. Even better if it involves frozen desserts. So we we’re happy to report that Truly’s in Wellesley is now offering plant-based ice cream from FoMu, made from scratch in Watertown.
- Needham is seeking residents to serve on a Housing Needham Advisory Group to play a role in creating a zoning district for multi-family housing, under MBTA Communities Act. The advisory group will include one architect or land use planner; one real estate developer; one resident who rents their home; and one resident at large. Apply.
- That popular downtown parklet at the corner of Central and Cross Streets in Wellesley Square won’t be returning this summer, the select board has decided. I know I'm going to miss it.
- Might Newton follow Needham’s footsteps by changing its zoning code to allow for breweries and brew pubs? Councilor Rick Lipof has docketed an item to consider that as well as removing the prohibition on bottling alcoholic beverages and opportunities for other craft beverage production and accessory retail.
- Watertown Business Parking Passes for July 2023 through September 2023 will be available in the Treasurer/Collectors Office at Watertown City Hall starting June 20.
- Homebuyers paying with cash purchased more than a third of homes sold in April — the highest share in nearly a decade, according to a new report from real estate brokerage Redfin.
- The Needham Farmers Market opens for the season at Greene’s Field this Sunday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Featuring fresh and local food, music, artists, and a community table.
- Looking to keep up on air quality amidst the wildfires? Here's a list of helpful apps.
Among other suggestions, the study recommends that the state offer additional funds to communities that commit at least 20 percent of their CPA dollars to affordable housing.
Can anything bring back workers?
P.S. Thanks to Franchesca Carrington, Guimel DeCarvalho, DaQuall Graham, (Insource Services, Inc.) and Colette Phillips for their time and insights during our discussion this week about DEI in the workplace. I learned so much from each of our panelists. Watch and please share the video here: