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Our hearts ache today

Our hearts ache today

Our hearts ache for the family, friends and community that loved Gilda (Jill) D’Amore, 73, Bruno D’Amore, 74, and Gilda’s mom, Lucia Arpino, 97.

We struggle to make sense of this senseless act of violence, discovered at their Nonantum home early Sunday, the morning after the D'Amores had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

(There's been an arrest.)

Our Lady Help of Christians church is holding a Mass of Peace tonight (June 27) at 6:30 p.m. in remembrance of the family. There will be a community event tomorrow (June 28) 7 p.m. at the Horace Mann Elementary School (225 Nevada St.).

May their memories be a blessing.

It’s like Hamburger Helper. Only green. And for buildings. 
When Gov. Maura Healey announced plans his month to establish a green bank she compared the new state program to "Hamburger Helper" in that "it enhances everything."

What she meant is that the lending program will help builders stretch dollars to finance new climate-friendly affordable housing projects and retrofit existing buildings.

Funding could cover everything from rooftop solar panels and energy efficiency upgrades, to renewable energy projects and clean transportation efforts.

And builders are going to need access to capital to make affordable net-zero development possible. A new report from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts estimates that the state's new "net zero" residential building code updates are likely to increase the cost of home construction by roughly 1.8 to 3.8 percent -- adding about $10,000 to $23,000 to the median cost of a single-family home, according to State House News' Sam Drysdale.

The researchers also estimated a 2.4 percent rise in construction costs for large multi-family buildings.

Miriam Wasser at WBUR does a great job explaining what a green bank is and whether or not you may be able to access the funds.

Learn about other green helpers for small businesses 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting a virtual meeting tomorrow (June 28) at 3:50 p.m. with Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk to discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act can assist small businesses in fighting the climate crisis and reducing energy costs.

The program will also feature an overview of upcoming funding opportunities specifically for small businesses. Register.

Your boss wants to see you on Monday

Were you in the office yesterday?

A growing number of bosses whose teams work a hybrid schedule are making a push to get workers into the office on Mondays as a way to kick-start the workweek and boost productivity, WSJ reports (free link).

“Monday is ‘like New Year’s Day,’ says one CEO who wants his team present to start the work week. “You reset your intentions, set a fresh start. People bring their morning energy to the office.” 
Though more workers are coming in on Mondays, they still lag behind Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for office attendance.

A survey by hybrid-workplace software company Scoop of 4,500 companies’ return-to-office policies found that nearly 300 require employees to come in on specific days, writes WSJ reporter Anne Marie Chaker.

Of those, just under a quarter ask employees to come in on Mondays, with many more stipulating staff be in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Just 7% tell employees to come in on Fridays.

But Monday office mandates could be ahead if the economy falters and workers worry about job security, Chaker adds.

Tuesday's grab bag 

  • Please save Thursday July 20 for our chamber's biggest networking night of the summer. If you only attend one of our after hours events this year, we recommend this one. Tickets on sale shortly.

  • About two months after laying off 95% of its staff, Wellesley-based biotech Talaris Therapeutics is merging with a New York company and going public. (BBJ)

  • Watertown has an e-powered commuter shuttle running from the Mews on Pleasant Street to Watertown Square and Harvard Square. The shuttle runs every half hour during commuting hours, with three stops along Pleasant Street. Residents can ride for just $1. The best way to use the shuttle is by downloading the Tripshot app. Details

  • Congratulations to Ellen Meyers who is retiring this week after a 16-year run as head of Programs and Communications at Newton Free Library. Meyers will be working part-time as the Administrative Consultant for RUACH Community Health, one of the Hebrew College Campus Partners.

Wellesley office building unlikely to be converted to apartments

Taymil Partners from Framingham is tamping down speculation that it plans to convert its recently acquired property at One Hollis St. in Wellesley into apartments, reports Joe Clements at Real Reporter (the guy who may have started the speculation in the first place).
Taymil, which focuses mainly on apartments, paid $10.9 million last August for the 36,500 SF building located near the Wellesley Square commuter rail station.
“We are not changing much in some ways,” Taymil President Steven Astrove tells Clements. “But we have made improvements creating positive results in the (emerging) workplace, and we are really pleased by how well it has been going so far.”

Taymil’s move reinforces reports that, unlike Boston, there’s still interest in office space in the Wellesley and other suburban locations.

Support those that support our communities 

Finally today, we're thankful that we can count over 130 nonprofit organizations as members of the Charles River Regional Chamber.

As many nonprofits end their fiscal year this Friday (June 30), please consider and making a donation if you are able this week.

Also check to see if your employer offers a corporate matching gift program to increase your contribution.

That’s you need to knows for today, except you should see this marvelous map of 1,001 novels set all across America. 

Be back in your inbox on Friday. 

Greg Reibman (he, him)

P.S. Our friends at the Needham Channel have begun a series of interviews featuring honores from our Most Influential Business Leaders of Color list, starting with this profile of one of our emerging leaders Dr. Monica Midhamedical director and hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess: 

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