But one of the more interesting competitive contests is happening in one of our towns.
That would be Rep. Shawn Dooley’s (R-Norfolk) efforts to oust incumbent State Sen. Becca Rausch (D-Needham) from a seat that includes (for the first time due to redistricting) all of Needham, plus ten other communities to the south of us.
Politico Massachusetts Playbook’s Lisa Kashinsky calls it the “legislative race you should be watching,” and the "only state legislative race where a representative is trying to knock out a senator.”
Kashinsky wrote last week that the contest had “been flying under the radar" until a series of sharp-elbowed accusations surfaced between the campaigns on several fronts.
But the credit card companies are warning that the bill could spell the end of credit card rewards, an argument retailers reject, saying the credit card rewards would remain because banks rely on them to attract customers.
Other need to knows
The forecast looks good for Newton’s annual Harvest Fair, with the Green Expo, this Sunday (Oct. 16), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Newton Centre.
The Watertown Business Coalition hosts the Future of Business in Watertown Wed. (Oct 19) at 5:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Register.
The Needham Exchange Club’s annual Fruit and Chocolate Sale has long been a favorite in our house. Proceeds support the good work of the 75-year-old nonprofit. Details.
Newton’s Economic Development Commission has voted to support the city’s proposed framework for village center rezoning, suggesting that the proposal would “provide greater economic development and economic opportunities in Newton.” Read the letter here.
Libraries: Not just for books anymore
Need to retrieve something from a floppy disk or a cassette tape? Looking for walkie-talkies for your next big event?
Starting Monday, you can borrow floppy disk readers, cassette players, and other items from the Needham Free Public Library's new "library of things.”
First, I neglected to mention that Needham also has an affordable housing trust. I also erroneously said Wellesley had not met its 40B threshold: It has. Wellesley met the mandate in 2020 at 11.5% of housing stock.
That leaves only Newton among our four chamber communities that’s not in compliance with the 40B law.
This week the Globe’s John Hillard has updates on several pending 40B projects that could bring Newton over the threshold, although the city could drop below again, pending updated census figures expected next year.
Yesterday town and public safety officials, family, friends (including Shirley, his wife of 69 years), and others gathered at the Linden Street business to celebrate. (Photos and story here.)
Keith, aka “The Captain,” is both a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, with the U.S. Navy. The event was organized by the Wellesley Celebrations Committee which has been honoring Wellesley vets on their 100th birthdays.
The business was founded in 1945 by Master Mariner Captain Roy Marden and for many years operated a West Newton location. In 1960, Keith (Roy's son) opened a second shop, originally on Forest Street, in Wellesley.
WCVB’s Chronicle profiled the fourth-generation family business several years ago. Asked at the time about his secret to living as long as he has, Keith said, “eat salmon, especially Scotch Salmon.”
Aye aye, Captain!
That’s your Need to Knows for today – 75 recess days without an Economic Development Bill -- unless you need to know what your glass can tell you about the quality of the beer you’re enjoying?