Are you free Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.? Come say hello at the annual Needham Harvest Fair. It's presented by your favorite chamber, in partnership with the town and the Needham Farmers Market.
This year’s fair is happening at Green’s Field due to construction at our usual location on the Town Common.
Was Healey hedging on Question 1?
During the years-long run-up to getting the so-called Fair Share or Millionaires’ Tax on the ballot, Attorney General Maura Healey has been supportive of the effort.
But yesterday Healey -- now a candidate for governor -- offered a nuanced view of Question 1, the proposed constitutional amendment that would add a 4 percent surtax to household income above $1 million.
Speaking at a Blackstone Valley Chamber event, Healey said she supports “having revenue there to invest in transportation, infrastructure, education” as Question 1 proposes,reports Colin A. Young at State House News.
But Healey said she's also aware of the fact that the state’s “fiscal position right now … is different from where we were a few years ago when [the tax] was first proposed,” referring to a massive surplus accumulated over the past couple years.
And she acknowledged concerns that the surtax would likely provide a one-time hit to a person selling their business, or home, and may deter people and businesses from coming to Massachusetts.
“I am sensitive to not wanting to see those harmed who this wasn't really directed at,” she added. “So, if you're a small business owner and you sell or you're selling the family homestead, I am sensitive to the concerns about that."
But ultimately Healey told reporters she still plans to vote yes on Question 1, Young reports.
The chamber will host a Question 1 forum with representatives in support and opposed via Zoom on Oct. 12 at noon
Needham’s Planning Board will hold its fourth public hearing on the Bulfinch Companies project at 7 p.m. (at Needham Town Hall and via Zoom) and then could vote to close public comments.
?It’s not expected that the board will vote on the project until perhaps November.
The proposed Highland Innovation Center would replace a barren parking lot with a first-class lab and office development. It would create good-paying jobs and generate upwards of $6 million in new tax revenue for the town annually.
Bulfinch would also underwrite substantial multi-modal roadway and transportation improvements to Gould Street, Highland Ave., and Central Ave.
Plus, they're creating a multi-use fitness/access walkway around the property, pickleball courts, seasonal lawn space, and a winter ice skating area, all for public use.
Weddings are crowded, but not funerals. Cremations now outnumber traditional burials.
Before COVID, about 63 percent of restaurants’ business took place outside their dining rooms — takeout, delivery and drive-through. That rose to 90 percent at the height of the pandemic but it still accounts for 80 percent overall.
The proposal is for a six-story building with 244 units to be built under 40B of which 25% would be affordable (but also does not need City Council approval). There will be a presentation on the project on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register
Newton-Wellesley Hospital recently hosted a ceremony in front of 2,290 purple flags to remember Massachusetts residents lost to opioids. (Swellesley Report)
Newton Community Pride offers two Micro Grant cycles per calendar year to support arts and culture, public art, service, and beautification in Newton. The fall application period opens tomorrow. Details.
Our Fall Business Breakfast tickets are selling fast
Yesterday we announced that Jeff Speck. a Brookline-based but internationally renowned city planner and author will be the featured speaker at our Fall Business Breakfast on Oct. 28 at the Newton Marriott.
Also, that morning, I’ll be moderating a panel featuring the four municipal managers from our chamber communities -- Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Needham Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick, Watertown City Manager George Proakis, and Wellesley Executive Director Meghan Jop.
We’ll have one final announcement about the event next week when we will unveil the recipient of our R.L. Tennant Award, the chamber's highest annual recognition.
Interested in joining us? Tickets are selling fast (we’re already sold out of reserved tables) so you may want to secure yours soon.