The project faces stiff opposition from some abutters and the Planning Board has just watered down the project, yet again, to help win support when it goes to Town Meeting in May. (It goes before the finance committee tonight.)
I explore exactly why that’s a bad idea
in this Needham Times op-ed.
Marijuana shop move creates space W-Town life sciences project
Watertown’s Zoning Board of Appeals has given the green light for Natural Selections, which operates Ethos Cannabis marijuana dispensary to move to the former Monro Muffler site at 390 Arsenal St.
, across from the Arsenal on the Charles.
Ethos’ current location at 23 Elm was also before the ZBA as part of a proposed 78,000 sq. ft. of floor space biotech project
to be operated by BioLabs
SBA cuts restaurant red tape
According to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, the SBA has agreed
that operators no longer need to acquire a DUNS number or SAM.gov account to apply.
Now the wait is on for the SBA to release the applications and guidance sometime in April. The IRC has added info here
In other SBA news, President Joe Biden signed the PPP extension into law yesterday, extending deadline to May 31.
Need to knows
- Newton Neighbors Helping Newton Neighbors have created flyers with information on vaccination appointments for essential workers eligible to book appointments as of March 21. The flier is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Hindi. Flyers here.
- Your chamber will be awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors who either live in Needham, Newton or Wellesley and/or who attend school in Needham, Newton or Wellesley. We’ve just extended the deadline to April 13. Details here.
- Wellesley’s Select Board will discuss a resolution to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Comments or a request to speak at the public meeting can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC’s Walensky wouldn’t take the bait
If you’ve ever watched Gov. Charlie Baker’s COVID press conferences (I think I’ve seen ‘em all), you’ll know that there's no microphone to help you hear the reporters’ questions.
One day after warning of "impending doom
" about a nationwide spike in COVID cases, reporter after reporter appeared to be asking Walensky if she thought Baker moved too quickly this month
to reopen parts of the economy.
The Newton resident and former Chief of Infectious Diseases at Mass. General, didn’t bite.
"I'm not going to comment on individual states,” Walensky said.
“What I will say is I'm really pleased to see everybody here is masked. Everybody outside is masked and people are doing their part to try to contain the virus here in Massachusetts.”
Baker didn’t announce any new restrictions either, but reminded the public that "no one in Massachusetts can afford to let their guard down now," reports Matt Murphy at State House News.
The governor said most of the increased spread is being recorded among people 30 and younger, and urged people to stick to their pods over the Passover and Easter holidays.
I got mail
“I do wish you had not used the above headline today,” wrote one. “While Dr. Walensky is a Newton mom, that headline undermines her accomplishments, education, and position as head of the CDC.”
I don’t disagree. And as I told that reader, I had second thoughts about that headline too. Ultimately, I decided to use it, since -- if you’ve watched that video of Walensky’s comments
-- you’d know that she specifically said she was commenting “... as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter.”
So I followed Walensky’s lead.
I’m still not sure it was the right choice. But I did think about it both Monday night when I wrote that headline and, again, yesterday morning before I hit send. Was I right?
I appreciate and welcome any feedback
. Thanks to those who wrote.
What's this? An actual in-person event
As chamber regulars know, back “before” we typically hosted 100 in-person events annually. I think our record was 120 events in 2018.
Fingers crossed that we’ll have several in-person events in the second half of 2021 (maybe even our annual fall business breakfast?).
Today we’re announcing plans to hold our 30th annual Children’s Charitable Golf Tournament on Aug. 2 at the majestic Wellesley Country Club
, the first time we’re holding the event there.
Registration opens very soon.
That's all folks.....only one day until Opening Day!
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber