October - In This Issue:

Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
*Cynthia Peterson
Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center

Past Chair of the Board
*Brian Johnson

*Alisia St. Florian
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane 

*Jim Kivlehan
Blue Hills Bank

General Counsel 
*Thomas Flaherty
Bacon Flaherty LLC

*Thomas O'Rourke

Previous Past Chair
*Dana Bottorff
G.T. Reilly & Company

Shawn Alexander
Universal Technical Institute

Anthony Brown
Dedham Savings

Todd J. Chipman, MST, CPA
John T. Chipman & Co., CPAs

Susan Cwieka
New Pond Village

*James Donellon
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP

*Robert Ferrini

Katie Callahan
Dedham Medical Associates

Steve Forrest

Rhonda Kale
Bank of Canton 

Sal Perla
Norwood Hospital 

Paul Kouri
Keller Williams 

*Nancy Levine
Residential Mortgage Services

Jon Levy
American Holt Corporation

Mark LoVuolo
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Najwa Murphy
Fairfield Inn & Suites

*Member of the Executive Committee
New Members!

Member News

New Outlook Homecare 
Walk's to End Alzheimer's

On Sunday, September 24, 2018, New Outlook Homecare, a home healthcare agency for the elderly out of Westwood, MA, once again participated in the Greater Boston's Walk to End Alzheimer's. Our team joined close to 15,000 people walking either 1.5 or 3.5 miles toward a common goal - to raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer's disease. The Greater Boston Walk raised an impressive $1 million plus dollars.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and last year, 15.9 million caregivers provided care for someone with the disease. It is the 6 th leading cause of death in the United States and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
New Outlook Homecare was proud to participate in such a meaningful way and we thank all of those that participated in the Walk. Donations are still being collected. If you'd like more information or wish to donate, please visit our team's page or visit the Alzheimer's Association website: . To learn more about how New Outlook Homecare can begin caring for your family, visit .
NVCC Opposes Nurse Staffing Question
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, whose members include Norwood Hospital and Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Center along with numerous eldercare centers, rehabilitation facilities, and doctor's offices, has joined the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety in opposition to the proposed nurse staffing ballot question.
After reviewing the ballot question and the anticipated impacts it would have on area medical facilities, patients and consumers, the Chamber board voted to oppose the question.  There is also concern about legislating, by popular vote, what is essentially a human resources issue.  The result being staffing levels being determined by government mandate in a one size fits all manner.
The ballot question, proposed by the Massachusetts nurses' union, which represents less than a quarter of nurses in the Commonwealth, would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or specific needs of their patients, adhere to the same rigid nurse staffing ratios within all patient care areas. The petition does not make allowances for rural or small community hospitals, holding them to the same staffing ratios as major Boston teaching hospitals.
If this were to pass, most hospitals, including Norwood Hospital, would experience vastly higher costs to deliver lifesaving care with no evidence that it would improve patient quality or outcomes.  Conversely, these mandates may reduce the safety of patients who are in need of emergency or urgent care by forcing them to travel to hospitals outside of their own communities.  F urthermore, the added expenses would prohibit hospitals from investing in new technology, equipment and staff.
This measure is projected to cost the Massachusetts healthcare system more than $1.3 billion in the first year, and more than $900 million each year thereafter, according to an independent study by MassInsight and BW Research Partners.  Patients would feel it in the form of higher premiums, deductibles and taxes at a time when many Massachusetts families are already struggling to pay for health care. Hospitals will be forced to cut vital health programs, such as cancer screenings, opioid treatments, mental health services, early childhood intervention, domestic violence programs and pre- or post- natal care.
The Neponset Valley Chamber joins numerous other Chambers, the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and other health care leaders in protecting the state's healthcare system and its patients from the consequences of this rigid, costly mandate that will go before voters on November 6th.
Learn more about the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety at and
Tom O'Rourke
President and CEO
MassHire is a new brand unifying the entire Massachusetts Workforce Development System under a single name and shared mission.
Commissioned by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), it signifies the state's commitment to increasing meaningful career opportunities for job seekers and expanding the talent pool for businesses seeking trained, skilled employees.
The brand, MassHire, unifies and empowers all state, regional, and local workforce entities. It enables them to communicate with clients - job seekers and businesses - with a clear, consistent, powerful message. MassHire provides a foundation for conveying the depth, breadth, and connectivity of its value and services across all audiences.
What's changing? 16 local boards will become MassHire Workforce Boards; 29 career centers will become MassHire Centers. The Massachusetts Workforce Development Board will become the MassHire State Workforce Board, and the Department of Career Services will be the MassHire Department of Career Services.
When is this happening? The MassHire Norwood Career Center will hold a grand opening/open house on Thursday, October 18th at 10 AM at 700 Washington Street, Norwood. 
Scenes from Norwood Day
Thousands of residents and scores of businesses attended Norwood Day last month.  Many Chamber members were represented including Arif Bhimani from Middlesex Savings Bank and Lisa Hessley from Wegman's.
Chamber Members Invited 
to Two Upcoming Events
Join Associated Industries of Massachusetts at its annual southeastern Massachusetts Employer Celebration on November 1 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Easton Country Club as we honor AccuRounds of Avon, Sensata Technologies of Attleboro and Twin Rivers Technologies Manufacturing Corporation of Quincy for their contributions to the region's economy. 
Leave your black tie at home and enjoy cocktails, networking and a celebration of all that employers contribute to Massachusetts. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required.
The Executive Office of Labor and WorkforceDevelopment and The Department of Labor
Veterans Employment and Training Services
Would like to cordially invite you to the
"Hire A Veteran Month Kickoff "

at the Massachusetts State House on
Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This event is intended for employers and Chambers of Commerce to learn about available resources on both Federal and State levels, for Hiring Veterans and members of the military.

Tables include:
  • Mass BizWorks
  • MassHire Department of Career Services Veterans Program
  • Apprenticeship
  • DOL VETS Medallion Program
  • Massachusetts National Guard
  • And many more to help
    you hire veterans.....

Let's Do Business Expo Registration Open
The Let's Do Business Expo is set for Thursday, October 25th at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  The event runs from 3:00 - 7:00 pm and is open to the public.

The EXPO provides an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products and services to thousands of potential customers, combined with some good old-fashioned face-to-face networking!  All while experiencing Gillette Stadium!  

Why should you Exhibit?
  • Access to over 1000 consumers from 30 communities
  • Amazing location - Get a chance to be in the exclusive Putnam Club with stunning views of Gillette Stadium
  • Professional marketing, booth set up and signage - We do the work, you show up!
  • Build relationships with area service providers and businesses
  • Taste cuisine from area restaurants during our Networking Hour
Sponsored by:

Member Benefit of the Month:
Member Directory Advertising Available
The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce's 
Annual Membership  Directory and Community Guide is currently in production.
All members are listed by business category, alphabetically and by contact person.
You can also place your ad in the directory for even more exposure.
The directories are mailed to all members in January and are also distributed throughout the community in town halls, libraries and other high visibility locations.
If you would like to advertise please contact our publisher, Chamber PG at 978-741-3344 or contact Tom O'Rourke at or 781-769-1126.           
September Networking Events

September was a busy month for networking within the Chamber.  Our Annual Legislative Reception at the Endicott Estate in Dedham drew a large contingent of area public officials.  They met with Chamber members to discuss issues of importance to business owners.  
Check out the rest of the photos from Matt McKee Photography here.

Our monthly Noon Networking was held at Joe's in Dedham and filled their function room.  The conversation continued in the hallway following the luncheon!

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
520 Providence Highway, Suite 4
Norwood, MA 02062
(t) 781.769.1126 (f) 781.769.0808