Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Your Business Connection
March, 2012
In This Issue
New Members
From the President - Train in Vain?
Upcoming Events
Social Media Marketing Series
Flavors of Neponset Valley
Member Spotlight - Hearing Solutions
Save Money on Electricity for Your Business and Home
Summer Intership Postings
Lead Generation


New Members 







Member Affinity Programs


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Board of Directors



Chairman of the Board
*Kevin Hallinan


 Past Chairman of the Board
*Anthony F. Caruso

Bank of Canton



*Mike Moran
Dedham Institution for Savings


General Counsel & Chair-elect
*Sabina T. Herlihy, Esq.
Law Offices of Sabina T. Herlihy


Previous Past Chairman

*Steve Fradkin

The Wizard of Adz


*Thomas O'Rourke

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce


Dana Bottorff

G. T. Reilly & Company


*Michael Cecere, CPA

Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP


Paul Chaggaris
Walpole Cooperative Bank


Rob Ferrini

The Murphy Insurance Group


Kathy Ekberg


Debbie Ellis



Pierce Haley, Esq.
Serlin|Haley LLP


Jackie Halfond

Christina's Fireside Grille


Chris Herlihy



John Holiver
Norwood Hospital


Brian Johnson

Doc Shredding Corp.


Willard Krasnow, Esq.

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP


Nancy Levine

NationStar Mortgage


*Peter McFarland

The Allied Group


*Mary Raczka

HESSCO Elder Services


Peter Rice

Eastern Bank 

Rebecca Schofield

Needham Bank


*Katherine Touafek

School to Careers Partnership


Monty Vaughn
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP


*David P. Wolicki, Esq.
Law Offices of David P. Wolicki





*Member of the Executive Committee



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From the President



Train in Vain?

"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." We all know that infamous quote by Rahm Emanuel, who at the time was President Obama's Chief of Staff. Currently, Massachusetts officials are trying to determine how not to waste the financial crises facing the MBTA. Interestingly it's a crisis that everyone saw coming. As if we had been warned of a tsunami approaching Boston Harbor two days ago and then suddenly looked at the tidal wave curling overhead and said, "I guess we should act now." Fortunately, this crisis is not of the deadly type, but our unwillingness to have dealt with it sooner is disappointing.

Let me start by saying that this is not a "Boston" problem. The MBTA serves nearly all communities in Eastern Mass and all of them in the Neponset Valley. At a time when we are being encouraged to reduce automobile use for sake of the environment and traffic congestion, it makes little sense to cut transit services. The proposed cuts impact people in all stages of life, most notably commuters, but also students, the elderly and those with limited mobility.

From a business perspective cutting transit service is also counterintuitive to positive economic development in the region. The greater Boston area has established itself as a worldwide leader in technology, innovation, healthcare, education and more. All of this leads to job growth and supports the vibrant cultural resources we enjoy as well. A modern, efficient and affordable rapid transit system needs to be a part of the equation in order to move people and connect the dots of our region. Simply put a first-class metropolitan area requires a first-class transportation system.

At the local level, the ability to take the commuter rail into Boston on a weekend is not just convenient and affordable, but it also holds other intangible value. I've taken my kids to the Aquarium, the Swan Boats and elsewhere this way, but as they say, it's not the destination but the journey that is important. I believe there is a certain cultural and social value to kids riding the train. Simply knowing how the system works is an acquired skill that seems to be lost on many young people today. Losing weekend service would add to that developmental deficiency.

So the MBTA has drawn its line in the sand regarding funding - cut services and raise fares. Their public outreach effort has revealed that people are more willing to pay increase fares than suffer service cuts. Still, anything that occurs this year only addresses this year's problem. The same problem will exist next year without long-range systemic solutions.

Governor Patrick has called for "adult conversation" on the issue in order to develop a solution. My concern is that in an election year, many of the adults will be more focused on campaigns than making tough decisions about "revenue enhancements" for transportation. As a member of the Boston Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) I attend a number of meetings at which these conversations will take place. I look forward to sharing information with our communities as it comes forward. But more importantly, I hope that you will become a part of the conversation. Share your thoughts with me and with your elected officials. Become an informed citizen by going to the MBTA website where you can access information about the current proposals and public meetings. Click Here to access the information.

Going forward, the Chamber will remain engaged in the conversation and later this year we are planning to host a forum that will give you the opportunity to interact with state officials on what we can expect for future funding of one of our most important assets, the MBTA.


Tom O'Rourke

President & CEO





Upcoming Programs 








March 1

HR Council - The Top Ten Wage & Hour Mistakes Employer Make 

NVCC Office



March 7

"Get Aquainted with the Chamber" Member Prospect Night

T.G.I. Friday's-Norwood



March 13

Social Media Marketing Series - Part 3 "Blogs & Tweets"

Holiday Inn-Dedham



March 22

Flavors of Neponset Valley





 Easy registration  and more information for these beneficial programs

Social Media Marketing Series - Part 3 Blogs & Tweets; Creating Great SEO






Do you want your website to rank better on Search Engines? Do you want to attract more traffic to your site? Are you Tweeting, but not really sure why?

Then Blogs & Tweets; Creating Great SEO (search engine optimization) could be the solution your business is looking for!

Join MSBDC Counselor, Trish White for an overview of Twitter and blogging, how they work with search engine optimization (SEO), investigating their uses along with three recognized blogging platforms (Wordpress, Typepad and Blogger), widget and conversion mechanisms, structuring of blogs, and ideas for writing and creating recognizable results that will benefit your company.
Lunch is included.




Holiday Inn
55 Ariadne Road

Dedham, MA

Tuesday, March 13


$20 Members, $30 Non-members, $15 Facebook Fans (Members only)

Easy registration


Sponsored by


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NVCC invites you to experience food, fun and friends at the

13th Annual Flavors of Neponset Valley Gala.


Experience the imSkypressive culinary and local flavors of over 60 food and beverage vendors while enjoying the smooth jazz of the White Heat Swing Orchestra. Plus, take a chance to win big in the exciting silent auction.


Tickets make great gifts for family, friends, employees...everyone!


 This is THE event of the season!



 Just some of our delicious participants:



Bar Louie



Blue Hill Country Club

British Beer Company

Colonial Wholesale Beverage



Easton Country Club

Edible Arrangements of Foxboro

Harpoon Brewery


Norton Country Club



And many more!!!




2 Washington Street

Foxboro, MA

Thursday, March 22


$45 per person, $350 for 10 (Early Bird)

Buy tickets


Sponsored by



 bank of canton logoMHTLdedham savingsNeedham Bank


 Member Spotlight


Hearing Solutions has worked within the medical community in Norwood since 1997. We provide a variety of hearing health care services, relying on referrals from primary care physicians, otolaryngologists, and neurologists, to name a few. However, we are proud of our primary referral base, our satisfied patients.


Beth S. Levine M.S., FAAA, is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Audiology, and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Ms. Levine received her bachelors degree in Speech Pathology in 1980 from University of Georgia, and her Masters Degree in Audiology from Boston University in 1982. She completed her clinical fellowship year (CFY) in 1982 at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Boston. From 1982 to 1997 Ms. Levine was head Audiologist for a 9 physician ear nose and throat practice with 5 locations on the south shore. Based on her experience with hearing aid dispensing at the VA and her medical knowledge, she founded Hearing Solutions to provide quality hearing health care in the community.

Beth is currently overseeing the Newborn Hearing Screening Program, as per the Department of Public Health Regulations at Norwood Hospital.


Hearing Solutions Inc

6 Central Street
Norwood, MA 02062


Save $$$ on Electricity for Your Business and Home

Through an affinity program just signed with First Point Power, NVCC members cansave up to 15% on the supply portion of their electric bill.


With the deregulation of the electricity industry, you now have a choice of where you buy your electricity. Your local utility will continue to provide service, reliability, meter reading, and you still only get one bill from the utility company.


No fees, no deposit, no contract, and no service interruption. The only change is you save money and if for any reason you are not satisfied, just pick up the phone and call the utility and asked to be switched back. Since there is no contract, there is no penalty or termination charge.


This offer is for commercial accounts as well as residences. You can sign up your business and then offer it as a no-cost-to-you employee benefit to all your employees.  The only restriction is you must be an NSTAR or National Grid customer. If you are served by a municipal Power Company, you are precluded from taking advantage of this offer at this time.


Contact Brian at, or 781-769-1126 for more information. is now accepting summer internship postings. To post a position, just go to, sign in under "Employer" and post your internship(s). This is a free service sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass It's All Here and Experience, Inc.

This service is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Talent Retention Initiative and is designed to bring students together with Massachusetts businesses, non-profits, and government agencies seeking interns. Many studies have indicated that increasing the retention rate of appropriately-skilled workers is critical to a region's economic growth and that internships provide an excellent vehicle for achieving this goal.

Mass It's All Here will be driving college career centers and students to this site to view and apply for the posted positions. Please post today and let Mass It's All Here help you broadcast your internship opportunities to students who are looking to work in Massachusetts this summer.

If you have questions, please contact:


Jane Corr

Commonwealth Marketing Office



 How to Use Content to Drive Referrals


Marketers are often hyper-focused on lead generation. And rightfully so -- it's our responsibility to make sure the business has a pipeline fat with juicy, qualified leads. But when Marketing leaves upselling and driving referrals to Sales and Account Management, as it so often does, it eliminates the possibility of using the inbound content it's constantly creating to drive more revenue from its existing customer base. 


Posted by Patrick Shea
Hubspot Blog



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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

190 Vanderbilt Avenue

Norwood, MA 02062

(781) 769-1126