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Wellesley ends his brand ban at restaurants

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Not that Wellesley doesn’t want you to eat at his restaurants, but you can now order an alcoholic drink from the town’s eateries without swearing you’ll have a meal.

The Select Board voted Monday at its November 22 meeting (see Wellesley Media Recording) to make significant changes to: Wellesley’s Rules and Regulations for Alcoholic Beverages, including the bar seating limit of up to 10% of capacity and the Intent to Dine provision that frustrated restaurant owners and customers alike. The hope is that this update will encourage more restaurants to come to the city and boost business for existing establishments. The city seems to be more welcoming to restaurants, but is not looking for direct bars (still pitchers of beer and food are not allowed to be available in a restaurant bar).

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The discussion and vote followed discussion and public comments at the previous Select Board meeting a week earlier.

This is not one of those decisions that now has to undergo a series of other approvals as well. The updated policy, embedded below, is in effect.

The changes complement other efforts by the city to make itself friendlier to restaurants and diners. At the special Town Meeting in the fall, Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly in favor of rules that make it easier for restaurants to dine al fresco. At the annual city council meeting last spring, members voted to allow businesses with fewer than 50 seats to serve alcoholic beverages.

At the start of the year, nearly half of Wellesley’s available alcohol licenses were gathering dust from lack of interest.

Changes in city policy have, of course, been encouraged by restaurants and property managers seeking to attract more restaurants to the city.

Mark Hebert of Linden Square real estate manager Federal Realty said at the Nov. 15 meeting that kicked off the most recent regulatory discussion (see Wellesley Media recording) that “the proactive approach you have taken out of the gate to support restaurants and landlords, I applaud your efforts… Anything that alleviates and mitigates some of these restrictions with bar seat restrictions and Intent to Dine restrictions will help the cause for sure. Restaurants become regular tenants for us, they become such an important part of what we want to be.” Restaurants are circling back based on what they’ve heard about the direction of the city, he said.

Brad Wasik of The Cheese Shop, who has been in Wellesley Square for some 45 years, said at the Nov. 15 meeting that businesses like him need help, especially as downtown destinations like CVS and Starbucks are closing (at least temporarily).

“We definitely need help, and that help just makes it easier for any vibrant, fun, up-and-coming hungry business that might be a little different from the Wellesley of the past that wants to open,” Wasik said. “Let them do their thing and let the market decide what happens.”

Wellesley resident Mike Braatz added another perspective on this topic, mentioning at the Nov. 15 meeting the importance of a vibrant restaurant scene in attracting non-restaurant businesses to establish themselves here. “We all realize that remote working is probably going to last forever, but we also try to give our employees reasons to come to the office…” he said, noting that in an employee survey that having places to socializing with colleagues is a top amenity.

The Selection Committee has heard the public and hopefully everyone will deal with the new rules responsibly. If they don’t, the city can always revisit them, said Select Board member Beth Sullivan Woods, feeling “a little discomfort going from very controlled to really open.

“We are making in our best judgment what we believe are the right changes for today’s community. This is something we can tweak, it’s as simple as any other review…” she said.


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We appreciate the specific reference to online journals in the application section of the updated policy and the recognition by Select Board members of using online publications like ours to promote business in the city.

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Amazon Prime Video has a movie library filled with everything from classics to low-budget obscurities, and the same goes for the service’s holiday offerings. Here are the 10 best Christmas movies to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

RELATED: The best Christmas movies on HBO Max in 2021

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Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd team up as a pair of petty criminals trying to get legit by running a Christmas tree lot in the bittersweet comedy everything is clear. Giamatti’s grumpy Dennis has just got out of prison and hopes to reconnect with his wife and young daughter, only to discover that his former partner in crime Rene (Rudd) has taken his place.

Dennis insists on traveling with Rene from Quebec to New York City to sell Christmas trees, a seemingly doomed venture full of comic setbacks. The former friends form a tentative bond as they do their best to avoid returning to a life of crime.

Pay more attention

Some kind of twisted, dark take on Christmas favourite Home alone, Chris Peckover’s Pay more attention starts out as what looks like a home invasion thriller before taking several surprising twists and turns. One Christmas Eve, teenage Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) is babysitting eager 12-year-old Luke (Levi Miller) when Luke’s house appears to be the target of burglars. What actually happens is outrageous and sadistic, but also a joy to watch, as the film and its characters exaggerate audience expectations. It’s a holiday horror movie with a mad heart made of coal.

RELATED: 10 Christmas Horror Movies To Watch For A Spooky Holiday

The Bishop’s Wife

A charming, if somewhat smug angel (played by Cary Grant) tries to help a haunted bishop (played by David Niven) sort his priorities in the playful romantic comedy The Bishop’s Wife. The film’s unlikely romance develops between the angel and the title character (played by Loretta Young), though it is primarily a means for the Bishop himself to realize what is important in life. The bishop wants money for a new cathedral, but he really needs to focus on helping the less fortunate during Christmas – and, of course, on appreciating his dutiful but neglected wife.

It’s a great life

Thanks to its presence in the public domain, allowing it to be broadcast and distributed freely, Frank Capra’s It’s a great life has gone from initial failure to lasting success as a holiday classic. James Stewart stars as the despondent banker George Bailey, whose guardian angel shows him an alternate world without him in it, while George contemplates ending his own life on Christmas Eve.

The seemingly morbid premise offers an uplifting message while remaining grounded and honest, while the angel Clarence proves to George that he is loved and valued by his friends and family.

RELATED: The 10 Best Classic Christmas Movies to Stream Right Now

Jack Frost

A serial killer dies in a freak accident and comes back to life as a snowman in the ridiculous horror comedy Jack Frost. The title character terrorizes the town of Snowmonton over the Christmas period, killing residents in increasingly absurd ways, while the local sheriff tries to stop him. Filmmaker Michael Cooney is well aware of how stupid his film is, and he fills it with silly one-liners and intentionally awful special effects. Jack himself is a mostly inert doll who is never scary, but like the movie he’s in, he has an undeniable scrappy charm.

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The 1994 adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott petite women is arguably the coziest, with a wintery vibe and several pivotal scenes set during the Christmas season. March’s four sisters experience tragedy and solidarity as they grow up in Civil War-era Massachusetts, always returning to family togetherness.

Winona Ryder leads the cast as the smart, quirky Jo, a budding writer who longs for a future outside the comfortable March home. When the sisters’ father comes home from the war just in time to celebrate Christmas, it’s impossible not to cry with holiday cheer.

RELATED: 7 recipes to combine with classic Christmas movies

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Brother and sister filmmakers Michael Kerry Matthews and Thomas Matthews bring a lo-fi indie aesthetic to their Christmas drama lost vacation. Kate Lyn Sheil stars as a college graduate who spends winter break in her Maryland hometown, pining for her ex-boyfriend and possibly solving a kidnapping. It’s a gritty story about an aimless millennial hipster who tries to make sense of her life, while her fears are heightened by the holidays. The rickety Christmas decorations in the characters’ homes and hangouts reflect the chaos and clutter of their lives.

Santa Claus conquers the Martians

Often regarded as one of the worst movies ever made, the bizarre Santa Claus conquers the Martians is also one of the most entertaining to watch. The low-budget quirk is that Martians capture Santa so they can bring Christmas to jealous Martians. The plot makes no sense, and the flimsy sets and costumes look like they could have been borrowed from a community theater production, but the film is so fascinatingly weird it’s hard to look away.

Prime Video has the version of Elvira’s movie Macabre, with interstitial segments from the famed horror host adding some playful commentary.

RELATED: Ten Great Holiday Action Movies (That Aren’t ‘Die Hard’)

Santa Jaws

The makers of Santa Jaws are fully aware of how idiotic the idea of ​​a Christmas themed shark attack movie is. Instead of coming up with a complicated and unbelievable reason why sharks attack a small town this Christmas, the filmmakers go for complete fantasy when teenage protagonist Cody (Reid Miller) acquires a magical pen that brings his comic book creations to life.

Unfortunately, his greatest creation is Santa Jaws, a deadly shark in a Santa hat, who materializes and rips through Jake’s friends and family. The micro-budget production is full of crazy jokes and outlandish holiday-themed murders, never taking themselves or the premise seriously.

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas song has been adapted many times since essentially the dawn of cinema, and the 1935s miser is the first sound film based on the beloved holiday classic. Star Seymour Hicks had already played the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in stage productions and in a 1913 silent film, and he brings in the part just as much nausea and despair. The costumes and set design evoke the grimness of 19th-century London, and the simple yet effective visual techniques convey the eerie otherworldliness of the three ghosts who visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve.

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The Scottish Government has announced the launch of its consultation on Low Income Winter Heating Assistance. Like the Cold Weather Payment, this decentralized government benefit scheme aims to help low-income people who need financial support to pay their energy and heating bills this winter. Under Low Income Winter Heating Assistance, households receiving means-tested benefits would automatically receive £50 per winter.

The public and relevant stakeholders in the new payment, estimated to cost £20 million, can now share their thoughts with the Holyrood government.

As part of the consultation, experts warned MSPs that an estimated 100,000 families will find themselves in fuel poverty in the near future as a result of rising energy bills.

However, the government believes the new payment will help around 400,000 households to implement it.

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Ben Macpherson MSP, the Scottish Minister for Social Security and Local Government, explained why replacement of the Cold Weather Payment is necessary.

Mr Macpherson said: “Our proposed new benefit, Low Income Winter Heating Assistance, gives the 400,000 low-income households currently eligible for Cold Weather Payments the security of paying £50 a year.

“This will be an investment of around £20 million a year to support people in the cost of heating their homes in winter, regardless of the weather or temperature.

“While Cold Weather Payments have been a valuable support for some during periods of very cold weather, there have been some years when payments have been negligible.

“The current requirement for temperatures to be recorded or predicted below zero degrees Celsius for seven days in a row to trigger a £25 payment does not provide people with any security.

“In addition, we know that the location of the 27 weather stations in Scotland that need to reach this temperature has raised questions about the equality and fairness of payments in cold weather.

“In some years, only one or no payments have been initiated. If winters get wetter and warmer, as predicted, this could also reduce the number of Cold Weather payments in the future.

“We want people to have certainty about receiving payment regardless of the winter temperature or where they live in Scotland.”

According to Age UK, around 150,000 elderly households are likely to find themselves in fuel poverty this winter.

The charity reports that this number could rise to 1.1 million by spring 2022 if no further action is taken by the UK government.

In particular, Age UK is looking for the UK government to provide more support through the Cold Weather Payment, as well as other benefits such as the Warm Home discount.

One of their recommended proposals is a one-off payment of £50 to anyone eligible for Cold Weather Payments, the same rate proposed for the Low Income Winter Heating Assistance.

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Milwaukee-area restaurants open or offering takeout

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Time to plan your meals for Dec. 24 and 25. Restaurants have set holiday hours and, in some cases, take-home options for Christmas.
Time to plan your meals for Dec. 24 and 25. Restaurants have set holiday hours and, in some cases, take-home options for Christmas.

It’s not too early to plan for Dec. 24 or 25. Restaurants are ready to take your reservation for tables or for takeaway meals for Christmas. Note that in most cases, even takeout orders must be reserved well in advance. (Prices are before tax and tip unless noted otherwise.)

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Alioto’s Restaurant — Dine in from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or pick up carryout dinners from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 25. Entrees, which include soup or salad, potato and dessert, include turkey ($26) and 14-ounce portion of prime rib ($39). Children’s menu available Reservations required for dine in and carryout; call (414) 476-6900. 3041 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. aliotos.net.

Antigua Latin Inspired Kitchen — Serving the regular menu from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Reservations at exploretock.com. 6207 W. National Ave., West Allis. (414) 321-5775. antiguamilwaukee.com

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