Business Community Looks to Add Luncheon Series to Charlestown Chamber Repertoire

By Seth Daniel

Kara Ryan, Council President Michelle Wu and State Rep. Dan Ryan.

Dozens of local business owners and Charlestown Chamber members gathered at the new Monument 251 Restaurant on Friday, March 24, for the first Chamber Luncheon Series in what organizers hope will become a popular mainstay for the business and civic community.

Jimmy Lister of the Chamber kicked things off, thanking Monument owner Damien Donovan for hosting the lunch, and said it’s important that the business community is informed of what’s happening on all levels of government.

“We hope this will be the first of many Chamber luncheons,” he said. “As a Chamber of Commerce in a major city, we have to know what’s happening on many different issues, including at the federal level, the state level and in our City government.”

On the slate to be the first speaker was Congressman Michael Capuano. However, due to the very important health care vote last week in Congress – which was delayed until Friday and then pulled from a vote – Capuano was stuck in Washington, D.C., and couldn’t make it to Charlestown. Previously, his appearance was canceled due to a major blizzard that forced the closure of everything in the City.

Filling in, however, was City Council President Michelle Wu, who had a good many

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