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Art in Bloom blossoms on Monday

The month of March is only a week away, and we will soon be hitting the one-year mark of the nationwide COVID lockdown. There is good news, though: this year, Needham’s Art in Bloom will be a virtual exhibit and open on Monday, March 1, at NeedhamArtinBloom.com.

“The library building may...

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Local artist raises funds for community

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the boredom of COVID-19 lockdowns has led most young people to do nothing other than spend more time on the internet, some teenagers are doing much more productive things with their newfound, mandatory time away from friends. Take Needham’s Dana Freedman, for instance. In...

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Needham hosts open vaccination clinic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many towns are developing their own small vaccination clinics for residents, Needham uniquely has access to the types of freezers that allow them to store either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. While this makes things a bit more difficult for those planning the logistics...

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NHS Theatre performs ‘War of the Worlds’

Howard Koch and Freddie Filmore, played by Lily Oehlkers and Brian Curry briefly discuss the background of Welles’ recording.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Decades before “Cannibal Holocaust,” “Ghostwatch,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Mermaids: The Body Found,” or “The Buried Secret of M. Night...

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Crowds embrace Rail Trail despite cold

Despite incredibly cold temperatures, the trail was crowded with walkers and bicycle riders.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Who would be insane enough to walk the Needham Rail Trail on the coldest day of the year? Apparently, a lot of people - when I...

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The Tapples release their new album

The Tapples pose for a group photo ahead of the release of their second album, “Where You’ve Been.”

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The state that produced bands like Aerosmith, New Edition, Boston, New Kids on the Block and The Cars hasn’t had a...

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Free two-hour meter parking extended

The Needham Select Board has approved the extension of free two-hour parking at town metered spots. This extension is planned to last until June 30, 2021, as a way to continue encouraging shopping at the many local businesses in Needham.

Free two-hour parking is one of the many initiatives...

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Needham honors MLK via Zoom ceremony

Sean K. Ellis, the subject of Netflix’s “Trial 4” appeared to speak on the work he is doing to fight voter suppression and police brutality.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts showing very little signs of slowing down, like...

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Patel Brothers toy drive brings joy

The Patel brothers pose in front of the large number of toy donations they collected.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

In 2020, kids saw their favorite events cancelled, their contact with friends severely limited, and their big family gatherings moved from in-person to...

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Needham 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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Winterfest performances move to Zoom

Lauren, Matthew and Ryan made the event far more interesting with their near constant inside jokes and quips.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Winterfest is the major fundraising event for the NHS Friends of Music, but with COVID-19 forcing large in person concerts to...

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NHS students grapple with mental health

By Maddie Gerber 
Hometown Weekly Intern 

“Well, I would usually wake up before school to do homework, maybe around 6 a.m. or so,” said current Needham High School senior Julia Ochalla, describing what a typical Monday looked like for her back in pre-pandemic times. Ochalla continued to detail her busy...

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Women’s Club gets holiday tour rolling

Families line the street to see the decorated cars cruising the Holiday House Tour route.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Looking to rev up Needham’s Christmas spirit and generate a little bit of excitement about their Holiday House Tour, on Sunday night, the Needham...

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Silent Witnesses spread awareness

Silent Witnesses, including children, all of whom were designed to honor victims of domestic violence. Photo by Emma Curry.

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern 

From November 5-11, a series of human silhouettes lined the steps of the town hall, their figures casting shadows...

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The Tapples release Christmas single

Needham’s youngest recording artists are back with new music.

The Tapples’ holiday single, “Magical Christmas,” is now available on all streaming platforms. The song is a crescendo of harmonies that builds and eventually culminates with a nine-part moving harmony that simulates a choir of carolers.

“This year...

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Community Council adjusts programs during pandemic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Now in its ninetieth year, the Needham Community Council runs a vast array of programs to serve the Needham community. Unfortunately, when COVID-19 forced so many outlets to drastically alter how they are run, the Needham County Council had to both adjust a wide variety...

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Norfolk Lodge announces Christmas tree sale

The Norfolk Lodge, A.F. & A.M. annual Christmas tree sale is back for Christmas 2020, over 45 years after its first Christmas tree sale was held in 1972. The Christmas tree sale will be held from November 27 through December 23. Hours on Monday through Thursday are 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday...

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Women’s Club readies House Tour, parade

For 22 years, the Needham Women's Club has hosted an annual Holiday House Tour to raise funds to support the Club’s charities. This year's tour will be an outdoor, drive-by event. The club is inviting its neighbors to decorate their homes, porches, or yards with lights, greenery, and holiday decorations to highlight the spirit of the season. Funds...

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New Needham mural a community effort

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Type in "Red Wing Bay" into a GPS-enabled device. You’ll get directions to a road by the Needham-Dover border. There, you will find a section of the rail trail. Turn onto the parking lot beside the Charles River and you’ll be one step closer to...

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TOPSoccer athletes play through pandemic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the world was fretting over whether professional sports would be cancelled and season ticket holders wondering how they would occupy their Sundays this fall, some families were rooting for the return of sports for much more important reasons. For the families of special needs...

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