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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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Retailers to extend holiday hours

Local businesses and restaurants are banding together to encourage support from patrons during this holiday season. In an attempt to encourage shoppers to find holiday gifts through local stores, many Needham retailers have extended their hours on Thursdays. Selected restaurants are offering deals to patrons every Thursday, as well.

In...

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School Committee holds virtual open house

While this tent was great for social distancing, because it can’t handle snow, it’s not going to be much help in the near future.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Now three months into the hybrid system of learning, on Saturday, the Needham School Committee...

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Needham Lights will continue, albeit altered

Holiday traditions will be different this year as the pandemic continues. This year's celebration of the Needham Blue Tree lighting and accompanying lights will take place this year, without the usual celebration.

As a result, residents of Needham are urged to bring some of the festivities to their own neighborhoods....

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Jeff Sneider scoops Hollywood in Needham

Despite remaining in Needham during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sneider has been able to keep in contact with his sources.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Needham doesn’t have many connections to the bright lights of Hollywood. Last year, a Chris Evans movie was filmed in...

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Vote dropbox locked overnight during weekend

As voting continues and citizens take the time to participate in early voting and drop off their ballots, Needham residents are urged to take advantage of the red ballot box.

Mailed ballots may be dropped off in person to the big red dropbox or mailed back to the town...

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Town hosts drive-through pumpkin display

A family points out which of the carved pumpkins is their favorite from the safety of their car.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

They say that in the 1950s, people fell so in love with the idea of having a car and were so...

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Needham BOH presents Halloween guidelines

The Needham Board of Health has provided some recommendations for celebrating Halloween this year. Using CDC guidelines, these recommendations have been carefully designed to help ensure everyone has a happy and healthy Halloween. 

Those handing out candy should try to implement a one-way system, such as leaving a candy bucket...

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Foliage brings crowds to Echo Bridge

While too dangerous for my tastes, a couple did find a very interesting spot to relax near Echo Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

You know when you watch the Masters, and right before Tiger is about to win the green jacket with a...

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The pandemic perils of high school

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

“I really missed school” admitted senior Lauren Biedron, laughing. “Wow, I never thought I would say that.” 

While this may have been an unheard-of sentiment last fall, this year, many students have been itching to get back to some sense of normalcy....

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Needham extends free meter through 2020

The Needham Select Board has voted to extend the free parking meter program throughout town during the remainder of 2020. This program provides free parking throughout town so that patrons can enjoy local businesses and shop, without worrying about the cost of a parking meter.

"It is our hope...

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Tricky Dog Show wows virtual audience

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

How often do we get to enjoy a dog show from the comfort of our own homes? When I was little, I used to sit for hours watching the countless Animal Planet dog programs. Occasionally sprinkled among them was a program in which the dogs...

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Greis presents lecture on women’s suffrage

A newspaper clipping from the now-discontinued Needham Chronicle that covered the first days of women registering for voting. Women had a higher turnout then men did during that first year.

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment giving women...

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Reservoir shows signs of normalcy

It wasn’t a huge fish, but this family did successfully catch one.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last week, people across three New Jersey counties were convinced that they had seen a UFO. Videos were taken, tweets were sent out, and amateur UFO hunters...

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