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Needham rallies behind teachers and staff

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

It’s no shock that teachers will be facing an enormous number of challenges during this upcoming school year. In adapting to teaching virtual classes, changing their classroom organization and protocol to support social distancing, and even ensuring the safety of their students, teachers are...

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Public Health announces flu vaccine clinics

Needham Public Health will be hosting flu clinics in September and October. Those wishing to get their flu vaccine can come to the Center at the Heights on Wednesday, September 23, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The first hour of each clinic...

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Enviously hiking the Charles River Peninsula

Almost all of the boats opted to head away from, rather than towards the South Street Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

You know when you take young children to the beach, and you play with them in the creek or along the waterline...

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Greene’s Field playground hosts story walk

A family enjoys reading 'New Shoes for Silvia,' the second book on the story walk.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Story walks are a newly-popular way to get kids outside, get kids exercise, and get kids to read, all at once. Essentially, pages from...

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2021 college applicants face uncertain future

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

August is typically the sunset of the summer, one final hurrah before the fall chill seeps in and life returns to normal, conjuring up images of relaxing days spent soaking up the sun and lounging poolside. However, for rising high school seniors, August is anything...

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Precincts E, H voting location changed

On August 6, the Needham Select Board voted to change the location of one of the five polling places available for the September 1 and November 3 election. Voters in precincts E and H are now set to vote at the Needham Golf Course, located at 49 Green Street; the regular location, the...

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Needham FD moves into new building

The Needham Fire Department has moved into its new department building at 88 Chestnut Street. The building has been under construction since early 2019.

In 2018, officials established that the then-current police and fire headquarters buildings were too small to meet needed safety standards, among myriad other concerns.

Special Town Meeting to be held outside

On August 6, the Needham Select Board voted to hold the Fall Special Town Meeting on Sunday, October 4, outside. The meeting will now be held at the Memorial Field parking lot, and will resemble the Spring Town Meeting that took place earlier this year. The rain date for the meeting has...

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Dine Around Needham announced

The Select Board has announced Dine Around Needham a Progressive Dinner Party. On Wednesday, August 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., patrons can visit some of their favorite local eateries to enjoy a specially menu created just for the event. Menus will include the choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts or drinks....

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Purple Heart ceremony happens despite COVID

Dana Storrs made sure to mention the people of Lebanon, just days after the large explosion in Beirut.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last Thursday afternoon, Needham honored the town’s veterans who received the Purple Heart, one day before National Purple Heart Recognition Day....

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Town grapples with alleged profiling incident

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Saturday January 25, Marvin Henry was handcuffed outside of Starbucks, after being suspected of attempting to shoplift from the Highland Street CVS. His lawyers from Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston released a letter on July 20 accusing Needham PD of unlawful search and seizure,...

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Mosquitos test positive for West Nile virus

On Wednesday, August 5, the Needham Public Health Department notified residents that mosquitos found in Needham tested positive for West Nile virus. As a result, the risk level for West Nile virus has been raised to moderate.

Residents should take extra precaution to protect themselves from mosquitos. Residents are...

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Hybrid model leads school reopening race

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Increasingly, it appears that in September, the students of Needham are going to be hopping on the bus and heading back to school.

Well, sometime in September. And only for half the time.

Last Thursday, the Needham School...

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Equal Justice in Needham fights discrimination

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed by police. His death has sparked protests, reforms, and the formation of organizations dedicated to removing the systemic racism existing throughout the country. While it is easy to form an organization, it is hard to actually ensure...

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Paint Collection Day Saturday, July 18

Needham's Recycling and Transfer Station will host a paint collection day on Saturday, July 18. From 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., residents with a transfer station disposal sticker can drop off unwanted paints to be safely disposed of at the Needham Recycling and Transfer Station. All paint must be in the original container...

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Needham students drive change through art

NHS alumna Erika Ogbebor displays her incredible painting.

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

“This is what America means to me as a black man,” said Amo-Mensah Amota, an artist from Glastonbury, Connecticut, gesturing to the detailed graphite and charcoal drawing behind him. Amota’s piece...

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Park and Recreation hosting drive-in movie

On Saturday, July 18, Needham Park and Recreation is hosting a drive-in movie at Defazio Parking Lot. Those who would like to join in on this event can sign up at here. The drive-in event can be found under the New Summer 2020 tab. For $40 per car, the entire family can...

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Concerned citizens form EJN

Equal Justice in Needham (EJN) is a newly established, multi-generational, diverse group of Needham residents, who believe that Needham can and should be a town in which Black people and other people of color (POC) who are here as residents, students, employees, and visitors feel safe, seen, and valued.

Following...

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Library curbside pickup reopened

The Needham Free Public Library has resumed curbside pickup as of Monday morning. Due to its growing popularity, hours have been added so that more people can safely pickup library materials.

Curbside pickup will now run on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday...

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Keating, VFW reach out to flag burners

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The line between protesting and indiscriminate vandalism is blurring with every passing day. After bringing down only statues devoted to Confederate leaders, quickly the razor-sharp focus of statue topplers expanded to include the likes of Christopher Columbus, conquistadors, police chiefs they deemed racist, slave-holding Union...

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