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Needham Open Studios moves outdoors

Although not as many as would have taken place with a traditional setup, there were some live art demonstrations, like this one from Mark Richards.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Usually a spring event, COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 and 2021 iterations of Needham Open...

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Jog Your Memory 5K goes live

Mitchell Elementary School’s “Welcome Back” sign could just as well have been talking about the race, which had to go entirely virtual last year because of COVID-19.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

After Jess Rice’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2007, she...

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ICON celebrates Indian Independence Day

Despite having only thirty minutes, the event was able to include speeches, singing and traditional dances.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Sunday afternoon at Needham Town Hall, ICON (Indian Community of Needham) a secular nonprofit organization aimed at “celebrating and preserving the culture and...

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Library hosts ‘Edge of the Street’

Paula Pitman Brown’s work, which includes large pieces on the wall and smaller ones in the library’s display case, is available for purchase.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As COVID-19 lockdowns swept across the world, suddenly the internet was flooded with videos of animals...

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Patrons fly in to see raptors

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Have you ever been outside and heard the sound of a hooting owl? Have you spotted the fast flying of a peregrine falcon, or the rusty tail feathers of a red-tailed hawk? If so, you’ve seen some of the birds of prey that call New...

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Carnival returns after COVID absence

Placed on top of the hill at Needham High, the Ferris wheel provided great photo opportunities.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

After being shut down due to COVID-19 last year, on last Thursday night, the annual Rotary Club Carnival returned to Needham High School....

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Summer at Charles River Peninsula

While far from crowded, there was at least some activity at the Charles River Peninsula Saturday afternoon.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

For a brief moment on Saturday afternoon, it seemed like if you weren’t going to use your kayak right then and there,...

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Center at the Heights reopens

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

In March of 2020, seniors centers around the country closed to protect residents and workers from the COVID-19 pandemic raging around the country. For over a year, councils on aging shifted their work as best they could, adopting online, phone-based, and on-the-go solutions to serve...

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July 4th Parade returns to Needham

Throwing candy to kids is always a good way to endear yourself to parade attendees.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last year, there was no Fourth of July parade or fireworks in Needham, while this year, the fireworks were cancelled, but the parade was...

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Community Council thrift shop camps out

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

You may have spotted a white tent while traveling through Hillside Ave. Underneath, racks are stocked with clothes, bags, shoes, housewares, and knick-knacks, waiting to be purchased. This is the Needham Community Council Thrift Shop. For years, this community-driven thrift shop has helped reuse and...

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Needham hosts Hope and Gratitude Walk

Keefe and Sharma lead the walking group shortly after thanking the fire department.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

It seems like far more than a year and a few months ago that social media was fuming about the throngs of people celebrating St....

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Memorial Day ceremony salutes centennial veteran

At the end of the ceremony, it was pointed out that WWII Veteran George Yered was nearing his hundredth birthday.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The rain cleared just in time for Needham’s Memorial Day Ceremony last Monday afternoon at Memorial Park. While many...

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Mighty Moooons shine at State Championship

After having won the Champions Award at one of the four regional qualifier events last month, Needham FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team The Mighty Moooons competed in the Massachusetts State Championship, RoboNautica, held on Saturday, May 15, which included the top 30 teams from the four qualifier events.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge is a research and robotics tournament for 9-14 year-old students....

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Rocket seniors celebrate with car parade

Everyone involved in the car parade said they enjoyed it, and appreciated the town’s support.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last year’s car parade for Needham High’s graduating seniors was well attended by both students and town residents alike. But it also came at...

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Needham to welcome back Farmers Market

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

There’s something thrilling about going to a farmer’s market. Unlike a grocery store, the market adds a social aspect to the act buying fruits, vegetables and other local goods, produced by local merchants. Particularly after a year of COVID-19, it sounds like just what the...

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NHS seniors, Open Studios artists exhibit

In partnership with The Town of Needham, The Needham Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has launched its newest temporary presentations at 32-36 Chestnut Street featuring art from Needham High School seniors and professionals from Needham Open Studios.

Art from Needham Open Studios and the “Senior Showcase Sampler” is on display in vacant storefronts donated by...

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Melick Foundation to wind down

Richard Patton Melick Foundation Award winner Polly Attridge with her daughter, Jody.

At the recent Special Town Meeting, the Richard Patton Melick Foundation announced that it is winding down after 25 years. The Melick Foundation was created in 1997 to honor Dick Melick, an extraordinary community leader...

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Carter Christmas Trees give back

Rev. Gary Shaw and Sandra Robinson of the Needham Community Council.

For twenty-three years Carter Memorial United Methodist Church has been picking up brown, dry, needleless, tinsel draped Christmas trees and bringing them to the Needham Recycling Center. People begin to make their “pick up” reservations right...

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Chalk It Up returns to NHS

Needham High School senior studio art students recently took to the pavement in front of NHS for Chalk It Up, a performance art piece in which they express themselves in chalk drawings.

COVID forced the 2020 iteration of Chalk It Up into seniors' homes and driveways, with artists creating in...

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Young Needham laxers dominate Medfield

A Needham player puts a shot on goal in the first half of their first game against Medfield.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

In the first game of a double-header for the Needham Youth Lacrosse team on Saturday morning, the Rockets wore gold while...

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