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Farmers market opens with restrictions

Live plants, like these flowers are selling especially well as more people have time to garden.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

If eating healthy, fresh and local produce is part of keeping a healthy immune system, then it only makes sense that the...

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Data breach causes unemployment fraud surge

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Looking at the Needham police log, it’s hard not to notice that all of a sudden one specific crime is taking over the community: unemployment fraud. There are a couple of reasons for this, but none of them involve anything unique to the town of...

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Citizens take to newly opened playgrounds

This man praised the shade Cricket Playground provides on a hot day.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With a handful of parks and recreational fields opening last weekend, Needham residents were out and about doing a wide variety of activities, just before two massive...

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Town launches Unite Against Racism initiative

In a notice released on Monday, June 29, Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick announced the beginning of the Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative. This project is dedicated to addressing the racism in Needham, and to hopefully find solutions to improve the community.

On Tuesday, July 21, residents of Needham are...

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Free Parking this summer

As of June 29, two-hour parking is free in Needham. Authorized by Needham's Select Board, metered spots will be free for two hours as a way to support local businesses around town. Visitors are encouraged to park and enjoy some of their favorite dining spots and shops. The initiative will be in place...

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Needham High students tackle racism

Protestors march through Needham Center towards the Town Hall. 

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

“My full name is Oluwatoni,” said recent NHS graduate Olu Ajayi, addressing the hundreds of black-clad Needhamites who were gathered on Memorial Field below her. “It’s said exactly as it’s...

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Out and about at Kendrick Pond

A man fishes with a family of (invasive) mute swans in the background.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

It was hot on Saturday, June 6. Really, really hot. And I had to hike around the Blue Heron Trail at Cutler Park before the rain...

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Small Repair Grant Program continues

A second round of grant funding for the Small Repair Grant Program has been announced. This program awards seniors and those with disabilities up to $4,000 to make health and safety improvements to their homes.

The grant is meant to cover a variety of home repairs and modifications including...

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Operation T-Rex brings smiles to Needham

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Imagine this: you’re at work, during a particularly grueling day, when someone tells you to look outside. You look out a window, and standing on the sidewalk are several people dressed in tyrannosaurus rex costumes, waving their tiny little arms at you. Chances are, your...

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Potential Rosemary Pool opening announced

Like most pools and ponds, Rosemary Pool will be opening later than initially planned this summer. On June 10, Needham Parks and Recreation announced that Rosemary Pool and some of Needham's recreation programs will open in mid-July.

While there is no official opening day, the Park and Recreation Department is...

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Needham Farmers Market returns June 14

The Needham Farmers Market will return on Sunday, June 14, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Safety precautions have been put in place in order to ensure the safety of everyone. Among these precautions include pre-ordering, wearing a mask, observing social distancing, paying attention to lane markings, and prohibiting reusable bags. Additionally, this...

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Social Distance Files: Needham Reservoir

This girl got bored of fishing and caught herself in the net.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last February, an individual named Emma Fleck tweeted “if you haven’t been in the Hometown Weekly…are you even from Needham?” I found that tweet a couple...

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Needham town buildings reopening June 1

Starting on June 1, all town buildings, with the exception of the Center at the Heights and the Needham Free Public Library, will reopen for appointments. To book an appointment, visit the Town departments website here and select the department. Town Hall can also be reached at (781-455-7500) during regular hours from...

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Needham begins reopening recreational spots

Needham has begun it's first phase of reopening the town's recreational spots. As of May 25, the public tennis courts (located at Mills, Newman, and Needham High School) have reopened for passive, no-contact recreational activities. Town playgrounds, basketball courts, and the pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex will remain closed during this first...

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Social Distance Files: Hemlock Gorge

A guitar player practices his craft in the shadow of Echo Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I went to buy cigarettes (for my mom, not that it matters) this week, and the person behind the counter asked: “you’re 21, aren’t you?”...

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Kids’ dandelion business takes off

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

One of the biggest struggles of quarantine is the unending obstacle of making sure kids are constantly entertained. For some, it’s as easy as handing them a tablet and letting them disappear into a plethora of apps or watching a number of streaming services....

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Grace Snow receives NAA Scholarship Award

Grace Snow, a Needham High School senior, has been selected as the recipient of the Needham Art Association's (NAA) $1000 Scholarship Award. Scholarship Chair Jessica Gallo and the scholarship committee worked closely with NHS fine arts teacher Katherine Bergeron to select seniors to be considered for this award. 

Grace impressed...

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Annual Town Meeting set for June 8

The Needham Select Board has voted to hold the Annual Town Meeting in the Memorial Park parking lot on June 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Though normally held in Powers Hall, this new meeting spot will allow for the safe social distancing of those who wish to attend. Rain dates...

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Town creates outdoor dining spaces

Starting Friday, May 22, outdoor dining spaces will be available to enjoy in Needham. These outdoor spaces include picnic tables that are located on the Town Common, Needham Heights Common, and Eaton Square. The tables are spaced apart to ensure social distancing and allow those eating takeout from local restaurants to enjoy their...

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