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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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Softball season signals return to normalcy

While the team gave up ten runs, teammate Ellie Donahue pointed to Kelsie Pittman’s complete game as a highlight.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With kids playing catch on the side of Claxton Field, others climbing up the giant rock, mask-less people lounging in...

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South St. home becomes Wyeth library

While a regular Needham family was living there not long ago, this house will soon be turned into a library in celebration of N.C. Wyeth.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Picture Paul Revere’s famous “Midnight Ride.” If you're familiar with the image of the...

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Pansy Day returns to Needham

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For decades, planting season has been heralded by Pansy Day in Needham. Last year’s celebration was canceled due to COVID-19, a first for the tradition that has notoriously happened during all weather conditions. But like pansies, the community is feeling the warmth of spring -...

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Sunset Road event honors Vietnam veterans

William Topham spoke about how many Vietnam veterans were left permanently disabled by the war, at the March 29th ceremony.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and other events that honor Americans who served in the armed forces have...

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NCC celebrates 90th year ‘plus one’

Bob Dermody noted this holiday season the NCC delivered more food than ever before.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last March, the Needham Community Council planned on celebrating its 90th anniversary with a historical exhibition at the Needham History Center & Museum. Unfortunately, when...

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A pawsitive addition to Needham

Officer Rocket and Needham school resource officer RJ Poirier have been among the town’s most famous residents as of late.

By Maddie Gerber 
Hometown Weekly Intern

It was a gloomy day at Eliot Elementary School when Officer Rocket, a recent four-legged addition to the Needham...

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Art in Bloom moves online

Beth Paisner used birch bark, sweet pea, Queen Anne’s lace and monstera leaves - among others - to interpret Julia Clark’s artwork.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last March, Needham’s 12th annual Art in Bloom was one of the last public events in town...

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Alessandrini wins Hall of Fame Award

Needham Community Theatre has announced that it has awarded the first Needham Theatre “Hall of Fame Award” for excellence in professional theater to Tony Award winner and Needham native Gerard Alessandrini.

Gerard Alessandrini grew up in Needham and joined NCT in his teens, appearing in "Kismet" in 1971 and in...

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Take Back the Night raises awareness

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Wednesday, February 24, viewers joined a YouTube livestream to watch this year’s Take Back the Night event. Normally, the event is held in November at Needham High School, but pandemic circumstances this year brought it to the virtual stage.

The...

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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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