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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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Sen. Rausch continues virtual office hours

Senator Rausch (D-Needham) will host her next virtual office hours this Friday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In keeping with best practices recommendations from public health officials, conversations with the senator and her staff will take place over Google Hangouts, Skype, and phone calls.

Residents from any...

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Community Farm increasing production during pandemic

Over a year in the works, the installation of Needham Community Farm’s high tunnel was completed this month, just in time for the spring 2020 growing season, and just in time for COVID-19.

The tunnel shelters five new raised beds on previously unused land to provide protection from the elements...

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Needham SEPAC announces 2020 award winners

The Needham Special Education Parent Advisory Council has announced its 2020 SEPAC AWARD winners. Each recipient is a staff member for at least one of Needham's public schools. Included among this year's winners was a rare group award for Pollard Middle School's cluster 8-4 General Education Team. Other winners include a number of...

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Recycling/Transfer Station Friday hours changed

The Recycling and Transfer Station will close at noon on Fridays, beginning May 22, for the summer. Normal Friday hours will resume September 11. Residents are asked to go to the Recycling and Transfer Station during weekday hours to ensure social distancing.

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COVID affects Open Studios, art community

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Like so many other events during the time of COVID-19, the annual Needham Open Studios, originally scheduled for May 2 and 3, had to be postponed and rescheduled. But while the newly-scheduled date for the event is October 24, organizers have opted to hold a...

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Author Lamenzo mentors nine local students

Nine students from Mitchell Elementary and High Rock have been working on writing and illustrating their own children’s book in a program called Writing + Publishing with Jacky. Local Author Jacky Lamenzo created a program to teach children the process she took to write her own children’s book, "Addy Wants to Fit In."

A lesson from the pansies

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

More people can be found spending hours upon hours in their garden as we transition from late spring into early summer. Some have opted for vegetable gardens after seeing the recent state of grocery stores, while others have planted flower beds to cheer up...

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Social Distance Files: Needham’s Ridge Hill

Ridge Hill Reservation is an ideal social distancing locale.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

My GPS told me the Ridge Hill Reservation was just north of “Ponzi Cons land,” which sounded like an amusement park version of the Federal prisons to which they...

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SPAN announces Needham parent Al-anon meeting

Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN) has announced an Al-anon meeting for parents who have a child navigating addiction. This is a new open-speaker style meeting, and all are welcome. Weekly meetings will begin starting Monday, May 4, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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