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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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Pools to open late July

On Wednesday, July 8, Needham Park and Recreation announced the reopening of the Rosemary Recreation Complex. The pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex will reopen for the rest of the summer season during the last week of July. Pool attendance will be restricted to Needham residents only this summer to ensure visitors' safety....

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Library curbside pickup temporarily suspended

The Needham Public Library's curbside pickup service has temporarily been suspended until further notice. This comes after an announcement on Thursday, July 9, that a library employee was suspected of having COVID-19. The library remained closed through Friday to ensure the safety of others.

The Needham Public Health department...

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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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