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BID healthcare workers cheered on by parade

On Thursday, April 30, healthcare workers at Needham's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital were greeted by the sight of emergency vehicles passing by their hospital. The Dover and Needham Police Departments, together with the Norfolk County Sheriff Department, flashed their lights and blared their horns as a way to thank healthcare staff battling COVID-19.

Needham Open Studios postponed

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances related to COVID-19, Needham Open Studios will not be able to be held as planned in May. Artists are disappointed that they cannot welcome the community into their homes and studios at this time, but have rescheduled Needham Open Studios to Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October...

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Solarize Mass Plus Needham program extended

The Town of Needham has announced that the Solarize Mass Plus Needham program will be extended to the end of May. The program is a cooperative effort between the state, the Town of Needham, and local volunteers spreading the word on the environmental and economic benefits of having a Solar PV system on...

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BOH approves facial covering emergency order

Starting Friday, May 1, individuals will be required to wear face coverings in local businesses, work sites, government buildings, and common areas of residential and commercial buildings. This includes a fabric mask, scarf, or bandanna that covers both nose and mouth.

Needham has 217 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 33...

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Homemade masks: proper wear and care

Be Kind Needham recently began distributing instructions for proper use and care for homemade masks. "We have noticed and are greatly concerned by the number of people who are not wearing their masks properly," Sarah Heath of Be Kind Needham wrote to Hometown Weekly. "We are now handing out instructions with the masks...

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Trail experts see opportunities during lockdown

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With more and more people flooding the trails of Needham in an attempt to stave off Coronavirus cabin fever, town residents and visitors are going to realize what a unique resource they have at their disposal. But if you’re not an avid hiker, you...

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KoC adapts to life under lockdown

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Knights of Columbus (KoC) pride themselves on acting in accordance with four principles: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. But with new social distancing rules in place and the Knights unable to gather the way they did before, they are having to find new...

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Park & Rec moves online

By James Kinneen,
Hometown Weekly Reporter -

With most Americans' current recreation plans eliminating gatherings with people outside of their homes, local park and recreation departments are finding themselves in the precarious position of needing to provide content while maintaining social distancing and ensuring community safety. 

NCC teachers stage fun parade

Teachers at a local daycare, Needham Children's Center (NCC), have really been missing their students. Since beginning social distancing, the NCC teachers have quickly transitioned to virtual classrooms and have enjoyed having Zoom meetings with their students. But they decided to go a...

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VFW Past Post Commander Daniel Keane

It is with great sadness that the Needham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498 announces the death of Past Post Commander Daniel Keane. He was a victim of the coronavirus.

Dan had been living in the Chelsea Soldiers Home, where he suffered from a variety of ailments. Prior to that,...

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Needham K of C battles hunger

The Needham Knights of Columbus are rising to address one of the menaces which has emerged in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: hunger. “The coronavirus pandemic rages around us and is creating devastating damage to individuals, families, the healthcare system, the stock market, the economy, businesses and more," said Grand Knight Bob Timmerman...

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Charles River Center auction moves online

The annual Charles River Center Building A Dream Gala fundraiser, scheduled for Friday, May 1, was canceled due to the coronavirus health crisis. To mitigate the significant financial shortfall, an online auction will take place from Saturday, April 25, to Saturday, May 2. This is an opportunity to provide much needed financial support...

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Basketball All-Scholastics, All Stars announced

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Sports Editor

The Boston Globe announced recently recognized its 2019-2020 class of All-Scholastic and conference All-Star recipients. 

From Dover-Sherborn, junior point guard Evan Skeary was named a TVL All-Star. Skeary will be a returning captain for his senior season next winter. 

Food Pantry independently operates during crisis

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With the coronavirus crisis suddenly playing an outsized role in so many people’s lives, many are looking to the government for financial help. Whether it's in the form of stimulus checks coming to citizens or the bailout money coming to businesses, large numbers of Americans...

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School Committee hosting virtual open house

The School Committee will host a virtual open house on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., to provide an opportunity for parents and community members to meet and speak informally with their School Committee representatives. An invitation to join the open house virtually will be available prior to the open...

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NHS students stay social despite COVID-19

By Maddie Gerber 

Hometown Weekly Intern

It’s Thursday night and per usual, my friends and I are debating weekend plans in our group chat. 

Except nothing about this night is usual, nothing about this weekend will be usual, and our weekend plans certainly won’t...

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Post 2498 pitches in during pandemic

The Needham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498 recently volunteered to be a site for collecting personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Working with the Massachusetts National Guard and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Post facility on Junction Street became a busy place as donations arrived from MEMA-approved organizations and were...

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Public Works announces coronavirus changes

The Town of Needham and Needham Public Works has announced that changes to the Needham Recycling and Transfer Station have gone into effect in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Some town services have been impacted as the town follows social distancing guidelines and reduces staff...

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A picture of NHS

"While I was walking this morning," wrote Lisa Vergara of Storytime Crafts, "I stumbled upon this school pencil delicately balanced on the high school main entrance railing and I couldn’t help but wonder what student may have placed it there and what they were thinking. It instantly hit me: the pencil, and the...

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