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Kids build fun at Needham ‘Engineering Extravaganza’

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

On Saturday at Newman Elementary School, Let’s Build Engineering Fun for Kids and the Needham Science Center hosted the first Engineering Extravaganza for families to participate in fun, hands-on activities that tested engineering knowledge and sparked creativity.

From artistic robots to a cantilever challenge...

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A Cappella Go big hit at Needham High despite snow

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff On Saturday, Jan. 24, Needham High’s talented a cappella groups took the stage with collegiate singers for the annual A Cappella Go fundraising concert and, despite the snow storm that hit the area that night, drew a packed house to the school’s auditorium. The groups ran through their repertoires...
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Town of Needham to ‘Go Red for Women’ on Friday

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff On Friday, Feb. 5, the Town of Needham and Beth Israel Deaconess - Needham (BID-Needham) will join forces to raise awareness about heart disease and strokes by wearing red. Needham will honor Go Red for Women Day, a program of the American Heart Association, which draws attention to the...
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Glee Club to perform ‘Singing Valentines’ in Needham and Wellesley

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After a very successful debut last year, the Highland Glee Club is excited for the return of its “Singing Valentine” program in Needham, Newton and Wellesley.

The group will send a group of singers to perform three classic love songs to your Valentine at his or her home, workplace,...

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Needham Students Are Off To See The ‘Wizard Of Oz’

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Needham Middle Schools Fine and Performing Arts Department is preparing to take audiences on a trip down the yellow-brick road next week with a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” The musical will be performed on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee...
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Needham Robotics Team Qualifies For State Competition

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Needham High’s two robotics teams, T-10 (T minus 10) and the HackHers, competed all day on Sunday at a league meet in Andover. According to advisor Hans Batra, “The day was filled with successes and disappointments as the robots competed against 20 other teams from around the state.” In the end, T-10 reached the...
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Registration Is Now Open For Needham Spelling Bee

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Registration is currently open for the annual Needham Education Foundation Spelling Bee, which will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. in the Needham High gym. Teams of students, teachers, local officials and politicians, businesses and community members will compete to be named the top spellers in Needham....
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Needham Channel Video Explains Domestic Worker Laws

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff In July 2014, then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick singed into law a new Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and in August of 2015 Attorney General Maura Healey issued regulations to employers across the state based on that legislation. To assist employers in understanding and adhering to the new regulations,...
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Needham Students Shine At Annual Jazz Night Concert

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Needham High and Needham Middle School jazz ensembles took the stage in the high school auditorium last Friday for the annual Jazz Night concert. The young musicians were joined by Massachusetts native and professional saxophonist Tucker Antell, who shared the stage and helped the students shine. Antell, who also...
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Needham Resident Receives 2016 Good Person Award

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff On Monday evening, Needham Youth Services held a ceremony in Powers Hall to honor the 2016 recipient of the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award, Colleen Shaller. Shaller moved to Needham in 1963 with her late husband Frank and has spent the better part of the past 50 years...
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Needham Science Center offering preschool classes

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BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10) Beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Needham Science Center, based at Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Ave., will be offering an eight-week session of ABC Storycraft for Pre-Schoolers. The program will run weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Instructor Michele Marram will run the program, which is intended for ages 2-6...
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Needham High Jazz Night to feature local saxophonist

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BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10) On Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m., the Needham Fine and Performing Arts Department will present the Needham High and Middle School jazz ensembles for the annual Jazz Night concert. Joining the students on stage will be saxophonist Tucker Antell. The Massachusetts native will be working with the students all week...
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Needham Robotics Teams Earn Trophies At State Competition

BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10) Four Needham robotics teams earned trophies at the recent Massachusetts state finals, RoboNautica, held last Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, including Polkabots, which took third place overall out of the 86 teams that competed in the state championships. In addition, the Robotic Mealworms won a first place Innovation Award for their project, the...
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Hillman Elected As Chair Of Needham Chamber Board

The Newton-Needham Chamber Board of Directors recently elected Rachel Hillman as its new chair effective Jan. 1. Hillman is the owner of Hillman Homes, a boutique real estate firm helping buyers, sellers, renters and investors in Newton, Needham and surrounding towns. Hillman succeeds Seana Gaherin, who completes her two-year term this month and will assume the...
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Needham High To Host Parent Conference In January

BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10) The Needham High Parent-Teacher Council (PTC) is hosting a Parent Conference on Saturday, Jan. 23 (with a snow date of Jan. 30) in the school’s library. The event will run from 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the cost is $10, which includes the price of lunch. The conference will cover important...
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Needham Chef Preparing To Open Restaurant

BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10)
Needham resident and noted American chef Rachel Klein has announced plans to open her first restaurant, RFK Kitchen, on Great Plain Ave. The current goal is to have the restaurant up and running by the spring. In the past few weeks, Klein and her partner, Francesco Melandri, have been...
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Needham Volleyball Serving Up Wins This Fall

BY JOSH PERRY (@Josh_Perry10) Thu, Oct 01, 2015 Two seasons ago, the Needham High girls’ volleyball team struggled through a winless season, but last year new head coach Courtney Chaloff helped turn things around and the Rockets improved to 8-12, narrowly missing out on the playoffs. This year, Needham has jumped out to a 4-2 start after edging...
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