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Needham’s Bridget Akinc running marathon for CASA

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

When Bridget Akinc moved to the Boston area almost 20 years ago, it became a dream to run in the Boston Marathon. That dream will be fulfilled in April when the Needham resident joins thousands of other runners at the starting line in Hopkinton...

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Needham High students collaborate on art installation

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

During the months of February and March, Needham High students will be taking part in a collaborative art installation with visiting artist Jodi Colella, as part of the school’s Own Your Peace initiative. 

Students will write messages on strips of fabric about how...

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Needham Art in Bloom offers taste of spring

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

Outside the temperatures were hovering in the mid-30s, but inside the Needham Library on Saturday afternoon spring had sprung thanks to the eighth annual Needham Art in Bloom display organized by the Beth Shalom Garden Club.

Scattered over both floors of the library were nearly...

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‘Library’s Congress’ wins Needham Civics Bee

By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

On Sunday afternoon, 15 teams of Needham community members competed at the high school to find out who knew more about local, state, and federal government in the annual League of Women Voters Civics Bee.

The winning team was “The Library’s Congress,” which included Sandra...

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Needham primary voters select Kasich and Clinton

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

The voters of Needham took to the polls on Super Tuesday to voice their opinions for who should be the presidential nominee for the Republicans and Democrats heading into this fall’s national election. 

With more than 7,500 voters casting ballots, former Secretary of...

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Scouting for Food to benefit Needham food pantry

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

On Saturday, March 19 at 8 a.m., Needham Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be collecting bags of food to be delivered to the Needham Community Council Food Pantry for the annual Scouting for Food collection.

The bags will be passed out...

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Asylum Quartet plays Needham concert series

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

The saxophone quartet Asylum Quartet kicked off the second half of the 2015-16 Great Hall Concert Series with a performance on Saturday night that included Needham student musicians.

The concert packed Powers Hall on the second floor of Needham Town Hall and the ensemble showcased...

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French Night a hit at Needham High

By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

Last Friday night, Needham High’s French Club held its annual “La Soiree de la Francophone” (French Night), featuring food, performances by student groups, and more all focused on French and francophone culture.

The event was also a fundraiser for WATERisLIFE, a nonprofit organization that promotes education and tools for...

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Needham Robotics wins award at states

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

On Saturday, Needham High robotics team T-10 (T minus 10) took on 32 other teams from across the state at Natick High in the Massachusetts FTC State Robotics Competition. T-10 earned the Connect Award, which means that it is one of seven teams to be moving...

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Needham man to run for Alzheimer’s Association

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

Needham resident Ryan Mckee has signed on to run in this April’s Boston Marathon as part of the RUN to End Alzheimer’s team, which supports the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

McKee has a deep connection with the association and the fight to end...

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Needham student in Geography Bee semifinals

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

Pollard Middle School eighth grader Anthony Walsh was recently notified that he is eligible to compete in the semifinal of the 28th annual Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee to be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, April 1. 

Walsh was named the school...

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Art in Bloom to return to Needham Library

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Now in its eighth year, the award-winning Needham Art in Bloom will return to the Needham Public Library on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday, March 6 from 1-4 p.m.

There will be more than 50 mixed-media pieces of artwork by talented Needham...

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Needham High Theater presents ‘Cinderella’

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

The Needham High Fine and Performing Arts Department has announced that the musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” will be its next production opening on Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and with additional shows on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at...

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Asylum Quartet to play Needham Great Hall Concert

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff On Saturday, March 5, the Great Hall Concert Series will kick off the second half of its 2015-16 slate with a performance by Asylum Quartet, a horn ensemble performing classical music. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Powers Hall on the second floor of Needham Town Hall,...
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Needham resident running for The Children’s Room

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Needham resident John Shea will join thousands of runners in April as part of the field for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Shea has joined a team of runners supporting The Children’s Room in Arlington, a nonprofit that provides support for children, teenagers, and families that are grieving. In 2013,...
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Author Nancy Werlin speaks to Needham students

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff “Look at that person,” said Nancy Werlin during her presentation at the Needham High library. She pointed to the slide being displayed behind her and added with a smile, “That’s one of the laziest people you’ll see.” The photo was of Werlin seated in a chair typing on her...
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Needham High senior is February RAY of Hope

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Katie Mullen, a senior at Needham High, recently received the RAY of Hope for the month of February from Needham Youth Services. The award honors students who are committed to giving back to the community and highlights the service done by students. Mullen was nominated for her work in the...
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Youth Services presents 15th annual Needham Unplugged

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Needham Youth Services has made March its 15th annual “Needham Unplugged” month and Thursday, March 10 will be the annual no homework, no activities, no meetings night for the Town of Needham and the Needham schools. “Needham Unplugged” is an annual effort on the part of Youth Services to...
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Senior Shopping Program benefits Needham residents

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Charles River Center and the Needham Council on Aging have partnered to assist seniors who need help fulfilling the weekly task of shopping for groceries. Each Monday and Wednesday, five groups of volunteers from the Charles River Center visit a senior, whose name was provided by the COA,...
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Out of this world Star Wars fun at Needham Library

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff

On Friday, the Needham Library hosted a day celebrating the movie “Star Wars” and its legion of fans, especially young fans. The day included Jedi Training with Jungle Jim, trivia contests, craft projects, and a costume party in the Community Room.

The library was...

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