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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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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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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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Spotlighting match-up nightmare Hugh Curran

Pictured on the ice this past winter, senior Hugh Curran (6) has served as a defensive mainstay for Needham High boys lacrosse and hockey each of the last four years. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

An athlete who has perhaps...

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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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Needham legend Ftorek a hockey lifer

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

If you grew up in Needham playing ice hockey, there is a 100 percent chance you’ve heard the name Robbie Ftorek. My father, Joe Flanagan, grew up in Needham in the 1970s. So, even as a Walpole guy, Robbie Ftorek's name was all I heard...

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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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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’s Kocho named All-Conference

Needham native and Montrose center/forward Sophie Kocho (20) was named All-NEPSAC after helping lead the Mavericks to back-to-back IGC Division I championships this season and leading the team in rebounds. Photo by Montrose Athletics.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The Montrose varsity basketball team...

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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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Select Board postpones election, delays town meeting

The Select Board has voted to move the Annual Town Election, originally scheduled for April 14, to May 26, in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines and adhere to the governor’s orders limiting any gathering of more than 10 people.

The Select Board also voted to...

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Needham launches COVID-19 website

The Town of Needham has launched a new COVID-19 website, dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources to the Needham community during the global coronavirus outbreak.

The new website includes daily updates from Needham Public Health, Monday through Friday; frequently asked questions; online tools; and links to important information and...

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Pool league a huge hit with Walpole COA

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While the Walpole COA has an absurd number of activities for seniors, ranging from Zumba and tap dancing to mahjongg and dominos, perhaps the most popular activity is playing pool on one of two tables on the top floor of the Walpole Co-Operative Bank South Street Center. In fact,...
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Pregame bonfire fires up Rockets

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Maybe the pregame bonfire Needham High School held to motivate their athletes had the Rockets a little too fired up before they played Wellesley for the Gorman Cup, leading to the heated exchanges that resulted in the game being called early. While the game didn’t go the way the...
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