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Enviously hiking the Charles River Peninsula

Almost all of the boats opted to head away from, rather than towards the South Street Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

You know when you take young children to the beach, and you play with them in the creek or along the waterline...

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Greene’s Field playground hosts story walk

A family enjoys reading 'New Shoes for Silvia,' the second book on the story walk.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Story walks are a newly-popular way to get kids outside, get kids exercise, and get kids to read, all at once. Essentially, pages from...

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Purple Heart ceremony happens despite COVID

Dana Storrs made sure to mention the people of Lebanon, just days after the large explosion in Beirut.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last Thursday afternoon, Needham honored the town’s veterans who received the Purple Heart, one day before National Purple Heart Recognition Day....

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Anderson homer leads Needham over Walpole

With the dry weather at Braintree High, dirt kicked up all over the field.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The NBA is playing in a “bubble” inside of Disney World, Major League Baseball loses what seems like a game a week due to positive...

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Town grapples with alleged profiling incident

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Saturday January 25, Marvin Henry was handcuffed outside of Starbucks, after being suspected of attempting to shoplift from the Highland Street CVS. His lawyers from Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston released a letter on July 20 accusing Needham PD of unlawful search and seizure,...

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Stephenson’s shutout gives Needham fourth win

Stephenson’s sidearm style flummoxes Westwood’s batters en route to a complete game shutout.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Sunday night, the rain fell on Needham High’s baseball field, but not enough to warrant stopping or cancelling the game between Needham and Westwood. Unfortunately...

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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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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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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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Social Distance Files: Hemlock Gorge

A guitar player practices his craft in the shadow of Echo Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I went to buy cigarettes (for my mom, not that it matters) this week, and the person behind the counter asked: “you’re 21, aren’t you?”...

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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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