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Humble Spirit drums in Needham

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly staff

The Humble Spirit Drum group visited the Needham Free Public Library on Saturday afternoon, July 30. 

Humble Spirit, which set up just outside of the library, offered the chance for all ages to drum, sing, and learn about Native culture. Families gathered...

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Masks adorn Needham Library

By Emily Rast
Hometown Weekly Intern

If you visited the Needham Free Public Library last month, chances are you may have noticed some new faces. 

The...

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Outdoor explorers discover druidcraft

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Nature sparked kid-friendly fun in Needham on July 16 as Amanda Boyanowski-Morin of Mastermind Adventures stopped by on a Saturday morning to share knowledge of plants, nature, and "druidcraft" in general. The term "druidcraft" was originally used to describe a “nature power” spell in the...

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Needham Carnival wheels into town

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Needhamites in search of some local summer fun had to look no further than Needham High School last weekend, as the much-anticipated Needham Carnival ran through July 24. Brought to town by the Rotary Club, games, rides, and food of all kinds were available to...

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Summer strummers make music in Needham

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Julie Stepanek recently trekked a bunch of summery, colorful ukuleles to the Needham Free Public Library on Monday afternoon, July 11, for a class on uke basics for kids.

Instructing the aspiring young musicians started with the basics. She began with how...

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Borrelli Memorial Bridge dedicated in Needham

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Needham residents and city officials arrived at Hersey Station on Monday afternoon, July 11, for dedication of the Private First Class David “Damon” Borrelli Memorial Bridge. 

VFW and law enforcement carry flags for the...
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NHS class of ’22 graduates

By Emily Rast
Hometown Weekly Intern

It seems the whole town came down to Needham High School on Sunday to cheer on the class of 2022, and the sun was no exception. 

A sea of navy...

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Needham Library goes wild for Animal Experience

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Needham Public Library turned into a woodland habitat for a day as visitors welcomed Matt Gabriel and a few animal special guests. 

Gabriel carefully holds Sugar, a poisonous cane toad, out to the...
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Pools at Rosemary open, make a splash

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Last Friday at 1 p.m. marked the official grand opening for pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex. Community members geared up for the heat with sunglasses and snacks in tote, ready for the summer and everything the facility has to offer. 

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Mezzo-soprano Tatum singing in Needham

Mezzo-Soprano Renee Tatum will sing a program of songs reflecting love and hope

The Needham Concert Society will present a program of vocal and piano music titled "Love and Hope on a Spring Afternoon," featuring mezzo-soprano Renee Tatum and pianist Douglas Sumi in Carter Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Highland...

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Wyeth Library preview, Pansy Day upcoming

Michael Niden will lead interested visitors through the historic Zirngiebel/Wyeth house at 178 South Street from 9-3 both Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, in celebration of Needham's Town Flower, the giant pansy.

The property is owned by the N.C. Wyeth Research Foundation & Reading Libraries, a non-profit effort...

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NAA to host painter Sam Vokey

‘Beyond the Dunes’ by Sam Vokey

On Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m., for this year’s joint virtual demonstration, the Needham Art Association and the Wellesley Society of Artists are pleased to welcome award-winning oil painter Sam Vokey. Any painting is only as strong as the underlying scaffold of the...

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NHS track athletes perform at Nationals

Needham sent two individual athletes and one relay team to National Track and Field Indoor meets this past weekend.

Senior captain Kyler McNatt earned All American Honors by placing 5th and running a 25 second PR of 14:45.04 in the Boys Championship 5K. He competed at the New Balance Indoor...

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NHS ‘Newsies’ delights audiences

By Beatrice Beutel
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

The overture filled the theater with recognizable musical motifs as the curtain opened to reveal a minimalist scaffold set with a projection newspaper background. Needham High School’s production of “Newsies” fulfilled all of one’s expectations for this timeless classic, while also...

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NAA to host painter Sam Vokey

On Tuesday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m., for this year’s joint virtual demonstration, the Needham Art Association and the Wellesley Society of Artists are pleased to welcome award-winning oil painter Sam Vokey. Any painting is only as strong as the underlying scaffold of the geometric design. Sam will explore key elements of design...

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Four Needham artists in NEWS show

The New England Watercolor Society’s (NEWS) upcoming exhibition by its Associate Members will be conspicuously represented by the Needham Art Association, as four of its members have had their paintings accepted and will be on display during the months of March and April. The four paintings are “Ski New England” by Victoria Garbe,...

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Pisano: Rockets ready

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham High School lacrosse enters the 2022 season with extremely high expectations, and for good reason. The reigning Bay State Conference Tournament winners, the Rockets return a plethora of collegiate-bound talent, including one of the top goal-scorers in New England...

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Cooper McCann, Youth of the Month

The Needham Exchange Club has recognized Cooper McCann from St. Sebastian's as its Youth of the Month. He is a member of the Cum Laude Society for his outstanding academic achievements and won the Harvard Book Award for “excellence in scholarship and character”. McCann has played baseball, hockey and...

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Tapples take stage at Hard Rock

By Beatrice Beutel
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

After two and a half hours of various musicians performing their 20-minute sets in an epic battle of the bands, The Tapples finally took the stage. They opened with an original song, “Streets in the Evening,” which immediately had the audience...

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Perras tutors through pandemic and beyond

The Needham Community Council had some decisions to make about the English Language Learning program at the onset of the pandemic two years ago. For health and safety reasons, many of the existing tutor pairs did move to online, virtual learning, but many others were forced to take a pause. Today, however, the...

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