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UCC Donates 1,000 Menstrual Hygiene Kits

The Congregational Church of Needham UCC held a “Period Party” and donated 1,000 menstrual hygiene kits to Circle of Hope, a Needham-based nonprofit serving people experiencing homelessness. After running a church-wide collection drive for pads, tampons, wipes, and liners, 30 parishioners joined together on Sunday, March 19 to assemble...

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An egg-celent farm visit at NFPL

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Needham kids made an afternoon stop at the NFPL for an extra lesson. “From Egg to Chicken,” taught by farmers from the Natick farm, opened children’s eyes to the various functions that chickens provide to us every day. Taking kids out...

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Needham residents perform in “Coronation Mass”

Royal watchers and music lovers are eagerly awaiting the United Kingdom’s coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.  According to BBC sources, the King, “an active supporter of classical music and the arts throughout his lifetime” has “personally chosen the music...

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Needham author publishes Civil War book

Needham author Janet M. Drake has published "Remember me to all the friends - Civil War letters from George W. Harwood, Massachusetts 36th Regiment."

The historical text collects the letters of Civil War soldier...

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Sullivan school steps into NFPL 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Reporte

Needhamites donned their green and attended an afternoon of Irish tradition at the library. Under the guidance of Clare Sullivan, the Sullivan School dancers aged 6-18 performed multiple Irish...

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Boston Rovers bring St. Patrick to NHA

By Julia Beauregard 

Hometown Weekly Editor 

The function room at the Needham Housing Authority (NHA) was packed last Sunday, March 12th, as residents and town locals traveled to see a St. Patrick’s Day themed performance by The Boston Rovers.

Penny...

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Needham kids make music with Blissful

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Parents and infants traveled to the NFPL for an enriching morning of music. Music at the Blissful sang kiddos into the weekend with rhythmic guitar beats and crafty foundational learning. 

CATH hosts Meteorologist Harvey Leonard

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Boston local meteorologist, Harvey Leonard has recently retired and is off-air. Beginning as Harvey Moskowicz, Leonard used his middle name on air and has been referred to as Harvey Leonard since. A year...

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Bertucci’s closes its doors

By Elizabeth Connolly
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Another one bites the dust - or, in this case, crust. Needhamites were surprised to discover earlier this month that their local Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria has permanently closed. Though reactions on social media ranged from sadness over the loss of a favorite restaurant to...

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Ruthie Foster: A Phenomenal Woman

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Editor

There was a full house at Great Hall on Saturday night, as Needhamites braved the icy conditions to bask in the warmth that radiated off of an Austinite soul. 

Ruthie Foster, a decorated musician from Austin, Texas, performed blues, gospel, and soul tunes to a sold-out...

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A Backyard Chronicle: Red Fox

By Nicholas Freedman, age 8, Needham, MA

It was Sunday morning and I was watching T.V.. My brother was eating pancakes. Suddenly, he said, “Fox in our backyard!” I ran to the window and saw the fox near the fence. He was just standing there and staring at our house...

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NFPL hosts “Girls Who Code” 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Needham children’s librarian Veronica McCarthy led the “Girls Who Code” after-school club on Friday, February 17. Girls Who Code is an organization that promotes programming initiatives and aims to close the tech gender...

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Register O’Donnell delivers donations to NCCFP

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell recently delivered donations of food to Needham Community Council’s Food Pantry (NCCFP). The contributions came from the Registry staff, title examiners, and the public, who participated in the Registry’s Annual Holiday Food Drive which was held from November 14th to December 13th.

Interfaith Coalition spreads hope at CATH

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Editor 

The Center At the Heights (CATH) hosted a Black History Month luncheon this past Wednesday, February 22nd. The luncheon concluded with a musical performance by a local group.

“There is a new collaboration of interfaith songs and music. The group is called...

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NFPL hosts Valentine’s Day craft

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Editor

Children from Needham gathered together within the Children’s Room at the Needham Free Public Library (NFPL) on Valentine’s Day to partake in creating a multitude of holiday themed crafts. The event was hosted...

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Sarr shares Senegalese dance

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Senegalese dancer Abdou Sarr cavorted all the way to the NFPL on Tuesday. A special library guest, Sarr carried traditional drums with him to give Needham a crash course on “sabar” a term...

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NHS in High School Quiz Show

High School Quiz Show, GBH’s televised academic tournament for Massachusetts high schools, has revealed the 17 teams that will compete for the Season 14 State Championship title — and a squad from Needham High School is among the challengers. The Rockets will face off against Brookline on February 25; a victory will set...

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Taylor-Blenis yodels with seniors

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

January 30th is National Yodeling Day. To celebrate, seniors at the Center for the Heights warmed up their voices and prepared for a concert and yodeling lesson with professional yodeler, dancer and instructor, Andy Taylor-Blenis.

Traditionally from a dance background, Taylor-Blenis found...

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Betty Leary celebrates 97 years

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Needham’s Center at the Heights celebrated an extra-special birthday on Tuesday, January 31. 

The first of February marked Needham resident Elizabeth “Betty” Leary’s 97th birthday. Leary, surrounded by friends and family at the CATH, enjoyed a celebration as spectacular as she is...

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Art lovers flock to ‘Navigating Flight’

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Using recycled vintage materials, artist Laurie Bogdan puts forward the idea of a partnership
between art and nature. Bogdan’s original pieces give maps a new life as part of collaged
masterpieces, and her current exhibit at the Needham Free Public Library, “Navigating Flight”,
up through February 21, presents a perfect opportunity to...

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