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NCT’s ‘Shrek’ wows on Needham stage

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Directed and choreographed by Marianne Lonati with musical direction from Alan Rodi,
Needham Community Theatre’s “Shrek the Musical” gifted audiences a professional-quality
production that was enjoyed by all.

The story, based on the Dreamworks film, centers around Shrek, a lonely ogre who has lived a
life of seclusion due to his being an...

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Rivers Symphony Orchestra wows Needham

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The overcast Sunday skies of November 13 provided the backdrop as Needham locals to made their way to Powers Hall for a special performance of the Rivers Symphony Orchestra. The Town Hall has a rich historic significance of its own, and lent some of its...

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NAA juried show exhibits local ingenuity

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Well-seasoned Needhamites know that the Needham Free Public Library (NFPL) has much to offer. With books and events aplenty, there is one more exceptional highlight to upgrade the cultural aspect of your next library trip: a new art exhibit has reached NFPL, and it features...

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Past and Present

By Tom Keating
Hometown Weekly Contributor

My Vietnam War was a mix of crushing heat and tremendous rain, long days working, and rocket and sapper attacks at our base. I worked as an administrative clerk for the 47th Military History Detachment, and later for the general staff at USARV HQ in...

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NFPL celebrates Halloween with Peasley concert

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Photos by Lauren Schiavone

Children's entertainer Stacey Peasley is no stranger to Needham Free Public Library -- she's visited multiple times over the years, and has built a following amongst the town's littlest residents.

It goes without saying, then,...

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NRN increasing belonging, countering hate

On the first Thursday of every month, leaders from a diverse set of stakeholder and identity groups in Needham come together to get to know each other as individuals, share and listen to each other’s perspectives, build trust, and acquire skills in communicating around differences.

The group calls itself the...

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Randa Khuri’s watercolors inspire at library

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Artist Randa Khuri, former nurse and flutist, now sees the world through watercolor — and her vision is on display in the Needham Free Public Library. Khuri’s current exhibit is located on the second floor of the library, illuminating the west wall with gorgeous still-lifes,...

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Quinobequin Quilt show impresses community 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Quinobequin Quilters Guild held its biennial 2022 Quilt Show over the weekend of October 21 and 22. Held in the Needham Masonic Hall, one hundred and forty nine quilts were displayed to inspire the community.

The Quinobequin Quilters have been working...

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Seniors share casserole at cooking class

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly

Photos by Lauren Schiavone

Needham seniors recently shared an afternoon cooking class at the Center for the Heights (CATH) on Tuesday, October 11. The afternoon provided the opportunity for those in attendance to learn a simple vegetarian meal that contains multiple servings —...

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Larsen Historical Society exhibit opens

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Bob Larsen became well-known as an illustrator in Needham. A commercial artist with work in advertising and non-profit campaigns, his work spans over six decades — and as an individual involved in many local organizations including the VFW, town committees, and the Exchange Club, Larsen’s...

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Needhamites paint community mural

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The MBTA tunnel connecting DeFazio Field and Pollard Middle School is typically a hotspot for graffiti, but the community has hopes of changing that — and to that end, Needham Youth & Family Services (NY&FS) recently invited Needhamites to contribute to a collaborative mural.

Needham catches the pickleball bug

By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Over the past five years, per NBC news, pickleball has grown in popularity. The COVID-19 pandemic has exponentially expanded global awareness of pickleball, a game first played in the 1960s in England, and it now seems to be to 2022 what “Pokemon Go” was to...

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‘Metamorphosis’ exhibit fascinates at Gorse Mill 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and artist Adina Troen-Krasnow’s “Metamorphosis” is an experience to behold. Troen-Krasnow transformed color and texture, creating a space for reflection and connection in her latest exhibit at Gorse Mill Studios, which has been up since mid-August.

Kids join Hugh Hanley’s circle of friends

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Young children accompanied by caregivers made a trip to Needham Free Public Library on a sunny Thursday morning, August 18. The 10 a.m. wake-up call was well worth it, as they welcomed special guest Hugh Hanley for a storytime and songs.

Hanley,...

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Needham kids read to Tucker

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

As the summer winds down, many Needhamites are spending their last sunny days in the throes of leisure time. Many are relaxing by the pool, perhaps catching up on summer reading or finishing a particularly gripping read. Some, in preparation for back-to-school time, are getting...

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Greene gives gift from spirit at COA

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly staff

Needhamites lined up at the Council on Aging to seek healing on Thursday evening, August 11, as psychic medium Dr. Cathy Ripley Greene made an appearance to share gifts from spirit with the audience.

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Storytime Crafts’ Vergara wins prestigious award

The Freedom Through Literacy Award was established by Judith’s Reading Room in 2015 to identify and honor individual champions of literacy from all disciplines around the world — teachers, librarians, authors, researchers, educators —- anyone who has done exemplary work to instill in others a love of reading.

Lisa Tedeschi...

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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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