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Needhamites celebrate MLK’s legacy

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Needham locals gathered recently together in the high school auditorium to celebrate the legacy
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16.

The two hour program was hosted by the Needham Diversity Initiative. Other sponsors included
Needham Human Rights Committee, Needham Public Schools and METCO Program, Interfaith
Clergy Association, and World...

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Steve Rudolph Trio rocks CATH 

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Seniors gathered together at the Needham Center at The Heights this past Wednesday, January 11, to enjoy some covered renditions of their favorite tunes from their younger years, performed by the Steve Rudolph Trio. The Trio’s repertoire consisted of popular tunes from the 1940s, 1950s,...

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Backyard Files: another heron sighting

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Throughout the entirety of the autumn, I noticed a trend during my walks in the woods. 

It seemed every time I turned a corner in the vicinity of a body of water, I found a heron, typically a great blue heron, staring...

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NHA Giving Tree program a hit

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Residents at the Needham Housing Authority (NHA) welcomed a new holiday tradition into their
hearts last Wednesday, December 21, thanks to Resident Services Coordinator Laurie Blake.
Blake and the NHA introduced the Giving Tree program to residents this year. It is a project
created to bring joy to residents within senior living...

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DAR hosts Wreaths Across America

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Founded in 2005, Wreaths Across America has affected Needham deeply. In the last two years,
a post-pandemic tradition of laying wreaths on the graves of veterans in the community has
expanded to thousands of individuals. Though this year’s represented only the second local
iteration of the event, the growing interest suggests Wreaths...

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Gorse Mill hosts open studios 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Gorse Mill Studios, a Needham artist co-op — and one of town’s hidden gems — opened its doors over the weekend of December 17 and 18 for its holiday open studios event. The event brought dozens of artists together to share their work and inspire...

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NWC house tour dazzles, delights

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and Needham homes are dazzled with sparkling lights and inflatable lawn ornaments once again. 

To bring attention to the creativity of the community, 32 homes are currently featured in the Needham Women’s Club’s (NWC)...

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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...

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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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Author Kamali speaks at Needham Library

By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

This past Sunday, the Needham Free Public Library, in partnership with the Friends of the Needham Library, hosted award-nominated author Marjan Kamali. Kamali spoke about her writing journey, provided writing tips, read a passage from her latest novel, and held a Q&A session prior to...

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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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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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Hometown Weekly’s favorite leaf-peeping spots

By Lauren Schiavone and Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Staff

New England autumns are famous for a reason, and it’s not just because of the pumpkin spice and perfect weather. While tourists from around the country flock to our neck of the woods for a glimpse of the fall’s most perfect foliage,...

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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.

Backyard Files: built for speed

By Stephen Press

Hometown Weekly Editor

A couple weeks ago, as I arrived at the basketball courts at the crack of dawn (it’s a far less masochistic routine than it sounds), I received quite an interesting welcome.

A little background. The courts I frequent...

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