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Good morning, Needham!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There’s a lot happening as we head towards spring and the weather turns warmer. We’re working to bring back the outdoor dining tent, which will move to Greene’s Field this season as the Town Common undergoes renovation. You can learn more about the renovation project here. Picnic tables will be available once again on the Needham Heights Common and Eaton Square Plaza this spring. Stay tuned for updates.

Looking for spring activities? Needham Park and Recreation’s Spring Programming is now open for registration. Check out programs for residents of all ages, including options like Girls on the Run, music, cooking and theater classes, adult sports leagues, and more.

The arrival of spring also means that the Annual Town Election is coming up. To vote in the April 12th election, you must be registered to vote in Needham. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, March 23rd. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open 9 am to 8 pm that day for those who need to register. You may also register in person before that date.

Thinking ahead to summer? We’ll have information about the Pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Update

Mask Update
The Needham Board of Health last week rescinded its mask requirement for municipal buildings, coinciding with the change in requirements in the Needham Public Schools. The Board still strongly encourages the use of masks in indoor settings by people who are in high-risk groups or who have not been fully vaccinated or boosted. The Board continues to strongly recommend that all Needham residents be up to date with their vaccinations, which includes getting a booster at the scheduled time after your primary vaccination series. COVID booster shots are available at locations across the Commonwealth. Find one by visiting the state’s vaccine website.

Updated Death Data
The state
Department of Public Health last week revised the data for COVID deaths to create a more standardized approach that aligns with the CDC. For more information about the change visit As a result, Needham saw a decrease in death counts. You can see the data on Needham’s COVID-19 dashboard on the Health Division’s Website

Volunteer Needed to Serve on the Needham Park and Recreation Commission

Learn more about the Commission

Needham Community Farm Hosts Upcoming Events

With Spring approaching, the Needham Community Farm (NCF) has planned a robust year of educational programming, offering a wide variety of informational workshops, volunteer opportunities, movie screenings, and hands-on experiences. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is now open for March programming.

Garden Planning 101, Wed. March 23rd at 6 PM on Zoom - Presented by NCF’s Program Manager, Ceilidh Peden-Spear (they/them). Join to learn how to plan your own garden so you can harvest your favorite veggies all season.

Online Viewing of Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty, Wed. March 30th at 7 PM on Zoom - This film, produced by Soul Fire Farm, is presented in collaboration with the Needham Diversity Initiative. Learn about an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. After the screening, join for a panel discussion with local farm and food workers.

Please register for these free Zoom events. Email Ceilidh at with any questions.

Needham Community Education Launches Summer Explorations Program

Needham Community Education (NCE) has launched the Summer Explorations program, offering students in rising grades 1–9 weeklong, half-day morning and full-day enrichment classes in July.

Classes are offered in science, games and challenges, robotics, fine art, videography, crafts, imaginative play, technology, fitness, engineering and more. Browse the catalog and find a class that fits your child's interests. Online registration is now open.

Register for programs

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***Meetings are linked to the relevant agenda***

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Needham Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 pm via Zoom
Needham Human Rights Committee, 7:30 pm via Zoom
Needham Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing, 8 pm via Zoom
Needham Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing, 8:15 pm via Zoom

Friday, March 18, 2022

Broadmeadow School Council, 7:30 am via Zoom

Monday, March 21, 2022

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 4:30 pm, Great Plain Room, Town Hall
Climate Action Plan Committee, 6 pm, Public Services Administration Building and Zoom
Historical Commission, 7 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Select Board Meeting, 6 pm, Town Hall and Zoom (agenda to be posted Friday)

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

8 pm: Registration Deadline to Vote in the April 12th Town Election, Town Clerk’s Office

Subcommittee of the School Committee for Negotiations, 3:30 pm, School Administration Building, Second Floor Conference Room

Events shown as listed on the Town calendar as of 3/17/22. Don't forget to check out the Needham Meeting and Events calendar for updated information.

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