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Good afternoon, Needham!

There is a lot happening in Town this month, and you’ll find this newsletter a little longer than most as there will be no newsletter next week. The News You Need(ham) will return Thursday, March 17th, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

COVID-19 Update

The Needham Board of Health meets Friday evening to discuss the current state of COVID-19 in Needham and whether to revise the Town’s current mask guidance, including the requirement that masks be worn at the Library, Center at the Heights and Rosemary Recreation Complex. The BOH meeting will be held at 6 pm via Zoom.

COVID Information to Transition to Public Health Site Next Week

As COVID cases continue to decline and we move towards what will hopefully become the “new normal,” the Town next Monday will transition the current COVID site to the Town’s Public Health website. Residents will still be able to access the COVID dashboard and important information and updates by visiting the Public Health website.

Schools to Go Mask-Friendly Beginning Monday, March 7th

The Needham Public Schools will transition to a mask-friendly learning environment next Monday, following the state’s decision to lift the statewide school mask mandate effective this past Monday. Masks will still be required at the preschool level. Anyone wishing to continue to wear a mask in school may do so. Masks will also be optional on all Needham school vans and buses.

Town Awards $250,000 in Grants to Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Select Board this week awarded grants to 27 local small businesses totaling $250,000 as the businesses continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 each and were awarded to businesses including restaurants, retailers, health clubs/fitness studios, and service businesses (tailors, printing services, health/wellness). The grants are being funded through a portion of the Town’s American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

To be eligible for an award, businesses must have met certain criteria including being a Needham business with a brick-and mortar location; have fewer than 35 employees; earn less than $1.5 million in annual revenue and be in good standing with the Town.

The funds provided will help small businesses address issues such as staffing challenges, COVID safety measures, digital adaptation and general operating costs.

Read more about the grantees

CPC Invites Public to Provide Input on Proposed Projects

The Needham Community Preservation Committee (CPC) welcomes and encourages community input concerning the applications for funding community housing, historic preservation, and open space and recreation projects. The CPC will host a public hearing on the projects currently under consideration Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm in the Charles River Room at the Public Services Administration Building (PSAB), 500 Dedham Ave. The meeting will also be available via Zoom (Webinar ID: 826 3312 6746)

To view the current applications and find more information about the current proposals, visit the CPC’s website.

Needham Business Alliance Seeking Award Nominations

The Charles River Regional Chamber’s Needham Business Alliance committee is seeking nominations for the Needham-based businesses and individuals who've had a special impact in Town in 2021. Nominations will be forwarded to the awards committee for consideration at the Chamber’s annual Needham Night later this spring.

The Chamber is seeking nominations for the following categories:

  • Needham Business or Businesspersons of the Year

  • Customer Service Award

  • Sparkle Award

  • Community Impact Award

  • We Made It Award

To find out more about the awards or nominate a business or individual check out the application. Nominations are due Tuesday, March 15th.

Needham Business Alliance Awards Nomination Form
Register for the SPAN event

Housing Plan Working Group to Host Community Workshop March 24th

Register for the LWV/Needham Schools Event


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

Friday, March 5, 2022

Needham Board of Health, 6 pm via Zoom

Monday, March 7, 2022

Board of Assessors, 8 am via Zoom
Local Emergency Planning Committee, 9 am, Rosemary Recreation Complex, Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Sunita Williams School Council, 3:15 pm, Sunita Williams School, Library
Subcommittee of the School Committee for Negotiations, 3:30 pm, School Administration Building, Second Flr. Conference Room
Sunita Williams Health and Safety Advisory Committee, 4:15 pm via Zoom
Needham Youth and Family Services, 5:30 pm, Town Hall, Highland Room

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

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