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Good morning, Needham!

It appears that winter has finally settled in as temperatures plunged this week to the lowest they’ve been since 2019. The cold comes on the heels of a winter storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow in Needham last week. Thankfully, the snow was light and fluffy, making it a bit easier for our DPW crews to clear. With more winter storms and cold temps ahead this winter, it’s a good time to ensure you’re signed up for AlertNeedham, the Town’s emergency alert system. In the event of an emergency, the Town will email, text or call you (you decide how) with information. Not in the system yet? Sign up for alerts.

A quick reminder that Town Offices will be closed Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The RTS is closed as normal on Mondays. The Needham Diversity Initiative (NDI) will host a celebration and observance of the day via Zoom beginning at 10:30 am. More information, including registration information, can be found on NDI’s website.

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Insurance Companies to Begin Covering the Cost of Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Tests Starting This Saturday

Beginning Saturday, January 15th, most people with a health insurance plan can go online, to a pharmacy or to a store to purchase an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. Insurers are required to cover the cost of tests and may do so either as a reimbursement or at the point of sale (meaning no upfront cost for consumers).

Insurers may create a network of preferred pharmacies, stores or other locations where tests can be purchased with no cost to the consumer. Tests purchased in these networks will be reimbursed up to $12 per individual test ($24 for 2-packs). Tests purchased out of network will be reimbursed up to $12 per test. If your insurance company does not create a network of preferred retailers or pharmacies, they are required to reimburse the full cost of the test.

Health plans are required to provide reimbursement for 8 tests per month for each individual on your health insurance plan, regardless of whether the tests are bought all at once or at separate times throughout the month.

For more information and to see the most Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid website.

Learn More About the Housing Plan Working Group’s Forum

2022 Dog Licenses Now Available From Town Clerk

Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2022 Census

Check Park and Recreation’s Ice Status Before Skating This Winter

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

Friday, January 14, 2022

Domestic Violence Action Committee, 9 am via Zoom

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Commission on Disabilities, 5:30 pm via Zoom
School Committee, 6:30 pm, Broadmeadow School Performance Center
Council for Arts and Culture, 7 pm via Zoom
Planning Board, 7:15 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing, 7:20 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing, 7:30 pm via Zoom

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Trustees of Memorial Park, 7 pm, Memorial Park Field House

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 pm via Zoom
Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing, 7:30 pm via Zoom
Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing, 7:45 pm via Zoom

Events shown as listed on the Town calendar as of 1/13/22. Don't forget to check out the Needham Meeting and Events calendar for updated information.

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