News from the Town of Needham
Good morning, Needham!
While some rain is forecast for this upcoming weekend, Needham’s Parks and Forestry team is planning to prepare the Town’s turf fields for the upcoming spring season. Crews will be painting lines on the turf at DeFazio and Memorial Fields. Please keep off these fields this weekend so that they may complete their work undisturbed. Thank you!
Also of note next week, the Needham Fire Department will be participating in training exercises with Keolis, the operator of the MBTA’s Commuter Rail. The training will be held over four days, from Monday, March 28th through Thursday, March 31st. During those days, the public should expect additional train idling during the daytime hours. It is not anticipated that there will be additional idling during the evening hours beyond the Commuter Rail’s normal operations. The training will help ensure that the Fire Department is prepared to respond in the event of an emergency situattion involving commuter rail trains in Needham.
Finally, a reminder that the Lt. Manson H. Carter Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2498 will celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day Tuesday, March 29th at 11 am. A short ceremony will be held to honor Needham's Fallen Vietnam veterans at the Town’s Vietnam Memorial on Cefalo Road. Lunch will served at the Post facility beginning at noon. All Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam-era veterans are invited.
Re-Use-It Swap Shop Re-Opens April 1st at the RTS
The Re-Use-It Swap Shop at the Recycling and Transfer Station will re-open for donations and pick-ups Friday, April 1, 2022. The Swap Shop hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Please note, there is no drop-off after 3 pm on Saturdays. The Swap Shop area is also closed on Paint Saturdays, which run every third Saturday from April through October.
Planning Board to Hold Public Hearing on Brewery Zoning Monday, March 28th
The Needham Planning Board will hold a public hearing Monday, March 28th at 8 pm to solicit input on proposed zoning changes that would allow for the establishment of brew pubs and microbreweries in Needham.
If approved by the Planning Board, the zoning changes would appear as a proposed amendment to Needham’s Zoning by-law on the Warrant for a vote at the Spring 2022 Town Meeting in May.
You can review the proposed zoning changes here.
Needham Park and Recreation Summer Brochure Now Available, Rosemary Pool Passes on Sale Wednesday, March 30th
Registration is now available for Needham Park and Recreation’s summer programs. Information about the Pools at Rosemary Recreation Complex will be available on Park and Recreation’s website Friday, March 25th. Pool memberships go on sale Wednesday, March 30th at 9 am. To purchase a membership, please make sure you’ve set up an account in the Town’s Community Programming registration system.
Park and Recreation is also hiring for summer help including life guards, activity instructors, counselors and more. View jobs and apply here.
Preview the Town’s Refreshed Website Next Week
Ahead of the launch of the Town’s refreshed website in April, join Public Information Officer Cyndi Roy Gonzalez for a preview of the redesigned site next week. The refreshed website is modern, easier to navigate, and accessible to those of all abilities, reflecting the community input received over the last several months. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 29th from 6 - 7 pm via Zoom.
Needham Art Association Scholarship Program Accepting Applications
The Needham Art Association (NAA) is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The NAA awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to pursue art after high school. Students in 12th grade who attend Needham High School or who live in Needham and attend other schools are eligible to apply. To learn more about this program and complete an application by April 15, 2022.
Children’s Programming Available at the Needham Public Library this April
From the ABCs of Spanish to tree sapling giveaways in honor of Earth Day to poetry to music and more, there’s a lot happening in April at the Needham Free Public Library for Needham’s youngest residents. Check out the calendar and register in advance to secure your spot. Registration required for all events. Community room space is limited to 70 people, infants included. Registration begins 2 weeks before the event. Events are subject to change. For more information, please e-mail the Children’s Librarian or call 781 455-7559 x204.
Boston Children’s Hospital to Host Community Meeting to Discuss Local Health Funding Opportunities
Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Community Health is inviting youth, families and community stakeholders to participate in a virtual Community Meeting to review and discuss its plans for funding community health initiatives in the communities of Waltham, Framingham, Needham, Weymouth, Quincy, Randolph, and Brockton. Boston Children’s, in partnership with the Advisory Committee, has concluded a six-month planning to identify funding priorities for improving the health and well-being of children, youth, and families. The Community Meeting is an important opportunity for youth, families and communities to provide input on the proposed funding plans around mental health and well-being, healthy early childhood development, transit, housing and food access/obesity.
The meeting will be held Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Spanish and Portuguese interpretation provided. Join via Zoom here.
CALENDAR OF PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS
***Meetings are linked to the relevant agenda***
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund, 5 pm via Zoom
Needham Conservation Commission, 7 pm via Zoom
Needham Human Rights Committee, 7 pm via Zoom
Monday, March 28, 2022
Pollard School Council, 2:45 pm, Media Center, Pollard Middle School
Design Review Board, 6:45 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing (Outdoor Dining), 7:15 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing (Outdoor Dining), 7:30 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing (Outdoor Dining), 7:45 pm via Zoom
Planning Board Hearing (Brewery Zoning), 8 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Website Preview Meeting, 6 pm via Zoom (Link to Zoom)
Needham Human Rights Committee, 7 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Norfolk County Commissioners Public Hearing, 1 pm, Commissioners’ Conference Room, 614 High Street, Dedham and via Zoom
Events shown as listed on the Town calendar as of 3/24/22. Don't forget to check out the Needham Meeting and Events calendar for updated information.
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