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Good morning, Needham!

Thank you to everyone who shoveled out sidewalks, fire hydrants and their neighbors (!) during last weekend’s snow storm. Needham received about 20 inches of snow over the course of Friday night into Saturday.

Needham Public Works worked through the weekend and into Monday to clear the roads, sidewalks and school and municipal parking lots. On Monday night, crews removed 6,430 cubic yards of snow from the Downtown and the Heights, while continuing to clear sidewalks, particularly along school routes.

Thank you to the generous residents who supplied staff with snacks and to everyone for their patience and kindness during the storm.

COVID-19 Update

In Needham, we’re beginning to see a decline in COVID-19 cases after a surge last month that followed the state and national case spike. At-home testing is becoming more available as demand decreases and state and federal governments have expanded access to tests. Needham Public Health has created a new Frequently Asked Questions document to help answer questions you may have about at-home testing.

To better track positive cases in Needham, Needham Public Health has also created a Google Form for residents to report their positive tests. Currently, only PCR tests are included in Needham’s official case count. This will help give public health officials a better picture of how COVID is impacting the community. Please note, the department will not contact you or conduct contact tracing. The data you provide is for informational purposes only.

At-home COVID testing FAQ

Town Manager’s Fiscal Year ’23 Budget Now Available

Needham Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Register for kindergarten

MBTA Proposing Fare Changes, Seeking Input From Riders

Learn more about the MBTA’s proposed fare changes

Save the Date - Join Rep. Denise Garlick for Her Annual Report to the Community

State Representative Denise Garlick will provide her Annual Report to the Community this month, where she will share her accomplishments from 2021 and her priorities for 2022. This presentation will be held virtually.

Tuesday, February 15th
7:00 - 7:30 P.M. - Presentation
7:30 - 8:00 P.M. - Q & A

Please register on her website to receive the Zoom link. You can also watch live on The Needham Channel - Verizon: Channel 30, Comcast: Channel 99, RCN: Channel 13.

Needham Athletics Showcases Story of Student Athlete Resilience in New Video

The COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives in so many ways, and student athletes were not immune from the impacts. Wearing masks during workouts, social distancing on the field and on the court, indoor sports moved outdoors, and virtual meets - young Needham athletes adjusted to keep pursuing the activities they love. In this new video from Needham Public Schools Athletics, we see just how resilient young people in Needham are. Give it a watch if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration today.

Needham HS Athletics 2020-2021

CALENDAR OF MEETINGS & EVENTS

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

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative Working Group - Tool Kit Subcommittee, 6 pm via Zoom
Council for Arts and Culture - Public Art Subcommittee, 7 pm via Zoom
Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative - Education Subcommittee, 7 pm via Zoom

Monday, February 7, 2022
Needham Board of Assessors, 8 am via Zoom
Local Emergency Planning Committee, 9 am, Rosemary Recreation Complex, Multipurpose Room
West Suburban Health Group Board Meeting, 10 am via Zoom
Design Review Board, 7:30 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Select Board, 6 pm, Town Hall, Powers Hall and via Zoom (agenda to be posted Friday)

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Needham Youth and Family Services, 5:30 pm via Zoom

Events shown as listed on the Town calendar as of 2/3/22. Don't forget to check out the Needham Meeting and Events calendar for updated information.

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