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Good morning, Needham!

Town Meeting Members nearly wrapped up the 2022 Annual Town Meeting last evening. Debate will continue Monday night as members consider the Special Town Meeting articles. Special Town Meeting is called for Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm in Powers Hall in Town Hall. While non-Town Meeting Members are welcome to attend, you can also watch the proceedings via The Needham Channel.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Needham Youth and Family Services is available to support individuals and families who need help with mental health challenges. Please reach out via email or call 781-898-5132 to connect with someone who can help.

In addition, the department is offering programs this month to help families successfully manage certain issues. They’re teaming up with the Lighthouse Initiative to offer parent support and education groups to those looking to connect with others around issues their children are facing, including eating disorders, self-harm, LGBTQ identity and more. These groups are open to residents and non-residents of Needham. They’re also hosting a Meditative Marbling event for teens. Learn more and register here.

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“Connections: Cops & Community” Event Set for May 17th

Needham Public Health Offering Free Narcan Training Course Monday, May 16th

Needham Public Health is offering an in-person naloxone (Narcan) training course on Monday, May 16th at 6:30 pm. This 30-minute class will teach when and how to use naloxone, and attendees will receive a carton of Narcan to take home. Registration is first-come, first-serve. If demand is higher than class capacity, we will add names to a wait list. If you are interested in a future Narcan class, please email publichealthnursing@needhamma.gov for more information.

Register for Narcan Training

DPW Hosting Paper Shredding, Paint Drop-Off Events

Bulfinch Invites Community to 557 Highland Presentation

The Bulfinch Companies’ affiliate 557 Highland, LLC, will host two community Zoom meetings this month to share information about their proposed redevelopment of the Muzi site, which the company purchased in December 2021. At the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, Town Meeting approved rezoning the parcel to allow for new uses. Bulfinch is proposing a combination of uses such as office, research and development and life science with a small amount of ancillary retail space. Bulfinch has applied to the Needham Planning Board for a Special Permit for the project, to be known as the Needham Innovation Center.

Bulfinch is also proposing significant roadway improvements to improve traffic flow and safety in the area and public amenities including a pickleball court, jogging/walking path for the public, open space, and a water feature at the entrance to Gould Street along Highland Avenue.

Additional information about the proposed development can be found at http://557highland.com.

There will be two Zoom informational meetings on Thursday, May 12 and Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 PM.

Zoom Info: Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97872407637?pwd=dGlHTERDNUVrSXh3USt1YWQrWVFOUT09

Meeting ID: 978 7240 7637
Passcode: 248004
To join by phone:
+1 646 558 8656 US

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adzutps0pG

Members of the community can also learn more about the project as it proceeds through the Special Permit process by visiting the Planning Department’s dedicated webpage. You can also sign up for notifications about the project from the Town.

Needham Open Studios is Back May 14th and 15th

Save the Date - May 14th - Needham Spring Sidewalk Stroll

Spring is in full bloom in Needham! Celebrate with a stroll through Needham Center, Needham Heights and other corners of Town on Saturday, May 14th (Rain date May 21st) for the Needham Sidewalk Stroll. This inaugural celebration will showcase the many local brick and mortar businesses that Needham has to offer.

There’ll be special promotions, live music, and some activities throughout the day. Check out the websites of the participating merchants and restaurants to see what they have planned. Visit the Charles River Chamber of Commerce’s website for more information.

Needham Community Education Summer Adult Program Registration Now Open

Needham Community Education (NCE) brings you opportunities to engage your mind, embrace your creativity, activate your body, satisfy your curiosity and enjoy new experiences…all while connecting with others (virtually or in person). The Summer 2022 NCE Adult Programs catalog is now available on the NCE website.

The summer classes are uniquely suited for the season. In this catalog, you will find programs that get you outside, allow for a leisurely way to pass a summer day, make use of summer’s bounty, expose you to new areas in our region, give you the opportunity to indulge in an activity you love or to try something new while you have more free time.

NCE programs are open to all, so ask a friend or family member to join you. Register online at or by phone with NCE, 781-455-0400 x5.

If you have questions or need assistance registering, please email NCE Program Director, Amy Goldman or call 781-455-0400 x11214.

Townwide Clean-Up Nets 1,460 Pounds of Trash

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Townwide Cleanup hosted by Needham Park and Recreation and Needham Public Works! Thanks to your efforts, 1,460 pounds of trash were picked up and deposited at the Recycling and Transfer Station. Thank you for helping to keep Needham clean and beautiful!

CALENDAR OF PUBLIC MEETINGS & EVENTS

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

Monday, May 9, 2022

Local Emergency Planning Committee, 11 am, Emergency Operations Center, Public Safety Building, 88 Chestnut Street
Subcommittee of the School Committee on Negotiations, 3:30 pm, School Administration Building
Select Board Special Meeting, 6:45 pm, Select Board Chambers
Special Town Meeting, 7:30 pm, Powers Hall, Town Hall

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Needham Youth and Family Services, 5:30 pm, Center at the Heights

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Subcommittee of the School Committee on Negotiations, 3:30 pm, School Administration Building
Taxation Aid Committee/Property Tax Assistance Committee, 6 pm, Great Plain Room, Town Hall

Events shown as listed on the Town calendar as of 5/5/22. Don't forget to check out the Needham Meeting and Events calendar for updated information. You can also sign up to receive meeting notices and agendas on the Town’s “Notify Me” page.

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Needham, MA 02492
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