Week in Review: 200 Break-ins, a Hot Start to Summer and a Parade Marshal Named
A look at some of the top stories on Patch last week.
Life gets busy, and Patch certainly understands that. So with that in mind, here are a few stories you might have missed on Needham Patch this week:
- Framingham Man Charged in 3 Needham Break-ins—Craig Cromartie, 44, of Cochituate Road, Framingham has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a felony for three incidents that occured in Needham on June 8. Detectives suspect the 44-year-old is responsible for upwards of 200 break-ins, which netted more than $1 million in stolen merchandise.
- Residents Speak Out on Cricket Field Proposal—Neighbors concerned about the possible use of Cricket Field as a site for a new Hillside Elementary School got a chance to speak out on the issue during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s School Committee meeting.
- Heat Advisory in Effect Wednesday in Needham/Rosemary Pool Open for the Season—The first official day of summer was also the first really hot day of the season, as the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Needham and the rest of the area for Wednesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 21. Luckily, Needham's Rosemary Pool opened on Monday, so locals had a place to cool off when the temperature rose.
- Lida Harkins Named 2012 Parade Grand Marshal—Needham's Fourth of July celebration is less than two weeks away, and in preparation for the big event, the Needham Exchange Club has named this year's parade grand marshal.
- Nominate Needham's Best for Patch Reader's Choice 2012—After a short break, Patch's Reader's Choice is back, this time with 25 categories. We're asking readers to nominate their favorite local spots in each of the categories for the first round of the contest, due July 9, and then we'll take those top picks and create a poll for each category, asking readers to vote for the final favorite. Those winners will be named the "2012 Needham Patch Reader's Choice toward the end of the summer. Check out the categories now and be sure to add your nominations to the comments section.
- Needham Company Among First in Commonwealth to Receive Israel Partnership Grant—A Needham-based company is one of three Massachusetts businesses that will be partnering with businesses in Israel through the new Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership grant program, Governor Deval Patrick announced Tuesday, June 19.
- Newman's Modular Classrooms Moving Out—Thursday, just two days after school closed for the summer, crews will be getting to work taking down the modular classrooms at Newman Elementary School following the building’s recent renovation.
- What Are Needham Kids Reading This Summer?—Patch rounded up the required reading lists for students at Needham High School, Pollard Middle School and High Rock School, as well as suggested titles for elementary school-age children. Find the lists and more ideas for summer reading in our 2012 Summer Reading Guide.
Did we miss something? Send news tips, comments and suggestions to Becca.Manning@patch.com.