Week in Review: A Fake Armed Robbery, New MBTA Plan and Patch Chats with an Olympian
A look at some of the top stories this week on Needham Patch.
Life gets busy, and we at Patch certainly understand that. So with that in mind, here are a few stories you might have missed on Needham Patch this week.
- Police: Paint Store Robbery Was Faked—Reports of an armed robbery at Pittsburgh Paints in Needham turned out to be false, but only after state and local police departments (along with helicopters and K-9 units) were called in to search Needham on Tuesday evening for the alleged suspect.
- New MBTA Plan Would Eliminate Weekend Commuter Rail Service in Needham—A new proposal announced by the MassDOT on Wednesday would keep most bus routes, including Needham’s Bus 59, but would eliminate weekend Commuter Rail service for the Needham Line and raise fares by about 23 percent across the board.
- Activity To Begin on New Senior Center Site—With a contractor picked, construction is expected to begin early this month on the new senior center, to be located at West Street and Hillside Avenue.
- Kristine Lilly Ready for Her First Boston Marathon—Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristine Lilly, a Needham resident, is getting ready to run her first Boston Marathon. She recently made an appearance at the launch of Samuel Adams’ new “26.2 Brew,” a special light beer created for this year’s marathon. Also, see video of Sam Adams founder Jim Koch explaining how he created the brew (and comparing it a little to Gatorade).
- Town Eyes Property for Future Police & Fire Expansion—Town officials are considering purchasing two parcels locate at 59 Lincoln and 89 School streets or possible future expansion of the Needham police and fire stations. The issue will be voted on at the May 14 special Town Meeting.
- You Voted: Best Fries in Needham—Who has the best french fries in Needham? Fifty-five readers voted, and they chose Blue on Highland. See who else got votes in this week’s poll, and add your own nominations at the bottom of the page.
- A Healthier Needham Begins Today: Join the Movement—April 2-6 is National Public Health Week, and the Needham Department of Public Health will be organizing several events to encourage healthy living, including community walks, a healthy cooking night and health fair.
- NHS Dance Team Honored by Selectmen—The Needham High School Dance Team was recognized at the March 27 selectmen’s meeting after bringing home their third state title in four years.
- You Ask … Patch Answers: Gas Work on Warren Road—A Patch reader asked for information about Dig Safe lines that had been painted on his street recently, so we asked around to find out what kind of work was being done in the area. Got a question about anything in town? E-mail it to email@example.com.
WHAT’S NEW ON PATCH
On Thursday, March 29, Patches around the country got an update designed to make the sites even more user-friendly. Along with replacing the green bars with blue, we made a few tweaks to some of our sections to create a better experience for our readers. Read about what’s new and add your comments about our new look at the bottom of the article.
THIS WEEK IN POLLS
Each week, Needham Patch asks readers to weigh in on a few topics through polls.
- Yes. Considering the original proposal, this is a solid option. … 51 percent
- No. I think the MBTA needs to keep working at it. … 29 percent
- There should be minimal fare increases and no service cuts. 17 percent
- Other (see my comments below) … 3 percent
- Invest the money … 34 percent
- Take trip around the world … 21 percent
- Buy a new home … 14 percent
- Donate the money … 10 percent
- Buy things for a relative or friend … 10 percent
- Other (tell us in the comments) … 7 percent
- Head off to Vegas … 3 percent
- Buy fancy cars … 0 percent
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