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:
- —Aly Raisman is making quite an impression—and she hasn't even started competing yet. The 18-year-old gymnast from Needham has already been the subject of , including a produced by Comcast SportsNet New England, and now she and her teammates are featured on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated issue.
- —Like much of the greater Boston area, Needham witnessed some of Mother Nature's wildest weather on Wednesday, July 18, with strong winds and rain, thunder, lightning and hailstones. See photos, video and weather scan images from the storms.
- —Supercuts has opened a new salon in the Needham Gateway Shopping Center at 120 Highland Ave. The shop, located in the plaza at the corner of Highland and Second avenues alongside , and , has been empty since the Verizon store left in November 2011.
- —Gari Japanese Fusion Bistro is now open in the heart of Downtown Needham on Great Plain Avenue with a bright red awning that can’t be missed.
- —On July 27, ’s Summer Session students and staff will be rocking and rolling to raise funds for the West Suburban Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth (WAGLY) at the Rainbow Rock Alliance concert.
- —One-hundred-and-five Massachusetts Republicans, including one from Needham, were surveyed last week in Patch’s inaugural Red Commonwealth poll, which focused on November’s biggest race. An overwhelming majority polled said Mitt Romney has missed an opportunity so far in the presidential race by not explaining Romneycare and how it differs from Obamacare.
- —The documentary film, “Big Little Town: The Story of Needham,” premiered on WGBH this week.
- —This summer, Needham Patch will be profiling some of the artists behind the “A Chair To Remember” pieces that can be seen around town. To start, we chatted with Rosemarie Morelli Crocker, whose "Memories of Red Wing Bay" piece can be seen at Martin Opticians.
- —It’s that time of year again—mosquito breeding season. In their latest Health Matters column, the Needham Public Health Department reminds readers of some important tips to help prevent the possibility of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses, specifically, West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
- —In Patch's ongoing commitment to summer reading, Needham Patch Editor Becca Manning and other editors from around the region teamed up to offer readers a list of some of our favorite books. So take a look at the "Patch Bookshelf." You might find your next favorite book on it!
Did we miss something? Send news tips, comments and suggestions to Becca.Manning@patch.com.