Monday, October 8, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means a variety of pink products will be hitting the shelves. But, do your pink purchases always go toward the cause?
A wave of pink is flooding stores everywhere, as retailers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the savvy shopper, it's an opportunity to donate to a good cause while snagging unique, pink-hued items. • For every new member who signs up in October at Get In Shape For Women in Needham and other locations across the country, the fitness company will donate $100 to a selected charity that supports breast cancer research, according to the company website. • Drop by Taylor's Stationery in Needham this month to check out Vera Bradley's new line of breast cancer awareness bags and accessories, "Ribbons." A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items go to the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Learn more at …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.
Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, your child’s bus driver, and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance. But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place. Needham certainly has its share of people giving back and doing good in the community, whether it's Needham teenagers working to create a more inclusive environment at their school, an adult who helps youth find a place they can be themselves, an organization working to curb substance abuse, volunteers helping to clean up the town or one of many local nonprofit groups that provide crucial services …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The two pets whose owner lost his home last week were treated at Highland Animal Hospital.
Just a few hours after a call went out to the community seeking help for a Needham resident who lost his home in a fire, one local resident paid his pets' veterinarian bill in full. The two dogs, Woden and Spirit, were inside the home at 1079 South St. when a fire broke out in the kitchen around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Both the resident, who was cooking at the time, and his two pets were able to get out of the home safely, while Needham firefighters arrived to put out the fire. Animal Control Officer Danielle Landry was called in to help with the dogs and transported them to Highland Animal Hospital for treatment while the owner stayed with his home. But with the house estimated to be a total loss after the fire, the man was in …
Friday, September 21, 2012
After losing his home in the blaze, the Needham resident is struggling to pay veterinarian bills for his two animals.
Two dogs rescued from a house fire this week are being cared for at a local animal shelter—and with his home a possible total loss, their owner could use some help paying the pets’ vet bills. Along with their owner, husky mixes Woden and Spirit made it safely out of their home at 1079 South St. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a fire broke out in the kitchen at around 2:30 p.m. while the homeowner was cooking. Needham Police and Fire departments were quickly on the scene, assisted by other neighboring towns, and firefighters managed to get the fire under control—but not before it tore through three floors and caused quite a bit of damage. Needham Fire Deputy Chief Donald Anastasi estimated on Wednesday that the house was a “total loss.” …
Friday, July 6, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham resident.
Friday, July 6, 2012
The Needham Exchange Club would like to thank the Needham Community for a great Fourth of July Celebration. Your support and enthusiasm was overwhelming and your generosity was greatly appreciated. The fireworks were fabulous and were enjoyed by the largest crowd ever. A special thank you to all the brave souls who ignored the rain and cheered on the start of the parade. The sun broke through, and we hope everyone enjoyed the Grand Parade, the Flea Market and the other holiday events in glorious sunshine. Memorial Park was a perfect venue for the celebration, and the Exchange Club thanks the Memorial Park Trustees for the use of their beautiful park. The Needham Police and Fire departments did a terrific job as always, and we couldn’t have…
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Help nonprofits in Needham, Westwood, Watertown and other places nearby by donating food items, clothing and more.
The "season of giving" may have passed but with the new year there are still plenty of opportunities for you to give back around your community and nearby. Above you will find a map of locations in and around town where you can give back. If you head an organization in town that can use some extra support right now, please let us know in the comment section, or send an email to Becca.Manning@patch.com.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Campaign launched around Thanksgiving included 12,000 mailings to Needham residents and businesses, with a goal of raising $600,000.
As the town begins the process of constructing a new senior center, with a contractor to be picked sometime in February, the Friends of the Needham Elderly have begun their efforts to raise $600,000 to enhance the building with additional computers, exercise equipment and other upgrades. Though the town has promised $8.5 million for the construction and basic furnishing of the building, the additional funds will add to the new senior center, making it “as good as it can be,” according to Jamie Brenner Gutner, executive director of the Needham Council on Aging. The Friends had always planned to organize a fundraising effort to help with the project, and members of the group were ready to go the day after Town Meeting members approved the …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Needham Commissioners of Trust Funds recently marked a special milestone.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The trust funds which benefit Needham residents have reached a new high in value of over $4,000,000. This new milestone was achieved by the addition of several new trust funds as well as positive investment performance. Trust funds are created through donations and bequests and are not town money. They are managed and administered by the Commissioners of Trust Funds and held separately from town funds.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Help the Needham Community Council give local teenagers a merry Christmas.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Monday, November 28, 2011
Each holiday season The Needham Community Council distributes gifts to families in town who are facing economic challenges. In 2010, 174 families including 74 children under the age of 13 and 43 teens were recipients of these gifts. Generous Needham residents donate gifts and funds to support this project. However, gift items donated are not always designed for teenagers. As parents, we are especially sensitive to the needs and desires of young people around the holidays. There are many families in Needham with limited financial resources to provide their teenagers with gifts. It is especially difficult for these teens to observe the lavish gifts received by their peers at school. We would like to encourage you to make a donation to help…
Sunday, June 19, 2011
It isn't all big business at the Needham Board of Selectmen meetings. Here's a look at a few of the smaller items that were approved recently.
Along with discussions about how to fund the new senior center project, proposed changes to the voter precinct map and whether Needham should allow the sale of wine and beer in town, the Board of Selectmen approved a few other items at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14. Here is a look at five agenda items you might be interested in: 1. Thanks for Thinking of Us Selectmen accepted the following donations to the town: 200 Hoodsie ice cream cups and 200 spoons valued at $70 from Roche Bros. for the Memorial Day ceremony held on Monday, May 30; $1,000 to the Needham Revitalization Trust Fund from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham for the town’s banners and flags program; $100 from the Briarwood Healthcare Nursing Center for the …