Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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It was a busy weekend in Needham, with music, fireworks, kids' activities and more planned in celebration of the nation's birthday as well as Needham's 300th. Now that things have calmed down, Patch wants to know: What was your favorite Fourth of July activity? Was it seeing a certain band or float in the parade? Jamming with friends on Saturday night? Tossing a Frisbee in the Great Playdate? Seeing what had been buried in the 1961 time capsule? Share your opinion in the comments section below. Question of the Day is a new feature at Needham Patch that asks readers their views on a variety of topics each weekday. Have a question you'd like to see asked? Submit it to editor Becca Manning.
Hundreds lined the streets on Monday for the Exchange Club's Independence Day celebration.
Needham celebrated Independence Day in style on Monday, with a two-hour parade featuring marching bands, fire trucks, dignitaries, clubs, clowns and floats—such as a giant locomotive made by the Needham 300 Committee.
Live music, entertainment and fireworks sponsored by the Needham Exchange Club drew in a huge crowd at Memorial Park on July 3.
Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms, huge crowds gathered and the evening celebration July 3 went off without a hitch at Memorial Park. The Reminisants concert entertained the crowd with oldies tunes throughout the evening and the fireworks show began shortly after 9:00 pm all courtesy of the Needham Exchange Club. A special treat for the crowd this year as Needham celebrates its tercentennial was music synchronized with the fireworks. Rounding out the grand finale was the popular Katy Perry song, "Firework."
Longwood Opera's summer series kicks off tonight.
"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. 1. Don’t put away the sunscreen: Today will be mostly sunny with a high around 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 63. 2. Got an odd job? Needham residents in need of some help around the house this summer can turn to the Youth Services office, which links local teens to jobs around the area for a small fee ($5-$10) paid by the resident in need of service. For information, visit the town Web site or call 781-455-7500 ext. 267. 3. Evening of opera: Longwood Opera will kick off its 21st annual summer concert series tonight with “An Evening of Opera” …
Monday, July 4, 2011
Families gathered on Memorial Field Friday evening for a picnic dinner and music.
The Needham residents who gathered at Memorial Field Friday night for the kick-off event of the Fourth of July weekend—a picnic and Red, White and Blue Concert—were rewarded for sitting through a little rain with a gorgeous, full rainbow that arched over the field midway through the second act. Joe Johnson, a Needham High School alumnus and director of the Georgia Brass Band, paused between songs to recommend his audience turn around and make sure to get an eyeful of the rainbow, which seemed to get brighter and more intense with every minute. Before the Georgia Brass Band took the stage, the Haverhill Sons of Italy Drum and Bugle Corps opened the concert by marching down the hill in front of the high school and giving a spirited …
Banks, post offices won't open today.
If you were hoping to mail a package, cash a check or drop off that overdue book today, you'll have to wait till Tuesday. The post office, banks and library are all closed in honor of Independence Day. Take note: A few local businesses (such as Wild Willy's Burgers on Highland Avenue) may be closed today as well, as owners are away on vacation or taking the opportunity for some much deserved time off. Here’s a look at a few of the places that are closed today. TOWN OFFICES Need to drop off a bill, register to vote or apply for a building permit? Not today. All Needham town offices are closed. SENIOR CENTER Both the Council on Aging office and the senior center are closed. Activities will resume on Tuesday. BANKS Banks are closed today. …
Fourth festivities continue today with parade, baseball games.
"Five Things You Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. 1. It won’t rain on the parade: Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Independence Day, but they aren’t expected until after 2:00 p.m., which will allow the morning’s events to go on as planned. Temperatures will peak at 86 degrees, with an evening low around 64, according to the National Weather Service. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent, with more of a chance into the evening, mainly before 1:00 a.m. 2. Hittin’ the streets: Set up your chairs and find a good viewing spot—the Needham Exchange Club’s Grand Parade will make its way through town starting at around 9:05 a.m. after a flag raising on the …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
A quick look at the 2011 Fourth of July show.
A huge crowd turned out for tonight's fireworks show, sponsored by the Needham Exchange Club. The sky over Memorial Park lit up with a barrage of colors and sounds, while below tens of thousands of people proudly wore glow necklaces, waved plastic light sabers and oohed and ahed over the display. The celebration continues tomorrow—be sure to check out the Grand Parade starting around 9:05 a.m.
Despite possible rain in the forecast, Fourth fireworks, parade and other activities will be held.
Needham Exchange Club members say the show will go on—fireworks and activities scheduled for this evening and the parade and activities set for Monday will go ahead as planned, despite possible rain in the forecast. "We're moving full steam ahead," club member Cindy Chaston said around 11:00 a.m. "We had to either be thumbs up or thumbs down by 7:00 this morning." The fireworks company has already begun setting up for tonight's show in front of the high school, Chaston said. (Needham residents should be aware that areas and roads around the school may be blocked off for safety reasons through this evening). According to the National Weather Service, there could be some showers and thunderstorms moving in today with heavy rain. Chance of …
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Submit your best Fourth of July photos to Needham Patch.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
There's no doubt about it—summer 2011 is officially here. Need more proof? Check the calendar—Independence Day is upon us! To help celebrate the holiday, we're looking for Needham residents to send us photos showing their best Fourth of July spirit, whether it be red, white and blue clothing or homemade decorations. Send us photos of your best red, white and blue pride in Needham for the Fourth of July Photo Project! Click "Add Photos” under the current photos or e-mail your photos to Needham Patch editor Becca Manning.