Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Town Health Department writes in to share the results of their recent emergency preparedness exercise.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Tuesday, May 21
Recently, the Needham Health Department staff and volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) from Canton, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Wellesley and Westwood (NC-7) participated in a full-scale shelter exercise at the Dedham Middle School. They took on roles as medical staff and “victims” of a hypothetical apartment building fire that displaced residents and required the community to set up a shelter that could also address their medical needs. Public safety personnel from several communities also attended. Each of the “victims” of the fire presented as potential shelter residents with unique individual concerns, including language barriers, acute medical conditions, pets or service animals, and mental health issues. The drill…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Selectmen John Bulian and Dan Matthews, as well as the former Zoning Board of Appeals chair William Tedoldi write in support of Planning Board candidate Artie Crocker.
Monday, April 8
As we approach this year’s town election, I am writing to ask the voters’ consideration for Planning Board candidate Artie Crocker. Artie grew up in Needham, has raised a family here, and runs his own small graphic arts business in town. As a volunteer in civic activities and town government, he has demonstrated extraordinary energy and commitment to our community. Over the years, he has shown himself to be a person of strong principle who is willing to speak and listen respectfully to people of all opinions, even when he doesn’t agree with them. Artie will make a positive contribution to the Planning Board. Artie will bring creativity and hard work to the task, and a passion to make the town a better place, now and in the future. On …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Two of Needham's Selectmen write in their support of Elizabeth Grimes, Planning Board candidate.
Sunday, April 7
Dear Editor: We are writing in support of Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board with whom we serve on the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). Liz is a productive and thoughtful member of the CEA and has been instrumental in some of our most important initiatives including the rezoning and rebranding of Needham Crossing that has already provided a positive impact to Needham. Liz is smart, thoughtful, and takes an analytical approach to developing desired economic growth strategies to benefit Needham and help relieve our residential tax burden. Much of the work of the CEA involves the Town’s approval and regulatory processes and Liz's experience in these areas will be instrumental on the Planning Board. Liz will bring this same pragmatic …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Needham resident Alison Borelli writes her support for Planning Board candidate Elizabeth Grimes.
Tuesday, April 2
Dear Editor, I am writing to support Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board. I know Liz as a fellow Hillside parent and I am impressed by her qualifications and involvement in the Town, as both a fellow Town Meeting Member, and her work with the Needham Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. It is exciting to see someone with Liz's strong professional background and experience become further involved in Needham and I greatly support her candidacy. I know that Liz has therelevant background in real estate law and zoning to make a positive impact for our community. Please join me in voting for Elizabeth Grimes for Planning Board. Sincerely, Alison Borrelli 1175 Great Plain Avenue [Editor's Note: Selectmen Dan Matthews and John Bulian have written in …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Community Preservation Committee writes in to invite residents to a public hearing on projects eligible for consideration under the Community Preservation Act.
Wednesday, February 27
Dear Editor, The Needham Community Preservation Committee (CPC) extends an invitation to a special public hearing to discuss the project proposals currently under review by the CPC. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 in the Highland Room on the lower level of Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Comments, questions and concerns will be considered during the CPC’s deliberation of the projects. Those projects that receive the CPC’s final recommendation for funding from the Needham Community Preservation Fund will be presented to Town Meeting in May. Under the Community Preservation Act legislation, the following projects are eligible for consideration: Information on the projects is available at the Park and Recreation Office…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Needham resident announces candidacy for open Planning Board seat.
Friday, February 22
The following was sent by Elizabeth Grimes' campaign: I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the vacant seat on the Needham Planning Board. I have been active on several Needham organizations, including Town Meeting, the Needham Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), the Needham Business Association, and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Needham Board of Advisors. As a practicing Real Estate Attorney, I have the background and expertise necessary to be an effective member of the Planning Board. My passion for our town and my experience will allow me to immediately contribute to the Planning Board’s work in promoting Needham’s economic development while protecting the town’s feel and character. At the CEA, we deal with many zoning issues …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
After negotiating with NSTAR about several trees in the area, five have been marked for removal.
Tuesday, January 15
Below is a letter to the editor from officials involved in last July's summit with NSTAR about utility right-of-way and trees at Defazio Park: We are pleased to share that the proof of the coordinated, positive, proactive work of the Town of Needham, concerned residents, and the State Representative with NSTAR on the concerns related to vegetation management along the transmission lines has resulted in good communication and a targeted approach to address five (5) trees which threaten the integrity of the transmission lines at Defazio Park. This week, representatives from NSTAR requested a meeting with the Parks and Forestry Superintendent, Ed Olsen and his staff to discuss two areas of concern along NSTAR’s transmission lines at DeFazio …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham resident and member of the Board of Selectmen.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Dear Needham friends, I want to share with you that I am dealing with some very serious medical issues concerning cancer. Despite those issues, I intend to continue fulfilling my obligations as a member of your Board of Selectmen and currently as the chairman. (Yes, I am also planning to perform with my band on New Year’s Eve.) The best aspect of being on the board has always been that it has made me feel so much a part of our community. I love this community and I find great joy in knowing that I can call so many of you my friends. I know I can count on your support at this difficult time and I am so very grateful. Jerry Wasserman Needham Board of Selectmen
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham town employee.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, or NCYSAP, a community coalition dedicated to reducing youth substance use and supporting youth in healthy decision making, is continuing our work to provide educational, science based information to the residents of Needham regarding the impact of youth marijuana use. It is well known that marijuana is the most widely abused illegal drug among teens, and that more teens now smoke marijuana than tobacco. Marijuana has many adverse health and safety risks—more than people are aware. Here are the facts: • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. • Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This letter was submitted by a Needham resident.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A recent letter to the editor in the Needham Patch provided information about candidates Joe Kennedy III and Sean Bielat that was fundamentally incorrect. The assertion that Sean Bielat is more qualified for the Congressional seat is shockingly misleading. Joe Kennedy III has dedicated himself, like many of his family members before him, to a career in public service and has experience with a variety of developmental models. In Joe’s early professional career, and subsequent to his graduation from Stanford, he worked for the United Nations Development Program, with the Millenium Development Secretariat—a UN commission dedicated to eradicating poverty. Later, in 2004, Joe was accepted and served with distinction for over two years with the …