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Your CBD Store faces uncertain future

The murky regulatory structure that governs the sale of products containing cannabidiol (CBD) has a Needham Center store owner facing the threat of going out of business. Anna Schickel, who has operated Your CBD Store at 1096 Great Plain Ave. since October 2019, received a temporary reprieve from the Board of Health at its meeting last week after having initially been told she faced an April 16 deadline to stop selling products she said comprise the vast majority of her inventory. The action trickled down from the federal Food and Drug Administration through at least two state agencies and eventually to…

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Arrests steady, traffic stops up in NPD annual report

The Needham Police Department’s annual report for 2023 is high on data but low on surprises after a year that saw the department’s overall volume of activity return to pre-pandemic levels. Over the course of 2023, the NPD had a total of 50,047 calls for service, an increase of more than 6,000 calls from 2022 and a return to what the department had typically received prior to the socio-economic impacts of COVID. Chief John Schlittler, Deputy Chief Chris Baker and Kelsey Cournoyer, the department’s crime analyst, reviewed the report with the Select Board last month. They provided both data and…

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Returning Select Board member Kevin Keane (L) and new board member Josh Levy are sworn in on April 16 by Tedi Eaton in her last official act as Town Clerk./ Credit: Needham Observer

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The dog days of … autumn?

Come fall, the town may be ready to take on the potentially contentious issue of designating spaces in town where dogs will be allowed to roam off leash. It’s been a year since the ad hoc Active Recreation Assets Working Group wrapped up six months of work and recommended the town establish a pilot program for off-leash dog areas.…

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New jazz series premieres

When a new jazz series debuts in Needham next month, music lovers will be tapping their feet to the rhythms of some of the finest musicians in the Boston area. The Jazz in the Sanctuary series kicks off with the Portrait in Jazz Sextet, performing May 4 at Christ Episcopal Church.  “I’d like Needham to be known for its…

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Flagging imperfections

In relationships, red flags signal harmful behaviors. But the Needham mother-daughter team of Teri and Ella Macduff is using red flags to give people an opportunity to find personal growth.  Inspired by their own experiences, they created a clothing line called Chasing Red Flags with the tagline “where being real outshines being perfect,” to alert people to notice behavioral…

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