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T to consider a slightly quieter Needham

The Select Board will hold a public hearing during its June 25 meeting to listen to residents’ views on altering Needham MBTA commuter rail line routes to decrease the frequency of train horns late at night and in the early morning. MBTA representatives have agreed to consider a pilot program that would change the routes of the first and last trains of the day on both weekdays and weekends. Rather than start and end at the Needham Heights station, the first and last trip of every day would originate or terminate at the Needham Junction station. This change would eliminate…

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Health in the heat

Heat waves like the one this week are occurring with greater frequency, intensity and duration. While our mid-90-degree temperatures are not as high as those in some Southern states, the Northeast is not as well adapted physiologically, culturally and behaviorally to this type of heat, said Dr. Caleb Dresser, an emergency department physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham. “We need to be taking steps to prepare our society long term for increasingly hot weather resulting from climate change,” said Dresser, who is also an instructor in environmental health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and assistant director of…

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Needham celebrates Juneteenth

Noting that Juneteenth is meant to invoke both deep sorrow and high hope, U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss spoke to a gathering on the Town Common on Wednesday to mark the holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Led by Select Board Chair Kevin Keane, the event included remarks by state Sen. Rebecca Rausch and state Rep. Denise Garlick, and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Needham High School rising senior Josh Rosenberg.  Keane described how Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865, more than two months after the end of the Civil War and more than two…

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Hiring Disc Golf designer is par for the course

Area disc golf players are getting closer to their goal of creating a course in Needham.  After making their case before the Conservation Commission on March 28, Needham Disc Golf got the go-ahead to hire a disc golf course designer, former world champion Avery Jenkins, to review potential sites in the Town Forest near Chestnut Street and in Ridge…

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Getting forever chemicals out of our water

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the first drinking water standard for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), the forever chemicals that have been used in many consumer and industrial products starting in the 1940s and 1950s.  PFAS compounds are added to everything from flame-resistant pajamas to firefighting foam. From there, they enter soil, water and, eventually, our food…

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It’s all over for NHS boys volleyball, lacrosse teams

Two Needham High School boys teams finished their spring seasons one win short of Division 1 state championships. The top-seeded volleyball team, seeking its fourth straight title, lost to Bay State Conference rival Newton North. And after two upset victories, the lacrosse team was stopped by top-seeded St. John’s Prep.  The Rockets were on the cusp of victory after…

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The third annual Needham Has Pride celebration took place on June 16 with a rally at the First Parish church followed by a march along Great Plain Avenue to continue with a party at the Congregational Church./ Credit: Needham Observer

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