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Market uncertainty bedevils plans for former Muzi site

When Bulfinch Companies made its $57.5 million purchase of the former Muzi properties at 557 Highland Ave. in December 2021, the commercial real estate and life science sectors were far friendlier environments than they are now. While some people saw life sciences as a bubble waiting to burst, the succession of blows to both sectors […]

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Town releases details of civil rights complaint settlement

On Wednesday the Town of Needham released the full confidential settlement agreement reached earlier this year between Needham and Marvin Henry, who alleged civil rights violations by the Needham Police Department. The settlement required the town to pay $100,000 to Henry, of which all but a $7,500 deductible was paid by the town’s insurer. The terms […]

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Grading Needham

Residents think highly of the town but see room for improvement  Do you ever wonder what the residents of Needham actually think about their town?  Town officials do. Since 2008, Needham has been one of more than 600 U.S. municipalities that participate in the bi-annual National Community Survey (NCS). According to the most recent NCS […]

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Needham and Newton study way to connect

Officials in Needham and Newton are collaborating on a feasibility study to examine possible uses for a former railroad corridor that historically had connected the two communities. Dubbed the “Community Way,” a new trail could add 4,000 feet to the already established Upper Falls Greenway in Newton. The extension would run from Oak Street in Newton […]

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Needham: Where the wild things are? 

Ask residents what wildlife they’ve spotted in Needham and you get the full spectrum of answers: bobcats, turkeys, bald eagles, coyotes, foxes, river otters and even white-tailed deer. Some folks have seen critters a bit too up close and personal, like the guy who had a turkey crash through a window of his house. Other […]

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