Dear Readers,

We’re excited to share an update on our ongoing fundraising campaign. 

Because of your generosity we’ve met – and surpassed ­– the $13,000 milestone to qualify for the NewsMatch funding from the Institute for Nonprofit News. We are very grateful to everyone who has helped us take this first step to sustain our work and operations.

We welcome your continued financial support to build on this solid foundation now and in the year ahead. 

Thank you for investing in the Observer’s success!

Peter, Fred, Jeanne and the team


A new approach for Needham’s streets

By Peter O’Neil

With the implementation of a new design and maintenance strategy, Needham’s streets and sidewalks have been placed on the infrastructure equivalent of a long-term diet. The regimen is intended to […]

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Select Board nixes Columbus Day, approves smallest tax increase since 2017

By Peter O’Neil

The Select Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion that will have Needham celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day and not Columbus Day on future second Mondays in October. Select Board chair […]

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NHS addresses absenteeism

By Bob Baker

For Needham High School, the days of remote learning and quarantine are long past. Yet something is still missing: a number of students. Like schools in much of the nation, […]

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Hanukkah arrives with a flicker of uncertainty

By Seth Bauer

For some Jewish families, the Hanukkah celebration that begins with candle lighting tonight won’t have quite the same warm glow as other Hanukkahs. The brutality of the attacks and retaliation […]

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Library lends things, too

By Ginger Newcombe

Looking to borrow a metal detector? How about a ukulele? Have you tried the public library? In 2022, the Needham Free Public Library joined public, academic and special libraries worldwide […]

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