Dear Readers,

Like many of you, we are looking forward to a little time off this summer, so we plan to publish every other week during July and August. 

That means we will not be in your inbox next Thursday, July 4 but will be back the following week. Of course we know the news doesn’t stop, so if there is something vital to report we will post the story directly to our website

Thank you for reading – enjoy the fireworks!

Peter, Fred, Jeanne and the Observer team

Draining work underway on Bennington Street

By Frederica Saylor Lalonde

Summer on my block: The joy of waking up to birds chirping, a morning breeze coming through an open window, and the sound of metal scraping concrete shaking us — […]

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Residents sound off at train hearing

By Peter O’Neil

The Select Board’s first pass at whittling down the number of commuter rail train horn blasts in town was both lauded and criticized — sometimes by the same speakers — at […]

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Parishioners bid farewell to St. Bart’s

By Peter O’Neil

Needham’s list of closed churches will increase by one after June 30 when St. Bartholomew’s Church will officially be merged with St. Joseph’s Parish within the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. […]

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Gutekanst renewed as Superintendent of Schools

By Bob Baker

The School Committee voted unanimously to offer Superintendent of Schools Dan Gutekanst another three-year contract at its June 18 meeting. Gutekanst said that he was honored to accept the offer.  […]

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A Parade Tradition

By Linda Polach

Each July Fourth, families line up along the town’s parade route — often returning to their special spot year after year — to watch marching bands, floats, championship sports teams, […]

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Local biographer recalls baseball giant

By Bob Clark

“People ask who’s the greatest player of all time. I contend that Babe Ruth was the most dominant baseball player of all time,” said author and Willie Mays biographer James […]

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Stories reveal immigration experience

By Jeanne Hopkins

We all like to hear stories and tell our own. It’s a fundamentally human way to connect and learn from one another, and it was the inspiration for Suitcase Stories, […]

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