Dear Readers,

The annual Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 6, so this week we highlight the key issues that will be considered, from the town budget to several citizens petitions, along with a special page of our past stories on the topics for more background.  

And in case arts and theater are more your style, we preview two upcoming events along with a profile of a national record-setting Needham runner.

Thanks, as always, for reading, sharing, and supporting us,

Peter, Fred, Jeanne and the Observer team

Fiscal headwinds, edgy issues could produce lengthy Town Meeting

By Peter O’Neil

The cumulative effect of a quarter-billion dollar fiscal year 2025 town budget, a few potentially contentious citizens petitions, a hot button zoning article and a handful of pricy capital project […]

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Tennis, everyone?

By Seth Bauer

It must have seemed like a simple idea: The four tennis courts at Needham High School need resurfacing, requiring a substantial investment. But because the high school team needs more […]

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New zoning plan heads to state for compliance review

By Peter O’Neil

And now we wait. After eight months of work that featured three well-attended community meetings and multiple iterations of its plans, the Housing Needham Working Group (HONE) on May 1 […]

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Artists open their doors this weekend

By Jody Feinberg

In Olga Geyyer’s studio, vibrant, colorful paintings reflect her feelings about the beauty and magic of the natural world. If people are curious when they visit her home during Needham […]

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Running keeps Needhamite ‘sane’

By Bob Clark

On May 18, Jan Holmquist will celebrate her 80th birthday. The next day, she hopes to set a US 5k record for women ages 80-84 when she participates in Needham’s […]

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Community Theatre to end season with bewitching ‘Crucible’

By Bob Baker

For seven decades, Needham Community Theatre has brought to town a treasure trove of the American playbook, such as the smash musicals “Shrek” and “Mary Poppins” and serious dramas such […]

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