Dear Readers,

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Needham Observer, an exciting milestone in our mission to return independent local news to Needham. 

We launched not sure what to expect and have been gratified to learn from your feedback how much you value this source of information. We’ve now reported some 350 stories we hope have helped engage our community. Along the way we’ve benefited from the extraordinary dedication and talents of resident volunteers and the generosity of so many of you who have supported us. We were pleased to include opportunities for Needham High School students and Boston University journalism majors to join us.

As we move into year two we are focused on sustaining what we’ve begun. That means augmenting our volunteer core with paid positions to build our team and to strengthen our operations. For that, we need your help. 

Many of you have generously contributed to the Observer, and we are deeply grateful. We now ask you again, as readers, to support the next year and beyond. All donations are appreciated, and the best way to help ensure our future is by choosing a recurring payment so that we can reliably plan, knowing what we can count on month to month.

Please click the donation button below for easy payment by credit card or through PayPal. Or you can send a check to: 

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We are a 501c3 nonprofit so your donations are tax deductible. 

Thank you for your investment in local journalism for Needham. 


Peter, Fred, Jeanne and the entire Needham Observer team

Performance space upgrades just the beginning

By Frederica Saylor Lalonde

Town Meeting voted by consent May 13 to appropriate $344,558 for school auditorium upgrades and improvements. Although this is good news to the many residents who have called for action […]

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Residents, data tip off state IG to potential problems

By Seth Bauer

Massachusetts Inspector General Jeffrey Shapiro knows a good source of information about state waste, fraud and abuse when he sees one. “When I go shopping at Roche Bros. or Sudbury […]

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Traveling Meals to keep rolling . . . for now

By Peter O’Neil

The Traveling Meals program is an institutional “Glover baby,” having been nurtured in 1971 at Glover Memorial Hospital, which then was a town department. The town got out of the […]

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Stephanie Wyman appointed special education director

By Christian Maitre

After serving for almost a year as interim executive director of Needham’s special education program, Stephanie Wyman was appointed to the position at the April 23 School Committee meeting.  Wyman […]

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Needham runner sets world record

By Bob Clark

It was quite a birthday weekend for record-breaking Needham runner Jan Holmquist. On Saturday, just 20 days after breaking her own world record for women ages 75-79 in the James […]

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