Dear Readers,

We must begin with an enormous thank you for your tremendous response to our NewsMatch campaign. Your generosity has put us well on our way to our $13,000 goal.

We’re grateful to the many new donors who contributed, joining those who had already lent their support to our efforts. You are helping make Needham a more informed community. 

As the momentum builds we look forward to hearing from even more of you, and we’ll keep you updated on our progress in the coming weeks as this fundraising campaign continues. The donate button is just below!

Thank you,

The Observer team

Overflow crowd for first Housing Needham community meeting

By Peter O’Neil

As a general rule, gatherings designed for a discussion of zoning don’t require large venues. This is true even though nearly every square foot of real estate in the United […]

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Leaf blowers stir controversy

By Seth Bauer

Leaf season in Needham means lovely colors, crisp air — and the endless roar of leaf blowers. Across the U.S., gas-powered leaf blowers have become a local concern for their […]

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Neighbors to contest 1688 Central Ave. building permit at ZBA

By Peter O’Neil

Two of the three structures that sat at 1688 Central Ave. were razed last week, but Needham Enterprises still faces yet another obstacle along the gauntlet it has been running […]

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Rockets soar in postseason action

By Bob Clark

The Needham girls’ swim and dive team is celebrating its first Division 1 state championship. First-year Coach Kate Curtin’s Rockets amassed 335 points at last weekend’s state meet at MIT […]

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Charles River Center takes long view on former missile site

By Bob Baker

Tucked up the hill from the North Hill retirement community, the Charles River Center (CRC) lies on the storied parcel of Needham called East Militia Heights. The Paul D. Merritt […]

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Monica Staley to call it a career

By Ginger Newcombe

After 21 years of teaching kindergarten students at Broadmeadow Elementary School, Monica Staley will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Staley didn’t always know she wanted to […]

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