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Thursday, February 15, 2024



Rep. Denise Garlick to end Statehouse chapter


District Updates



  • Plugged In is hosting a free Pathways to Music monthly Open Mic on the third Thursday of every month from 6-8:30 PM at the Center at the Heights at 300 Hillside Ave. in Needham. All ages, all abilities, and all musical skills are welcome. There will be free pizza, along with puzzles and crafts to encourage collaboration and conversations. This is a great opportunity to make music and friends. Plugged In will provide a full backline with drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, and drums. To view the flyer, click here.


  • Save the date! The Online Safety Coalition and the Needham Community Council bring to Needham “Navigating A Digitally Demanding World: Get Simple Strategies for Teens and Families” on Thursday, February 29. This FREE event will be held from 6 pm to 8:30 PM at Powers Hall. This workshop will be presented by Joni Siani, a broadcast journalist, dynamic lecturer author, filmmaker, radio personality, and Media and Communication professor at Lasell University in MA. To register, click here.


  • The Needham Garden Club hosts “Florals to Chase Away the Winter Blues” by Beth Paisner on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:30 AM. Attendees will learn how to create live arrangements inspired by the silhouette of the winter landscape to bring color and warmth to the Season. This presentation is open to the public free of charge and will take place at the Needham Public Library Community Room. To learn moreclick here.
  • The Babson College Needham Town Scholarship is now accepting applications. Applications are open to Needham residents as well as other Needham High School students and alumni who are interested in attending Babson College for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Needham Select Board each year selects recipients for the scholarships funded by Babson College. The scholarships are awarded based primarily on financial need and the number and dollar amount of scholarships may vary based on the pool of qualified applicants. To find the application or to learn more, click here.
  • Registration for a plot at the Needham Community Garden Beds is now open for the 2024 season. All registrations include a 4 x 12 feet garden bed filled with compost, unlimited daytime access to the Community Bed area, and use of supplies such as tools and wheelbarrows. There are 150 beds for lease. Priority will be given to Needham residents. To register, click here.


  • Enjoy a family-friendly winter hike at Powisset Farm on Saturday, February 17th. The hike will begin at 11 AM and end at the barn where attendees are provided with pizza, non-alcoholic drinks for the kids, and beer or wine for the adults. An expert tour guide will accompany attendees on the hike. To learn more, click here.
  • It’s a good day to look through your house for pots & pans, utensils, small kitchen items, and linens in good condition for donation to New Life Furniture Bank. On Saturday 2/17 the Dover Transfer Station will be collecting furniture and household items for people in need who are referred by social service agencies. To see what items they accept, please click here.
  • Voters must register no later than February 24th to vote in the special town election to be held on March 5th to fill the unexpired term for Selectman. Polls will open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. Voters have the option to vote by mail, vote early in person, or vote in person on the day of March 5th. To vote in the March 5th election. For more information, click here.
  • Persons over the age of 65 may qualify for tax relief exemption programs. Property Tax Exemption for Person Over 65 (Clause 41c) administered by the Assessor’s Office may qualify seniors for an exemption that discharges a taxpayer from the legal obligation to pay a part of the tax assessed for the fiscal year. Other property tax relief exemption programs are available. Applications are due April 1, 2024, for fiscal year 2024. Contact the Assessor’s office at 508-785-0032 ext. 241 for an application or additional information.


  • Bellforge Arts Center invites kid-preneurs (kids who are entrepreneurs) to join the kid’s crafts fair on May 4th. The crafts fair will be a part of the Fun at the ‘Forge event on May 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM. To learn how you can participate, email amaiderporter@bellforge.org for more information.
  • The Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee is holding a Textile Collection at St. Edward’s back lot on Saturday, Feb. 17th and Sunday, Feb. 18th from 9 AM – 5 PM. This textile drive is being held to accommodate Medfield residents who do not have a transfer sticker. All textiles including clothing, shoes, boots, towels, sheets, blankets, curtains in good condition or stained, ripped, and rags are accepted. To learn more, click here.
  • A list of candidates on the upcoming election ballot is now available. The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, March 25th. To view the Medfield residents that will be on the ballot, click here.
  • The Sands for Seniors program provides free 5-gallon buckets of sand to seniors to prevent slip and falls. The sand is made available thanks to a partnership between The Center at Medfield and Willis Hardware Inc. Limited quantities are available. If you’d like to learn more, please call the Center at (508) 359-3665.


  • The Blue Moon Bagel Cafe and Medfield Lions Annual Coat Drive will run for a few more weeks, so make your donation soon. Bring your new or gently used coats to Blue Moon Cafe and drop them in the collection box located just inside the front door. The last day to donate is February 28th. For more information, click here.



Statewide Updates


  • $5 million in awards will be allocated to fire departments across the Commonwealth. These grants will provide reimbursements for crucial equipment and tools. The Town of Dover received $9,896.22 and the Town of Medfield received $19,000. To learn more, click here.
  • The third round of the MA Repay Program is now open. The additional $16.5 million will be available to support health and human service workers across the state. The MA Repay Program helps people enter and stay in the healthcare field, addressing workforce shortages. Through this additional investment, MA Repay will provide educational loan repayment to direct care professionals and supervisors of direct care professionals who provide treatment, support, or services to clients or their families in a home-based or community-based human service organization. To learn more about the Repay Program, click here. For more information about how to apply, click here.
  • The new Massachusetts Application for State Financial Aid (MASFA) is now open. This form will allow currently enrolled undocumented college students in Massachusetts to apply for state need-based financial aid for the first time. The MASFA is an alternative form that provides students who cannot complete the Free Application for State Financial Aid (FAFSA) due to their immigration status a way to apply for state need-based financial aid. To access the application, click here. To learn more about MASFA, click here.
  • The Biden administration continues to offer up to four free Covid tests per household. At-home testing is essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases across the Commonwealth. To place an order, visit COVIDTests.gov.
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