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Thursday, June 20, 2024




District Updates




  • The Needham Free Public Library will be hosting Game Night on Thursday, June 20th at 7 PM. Join award-winning graphic designer and MENSA-certified game designer, Gene Mackles for a night of fun games. Space is limited, to register for the event, click here.


  • The Needham Select Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 25th on train service modification. The meeting will be held at 7 PM in the Select Board Chambers at Needham Town Hall and via Zoom. The Town is seeking feedback about a proposal for train service modification by the MBTA to eliminate the need for sounding train horns for the first and last trains of the day by terminating the train at Needham Heights. For more information or questions email otm@needhamma.gov. To attend the hearing virtually, click here.
  • The Needham Commuter Rail Line will be replaced by shuttle buses for select weekends throughout June. The MBTA will be conducting routine maintenance and signal work in support of Positive Train Control (PTC), a federally mandated safety system. The Needham line shutdown will impact both inbound and outbound service. Shuttle buses will be available to commuters between Needham Heights and Forest Hills. For a full list of affected days and more information, click here.


  • The Dover Cultural Council is seeking rising high school juniors to join the Council. The Dover Cultural Council supports a variety of local art projects and activities. Those interested should contact Judy Schulz at jschulz@doverma.gov.
  • Powisset Farm will be hosting a Pride and Pierogies Mixer on Friday, June 21st. Attendees will have hands-on experience making pierogies with Chef Thi. Please note that this event is 21+. For registration, click here.




  • The Hinkley Pond opens for the season on Thursday, June 20th. Seasonal passes are now on sale and only sold at the Pfaff Center (124 North St). Daily passes can be purchased at the pond.


  • A new Water Treatment Facility opens off of Elm Street. The new Water Treatment Facility offers state-of-the-art treatment for the removal of iron and manganese from groundwater, ensuring compliance with drinking water standards. For the full press release, click here.
  • Medfield Community Electricity is now available to residents. The program offers new electricity supply options that provide more renewable energy and stable prices for all Medfield residents and businesses. The program is a Town-vetted alternative to Eversource’s default supply and other third-party electricity suppliers. To learn more, click here.



Legislative Updates



  • On Thursday, I voted in the affirmative on H4773 – An Act promoting access to midwifery care and out of hospital birth options. This bill will strengthen quality healthcare access for mothers throughout pregnancy and postpartum. To read my full letter, click here.




Statewide Updates



  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration released its Fiscal Year 2025-2029 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). This includes $15.6 billion in projects and programs over the next five years, with a focus on housing, economic development, infrastructure, and climate resiliency. To learn more, click here.
  • Registration is open for the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Learn to Swim Program. The program offers free swimming lessons to children at DCR pools in communities across Massachusetts. The program will take place at 14 agency pools across the state. For more information and registration, click here.



  • The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) launched its Universal Access Program (UAP) summer programming. The programming is designed to offer outdoor recreational opportunities at state parks for visitors of all abilities. This will ensure everyone has access to outdoor recreation by making accessibility improvements to properties, providing specialized adaptive equipment, and offering inclusive programming. To learn more, click here.
  • A new public education campaign highlighting the dangers and potential harm of anti-abortion centers, also called “crisis pregnancy centers” has launched in Massachusetts. Established by the Healey-Driscoll Administration, this educational campaign is the first in the nation. The campaign aims to help individuals understand their full range of options with information on how to recognize anti-abortion centers and where to access unbiased, full-spectrum reproductive health care in Massachusetts. To learn more, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages residents to take the necessary steps to prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season which began on June 1st. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters anticipate an above-normal 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll administration has launched a call center and website for patients as part of the next step in its Incident Command structure in response to Steward Health Care’s filing for bankruptcy. The dedicated Steward Health Care call center can be reached at (617) 468-2189 or toll-free at (833) 305-2070. The website can be accessed here.
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