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Friday, June 14, 2024



Congratulations Rinaz for being named a 2024 Commonwealth Heroine! Rinaz, a Needham resident works hard to reflect the many kindnesses she has experienced by advocating and promoting cultural understanding. Rinaz’ actions and words have helped Needham immensely, by fostering an environment where all people are valued members of our community.



Office Hours


  • State Representative Denise Garlick will host virtual office hours on Monday, June 17th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Constituents from Needham, Dover, and Medfield (Precincts 1 & 2) are welcome to reserve 15-minute appointments in advance by emailing Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov or by calling Rep. Garlick’s office at 617-722-2070 to set up your appointment. If this date/time is not convenient, constituents may call or email to discuss further.



District Updates


As Needham, Dover, and Medfield complete another academic year, I wish to express my respect for our teachers and staff. I appreciate the work of parents and families for everything it takes to help prepare children of all ages to be ready to learn and be good members of the school community. I congratulate our Towns on working to foster strong, supportive school systems. CONGRATULATIONS students!!! May all have time to rest and rejuvenate!



  • The Needham Farmers Market’s opening day is Sunday, June 16th. The Farmers Market will be held from 11 AM to 3 PM on Garrity’s Way in front of Needham Town Hall every Sunday through the end of October. The market features local vendors, locally sourced food, as well as live music. To learn more, click here.


  • The 3rd Annual Needham Has Pride Rally will be on Sunday, June 16th from 2 PM to 4 PM. The rally will begin at First Parish in Needham, followed by a march to the Congregational Church of Needham. To learn more, click here.
  • The Town’s Recycling and Transfer Station will close at 12pm on Friday, June 14th, and every Friday through Labor Day. It will also be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. For more information, click here.
  • The Town of Needham will be hosting a Juneteenth Observation on Wednesday, June 19th. The observance will be held on the Town Common, in front of Town Hall at 9:30 AM.
  • 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 Town Library will have mobile mini-golf available on Thursday, June 20th. The mobile mini-golf will be held inside the library to kick off the summer reading program. No registration is required to play, and it is open to all ages.


  • The Dover Housing Task Force was granted $100,000 in funding in the May Town Meeting. This will allow the Town to hire a consultant to help develop a housing diversity plan. Their objective is to create a plan that balances the preservation of open spaces with the development of a variety of housing options. For more information on land use and housing development in the Town, click here.
  • Algonquin Gas Transmission will be performing maintenance work in the town near Claybrook Rd. The construction work began mid-May and takes approximately two months to complete. For more information, click here.




  • Support the Medfield Food Cupboard by stocking its shelves. The most needed items at the Food Cupboard include canned tuna, canned soups, peanut butter, grape jelly, and individually portioned snacks. Donations can be dropped off at collection bins at Shaw’s or the Pfaff Center. For more information on the Medfield Food Cupboard, 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 Wednesday, I voted in the affirmative on H4672, the Massachusetts Parentage Act. This bill will update Massachusetts statutes regarding legal parentage to protect children, parents, and reflect the many ways families are formed today.  To read my full letter on the Massachusetts Parentage Act, click here.
  • On Wednesday, I voted in the affirmative on H4744 – the conference committee report for An Act to prevent abuse and exploitation. The House unanimously passed this bill, which will provide new protections to survivors of “revenge porn,” or the sharing of sexually explicit images or videos without an individual’s consent. To read my full letter on the “Revenge Porn” bill, click here.
  • On Thursday, I voted in the affirmative on H4743 – An Act relative to treatments and coverage for substance use disorder and recovery coach licensure. Massachusetts continues to battle against the opioid crisis, individuals are suffering, families are struggling, and our communities are strained trying to meet the many concerns and issues of addiction. This piece of legislation will grow our resources to best prevent and avoid fatal overdoses. This bill builds on our continued efforts to address substance abuse disorder and opioid-related overdose deaths, including 2018 legislation I co-authored as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery.  To read my full letter on the Opioid bill, click here.



Statewide Updates



  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health offers summer safety guidance. Residents are encouraged to take recommended common sense precautions to keep everyone, especially young children and those working outside, safe this summer. For a full list of tips on summer safety from sun protection to mosquito bite prevention, 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.
  • New data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health show that opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts decreased by ten percent in 2023. This is the largest single-year decline since 2009-2010. For more information, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Summer Child Nutrition Program will launch this summer. Massachusetts has received federal approval for its summer child nutrition program which will help feed an estimated 600,000 students while schools are closed for the summer. Low-income Massachusetts families with school-aged children will be eligible to receive financial assistance to buy groceries. 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 Early Childhood Educators scholarship is open for the 2024-2025 academic year. This scholarship is available for educators who work at programs licensed and/or funded by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), including center-based, family child care and out-of-school time programs. For the first time, the scholarship is now available for staff who work at residential programs licensed by EEC. The application process has also been simplified and eligible majors have been expanded to better support the career pathways for out-of-school time educators. 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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