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Thursday, December 14, 2023

Event Highlight – Needham Public Schools State House Art Show

Last Wednesday, we invited young artists from the Needham Public Schools to an art showcase in my State House office featuring their art pieces. Among the crowd were family, friends, school administrators, and art teachers. It is truly amazing to see what these students’ creativity can produce. The art pieces continue to be on display in the office for all to view.

District Updates




  • The Town of Needham announces the Needham Power Choice program, a municipal electricity aggregation, which is a type of group electricity purchasing program for Needham residents and businesses. Through Needham Power Choice, the Town will use its collective buying power to increase the amount of renewable electricity in the community’s electricity supply. Needham residents and business owners are encouraged to submit written comments via email to otm@needhamma.gov. To learn more about the program, click here. To view the Town’s draft Aggregation Plan for the program, click here.
  • Join the Col. William McIntosh Chapter for their third annual Wreaths Across America Day. The event will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 12 pm. Volunteers will help lay 500 wreaths on the graves of veterans. For more information, click here.
  • Parking meters in town will be free for up to two hours at a time through Monday, January 1, 2024. This is to encourage and accommodate local shopping and dining this holiday season, Non-permit holders will also be permitted to park for free in permit spaces after 2 pm Monday through Friday. To view a map of the lots, click here.
  • Donate your old electronics to the Domestic Violence Action Committee (DVAC). DVAC is collecting old electronics such as cell phones (any model and year) and tablets (any model and year) and recycling them to fund support for those impacted by domestic abuse in our community. Collection locations are at the Needham Police Station (88 Chestnut St) and the Rosemary Recreation Center (178 Rosemary St). Please be sure to successfully erase your personal data from the device before donating.





  • The Dover Recycling Committee encourages households to participate in the collection of food waste at the Transfer Station. This program is available to all residents with a RED transfer station sticker which is available at the Transfer Station or Town Garage. Help the Town’s goal of turning food waste into a renewable energy source. To learn more, click here.


  • The excavation for the Community Center Pavilion building foundation has been completed. The next step is to set up the steel once all the foundations are finished. To learn more about the project and the progress of construction, click here.
  • Holiday Shopping is back at the Powisett Farm Store. Check out exclusive offerings from local vendors. The store will be open through December 23 on Thursdays through Saturdays. Each day will have different events including holiday face paintings and special discounts. For daily hours and more information, click here.
  • The Dover Board of Health has a limited supply of COVID-19 test kits available. Please call or stop into the office (5 Springdale Ave) during business hours (Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm) or call the office at (508) 785-0032 ext.232




  • Sign-ups for Medfield Food Cupboard’s Annual Wish Maker Event close on December 10th. Help a food-insecure family in Medfield by fulfilling “wishes” for the holiday season. Most of the wishes are needs, especially in cold weather such as coats, boots, and clothing. For more information on how to sign up or more details on the event, click here.
  • The Medfield Lions Club Christmas Trees & Wreaths sale will continue through Sunday, December 17th. The sale will be at the back parking lot of St. Edward Church. Hours of operation will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and Thursday and Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm. All proceeds of the tree and wreath sale are used to benefit local charities. For more details, click here.
  • The Blue Moon Bagel Cafe and Medfield Lions Annual Coat Drive returns for its 13th year! Bring your new or gently used coats to Blue Moon Cafe and drop them in the collection box located just inside the front door. Coat donations will continue to be accepted through February 2024. For more information, click here.
  • The Medfield Police Association’s Toys for Tots Drive ends on Sunday, December 10th. Donations of new and unwrapped toys are being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the Public Safety Building at 112 North Street. To learn more, click here.



Statewide Updates


  • MassHealth announces coverage for doula services beginning in spring 2024. This aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and equity. MassHealth covers about forty percent of all births in Massachusetts. Doulas provide non-medical emotional, informational, and physical support to individuals and families during the pregnancy period. As of December 8th doulas can apply to enroll as a MassHealth doula provider and receive payment for serving MassHealth members. To read more, click here.


  • $5 million in IT grants will be awarded to municipalities through Community Compact. These grants will go towards improving cybersecurity and e-permitting, centralizing financial systems, implementing records management systems, and infrastructure needed for hybrid meetings. To learn more, click here.


  • The State’s Community One Stop for Growth announces $950,000 in grants from the Collaborative Workspace Program. This program will support local economic development projects in 161 communities across the state. The grants will support the development of collaborative workspaces and accelerate the pace of new business formations, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity. To learn more, click here.
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health urges residents to get vaccinated before the holiday season. Getting vaccinated (flu, COVID, and RSV) will maximize protection against respiratory illnesses. Protect yourself and the people you’ll gather with, especially older adults, people who are immunocompromised, and pregnant people, who are at a higher risk for severe complications. To learn more, click here.
  • The Biden administration has relaunched a website for Americans to order up to four free tests per household in anticipation of a potential increase in COVID cases during the fall and winter months. At-home testing is essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of new cases across the Commonwealth as the weather gets colder and more events move indoors, increasing the risk of transmission. To place an order, visit COVIDTests.gov.
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