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Thursday, December 7, 2023


I join with family, friends, neighbors, and all Jewish people who light the candles of Hanukkah. We are living in a truly terrible time of darkness including the rise of antisemitism which is pure hate. It cannot and must not be tolerated. May the candle lights be flames of hope that we will all work together to end this darkness and illuminate for us a path to love.

Event Highlight – COA Resource Fair

Last Friday, we hosted our first-ever resource fair for older adults. The event was a great success with over a dozen vendors and over a hundred attendees. It was wonderful to see so many friends and neighbors! Thank you to my amazing staff, the COA and staff, and all the vendors!

District Updates




  • The Highland Glee Club Presents a Holiday Feast of Song on Saturday, December 9th. The concert will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church at 3 pm. The Glee Club will be performing classical and traditional music for Christmas and Hanukkah. There will also be a sing-a-long for everyone to participate. For tickets, click here.


  • The Needham Women’s Club Holiday Lights Tour will begin on Sunday, December 10th. The Tour will begin with a Trolley ride through Needham, viewing the Town’s holiday lights. The tour will run through December 31st. Vote for your favorite homes to support various causes the women’s club supports. More details will be shared in a later edition on how to vote!
  • 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.





  • Dover-Sherborn Middle School presents Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical. Shows will be held at the Mudge Auditorium at the Dover-Sherborn High School. Four showtimes will be available: Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 pm, Friday, December 8th at 7 pm, and Saturday, December 9th at 1 pm and 7 pm. For tickets, 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, special discounts, and 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
  • The Dover Town Library survey closes on Friday, December 8th. The survey takes around ten minutes to complete and includes questions on how the Dover Town Library plays a role in your life and the town. To fill out the survey, click here. If you need help completing the survey, please visit or contact the library director at (508) 785-8113 ext. 5.




  • 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



  • On Wednesday, December 6th, Governor Healey announced the 2023 economic development plan, Team Massachusetts: Leading Future Generations. This economic development plan focuses on the initiatives: investing in the fundamentals to enable economic growth, retaining and attracting the world’s best talent across all backgrounds, and supporting businesses that power the state’s economy. To view the full plan, click here.
  • Governor Healey joined by the other Executive Committee governors of the Reproductive Freedom Alliance to urge the Federal Government to require health plan coverage for all contraception. The Alliance, which includes California Governor Newsom and Illinois Governor Pritzker called on U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and Labor Secretary to take additional steps to ensure that all forms of contraception are affordable and accessible. 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 deadline for the Mass Cultural Council (MCC) Grant applications is Monday, December 11, which will provide unrestricted awards of $5,000 to Massachusetts artists, culture bearers, and creative practitioners. MCC is welcoming applications from individuals in all creative fields: visual artists, literary artists, theater artists, performers, film/media artists, music artists, designers, culture bearers/traditional artists, drag artists, cross-disciplinary artists, and more. The application process is brief and inclusive. The review process includes geographic distribution, funding priorities, and scores from reviewers from the Massachusetts creative/cultural sector. To learn more about the grants, 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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