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Thursday, July 20, 2023


District Updates


  • Visit the Needham Farmers Market every Sunday. The market will be located on Greene’s Field from 11 am – 3 pm every Sunday through October 29th. The market will feature new vendors and live music weekly. To learn more about the farmer’s market, click here.
  • The Needham Carnival returns today from Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd at the Needham High School. The Needham Rotary Club is hosting the 6th annual Needham Carnival featuring rides, food, and fun for the whole family. Carnival Hours will vary by day but entry is always free. To view carnival hours and more detail, click here.


  • Welcome to Dover’s new Town Administrator, Michael Blanchard. Best of luck to Michael in his new position!
  • The Dover Recycling Committee launches eyeglass recycling initiative. In collaboration with the Lions Club, eyeglasses are collected and recycled for those in need, free of charge. Bring all your unused old glasses to one of the collection boxes which are located throughout town. To view accepted donations and donation sites, click here.


  • In Medfield, the Medfield Food Cupboard’s shelves are stocked and are offering help to any Medfield residents who are facing a food shortage, concern, or food insecurity. For questions or more information, call or email the Medfield Food Cupboard at (508)359-4958 or info@MedfieldFoodCupboard.com
  • Congratulations to Medfield Park & Recreation for becoming a 2022 “Fields of Excellence” award winner. Out of 35,000 across the nation, only 104 receive this recognition. Medfield is the only town in Massachusetts to be recognized and one of two towns in New England to receive this award. To learn more about the award and the people behind the award-winning fields, click here.

Norfolk County Arbovirus Report

The hot months of summer bring an increased risk of mosquito-borne

illnesses. West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE or “Triple E”) are viruses that occur in Massachusetts and can cause illness ranging from mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. Mosquito testing for EEE and other diseases began on June 12. This section of Fresh Garlick will share weekly reportings of Arbovirus in Norfolk County.

Risk Levels:

Needham: Remote

Dover: Low

Medfield: Low

To learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses, click here.

To learn how to protect yourself against mosquito-borne illnesses, click here.



Statewide Updates


  • Learn how to cope with ambiguous loss in a webinar hosted by the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs on July 26 at 12 pm. Ambiguous loss is the term for a type of loss in which there is no real closure or resolution, which may office when a loved one is living with Alzheimer’s. To register for the webinar, click here.
  • $3.5 million in grants were awarded to eliminate barriers to employment. These funds aim to increase access to well-paying jobs for residents facing employment barriers and improve the competitive stature of Massachusetts businesses by enhancing worker skills and productivity. To learn more about the grant, click here.


  • Due to recent heavy rain and flooding, mosquito populations are expected to increase. Stagnant water left from heavy rain can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitos. To learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses and how to protect against them, click here.
  • The sales tax holiday for 2023 will be held on Saturday, August 12, and Sunday, August 13. Retail items up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these days will be exempt from sales tax. To learn more about the sales tax holiday, click here.
  • The Registry of Motor Vehicles Announces standard driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status available soon under Work and Family Mobility Act. As of July 1, newly eligible Massachusetts residents can apply for their learner’s permit and road test to obtain a license. To learn more about this bill, click here.
  • The Sumner Tunnel will be closed seven days a week from July 5th to August 31st, 2023. During this time, the blue line on the MBTA will be free to riders. Detour options and more information on the closure can be found here.
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