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Thursday, July 4, 2024





May your day be filled with loved ones to celebrate the independence we fought for and the principles and ideals on which we based our country. Today, those principles and ideals are more important than ever . Rest and rejuvenate today and resolve to be a thoughtful, committed and active citizen .

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is that good people do nothing“


District Updates



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 are conducted from June to October. This section of Garlick Press 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.


  • The Town of Needham is seeking public feedback on the Town logo. The logo was created by the Needham Branding and Seal Committee established last year by the Select Board. This logo will replace the use of the Town Seal on things such as signage, Town stationery, Town vehicles and trash barrels while the Town Seal would be reserved for use on official Town documents. The survey will be open until July 12th. To learn more, click here.


  • The Needham Library study room bookings are available online. As of July 1st, library visitors may now reserve study rooms online. To learn more, click here.
  • Needham Public Health announced the installation of SAMBOXes at several Town buildings. A SAMBOX is an opioid overdose rescue kit that contains Narcan, a nasal spray that rapidly reverses the effects of a life-threatening opioid emergency, a rescue breathing mask, gloves, and instruction cards. The SAMBOXes are installed at Town Hall, the Public Safety Building, Fire Station #2, the Center at the Heights, the Recycling Transfer Station, the Needham Public Library, and the Rosemary Recreation Complex. If you would like to be trained on how to use Narcan or to inquire about CPR classes, please contact Needham Public Health at HealthDivision@NeedhamMA.gov.


  • Sign up to volunteer for the Charles River Invasives Removal Project in Dover on Saturday, July 13th. The event will be held from 9 AM to 12 PM in the Red Wing Bay area of the Charles River in Dover. Invasive species reduce biodiversity, degrade water quality, impede flood resilience, and destroy wildlife habitats. For questions about this effort and to volunteer, please contact Ryan Smith at the Charles River Watershed Association at rsmith@crwa.org or (781) 361-3356.
  • The Dover Summer Concert Series begins Tuesday, July 9th. Concerts will be held on the Dover Town Common weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. The concert series features a variety of local artists playing different genres of music. For more information, click here.




  • The Norfolk County Register of Deeds will hold office hours in Medfield on Tuesday, July 9th. Office hours will be held at Medfield Town Hall’s Chenery Hall from 10 AM to 12 PM. The Register and his staff are able to provide residents with certified copies of land documents such as deeds and homesteads. To learn more, click here.
  • The Medfield Community Market will now feature food trucks. The Medfield Community Market is held every Sunday in the rear parking lot of Montrose School (29 North Street) from 9 AM to 1 PM and will run through mid-October. To learn more, click here.
  • The Medfield Town House will be closed on both the 4th and 5th of July and will reopen on Monday, July 8th.



Statewide Updates



  • Data from the first year of state-funded free school meals is available to view. The 2022-2023 school year was the first year for state-supported universal free school meals. In this school year, 12.2 million more lunches were served, 9 million breakfasts were served, and 61,500 more students ate lunch every school day. Universal free school meals have provided districts with a more stable and dedicated nutrition funding stream. To learn more, click here.
  • The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced today a series of listening sessions across Massachusetts to inform the Early Education and Child Care Task Force’s recommendations and broader strategy to ensure accessible and affordable high-quality child care for all families. These listening sessions will take place throughout July and early August, and are part of the administration’s Early Education and Child Care Task Force. To learn more, click here.
  • The Commission on the Status of Persons with Disabilities’ 2024 Employer Nomination form is now open. Employers will be recognized at the Commission’s National Disability Awareness Month Celebration on October 23rd in the State House. If your business is a model for disability employment, submit a nomination form here.
  • The Department of Higher Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance is accepting applications for loan repayment funds through Friday, August 23rd. Interested teachers and educators currently employed by a public or charter school in Massachusetts may submit an online application for consideration of loan repayment. Applicants must be a resident of Massachusetts and are required to provide proof of employment and documentation of their educational debt. To learn more, click here.
  • Applications are being accepted for the 84 Movement’s Statewide Leadership Team. The 84 Movement’s Statewide Leadership Team is a dynamic group of young leaders from across Massachusetts. Each year, the team design and participate in the Spring Identity Series workshops, tackling hot topics such as identity, racism, and challenges faced by the BIPOC. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 8th. To learn more, click here.
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