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Needham Community Council Newsletter
February, 2019


All Council Programs follow Needham school closings...please check our website in the event of a weather-related closing.
Note: parking is never easy but is [even] more limited when there is snow on the ground.

Monday, Feb. 18th
All Council Programs will be closed in observance of Presidents' Day.


• Rock for a Cause
Friday, Jan. 25th
7 pm - 11 pm
Needham VFW Hall
20 Junction Street
*A benefit performance for the Council Food Pantry and Needham Plugged In Band Program
Admission at the Door ONLY: Tickets: $20 
• Champagne & Chocolate
Saturday, Feb. 9th
7 pm - 11 pm
Knight Auditorium, Babson College
A fundraiser to benefit the Needham History Center's Schoolhouse programs
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
• Dancing with the Needham Stars
Saturday, April 6th
7 pm - Midninght
Moseley's on the Charles, Dedham
Click here for more information about this year's event
• Needham Steps Up Fundraising Event
Tuesday, April 23rd
Knight Auditorium, Babson College
Click here for more information about Needham Steps Up

Now that the holidays are over are you looking to part with some decorations that you no longer need or want? The Council will gladly take them for next year's Holiday Boutique Sale which supports the no-fee programs of the Council.
All holiday items are appreciated: Thanksgiving, Channukah, Christmas, New Years, etc.

Officers & Board of Directors
   Margie Margolis
Vice President
   Robert Dermody     
   Glen Davis 
   John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Peg Coles
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
* Diane DerMarderosian
Maria Furlong
* Mani Iyer
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Mary Richman
Barbara St. John 
Christopher Thomas
* New Board Members
Visit our website for Board member profiles
Happy Valentines Day! 
The month of February may be shorter but we still have a lot going on so don't miss out on these coming events:
• Rock for a Cause - Friday, January 25th

• Annual Celebration Event - Thursday, March 28th
• Scouting for Food - Saturday, March 30th
• Thrift Shop Spring Sale - Thursday, April 4th - Saturday, April 6th 

1 in every 9 people in MA, including working families, children, the elderly and people with disabilities receive SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps] benefits.
Due to the partial federal government shutdown, February SNAP benefits have been issued early to most recipients, but there will not be any issued in February.
To help manage during this difficult time of uncertainty, the Council is offering Needham households already registered with the food pantry additional visits to shop for grocery items. All households currently shopping once per month are now invited to come for a second visit, as needed and families with school age children, who are currently shopping twice per month are now invited to add a 3rd visit, as needed.
Any Needham household not currently registered with the Food Pantry is invited to contact us for a one-time visit. A food pantry registration can provide additional food supports until they are no longer needed, be it a week or a month or a year…

Please join us for an evening of celebration and community! 
Thursday, March 28th
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Homewood Suites, Needham
The 2019 Stephanie J. Kalin Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the Needham Community Council will be presented.
Click here to purchase tickets online: $50 per person 
Wine/Beer Open Bar; Appetizers; Dessert & Coffee

Great items and great bargains to get you excited for the spring season!
All proceeds of our thrift shop sales benefit the free programs of the Council and stay in Needham to support our neighbors.
Thursday, April 4th, 4 pm - 7 pm 
Friday, April 5th, 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, April 6th, 10 am- 2 pm
First come, first served; cash & checks only, no credit cards; all sales final. 

ESL [English as a Second Language] TUTOR TRAINING
Tuesday, Feb. 26th - Tuesday, March 26th
5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 6 pm - 9 pm
No experience necessary; No fee; Attendance at all 5 sessions is required
Click here to submit a tutor application form.
Do you know of any Needham resident or employee who might benefit from ESL tutoring and/or a conversation group? Please let them know we are now matching ESL students.

For more information or questions: email

Dhruv is a 9th grader living in Needham and a member of an organization called Project 351. Project 351 was established in 2011 when former MA Governor, Deval Patrick sought to celebrate his 2nd inaugural with a focus on young people and community. With the enthusiastic and engaged leadership of Governor Baker, Project 351 continues to empower over 3,000 young adults from around the state to complete community service projects in their respective towns. Dhruv was nominated to represent Needham as a “2018 District Ambassador."
Project 351 holds an event every fall known as "Fall Service." This year’s Fall Service Ambassadors concluded their service year by leading the fight to end hunger in their hometowns. Dhruv’s food drive helped restock the shelves after Thanksgiving and Christmas for his hometown pantry at The Needham Community Council.

He delivered 348 lbs of food collected from his neighbors, friends and local residents. Dhruv wrote “this project was very close to my heart as it not only helped me get better at communication skills and time management but it also left me with a very fulfilling feeling and happiness. I was delighted to see how responsive and generous everyone was to my food drive and it warmed my heart to see people contribute so much”.

The Needham Community Council Food Pantry has recently been awarded a major gift from the Middlesex Savings Bank.
Middlesex has been part of the community for more than 180 years. This gift is part of a $1.4 million donation that they are making to support the food pantries and libraries in their branch towns.
We are very grateful to all who support Council programs throughout the year.

Share your thoughts with BID–Needham, on the health needs in our community!
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham is currently engaged in a Community Health Needs Assessment, to better understand the health needs of those living, working, and learning in their service area. As part of this assessment, the Hospital has created a 10-minute Community Health Survey. They are asking for input from a broad range of service providers, stakeholders, and residents. Please click here to complete this survey online before January 31st.
If you would like a paper version of the survey, available in English, Spanish, Russian or Chinese, please email Alyssa Kence or call 781-453-5460.

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