Needham Community Council Newsletter
December, 2018

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The Council's Annual Holiday Boutique is one of the highlights [and bargains] of the season. Several large rooms overflow with treasures of all kinds. You will find unique decorative items, vintage, jewelry, gifts, clothing, candles, nutcrackers, cards, stockings, Christmas, Channukah & New Years' items, wrapping paper, and more....
Thursday, November 29th
4 pm - 7 pm 
Friday, November 30th
10 am - 2 pm
Saturday, December 1st
10 am- 2 pm
All proceeds of thrift shop sales benefit the free programs of the Council and stay in Needham to support our neighbors.
First come, first served; cash & checks only, no credit cards; all sales final. 

Monday, Dec. 24th 
Office & Food Pantry close at 12 noon; Thrift Shop closed 
• Tuesday, Dec. 25th
Office, Food Pantry & Thrift Shop closed 
 Saturday, Dec. 29th
Thrift Shop closed
• Monday, Dec. 31st
Food Pantry & Thrift Shop closed; office closes at noon
• Tuesday, Jan. 1st Office, Food Pantry & Thrift Shop closed 


• Needham Lights Holiday Stroll
Saturday, Dec. 1st
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
click here for more information
Blue Tree Lighting: 5:10 p.m. at Needham Town Hall followed by the arrival of Santa
4th Annual Needham Winter Arts Festival
Saturday, Dec. 8th
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Powers Hall, Town Hall
Click here for more information
• Needham Women's Club - Holiday House Tour & Marketplace
Sunday, Dec. 9th
Tour from Noon - 4:30 p.m. (starts at The Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Ave) & Marketplace from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for this year's event

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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

For the past three decades, Temple Beth Shalom and the Needham Community Council have joined together to deliver Christmas Day Dinners to Needham residents. Last year, over 100 Needham households received Christmas Day Dinner deliveries, and this year will be no different. We are grateful to Lois Sockol and Temple congregants for their efforts to provide delicious holiday meals to Needham residents.
If you, or someone you know, would like to have a dinner delivered on Christmas, please call 781-444-2415 or email us at
by 12 noon on Wednesday, December 19th.
It's hard to believe, but we are closing in on your last chance to make 2018 charitable gifts. Please remember us as you plan your end of the year donations. Thank you to everyone who has already sent in contributions, we appreciate your support. The fall fundraising campaign provides approximately 1/3 of our annual budget.
We rely solely on the generous contributions of the community to support our programs as we do not receive any tax dollars. 
Thanks to you and your neighbors we have raised more than 35% of our goal. The response has been great. But we aren't there yet!

Please send your donations to our office at 570 Hillside Avenue or click here to use our secure online credit card donation site.
If there is anything we can do to support your family, neighbor, or Needham-based employees, please call us at 781-444-2415.

Does your employer have a matching gift program? click here to see a list of companies that do...if yours isn't here, ask your HR department if they have one, or if they will start one.
Are you or your spouse 70 1/2 years of age? Click here to learn more about IRA Charitable Rollover Giving.

Article ImageDo you know where our discarded clothing ends up? Lots of it comes to the Council Thrift Shop...but where does it go if we can't sell or donate it? Olin College students have been working on finding the answers to this question...and designing projects to help make use of discarded clothing that may help other countries around the world, like Ghana. Olin students are working with Make Fashion Clean and Matilda Flow....visit their websites for more information. 
Come learn more at the Olin College Recycle Project at the Needham Winter Arts Festival on Sat., Dec. 8th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Powers Hall, Needham Town Hall - Free Admission 

Each year, Council volunteers create and deliver hundreds of holiday gift bags to Needham residents who are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or in their own homes. Recipients of the bags love and appreciate the acknowledgment and remembrance of the holiday season.
Bags are decorated by children throughout the community - school groups, houses of worship, scouts, families, birthday party guests, etc. and filled with donated items.
Please call us at 781-444-2415 for more information, or if you have the name of someone we should be sure receives a bag. 
To help ensure that all Needham families can enjoy and share gifts during the holiday season, we invite all food pantry families to participate in this annual giving program.  
North Hill residents send their "Santa" to deliver toys for kids ages 12 and under; The Needham Exchange Club brings over bags and bags of art supplies, toys, games, etc.; many Needham residents donate gift cards (or funds to buy gift cards) to CVS or Walgreens and to Marshall's or TJMaxx for teens; and warm gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, bathrobes, etc. are gifted to adults...we especially need large and x-large sizes.
Do you want to help? Donated items are needed by Monday, December 10th.


Thanks to a generous donation from The Dressing Well Charitable Foundation, the Council Thrift Shop is now partnering to provide professional wardrobe advice, shopping assistance and clothing to income-eligible clients of the Council and homeless shelters in the area. Participants in this program are paired with volunteer personal stylists trained by the program to help select gently used, high quality clothing and accessories suitable for their lifestyle, profession and interviewing.  Participants are also given a gift certificate made possible by The Dressing Well Charitable Foundation to purchase what they need.
The participants in this program walk out with complete new outfits and lots of inspiration and encouragement for how to put their best foot forward in the workplace with a well-styled appearance. 

Click here
to read more about the inspiring story behind The Karma of Clothing Project!

Needham Community Council ESL Tutors and students joined together to create and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal and share the joys of community. Click here for an online version of a Needham Times article and video. Thank you to Council Board member, Eilene Kleiman and Council volunteer, Nancy Frantz for organizing and hosting this event.
A wonderful meal was enjoyed by all thanks to the combined efforts of the Rotary Club of Needham, The Needham Masons, The Community Council and many other community members who donated food and their time. Over 50 guests enjoyed a community Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Masonic Hall and over 100 meals were delivered to Needham residents in their homes.
Visit the Council website photo gallery for images of the meal.

Mani Iyer Mani was born in Mumbai, India and educated in Bombay, receiving a Masters in engineering (computer science) and an MFA (he is a poet).  He and his wife have lived in Needham since 1996.  Mani is a Council ESL tutor.  He recently joined the Needham Commission on Disabilities.
Diane DerMarderosian Diane was born and raised in Needham. She graduated from Amherst College and then attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was selected to be part of the Humanities and Medicine Program. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University where she is the Pediatric Director of the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, an integrated, family-based day program for children with complex medical and psychological issues. She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Previously, Diane served as the Medical Director of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program and worked for many years as a primary care pediatrician at a health center in Roxbury. Diane serves on the Patient and Family Centered Care Steering Committee at Hasbro, the Medical Advisory Board for Reach Out and Read RI, and the Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council at BID-Needham. Diane lives in Needham with her husband, Peter, and sons PJ and Armen.

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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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