Needham Community Council Newsletter
April, 2018



> Stamp Out Hunger
Saturday, May 12th
Mail carriers will be collecting non-perishable food donations, left by mailboxes and in post offices, to be delivered to the Council Food Pantry.
> Touch the Trucks
Saturday, May 19th
Bring a donation for the Council Food Pantry and help "fill a truck". Little kids (and little kids at heart) are invited to explore the Town of Needham's DPW trucks from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot at DeFazio Field.

> Pansy Day
Saturday, April 7th

Needham History Center & Museum
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Click here for more information
> Belle of the Ball: Boutique Day
Saturday, April 7th
Hynes Convention Center
Exhibit Hall A
900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Belle of the Ball distributes cleaned prom dresses at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom. This is a day of personal shopping and pampering.  

Click here for more information and event details.
>  The Woman Behind the New Deal: Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor
Sunday, April 8th
The Center at the Heights
300 Hillside Ave.
3:00 p.m.
One of the most influential people of the 20th century you may never have heard of....including as head of the Immigration Service

Click here
 for more information on this event
> Spring Town-Wide Clean-Up Day
Saturday, April 

It's spring cleaning time! Join your neighbors to help clean up the Town from the harsh winter.
Click here for more information
> 8th Annual Needham Steps Up Fundraiser
Thursday, April 26th

Click here to purchase tickets online; for more information, visit the NSU website.
> Project Bread: Walk for Hunger
Sunday, May 6th
Join the Walk For Hunger and help provide people across
Massachusets with thoughtful solutions to food insecurity - where they live, learn, work and play.

Click here to register & pledge or call
> Needham Women's Club

Grand Tasting: Beer & Wine, 6 Local Restaurant Specialties
Sunday, April 29th
click here for more information and to purchase tickets
Needham Garden Tour
Sunday, June 10th
Tour Needham gardens, large and small, and enjoy a garden tea party, container plantings and summer table settings!
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Officers & Board of Directors
    Margie Margolis
Vice President
    Robert Dermody   
    Caren Carpenter    
    John Frantz
    Deb Jacob
Lynn Alberding
Peg Coles
Bill Concannon
Priscilla Dasse
Glen Davis
Maria Furlong
Jonathan Kappel
Eilene Kleiman
Andrew McCollum
Carrie Reddish
Diane Retzky
Barbara St. John 
Christopher Thomas
Our Annual Celebration Event on Thursday, March 22nd was a huge success! Thank
you to Olin College for sharing their amazing space with us and supporting the Council.
»Click here to watch the newest Council video: Strength of Community
The 2018 Stephanie J. Kalin Distinguished Service Award, for outstanding contributions to the Needham Community Council, was awarded to Volante Farms for their donations of food items to the Council Food Pantry and for their generous dedication of proceeds from their 100th anniversary clothing sales to the Council last year. Volante Farms, co-owner, Teri Volante Boardman represented her family and accepted the award from Council Executive Director, Sandra Robinson.

Margie Margolis took over the reins as incoming Council Board President and Robert Dermody took over the role of Vice President. We said thanks, but not farewell, to Board members, Jeffrey Stewart-Morales and Carole Sullivan, who stepped down. We look forward to working with all of our Board members throughout the year!

Thanks to all the Needham Scouts, and their families, who participated in the Annual Scouting for Food Event held on Sunday, March 25th. They sorted and delivered A LOT of food items to the Council's Food Pantry... more than twice what they collected last year's event!

A special thanks to all the Needham residents who left donations on their doorsteps, to the Norfolk Lodge who provided the space to sort and collect food, and to all the Council volunteers and staff for their hard work that day.

Thank you to Needham Community Council team members, Ginger Shapiro, Andrew McCollum and Olga Lyczmanenko, for participating in the Needham Education Foundation's 27th Annual Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 18th! 

Do you know of any Needham residents or Article ImageNeedham-based employees who might benefit from ESL tutoring and/or a conversation group through the Council's ESL Program? Please let them know we currently have tutors available and waiting to be matched with new students!
Click here for an online student application form.
For more information, please contact Olga Lyczmanenko at 781-444-2415 ex. 2110 or

Sunday, September 23rd
Ride starts at Nobles School...10, 25 and 50 mile routes. Click here for more information.
Our single biggest Food Pantry fundraising event in 2017! You can help make a major difference - join us as a team rider, volunteer and/or fundraiser!
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Watch your email, our monthly newsletter and website for more information on registration....it is not too early to start riding!

Saturday, June 23rd
Charlton, MA
Needham-based, Hawthorn Builders, is raising funds and awareness for the Council.
Tough Mudder Half is 5 miles of mud and epic obstacles specifically designed to test teamwork and toughness.

 will make a $75 donation to the Council for each member who joins their Tough Mudder Team. Don’t want to run in the mud? That’s ok…you can still support their efforts by making a donation.

THE RICE BARN, Thai Restaurant
1037 Great Plain Ave
Monday, April 2nd

% of your meal, all day long, will benefit the Council....if you go, please tell them you "saw it here"!

• Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Sundays & Holidays, CLOSED

• Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Mon. & Wed. 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
• Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• Sundays & Holidays, CLOSED
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Needham Community Council
570 Hillside Avenue
Needham, MA 02494

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