Adapted from the Article by Joshua Perry of the Needham Hometown Weekly
“Boston Magazine” has announced that, in its upcoming March issue, Needham will be named the “Best Place to Live” in Massachusetts. The town received the honor based on its emerging retail scene, home prices, services, and amenities.
Needham has great schools, low taxes, and a thriving retail scene. The median home price is $670,000 with a one-year change: +3.2%.
Last year’s inaugural season of the Great Hall Concert Series—a revolving salon of local and international musicians, performers, and artists lighting up the renovated town hall—only strengthened Needham’s emerging reputation for cultural refinement.
Dwellers here also enjoy the many restaurants in Needham center, as well as a recovering retail scene that took a hit when Dedham’s Legacy Place mall debuted in 2009.
Steady business and industry revenues keep property taxes shockingly low for a suburb that every year sits near the top of this magazine’s school rankings. For the valued and valuable members of the community, an $8 million senior center is scheduled to start welcoming guests this fall to offer movie nights and computer and fitness classes.
I am proud to announce that we in the legislature have succeeded in making a historic investment for our State University system during the FY14 budget deliberations. As a result, the State Universities will be able to freeze tuition and institutional fees for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. An additional $15m will be allocated to the system as an important first step towards an equitable funding of Massachusetts’ institutions of public higher education, and will significantly benefit our students and their families. This positions us to proceed in the right direction for support of public higher education in the future. I thank my colleagues!
NEEDHAM – Representative Denise Garlick will sponsor Needham’s 5th Quarter Event for high school students Friday, October 25th. The even takes place in the Needham High School A Gym at 9pm immediately after the Varsity football game.
In a message to supporters, Garlick wrote: “I am pleased to sponsor and participate in “Fifth Quarter”. It is a great way to demonstrate my support for our kids to be safe and healthy in such a great fun and happy way. I hope that other Needham businesses and organizations will also sponsor a 5th Quarter Event so that this great program will continue.”
Donations to support The 5th Quarter events can be made to FRIENDS of the Needham Board of Health (501c3 Non-Profit), 1471 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02492
Needham’s 5th Quarter was developed by the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (NCYSAP), a program of the Needham Public Health Department. The 5th Quarter events are held after Friday night high school football games when hundred of teens are in attendance. High school students are invited to come to the school gym after the game to celebrate a victory or support each other after a tough loss in a fun, substance-free environment. The free event offers free pizza and drinks, live music, raffles, ping pong, basketball & foosball. Last year over 1,000 teens attended the 5 free events.
The goal is to continue to provide these free events where students can come have fun with their friends in a safe environment and foster in them the idea that fun can be had without the presence of alcohol and other illegal substances. With your support the coalition can come closer to this goal.