Two Needham, Mass., residents discuss local news and politics.
Episode S2/2: Should CPA money fund church renovations?
Doug and Aaron discuss two proposals coming before Special Fall Town Meeting to use Community Preservation Act funding to help renovate two churches in Needham. Some links for this episode:
Needham committee members wary over town funding proposed for church restoration (Needham Times, Sept. 30, 2020)
OPINION: The full picture for historic church preservation (Needham Times, Oct. 1, 2020)
MA Supreme Judicial Court Issues Decision in Acton Lawsuit (Community Preservation Coalition, Nov. 5, 2018)
Episode S2/1: New zoning for Avery Square in the Heights
Doug and Aaron discuss a proposal to change town zoning rules to allow a senior housing community in the old Carter Mill Building at the corner of Highland Ave and West St in Needham Heights. The proposal will be considered at Needham's Fall Special Town Meeting on October 4. Some links related to the topics:
Needham board hears plans for senior living facilities at old Carter building (Needham Times, July 5, 2020)
2020 October Fall Special Town Meeting information (Town of Needham web site)
Episode 11: The police funding debate in Needham
Doug and Aaron recount the debate at Needham's Spring Town Meeting about funding for the police and discuss the broader topics of racism and the appropriate role of the police in town. Some links related to this week's show:
Police budget draws scrutiny at Town Meeting (Needham Times, June 9, 2020)
Instead of ‘defund’ the police, imagine a broader role for them with public health (Washington Post, June 12, 2020)
Episode 10: How should Needham hold town meeting?
Doug and Aaron discuss the problem of holding Needham's annual town meeting (and approving next year's budget) during the coronavirus pandemic. Some links related to this week's show:
Needham plans for outdoor Town Meeting (Needham Times, May 22, 2020)
Coronavirus should put an end to the town meeting (Boston Globe, May 4, 2020)
That’s a hard ‘yea’ for town meeting (Boston Globe, May 8, 2020)
The $600 Unemployment Booster Shot, State by State (New York Times, April 23, 2020)
Episode 9: Netflix show features Needham–and not in a good way
Doug and Aaron discuss a recent episode of the Netflix documentary series Dirty Money that features the story of an elderly Needham resident, John Savanovich, who was put under court-ordered guardianship, moved out of his house, and had his assets sold. Some links mentioned in this episode:
Netflix's Dirty Money, Season 2, Episode 5, Guardians, Inc.
In a ‘forgotten’ corner of Needham, abandoned homes blight a neighborhood (Needham Times, April 20, 2018)
Abandoned homes cleared of trash in Needham’s ‘forgotten’ community (Needham Times, May 8, 2018)
Abandoned homes torn down in Needham’s ‘forgotten’ community (Needham Times, March 19, 2019)
Episode 8: What's open and closed in Needham
Doug and Aaron discuss how the novel coronavirus outbreak is affecting life in Needham, Massachusetts, including which stores and restaurants remain open. For updates on the pandemic in Needham, check out the Public Health Dept.'s web page. Other links mentioned in this episode:
The Newton Needham Chamber's take out restaurant listing.
A Needham resident buys out a local florist shop's entire inventory.
Mass Audubon and Trustees of the Reservations close their properties.
And up next week, a discussion of Netflix's documentary series Dirty Money, episode 5 of season 2, titled "Guardians, Inc."
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Interesting and informative
Informative and entertaining discussion of issues currently of concern to Needhamites. Great way to stay informed through an open minded unbiased discussion.
Riveting and of the moment.
A must listen for anyone who cares about the Needham community. Aaron and Doug show us that we can disagree without being disagreeable. I look forward to more podcasts with opposing views.
Thank you for doing the podcast!