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Encyclopedia > Needham, Massachusetts
Needham, Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°17′00″N 71°14′00″W / 42.283333, -71.233333
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Settled 1680
Incorporated 1711
Government
 - Type Representative town meeting
Area
 - Total 12.7 sq mi (32.9 km²)
 - Land 12.6 sq mi (32.7 km²)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²)
Elevation 162 ft (49 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 28,911
 - Density 2,292.7/sq mi (885.2/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02492 / 02494
Area code(s) 339 / 781
FIPS code 25-44105
GNIS feature ID 0618325
Website: http://www.town.needham.ma.us/

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Contents

History

Needham was first settled in 1680 and officially incorporated in 1711. Originally part of the Dedham Grant, Needham split from Dedham and was named after the village of Needham Market in Suffolk, England, a neighbor of the English town of Dedham. By the 1770s settlers in the western part of the town who had to travel a long distance to the meeting house on what is now Central Avenue sought to form a second parish in the town. Opposition to this desire created conflict, and in 1774 a mysterious fire destroyed the extant meeting house. Some time afterwards the West Parish was formed. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Norfolk County Settled 1635 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - Town    Administrator Bill Keegan  - Board of    Selectmen Marie-Loise Kehoe Mike Butler James MacDonald Carmen DelloIocono Dennis Teehan Area  - Town  10. ... Needham Market is a town in Suffolk, England. ... Suffolk (pronounced ) is a large historic and modern non-metropolitan county in East Anglia, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Dedham is a village within the Borough of Colchester in northeast Essex, United Kingdom. ... A parish is a type of administrative subdivision. ...


In 1881 the West Parish was separately incorporated as the town of Wellesley. The following year, Needham and Wellesley high schools began playing an annual football game on Thanksgiving, now the second-longest running high school football rivalry in the United States[1] (and longest such contest on Thanksgiving).   Settled: 1660 â€“ Incorporated: 1881 Zip Code(s): 02481, 02482 â€“ Area Code(s): 339 / 781 Official website: http://www. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... For other uses, see Thanksgiving (disambiguation). ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.9 km² (12.7 mi²). 32.7 km² (12.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.71%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Needham's area is roughly in the shape of an acute, northward-pointing triangle. The Charles River forms nearly all of the southern and northeastern boundaries, the town line with Wellesley forming the third, northwestern one. In addition to Wellesley on the northwest, Needham borders Newton and the West Roxbury section of Boston on the northeast, and Dover, Westwood, and Dedham on the south. The Charles River from the Boston side, facing Cambridge and the main campus of Harvard University. ... Nickname: Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex County Settled 1630 Incorporated 1688 Government  - Type Mayor-council city  - Mayor David B. Cohen (Dem) Area  - City  18. ... Founded in 1630 (contemporaneously with Boston), West Roxbury, Massachusetts was originally part of the town of Roxbury and was mainly used as farmland. ... Boston redirects here. ... Dover is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ...   Westwood is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ...


The town is the terminus of the Needham Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail. The Needham Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running west from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, and the town of Needham. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 28,911 people, 10,612 households, and 7,778 families residing in the town. The population density was 885.2/km² (2,292.7/mi²). There were 10,846 housing units at an average density of 332.1/km² (860.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.82% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 0.03% Native American, 3.54% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 10,612 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 6.9% have a female householder with no husband present and 26.7% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.15. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $88,079, and the median income for a family was $107,570. Males had a median income of $76,459 versus $47,092 for females. The per capita income for the town was $44,549. About 1.6% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

Representative Town Meeting

Economy

Needham is the home to the largest Coca Cola plant in New England.[citation needed] This article is about the beverage. ...


Education

Public schools

Needham has a public school system. There are five elementary schools (Broadmeadow, Eliot, Hillside, Mitchell, and Newman, a converted junior high school), one middle school (William Pollard Middle School), and one high school (Needham High School) which is now under renovation. Both wings of the new school have been completed, with the historical facade under renovation, and a new Gymnasium under construction. Needham High School is a public high school in Needham, Massachusetts, educating grades 9 through 12. ...


Private schools

There are also several private schools, including Saint Joseph's School (Grades K-5), Monsignor Haddad Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Saint Sebastian's (Grades 7-12). Saint Sebastians School, also known colloquially as St. ...



Monsignor James J. Haddad Middle School In 1994, a group of parents met with the now late pastor, Monsignor James J. Haddad, to explore the feasibility of opening a middle school. At the time Saint Joseph Elementary School was a K-8 school.


After careful consideration, Monsignor Haddad decided to move forward with building a new middle school that would offer a rigorous, comprehensive academic program based on the philosophy that young adolescents learn best when exposed to learning experiences that are highly experiential, authentic and interdisciplinary in nature.


Committees were formed to develop plans for the new school and ground was broken for the new building in the Spring of 1995. Saint Joseph Middle School opened its doors to students at the start of the school year in September 1995 while the new building was still under construction. The new building officially opened on March 19, 1996.


A total of 115 students enrolled for the first year. There were six homerooms - one in grade eight, two in grade seven and three in grade six. A new faculty was in place – most newly hired. Four teachers transferred into the middle school from the elementary school and taught social studies/religion, language arts, art and computer technology.


The principal and faculty developed a strong curriculum backed by the acquisition of top quality learning resources. Foreign language was expanded, music was added and the health curriculum was put in place. Science and math curricula were reformed. The school day was lengthened 30 minutes to accommodate the new program of studies.


Enrollment gradually increased over the years which necessitated additional space for classroom instruction. During the summer of 2001, ground was broken for a new Parish Center that now houses a dining room, two science labs, a state-of-the-art technology center and a regulation size gymnasium. The Parish Center opened in late March 2002. During the summer of 2002, the library was relocated to connect the upper school with the lower school and new guidance and health service offices were created.


The middle school, named for Monsignor James. J. Haddad, is a lasting legacy to the pastor whose vision made the school possible. Currently, Monsignor Haddad Middle School comfortably houses four grade six homerooms, three grade seven homerooms and three grade eight homerooms. The student body has increased to 215 students serviced by a staff of 25 professionals. It is considered the flagship Catholic middle school in the Archdiocese of Boston!


Higher education

Needham is home to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, chartered in 1997. The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (abbreviated as Olin College) is a private undergraduate engineering college located in Needham, Massachusetts (near Boston), adjacent to the Babson College campus. ...


Transportation

Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station is provided by the MBTA with four stops in Needham on its Needham Line.[2] A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Category: ... South Station front entrance. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a quasi-governmental organization formed in 1964 that controls the subway, bus, commuter rail, and ferry systems in the Boston, Massachusetts area. ... The Needham Line is a branch of the MBTA Commuter Rail system, running west from downtown Boston, Massachusetts through the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, and the town of Needham. ...


Media

Needham is part of the Boston media market. Boston redirects here. ...


In addition to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald newspapers, there are two local weekly newspapers, Needham Times is published by Community Newspaper Company and Needham Hometown Weekly is published by Hometown Publications, LLC. The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The Boston Herald is a tabloid newspaper (not to be confused with tabloid press periodicals), the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts, with a daily circulation of 230,543 in September 2005. ... Community Newspaper Company, a subsidiary of GateHouse Media, is a newspaper publisher in eastern Massachusetts. ...


The studios of television stations WCVB (5/20 Boston, ABC) and WUNI (27/29 Worcester, Univision) are located in Needham, as are the transmitters of WCVB, WBZ-TV (4/30 Boston, CBS), WGBH-TV (2/19 Boston, PBS), WGBX-TV (44/43 Boston, PBS), WFXT (25/31 Boston, Fox), WSBK (38/39 Boston, independent), and WLVI (56/41 Cambridge, CW). WCVB-TV is the ABC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... WUNI channel 27 is the Univision television affiliate for the Greater Boston market. ... For other uses, see Worcester (disambiguation). ... For the similar-sounding film format, see Univisium. ... WBZ-TV is the CBS owned-and-operated television station serving the Boston, Massachusetts television market. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The WGBH identity still used today WGBH is Boston, Massachusetts longtime public television and public radio station (PBS and NPR affiliates, respectively). ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... The TV version of the WGBH drop-shadow logo WGBH are call-letters for Boston, Massachusetts longtime public television and public radio stations (PBS, and NPR & PRI affiliates, respectively). ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... WFXT is the Fox owned and operated television station for Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. ... FOX redirects here. ... WSBK-TV, channel 38, is an independent television station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, owned by the CBS Corporation. ... WLVI (WB 56) is the The WB television affiliate serving Boston, Massachusetts. ... Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-City Council  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - Total 7. ... “The CW” redirects here. ...


A local cable television channel provides local news such as town meeting information, school announcements, and local high-school sports. Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ...


Radio station WEEI (850 Boston) transmits from a three-tower site south of the town dump. Needham has no local radio but does have a television station of its own. WEEI is a sports radio station in Boston, Massachusetts that broadcasts on 850 kHz from a transmitter in Needham, Massachusetts. ... Look up landfill in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Notable residents

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Congressman Peter DeFazio Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is a Democratic U.S. representative from Oregon, representing that states fourth congressional district (map) in Eugene. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Robbie Ftorek is a former NHL player and coach. ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... Donald Yetter Gardner (1913?, Portland, Pennsylvania - died 15 September 2004) wrote the classic Christmas song All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. ... All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth was a novelty song written by Donald Yetter Gardner in 1944. ... Nelson Goodman (7 August 1906, Somerville, Maryland – 25 November 1998) was an American philosopher, known for his work on counterfactuals, mereology, the problem of induction, and aesthetics. ... James S. 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References

  1. ^ The oldest rivalry is that of New London, Connecticut vs. Norwich Free Academy, dating to 1875.[1]
  2. ^ MBTA website.mbta.com. Accessed August 31, 2007.

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  • Needham, Massachusetts is at coordinates 42°17′09″N 71°13′58″W / 42.285864, -71.232713Coordinates: 42°17′09″N 71°13′58″W / 42.285864, -71.232713

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