At our League of Women Voters of Needham forum, “Learn All About It: Sources of Needham News,” we learned that local news is not only available—it is thriving! The League thanks representatives from four Needham news outlets for participating in our forum on October 16 (See article in Needham Hometown Weekly October 25, 2023).

Although no newspaper is dropped in our driveways anymore, there are several options for keeping up with the local news. All are free of charge, and all have their articles available on their websites, but the three emailed sources require subscribing to receive the weekly newsletters and special editions.

Use the links below to visit the websites and subscribe to the newsletter.

The Needham Hometown Weekly is a print newspaper and website. It is delivered every Thursday to all Needham households through the US Postal Service. The Needham Hometown Weekly prints submitted press releases for happenings around town as well as original articles and public notices.

Needham Local is a weekly email newsletter and website ( It is emailed to subscribers on Mondays. The Needham Local is a news service of the Needham Channel, the local access television and production studio for the town of Needham. Subscribe via the website.

The Needham Observer is a weekly email newsletter and website ( It is emailed to subscribers on Thursday morning. Subscribe via website. The Needham Observer is a free, independent, nonprofit news service founded by local resident journalists.

All the News You Need(ham) is a weekly email newsletter. It is emailed to subscribers on Thursday afternoon. The digital newsletter is a service of the Town of Needham. To subscribe and see past issues visit

The League of Women Voters of Needham recommends Needham residents subscribe to all three newsletters and read the Hometown Weekly to keep up with all the news around town!

Watch the recorded forum. Click on the graphic below; expand to full screen in lower right.

Scenes from the 2023 League of Women Voters of Needham Fall Forum.

Across the country, over the past two decades, more than 2,200 weekly newspapers have closed down, including the Needham Times, having a profound effect on our civic health.

The League of Women Voters of Needham Fall Forum will feature representatives from three sources of local news who will present their concepts, missions, goals, and future plans:

Peter O’Neil is the Executive Editor of the Needham Observer. He was a reporter for the Westfield Evening News and the Malden Evening News before working in communications positions for UMass and the Department of Environmental Management and as senior researcher with an institutional investment firm. Peter is a Town Meeting Member and past chair of Needham SEPAC.

Marc Mandel is the Executive Director of the Needham Channel. Starting his career with Continental Cablevision, he was the second producer of the Needham Cable News, serving in that capacity from 1997 to 2001. Together with Michael Greis and the Needham Community Television Development Corporation, Marc helped create “Needham Local”, a site dedicated to showcasing and following local Needham news. They just recently launched its newsletter service.

Amy Haelsen is Director of Communications & Community Engagement for the Town of Needham. She is a seasoned community engagement specialist with extensive experience in economic development, downtown revitalization and small business support. In her current role she directs the implementation of an integrated communications strategy for the Town, focusing on the conveyance of public information and identifying opportunities to engage and solicit input from residents, businesses and stakeholders on Town initiatives and projects. As such, she is the editor of the weekly newsletter, News from the Town of Needham.

Julia Beauregard is the Managing Editor of Hometown Weekly Newspapers. She was formerly a part-time reporter and Classifieds/Services Manager at the paper. Julia is a passionate wordsmith who works tirelessly to weave together the tapestry of our community with skill, heart, and a deep-rooted love for the towns we cover, such as Needham.

A Q+A session will be held after the presentations.

The forum will be held in-person at the Center at the Heights, 300 Hillside Avenue, Needham.

The forum will be available for viewing on The Needham Channel, and will be recorded for later viewing on this and the Needham Channel websites.

The forum is free and open to the public.

Download the event flyer.