Prevent, Promote & Protect
The mission of the Needham Public Health Division since 1877 has been to prevent
and control the spread of disease, to address environmental issues, to promote
healthy lifestyles, and protect the public health and social well-being of all citizens,
especially the most vulnerable.
Notice of Public Hearing - Friday, December 2, 2016
4:00 PM, 500 Dedham Avenue
Public Services Administration Building - Charles River room
Article 1: “Regulation Affecting Smoking and the Sale and Distribution of
Tobacco Products in Needham” to rescind labeling provision and to consider
possible lessening of penalties for non-compliance as well as a longer tolling
period and other changes to permit transfer processes and outlet density.
View current regulation here.
Article 24: Consideration of Article 24: “Regulation to Ensure the Sanitary
and Safe Operations of Commercial and Recreational Marijuana Establishments,
and To Minimize Community Impacts and Collateral Consequences of
Widespread Recreational Marijuana Use and Both Commercial and Personal
Cultivation” to consider a number of regulatory provisions that govern the
operation of commercial and recreational marijuana establishments in the
Town of Needham including inspectional standards and staff training procedures.
View proposed regulation here.
Comments will be accepted at the public hearing, and also through Wednesday
November 30th in writing via electronic or postal mail. Please send comments
1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492.
On Friday, October 21, 2016, Needham Public Health Director Timothy
McDonald presented information to the Needham League of
Women Voters about
MA Ballot Question #4: the legalization of
marijuana for recreational use. Mr.
McDonald presented a data-driven
presentation about current marijuana use in
Needham, the state of
legalized medical marijuana and when a Needham-sited
projected to open, and how the Town and it's departments might
the challenges of commercial marijuana if Ballot Question #4 is approved.
Please view the presentation here.
On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Needham Board of Health joined
with health and medical providers across the Commonwealth to
voice their opposition to the concept of marijuana legalization and its
incompatibility with the Town's youth substance use prevention approach
to public health. Please view the Board of Health's policy statement
Press Release: NEEDHAM, MA – (September 7, 2016) The Town of Needham’s
Health and Human Services Department, specifically the Divisions of Council on
Aging (COA) and Public Health, published the results of a town-wide survey to
assess the barriers to senior-friendly housing and transit. The report is the part
of a grant the Town received from the Massachusetts Association of Health
Boards for Healthy Aging through Healthy Community Design. Read full report
Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
During the hot and humid summer weather, keeping up with dumpster
requirements is more important than ever! Overfilled dumpsters
open covers and odors are common summertime public
Please take a moment to
review with your staff the following reminders
keep your dumpster clean and maintained:
Click here to view the All Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
For information, support and resources for Opioid Addiction, please visit:
Learn2cope and MA General ARMS (Addiction Recovery
Management Service) have additional information
support groups, resources and other links:
MA General ARMS:
Draft Concussion Regulation: http://www.needhamma.gov/health
Extreme Cold Weather Preparedness Tips
Preventing West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Borne Illness
For more information, contact Norfolk County Mosquito Control