Needham Housing Authority

Please send your comments or suggestions regarding the recent

NHA Redevelopment/Modernization study to:


masterplancomments@needhamhousing.org





HOUSING MANAGER/RESIDENT SERVICE MEETING                SEABEDS-OCTOBER 25, 2019@9:00 AM             CHAMBERS-OCTOBER 25, 2019@10:00 AM



MASS UNION MEETING ON OCTOBER 29, 2019

STATE RESIDENTS @ 3:30 pm 

FEDERAL RESIDENTS @5:30 PM


 Craft Club Thursdays 2-4 PM 

Chambers Community Room

 

Holiday Diner Party Saturday Dec. 7th 

At 5PMfor Linden Chambers $5 

 40 Advance Tickets Available

Call Helen Giragosian  239-677-0659

Appetizers, Full Course Turkey Diner ,

Dessert, beverages, games prizes.

Bring a dollar store grab present optional

If you want to exchange surprise gift.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monthly Drum circle for Federal Housing Seabeds hall and State Housing Chambers hall.

 

Winter Movie Night and a Matinee

Pizza beverage popcorn.....$3 

January 

 

Valentine potluck breakfast  Chambers/Linden

 

Chair Dancing and Social

Chambers/Linden/High Rock folks

 

Latin Night all invited potluck diner dance

Chambers Community Room. TBA

 

Call Helen at 239-677-0659 if interested

in bringing back B I N G O  at Chambers open to all of housing 6pm  $1 a card. Refreshments served...





The NHA is NON SMOKING since October 1, 2016

All smoking must be at least 25 feet from buildings


FOR SMOKING CESSATION INFORMATION, CONTACT DEB TAMBEAU

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEEDHAM HOUSING AUTHORITY

28 Capt. Robert Cook Drive • Needham, Massachusetts 02494-3155

(781) 444-3011 •Fax: (781) 444-1089 • Email: dtambeau@needhamhousing.org

 

 

                                              NOVEMBER, 2019 NEWSLETTER

 

    Dear Residents: 

 

    I heard once that 60% of conversations involve people talking about the weather.  We New Englanders are no exception. For the most part we either really love it or hate it! In keeping with that tradition, I personally have been pleased with the warm

   Autumn temperatures we have been experiencing.  However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that 4 years ago, we had snow on Halloween!  Mother Nature’s idea of “trick or treat.” So, as we approach wintertime and will be dealing with colder temps, icy conditions & snowstorms, we at the NHA want to ensure that you are all kept safe & warm. I also want to make sure that you are aware of NHA policies & procedures and your responsibilities during inclement weather.  I have included information at the end of this newsletter outlining Maintenance ‘s responsibilities and plan of action.

  

   November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who risked their lives or made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you to all the men & women who have served! Please note too that the Office will be closed on that day.

 

   I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, which falls on November 28th. If you are in need of a Thanksgiving meal, or all the fixings to make your own Turkey Dinner, please contact the Needham Community Council at 781-444-2415. You will find additional information at the end of this newsletter. The Office will be closed on the 28th & 29th.

 

   In closing I would like to remind you that if you have any suggestions, comments or

   information that you would like included in this newsletter please feel free contact                

   me.              

 

   Sincerely,

 

   Debra D. Tambeau

   Resident Services Coordinator

 

 

 

                                           LINDEN CHAMBERS RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building. Please note that we have been receiving many complaints from non-smoking residents about this issue. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will be considered a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop, then please take advantage of upcoming Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health -conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th, from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Community Room. We had 20 residents, from Linden/Chambers & Seabeds Way sign up for and attend the workshop!  Free Emergency Kits were distributed, and a healthy & delicious lunch was provided. Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation!   The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Please feel free to offer input as to future presentations.        
  • Springwell -will continue to provide a nurse to do blood pressure checks once a month on the second Thursday at 1pm. The next date is November 7, 2019.

Also, Nutritionist Dalia Cohen, will be giving a presentation on understanding the new labeling practices by the Food & Drug Administration. This will be held at the Chambers Community Room on November 12, 2019 @ 11:00am.  All residents are welcome. Flyers & a sign-up sheet will be posted in the Community Room.

  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the L/C Coffee hour on 11/6/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour- is held twice a month on the first & third Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am at the L/C Community room. Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. During the month of November, a representative from the Council on Aging will be attending one of the meetings to discuss future activities & presentations that they are willing to host beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/8/20. Everybody is welcome to attend.
  • Chair Yoga -continues to be offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.  No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Craft Club- is in full swing and meets on Thursdays from 2-4pm.   Residents are welcome to suggest ideas for crafts. Materials are limited so please bring any supplies that you have. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239 667-0659.
  • Garden Club- this is a new activity being organized by resident Jill Rutherford. The NHA will be partnering with the Needham Farmer’s Market to improve and add new raised beds for gardening. Flyers will be posted. A “green thumb” is not a requirement to join!
  • Photo Gems Gift Fair- this event will take place on 11/3/19 from 1pm-4:30pm in the L/C Community. This event is being organized by Ilene Hoffman. Flyers are posted.
  • Holiday Dinner Party- planned for 12/7/19 @ 5pm for L/C residents. There will be appetizers, a full course turkey dinner, dessert & beverages. There will also be games, prizes and music. The cost is $5.00 per person and is limited to 40 people.

Flyers & signup sheets will be posted in the Community Room. For further information contact Helen Giragosian @ 239-677-0659.

 

               

              CAPTAIN ROBERT COOK DR. RESIDENTS

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.

 

 

 SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Seabeds Community room.  Refreshments will be provided by the NHA. 

During the month of November, we will be having a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future offerings by their agency. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 11:00am on 1/22/20.  Flyers & sign-up sheets will be posted as the date nears. Everybody is welcome to attend.

  • Chair Yoga continues to meet every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15pm in the L/C Community Room. Cathy Lunetta has returned as the instructor. The class is free and open to all NHA residents of any age.   She has expressed a willingness to hold a demonstration at Seabeds Way Community Room. No equipment is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing and have an open mind. Namaste!
  • Needham Farmer’s Market- is willing to work with residents in maintaining & expanding raised bed gardening on site. Please let me know if you have any interest.
  • Family Dinner Project- is being sponsored by Needham Youth & Family Services. It will be held on 11/7/19 at the Center for the Heights. You can contact Katy Colthart or Karen Mullen at the NY&FS office in the Needham Town Hall or call 781-455-7500. Please see the Flyers posted in the Community Rooms

 

EDUCATION/RECREATION

  • The Cooks After School program -continues to run Monday-Thursday from 3:15pm-5:30pm. Deondre Cabey is in charge of the program. Babson College provides tutoring assistance on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students & faculty from Nobles & Greenough provide tutors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition to tutoring, there will be time for activities & field trips. If you are interested in sending your child(ren) please go to unit #42.   Deondre has important information and documents for parents/guardians to sign. 
  • Family Access Community Connections is offering the following programs:

Raising A Reader-A free program of interactive playtime, songs and a shared book experience with parents/caregivers & their children ages 3-5 years old. This program will be offered at the Needham Public Library from 9:30am-10:15am, every Friday during the Month of November.

Learn & Play Group-A free play group for children ages 0-5 years and their parents/caregivers is held on the first Friday of the month from 10:30am-11:15am at the Needham Public Library, 1139 Highland St. This program is sponsored by Family ACCESS Community Connections

Literacy Group- A free program for families with children from 0-8 years of age. It is aimed at helping to build literacy rich homes by supporting parents/caregivers in understanding their child’s development, and to provide opportunities to engage with other families in the community.

For more information or to sign up please contact Jodi Levin at jlevin@familyaccess.org or by phone at (617) 969-5906 ext. 114.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston- Family memberships are available at a discounted rate for families that qualify financially. They offer subsidized rates & scholarships. The YMCA does not turn anybody away for failure to pay.  For more information please contact Lisa Whitney, Director of Membership at: lwhitney@ymca.org.  Please note that there are two YMCA buildings. They are located at 863 Great Plain Ave and 380 Chestnut St.  In addition to programming, the YMCA has donated 6 new bicycles & helmets for children between the ages of 5-10. We are going to raffle these bicycles on 11/26/19. Please come to the office to fill out a form

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

                          SEABEDS WAY RESIDENTS

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • No smoking is allowed inside Needham Housing Authority apartments, buildings, or within 25 feet of a NHA building.  Please note that we have been receiving complaints from non-smokers. As your Public Safety Officer, I have begun responding to these complaints. Per NHA policy, the first visit will result in a warning. Subsequent visits may result in fines and/or lease enforcement. If you are struggling with this addiction and would like to stop please take advantage of the Smoking Cessation Programs that will be offered. I will post flyers as to the dates, times & locations. You may report a smoking violation in person at our office: 28 Captain Robert Cook or by email at www. Needhamhousing.org.  Everything will be kept confidential.
  • The Needham Dept. of Public Health conducted a workshop on Extreme Weather Events, on October 17th from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Linden Chambers Community Room. We had 20 residents from Seabeds & Linden/Chambers who attended this event.  In addition to a free Emergency Kit, they provided a heathy & delicious lunch.  Several residents signed up for the Rave Alert. This is the Town of Needham’s reverse 911 system, which is used to notify subscribers during emergencies. All landlines are preloaded into the system, however if you have a cell phone or email you can also register that information.  If you need help in signing up please call the Needham Fire Dept. at (781) 455-7580 for assistance. Thanks to all who attended & participated in this presentation! The Needham DPH is committed to working with the NHA. Resident input is welcome.
  • The NHA is also working with the DPH to hold bi-monthly workshops on health & safety related topics. Resident input is welcome.    
  • The NHA is pleased to announce that the DPH will be offering free monthly blood pressure checks by DPH nurses.  This program will begin in January,2020. I will post dates & times as they are finalized.
  • The Visiting Nurse Association is also interested in bringing services & programs to NHA residents. A representative from the VNA will be in attendance at the Seabeds Way Coffee hour on 11/7/19.

 

SOCIAL/RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Coffee Hour-is held twice a month on the first & third Thursday from 10:00-11am at the community room. Everyone is welcome to participate. Refreshments will be provided by NHA. During the month of November, we will have a representative from the Council on Aging attending one of the meetings to discuss future presentations beginning in 2020. To date, we have scheduled a presentation on Grief & Bereavement for 1/22/20 at 11:00am.
  • Book Club- If you are interested in starting a book discussion group please contact the Resident Services Coordinator. Time & space will be provided.

If you have books to donate please bring them to the Seabeds Community Room during Coffee Hours.

  • Chair Yoga-is offered every Wednesday from 4:14-5:15 at the L/C Community Room. Instructor Cathy Lunetta, is willing to put on a demonstration in the Seabeds Way Community Room.

 

FOOD PANTRY

  • Trader Joes-continues to provides us with food donations. All items are organized and distributed Tuesdays in the Seabeds Community Room at 10:00 am.  Please notify the office if you are in need of this service, but cannot physically come to the Community Room.

 

 

 

                                          OTHER SERVICES

Sooz n Popps- The NHA was recently approached by Susan Stevens, who along with her father Ken Davison, recycle & refinish gently used small household furniture, such as end tables, coffee tables, desks & chairs. They turn “trash into treasure” which they then donate to local families.  I will be posting flyers in the Community Rooms. If you are in need of or know of a family that can use these items please contact Susan directly at: susanstevens7@att.net.

 

Needham Community Council- continues to operate a Food Pantry for all Needham residents that qualify. If you are in need of this service please come to the office to fill out a referral form. They also have a thrift shop and can provide some small house hold items and vouchers for linens. They will also be providing us with Christmas items for the NHA children. Please notify the office if you are in need. We are very grateful for their continued support. I would encourage all to support this wonderful organization!

YMCA of Greater Boston- In addition to discounted family memberships, they also donated 6 brand new youth bicycles & helmets to the NHA.  There will be a raffle for our family sites on 11/26/19 at the NHA office. We are very grateful for their donations and support! The YMCAs are a great place for family fun!

 

Coats for Kids- once again we will be working with Anton’s Cleaners to acquire winter coats for families in need. Please contact the me for further information.

 

Thanksgiving- a complete Thanksgiving meal will be held at the Masonic Hall on 1101 Highland Avenue at noon on Thanksgiving Day. You will need to call the Needham Community Council @ 781-444-2415 to preregister. You can also call the NCC if you are homebound and would like to have a meal delivered. If you are in need of Thanksgiving fixings you can go to the Needham Community Council on Monday afternoon, 11/25 or all-day Tuesday 11/26. At that time, you will also be given a $10.00 gift card for Roche Brothers to purchase a turkey.

 

TOYS for TOTS -beginning this month I will be taking referrals for families with children that need assistance in providing gifts at Christmas time.

 

Snow removal – the NHA Maintenance Dept is responsible for all snow removal during the week and on weekends at Linden St., and the parking lots; Chambers St. and the parking lots; High Rocks; Seabeds Way and parking lots; and Capt. Robert Cooks Dr. and lots. During the storm they will make a pass for emergency vehicles with every three inches of snow until the storm is over. Once the storm is over, they will begin the process of plowing out the parking lots. All residents will be notified to move their vehicles. They will remove snow and sand the walkways at L/C and Seabeds. Residents of Capt. Robert Cook Dr. and High Rocks will be responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks.