Needham Briefs May 7 2009: Library Seeking

Needham Briefs May 7

The library is seeking people to work at various times throughout the morning, afternoon and evening, as an aide at the Circulation Desk.
Volunteers are also needed to put library materials back on the shelves, and to keep the library’s collections in order. Volunteers will be able to choose their own time slot however, they must be willing to commit to the same time slot each week. Following a training period, volunteers will be able to work independently. At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Needham Library Board of Trustees on April 15, Margaret L. Pantridge was elected chairwoman, and Rose A. Doherty was elected vice chairwoman. The Needham Community Council’s Food Pantry has been in existence for more than 25 five years and currently serves an average of 162 Needham families each month. Clients receive food, paper goods, bread and pastry, which are generously donated to the Council by community businesses and individuals. The council is also a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank. They provide food supplies that are then distributed to Needham residents. Please be as generous as possible with your donations of canned meats and fish, soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice but do not include any items that have expired or anything in glass containers. Visit for more details and to sign up for an e-mail reminder and, please be sure to thank your postal worker for helping to support the Needham Community Council’s Food Bank and Needham residents. The Charles River Center (formerly Charles River Arc) will host its benefit gala on Thursday, May 21, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Emceed by Bob Lobel, local celebrity and former sports director of WBZ-TV, the evening will include live and silent auctions with exciting vacations, golf packages, hotel getaways, electronics, Red Sox tickets and more, followed by an elegant formal dinner. This year, Charles River is honored to present the Sam Gerson Humanitarian Awardto Bud and Eileen Roche and the Roche Bros. family for their generosity to so many organizations, true investment in our community and for demonstrating that each and every employee can successfully work and add value to business.
The Sam Gerson award is named after the former CEO of Filene’s Basement who passed away. The Basement employed many individuals with disabilities, and Gerson helped demonstrate the value that each person can contribute to business and to the community. Equally important, he encouraged all of his employees to get involved and invest time and energy into helping others. Filene’s Basement was instrumental in Building a Dream’s success and making it Charles River’s signature event.

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