Needham Business Association Partnership

Date: May 01, 2006

BIDMC Contact: M Pantridge
Phone: 781-453-3008

The Needham Business Association and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham have teamed up to link the business group's traditional annual June Street Fair with a new community health fair that is expected to draw thousands of residents from throughout the region.

The festive events will be held Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Needham. The street fair, which has been presented by the NBA since 1975, will again be held on Needham Common with entertainment, food, children's activities and booths from merchants and non-profit organizations.

The Community Health Fair will be presented by the hospital on its Chestnut Street grounds, with 10 free health screening booths organized by the hospital; children's activities including a bouncy house, climbing wall, costume parade, obstacle course and other games; booths from health-related businesses and non-profit organizations; a special one-day farmer's market; entertainment, alternative therapies, food and free chair massage for all. The hospital will also offer tours of its operating rooms and the new children's treatment room in the Emergency Department.

A kids' scavenger hunt and an old-time trolley sponsored by Louise Condon Realty will help move fairgoers between the two locations. The Chestnut Street corridor between the Common and the hospital will also be alive with fair activities.

Major sponsors of the Community Health Fair are Dedham Health & Athletic Club and the BID-Needham medical staff. Additional sponsors include Briarwood Healthcare, the Charles River YMCA, Crescent Ridge Dairy, Dedham Savings Bank, Health Fit Fitness Center, Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, North Hill and Parent Talk.

Street Fair sponsors are Briarwood Healthcare, Condon Realty, Copley Cars, Dedham Savings Bank, Lisa's, Norfolk County Oil, North Hill, TD Banknorth, Tibma Design Build, Wingate at Needham and RCN.

"Save the date because downtown Needham will be the most exciting place in Eastern Massachusetts on June 10," said Mark Silverman, president of Mark's Moving and Storage and of the Needham Business Association. "We are really pulling out the stops to offer area residents a day full of good fun, good health and good buys."

Jeffrey H. Liebman, president and chief executive officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, said, "The Community Health Fair will raise awareness of how lifestyle choices affect our health. It will help area residents connect with the rich health care resources in our communities of Needham, Dedham, Dover, Newton, Wellesley, Westwood, Medfield, Norwood and Walpole."

The NBA and the hospital are seeking sponsors, volunteers and organizations that wish to participate in both events. To inquire about the Street Fair, call 781-444-7980. To inquire about the health fair, call 781-453-3008.