Needham town officials have started sketching out celebrations to greet local Olympian Aly Raisman when she arrives home from London next week.
The town hopes to host a parade and a rally for Raisman, as well as possibly greet her at the airport when she steps off her flight, according to Sandy Cincotta, a town support services manager.
Town leaders are in contact with Raisman's family and agent to figure out what days and times would be best for the 18-year-old medal-winning gymnast. However, they're hoping to have at least one big event on a weekend day so that more residents would be able to attend.
Cincotta also said most town leaders were looking forward to rooting for Raisman's return.
"I believe everyone who could possibly be there will attend," Cincotta said.
Last week, town employees - including Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick - gathered around a large-screen television to watch Raisman score the gold medal for the women's individual floor routine and earn the bronze medal in the balance beam.
Needham officials also hosted 400 residents at Town Hall last week to watch Raisman compete for a medal in the women's all-around gymnastics final, where she narrowly missed the bronze.
Support throughout Needham has been prevalent the past few weeks, with a multitude of signs and banners wishing Raisman good fortune.
Rick Raisman, who saw the signs and banners adorning Needham storefronts when he returned home on Wednesday, said in a Globe interview that he appreciated the town's support.
I just drove through Needham for the first time, and saw a bunch of things, which is really great, he said. Its nice to see the community is behind her and recognizes her accomplishments.
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