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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Westwood Students Rock Music Underground

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By Douglas McCulloch Hometown Weekly Staff A number of students from area schools put their musical talents on display as Westwood High’s Music Underground club held its first open mic night at the Fisher School last Friday. Over ten young performers, most from Westwood High, took to the stage to showcase their musical talents at the...
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Wellesley dodgeball program keeping students active

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By Robert Rosen Hometown Weekly Staff Each Friday afternoon, from 2:30-3:15 p.m., Community Investors, a local nonprofit that offer programs that get kids active and connect with one another, offers dodgeball at the Wellesley Middle School in Gym B. Joe Roberts, President of Community Investors, has been running sports-based development programs with the Terriers and Wellesley...
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‘Portraits of Hope’ grace Dana Hall’s art gallery in Wellesley

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By Via Perkins Hometown Weekly Correspondent The Dana Hall School in Wellesley is currently displaying images by photographer Jeff Adams in their visual arts gallery. From student and faculty work to local and regional artists, Dana Hall has utilized their gallery as a haven for all types of creative work. The show features portraits taken at...
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Dover performance helps local residents with adoption

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By Robert Rosen Hometown Weekly Staff This past weekend Open Fields Community Theater performed “Musicals Rock: Growing Our Family,” an original musical revue of pop, rock and Broadway favorites. But this wasn’t just any performance, as the cast and crew of Open Fields dedicated their performance to helping Music Director Dan Snape and his wife Sarah...
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Dover-Sherborn students chosen for selective chorus

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A handful of students in the Dover-Sherborn school district were recently selected for the MMEA Treble Chorus. Pine Hill fifth graders Caitlin Monaghan and Julia Martin practiced and performed “My Country Tis of Thee” a capella, with just a starting pitch. The also had to sing a vocal exercise to show vocal range and...
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Walpole High Artists Highlighted At Reception

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By Douglas McCulloch Hometown Weekly Staff Walpole High art students had the chance to highlight their work last Tuesday as the art department hosted its annual AP Studio Art Reception in the high school lobby. The creative works of 11 of this year’s AP art students were on display for the community to view. Six students...
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Dover-Sherborn eighth grader wins geography bee

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Eighth grader Cooper Evans has won the Dover-Sherborn Middle School section of the National Geographic Bee. At an all-school assembly December 23, Cooper won in the championship round by correctly identifying the three states Yellowstone National Park is located in as Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Eighth grader Varun Jayanti was the runner-up. Both boys were...
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Wellesley Students Create Books for Patients

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy Hardy School PTO members Carrie Chu, Karen McAdams and Lauren Lin hosted a very successful, “Book Building for Children’s Hospital” community service project last week. McAdams, who has chaired community service in past years, said that last week’s event drew the largest number of participants she has seen in the last...
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Wellesley Athletic Director wins District C award

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By Robert Rosen Hometown Weekly Staff Wellesley Athletic Director John Brown was recently named the Athletic Director of the Year in District C. “Anytime you win an award it’s a surprise,” Brown said. “You certainly don’t do the job for awards.” The modest Brown, who’s in his 10th year as the Wellesley AD, appreciates the award, but...
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Dover-Sherborn girls basketball fighting for tourney berth

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By Robert Rosen Hometown Weekly Staff Basketball is full of highs and lows. For years now the Dover-Sherborn girls’ basketball team has struggled mightily on the court and has been left out of the postseason. But this year has been different, as the now 5-8 Raiders are fighting for a state tournament spot through sheer grit...
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Garden Trip A Total Team Effort For Wellesley Girls

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Getting the opportunity to step onto the parquet and to play at the TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics and potentially to the state semifinals for whichever team gets through the South sectional, is not something that many high school basketball players get to experience. With that in mind,...
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Needham High Ski Team Hits The Slopes

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff December was unseasonably warm and while most people were enjoying the postponement of winter weather and the lack of snow on the ground, the Needham High ski team had to sit and wait for winter to hit and its season to begin in earnest. The Rockets usually have a league...
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Needham Girls Basketball Enjoys TD Garden Experience

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Needham High girls’ basketball team enjoyed a rare experience on Sunday morning when the Rockets traveled to Boston to face off against rival Wellesley in the early morning opening tip of the third annual GoodSports Invitational at the TD Garden. It was an endowment game for the two programs,...
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Needham Students Are Off To See The ‘Wizard Of Oz’

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Needham Middle Schools Fine and Performing Arts Department is preparing to take audiences on a trip down the yellow-brick road next week with a performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” The musical will be performed on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee...
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Needham Robotics Team Qualifies For State Competition

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Needham High’s two robotics teams, T-10 (T minus 10) and the HackHers, competed all day on Sunday at a league meet in Andover. According to advisor Hans Batra, “The day was filled with successes and disappointments as the robots competed against 20 other teams from around the state.” In the end, T-10 reached the...
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Registration Is Now Open For Needham Spelling Bee

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff Registration is currently open for the annual Needham Education Foundation Spelling Bee, which will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. in the Needham High gym. Teams of students, teachers, local officials and politicians, businesses and community members will compete to be named the top spellers in Needham....
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Needham Channel Video Explains Domestic Worker Laws

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff In July 2014, then Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick singed into law a new Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and in August of 2015 Attorney General Maura Healey issued regulations to employers across the state based on that legislation. To assist employers in understanding and adhering to the new regulations,...
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Needham Students Shine At Annual Jazz Night Concert

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff The Needham High and Needham Middle School jazz ensembles took the stage in the high school auditorium last Friday for the annual Jazz Night concert. The young musicians were joined by Massachusetts native and professional saxophonist Tucker Antell, who shared the stage and helped the students shine. Antell, who also...
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Needham Resident Receives 2016 Good Person Award

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff On Monday evening, Needham Youth Services held a ceremony in Powers Hall to honor the 2016 recipient of the Patrick C. Forde Good Person Memorial Award, Colleen Shaller. Shaller moved to Needham in 1963 with her late husband Frank and has spent the better part of the past 50 years...
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Medfield Boys Basketball Sits Atop TVL

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By Josh Perry Hometown Weekly Staff With a 76-55 win against Norton on Monday night, sweeping the season series against the Lancers, the Medfield High boys’ basketball team held onto its lead in the Tri-Valley League heading into Wednesday’s meeting with rival Westwood. Monday’s victory improved Big Blue to 12-2 on the season and 10-1 in...
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