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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Islington Branch Library hosts mini golf

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Who would have imagined that a one-room library could turn into a six-hole mini golf course in just a couple of hours? Well, for the second year in a row, Westwood’s Islington Branch Library transformed their cozy library into a challenging golf course for families to enjoy on August...
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Westwood girls cheer for Patriots

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Four girls from Westwood, Kristina Klauzinski, Nicola Midiri, Christina Eldamaa and Allisa Freiberger, were chosen to participate in the Junior Patriots Cheer Camp on August 10, which culminated in a performance to start the first 2017 pre-season game for the Patriots. Each of the girls took part in a cheer program, where they...
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Author Lin to address Westwood Library

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Jennifer Lin, a former China correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will discuss her family memoir, "Shanghai Faithful: Betrayal and Forgiveness in a Chinese Christian Family," at the Westwood Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Within the next decade, China could have more Christians than any country in the world. Through...
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Westwood campers conduct ‘Top Secret’ experiments

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Westwood’s elementary and middle school students expanded their math and science skills this summer through the Recreation Department with Top Secret Science, a program focusing on hands-on STEM activities. The weeklong program gave the participants dozens of opportunities to explore the different branches of STEM, but the program overall...
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Westwood Dems hold get-together

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The Westwood Democrats held a casual social gathering at the home of Meg Moloney on the afternoon of September 19. Together, friends and neighbors enjoyed each other's company, discussed current issues that interested them, and also wrote postcards to local and national leaders....
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Glad Rags Thrift Shop opens

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Summer will soon be gone, and Glad Rags Thrift Shop will open its doors on Tuesday, September 19, to commence its 41st year. Located at 30 Hartford Street in Westwood (right off route 109 in the center of town), the shop carries a full line of of new and used clothing For men,...
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Marshall a Hall of Famer

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Westwood native Kristen Kjellman Marshall continues to earn recognition in the lacrosse community and beyond. On July 29, Kjellman Marshall joined the ranks of the most talented Eastern Massachusetts lacrosse standouts, as she was inducted into US Lacrosse’s Hall of Fame.   The class of 2017 Eastern Massachusetts inductees includes three women and four men:...
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LEGO story time unleashes imaginations

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter LEGOs are more than just building blocks for hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities. Although the tiny plastic parts are sure to injure a bare foot if they’re stepped on, LEGOs are also guaranteed to ignite one’s creativity and ingenuity. At the Walpole Library’s LEGO Story...
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Walpole students volunteer at Bowery Mission

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Local high school students from Walpole spent a week of their summer vacation volunteering at the Bowery Mission in New York City with their local Young Life area. Rather than vacation or hanging out with friends, these students decided to make a difference in the lives of the homeless community in NYC. Working...
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The future of Old Town Hall

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Built in 1881, and on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Town Hall, to just about everyone in Walpole, is the most significant structure in town from a historical, architectural and cultural perspective. It is a true landmark and symbol, and a building that could once again serve as the catalyst for...
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Stony Brook reopens boardwalk for autumn

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Stony Brook, a wildlife sanctuary administered by the National Audubon Society and located in nearby Norfolk, MA, has reopened its boardwalk just in time for the beginning of autumn. The boardwalk, which had been out of commission due to reconstruction since the beginning of summer, was officially christened on Saturday, August 26, with...
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Evening Garden Club presents library donation

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Norwood Evening Garden Club president, Nancy Costa, presents Salvatore Genovese, Director of the Walpole Public Library, with a gift to be used for the purchase of garden books for the library. Each year, the Club alternates its gift between Walpole Library and Norwood’s Morrill Memorial Library to enhance the collection of gardening and...
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Matherson sisters making their mark

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Throughout their upbringings, athletic excellence has simply been a part of the DNA for Walpole natives Brooke and Taylor Matherson. Field hockey always has and always will be the crown jewel of Walpole High, and Brooke Matherson helped keep the winning Porker tradition alive from 2010-2013. A four-year...
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Farmers Market prospers at new location

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Not many people realize that a farmers market must include at least two farmers. Otherwise, with only one farmer, it is called a farm stand. The Walpole Farmers Market not only features produce from three farms – with one of them right here in Walpole – but also includes...
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Summer readers celebrate with ice cream social

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Even with the first day of school just days away, the sun made sure to give a hot reminder that it was still summer. Luckily, the Dover Town Library had the perfect solution already set up to compliment the hot afternoon and to celebrate the end of the summer reading...
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Needham Library guests make nature crafts

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter In just a few weeks, Massachusetts’s lush greenery will turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Autumn in New England is known for its beautiful, vibrant colors in nature. Although it surely is still summer, Needham Free Public Library’s librarian, Veronica McCarthy, set up a colorful nature craft...
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Ryan Warner an Eagle Scout

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The Manson H. Carter Post 2498, which is the Charter Organization for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 13, Needham, presented a the Eagle Scout Citation to Ryan Matthew Warner, who was award his Eagle Scout Rank at a Court of Honor ceremony held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post banquet facility...
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Park and Rec hosts summer fun

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[caption id="attachment_20557" align="alignright" width="300"]Matt Heaton (Toddlerbilly Troubadour). Matt Heaton (Toddlerbilly Troubadour).[/caption]Needham Park and Recreation held four free Children's Theatre events this summer on Tuesday afternoons at the Eliot Elementary School, sponsored by Parent Talk and Representative Denise Garlick. Each of the four events were attended...
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Home knocks: Rockets ready for liftoff

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off a 6-5 campaign that saw a 25-6 playoff defeat to Catholic Memorial and a 34-14 loss on Thanksgiving to arch rival Wellesley, the Needham High School varsity football team is hoping for a bounce back season in 2017, and with changes made to the scheme and...
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Farmers Market marches onward

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The Needham Farmers Market will continue this Sunday, bringing the best local and in-season produce, pasta, maple syrup, meats, fish and seafood, seedlings, and gourmet treats to the Center of Needham. Members of the community will find the Needham Farmers Market in its brand new location on Garrity Way, the paved driveway between...
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