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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Westwood 4th graders spread holiday warmth

Mrs. Waldner’s 4th grade class at the Martha Jones Elementary School created over 40 “heating pad socks” for homebound seniors in Westwood. These socks, which are filled with rice, can be placed in the microwave to create a natural (and reusable) heating pad. The socks will be distributed to homebound Westwood seniors who participate in...
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Deerfield School presents winter concert

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter With just days left before school vacation, students at Deerfield Elementary School knew it would be a long week. Luckily, the fifth grade music students began the week with an exciting performance. On December 18, the school hosted its annual winter concert, showcasing the fifth grade band and chorus. Parents...
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Storytime Crafts donates chair to FD

Lisa Vergara, founder of Stortytime Crafts, presented fire fighter Nick Dabrowski at the Needham Fire Department - Local 1706 with a children's chair and matching book, "The Fire Engine Book," to share with children visiting the fire station at 88 Chestnut Street. Vergara's goal is to create beautiful furniture pieces that encourage reading for young children...
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COA Secret Santas spread holiday cheer

The spirit of the holidays are alive and well at the Westwood Senior Center. The COA’s “elves” were out December 19 delivering gift bags and holiday cheer to homebound seniors in Westwood, sponsored by their friends from the Westwood Integrated Preschool. Pictured above are Paul Kelly, Bill Sebet and Trish Tucke, the COA’s Secret Santas....
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Ryan, Xaverian hockey roll in opener

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Last season, the Xaverian Brothers High School varsity hockey team made a deep tournament run that included a 3-2 double overtime victory over rival CM before falling 2-0 to Framingham in the South semifinals. In 2017-2018, the Hawks (1-0) appear poised to do more of the same later...
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Westwood’s Braren takes 4H honor

Members of the Norfolk County Horse Feathers 4H Group were recently awarded at the Cape Cod Hunter Horse Show Banquet. Ashley Braren (middle) of Westwood received third place for Hunter Type Pet Pony....
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LEGO holiday tradition returns to WFL

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter In the late afternoon, it’s rare for the Wellesley Free Library’s children’s librarians to have an idle moment. Children buzz around the library, pulling out books from the shelves and flipping through the pages, meeting with friends to collaborate on homework, and eagerly rushing to the circulation desk to...
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Postcomers hold holiday party

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On a frigid Winter evening, what could spread warmth and good cheer better than a gathering of Wellesley Postcomers at the beautiful home of Helen Stewart, for a celebration party to usher in the holiday season? Food, friendship, fun, and festive decorations added to high spirits of the fifty-five members who enjoyed the evening,...
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Morgan, Raiders come back to stun Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor What a hockey game it was on Friday night between bitter rivals Needham and Wellesley, as the Raiders (3-0-2) overcame a 3-1 deficit to upend the previously unbeaten Rockets (3-1-1) in dramatic fashion. Riding the momentum of a 4-2 win at Weymouth on Wednesday, it took just 2:22 into...
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OPR students donate holiday cheer

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Many of the students at Old Post Road Elementary School (OPR) knew exactly how many presents were under their trees at home and carefully kept count of how many gifts were for them. Although the holiday season is a happy and exciting time for OPR students, the school’s...
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Scales, Lanchester lift Rebels past Warriors

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-1 on the season on Friday night as the lady Rebels took down non-conference foe King Philip, 53-39, thanks to a monster fourth quarter by point guard Sydney Scales, who finished the evening with 19 points and eight...
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Walpole residents are Santas to seniors

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Each year, Home Instead Senior Care offices throughout North America spread holiday cheer to lonely or financially-challenged seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. The program has attracted upwards of 60,000 volunteers over the past seven years distributing gifts to deserving seniors. Since introducing the Be a Santa to a...
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Pollard celebrates breakfast cart benefits

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Mornings at Pollard Middle School are unlike any other middle school’s. Before first period even begins, the students are practically skipping to homeroom, animatedly chatting with friends and classmates. Instead of resting their heads on the desk and pretending they’re still home in bed, the kids are asking their...
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The travels of Hometown Weekly

Thank you to all our readers for bringing your Hometown Weekly to the corners of the earth and for making our newspaper a part of your lives. You’ve made our 20th anniversary an unforgettable one.  And, without further ado, we present the travels of Hometown Weekly.

 
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Morgan, Raiders come back to stun Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor What a hockey game it was on Friday night between bitter rivals Needham and Wellesley, as the Raiders (3-0-2) overcame a 3-1 deficit to upend the previously unbeaten Rockets (3-1-1) in dramatic fashion. Riding the momentum of a 4-2 win at Weymouth on Wednesday, it took just 2:22 into...
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4-Hers decorate barn for holidays

Sunnyrock 4-H is one of Massachusetts' biggest 4-H clubs. Located in Sharon, Sunnyrock has members all around Norfolk County and boasts five different animal clubs: the sheep club, the horse club, the rabbit club, the poultry club, and the goat club. All members range in age from 8-18. On Sunday, December 17, the Sunnyrock 4-H...
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New directors joining Chamber board

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The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has announced the addition of four new directors to its board of directors effective Jan. 1. Michael R. Jaff, Michael St. Peter and Angela Pitter will all begin three-year terms when the board convenes for the first meeting of 2018. John Karacalidis will serve a one-year term. Dr. Michael R....
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Charles River Ballet performing at New Year

Forty-four students from Needham’s classical ballet school, Charles River Ballet Academy, will perform on the Needham Town Hall stage on December 31 at 1:30 p.m. as part of New Years Needham. The performance will feature classical pieces from "Sleeping Beauty," "Graduation Ball," and "Giselle," as well as original choreography to the music of Pachelbel, the...
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Rotarians install St. Joe’s ‘buddy bench’

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The Rotary Club of Needham, along with help from Galway Masonry, recently installed a "buddy bench" at St. Joseph Elementary School. The bench is a simple way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. The teachers at St. Joe's have taught their students that if they see someone sitting on the...
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Library offers teen ornament-making craft

By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter With just a few more days left until school vacation, the Medfield Public Library offered teens a relaxing and casual evening of ornament making with polymer clay. With the help of Bri Ozanne, the library’s adult services and technology librarian assistant, the tweens and teens worked on handmade clay creations while...
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