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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Historic Patriotism

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With the Pats headed back to the Super Bowl, football fans all around New England (and the country) are gearing up for the Big Game. Whether you're a super Pats fanatic or just a Brady fan, here's some football knowledge to drop on your guests at half-time: [caption id="attachment_24798" align="alignright" width="600"] Read more

TPC welcomes senior pool hustlers

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Since the new Council on Aging (COA) building opened its doors in October, Wellesley’s seniors have had no issues moving in to their new home away from home. The multipurpose room is regularly used for luncheons and guest speakers, and seniors frequent the Mary Bowers café for a cup...
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Dover Scouts race pinewood derby

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Deeply rooted in Cub Scout tradition is the annual pinewood derby. It’s a half-day at Kraft Hall dedicated to racing miniature gravity-fueled wooden cars, designed and built by the Cub Scouts and their parents. “This is a huge Cub Scout tradition,” said DJ Johnston, one of the den leaders. “We...
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Gray’s journey a picture of success

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Special Correspondent Janette Gray begins each morning the same. She gets dressed, she has breakfast, and then she takes a short walk outside to her barn. She walks up the stairs, turns on some music, and begins painting. The easel she's currently working on displays two small paintings, one of blue...
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COA transforms into laugh factory

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By Laura Drinan 
Hometown Weekly Reporter “When you see somebody laughing, you want to laugh, too,” said Certified Laughter Leader, Trevor Smith, explaining that laughter is like a social glue. “It’s contagious.” Wellesley’s Tolles Parsons Center was certainly filled with laughter at Trevor’s program, which taught seniors about the health benefits of laughter and had them...
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DSEF funds Challenge Success Initiative

This year marks the fourth year that the Dover Sherborn Education Fund (DSEF) has funded the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools participation in the Challenge Success Initiative for grades K-12. The highly-lauded, nationwide program, based out of Stanford University’s School of Education, provides families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more...
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Hughes, Raiders sweep Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It’s almost impossible for any high school hockey rivalry to match the intensity and animus shared between Needham and Wellesley. On Wednesday, the two arch-enemies faced off for the second and final time this regular season at Babson, as Needham sought to avenge a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat to...
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Woman’s Club hosts Dr. Edward Zarrow

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The Westwood Woman's Club welcomed Dr. Edward Zarrow, aka Dr. Z in the halls of Westwood High School, and just Ted, as guest speaker to their membership during their last January 18 meeting at the COA. The much-sought-after language teacher arrived early to set up his interactive presentation with his friendly smile and signature bow tie. He...
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‘Book Buzz’ inspires library patrons

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter With so many books available at the library and in book stores, voracious readers often ask themselves a perplexing question: “What should I read next?” As librarians, the Westwood library staff members can empathize with their patrons, which is why they have begun a “Book Buzz Panel.” The idea is...
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Deval Patrick joining WSO for performance

Former Governor Deval Patrick will join the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra (WSO) on Sunday, February 11, for an all-American program celebrating President’s Day and Black History Month. He will narrate Aaron Copland’s stirring "Lincoln Portrait," commissioned by Andre Kastelanetz during the difficult early days of Wold War II. Also on the program are Gershwin’s "An American...
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Bedard, Joyce brothers salvage Hawk tie

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The month of January has not been too kind to the Xaverian Brothers High School varsity hockey team, given the countless injuries and heartbreaking defeats the Hawks (5-6-3, 1-4-1) have suffered. On Saturday, Xaverian entered its second and final regular season contest with arch rival St. John’s Prep...
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John Shea running Marathon for TCR

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The Children’s Room (TCR) has announced that John Shea, a resident of Needham, has been selected to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to fundraise and promote awareness for TCR. This is the third year in a row that John has run on our Boston Marathon team. Based in Arlington, The Children’s Room is...
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Marie lifts Warriors past Anderson, Wolverines

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor On December 12, Westwood came into Medfield and spoiled the Warriors’ home opener with a 74-64 win. On Friday night, the two rivals met again for the second and final time this season in a much-anticipated rematch, this time in Wolverine country. Behind a career-high 26-point performance by...
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Library tees up mini-golf event

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Over time, many public libraries have evolved to be the hub of the community. Friendly librarians, a wealth of information available through books and computers, and plenty of programming for all ages draw masses to libraries. Well, at least that’s the case with the Needham Free Public Library. The...
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Library displays stained glass kaleidoscope art

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Winter in New England can often be a dreary season. Arctic temperatures trap us indoors, the sky is black with night before we even sit down for dinner, and oftentimes, we look up at a sky full of bleak gray clouds during the daytime. Which is precisely why local...
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Rocket Speech and Debate roll

The Needham Speech and Debate Team won several accolades January 13-14 at Lexington and from January 19-21 at Columbia University. In Lextinton, in varsity Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate, sophomore Zachary Lu finished in the top twenty, dropping to Lake Highland of Florida, while in novice LD, ninth grader Sasha Reiser reached quarters, being defeated in a 2-1...
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Breaking Bread serves meals, fosters companionship

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter For the past seven years, Walpole’s United Church has been the home of Breaking Bread, a community program sponsored by Walpole Families of Faith that provides free meals every Monday night. There’s no registration or RSVP required; anyone in need of a hot, nutritious dinner is welcome to visit...
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White’s double-double lifts Rebels

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A monster 23-point, 15-rebound performance by junior forward Jill White guided the Walpole High School girls basketball team to a thrilling 46-43 victory over Newton North last Tuesday evening to move the Lady-Rebels to 10-2 on the year and 5-1 in Bay State Conference play. Sophomore guard Sydney...
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Pack 23 holds pinewood derby

Needham Cub Scout Pack 23 held its annual pinewood derby event at St. Joseph Elementary School on Sunday. The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts who, with the help of parents, create their own custom cars to race on a track. Scouts build their cars out of pine wood, plastic wheels and...
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Marie lifts Warriors past Anderson, Wolverines

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor On December 12, Westwood came into Medfield and spoiled the Warriors’ home opener with a 74-64 win. On Friday night, the two rivals met again for the second and final time this season in a much-anticipated rematch, this time in Wolverine country. Behind a career-high 26-point performance by...
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