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Monthly Archives: May 2019

PMC Kids Ride approaches

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As the 12th annual Westwood Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride approaches, hundreds of eager young riders will be taking to their bikes in order to raise money for a great cause. Over the past 11 years, the Westwood community alone has raised nearly $600k for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund to...
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Community cleans up Haslam Pond

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff [caption id="attachment_33306" align="alignright" width="300"]Two volunteers help one another to carefully remove a branch strangled by bittersweet. Two volunteers help one another to carefully remove a branch strangled by bittersweet.[/caption] “It’s like a Gordian knot,” observed one of the volunteers who came...
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McCusker, Wolverines getting hot at right time

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Last season, Westwood High boys lacrosse entered the state tournament as one of the favorites to come out of Division II Central/East and take home the state championship. One year later, the Wolverines (12-6, 9-4) head into the postseason with a chip on their shoulder for a number...
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Learning blooms in Deerfield outdoor classroom

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What began years ago with small planting and composting projects has blossomed into an outdoor classroom rooted in centuries-old Native American and Pilgrim traditions. Led by School Librarian Julie Krass and Master Gardener parent volunteer Jennie Goossen, Deerfield Elementary School now boasts three types of gardens that yield bountiful opportunities for student learning...
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Dolin speaks of piracy’s ‘golden age’

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Thursday night at the Wellesley Library, Marblehead author Eric Jay Dolin spoke to a crowded room about his new book, “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates.” Dolin has authored over a dozen books about such historical topics as whaling in America, lighthouses,...
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Wellesley’s Dziama goes out on top

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was the perfect ending for Wellesley native Matt Dziama and the Virginia Cavaliers on Monday afternoon in South Philadelphia, taking out the reigning champion Yale Bulldogs to claim their first national championship in men’s lacrosse since 2011. A program that went more than three seasons without a...
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James Manzolini named RDF Superintendent

The Town of Wellesley has selected an experienced employee as its new Superintendent of the Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF). James Manzolini will be taking over for Jeff Azano-Brown, who was promoted to the position of Department of Public Works Assistant Director earlier this year. Manzolini has over twelve years of civil engineering experience and has...
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Harry Brousaides visits ‘An Outside View’

“An Outside View,” a public access cable talk show, has welcomed Town Moderator candidate Harry Brousaides for an interview. The show’s next interview guest will be Walpole Swim Coach Cheryl Cavanaugh, who also runs the town's summer swimming program. The show may be viewed online by visiting www.tiny.cc/OutsideViewHB. “An Outside View” is a talk show on...
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Rae, Rebel softball stay rolling

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole High varsity softball team has been next to unbeatable at home this season, currently sporting a 7-1 record at Bird Middle School, with their lone home defeat coming to Braintree (1-0) in a pitcher’s duel on May 20. On Wednesday, the Lady-Rebels (12-4, 9-4) responded...
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The legacy of Dickinson’s editors

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff When she died in 1886 at the age of 55, Emily Dickinson left behind her family, her home, a number of diaries, and a couple thousand poems. Before her death, Dickinson had requested that her younger sister, Lavinia, destroy all of her correspondence, her diaries, and the remainder...
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Peasley gets kids moving at the library

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff The world is in no short supply of children’s music. From nursery rhymes to Disney showtunes, parents have myriad different titles to choose from when it comes to kids’ ditties. But a children’s performer who can provide some good song and encourage kids to let out their energy?...
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Title defense time for Rocket baseball

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It’s playoff baseball season, a time of year about which the boys from Needham may know a thing or two, especially after winning their way to the Division I title last year. After opening the year 0-3 and sitting at 6-7 on May 18, Needham had some...
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Needham volleyball downs young Wellesley team

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At The end of Needham volleyball’s 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19) win over Wellesley, both teams were looking to the future. For Needham, that meant another trip to the postseason, and hopefully another chance at the state title. For Wellesley, it meant giving the young kids more playing time,...
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Dog show leaves audience in awe

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff A crowd gathered outside the Medfield Library to watch the Flying High Dogs group preform amidst a warm, sunny day on May 18. Parents brought picnic lunches and lawn chairs. Others sat on the perfectly placed lawn chairs and rocks. All were excited to see what tricks these...
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Student Services Director thrives in role

Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden has shared that Director of Student Services Mary Bruhl is thriving in her first year as the head of the district's special education, school health services and guidance departments. "We have been very impressed with Mary's work so far and she has implemented and overseen a lot of fantastic improvements in the different...
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Norfolk Hunt Club hosts stunning show

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff [caption id="attachment_33241" align="alignright" width="300"]Jumping was a popular competition at the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show. Jumping was a popular competition at the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show.[/caption] Anyone who pulled into 240 North Street over the weekend would have been shocked at what they...
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Tincknell performs ‘Swingin’ on a Star’

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday, May 16, the Pilgrim Church hosted both their a-few-weeks-too-late Cinco de Mayo celebration, as well as the music and jokes of Roger Tincknell. Tincknell had performed for the Sherborn seniors for three years in a row, and since he had done Latin music last year, the...
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DS track boasts TVL All-Stars

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The Dover-Sherborn High School boys track team placed third at Sunday’s Division I state meet in Norwell. Following the meet, the 2019 group of TVL All-Stars were announced, and to put it simply, DS held a strong presence. Danny Bennett, Will Brown, Oliver Fried, Noah Guarini, Sam Little, Tylan Mendes, Spencer Robin,...
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Unity Farm welcomes new residents

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff When Animal Care and Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Halamka of Unity Farm woke up last Thursday, she thought that she would end the day with five cows. Dudley, the eldest Highland cow; Audrey Heifer, a jersey cow; Elliot, a Jersey-Holstein cross; Wallace, a Highland calf; and Bob, a Holstein calf....
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Thank you for Responding to Hate with Love

Dear friends and neighbors, On Thursday, May 16th our home and Chabad Jewish Center was targeted in a despicable hate crime. The response to it by our friends and neighbors has been love. We are extremely grateful to the first responders, the Needham police department and all of the state and federal law enforcement agencies for their...
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