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Monthly Archives: June 2019

Westwood High completes J-Term’s second year

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With the last week of school usually dedicated to looking out the window and longing for summer or complaining about the heat, Westwood High School has found a way to rejuvenate its students at the end of the school year: letting them choose what to learn about. For the...
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Westwood’s MacPherson sings at Gillette Stadium

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Westwood's Dana MacPherson recently performed the National Anthem at the New England Revolution home match against D.C. United on Saturday, May 25. Dana was selected along with members of her girl-group, Girls Nite Out, as one of three winners chosen by the New England Revolution to perform. Girls Nite Out performed their own rendition...
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Thurston musicians celebrate tradition of excellence

It was a record-setting year for the music program at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School. For over 20 years, the school’s band, chorus and orchestra have participated in the Great East Music Festival. This year, for the first time, each took home the festival’s highest award: a platinum medal for outstanding performance. The Great East Music...
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Walpole tennis knocks off Duxbury

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter As the number six seed, Walpole’s tennis team was supposed to be handily beaten by the number two seeded Duxbury Dragons. But, powered by the consistent dominance of first singles player Sid Vandrangi and a surprisingly strong effort from freshman Jake Lowenstein, the Rebels took out the Dragons...
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Greater Walpole girls win championship

The Greater Walpole Girls U15 team, coached by Steve Hearon, Kevin Birch, and Steve Govoni, recently won their first Girls U15 Boston South Town Cup after defeating Canton by a score of 5-3. After losing, 6-5, to Canton earlier during the round robin play, the team was eager for the rematch. Greater Walpole jumped out...
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AnaLeeChic dresses kids for success

This year, Ariana Chariton received a Project LOVEly grant from ​nonprofit This Star Won't Go Out​ (TSWGO) to produce and donate a line of children's hospital gowns. The grant precipitated Chariton's popup project, AnaLeeChic. Ariana has always loved kids, and when she entered college four years ago, being around so many hospitals in the Longwood...
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Wellesley’s Collomb wins boys tennis title

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Harry Collomb made history on Saturday as the freshman won the first-ever individual boys tennis state championship in Wellesley history by defeating Boston Latin’s Derek Shen 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. Collomb, who entered the South sectionals as the No. 4 seed, took...
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Frank King gives novelty song lesson

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday afternoon, Frank King, who holds a Masters in Broadcasting from Boston University and a BA from Princeton, gave the Tolles Parsons Center a musical presentation of novelty songs, specifically the novelty hits of the 1950s. But while novelty songs get a bit of a bad...
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Wellesley celebrates Eid with outdoor festival

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday afternoon, June 8, on town hall green, a group of Wellesley residents held an outdoor festival to celebrate Eid, a Muslim holiday that celebrates the end of Ramadan. As Eid is the “festival of the breaking of the fast,” there was plenty of food, like brownies,...
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Bates, Hardy schools recognized for achievement

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Two Wellesley elementary schools were recently honored by the Commonwealth for high academic achievement. Katharine Lee Bates Elementary and John D. Hardy elementary were named 2018 Massachusetts Schools of Recognition at a Statehouse ceremony on Friday, June 7. Bates and Hardy are among 57 schools across the state receiving this distinction, which recognizes...
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Dolly Madison visits Needham

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On June 12, an audience at the Center at the Heights in Needham was treated to a meeting with one of America’s most beloved first ladies. At one o’clock, the room was filled as people waited to hear from Dolly Madison, fourth First Lady of the United States...
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Needhamites tell their Suitcase Stories

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Each person who immigrates to the United States of America comes to this country with a story about their journey here. Some of those tales are more easy going, while others are decades in the making. On Wednesday, June 12, the community was invited to hear some of these stories...
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Art students create ‘SPEAK!’ sculpture

[caption id="attachment_33603" align="alignright" width="225"](Right to left) Michelle Despres, Maya Vogt, Kayla Talcoff, Hanna Levy, Izzy Mersky, and Helena Zhang with their sculpture, 'SPEAK!' (Right to left) Michelle Despres, Maya Vogt, Kayla Talcoff, Hanna Levy, Izzy Mersky, and Helena Zhang with their sculpture, 'SPEAK!'[/caption] Needham High School Art 3...
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Medlax back atop Division II Central/East

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Following a resounding 18-6 victory over rival Westwood in the semifinals that featured an historic 11-goal performance by junior attack-man Jack McCordic, Medfield High lacrosse travelled to Natick for the Division II Central/East finals against reigning champ Concord-Carlisle on Thursday. With McCordic locked off by CC’s Charlie Cook...
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Zullo Gallery announces summer classes

IMG_1889 The Zullo Gallery has announced its summer classes. They are described as follows: Art Explorations • drawing/mixed media (For students in grades 1-4) Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12 (9:30 - 12:00) This class will combine drawing skills - from beginner to advanced - with a wide variety...
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Medfield hosts checkers championship

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Checkers gets a bad rap. While Bond movies show their newest villain is a genius by having him play chess, and grandmasters like Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov became legitimate celebrities for their mastery of the game, people think of checkers as an easy game, barely above...
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MCPE awards $131,000 in grants

The Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) has awarded $131,000 in grant funds to Medfield Public Schools initiatives over the past year. The coalition funded 34 grants across Medfield’s five schools. The grants span multiple areas of education, including curriculum enhancements in science, art and reading, classroom enhancements and initiatives for students’ personal development. District-wide grants...
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Raiders reign supreme in Central/East

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor For the sixth straight season, Dover-Sherborn boys lacrosse are the champions of Division III Central/East, following a dominant 12-7 victory over No. 2 Littleton on Thursday that featured a first half shutout by goalie Matt Gallitano (seven saves). A pair of goals from star sophomore attack-man Pierce Gregory...
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Neighbors gather at annual barbecue

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff With summer getting into full swing comes the return of seasonal activities - picnics outside, swimming into the late afternoon, and, of course, cookouts. On Wednesday, June 12, at the Caryl Community Center in Dover, the Friends of the Council on Aging held their sixth annual barbecue, drawing in...
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Sixth graders design unique civilizations

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Dover-Sherborn Middle School held its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) Fair on Thursday, where sixth graders were tasked with using all the skills they’d learned in their classes to design a unique civilization. To make matters trickier, each civilization had to address a challenge currently facing the...
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