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Monthly Archives: July 2019

The voices of Christine Grudinskas

By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” was Christine Grudinskas’ way of handling cancer.   But the story isn’t about a woman with cancer. It’s about a woman living her life with a glad heart. And whenever life presents a challenge for this Westwood woman, singing and praying bring her solace. Grudinskas’ voice can be heard most Sunday mornings inside St....
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Dr. Salinas elected to ABCUSA Board

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The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Salinas, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Westwood, has recently been elected to the Board of General Ministries of the American Baptist Churches in the USA. The Board is the governing body of the denomination, and Dr. Salinas will be the director representing the American Baptist churches in...
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Senior Center holds summer beach party

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Tables were decorated with pineapples and palm trees, beach balls rested on bookshelves, there were flamingoes painted on the windows and everyone was wearing leis at the Westwood Senior Center’s fourth annual summer beach party. But it was the steel drumming of Toby Tobas and the fresh food...
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Historical Society shows off Hazelton painting

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Wellesley Historical Society has a ton of cool items, and not a whole lot of space to show them off. To try and remedy this issue, the society has begun holding a monthly “show and tell,” during which they bring in one of their historical items, discuss...
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WN members enjoy Thirsty Thursday

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On a perfect summer evening, a contingent of Wellesley Neighbors recently enjoyed Thirsty Thursday on the terrace of the Wellesley College Club. “Of course, anyone can enjoy Thirsty Thursdays, but going with friends makes it more fun,” says WN Activities Chair Maureen Donlon. “Like many of our activities, the group aspect gets people...
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Morses Pond storytime delights

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With the weather outside being so nice this summer, even the most diehard bookworm is going to want to venture outside of the library. So on Tuesday morning, July 9, the Wellesley librarians brought the library to Morses Pond with an event for children four years and under...
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Walpole girls love STEM class

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Today, there is more of a push than ever to encourage girls to join STEM programs, whether it be at a national or even local level. To that end, SWENext (Society of Women Engineers) members Aishwarya Velu and Jenna Allman have organized a program this summer to get local Walpole girls...
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Big Ryan tells tall tales

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Sometimes, kids have so much energy that it is impossible for them to sit still, even during story time. The Walpole Library had the best solution for this type of predicament on Monday, July 15. Big Ryan, a well-trained storyteller, stopped by to tell these kids some great stories,...
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Walpole Legion rallies past Braintree

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Walpole and Braintree High baseball met three times this past spring, twice in the regular season and once in the Super Eight tournament, with Walpole prevailing 4-1 in the tournament’s opening round. Despite high school season now being in the rear-view and the majority of the players that...
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Curious Creatures visit School

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter July 16 was “World Snake Day,” so when Curious Creatures brought its live animal program to the Mitchell Elementary School on Tuesday, you knew they would bring some of the oft-feared reptile with them. Looking to make a big splash right off the bat, Nikolas Parent immediately brought out the...
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Post 14 outlasted by Hyde Park

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was a tough end for Needham Post 14 Legion on Sunday afternoon in Braintree. Less than 24 hours after a miracle 10-9 comeback victory against Norwood to keep their season alive, No. 4 seed Post 14 took on No. 2 seed out of the East Division, Hyde...
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Needham’s Julia Cuddy takes prestigious award

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Massachusetts' top two youth volunteers of 2019, Julia Cuddy, 17, of Needham and Will Gladstone, 14, of Arlington, were recently honored in the nation’s capital for their outstanding volunteer service during the 24th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Julia and Will – along with 100 other top youth volunteers...
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Needham Little Leaguers take state championship

Needham’s 10-year-old “Williamsport” Tournament team won the 2019 Massachusetts 10-Year-Old Little League Tournament on Sunday, July 21, with a 9-1 win over Mansfield at O’Grady Field in Salem, Mass. The victory represented the first state championship for a Needham baseball team participating in a Little League-sponsored state or national tournament in decades. In 1954, Needham’s...
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Medfield’s Murphy makes Team USA lacrosse

By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Representing your country in an event is a dream most Americans never get the opportunity to fulfill. For Medfield’s Owen Murphy, though, that dream became a reality this past week. The 18-year-old Johns Hopkins-bound lacrosse star was selected to the 2020 United States training team, set to play in the...
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Center at Medfield hosts cook-out

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly This summer can only be described as beautiful. Most days have had the sun high in the sky and hot temperatures, making it the absolutely perfect weather for barbecues. On Wednesday, July 10, seniors came to the Center, excited to attend one of its famous cook-outs. This was one...
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Laps Around MAP raises cancer funds

With sincere excitement, Walking Club 2019 from the Medfield Afterschool Program (MAP) donated $1605 to help fund the research needed to cure cancer. Under the guidance of respected MAP teachers Terri Lynch and Carol Brown, fifteen kindergartners and first graders were sponsored by moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, friends, teachers, and nannies to complete...
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Medfielders over the moon for parachutes

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By Ella Kohler Hometown Weekly Intern When summer temperatures climb too high for comfort, "fun in the sun" can quickly lose its appeal. On July 8, the Medfield Public Library offered a cool alternative to outdoor pastimes: forty fun-filled minutes of Parachute Play. The program involved a story, a craft and, of course, a parachute. As...
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Champs honored at Fenway

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After capturing the school’s first-ever Division III state championships in boys basketball this past winter, the Dover-Sherborn boys were honored at Fenway Park for their winning ways on July 15 ahead of the Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The event capped off an absolutely incredible...
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9U boys win Tondorf Tournament

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Spring baseball led to summer baseball, and the 9U boys of summer made it count. Eleven players from DS were selected to play in the prestigious MetroWest Tondorf Tournament. The league included teams from Ashland, Bellingham, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Millis, and Dover Sherborn. The team played well in the regular season, going 5-5...
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Game night provides friendly competition

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Game night is a time-honored tradition for friend groups and families alike. From basic card games, like go fish, to more complicated games like Monopoly, people get excited when it comes to playing a good game with their closest compatriots. Twice a month, one group meets at the Dover Library...
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