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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Black belt string quartet wows library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday afternoon, the string quartet of violinists Joshua Addison and Rachel Panitch, viola player Elizabeth Stefan and cellist Javier Caballero brought their high-level black belt musical abilities to the Wellesley Library for a three-song concert. Why are they black belt musicians? Well, three of the musicians (Javier was...
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Wellesley spells victory U-P-H-A-M P-T-O

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, the competition went on for so long that the event was forced to end on an eight-way tie when the organizers ran out of words that could challenge the young, elite spellers. This would not be an issue on Wednesday,...
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WHS swim/dive team claims victory

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy For the first time, after 29 years, the Wellesley High School girls swim and dive team took home the state title last week. The team wrapped up an undefeated season, winning a Sportsmanship Award, the BSC Championship Meet, the South Central Sectionals, and ultimately States. Parent, “They are truly a...
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Youths win flag football Super Bowl

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On Sunday October 27, some of the state’s top youth flag football teams faced off to determine who would be the 2019 Bay State Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks, a group of boys from Westwood, were able to outlast the Rams, a team from Wellesley, 7-6, in overtime in the NFC title game....
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Westwood COA celebrates Thanksgiving

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Thursday, November 21st, guests arrived at Westwood’s Council on Aging to have their own Thanksgiving feast.  Guests were greeted by the sound of violins playing as they entered the room and picked their spots at tables. Friends, gathered together for the last time before the holiday, talked about their...
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Aishwarya Velu takes Global Innovator Award

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Walpole High School senior Aishwarya Velu was awarded the prestigious Global Innovator Award for her activities in promoting STEM awareness and inspiration among elementary school kids in Walpole. Velu was one of the five high school seniors selected in US for the Global Innovator award. This award was presented at Society of Women...
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Wagner, Bruins surge out of gates

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After signing a two-year deal with his hometown Boston Bruins in the summer of 2018, Walpole native Chris Wagner put together a career year in 2018-2019. The former Xaverian Hawk scored 12 goals and added seven assists for 19 total points in 76 regular season games played, adding...
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Walpole learns about pilgrims’ first year

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each year, families gather around the table to share a Thanksgiving feast. Sometimes, the meal is filled with the warm feelings of being reunited with loved ones. Other times, it’s tense, and one phrase from exploding. Whatever your Thanksgiving experience is, there’s a good chance that it’s going better than what...
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Showa visits CATH in Needham

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Needham’s Center at the Heights has become a hotspot for students of Showa Boston. On Monday, November 18, students from Showa, a women’s university n Tokyo, Japan, arrived for their weekly visit. Showa Boston is a Japanese language and culture center, which has taken on the role as a bridge between...
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NAA exhibit beautifies library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Needham Art Association’s (NAA) Fall Judged Exhibit is currently on display at the Needham Public Library, with many of the pieces available for purchase. Adorning the wall just to the right of the computers on the top floor, the media ranges from watercolor and oil to silkscreen, acrylic,...
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Rockets run stopped in state final

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After capturing the South title the previous weekend with a 5-2 victory against Brockton, the Needham High School varsity boys soccer team took out North champ Lincoln-Sudbury, 2-1, in overtime of the state semifinals in thrilling fashion to earn a trip to Worcester for Saturday’s state final contest...
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Tree lighting and holiday parade coming

Medfield’s Holiday Season will officially open on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., with the lighting of trees in Baxter Park and the placement of banners along Main Street. Along with the traditional caroling and refreshments, a special feature of the evening will be the drawing to select six lucky children to be Santa’s Elves...
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Frozen Jr. delights at Blake Middle School

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent The Blake Middle School Theater Group presented Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” on November 22–24 at the Blake Middle School Auditorium in Medfield. The lively and popular musical was performed in front of a sold-out audience at every performance. Parents, relatives, siblings, friends, and charming little ladies in tiaras and blue...
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Mangiafico, Giordano help BB&N to soccer title

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After transferring to Buckingham Browne & Nichols from Medfield High School and repeating a year following the 2015-2016 academic year, Medfield native Maya Mangiafico has put together an exceptional athletic career. Committed to Brown to play hockey, Mangiafico was named senior captain of the BB&N varsity girls soccer team...
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Hudgins entertains kids with Thanksgiving concert

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Last Friday morning, Deb Hudgins performed a Thanksgiving themed concert on the top floor of the Sherborn Community Center. With many children having been walked over from a local school, the crowd was treated to a nonstop collection of songs, stories and interactive games - all based around...
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DS students salute multiculturalism

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter If there are two things kids aren’t well known for, it’s a willingness to try new foods and cultural sensitivity. So, when the Chickering School PTO held their International Cultural Night on Friday, November 15, during which various parents, au pairs and family friends bought pieces of their...
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‘Newsies’ to make headlines

Dover-Sherborn Middle School will be bringing the high-spirited, energetic, and enormously entertaining smash hit Broadway musical “Newsies” to Mudge Auditorium on December 5 through 7. Over 100 Dover-Sherborn students from grades six through twelve have been involved in all aspects of the production – as members of the cast, stage and tech crews, student directors,...
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Cody and Neely visit the library

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Reading can be a struggle for some kids. Words can have too many syllables, be too long, or be too infrequently used for them to know what they mean. But with a good audience, reading can be a blast. To that end, on Saturday, November 16, kids came to the Westwood...
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Xaverian soccer drops overtime heartbreaker

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor When you hear about Brockton and Xaverian meeting up in the playoffs during the fall athletic season, one normally thinks football. Last Thursday night at Plymouth North High School, however, the Xaverian and Brockton varsity soccer teams met in the semifinal round of the Division I South soccer...
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‘Principal Undergardener’ Sanders addresses Spotlight

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Wednesday, November 13, the Westwood Library welcomed visitors for the monthly meeting of Community Spotlight. This time around, the group welcomed author Neal Sanders of Medfield to give his talk, “Gardening is Murder.” The program, which was equal parts comedic and informative, had the audience in stitches by the end...
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