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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Westwood lights up with holiday spirit

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter What is a pivotal game between two AFC powerhouses compared to a free festival of holiday music, fun and activities? And how can the star power of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman compare to the star power of Santa, his elves and a giant gingerbread...
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Westwood boys hockey gears up

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Westwood High School hockey made major strides last season. The Wolverines lost just once during the regular season, compiling a 13-1-6 record to earn the No. 3 seed in Division II South. Westwood took out No. 14 Whitman-Hansen (5-1) in the first round before a 2-1 quarterfinal win...
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WMS ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ delights

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Clever and funny with memorable songs and dances, the Wellesley Middle School production of “Singin’ in the Rain” was an all-around crowd pleaser that drew lots of laughs, and even inspired a few in the audience to sing along to the familiar songs. “It made me want to do theater when I grow...
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Christmas Pops Concert unleashes the Bach

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Sunday afternoon, Music Director and Conductor Mary Lee Cirella, along with the St. Paul Adult and Children’s Choirs and Orchestra, presented their Christmas Pops Concert at St. Paul Parish. But if you think this was a bunch of people in Santa hats singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”...
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Wellesley girls basketball ready to impress

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A 16-3 regular season in 2018-2019 earned the Wellesley High School girls basketball team the No. 2 seed in Division I South last season. The Raiders earned a pair of playoff victories against rival and No. 15 Walpole (56-45) and No. 10 Oliver Ames (46-41) before falling to...
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‘A good life’ for Walpole’s Harland Cook

By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Following each of the two world wars in which the United States helped save parts of humanity from the aggression of others, Americans felt a strong desire to make the world a better place, to create a brighter future. A generation of Americans who helped save the world now raised children whose...
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Rebel hockey out to prove

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Walpole High School hockey put together a respectable 12-7-3 regular season record in 2018-2019, earning themselves the No. 8 seed in Division I South. Unfortunately, the Rebels fell to rival and No. 9 Wellesley (3-0) in the opening round of the tournament to conclude their season. In 2019-2020,...
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Bird Park lights holiday tree

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each December, traditional holiday carols can be heard everywhere, from school concerts to the radio to local celebrations. On Friday, December 6, the hum of carols could be heard in the middle of Walpole’s Bird Park. Despite the frigid weather and the snow-covered ground, visitors were bundled up...
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Needham rings in the holiday season

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff December is filled with many festive events. Many towns celebrate by lighting a tree, but few can be said to be as iconic as Needham’s Blue Tree lighting. On Saturday, December 7, prior to lighting of the Blue Tree, Needhamites celebrated with a party in Powers...
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Needham seeks ‘Green Community’ status

The Town of Needham has submitted an application to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to designate Needham as a “Green Community,” a designation that recognizes the town’s efforts to lower its energy usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and positions the town to receive new grant funding for energy efficiency and economic development projects. After...
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McIntyre, Rockets ready for liftoff

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor A 15-5 regular season helped the Needham High School girls varsity basketball team to the No. 2 seed in Division I South in 2018-2019. The Rockets took down No. 13 Brockton (40-26) in the opening round before a 57-41 victory against No. 12 Bishop Feehan in the quarterfinals....
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Catherine Callahan, friend to monarch butterflies

When she began researching her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Medfield's Catherine Callahan was interested in the topic of pollinators, and learned about the dangerous decline of monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies play a vital role in the ecosystem. Flying from flower to flower, their bodies pick up pollen and spread it to the next plant,...
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Medfield hockey out to prove

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor In 2018-2019, it took until February for the Medfield High School boys varsity hockey team to lose a game; they started the year 8-0-4. The Warriors finished the regular season at 11-4-5 to earn the No. 7 seed in Division II South. A pair of shutout wins...
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Santa Claus comes to town

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff The appearance of Medfield around the holidays has been compared to a town in a Hallmark Christmas movie - it’s decked out in lights and festive holiday decor from end to end. The annual Holiday Stroll brings residents into this winter wonderland to find some great Christmas gifts...
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Hopes high for DS hockey

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After coming one win shy of a berth in the state tournament, Dover-Sherborn/Weston High School boys hockey enters the 2019-2020 season looking for a bounce-back. “I think like any team, we want to get back to playing in the tournament,” said head coach Tom Bourque about his Raiders...
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St. Dunstan’s cares for the homeless

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With the weather turning bitterly cold, extra attention should be given to the needs of the homeless in Boston and surrounding communities. This week, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church used its Dover Unplugged night to help care for these people by packaging over 140 backpacks full of supplies they need...
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Powisset Farm ignites new holiday tradition

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Regular visitors to Powisset Farm know all about its many charms. From adorable pigs to the rustic barn with its up-to-date kitchen to woodland trails, every corner of this property seems to bring joy. Despite the cold weather, Powisset Farm was the site of some holiday joy on Saturday,...
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Westwood Scouts give flag-folding demo

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Recently, seven Boy Scouts from Scouts BSA, Troop 3 Westwood demonstrated flag folding to an audience at the George H. Morse House in Norwood. The Boy Scouts narrated the 13 steps to fold an American flag properly, each step having symbolic importance. Present for the demonstration besides Scoutmaster Darren Valentine were the families...
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Hale shows off with scavenger hunt

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Whether they were looking to burn off some turkey, stuffing and pie, get out some pent-up anger at something a family member said, or just get their kids out of the house and into the fresh air on a day off from school, on Friday, visitors to Hale...
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Deerfield Halloween event a huge success

Deerfield held its first Annual Monster Dash/Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Event on Friday, October 25, and was quickly deemed a huge success by both parents and students. The event kicked off with a "Monster Dash," in which students, dressed in their Halloween costumes, raced across the Deerfield field in various heats. First place winners of each heat included:...
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