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Monthly Archives: January 2020

The kitties of the Caribbean

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff When most people are looking for a new cat, wherever they may find them, they can assume that their new furry friend is from continental North America. Perhaps they were roaming the streets as a stray or they were surrendered. There’s a local exception to that rule, though. With...
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Westwood’s Shanshiry a NASA contest finalist

Westwood student Amira Shanshiry, a 4th grader at the Hanlon Elementary School, has been selected as a finalist in NASA’s nationwide contest to name the space rover that will head to Mars this year. Shanshiry is the only finalist from all of Massachusetts in the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest. Over 28,000 submissions from...
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Westwood avenges previous loss to Medfield

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter In their first matchup earlier in the year, the Medfield Warriors knocked off the Westwood Wolverines basketball team, 62-55. In the rematch on Friday night, the Wolverines would get their revenge in a one-sided drubbing of Medfield, 68-50. From the onset, it was clear this game would be very different....
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Rourke, Raiders power passed Cougars

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the area’s top high school girls hockey programs met at Wellesley Sports Center on Wednesday evening as the two-time reigning Division II state champion Wellesley Raiders hosted the Austin Prep Cougars. After falling 1-0 to the Cougars (7-1-2, 2-0-1) back on December 18 at Matthews...
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Evolution kids show off their projects

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Wednesday night, Wellesley high juniors and seniors that are part of the Evolutions program set up shop in the high school cafeteria to show off their Midstone projects, which they have been working on for half the year. Essentially, Evolutions is a one-year program that allows Wellesley juniors and...
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Aggie students attend Industry Day

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Students from the Diesel and Mechanical Technology program at Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole recently attended an Industry Day event at Advantage Truck Group (ATG) in Shrewsbury to learn about opportunities for diesel technicians in the trucking industry. The students toured ATG’s service areas, parts department and technician training center for...
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Footlighters to present ‘Other Desert Cities’

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The Walpole Footlighters are set to present “Other Desert Cities” this February. Successful writer Brooke Wyeth returns to her family’s home in Palm Springs to celebrate Christmas 2004 for the first time in six years. She brings with her the manuscript for her next book and her liberal politics. Brooke’s politics are an old...
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Rebels wrestle Wamps in Braintree

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter In a huge matchup on Saturday morning, the Walpole Rebels’ wrestling team lost to the Braintree Wamps, 39-36. Although they would go on to beat Lawrence and lose to Brookline on the same day (it was a three team meet), it was the loss to Braintree that was...
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Eric Jackson to deliver jazz lectures

The Friends of the Needham Public Library are inviting the community to attend a three-part lecture series led by Eric Jackson, the celebrated host of WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening” radio program and the “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio.” Lectures are planned for Sundays, February 2 (Duke Ellington), February 9 (Miles Davis) and February 23...
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K9 unit visits Needham seniors

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On January 15, members from the TSA K9 program came to the Needham Center at the Heights to show seniors the work they do every day while patrolling Logan Airport. It was the first time most members of the audience had met working dogs. Officer Randy Cabral took the time...
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Klemm, Rockets outlast Scales, Rebels

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Walpole High School girls varsity basketball teams met for the third and final time this 2019-2020 season on Tuesday night with both teams looking to secure a victory and take the season series. Needham defeated Walpole, 44-28, back on December 18. The Rebels (9-4, 5-3)...
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Delcarmen and Flavin visit Medfield COA

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday afternoon, January 13, The Medfield COA played host to Dick Flavin, the famed poet laureate of the Boston Red Sox, and longtime Red Sox relief pitcher and member of the 2007 World Series Champion team, Manny Delcarmen. Flavin was the first to speak and began by discussing his...
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Silk, Warriors outlast Dolley, Wolverines

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two of the TVL’s elite met on the hardwood on Friday night as the Medfield High girls (who are currently ranked 17th in the state by the Boston Herald) hosted Westwood. The Warriors (9-2, 8-2) entered looking to remain unbeaten at home and complete the season sweep of...
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MLK Day quiltathon warms hearts

By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn held a five hour “quiltathon,” during which attendees created quilts to be donated to cancer patients. The quiltathon was one of what will be several quilt=making sessions this year; the church aims to create around sixty quilts per...
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DS track continues to break records

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The Dover-Sherborn Regional High School indoor track team completed a successful performance at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday afternoon in the Coaches Invitational. Freshman Marielle Goganian broke the school record in the 600 with a personal record time of 1:42.8, a record previously held by Jillian Davis (1:44.16). The time...
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Rebels skate by Wildcats

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off a 4-3 victory against Brookline on January 15, the Walpole High School boys varsity hockey team traveled to Ulin Rink on Saturday night in search of their second consecutive win as the Rebels (6-3-2, 4-1-2) took on Milton. Senior forward Tom Fruci drew first blood for...
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La Farge, Tiffany discussed at McIver Lecture

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff On Sunday, January 5, the Needham Public Library hosted the first installment of its yearly McIver Lecture Series. Each year, a theme is picked around which to center the talks. For 2020, the theme is glasswork. On that note, Curatorial Assistant in American Art Elizabeth Fox of the Worcester Art...
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Spirited gymnastics team falls in tough meet

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern On Friday night, a patched-up Needham team, missing many integral gymnasts including captains Jackie Alford and Amanda Cohen, fell to Weymouth by a score of 123.3-128.2, giving the Rockets the second loss of their 1-2 season. “The beginning of this season has been a little rocky from the...
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Library crafters stitch hand-warmers

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Using a sewing machine for the first time can be as intimidating as driving a car. They’re loud. They require a lot of focus to properly use. They’re controlled by a pedal that, if pressed too hard, will destroy the project (or some fingers). But for crafters who visit...
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Dale School receives Cultural Council grant

Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden and Dale Street School Principal Stephen Grenham have shared that the Dale Street School was recently awarded a $4,700 grant from the Mass Cultural Council to bring hands-on science experiences to students. The grant was awarded as part of the Mass Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies, which aims to fund programs that last three...
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