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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Kids’ dandelion business takes off

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

One of the biggest struggles of quarantine is the unending obstacle of making sure kids are constantly entertained. For some, it’s as easy as handing them a tablet and letting them disappear into a plethora of apps or watching a number of streaming services....

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WMC brings new programming during COVID

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The way we handle day-to-day life has changed since the stay-at-home order was issued. Local media stations, in particular, have taken it upon themselves to make meetings and activities accessible from the television or computer screen, along with producing a plethora of new programming....

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This Old Town – In Their Honor

Peter Kristof, killed in Vietnam (left); Stephen Hinkley, killed in Vietnam.

By Richard DeSorgher
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

The coronavirus may have cancelled the Memorial Day parade, but nothing can cancel the bravery of those who gave their lives for our nation. Medfield certainly has a long...

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Grace Snow receives NAA Scholarship Award

Grace Snow, a Needham High School senior, has been selected as the recipient of the Needham Art Association's (NAA) $1000 Scholarship Award. Scholarship Chair Jessica Gallo and the scholarship committee worked closely with NHS fine arts teacher Katherine Bergeron to select seniors to be considered for this award. 

Grace impressed...

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Annual Town Meeting set for June 8

The Needham Select Board has voted to hold the Annual Town Meeting in the Memorial Park parking lot on June 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Though normally held in Powers Hall, this new meeting spot will allow for the safe social distancing of those who wish to attend. Rain dates...

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Town creates outdoor dining spaces

Starting Friday, May 22, outdoor dining spaces will be available to enjoy in Needham. These outdoor spaces include picnic tables that are located on the Town Common, Needham Heights Common, and Eaton Square. The tables are spaced apart to ensure social distancing and allow those eating takeout from local restaurants to enjoy their...

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DTL seeking Class of 2020 project videos

The Dover Town Library is gathering videos from parents, family members, teachers, school administrators and staff, fellow students, and other friendly community faces to put together a special project to honor the 2020 graduating class.

All submitted videos must be under one minute, include a general congratulatory message for the...

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UCCA announces Zero Carbon, Zero Bills

Members of the community who would like to spend 40 minutes on a talk about reducing their carbon footprints and saving money in their home are invited to Zoom along with Upper Charles Climate Action (UCCA) on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 or Saturday, June 20, at 10:00.

Local Upper...

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Westwood nurse Miller receives Globe honor

The May 10 edition of the Boston Globe featured its annual “Salute to Nurses.” Westwood resident Alacia Miller was recognized for her exemplary work as a nurse at Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the lives of older adults as a leader in the...

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Zullo Gallery live-streaming music series

Justin Casinghino with his wife, Nicole, from PorchFest.

Jerry Potts has launched the Zullo Gallery's live-stream music series from the deck on what would have been “First Thursday” - May 7. After Justin Casinghino on May 21, other performers to appear will include Dave Yuknat, Jill Moran...

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Zullo Student-Faculty Art Exhibition online

'Mannequins in Motion' by Tamlyn Shu, grade 8. Acrylic, transparency, 11"x8".

The Zullo Gallery, working with the Medfield Public Schools Visual Arts Department, is presenting this year's Student-Faculty Art Exhibition online. The Exhibit will be up on the gallery web site ( from May 20 through...

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Dale School Project seeks community input

The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is seeking the community’s input regarding the Dale Street School Building project. Renovating or replacing the existing 80-year-old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the school district and town for several years. A public forum reviewing the planning process and key decision factors...

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Memorial Day moves to prerecorded video

While not open to the public, the wreath at the memorial in Walpole was laid as part of the remembrance.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Even in a time of global pandemic, some things are just too important to skip.

Medfield conducting late-evening ULV spraying

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control District will start the 2020 late-evening ULV aerosol application on or around May 26, and continue weekly through October 23. These applications will take place between sunset and midnight, Monday through Thursday. ULV sprays will help control the population of virus-carrying mosquitoes in the area. More information about...

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Eversource conducting aerial vegetation patrol

Eversource's Eastern Massachusetts Transmission Vegetation Management will be conduction aerial vegetation patrols this week, including areas of Dover. The aircraft will be flying at or below 300 feet.

The aerial vegetation patrol will begin at 8:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, Wednesday, May 20,...

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Sen. Rausch continues virtual office hours

Senator Rausch (D-Needham) will host her next virtual office hours this Friday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In keeping with best practices recommendations from public health officials, conversations with the senator and her staff will take place over Google Hangouts, Skype, and phone calls.

Residents from any...

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Community Farm increasing production during pandemic

Over a year in the works, the installation of Needham Community Farm’s high tunnel was completed this month, just in time for the spring 2020 growing season, and just in time for COVID-19.

The tunnel shelters five new raised beds on previously unused land to provide protection from the elements...

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Pandemic forces Medfield Memorial Day changes

The Medfield Memorial Day Co-Chairs, Frank Iafolla and Michelle Doucette, have announced that this year’s 2020 Memorial Day parade, ceremonies at Baxter Park and march to Vine Lake Cemetery have been cancelled.

However, Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. Therefore,...

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Medfield Dems elect officers

In April, the Medfield Democratic Town Committee elected members to the offices of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as an affirmative action officer. The reorganization meetings are held every two years, during even-numbered years. This year, the meeting was held via Zoom, in the interest of social distancing due to COVID-19.