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Monthly Archives: July 2020

One extraordinary woman: Barbara Leighton

Medfield native Barbara Leighton was a woman before her time due to her interests and achievements over her long life. As reported last July when she celebrated her 100th birthday, Ms. Leighton grew up in Medfield doing the physical work of men, such as chopping wood, tapping maple trees and clearing brush -...

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Spike in Dover COVID-19 cases

On July 28, Dover Board of Health notified residents of three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Prior to this announcement, the town of Dover had not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 since May 29. The update can be found here.

While the number of cases has remained...

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Dedham-Westwood Water District announces restrictions

As of July 29, residents in Dedham and Westwood are required to restrict watering their lawns to assigned days of the week. Customers in Dedham may water their lawn on Mondays and Thursdays, while customers in Westwood may water their lawns on Tuesdays and Fridays. All lawn watering should take place from 6:00...

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What’s so special about 170 Claybrook Road?

170 Claybrook Road/​The Benjamin Sawin House,​ currently owned by The Litle Family.

By Jane Johnstone
Dover Historical Society Board

The first in a series of occasional articles highlighting notable Dover homes and their inhabitants past and present.

Benjamin Sawin grew up on...

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Reusable shopping bags are back

On Friday, July 10, Governor Baker rescinded his temporary order suspending all local shopping bag laws and banning the use of reusable bags. 

It is open to argument if the temporary order, put in place on March 25th, was ever necessary in the first place. At best, it may have...

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Carol’s Corner: documenting inequalities

Hello everyone,

I never realized how privileged I have been throughout my life. 

I could have gone to any school I wanted to but because of financial problems I chose to work at W.T. Grants after graduating H.S.

I could walk all over Boston...

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Appreciating Medfield’s first-responders

I would like to start by saying that I truly appreciate the work done by our Medfield Police. They have always responded when I needed their help and have also spent time helping me deal with certain situations. I have to also say that the Medfield Fire Department is also terrific in quickly...

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On police policies/procedures in Medfield

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, there’s an intense national focus on law enforcement and people have had a variety of reactions. Some people have chosen to protest or hold rallies. Some of our legislators have proposed new standards at both the state and national levels. I wanted to find...

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Janet Rooney

Rooney, Janet M. (Larkin) died Friday, July 24, 2020 after a three-week illness. 

Born September 8, 1927 in Norwood MA to the late Albert and Agnes Larkin. She was the sister of the late Robert (Shirley), Allan and Richard Larkin all of Medfield, and the sister-in-law of Joan Larkin. She...

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A Different Kind of #MeToo

As Bob Dylan presciently sang so many years ago, “the times they are a changing.” Our times have certainly changed in so many ways as of late. We can engage in fair debate whether all of these changes are for the better, but one such awareness, that of sexual predation in our society,...

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Rockets just keep swimming and diving

By Rachel Talcoff
Hometown Weekly Intern

This fall’s high school sports season is right around the corner, yet countless student-athletes and eager fans are left with uncertainty as to how the season will play out. Teams must prepare for whatever lies ahead while COVID-19 is spreading, making it particularly difficult for...

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‘Small Town Scuttlebutt’ podcast satirizes Medfield

There is a new podcast creating some buzz in town. Small Town Scuttlebutt, a weekly show focusing primarily on all that is trending in Medfield and the relevant discourse on social media, has over 1,500 downloads since its launch in mid-June.

Rick Fink Jr. is a parent raising two kids...

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Barber Reservation changes, stays the same

With more and more entertainment options opening up in Massachusetts, this mountain biker was the lone other person in the Barber woods on Friday afternoon.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

If for no reason other than to see somewhere new in Sherborn, on Friday...

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Live music returns to Adams Farm

Everyone was happy to see actual, live music for the first time in months.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There are pages upon pages of quotes about the healing power of music. From “music can heal the wounds medicine cannot touch” to “time...

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Hinkley Pond updates summer visitor policy

On Thursday, July 23, Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield Park and Recreation, announced some changes regarding Hinkley Pond for the remainder of the summer season. Previously, only residents could visit the swim pond. As of now, non-residents who are caregivers or babysitters can take children who do live in Medfield.

BLM vigil planned for next Tuesday

On Tuesday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills will hold a Black Lives Matter vigil. This is a 15-minute silent vigil to stand against white supremacy and for racial justice. The vigil will be held on the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills church at 309...

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Leonard, Folan homers lift River Rats

Drew Baacke (pictured) fires home a pitch in the top of the second inning. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

The River Rats' dominant start to the inaugural 2020 Major Independent Baseball League season continued on Monday night...

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Natick outlasts Westwood MIBL

Jack Rufo (pictured) and fires home a pitch in the bottom of the second inning. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

My Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Westwood MIBL (2-7-1) traveled to Natick on Sunday evening looking to get back on track with playoffs about a...

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Late Canton rally halts Needham MIBL

Hunter Anderson (pictured) turns on a ball and drives a base hit into right field. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

There’s a reason why baseball does not have a time limit. Things can change from inning to inning, and...

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Walpole Library announces reopening

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Patrons had no idea that the Walpole Public Library’s sudden closure in March would last months. Since closing the doors months ago, staff and patrons alike have been eager to get back to some normalcy - and back into the library. They’ve been able to...

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