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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Westwood XC excited for opportunity

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It remains to be seen whether or not the MIAA and the state of Massachusetts will allow high school athletes to compete in fall athletics this season. The MIAA's Board of Directors is still in the process of reviewing the COVID Task Force's modifications...

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Dover-Sherborn’s Muckstadt making do

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

John Muckstadt graduated from Dover-Sherborn Regional High School in 2019 as one of the more accomplished athletes in the school's history. On the soccer pitch, Muckstadt served as a senior captain, recorded 20 career goals and 10 assists as a defender, was named a...

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Drought means Medfield water woes

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Friday, August 14, the Massachusetts' Energy and Environmental Affairs department declared a massive drought throughout the entirety of the state. The lack of precipitation, an influx of people working from home, an over-irrigation of lawns, and summer's scorching temperatures have led to more water...

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Powisset Farm StoryWalk brings summer fun

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

I’ll admit that I have not spent as much time outside this summer as I promised myself I would. After that first skin-tingling sunburn of the season, I started to take my outdoors time very seriously: never go outside without sunscreen, always bring water, make...

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No bites at Buckmaster Pond

This young man with his cut up hot dogs didn’t manage to catch anything all day.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I’ve never seen anyone catch a real fish at Buckmaster Pond. While I’ve been there a handful of times and have never seen...

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Farm Pond open after E. coli concerns

Farm Pond has opened back up for swimming following E. coli concerns. An update posted on the Sherborn town website notes that the water was tested for the bacteria on Thursday, August 27. The E. coli level was reported at 107 MPN per 100 ml. The state level is 235, making the water...

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School committee provides collective bargaining update

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met to both announce the results of collective bargaining with the teacher’s association regarding the fall school reopening, and to decide whether they would allow teachers' children to attend school in person four days a week.

Precincts E, H voting location changed

On August 6, the Needham Select Board voted to change the location of one of the five polling places available for the September 1 and November 3 election. Voters in precincts E and H are now set to vote at the Needham Golf Course, located at 49 Green Street; the regular location, the...

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Local businesses battle COVID-19

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

When the coronavirus hit in March, local business owners had to change how they operated; everything, from how they greeted customers, to the services they offered, to how they set up their stores had been impacted. COVID-19 gave each business owner an unforeseen challenge to...

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Walpole’s Quinn commits to Lowell

My Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Walpole High School athletics seems to be building a pipeline to UMass-Lowell. In the last two years, Walpole has sent two of its athletes to play lacrosse at Lowell: Conor Foley ('19) for the men and Abby McLaughlin ('19) for the women's team.

Sherborn sees rise in mail voting

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While town clerks across the state are struggling to deal with the huge increase in mail-in voting, Sherborn’s Jacklyn Morris’ job is even tougher. That's because while everyone is dealing with the primary elections, Sherborn is holding a dual election, for both the special town...

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Needham FD moves into new building

The Needham Fire Department has moved into its new department building at 88 Chestnut Street. The building has been under construction since early 2019.

In 2018, officials established that the then-current police and fire headquarters buildings were too small to meet needed safety standards, among myriad other concerns.

Xaverian’s Funke headed to BC

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Xaverian Brothers High School has produced some high level athletes over the years. Famously, former Hawks such as Dana Barros and the Hasselbeck brothers have gone on to excel at Boston College before later making their way to the pros.

DS’ Gregory headed south to Jacksonville

Pictured during the 2019 Division III Central/East playoffs against Medway, Dover-Sherborn lacrosse star Pierce Gregory will take his talents South to Jacksonville following his senior season in the spring of 2021. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

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Needham’s Williams named Bentley AD

Needham resident Vaughn Williams, senior associate athletics director at Boston College, has been named the director of athletics at Bentley University, Vice President for Student Affairs J. Andrew Shepardson announced Monday morning in an email to the Bentley community. Williams will begin his new role in mid-September.

Williams, a University...

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Medfield’s Goodman headed west to Pepperdine

Pictured during this summer's MIBL contest against Dedham, Medfield rising-junior shortstop Jack Goodman committed to play Division I baseball at Pepperdine this past week. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

For obvious reasons, the recruiting process for high school athletes...

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DTL hosts virtual Storybook Engineering

Elizabeth Lee shows the audience how she is building her henhouse using a triangle-shaped structure

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Many kids have found themselves confined to the house this summer. There have been no summer library visits with COVID-19 restrictions still in...

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Outdoor yoga raises money for Beirut

While the heat kept some older yogis away, the crowd was sizable.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many people saw the footage of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, with the United States dealing with civil unrest, COVID-19 and a fast-approaching presidential election, its...

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Town clerk ensuring voting goes smoothly

Westwood’s ballot dropbox sits in front of the police station.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

For as much as people fight about politics on social media, not many eligible voters actually vote and even fewer understand how the voting process works. But because voter...

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Walpole athletes train amidst uncertainty

A football player works on getting off the line with no wasted movement.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Outside of the NBA and its bubble, there are no sports in America that seem guaranteed to happen this year. Major League Baseball has seen teams...

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