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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Patrons return to Walpole Library

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For months, public libraries have wrangled with the consequences of the pandemic. In addition to moving their programming to a virtual format, library staffers have also rethought the physical layout of their spaces to make things safe for the eventual return of patrons.

New Needham mural a community effort

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Type in "Red Wing Bay" into a GPS-enabled device. You’ll get directions to a road by the Needham-Dover border. There, you will find a section of the rail trail. Turn onto the parking lot beside the Charles River and you’ll be one step closer to...

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Dover Rec joins eSports MetroWest League

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

For years, Dover athletes have been facing off against competitors from Norwood, Medfield, and Medway as members of the Tri-Valley League. But now, there’s a new sports league in town that invites Doverians to compete once again against kids from those three towns - only...

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Library hosts outdoor ‘Fresh Air Friday’

Miss Kristy and Lizzy McGovern read 'The Little Red Hen' before singing the peanut butter and jelly song.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

One of the things people have discovered during the eight months of COVID-19-related lockdowns is that certain groups transition well to...

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Dover community center forum, Dec. 1

The Dover Community Center Building Committee is hosting its second community forum on Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m., via Zoom. 

To join the Zoom meeting, visit www.tiny.cc/dccbc2nd. The Meeting ID is 944 6325 1112. Passcode is 971483. One-tap mobile is +16468769923,,94463251112#. Dial by your location is (+1 646...

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Pandemic postpones Rocky Woods pilgrimage

There have been no pint-sized Pilgrims by the shores of Chickering Pond this fall.

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For decades, third-grade students at Wheelock Elementary have excitedly attended the Rocky Woods field trip. Once a year, students and teachers dress up as...

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TOPSoccer athletes play through pandemic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the world was fretting over whether professional sports would be cancelled and season ticket holders wondering how they would occupy their Sundays this fall, some families were rooting for the return of sports for much more important reasons. For the families of special needs...

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Walpole sports news and notes

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

With the Fall I athletic season all wrapped up, Walpole High athletics still made headlines this past week with multiple athletes signing their NLIs to play a sport in college. Postseason awards for boys and girls soccer as well as boys and girls cross-country...

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Needham’s Kelley, McGrady commit to Brown

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham High School saw two of its varsity athletes sign their national letters of intent to play a sport at Brown University this past week.

Throughout the last four years, Grace Kelley was perhaps the most dominant all-around athlete at...

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Westwood’s Makin, Crowley sign NLIs

Ashley Mackin (left) and Abby Crowley (right) mask up and sign their NLI's at Westwood High School on November 16. Photo by Westwood Athletics.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Westwood High School seniors Ashley Mackin and Abby Crowley signed their national letters of...

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Dover-Sherborn sports news and notes

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

With the Fall I athletic season coming to a close last week, Dover-Sherborn Regional High School had a multitude of its athletes honored with various postseason awards. DS also had several athletes sign their NLI's to play Division I sports and announced captains for...

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Field hockey caps season with win

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Fall I athletics officially came to a close this past week in Medfield. Boys and girls varsity soccer, as well as boys and girls cross-country, all ended their respective seasons on November 15 against Norwood. The only team left with games to play during...

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Residents sound off on solar panels

One of the more interesting things about the debate is that it pits environmentalists against each other, debating whether cutting down forests to put up solar panels is the right thing to do.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, Norfolk County had...

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MCPE introduces Heroes Under the Mask

As the school year continues, educators have had to find new and creative ways to support their students and find creative ways to keep them engaged. As a result, the Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE), the K-8 Parent Teach Organization, and the High School Parent Teacher Organization have organized Heroes Under the...

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Retailers to extend holiday hours

Local businesses and restaurants are banding together to encourage support from patrons during this holiday season. In an attempt to encourage shoppers to find holiday gifts through local stores, many Needham retailers have extended their hours on Thursdays. Selected restaurants are offering deals to patrons every Thursday, as well.

In...

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Library holds virtual Mario Kart tournament

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the Dover Library has always been a place where kids gathered for fun events, with COVID-19 severely limiting the number of people you can have indoors at any time, many of the library’s programs and gatherings have had to go virtual. From virtual Pictionary,...

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Porkers conquer COVID with unbeaten season

Senior Madison Field (13) makes a cut and works the ball towards the cage for a scoring chance against Braintree on October 5. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It was about as unorthodox as a season possibly could be...

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Westwood Artists host outdoor market

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

This year, there have been countless cancellations of seasonal events around the country. Among them are the numerous craft and artist fairs that can no longer take place due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions. A few organizations, though, have figured out how to organize and...

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Supporting and Stabilizing in FY21 Budget

On November 12, I voted in the affirmative to pass the state budget for fiscal year 2021. (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.) Until this date, we have relied on sporadic supplemental budgets to fund our state for several months at a time as we waited patiently for the state to reveal...

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Hillberg named Westwood girls hockey coach

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Westwood High School girls hockey has become one of the top programs in Division II. Throughout the last decade, long tournament runs have become the norm for the Wolverines. The program has also helped mold players such as Kat Keith (Endicott), who've gone on...

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