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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Art in Bloom blossoms on Monday

The month of March is only a week away, and we will soon be hitting the one-year mark of the nationwide COVID lockdown. There is good news, though: this year, Needham’s Art in Bloom will be a virtual exhibit and open on Monday, March 1, at NeedhamArtinBloom.com.

“The library building may...

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Medfield’s Letai skating on NBCSN, Peacock

After a COVID-related hiatus, the speedskating season recently resumed, and Medfield native Julie Letai has qualified for the Short Track World Championships coming up this weekend in the Netherlands from March 5-7. She will be one of four ladies representing the USA in the relay race on Saturday and Sunday. Races will be...

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Black History Month Knowledge Quest begins

February is Black History Month, and the members of Medfield Together are looking forward to celebrating and sharing Black history with the town. Medfield Together is inviting the community to join them on a Black History Month “Knowledge Quest” throughout Medfield.

Families and individuals are challenged to visit various locations throughout Medfield to find Black history portals. A total of...

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Head-turning owls visit library, virtually

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Have you ever looked up in the sky at night and spotted a bird flying? Have you ever gone outside and heard a bird noise you didn’t recognize? In both situations, you more than likely were in proximity of an owl. For many of us,...

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CRS students Zoom with Sen. Rausch

Sen. Rausch took time to speak with Charles River School students about the Massachusetts state flag.

This fall and winter, as Charles River School (CRS) first and second graders learned about community and identity, they thought deeply about what it means to be from Massachusetts. From the land itself to...

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Drive-in ‘Zoomsical’ coming this weekend

With the pandemic upending live performances and darkening theaters worldwide, Dover-Sherborn actors, directors, and stage crew were forced to switch gears and wear many hats to give the middle school students and the community the exciting drama experience they eagerly anticipate every year.

“Our initial disappointment of not being able to perform a live show...

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Seniors calling COAs for vaccination help

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As anyone that has tried to register for college classes, apply for government-assisted health insurance, or even buy a concert ticket online knows, for even the most tech savvy among us, signing up for things on the internet can be a confusing and frustrating process....

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Bird Park hosts Afternoon S’mores

A family poses for a quick photograph before returning to their s'more making.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With COVID-19 forcing everyone outside, public parks have been a major gathering place for people looking to see each other safely, or to fight off cabin...

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Westwood mobilizes to distribute vaccine

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Like every community, Westwood has seen its fair share of COVID cases. Almost a year ago, the virus put a stop to everyone’s normal routines. Now with vaccines rolling out and an increased urgency to return to normal, multiple teams in Westwood, including the Fire...

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Theatre Society, Medfield TV collaborate

Patrick Brennan’s Simon Blake and Molly Gooman’s Mary Rose.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

In a pandemic-altered year that’s forced changes to nearly everything, among the more disappointing consequences has been watching young, talented members of Hometown Weekly’s communities denied their “close-ups.” It is...

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‘Harry Potter’ escape room a hit

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

An escape room activity is a fun way to spend an evening. It almost always includes puzzle-solving, memory games, and some complicated riddles that lead to players solving one momentous puzzle at the end. On Wednesday, February 17, patrons of the Westwood Public Library participated...

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DS basketball supplies TVL All-Stars

Pictured driving the ball to the rim against Norton, sophomore guard Hana Skeary (21) was named a TVL All-Star for her efforts on the hardwood for the Raiders throughout the 2020-2021 winter athletic season. Photo by Greg Hills.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Wagner watch: Bruins climb atop division

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It's been quite the start for the Boston Bruins in 2020-2021. Sitting at 11-3-2 with 24 points, the B's are currently positioned atop the MassMutual Eastern Division with a game in hand on the second-place Washington Capitals (9-5-3, 21 points).

Rockets earn points in four straight

Needham High School girls hockey's 2021 class of seniors pose for a picture before their game against Newton Co-op on February 13. Photo by Needham High Athletics

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Needham High School varsity girls hockey saw a little bit of...

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Champions, all-stars mark Medfield winter season

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Medfield High School wrapped up the 2021 winter athletic season this past week. Along with the conclusion of the season, Medfield also saw multiple of its athletes recognized with postseason awards.

  • Varsity boys hockey defeated rival Hopkinton, 7-4, on Thursday...
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Hawks break drought, win Catholic Conference

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Throughout their history, Xaverian varsity hockey has been a bit of a little brother in the Catholic Conference. While the school has been able to produce future NHL talent such as Chris Wagner ('09), the postseason success and the conference championships hasn't been there....

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Local artist raises funds for community

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While the boredom of COVID-19 lockdowns has led most young people to do nothing other than spend more time on the internet, some teenagers are doing much more productive things with their newfound, mandatory time away from friends. Take Needham’s Dana Freedman, for instance. In...

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Walpole to pause COVID-19 clinic

As of March 1, the state of Massachusetts will no longer be providing first-dose vaccines to individual municipal clinics. This includes the current clinic being held at the Council On Aging in Walpole.

As a result, the Walpole Health Department will pause their clinic signup procedure and will no longer...

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Managers: stop removing Kingsbury Pond ladders

As the perfect skating conditions persist, managers of the Grist Mill property ask that visitors please stop removing the ladders placed around the pond. The ladders are left around the pond as a safety precaution. If a skater or hiker should fall through the ice, the ladders serve as one of the quickest...

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Birds of prey visit Sherborn Library

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For those of us stuck on the ground, raptors are a mysterious lot. While we can glance outside our windows and spot a chickadee, robin, or blue jay with relative ease, Massachusetts' birds of prey are more often than not outside of comfortable viewing range....

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