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Pansy Day returns to Needham

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For decades, planting season has been heralded by Pansy Day in Needham. Last year’s celebration was canceled due to COVID-19, a first for the tradition that has notoriously happened during all weather conditions. But like pansies, the community is feeling the warmth of spring -...

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As COVID wanes, animal shelters wait

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

COVID-19 has changed how we handle most aspects of life. We wear masks when we leave the house. We use a colossal amount of hand sanitizer. Some even work from home. The changes have even inspired many people to adopt a furry friend to keep...

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Medfield Library reopens for visitors

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

It’s been just over a year since the Medfield Public Library shut its doors to patrons for what was expected to be a short time. Except for a brief time in the fall, patrons have since been unable to visit the library without an appointment....

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Sherborn turns towards sustainability

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The idea of sustainability has been at least pondered by everyone over the last few years. Recently, Governor Baker signed legislation that aims for the state to reduce its emissions by 50 percent, while also helping residents and businesses become more sustainable. While the...

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Disney trivia makes for magical morning

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Have you ever spent a magical day roaming through any of the Disney parks? If not, you have probably spent some amount of time watching Disney films. The joy that the Disney Company has provided has extended over decades and generations. On March 20, Sherborn...

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Students return to Dale Street School

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

A year ago, Medfield public schools shut down in-person learning as the country tried to get a grip on COVID-19. What was expected to be a two-week closure soon evolved into learning from home. In September, students and teachers were welcomed back for part-time in-school...

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Mad Science comes to Walpole Library

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Have you ever wished to join a mad scientist in a laboratory? If you were lucky to be one of the Walpole Public Library patrons who logged into Zoom on Wednesday, March 17, you did just that. Returning on yet another visit to the Walpole...

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Seniors, teens play trivia at DTL

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Trivia is arguably the most universal form of group entertainment. No matter what age of the participants, there's always something thrilling about knowing the answer to a trivia question and shouting out the answer. To that end, the Dover Council on Aging and Dover...

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Pell brings Galápagos to Walpole

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

There are few places in the world that carry the mysterious reputation that has been earned by the Galápagos Islands. Filled with unique species, climates, and geography, the islands have attracted scientists and curiosity-seekers alike since Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle first stopped there...

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Regi Carpenter wows Walpole with storytelling

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Every well-told story is made up of two things: a great plot, and the material that comes with it. Comedic delivery, voices, energy, and tone all can make a good story great. Regi Carpenter knows the anatomy of a good story like a heart surgeon...

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Rhyme Time Storytime brings virtual fun

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Storytime has never been anything but fun for kids visiting the Medfield Public Library. While COVID-19 has moved all of the Medfield Public Library’s programs to a virtual format, it hasn’t stopped kids and librarians from having fun during storytime sessions.

On...

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Alessandrini wins Hall of Fame Award

Needham Community Theatre has announced that it has awarded the first Needham Theatre “Hall of Fame Award” for excellence in professional theater to Tony Award winner and Needham native Gerard Alessandrini.

Gerard Alessandrini grew up in Needham and joined NCT in his teens, appearing in "Kismet" in 1971 and in...

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Dedham Savings grant helps Westwood students

Getting students outside to learn during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a priority for educators, but it is also a challenge for those working in during a New England winter. A grant provided by the Dedham Savings Community Foundation is making it a little easier for teachers and students at Westwood’s Martha Jones...

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Community Center Committee releases survey results

At their February 15 meeting, the Dover Community Center Building Committee unanimously voted to move forward to the Schematic Design the “Save the 1910” (partial renovation, partial new construction plan), and the “Two Story” (entirely new build plan). These two options will be presented at a tentatively-planned June special Town Meeting.

Take Back the Night raises awareness

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Wednesday, February 24, viewers joined a YouTube livestream to watch this year’s Take Back the Night event. Normally, the event is held in November at Needham High School, but pandemic circumstances this year brought it to the virtual stage.

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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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