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John ‘Johnny’ Jackson, Jr.

John “Johnny” Carlton Jackson Jr., age 93, has passed away at his home in Ashland, MA. He was born in Sherborn, Massachusetts as the third child of John Carlton and Isabelle “Belle” Wing Jackson who owned Jackson Store and gas station and managed the US Post Office, a central gathering place in Sherborn...

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Black Lives Matter Vigil, July 6

VigUU Wellesley Hills will hold its monthly, 15-minute, silent, Black Lives Matter Vigil on Tuesday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. in front of the church at 309 Washington St. All are invited to stand with VigUU to honor Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and unknown. During...

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Soles of Medfield hosting 10K Sunday

This coming Sunday, June 13, the Soles of Medfield Running Club will host their 2nd annual Soles 10K road race in Medfield. The race, which starts at 10 a.m., will take runners through 6.2 miles of scenic Medfield. There is prize money ($100) and a pair of New Balance running shoes for the...

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This Old Town: It Will Always be a Day of Remembrance

Richard C. Werner (lower far left) and crew that remain missing in action from WWII. Photo courtesy of Medfield Historical Society.

By Richard DeSorgher
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Both Memorial Day and May 22 will always be a day of remembrance for the Werner family. On...

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Thanking Westwood High School

Dear Editor,

First of all, I want to than Westwood Public High School. Because of Westwood Public High School, home of the Wolverines, I was able to succeed in college. Westwood High has granted me such great education, as they want to “strive for excellence.” When I became a Freshman...

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Black Lives Matter Vigil, June 2

VigUU Wellesley Hills will hold its monthly, 15-minute, silent, Black Lives Matter Vigil on Wednesday, June 2, at 12:30 p.m. in front of the church at 309 Washington St. Organizers invite the community to stand with them to honor Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and unknown....

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WSL announces Youth Service Award winners

Wellesley Service League (“WSL”) has announced 5 graduating High School Seniors will be awarded the Centennial Youth Service Award (“CYS Award”). WSL historically presents this annual CYS Award to two graduating High School seniors for distinguished community service. However, this year, because WSL received so many outstanding applications, it increased the 2021 CYS...

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Chalk It Up returns to NHS

Needham High School senior studio art students recently took to the pavement in front of NHS for Chalk It Up, a performance art piece in which they express themselves in chalk drawings.

COVID forced the 2020 iteration of Chalk It Up into seniors' homes and driveways, with artists creating in...

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Protect Sherborn’s groundwater from toxic chemicals

On Saturday May 15, Sherborn residents will vote on whether to install artificial turf at Laurel Fields, Question 9. This proposal is not just about competitive play. The risks of adding 100 tons of synthetic material to this site are too much for our town.

Every resident in the town...

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Webinar on ethnic studies importance upcoming

A webinar, "The Importance of Ethnic Studies for Education", moderated by Rama K. Ramaswamy and Haihong Li, will take place on May 19 at 7 p.m.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The Wellesley Chinese Language School, in partnership with the Wellesley Free Library, New England Chinese...

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Wellesley Multicultural Festival set for Saturday

The community is invited to explore, learn and feel the joy of sharing global cultural heritage with the World of Wellesley for the Wellesley Multicultural Festival on Saturday, April 10, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is free for attendees and programing is multi-generational and diverse. Register at the World Of Wellesley website:

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Hometown Weekly prints ludicrous April Fools’ stories

With their weekly publication date falling on April 1 - April Fools' Day - the staff of Hometown Weekly couldn't resist the chance for a bit of fun. Hometown Weekly printed special alternate April Fools' front pages this year - an individualized one in each of its editions - on page three of...

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A pawsitive addition to Needham

Officer Rocket and Needham school resource officer RJ Poirier have been among the town’s most famous residents as of late.

By Maddie Gerber 
Hometown Weekly Intern

It was a gloomy day at Eliot Elementary School when Officer Rocket, a recent four-legged addition to the Needham...

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An Italian American’s Perspective for YES on Question 1

I am an Italian-American resident of Wellesley, and I am voting “yes” on Question 1. Being Italian is a source of great pride for me. I treasure my memories of spending Sundays with my grandfather as he would stir his famous “gravy” while regaling us with stories about our Italian ancestors who date...

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These Truths – Why I’m Voting YES on Question 1

There are two reasons I am voting Yes on Question 1 on March 2. 

First, I think it’s time to face the truth about our history, a history whose cornerstones are built on white supremacy, exploitation, and 500 years of mistreatment of Indigenous Peoples. Second, I do not believe that...

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Centennial Youth Service Award apps due

The Wellesley Service League has presented the annual Centennial Youth Service Award for the last 36 years. This award is given by Wellesley Service League for outstanding volunteer service. An eligible applicant should be a Wellesley resident or a student at Wellesley High School, completing their senior year in high school, who has...

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Amplifying Under-Represented Voices

I was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, and like many young professionals living in the area, I came into the social media age in my late teens. In the early days it seemed that social media was a place to share likes, dislikes, funny photos, and videos. As I have grown older...

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In favor of Indigenous Peoples Day

As parents, one of our fundamental responsibilities is to help our children develop a sense of morality and to model the ideas and behaviors we value. All parents want to instill morals and principles that will last lifetimes and shape how our children interact with the world. While we do our best to...

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College courses available for curious students

Charles and Nancy Donahue of Westwood have generously donated 132 college courses on DVD - each containing 24 half-hour lectures - to the Westwood Library. Particularly during this time of pandemic and social distance, the Donahues feel the courses would be of great benefit to local students and their families.

Marie Thomas

Marie Welton Thomas, of Medfield MA, went to be with the Lord on January 4, 2021, at the age of 88. Born in Poughkeepsie NY, she was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Johanna (Haverkamp) Welton. Devoted mother of Mark Thomas and his wife Rebecca of Niskayuna NY, Karen Johnson and...

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