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BLM vigil rescheduled to Tuesday, 8/11

The Black Lives Matter vigil planned for tonight at UU Wellesley Hills, located on 309 Washington St., has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 11, at 6:00 p.m. Participants will wear masks and stand six feet apart.

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On prohibiting nuclear weapons

You may hear church bells tolling at 8:15 a.m. on August 6. It marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversary.

In May of 2019 Needham Town Meeting passed the Back from the Brink Resolution which cautioned a no first use of nuclear weapons...

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In favor of Article 16

Sherborn Neighbors:

At Town Meeting, citizens will have the opportunity to authorize the Select Board to investigate, and possibly pursue, choice in electric power supply for the town and its citizens through a collective group purchasing program called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).  Voting “yes” to investigate electrical aggregation under Article...

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A ‘thank you’ from the COA

More than four months ago, the Needham Council on Aging, often referred to as the Center at the Heights, closed its doors to the public and began operating remotely in response to COVID-19. While we miss hearing the whirr of machines in the fitness room, laughter and delicious smells coming out of our...

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Ruth Johnson

Ruth Caroline Johnson, 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 24, 2020.  Ruth was born in Roxbury on December 15, 1925 to Swedish immigrants Harold and Lena Aronson.  She was the youngest of three children and loved her older siblings, Vincent and Esther. Ruth delighted in her family...

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One extraordinary woman: Barbara Leighton

Medfield native Barbara Leighton was a woman before her time due to her interests and achievements over her long life. As reported last July when she celebrated her 100th birthday, Ms. Leighton grew up in Medfield doing the physical work of men, such as chopping wood, tapping maple trees and clearing brush -...

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What’s so special about 170 Claybrook Road?

170 Claybrook Road/​The Benjamin Sawin House,​ currently owned by The Litle Family.

By Jane Johnstone
Dover Historical Society Board

The first in a series of occasional articles highlighting notable Dover homes and their inhabitants past and present.

Benjamin Sawin grew up on...

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Reusable shopping bags are back

On Friday, July 10, Governor Baker rescinded his temporary order suspending all local shopping bag laws and banning the use of reusable bags. 

It is open to argument if the temporary order, put in place on March 25th, was ever necessary in the first place. At best, it may have...

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Carol’s Corner: documenting inequalities

Hello everyone,

I never realized how privileged I have been throughout my life. 

I could have gone to any school I wanted to but because of financial problems I chose to work at W.T. Grants after graduating H.S.

I could walk all over Boston...

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Appreciating Medfield’s first-responders

I would like to start by saying that I truly appreciate the work done by our Medfield Police. They have always responded when I needed their help and have also spent time helping me deal with certain situations. I have to also say that the Medfield Fire Department is also terrific in quickly...

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On police policies/procedures in Medfield

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, there’s an intense national focus on law enforcement and people have had a variety of reactions. Some people have chosen to protest or hold rallies. Some of our legislators have proposed new standards at both the state and national levels. I wanted to find...

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Janet Rooney

Rooney, Janet M. (Larkin) died Friday, July 24, 2020 after a three-week illness. 

Born September 8, 1927 in Norwood MA to the late Albert and Agnes Larkin. She was the sister of the late Robert (Shirley), Allan and Richard Larkin all of Medfield, and the sister-in-law of Joan Larkin. She...

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A Different Kind of #MeToo

As Bob Dylan presciently sang so many years ago, “the times they are a changing.” Our times have certainly changed in so many ways as of late. We can engage in fair debate whether all of these changes are for the better, but one such awareness, that of sexual predation in our society,...

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Rockets just keep swimming and diving

By Rachel Talcoff
Hometown Weekly Intern

This fall’s high school sports season is right around the corner, yet countless student-athletes and eager fans are left with uncertainty as to how the season will play out. Teams must prepare for whatever lies ahead while COVID-19 is spreading, making it particularly difficult for...

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‘Small Town Scuttlebutt’ podcast satirizes Medfield

There is a new podcast creating some buzz in town. Small Town Scuttlebutt, a weekly show focusing primarily on all that is trending in Medfield and the relevant discourse on social media, has over 1,500 downloads since its launch in mid-June.

Rick Fink Jr. is a parent raising two kids...

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BLM vigil planned for next Tuesday

On Tuesday, August 4, at 6:00 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills will hold a Black Lives Matter vigil. This is a 15-minute silent vigil to stand against white supremacy and for racial justice. The vigil will be held on the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills church at 309...

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Ruth DeSorgher

DeSORGHER, Ruth Marian (Eckland), 96, July 23, 2020 of Medfield, wife of the late L. Lee DeSorgher Sr., daughter of the late Walter and Grace Eckland, sister of the late Dorothy Clemente, and Scylena Jones. Loving mother of Nancy L. Brown and her husband Spencer of Brewer, Maine, L. Lee DeSorgher Jr. and...

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Rodney J. Marzolf

July 23, 1932 - July 11, 2020

Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend Rodney J. “Rod” Marzolf, 87, was born into eternal rest on Saturday, July 11, 2020. He was born on July 23, 1932, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to Orley T. and Beulah (Goodwin) Marzolf.

Hector Pelletier

Hector Roland (Rolly, Pelly) Pelletier, 88 yo.

Passed away July 18, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Walpole in 1931, lived his entire life in Walpole.

Brother of the late, Omer Pelletier of Walpole, Florence Simoni of Bourne and Norwood Ma, Raymond...

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Needham students drive change through art

NHS alumna Erika Ogbebor displays her incredible painting.

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

“This is what America means to me as a black man,” said Amo-Mensah Amota, an artist from Glastonbury, Connecticut, gesturing to the detailed graphite and charcoal drawing behind him. Amota’s piece...

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