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Class of 2020 readies graduation parade

Photo courtesy of Cecilia Brooks and WHS

By Rama K. Ramaswamy

This class of 2020 has had a senior season like no other. With almost all ceremonies and proms cancelled, WPS will celebrate with cars, trucks and floats. Teachers, administrators and community members unanimously...

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Wellesley Will: A Tree for You, a Tree for the Community

As spring approaches, the earth undergoes a metamorphosis. Brown and grey landscapes become tinged with green as new growth is stimulated by the promise of the warmer weather and longer days ahead. For many, now is the time to start planning for lawn and yard maintenance, new plantings and garden preparations. It is...

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On Sherborn Question 1

Soon Sherborn voters will be asked to vote in the local election. In addition to filling slots for town offices there is one very important question on the ballot. It asks voters to give up their right to elect the Town Treasurer. 

The Treasurer has one of the most important...

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Thanking Medfield’s churches and chapel

I want to take this opportunity to thank the various churches in Medfield along with the Lee Chapel at the Medfield State Hospital for ringing their bells at Noon on Monday, Memorial Day. It was to honor and remember all those who served and have since passed. 

Thank you so...

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In favor of Question 1

Sherborn residents have the opportunity to significantly improve the working of our town government at the Annual Town Election on Tuesday, June 23. This year’s ballot has no contested races for officials and only one question – should the Town change the office of Treasurer from elected to appointed? Last year’s Town Meeting...

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On the Dover School Committee election

I’m sure you’ve noticed the signs – dotting our yards in red and blue. You’ve also likely received an email, or four, from bright-eyed, optimistic candidates promising to improve our schools with their experience and passion. As the weather finally turns warm, there is a real race unfolding for the Dover spots on...

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Please listen

White people, please listen to what black people are telling us.

The brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers has sparked anger in all who have seen it. We all want the police who were responsible to be brought to justice, but this murder and...

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Joseph Connolly, Sr.

Joseph E Connolly, Sr. Age 92, of Natick, MA, passed away peacefully in his home on May 23, 2020, surrounded by family, friends and his companion. Joe, son of the late Michael J Connolly and Irene Connolly of Walpole, MA, was a graduate of Walpole High School where he enjoyed playing football for...

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A tribute to senior athletes

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern 

Last spring, Needham High School’s girls’ softball team played its final game against Braintree, which was not only an undefeated team, but also the league champions. The Rockets, who hadn’t made the playoffs that year, were undoubtedly the underdogs, and knew this would be...

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Class of 2020 holding car parade

This Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m., Walpole police will lead a car parade through Walpole to celebrate the class of 2020. Members of the community are being encouraged to decorate their lawns and line the sidewalks to celebrate the senior class. Neighbors are also reminded that social distancing measures will be followed.

On being a class of 2020 senior

By Ella Kohler
Hometown Weekly Intern

Each year, high school seniors both celebrate the end of high school and work to comprehend what that means to them. Through graduation ceremonies, proms, goodbyes to teachers, and a series of lasts (last day, last class, last bell), seniors make peace with the end...

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Kathleen ‘Katie’ McLean

Kathleen “Katie” Mary McLean of Dover formerly of Belmont: August 15,1974 - May 16, 2020. 

Loving Mama of Sophia Rocca, Mary Grace Rocca and Sam Rocca. Devoted daughter of Mary E. McLean of Belmont MA.  Daughter of Richard A. McLean and his wife Judith of Sandwich MA.  Cherished sister of...

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This Old Town – In Their Honor

Peter Kristof, killed in Vietnam (left); Stephen Hinkley, killed in Vietnam.

By Richard DeSorgher
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

The coronavirus may have cancelled the Memorial Day parade, but nothing can cancel the bravery of those who gave their lives for our nation. Medfield certainly has a long...

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Grace Snow receives NAA Scholarship Award

Grace Snow, a Needham High School senior, has been selected as the recipient of the Needham Art Association's (NAA) $1000 Scholarship Award. Scholarship Chair Jessica Gallo and the scholarship committee worked closely with NHS fine arts teacher Katherine Bergeron to select seniors to be considered for this award. 

Grace impressed...

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UCCA announces Zero Carbon, Zero Bills

Members of the community who would like to spend 40 minutes on a talk about reducing their carbon footprints and saving money in their home are invited to Zoom along with Upper Charles Climate Action (UCCA) on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 or Saturday, June 20, at 10:00.

Local Upper...

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Westwood nurse Miller receives Globe honor

The May 10 edition of the Boston Globe featured its annual “Salute to Nurses.” Westwood resident Alacia Miller was recognized for her exemplary work as a nurse at Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the lives of older adults as a leader in the...

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Zullo Gallery live-streaming music series

Justin Casinghino with his wife, Nicole, from PorchFest.

Jerry Potts has launched the Zullo Gallery's live-stream music series from the deck on what would have been “First Thursday” - May 7. After Justin Casinghino on May 21, other performers to appear will include Dave Yuknat, Jill Moran...

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Zullo Student-Faculty Art Exhibition online

'Mannequins in Motion' by Tamlyn Shu, grade 8. Acrylic, transparency, 11"x8".

The Zullo Gallery, working with the Medfield Public Schools Visual Arts Department, is presenting this year's Student-Faculty Art Exhibition online. The Exhibit will be up on the gallery web site (www.zullogallery.org) from May 20 through...

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Dale School Project seeks community input

The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is seeking the community’s input regarding the Dale Street School Building project. Renovating or replacing the existing 80-year-old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the school district and town for several years. A public forum reviewing the planning process and key decision factors...

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Sen. Rausch continues virtual office hours

Senator Rausch (D-Needham) will host her next virtual office hours this Friday, May 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In keeping with best practices recommendations from public health officials, conversations with the senator and her staff will take place over Google Hangouts, Skype, and phone calls.

Residents from any...

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