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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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Hindu community aids in COVID relief

By Rama K. Ramaswamy

While 2020 is officially hindsight, the effects of its extreme precariousness are not. The country suffered through racial strife, mismanaging of the pandemic, raging giga-fires, economic insecurity and uncertainty about our fate and social disorder. 

Food insecurity is as ongoing as the pandemic,...

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WOW announces annual MLK program

By Rama K. Ramaswamy

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American, Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955-1968. While he worked for equal rights for all, his leadership contributed to the overall success of the civil rights movement...

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Rep. Garlick on climate policy

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I write to provide you with an important update Massachusetts’ effort to combat climate change. As your State Representative, I voted today in the affirmative on the conference committee report, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy, which will create meaningful change by...

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Missing Sherborn girl safe and well

Sherborn is breathing a sigh of relief today after a 17-year-old girl has been found safe, less than 24 hours after she was reported missing.

The girl, who was not named by Sherborn Police, had last been seen at home at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 7. She was reported...

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Westwood 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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Walpole 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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Needham 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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Medfield 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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DS 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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At My Neighbors Table program upcoming

The World of Wellesley and Building a Better Wellesley are co-sponsoring a next At My Neighbors Table conversation on Sunday, December 13, from 5-6:30 p.m., taking a look at our essential workforce. It is titled: "What Would Our Communities Look Like If We Valued Our Essential Workers?"

The discussion...

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On mass extinction

The sixth mass extinction - which scientists have coined as the Holocene Extinction - is upon us. According to the United Nations, around one million plant and animal species are currently in danger of extinction, and many more within the next decade. While other extinctions have occurred in Earth’s history, none have occurred...

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NHS students grapple with mental health

By Maddie Gerber 
Hometown Weekly Intern 

“Well, I would usually wake up before school to do homework, maybe around 6 a.m. or so,” said current Needham High School senior Julia Ochalla, describing what a typical Monday looked like for her back in pre-pandemic times. Ochalla continued to detail her busy...

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A letter from Rep. Garlick

Dear friends and neighbors,

I write to provide you with an important update on racial equity efforts in the State House. As your State Representative, I have just voted in the affirmative on the conference committee report, An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the...

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Lt. Col. Custer’s last messenger

By Bill Lombardi
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Giovanni Martini, born in a little town outside Salerno, Italy, was 20 years old when he immigrated to the United States in 1873 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Alone and in a strange country, he was unable to find work. One day,...

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Boys play field hockey in Wellesley first

Photo by Dave Arnold Photography

By Rama K. Ramaswamy

Amidst pandemic-related changes to all fall sports, the Wellesley Raiders field hockey team underwent one of its own: it featured two young men on the typically all-female team, coached by Erin Stickle. 

Silent Witnesses spread awareness

Silent Witnesses, including children, all of whom were designed to honor victims of domestic violence. Photo by Emma Curry.

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern 

From November 5-11, a series of human silhouettes lined the steps of the town hall, their figures casting shadows...

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Black Lives Matter Vigil this Wednesday

The members and friends of UU Wellesley Hills are inviting the community to stand with them this fall to honor Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and unknown. Join them for their monthly, 15-minute silent Black Lives Matter vigil on Wednesday, December 2, at 12:30 p.m....

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Supporting and Stabilizing in FY21 Budget

On November 12, I voted in the affirmative to pass the state budget for fiscal year 2021. (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.) Until this date, we have relied on sporadic supplemental budgets to fund our state for several months at a time as we waited patiently for the state to reveal...

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