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WOW launches Indigenous Peoples Challenge

On Thursday, October 1, World of Wellesley launched its 30 Day+ Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to break down barriers and biases by collectively and individually increasing our awareness and appreciation for the diversity of Indigenous people; deepening our understanding about the history of Indigenous people; and...

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The pandemic perils of high school

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

“I really missed school” admitted senior Lauren Biedron, laughing. “Wow, I never thought I would say that.” 

While this may have been an unheard-of sentiment last fall, this year, many students have been itching to get back to some sense of normalcy....

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Black Lives Matter vigil upcoming

On Tuesday, October 6, 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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On Medfield Schools reopening

To the Medfield Community, 

One of the threads that weaves itself through all parts of American life, and most profoundly in Medfield, is public education. Over the last six months COVID -19 has touched every part of our lives that we took as given- the places where we find meaning,...

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Michelle Chalmers steps down from WOW

By Rama K. Ramaswamy

As the fall sets in and a new school year begins, Michelle Chalmers, long-time president of the World of Wellesley, has handed the helm over to former board members Nova Biro and Christina Horner.

Michelle, a graduate of Wellesley High School, decided...

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On the remote teaching amendment

As the Chair of the Dover Sherborn Regional School Committee I wish to clarify the purpose and effect of our vote in support of a hybrid return to school. The Region voted in favor of the hybrid model that was presented at the Joint School Committee on August 11, but with an amendment...

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Medfield PTO readies for reopening

The Medfield PTO is preparing for school’s imminent reopening with initiatives to make Medfield Schools more welcoming.

The PTO recently organized a "Chalk the Walk" for Medfield students to come welcome the staff back to the building week. The kids really showed their support with positive messages and artwork that...

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2021 college applicants face uncertain future

By Maddie Gerber
Hometown Weekly Intern

August is typically the sunset of the summer, one final hurrah before the fall chill seeps in and life returns to normal, conjuring up images of relaxing days spent soaking up the sun and lounging poolside. However, for rising high school seniors, August is anything...

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Brad McMillan

A longtime resident of Medfield, MA, Brad passed away on August 14th with his close family by his side.

Brad came to Medfield in 1977.  He was an active member of the community especially as both his children grew-up in Medfield.  Brad managed and operated Millis Pharmacy for nearly 20 years. Brad...

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Black Lives Matter vigil, September 1

On Tuesday, September 1, 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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Elisabeth Mann

Elisabeth Theresa (Berlin) Mann 91, of Medfield, Massachusetts passed away on August 8th, 2020 at the Thomas Upham House, Medfield where she has been residing since September after a fall last July.

Born in Hanover, Germany she lived through World War I. Elisabeth was one of ten children and had 6 older...

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Medfield students discuss experiences of racism

By Ella Kohler
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

At Medfield schools, the majority of students never have to wonder if they will have teachers who look like them, or if the curriculum will mention their ancestors for more than one unit. Most Medfield students do not worry about encountering racially derogatory language in...

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McHugh playing Golf Fights Cancer marathon

On Thursday, August 13, Bill McHugh will be playing 100 holes of golf in the Golf Fights Cancer Golf Marathon to raise money for those in need.

"That’s the minimum number of holes of golf I’ll play," says McHugh. "Although this will be a true challenge, I believe it’s well...

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Wake Up, Wellesley livestream tonight

All members of our Wellesley and neighboring communities are invited to the final session of Wake Up, Wellesley on this evening, August 10, at 6 p.m. In this 90-minute livestream, organizers are looking to conclude a series of emotional experiences shared and ideas for reform proposed by students and alumni, as well as...

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Medfield announces tentative 2020-2021 school plans

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its “Initial Fall Reopening Guidance” for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year. Within this guidance, every school district in the Commonwealth was required to develop a reopening plan with three scenarios for reopening: Full - In-Person, Hybrid, and Full Remote.


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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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