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Walking the little-used Mulvehill Trail

A group of mountain bikers represented some of the few other people on the trail.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The last time I was in the parking lot of the Hanlon School, I was covering the Little League parade about a year ago....

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Social Distance Files: Hemlock Gorge

A guitar player practices his craft in the shadow of Echo Bridge.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I went to buy cigarettes (for my mom, not that it matters) this week, and the person behind the counter asked: “you’re 21, aren’t you?”...

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Memorial Day moves to prerecorded video

While not open to the public, the wreath at the memorial in Walpole was laid as part of the remembrance.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Even in a time of global pandemic, some things are just too important to skip.

Midges, mud mar Snow Hill march

While steep, the north side of the trail was relatively dry.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

“We had a lady call us about a guy wandering the streets with one shoe on.”

Yes, you did, officer.

And while...

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Lockdown means fishing at Buckmaster Pond

I have to admit, I found the dog with a mask on pretty funny.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Has the lockdown been good for animals? While social media is inundated with images of wildlife seemingly “taking back” land that has suddenly been...

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Walpole residents get outside on weekend

A family sits on a rock and picnics, right next to White's Bridge

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The people of Walpole were out and about on Saturday morning, doing whatever they could to get outside and enjoy themselves while maintaining proper social distancing...

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Currier Reservation: Westwood’s hidden, hidden gem

The reservation is very inconspicuous when seen from the road.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

When you research the Currier Reservation online, not much pops up. But, of the very few articles that do, most call the Westwood reservation a hidden gem.

Social Distance Files: Barber Reservation

In the sun, Barber Reservation's trails are quite beautiful.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The plan was to go to the Barber Reservation at dusk, find a beaver gnawing on a tree, and snap a front-page-worthy wildlife photograph for Hometown Weekly. If you couldn’t...

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Walpole resident details battle with COVID

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

“I have never experienced anything like this before. There were days when it was a cough that just never stopped. I couldn’t even come up for air, or get a breath in. It was just cough after cough after cough, nonstop. It was so bad that the first...

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COVID affects Open Studios, art community

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Like so many other events during the time of COVID-19, the annual Needham Open Studios, originally scheduled for May 2 and 3, had to be postponed and rescheduled. But while the newly-scheduled date for the event is October 24, organizers have opted to hold a...

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Social Distance Files: Channing Pond

Billy the golden retriever wonders whether his owner really just tossed his frisbee into the lake again.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Given the number of cyclists on the road Sunday afternoon, it has to be a matter of time before Dover produces...

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Social Distance Files: Needham’s Ridge Hill

Ridge Hill Reservation is an ideal social distancing locale.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

My GPS told me the Ridge Hill Reservation was just north of “Ponzi Cons land,” which sounded like an amusement park version of the Federal prisons to which they...

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Taking a lap around Jarvis Farm

A small American flag was stuck onto a branch along the trail.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

“Did you read the article in Hometown Weekly about the Walpole Trail Society, where Gary Riggott specifically highlighted the Jarvis Farm Loop?” the woman asked, putting...

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Community Chest needs help to help

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Westwood Community Chest needs money. And as much as it hurts them to do so, they are admitting it, and asking for the community's help.

Board member Matt Scafidi was keen to highlight the aid the 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers Westwood...

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Social distancing rules hurt Community Center

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Every business that depends on people gathering is struggling during the time of the COVID-19 crisis. But while more and more restaurants move to takeout, and professional sports leagues look into playing with no fans in the stadiums, what do you do when providing...

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Trail experts see opportunities during lockdown

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With more and more people flooding the trails of Needham in an attempt to stave off Coronavirus cabin fever, town residents and visitors are going to realize what a unique resource they have at their disposal. But if you’re not an avid hiker, you...

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KoC adapts to life under lockdown

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Knights of Columbus (KoC) pride themselves on acting in accordance with four principles: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. But with new social distancing rules in place and the Knights unable to gather the way they did before, they are having to find new...

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Trails Committee welcomes uptick in hikers

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While Walpole has always had a beautiful set of trails available to the public, there has never been an impetus for residents that aren’t already hikers to set out and explore them. Because of the coronavirus crisis, suddenly, that has changed. Now, more people...

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KoC stays charitable despite COVID struggles

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Like many groups in America, the Knights of Columbus (KoC) are facing new challenges because of COVID-19 and the social distancing rules enacted because of it. But while the inability to meet in groups, hold functions, recruit potential members during Mass, and engage in...

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