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Town grapples with alleged profiling incident

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Saturday January 25, Marvin Henry was handcuffed outside of Starbucks, after being suspected of attempting to shoplift from the Highland Street CVS. His lawyers from Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston released a letter on July 20 accusing Needham PD of unlawful search and seizure,...

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Chief Silva answers town’s policing questions

An image of the Westwood BLM rally was superimposed over the night’s two main speakers as an introduction page.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With so much discussion about law enforcement in America, it is natural that people want to do what they can to...

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Bird Park hosts Tree Trek

The weeping willow casts a backdrop against the setting sun.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Many Walpole residents have walked through Bird Park hundreds of times, likely stopping to look at the various wildlife in the ponds or the flowers on the banks of...

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Stephenson’s shutout gives Needham fourth win

Stephenson’s sidearm style flummoxes Westwood’s batters en route to a complete game shutout.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Sunday night, the rain fell on Needham High’s baseball field, but not enough to warrant stopping or cancelling the game between Needham and Westwood. Unfortunately...

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Barber Reservation changes, stays the same

With more and more entertainment options opening up in Massachusetts, this mountain biker was the lone other person in the Barber woods on Friday afternoon.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

If for no reason other than to see somewhere new in Sherborn, on Friday...

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Live music returns to Adams Farm

Everyone was happy to see actual, live music for the first time in months.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There are pages upon pages of quotes about the healing power of music. From “music can heal the wounds medicine cannot touch” to “time...

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Hybrid model leads school reopening race

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Increasingly, it appears that in September, the students of Needham are going to be hopping on the bus and heading back to school.

Well, sometime in September. And only for half the time.

Last Thursday, the Needham School...

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Westwood leans toward hybrid reopening model

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

When discussing the emails she has received regarding how to reopen Westwood’s schools in the fall, Carol Lewis acknowledged: “based on the emails, we have received, it’s clear there are conflicting views on this topic and that there is no way we are ever going...

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Bird Park hosts StoryWalk

The closeness of the story pages meant the StoryWalk wasn’t very long.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Indoor venues are likely going to have to have some interesting deals and zany promotions to get people through their doors. Because of the coronavirus, people just...

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NAMI supports families of mentally ill

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

“I have often written in not so charitable terms ‘where’s my blanking casserole?’ If, God forbid, someone’s family member breaks an arm, has cancer, or is in a car accident, then what happens? Everyone who knows them brings over a casserole and says, ‘what can...

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‘Lake Ness Monster’ wins sandcastle contest

The 'Lake Ness Monster' prowls the shores of Farm Pond Beach.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Dover has its demon, and now Sherborn has the Lake Ness Monster of Farm Pond.

Or, at least they did on Sunday afternoon, when...

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Keating, VFW reach out to flag burners

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The line between protesting and indiscriminate vandalism is blurring with every passing day. After bringing down only statues devoted to Confederate leaders, quickly the razor-sharp focus of statue topplers expanded to include the likes of Christopher Columbus, conquistadors, police chiefs they deemed racist, slave-holding Union...

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Unnamed trail causes confusion

How was I supposed to not go on the railroad tracks, at the end of this trail?

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Just this year, we lost two of the few remaining mysteries in America. Fenn’s Treasure, a chest of gold and jewels worth...

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School Committee outlines plan for reopening

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met over Zoom to discuss reopening plans for the fall, as well as a few other issues.

The meeting started with Emily Parks acknowledging the death of a longtime colleague. Former Westwood High principal Phil...

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Needham’s MIBL team falls to 0-3

Good effort to run out this ground ball from Hunter Anderson, even in a game that wasn’t going Needham’s way.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With no American Legion baseball being played this year, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League has stepped in to take...

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Farm Pond Beach opens with restrictions

Police tape separating the eight by eight foot 'blocks' litters the beach at Farm Pond.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With brutally hot temperatures over the weekend, people were flocking to any cold watering hole they could find to escape the heat. Luckily for...

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Famed rhododendrons close, but not blooming

The buds are close to blooming, but not quite ready to go.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There’s a very famous short story by Ray Bradbury called “All Summer in a Day” that’s widely touted as one of the saddest things ever written. Basically, the story...

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Union Iron Mill site teaches history

While it might not look like much in the photograph, this dam is much higher and louder you would think.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Why are people so infatuated with some obsolete technologies, but don’t care at all about others? It’s a...

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Farmers market opens with restrictions

Live plants, like these flowers are selling especially well as more people have time to garden.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

If eating healthy, fresh and local produce is part of keeping a healthy immune system, then it only makes sense that the...

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Data breach causes unemployment fraud surge

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Looking at the Needham police log, it’s hard not to notice that all of a sudden one specific crime is taking over the community: unemployment fraud. There are a couple of reasons for this, but none of them involve anything unique to the town of...

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