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Social Distance Files: one for the birds

'I have a local resident through which you can live vicariously this summer: the ruby-throated hummingbird.'

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Social distancing and quarantining were always going to be difficult. 

It was far easier to stomach, though, during the gray,...

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Parade to salute Walpole police

All Walpole residents are being welcomed, on Saturday, June 20 at 12:30 p.m. (following Town Meeting), to meet at Walpole High School to walk (or drive) to the Walpole Police Station for a celebration and opportunity to say "thank you, Walpole Police Department."

The Walpole Police Department take an oath...

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Post 320 achieves 100 percent membership

The Westwood Legion Post 320 accomplished 100 percent membership for the current year. Post 320 was one of 22 posts in the district to accomplish 100 percent membership.

If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged...

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Roscoe Coughlin, Walpole big-leaguer

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

For as long as I can remember, Walpole’s been a sports town.

From the Porkers’ perpetual excellence to local Little Leaguers streaking towards Williamsport to the grit and skill of current Bruin Chris Wagner, this is a community that properly celebrates the...

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Westwood’s Feinfeld announces Bird-a-thon

Nathan Feinfeld, a seventh-grader at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School, will celebrate his bar mitzvah in August at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton. Nathan’s brother and he have attended Massachusetts Audubon summer camps for nine years, and Nate is an avid fan of birds. For his bar mitzvah project, then, Nate worked with Property...

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Hebrew SeniorLife recognizes Steve Bearak

Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, has recognized Wellesley resident Steve Bearak during National Volunteer Week for his contributions to HSL during the current COVID-19 emergency. National Volunteer Week runs April 19 -25, 2020.

“The operations of all...

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Social Distance Files: a new normal

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

April 29.

A little over a month ago, just as social distancing in Massachusetts became the law of the land, I set out for a drive around Hometown Weekly’s communities. The aim was to take in the changes that had occurred, and...

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Hebrew SeniorLife recognizes Alexander Lo

Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, today recognized Westwood resident Alexander Lo during National Volunteer Week for their contributions to HSL during the current COVID-19 emergency. National Volunteer Week runs April 19 -25, 2020.

“The operations of all...

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St. Dunstan’s announces ‘Zooming deeper’ series

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church is inviting members of the public to participate in a weekly series of five online "Zooming deeper" discussions on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00, focusing on the rich literary tradition of Christian poetry.

Almost all of the greatest poets in English literature have contributed at least occasional...

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Newton-Wellesley establishes NWH COVID-19 Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newton-Wellesley Hospital has established the NWH COVID-19 Fund, which will support the hospital’s ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of the community during this challenging time. All gifts to this fund will be directed toward care for those affected by COVID-19; measures to contain its...

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CRS kids write senior pen pals

During this time of social distancing and isolation, it is more important than ever to find ways to connect with family and friends. Technology – everything from email and texting to Zoom and FaceTime – helps Charles River School students “attend” virtual classes and socialize with friends. To stay connected to their senior...

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STC schedules May 6 webinar

Save the Children (STC), Boston Leadership Council has announced a live webinar on Wednesday, May 6, from 7:00-7:45 p.m., to raise critically needed funds for the U.S. and global response to COVID-19.

The Boston Leadership Council will welcome three experts from Save the Children to lead the discussion: Carolyn Miles,...

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Troop1 Dover announces Eagle Scouts

Boy Scouts of America Troop1 in Dover are having a special celebration - all their high school seniors from the class of 2020 are Eagle Scouts. The newly-minted Eagle Scouts are listed as follows:

Jack Ringel. As part of his Eagle project, Jack led a series of three classes for...

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Goenka sisters announce pandemic initiatives

Wellesley sisters Sanah Goenka (grade 6 at WMS) and Sanya Goenka (sophomore at BB&N) would like the community's help in supporting two initiatives they have undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis.

Firstly, a team of students aims to provide free virtual tutoring services to any student that needs help with their...

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DeSorgher addressing Hannah Adams Woman’s Club

The next meeting of the Hannah Adams Woman's Club will feature Medfield Town Historian Richard DeSorgher, who will present "A Capsule History of Medfield." The online presentation will take place on May 5 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The public is invited to attend by contacting hannahadamswc@gmail.com before May 4 for access information. 

Homemade masks: proper wear and care

Be Kind Needham recently began distributing instructions for proper use and care for homemade masks. "We have noticed and are greatly concerned by the number of people who are not wearing their masks properly," Sarah Heath of Be Kind Needham wrote to Hometown Weekly. "We are now handing out instructions with the masks...

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Schools closed through end of academic year

Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden has announced that in accordance with a new order from Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Medfield Public Schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statewide closure...

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Sherborn Select Board extends deadlines

At the April 16 meeting of the Sherborn Select Board votes were taken on options under  “An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19,” chapter 53 of the acts of 2020. The Town has adopted the local options to extend the date that applications for exemptions and...

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Pandemic brings Dover transfer station changes

The Dover Recycling Committee has suspended sales of all recycling bins, rain barrels and composters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transfer station sticker applications are also suspended.

Residents should continue to sort and clean their recyclables and deposit them in the appropriate containers. All high touch areas are closed, including the...

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WMC airs COA exercise programming weekly

Since the Westwood Council on Aging is Closed for the foreseeable future, Westwood Media Center's Public and Education Channels will be airing their exercise programming with the following schedule through the end of May. 

Monday

9:00-9:45 - Cardio Strength

10:00-10:45 - Line Dancing

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