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Backyard Files: the global backyard

The exotic-looking scarlet tanager is thought to be rarer, globally, than the wild turkeys we see running around our communities.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

As a small boy growing up in New England, one of my prized possessions was an old illustrated field...

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BLM Vigil on August 3

VigUU Wellesley Hills will hold its monthly, 15-minute, silent, Black Lives Matter Vigil on Tuesday, August 3, at 6:00 p.m. in front of the church at 309 Washington St. All are invited to stand with VigUU Wellesley Hills to honor Black lives harmed and lost, those victims of racial violence and injustice, known and...

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Backyard Files: residents of Pine Hill

Sherborn’s Pine Hill Cemetery is very much alive.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Among nature preserves and hidden wooded locales in the middle of nowhere, we often forget that all of our communities feature quiet, green spaces - typically centrally placed ones - that...

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Backyard files: robins in the snow

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Years ago, when I was a small child, I spent my weekdays alongside my maternal grandmother, Ma, who watched me while my parents worked. In retrospect, those days had an outsized influence on me - it was in Ma’s kitchen where I first would develop...

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Thank you from Tilden Village

To The Editor, 

Thank you to Jamie O’Loughlin and the “Project Love” team along with many unknown folks in the Medfield community who contributed to help make Valentine’s Day extra special for the residents of Tilden Village (and the residents of the Thomas Upham House) during the pandemic. 

Theatre Society, Medfield TV collaborate

Patrick Brennan’s Simon Blake and Molly Gooman’s Mary Rose.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

In a pandemic-altered year that’s forced changes to nearly everything, among the more disappointing consequences has been watching young, talented members of Hometown Weekly’s communities denied their “close-ups.” It is...

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Backyard Files: the fox story

The gray fox's face is flatter, and could perhaps be described as more feline than that of a red fox.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

The yips grew closer and closer. Two distinct individuals could be discerned, as though they were in conversation. As...

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Backyard Files: who?

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Before I start, I'm going to have to apologize in advance for the amount of onomatopoeia in this story. Typically, I'm not one who relishes rendering (or reading) abstract sounds in print, but really, there's no other option here. How else is one to describe...

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WSL continues service despite COVID

Since 1927, the Wellesley Service League (WSL) has provided numerous volunteer services in a variety of cultural and education ways, and in conjunction with other charitable organizations, for the town of Wellesley. 

Due to the onset of COVID-19, WSL had to reevaluate how to safely proceed with their operational responsibilities....

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Social Distance Files: Independence Day

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place;

For years, July 4 has lulled us into a sense of almost patriotic routine. We know the day, its festivities and rituals so well that its trappings have...

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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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