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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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League School announces Virtual Challenge 5K

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, through Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m., members of the community are invited to run/walk their own 5K, at their own pace, with whomever they choose. Individuals can run or jog, walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, around their neighborhood, or...

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Lions look out for food pantry

While the Walpole Lions have been organizing food drives for the local pantry for many years, this year, as with just about everything else, has taken on a new look. In lieu of collecting food outside supermarkets, the club has sent funding to the pantry to cover some of their additional costs in...

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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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Walpole Fire Department responds to COVID crisis

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The state of many Massachusetts towns has changed since mid-March, when coronavirus closures and preventative guidelines took over.

No gatherings of more than ten people. No eating at restaurants. No going to school or work. The list seems to go...

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Walpole Library launches Dial-a-Story service

The Children's Department at the Walpole Public Library has launched its new Dial-a-Story program. Parents can call (508-660-6383) and hear a story read by children's librarian Kara Dean. This new program gives kids a much-needed break from screen time while still providing them with entertainment. The story will change every Friday, and will...

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Selectboard approves tax due date

As of April 28th, the Selectboard of Walpole has approved extending the due date for 4th Quarter Real Estate and Property Taxes as well waiving of interest and other penalties for late payment. The new date is June 1, 2020.

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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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Rec Department’s mission continues, despite pandemic

By Amelia Tarallo,
Hometown Weekly Staff -

Over the last few weeks, Massachusetts residents have found themselves self-isolating and avoiding the company of friends and extended family. After being cooped up for over a month, people are yearning for some of their favorite springtime activities. Parents wish they could...

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Kindness rocks appearing in Walpole

Attentive walkers in Walpole may have notice something recently: colorful, hand-painted rocks distributed throughout the town, emblazoned with uplifting messages. Their origin: Keep Walpole Beautiful. "So many of you helped us this winter to make kindness rocks to bring happiness and a little whimsy to our town," wrote Rebecca Joyce on the group's...

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HESSCO strives to provide COVID aid

By Amelia Tarallo,
Hometown Weekly Staff -

HESSCO, a nonprofit whose mission is to help older adults and individuals living with a disability remain safe and independent at home for as long as possible, has been aiding seniors in Norfolk County communities since 1973. 

It...

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‘Not done’ says Walpole’s McCarthy

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Part of being a collegiate athlete is enjoying the ride that got you to where you are.

Walpole native Will McCarthy has been on quite the lacrosse journey throughout the last eight years, starring at Xaverian and helping the Hawks to...

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K of C halts redeemable donations

The Walpole Knights of Columbus are temporarily halting their collection of cans and bottles until further notice. Members of the community are invited to watch Hometown Weekly and the Knights' Facebook page (@kofcwalpole) for further updates.

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Household Hazardous Waste Day cancelled

Due to COVID-19, the Walpole Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for May 2 has been cancelled for the time being. Once a new date has been determined, this information will be made available to all Walpole residents.

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Veterans Memorial engraving veterans bricks

The Walpole Veterans Memorial, located on the grounds of Walpole VFW Post 5188 on Robbins Rd, will be engraving veterans bricks in time for Memorial Day 2020. The Walpole Veterans Memorial is individuals who have yet to see it are encouraged to do so, as it is well worth a visit.

The mysterious disappearance of Leonora Piper

By Bill Lombardi
Hometown Weekly Contributor

In the early 1900s, people worked long, hard hours, and with the lack of nutrition and medicine, life expectancy was short. Many turned to spiritualism for consolation. It became very popular and a large number of psychics were exposed as frauds. 

Leonora...

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K of C awarding educational grants

The Walpole Knights of Columbus Council will award two educational grants - $600 for 1st place and $500 for 2nd place - to a Walpole resident who is completing the eight grade in 2020 and will be attending a Catholic high school during the 2020 academic year. The award will be based on...

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Food Pantry adapts to COVID-19

By James Kinneen

Hometown Weekly Reporter

Watch the news these days and you’ll eventually stumble on someone fighting about coronavirus preparedness: who should’ve bought what, where funds should have been allocated, and what policies should have been enacted. Luckily for the people of Walpole, the Walpole Community...

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New Life running with virtual 5K

The pandemic has affected every community event this spring, including the annual New Life 5K Trail Run, an event that raises more than 20 percent of the New Life Furniture Bank’s budget. This Massachusetts charity serves nearly 700 hundred households every year, including individuals, families, single mothers, seniors and veterans, as they come...

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