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Jack Wiggin receives Quarter Century Award

The Westwood Historical Society has presented John (Jack) Wiggin with its Quarter Century Award this year. This award recognizes a Westwood resident for contributions to our community for more than 25 years - and Jack certainly has 25 plus years living and serving Westwood!

Jack was born and raised in...

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Library hosts outdoor ‘Fresh Air Friday’

Miss Kristy and Lizzy McGovern read 'The Little Red Hen' before singing the peanut butter and jelly song.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

One of the things people have discovered during the eight months of COVID-19-related lockdowns is that certain groups transition well to...

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Westwood Artists host outdoor market

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

This year, there have been countless cancellations of seasonal events around the country. Among them are the numerous craft and artist fairs that can no longer take place due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions. A few organizations, though, have figured out how to organize and...

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Poet Lynne Viti reads to Westwood

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

In the time of COVID-19 and Zoom, the Westwood Public Library has become known for its virtual author visits. Patrons happily log on to Zoom for each visit, excited to hear what each author has to say, and to have some of their own questions...

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BOH provides guidelines for safe Halloween

On October 28, Westwood residents received a call from the town's health director with some guidelines for an enjoyable and safe Halloween. As in the case of other nearby communities. the Westwood BOH is following along with CDC recommendations.

Residents are advised to take part in trick-or-treating using a one-way...

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Westwood sports news and notes

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Fall I athletics continued on this past week at Westwood High with all six of the Wolverines' varsity teams in action.

  • Boys soccer earned a weekend sweep of Millis, winning 3-1 on Saturday and 2-0 on Sunday. The wins were...
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New elementary school forum held virtually

Westwood town residents tuned in Wednesday night via Zoom for an update on the town’s plans to build a new elementary school, which is expected to house 560 students at peak enrollment.  The new school will replace and combine the aging Hanlon and Deerfield schools and sit on 18 acres behind the existing...

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Westwood Library launches limited browsing

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

It’s safety first when it comes to library browsing these days.

Currently, browsing at the Westwood Public Library is by appointment only. Those who wish to browse are asked to wear a mask during the entirety of their visit for the...

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Westwood battles against invasive plants

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While everyone in the country is terrified that the Asian Giant Hornet, sometimes referred to as the “murder hornet,” is coming to a backyard near them, Westwood is dealing with its own invasive species originally hailing from the Far East. Japanese knotweed and oriental bittersweet,...

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Westwood BAYS girls power through pandemic

A Jaguar pounces on the ball en route to a 4-1 win over Franklin.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Motivated by their team motto, “dreams don’t work unless you do,” on Saturday morning, the Westwood Jaguars, the fifth grade girls team of Boston Area...

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Pen-pal program launches at Westwood COA

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Everyone gets lonely. Since March, everyone has been feeling it a bit more than usual. People didn’t have their usual summer hangouts. Many have switched to working remotely. For everyone, this year has been filled with too much isolation. For our most high-risk neighbors, this...

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Recognize a Youth winners honored

All the RAY award recipients pose for a group photo at the outdoor ceremony.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Tuesday night in front of the Westwood Town Hall, the Rotary Club of Westwood and Westwood Youth & Family Services honored this year’s four recipients...

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Westwood Recycling Day 10/17

The Westwood Department of Public Works and the Westwood Environmental Action Committee (WEAC) have announced Westwood Recycling Day. On Saturday, October 17, residents of Westwood can bring some of their household items to Public Works (50 Carby Street) to be recycled.

Residents interested in dropping off items are asked to...

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Westwood Recreation hosts dodgeball game

After months of dodging the coronavirus via staying indoors, the kids let loose with some dodgeball.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With kids having been cooped up all summer due to the lockdowns, and most gym classes either being jumping-jacks in front of a...

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Pheasant Hill Park protects endangered flowers

Unlike the lady slippers, these signs were both highly visible and numerous.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Have you ever seen an endangered species of either plant or animal life in the wild?

Before you answer, know that despite what...

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Library curbside holds pickup program continues

Westwood's Public Library has announced the expansion of its curbside holds pickup program. As of now, patrons can now pick up items from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays, and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Funeral homes note impact of COVID-19

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

COVID-19’s impact on a variety of industries has been one of the most common media stories of the past five months. From what the loss of elective surgeries meant to hospitals, to whether bars and restaurants could survive lockdowns, to how much money, if any,...

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Westwood Library welcomes author Wiseman

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

It is unlikely that Ellen Marie Wiseman knew that her book, “The Orphan Collector,” would relate to current events on the scale that it does. Released on July 28, the book has become a monumental hit, both for it’s well-written and well- researched story, but...

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No bites at Buckmaster Pond

This young man with his cut up hot dogs didn’t manage to catch anything all day.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I’ve never seen anyone catch a real fish at Buckmaster Pond. While I’ve been there a handful of times and have never seen...

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School committee provides collective bargaining update

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met to both announce the results of collective bargaining with the teacher’s association regarding the fall school reopening, and to decide whether they would allow teachers' children to attend school in person four days a week.