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Westwood mobilizes to distribute vaccine

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Like every community, Westwood has seen its fair share of COVID cases. Almost a year ago, the virus put a stop to everyone’s normal routines. Now with vaccines rolling out and an increased urgency to return to normal, multiple teams in Westwood, including the Fire...

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‘Harry Potter’ escape room a hit

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

An escape room activity is a fun way to spend an evening. It almost always includes puzzle-solving, memory games, and some complicated riddles that lead to players solving one momentous puzzle at the end. On Wednesday, February 17, patrons of the Westwood Public Library participated...

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Westwood honors longtime employee Billy Troiano

Town employees lined the streets to pay respect to Troiano.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last week, the Westwood community lost a cherished member known for his dedicated service to the Westwood Department of Public Works, where he was employed for twenty-five years. Billy...

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College courses available for curious students

Charles and Nancy Donahue of Westwood have generously donated 132 college courses on DVD - each containing 24 half-hour lectures - to the Westwood Library. Particularly during this time of pandemic and social distance, the Donahues feel the courses would be of great benefit to local students and their families.

Daley presents ‘1620: the First Year’

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

There are few Americans who didn’t learn about the Pilgrims’ 1620 landing in Plymouth. It’s hard to ignore, especially since there’s a national holiday that rolls around every November dedicated to the efforts of Pilgrims to make this land their new home. But the story...

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Westwood resident takes on COVID-19

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Bob DiCicco, a Westwood resident, knows the danger of COVID-19  and the damage it can inflict personally.

At the start of 2020, Bob was going about his life as usual. As a singer and actor, he has a creative mind...

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Residents urged to adopt a hydrant

As the snow piles up, residents of Westwood are welcomed to join the Adopt-A-Hydrant program. Residents who join will help keep the over 600 fire hydrants around town clear and accessible for emergency services.

Those who sign up will help their community by clearing snow around their assigned hydrant,...

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Westwood 2020: a year in review

In what might be Hometown Weekly's most extreme understatement of the still-young 21st century, we at the paper are confident in saying the last 365 days won't soon be forgotten.

With a world-stopping pandemic, contentious US presidential election, and demonstrations for racial equality dominating headlines around the globe, it won't...

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New Year’s Eve fireworks canceled

This year's New Year's Eve fireworks in Westwood have been canceled. This comes after the announcement that the state of Massachusetts would be rolling back their reopening phase from Phase 3, Step 2 to Phase 3, Step 1. As of Sunday, December 13, outdoor gatherings are now limited to 50 people.

Local groups discuss essential workers

One of the once ubiquitous 'thank you' posters from early on in the pandemic greeted people on the Zoom call.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Sunday night, a group of organizations held their eleventh At My Neighbor’s Table event of the year -...

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WYWC brings Santa home to Westwood

Santa poses with the welcome sign a family made for him during a trip to a home on School Street.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With COVID-19 forcing many families to remain stuck at home throughout the holiday season - or at the...

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Director Lateefah Franck outlines METCO’s future

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Lateefah Franck replaced Sheryl Goodloe as Westwood’s METCO director in June of 2019. Originally from Washington DC, Franck considered going to law school before falling in love with education, eventually serving as everything from a literacy tutor, to an elementary school teacher, all the way...

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Parking ban until 3/31

The town of Westwood has declared a parking ban now in place until March 31st. Residents and visitors can no longer park their cars overnight on the street.

The parking ban is in place to ensure that snow plows can properly clear roads and emergency vehicles can get to...

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A scavenger hunt adventure in Westwood

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Most of my assignments these days involve Zoom or large outdoor activities - nothing that takes me out of my comfort zone. This weekend, I was asked to attend Hale Reservation’s annual fall family scavenger hunt. Normally, I would protest going into the woods for...

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Make-a-Wish grants wish for Will McHugh

The hot tub came with a Hoyer chair for Will to get in and out of it.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As of about a week ago, there is now a hot tub in Will McHugh’s yard, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But...

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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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