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COA tries to keep seniors engaged

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There’s no question that, from a physical standpoint, COVID-19 hit the senior population the hardest. Unfortunately, with people being hesitant to visit their grandparents, seniors being hesitant to leave their homes knowing how hard it hits them, and the unfortunate reality of Massachusetts having lost...

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WHS football to the rescue

By Amelia Tarallo

Hometown Weekly Staff

As fears of COVID-19 loom over each community, many residents have been forced to deal with closures and the disruption of services that help them with their day to day life. Seniors in Westwood have been hit...

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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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Students, seniors meet for Tech Day

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Every year, it seems, there’s a new device, component, or system added to our already-challenging everyday technological landscape. For kids who have grown up with monthly iPhone updates, these changes are just routine. But using these devices can be difficult for those who were introduced to them later...
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New decade, same ice cream

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Every year, millions of people face the ongoing problem of whether or not to stay up until midnight to celebrate the new year. This year, Medfield’s Council on Aging had a solution for some older folks: celebrating New Year before midnight. On December 31, the COA welcomed seniors...
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COA knitters deliver warmth for holidays

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Members of the Walpole Council on Aging knitting and crocheting group have been working hard all year, putting their talents to good use. The group has been preparing all year for their annual delivery to the patients at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. 140 afghans and 100 hats and scarves were hand-delivered...
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Wellesley spells victory U-P-H-A-M P-T-O

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition, the competition went on for so long that the event was forced to end on an eight-way tie when the organizers ran out of words that could challenge the young, elite spellers. This would not be an issue on Wednesday,...
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Ukulele players brush up skills

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday afternoon, The Dover Library was full of the sound of muted strings, as Lisa Cohen taught a group of ukulele players various strumming patterns. Cohen, an Ayurvedic health counselor and yoga teacher, explained what was going on by noting: “This is just a skills workshop for ukulele. The...
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COA cooks at Powisset Farm

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Visitors from the Westwood Council on Aging visited Powisset Farm on Thursday, September 26, to learn all about cooking with herbs during a class taught by Didi Emmons. Emmons is a professional chef who has founded four successful restaurants. She is also the author of several books, including...
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Walpole Council on Aging plays bocce

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Even though they’re meant to be fun, games can be intimidating. Anybody who's tried to play pool with somebody who clearly grew up with a table in their basement, or felt like they’re annoying a veteran card-shark when they need to have the rules explained to them, knows...
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COA hosts delectable cooking demonstration

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff They say that there is no better way to get to know someone than by sharing a meal with them. On Wednesday, August 28, participants who signed up got to chat and follow along with Needham’s Council on Aging Director of Aging Services LaTanya Steele as she made...
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Dover, Sherborn seniors unite for picnic

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Dover and Sherborn share a middle and high school, so there isn’t a huge need to create situations for the kids in the two closely aligned towns to come together. For seniors, however, that’s not the case. To remedy that situation, the Dover and Sherborn Councils on Aging...
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Center cookout provides summer fun

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter What’s says summer more than a cookout? And what’s better than a free drink? You’d be hard-pressed to find an answer to either question, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend six dollars than to attend one of the Center at Medfield’s summer cookouts. For...
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Remembering Walpole’s ‘Peace Crane Lady’

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By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Ora Lora (Spadafora) McGuire could not be held down. Not by the Great Depression, not by institutional sexism, not by war.   And that’s why her legacy as Walpole’s “Peace Crane Lady” is likely to last long after her recent passing on June 13, 2019, nearly a week shy of her...
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Seniors sway to swing band

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff It’s not every day that people get a chance to get up and dance to real swing band. On Tuesday, June 25, visitors at the Needham Center at the Heights were ready to enjoy their rooftop deck and break out their grill, before inclement weather put a damper on...
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Neighbors gather at annual barbecue

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff With summer getting into full swing comes the return of seasonal activities - picnics outside, swimming into the late afternoon, and, of course, cookouts. On Wednesday, June 12, at the Caryl Community Center in Dover, the Friends of the Council on Aging held their sixth annual barbecue, drawing in...
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COA hosts St. Patrick’s lunch

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff There were no leprechauns to be found during Westwood’s Council on Aging‘s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. However, there was plenty of green. A sea of shamrock green filled the room to the brim - green sweaters, t-shirts, scarves, hats, pants, and ties. Some had bouncy shamrocks that moved every...
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Chocolate tasting party lets seniors sample

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter [caption id="attachment_31909" align="alignright" width="300"]After looking over the entire spread, a senior opts for a brownie… After looking over the entire spread, a senior opts for a brownie…[/caption] Supposedly, the connection between chocolate and Valentine’s Day began when Richard Cadbury, desperate for...
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Scouts and seniors make music together

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By Alex Oliveira Hometown Weekly Reporter [caption id="attachment_31545" align="alignright" width="300"]Many of the scouts were new to the instrument, so seniors lent them a hand when needed. Many of the scouts were new to the instrument, so seniors lent them a hand when needed.[/caption] Members of the Dover-Sherborn...
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Library Friends host annual meeting

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The Friends of the Walpole Public Library held their annual meeting in December with Dr. John Warren, Archivist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as keynote speaker. President Philip Czachorowski summarized the year and recognized retiring officers and board members, as well as the ongoing work of volunteers. Sally Rose was reelected as treasurer...
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