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School Committee approves full in-person learning

Emily Parks outlines her recommendations for a return to in-person, five day a week learning.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee unanimously approved a motion to send all of Westwood’s students back to school for in-person learning, five...

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Walpole to pause COVID-19 clinic

As of March 1, the state of Massachusetts will no longer be providing first-dose vaccines to individual municipal clinics. This includes the current clinic being held at the Council On Aging in Walpole.

As a result, the Walpole Health Department will pause their clinic signup procedure and will no longer...

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Needham hosts open vaccination clinic

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many towns are developing their own small vaccination clinics for residents, Needham uniquely has access to the types of freezers that allow them to store either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. While this makes things a bit more difficult for those planning the logistics...

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Walpole begins vaccination rollout

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

One of the unique issues with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is that the group of people who most need it, seniors, are the same group of people who have the most trouble both registering for and physically getting it. To remedy this situation, Walpole has...

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My time dealing with COVID-19

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last week, the number of COVID cases in Massachusetts exploded to around 3,000 a day. Unfortunately, I was one of them. But while my experience with COVID-19 was far from among the most harrowing, interesting or even notable ones in the state, I do think...

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Dover in COVID-19 ‘red zone’

In a recent COVID-19 update, the Dover Board of Health alerted residents that the rise in cases has led to the town being in the "red" category in the Department of Public Health's reporting system. This classification is given to towns that have had an average daily rate of eight or more cases...

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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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COA responds to pandemic demands

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Westwood Senior Center closed its doors in March as the pandemic was sweeping the nation. Since then, staff members have been trying to provide seniors with entertainment and assistance as they safely remain in their homes. The Westwood Council on Aging (COA) team has...

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Dover, Sherborn take on COVID cases

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On July 30, the Sherborn Board of Health (BOH) released a statement about the growing number of coronavirus cases, noting: "Since July 19, Sherborn has experienced a doubling of our Coronavirus volume - increasing from 25 cases on July 18th to 51 cases on July...

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DTL moves towards reopening

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For months, patrons of the Dover Town Library (DTL) have eagerly waited the moment they could step back inside the building and enjoy all that it has to offer. While the building isn’t opening just yet, the DTL is taking steps closer to a full...

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Youth baseball suspended following COVID spike

On July 31, the Dover Board of Health (BOH) issued an update on its current COVID-19 situation. As of then, there had been one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Dover.

There had also been three new confirmed cases and approximately 20-25 “probable cases” reported in Sherborn.

Sherborn BOH issues COVID spike statement

On July 30, Sherborn's Board of Health released a statement on the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases.

In the statement, the Board of Health noted the increase from 25 cases as of July 18 to 51 cases as of July 29. These numbers included those taking the PCR...

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Spike in Dover COVID-19 cases

On July 28, Dover Board of Health notified residents of three new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Prior to this announcement, the town of Dover had not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 since May 29. The update can be found here.

While the number of cases has remained...

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Walpole Library announces reopening

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Patrons had no idea that the Walpole Public Library’s sudden closure in March would last months. Since closing the doors months ago, staff and patrons alike have been eager to get back to some normalcy - and back into the library. They’ve been able to...

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Board of Health issues COVID-19 Update

On July 19, Dover's Board of Health issued an update on the current COVID-19 situation. Though there haven't been any new cases in the last two weeks, Dover's Board of Health is urging residents to continue taking precautions to prevent any new surges.

Visitors from out of state are...

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Pools to open late July

On Wednesday, July 8, Needham Park and Recreation announced the reopening of the Rosemary Recreation Complex. The pools at the Rosemary Recreation Complex will reopen for the rest of the summer season during the last week of July. Pool attendance will be restricted to Needham residents only this summer to ensure visitors' safety....

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Library curbside pickup temporarily suspended

The Needham Public Library's curbside pickup service has temporarily been suspended until further notice. This comes after an announcement on Thursday, July 9, that a library employee was suspected of having COVID-19. The library remained closed through Friday to ensure the safety of others.

The Needham Public Health department...

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Needham town buildings reopening June 1

Starting on June 1, all town buildings, with the exception of the Center at the Heights and the Needham Free Public Library, will reopen for appointments. To book an appointment, visit the Town departments website here and select the department. Town Hall can also be reached at (781-455-7500) during regular hours from...

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Gronk delivers masks to Walpole firefighters

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end and former New England Patriot star Rob Gronkowski visited Walpole on Friday to deliver medical equipment to frontline workers.

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Accompanied by his girlfriend, Camille Kostek, the three-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of...

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WMC brings new programming during COVID

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The way we handle day-to-day life has changed since the stay-at-home order was issued. Local media stations, in particular, have taken it upon themselves to make meetings and activities accessible from the television or computer screen, along with producing a plethora of new programming....

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