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Community Chest needs help to help

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The Westwood Community Chest needs money. And as much as it hurts them to do so, they are admitting it, and asking for the community's help.

Board member Matt Scafidi was keen to highlight the aid the 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers Westwood...

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Wellesley Recreation stuck playing waiting game

By James Kinneen,
Hometown Weekly Reporter -

When local families are looking for something to do, Wellesley Recreation has traditionally been a go-to resource. However, because of the coronavirus, the department has had to adapt and change in the face of the new rules on social distancing and an increased need...

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‘Sherborn Walks’ a social-distancing must-read

By James Kinneen,
Hometown Weekly Reporter -

While most businesses are in significant financial trouble, a few are flourishing because of the coronavirus crisis. But while you’d have to be a psychic, an epidemiologist, or a certain couple of United States senators to have seen the shutdown coming and profited...

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Park and Rec departments adapt to virus

By James Kinneen,
Hometown Weekly Reporter -

In the face of the coronavirus crisis, every government department is adapting in some way. But when your services are in large part based around bringing people together, you need to adapt even more. Such is the case for Sherborn Recreation and Dover...

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Park & Rec moves online

By James Kinneen,
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With most Americans' current recreation plans eliminating gatherings with people outside of their homes, local park and recreation departments are finding themselves in the precarious position of needing to provide content while maintaining social distancing and ensuring community safety. 

Real estate evolves during coronavirus crisis

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

From sports to restaurants, hospitals to universities, every business in America has been significantly altered by COVID-19 and the social distancing rules it’s necessitated. Real estate has been far from immune from these radical changes, with agents significantly altering the ways they buy and sell...

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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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Food Cupboard continues service through COVID

By James Kinneen

Hometown Weekly Reporter

With the economy taking a severe downturn and record high numbers of people unemployed, services that help the needy are becoming more and more vital every day. And, with the COVID-19 outbreak putting a new emphasis on social distancing, virtually every...

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COA steps up during crisis

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

To an occasional visitor, working at the Walpole Senior Center seems like a pretty sweet gig. You sign in a couple of seniors, maybe do some scheduling, watch a little pool, catch a presentation on Broadway music of the 1940s, grab a sugar cookie, and...

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Valentine’s Day ice cream social delights

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While chocolate is the classic treat of Valentine’s Day, the Tolles Parsons Center opted for a different sweet for their holiday celebration this year. While there were many traditional elements to the celebration, from the showing of a romantic comedy to candy heart centerpieces and construction paper Valentines created...
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Raider seniors depart on winning note

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Needham wrestling team beat Wellesley, 54-21, on Wednesday night, capping off a season that saw the Monks win only two dual meets on the season. But while Wellesley would obviously have liked a team victory, they were happy to see that, on senior night, both of their senior...
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MLK Day quiltathon warms hearts

By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn held a five hour “quiltathon,” during which attendees created quilts to be donated to cancer patients. The quiltathon was one of what will be several quilt=making sessions this year; the church aims to create around sixty quilts per...
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Society of Young Magicians conjures fun

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While a society of magicians conjures images of old men with beards, secret brick alleys and hidden passageways behind library bookshelves, the Wellesley Community Center is host to a society of young magicians that is more fun than anything else which met this week. The Wellesley Society of Young Magicians...
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Depleted Raiders drop match to Milton

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On the surface, a close 30-27 loss to Milton that moved the team to 2-7 on the year may seem reason to be concerned if you’re a Wellesley wrestler. It’s a bit more complicated than that, though. Coach Mike Langan noted that his team is so banged up, and there are...
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Westwood lights up with holiday spirit

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter What is a pivotal game between two AFC powerhouses compared to a free festival of holiday music, fun and activities? And how can the star power of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman compare to the star power of Santa, his elves and a giant gingerbread...
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Christmas Pops Concert unleashes the Bach

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Sunday afternoon, Music Director and Conductor Mary Lee Cirella, along with the St. Paul Adult and Children’s Choirs and Orchestra, presented their Christmas Pops Concert at St. Paul Parish. But if you think this was a bunch of people in Santa hats singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”...
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Hale shows off with scavenger hunt

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Whether they were looking to burn off some turkey, stuffing and pie, get out some pent-up anger at something a family member said, or just get their kids out of the house and into the fresh air on a day off from school, on Friday, visitors to Hale...
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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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NAA exhibit beautifies library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The Needham Art Association’s (NAA) Fall Judged Exhibit is currently on display at the Needham Public Library, with many of the pieces available for purchase. Adorning the wall just to the right of the computers on the top floor, the media ranges from watercolor and oil to silkscreen, acrylic,...
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DS students salute multiculturalism

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter If there are two things kids aren’t well known for, it’s a willingness to try new foods and cultural sensitivity. So, when the Chickering School PTO held their International Cultural Night on Friday, November 15, during which various parents, au pairs and family friends bought pieces of their...
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