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Westwood Garden Club celebrates 90 years

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff For decades, the Westwood Garden Club has been a place of friendship, kindness, and a bit of adventure, centered around the idea of making the world a bit more beautiful. On Thursday, December 12, current members of the club came together at First Parish to celebrate their 90th...
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The Empire State disaster: a recollection

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By Bill Lombardi Hometown Weekly Correspondent July 28, 1945 is one birthday that I will never forget. I was spending my summer vacation with my aunt and uncle in the Bronx, New York. That morning, we got up early and went downtown. When we arrived, we heard the loud screeching of fire engines and...
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Wellesley salutes its veterans

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday, Wellesley police officers, firemen, veterans and various other members of the community gathered inside the still-under-renovation Great Hall inside of Town Hall to honor the town’s veterans. With around 75 people in attendance, the event began at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh...
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Veteran Sahagian visits High Rock School

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each year, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. There are parades and ceremonies, and sometimes even a day off from work or school. But for kids, particularly those growing up now, it is sometimes easy to forget the sacrifices our veterans have made. Count the students at the High Rock...
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Post 104 remembers namesake Pvt. Crowley

In American Legions circles, Walpole Legion Post 104 is widely known as the Thomas H. Crowley Post 104. When the American Legion was organized following World War I, each local post, when chartered, was assigned a number - in Walpole, Post 104. In addition, most posts adopted a name - usually someone in the community who...
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Historical Society announces fall season opening

The fall season for the Dover Historical Society has opened at the Society’s museums. Cary House, located on 107 Dedham St., and the Sawin Museum, located on 80 Dedham St., will continue to be open from each Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. through November 23. Caryl House, built in 1774, was the home of the...
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Historical Society announces fall season opening

The fall season for the Dover Historical Society has opened at the Society’s museums. Cary House, located on 107 Dedham St., and the Sawin Museum, located on 80 Dedham St., will continue to be open from each Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. through November 23. Caryl House, built in 1774, was the home of the...
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Holocaust survivors address Medfield Scouts

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More than 30 Boy Scouts from Troop 89, along with their parents and adult leaders, gathered on Thursday, September 5, at Medfield’s Memorial School to listen to 93-year-old Aron Greenfield’s account of surviving imprisonment in nine concentration camps during World War II. The Holocaust survivor and Norwood resident, along with his wife, Martha,...
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Historical Society announces fall season opening

The fall season for the Dover Historical Society has opened at the Society’s museums. Cary House, located on 107 Dedham St., and the Sawin Museum, located on 80 Dedham St., will continue to be open from each Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. through November 23. Caryl House, built in 1774, was the home of the...
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WTP presenting ‘Bright Star’

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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) is set to present "Bright Star" on August 15-16 at 7 p.m., and August 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the The Katherine L. Babson Auditorium at Wellesley High School, located at 50 Rice St, Wellesley. Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $10 for...
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Survivor Fineblum’s story still poignant

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By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Sol Fineblum didn’t have much but three cigarettes to barter with. He grew up in Baltimore during the 20s and 30s. Members of his generation not only relinquished a portion of their childhoods to the desperation of the Great Depression, but forfeited the promise of their young adulthood to help...
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Ben Railton presents ‘We the People’

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Today, there seems to be one question being asked when it comes to our identity as Americans: what makes each one of us Americans? Is it something as simple as where we were born or where we have citizenship? Or perhaps it is how long our family and culture has been...
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Donahue reflects on time in Peace Corps

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff The Westwood Women’s Club had a special guest speaker during their March 21 meeting: historian Charlie Donahue visited to speak on his experience in the Peace Corps and the last legacy left by John F. Kennedy. Like Donahue, who grew up in the aftermath of World War II and in the shadow...
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Book Buzz brings new reading to Westwood


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By Amelia Tarallo 
Hometown Weekly Staff Avid readers know the struggle to find a book that provides that oh-so-perfect feeling of adventure. On Thursday, February 28, five women, all of whom work at the Westwood Library, presented some of their favorite books as part of their Book Buzz panel. Each person took turns presenting a...
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Sullivan shares WWII spy story

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Special Correspondent On Thursday, October 4, Mark Sullivan returned to his hometown to share his experience writing his book, "Beneath a Scarlet Sky." In the Blake Middle School auditorium where he used to attend assemblies, Sullivan shared his years-long adventure of learning about a World War II hero. Sullivan's story began during...
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Survivor Bunai remembers shark attack horror

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By Bill Lombardi Hometown Weekly Correspondent I met Bob Bunai many years ago. Bob was one of the survivors of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in World War II. It sank in shark infested waters. I was so interested in learning about it that he invited my wife and me up to his house...
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Dover author discusses Pacific Ocean theater

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter On May 23, longtime Dover resident Henry Faulkner visited the Dover Town Library for a talk on the history surrounding his books, “Sprouting Wings” and “Slow But Deadly.” The historical fiction novels revolve around Alan Ericsson, who begins his training to be a carrier pilot as tensions between the...
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No worries for fix-it man Tselikis

By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Imagine the smell of a city during wartime. Now imagine you’re barely 20 at the onset of America’s participation in World War II, and find yourself on the other side of the world in a city that doesn’t look like home, smell like home, or taste like home. This was Aristides “Ernie” Tselikis...
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Holocaust survivor shares powerful story

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter On Tuesday, March 21st, the Westwood Public Library hosted Janet Singer Applefield. A mother and a grandmother, graduate of Boston University’s Masters in Social Work program, and a clinical social worker, Applefield is an incredible woman without knowing her childhood story. However, once she shares that story, her success...
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