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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Trust publishes Vine Lake Cemetery app

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The history of the local and wider Medfield community is in many ways buried in the past at Vine Lake Cemetery’s Old Section. Vine Lake Preservation Trust has recently launched a new mobile application and website enhancement, mapping each of these gravesites on satellite maps, and linking the memories and histories of the...
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13U boys take home championship

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The Medfield 13U Babe Ruth baseball team completed a stellar summer run by taking home the championship in the Tri-Valley Baseball League. The victory capped a strong summer season for the team that had earned the number one playoff seed based on a 10-1-1 regular season record. Bitten by the injury bug in...
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A walk in the park

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff Kira LaFosse-Baker, Engagement Site Manager at Rocky Woods, stops at a fork in the wooded trail. Around her, children look left and right as she procures a trail map. LaFosse-Baker points to the map, then to a yellow spray-painted dot on the side of a tree. The kids' eyes...
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Self-styled superheroes at the Pfaff

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter This week, and all year round, Drama Kids International has offered a weeklong course for local kids at the Pfaff Center. 24 kids signed up for the regular Drama Kids program this last week, plus an additional seven in an acting academy film program that has spun off...
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Extreme Earth in the Pfaff Center

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter For a week, young geologists learned a bit more about just how our world works. From Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19, campers enjoyed the Extreme Earth program at the Pfaff Center. “This program focuses on geology, mostly, so today we are doing geodes, we made wind...
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Rosemary and time in Needham

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff When Rosemary Lake closed in 1969 due to issues with water quality, Needham Park and Recreation determined that a temporary pool was the answer. And so it was that Rosemary Pool was born in 1972. Almost half a century later, the "temporary" Rosemary Pool has finally reached the end of...
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U8 boys win Friendship Cup

Needham's U8 Gold summer team won the U8 EMass Friendship Cup Championship with a 4-3 win over Milton on August 6. The team finished the season 17-0, and captured the Foxboro Friendship League championship on August 4 with a 4-0 win over a tough, previously-unbeaten Raynham team. Milton won the Braintree Friendship League title, setting...
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Bruins mascot Blades visits Needham Library

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter Decked out in black and gold, Blades the Bear stood at the front of the large community room at the Needham Library in front of a crowd of adoring fans both young and old. Kids answered trivia questions, heard a story of how Blades gained his mascot fame, colored...
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Needham Library extends Sunday hours

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The Needham Free Public Library will be extending its open hours on Sundays beginning September 11. The library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. from September 11 through June 25, 2017. Previously, the library closed on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. The two additional hours are part of a...
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Aly Raisman celebration planned for Saturday

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To mark the occasion of Needham Olympian Aly Raisman’s triumphant return from the Rio games, spectators can gather together at the Needham Town Common, directly in front of Needham Town Hall at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 27 for the homecoming celebration. Raisman is returning to the U.S. with three medals from Rio:...
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Westwood boys take summer championship

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The Westwood 10A team was able to pull out a big win over Whitman to win the Suburban League championship. At the end of 6 innings, the teams were tied, 5-5, forcing them into extra frames. Solid pitching seemed to define the contest, as Westwood got quality innings out of Paul Dyson, Joey Toti,...
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Westwood girls cheerlead with Patriots

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Nine Westwood girls participated in the 2016 Junior Patriots Cheerleading Program. They attended two cheer and dance clinics, and one dance rehearsal hosted by the New England Patriots Cheerleaders between May and August. The program concluded with an opportunity to perform in the pre-game show when the Patriots hosted the New Orleans Saints...
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Soccer event raises HIV education funds

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By Lisa Moore Hometown Weekly Correspondent Last weekend, Wellesley United Soccer Club hosted the sixth annual 24 Hours of Soccer in Wellesley. This event, which is run by volunteers each year, is a fundraiser to support Grassroot Soccer, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses the common love of soccer to empower, inspire, and educate communities...
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Not Your Mother’s Game Night

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The origins and enjoyment garnered by playing board games dates as far back as ancient Mesopotamia to the Aztecs to classical Greece. In fact, quite a few presidents were board-gamers. Abraham Lincoln, for example, played backgammon with his sons. Founding fathers Franklin, Jefferson, and Madison were ardent players of chess....
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Rotary to host teen training seminar

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By Lisa Moore Hometown Weekly Correspondent This September, Bob Anthony, the District 7910 Sub Committee Chief for Rotary Interact Club of Wellesley, is hosting a District Interact teen and advisor training seminar. Interact Club is a global organization for students aged 12-18 looking to make a difference in their communities and beyond, while having fun...
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Westwood kid’s vacation discovery rocks

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff When most kids head off on their summer vacations, it’s to collect fun experiences and bond with their families. For Westwood’s Andrew Easton, the summer jaunt may have come with an unexpected surprise: a career calling. Easton, a rising third-grader at the Martha Jones School, discovered a fossil during...
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(Mostly) impenetrable reading fortresses pop up

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By Cameron Small Hometown Weekly Intern What do you get when you mix blankets, flashlights, rampaging children, stuffed animals, and smiles? You get the Family Fort Night event held at the Main Branch of the Westwood Public Library last Wednesday night, August 17. Like most things that are planned out, things did not go exactly...
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Little Olympics at Islington Branch

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter Although the young athletes would have been forgiven to think they were in Rio when they were baking in the sun, they were in fact escaping the heat in the Islington Branch library on Thursday, August 18. For an hour on that hot morning, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30...
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Walpole’s Fogarty sets shot record

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor August. The time of year where baseball season is in full swing and football teams of all levels are starting their two-a-day practices and training camps in preparation for the upcoming season. Normally, this is not the time of year for local star basketball players to be...
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Shaughnessy impresses Walpole Library crowd

By Edward Sheehan Hometown Weekly Correspondent On Monday, August 15, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy gave an engaging talk at the Walpole Public Library. Shaughnessy was just awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for his journalistic work. Monday, he spoke about baseball and his experience...
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