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Monthly Archives: August 2016

Frisbee champion takes center stage

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Correspondent Two-time freestyle Frisbee world champion Todd Brodeur is now on tour. He made an appearance at Walpole Library on Monday morning from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and put on quite a show for dozens of kids. “Ultimate Frisbee is huge these days and I coach a team...
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Sherborn park a hidden gem

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff Many secluded corners of Sherborn hide their own pastoral or idyllic secrets. A horse farm, perhaps. A beautiful home overlooking a pristine patch of forest, maybe. A vista over an unspoiled meadow, rife with songbirds and wildflowers, even. One such secluded corner, however, hides something a bit more playful. Drive...
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Saving Seeds discussion at Dover Library

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter The vast majority of us today don’t give much thought to how the fruits and vegetables we eat are grown, let alone how the seeds that grow them are cultivated. Before the advent of agro-business, however, an important part of a people’s identity was the food they grew and...
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Davis Bates live at Sherborn Community Center

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter Tuesday, August 16 featured a special show at the Sherborn Community Center with singer and storyteller Davis Bates performing live. His long beard giving the impression of a wizened teller of tales, Bates captivated the audience with interactive stories and songs that both kids and parents thoroughly enjoyed. “Davis...
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The delicate sound of Westwood

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter Hidden away in the courtyard of Westwood High School, the community concert band, Westwood Winds, put on a fantastic show Monday evening. The band was comprised entirely of music enthusiasts with ties to Westwood, and had only practiced together seven times over the summer before the show. Made...
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14U softball wraps great summer season

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Westwood Youth Softball’s 14U summer travel team wrapped up its season by playing in the Championship of the Hockomock Girls Summer Softball League (HGSSL) after finishing the regular season at 7-2-1. The 14U team lost to an undefeated team from Stoughton, but still had a great season in the very competitive HGSSL. “I am...
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Top Secret Science in Westwood

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly The cafeteria of the Sheehan School in Westwood was transformed into a science lab for local kids this week. “Top Secret Science,” a non-profit education group based out of Woburn, provided first to fifth graders the chance to enjoy hands-on science projects while beating the heat. “We are at different places...
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Medfield U12 finishes off great season

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By Hometown Weekly Staff The Medfield U12 baseball team dropped a hard fought final game to Braintree in the Suburban Baseball League championship last Saturday in Westwood. Despite the final loss, Medfield U12 wrapped up a great season, which included numerous tournament titles and a District 11 Championship. Things looked good for Medfield early...
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Neponset Watershed facing severe drought

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Massachusetts is experiencing a significant drought this summer, with the Neponset Watershed categorized as an area facing "severe drought". During an average rainfall year, stream flows in the Neponset River are heavily impacted by water withdrawal, loss of groundwater recharge from paved areas, and groundwater that leaks into aging sewers and gets carried...
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Movies presented by Medfield Library

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter An inflatable screen similar to an air mattress with a screen on it was erected behind the gazebo near Medfield Public Library. The open green area, which was filled with provided wooden seats and patrons who had brought their own seating, played host to a peaceful outdoor evening for...
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Expresso Yourself on August 27

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Get ready to share stories, songs, and poems about your cats and dogs (or anything else). Even if you aren't a pet owner, you should try to make it to The Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. on August 27 at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Medfield. Held on the last Saturday of...
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A new beginning for Rosemary Pool

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By Sarah Blood Hometown Weekly Correspondent While navigating the grounds of Rosemary Park and pool recreation center this past Saturday, a group of Needham residents, along with Rosemary Pool’s Director Patty Carey, discuss the grounds at length, paying particular attention to the highly-anticipated renovations of the pool into a fully-fledged recreation complex. Rosemary Park and...
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Young skaters shred in Needham

By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter “Skateboard EDU” was a two week program offered by the Needham Parks and Rec department that taught young skaters the basics of safely carving it up. Kids aged 8 to 11 brought their own boards, helmets and pads to the tennis courts in back of Pollard Middle School during the...
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Aly Raisman handsprings to Olympic gold

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By Sarah Blood Hometown Weekly Correspondent The spirit of the Olympics is rooted in the people who continue to prove themselves against the odds and strive to achieve their dreams. World champion gymnast Aly Raisman, a Needham resident and gold medal Olympian of the original women gymnastics team called the “Fierce Five,” has now won...
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SteveSongs in Concert at Needham Library

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By James Ensor For fifteen years, Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs has been performing award-wining educational music for kids and families across the globe. From Fenway Park to the Kennedy Center and the White House, his songs have been met with enthusiasm and applause. This Monday August 8, the Needham Library was one of...
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Bird Park’s playground a prize-winner

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff In the spirit of the Summer Olympics, Walpole has taken a silver medal. The event of choice: playgrounds. Wait, what? You heard right. Walpole can now add an award-winning playground to its enviable list of accolades. Boston Moms Blog, a collaborative blog written and read by local mothers, has released its...
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Youth yoga in the Walpole Library

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By James Ensor Hometown Weekly Reporter The children’s section of the Walpole Library may not represent your traditional gym, but the program room was transformed into a paradise of aerobic exercise between 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. Yoga for Children has arrived in Walpole, and it has arrived in a big way. This...
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Walpole Youth Cheerleading returns

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By Cameron Small Hometown Weekly Intern It’s Walpole in August. So it’s hot, humid, and people are looking for some air-conditioning. Storm clouds overhead threaten to open up and break the heat spell. Walking down the street, it’s almost like swimming. Inside Blackburn Hall, it’s even worse—where clothing clings, sweat seeps, and the humidity seems...
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Walpole Rebels prepare for football season

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By Jess McNamara Hometown Weekly Correspondent

As the summer comes to a close, the Walpole Rebels are gearing up for another football season. Under the leadership of longtime Walpole Football coach Barry Greener, the players have spent the summer preparing for the upcoming gridiron gauntlet. Last fall, the Rebels ended the season with an 8-3...
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Book Babies beguiles Wellesley Hills Branch Library

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff The sound is utterly angelic when you walk through the doors of the Wellesley Hills Branch Library. It is almost whisper-quiet, at once melodic and unmistakably tender. It draws you in well before you determine its source: a group of infants and parents in the back of the room,...
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