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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Needham Bank provides Westwood METCO funding

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Needham Bank today announced that it will provide a total of $25,000 in funding, spread among five school districts serving six local communities, to enable them to continue full METCO participation during the 2016-2017 school year. METCO, which has been in existence since 1966, is the country’s oldest continuously operating voluntary desegregation program. It...
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Walpole Porkers fight to 1-1 tie

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole Porkers (4-0-1) and Needham Rockets (3-1-1) faced off for the first of two meetings in 2016 on Tuesday night under the lights at Turco Field in their Bay State Conference match. Despite the Porkers jumping out to an early lead, the Rockets were able to fight...
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Boys soccer fights to Walpole draw

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Walpole varsity boys soccer teams met at Bird Middle School in Walpole on Tuesday afternoon, September 20, to play their lone Bay State Conference meeting of 2016, with the game ending in a hard-fought 2-2 draw. Tuesday’s tilt was everything the average soccer fan could ask...
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Paper cranes are flying in Walpole

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By Harry Kane Hometown Weekly Reporter An International Day of Peace is observed every year on September 21 to commemorate the tireless efforts for world peace and continue the quest for harmony through public awareness and education. In the town of Walpole, one woman’s quest for peace begins with making origami cranes and handing them...
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Arresting cancer

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By Cameron Small Hometown Weekly Correspondent The women and men in blue keep our streets safe—arresting wrongdoers; teaching young children how to stay out of danger; and, contrary to stereotypes, not drinking copious amounts of coffee or over indulging in doughnuts. Outside their uniform and their duty, though, police officers are people—with hobbies, pastimes, and...
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Andruzzi Comedy Night is smashing success

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Comedians Lenny Clarke, Tony V, Artie Januario, Brad Mastrangelo, Graig Murphy, Christine Hurley, Dave Russo and Johnny Pizzi united on one stage for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s (JAF) third annual comedy night fundraiser at Raffael’s Walpole. The New England comedians kept the wisecracks going all night to benefit the Joe Andruzzi Foundation’s mission...
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Walpole Scouts raise Flags on the 48

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Just a few days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, six hikers decided to hike up Mount Liberty. The hikers carried 100 feet of rope and 30 feet of PVC tubing, and raised an American flag in honor of the victims. These hikers started the tradition called Flags on the 48. Flags...
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BSS Principal joins mission trip to Cuba

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Blessed Sacrament School Principal Jim Spillman spent five days in Cuba last May as part of a mission trip with the Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Boston. Travel to the island country is slowly opening up to Americans, making the journey a unique experience for any American educator. Mr. Spillman was...
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Blue Moon to celebrate 20 years

Blue Moon Bagel Cafe will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary this Sunday, September 25. More than a bakery, Blue Moon is a Medfield fixture, and is looking forward to welcoming the community on its special day. There will be face painting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music from noon to 2 p.m., special blue...
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Auditore Leads Walpole Rebels Past Needham Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole Rebels (1-1) and Needham Rockets (0-2) met under lights on Friday night at Turco Field in their annual Bay State Conference matchup. Led by stout defensive play and the lethal rushing attack of senior running back Ferry Armand, the Rebels prevailed 21-7 despite a late offensive...
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Vandal retaliates after Walpole cancels dances

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By Harry Kane Hometown Weekly Reporter In the wake of a decision to cancel annual school dances at Walpole High School because of underage drinking, a lone individual defaced several walls with anti-police slogans on and off campus. At the start of the school year, Principal Steven Imbusch cancelled the upcoming school dances due to last...
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Live from Walpole, it’s Friday night!

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By Stephen Press Hometown Weekly Staff Walking from the public parking on East Street towards the center of town, the late afternoon sun shines brightly over the police department. In the the distance, the sound of live music and a crowd of people is unmistakable. Something festive is ahead, and the timing is perfect -...
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In Walpole’s Jackson, a nurse and advocate

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By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Since middle school, Chris was her best buddy. She knew something was wrong with him every time his harsh cough left him fiercely gasping for air. At 13, Rachel Jackson didn’t know that cystic fibrosis might kill her friend. That was 30 years ago and Jackson, who now understands the magnitude...
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Walpole organ recital set for Tuesday

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Join the United Church in Walpole on Tuesday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary for an exciting organ recital featuring a smorgasbord of classics, favorites and surprises. United Church organist and Music Director Alex Green will perform pieces ranging from the joyful “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” to the powerful “Toccata and Fugue in D...
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Rockets Drop Heartbreaker To Walpole, 21-7

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Walpole Rebels (1-1) and Needham Rockets (0-2) met under lights on Friday night at Turco Field in their annual Bay State Conference matchup. Led by stout defensive play and the lethal rushing attack of senior running back Ferry Armand, the Rebels prevailed 21-7 despite a late offensive...
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NJF goes 2-2 in battles against Milton

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The Needham Junior Football teams hosted Milton for six games at Memorial Field. In the competitive brackets, Needham went 2-2 with the sixth and seventh grade teams notching victories, while the fifth and eighth grade squads lost close ones. A Squad (Grade 8) – Milton 20, Needham 16 – The A squad dropped...
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Step into art with Abby Rischin

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By Harry Kane Hometown Weekly Reporter For many, art is an important part of expressing imagination and exhibiting technical skills, but for Abby Rischin, the founder and president of the non-profit, Step Into Art, there are a multitude of reasons why creating and learning about art can encourage students to expand their horizons. That’s why Rischin...
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Meet Wellesley’s new residents, Lava and Sky

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by Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Free Library’s NAO robots were named Lava (red robot) and Sky (blue robot) by 10 year-old Oliver, who won the naming contest after a month of children dropping off their name choices in the WFL’s drop box. The WFL hosted over 120 people at their naming event this...
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Wellesley Raiders go green

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By Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Raiders Football team had a hole in their regular schedule and a substitute team - New Mission High School (NMHS) in Mattapan - was added to the game lineup. The team had “a strong showing in their first game of the 2016 season” according to parent and attendee,...
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Wellesley Boy’s soccer shuts out Milton

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After a series of heartbreaking losses to Walpole (1-0), Needham (2-1), and Weymouth (2-0) to begin the 2016 campaign, the Wellesley High boys soccer team took on Milton at Sprague Field on Friday evening in search of their first victory. A strong offensive performance, tight defensive play, and stellar...
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