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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Two-alarm fire rages in Needham

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A two-alarm conflagration on 7 Sutton Road last Tuesday, January 17, had local fire departments and television news crews scrambling to the scene. The fire took place around 1:30 p.m. on Sutton Road, which runs between Webster St. and Rt. 135., and necessitated the assistance of firefighters from Dedham, Newton, Wellesley and Westwood in...
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Rocket hockey earns comeback victory

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham High School boys varsity hockey team earned a signature win last Wednesday evening at home against Milton at Babson Ice Center. Trailing 2-0 towards the end of the second period, the Rockets (4-5-1) exploded with five goals during the final period and change to overcome the...
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Please, please help

To All, All of you either know Karen, or have been witness to her struggles and fights with her rare disease (Ehlers Danlos) and all the complications she has seemed to inherit. Many of you have seen her in different stages (good and bad), but I think you all have gotten the overall understanding...
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Raider hoop wins two in a row

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Following a tough 47-32 loss to arch-rival and undefeated Needham (7-0) at TD Garden in the Good Sports Invitational on January 8, the Wellesley High School boys varsity basketball team rebounded this past week with two consecutive wins over Brookline (75-64) on January 10, and Dedham (63-38) on...
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WCC, Mothers Forum sponsor Dignity Matters

Andrea Schneider is the Community Outreach Director for Wellesley Mothers Forum. She was contacted by Kate Sanetra-Butler, the founder and CEO of Dignity Matters (www.dignity-matters.org) to see if there was an opportunity for the two organizations to partner with one another. As Sanetra-Butler described the mission of Dignity Matters, and the desperate need that homeless...
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Citizens Police Academy coming to Wellesley

The Wellesley Police Department will be holding a Citizens Police Academy for the public starting on March 22. The academy meets weekly starting at 6:30 p.m. for approximately 2 hours during the evening at the Wellesley Police Department. The Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to give our participants an overview of the police department functions and...
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Forti to give ‘School Gardens’ talk

The Wellesley Garden Study Group, in collaboration with Mass Horticultural Society and Wellesley Green Schools, will host a program on School Gardens at the Parkman Educational Center, Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, on January 25. Those interested in attending may join the Study Group at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments and announcements....
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To bee Westwood’s best speller

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By Cameron Small Hometown Weekly Correspondent Sombrero. February. Furlough. These three words might not seem like they have a lot in common, but they all share a commonality besides the letter R. These words were the winning words for each level of the Twenty-first Annual Foundation for Westwood Education Spelling Bee held January 6 at...
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At Library, folklore a draw

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Sam Valentino began his second class at the Westwood Library last Tuesday. His first class focused on teaching art through mythology. This class teaches art as well, but this time, it’s through folklore. “I’m stressing ‘folklore’ because people tend to think of fairy tales, they think of Red Riding...
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Harry Potter Book Night coming soon

February 2 will see the third annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world and in Westwood. Westwood Public Library is getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around The Professors of Hogwarts. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. On Harry Potter Book Night, the library will be sharing the wonder of J.K....
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Girls hoop ends unbeaten streak at five

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Medfield and Westwood High School varsity girls basketball teams each entered last Tuesday night’s matchup undefeated and looking to earn a key win over a quality conference opponent. Senior forward Allison Petit and senior guard Sophia Ouimette led the lady-Warriors (6-0) to a 51-37 victory over the...
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Local author publishes first novel

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter At first glance, it is difficult to tell exactly what feminism, fairy tales, and falconry have in common. However, all three coalesce in Arielle K. Harris. Harris was born locally and then spent a number of years of Scotland, which she says has “irreversibly confused her accent and spelling...
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Watershed Association celebrates 50 years

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With the arrival of 2017, the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) marks a major milestone: fifty years since the founding of the organization. NepRWA was formally founded in August of 1967, as the Neponset Conservation Association (the name was “modernized” in 1987). The founders were Harry Fraser, Hanna Bigelow, Henry Lyman, Frank Chase, Lawrence...
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Footlighters warm winter with comedy production

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The Walpole Footlighters are warming up winter at their Playhouse on Scout Rd. in East Walpole, where they rehearse for the opening of their next show, “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” This hilarious comedy will be performed weekends from February 3 to February19. This is the second production of the Walpole Footlighters 2016-2017 season,...
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Girls hoop, Fogarty battle Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Walpole High School varsity girls basketball teams met on Wednesday night for their lone meeting of 2016-2017. The Rockets (4-4) were able to contain Walpole’s most lethal offensive weapon, Kelly Fogarty (16 points), and gutted out a big 43-40 win over the Rebels (5-2) to...
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Girls hoop back to .500 with big win

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Walpole High School varsity girls basketball teams met on Wednesday night for their lone meeting of 2016-2017. The Rockets (4-4) were able to contain Walpole’s most lethal offensive weapon, Kelly Fogarty (16 points), and gutted out a big 43-40 win over the Rebels (5-2) to...
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Toby Walker teaches history, music, passion

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Toby Walker is an incredibly dynamic performer. Telling his stories to the students at Needham High School, he exudes an energy rarely seen anywhere besides rock concerts. Relaying his tales of meeting sharecropper Jack Owens in Mississippi and the racial dynamics as recently as the 1990s, the audience was...
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Babies and Books readies youngest readers

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter The Needham Public Library has events for locals of all ages – lectures for the older crowd, movie nights for the younger crowds, and a number of events specified directly at the very young. Diane Browne, Technical Services Supervisor and Children’s Librarian, teaches a number of these classes. The...
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Luka is December’s RAY of Hope

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Nicole Luka is a senior at Needham High School. She was nominated by Karen Mullen for the work she does in SALSA (Students Advocating Life Without Substance Abuse). Nicole has been participated in SALSA for the past four years and has been a member of the leadership team now for her third year....
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ZBA discusses ‘Country Estates of Medfield’

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter On the evening of Thursday, January 12, the Zoning Board of Appeals met to discuss the construction of a property located at 21, 25 and 29 Hospital Road. This housing complex is particularly important, since it incorporates a number of affordable housing units, which contributes to Medfield’s compliance with...
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