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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Walpole breaks ground on fire station

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday, April 13, the town of Walpole officially broke ground on their new fire station, talks of which had been in the works for the past 10 years. With a $14.2 million budget, this new station is much-needed after the department and its resources have grown. This station...
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Deborah Sampson brought back to life

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Walking into the Community Room of the Walpole Public Library on April 12 was like entering into a time machine. Before a packed audience stood Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American military. A Massachusetts native, Sampson disguised herself...
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Girl Scouts build culinary herb garden

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This past summer, members of Girl Scout Troop 74678 worked with the residents of Neponset View Terrace to plan and build a perennial herb garden for their enjoyment and use in culinary creations. The residents took a vote on which herbs they wanted to have in their garden. The Girl Scouts then planted...
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Swirbalus thriving at UPenn, named All-American

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor To say that Westwood resident Nicole Swirbalus has thrived since arriving at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2015 would be an understatement. After recently completing her sophomore season on the Quaker gymnastics team, Swirbalus enters the offseason as one of the most accomplished gymnasts at...
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WEF Sustainability Challenge winners

by Rama K. Ramaswamy The Wellesley Education Foundation, Wellesley Green Schools, the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, and heightened interest in renewable energy all sparked the Power To Choose Program to put together the Sustainability Challenge. WEF2According to Phyllis Theermann of Wellesley Green Schools and Sustainable Wellesley, “since...
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Raiders clash with Rockets, upset Framingham

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Wellesley High School varsity boys volleyball teams renewed their rivalry last Monday night, as the Rockets (6-0) outlasted the Raiders (2-2) by a final of 3-0, thanks to some dominant performances at the net by senior captain Brady Orozco-Herman and Eli Wallace. Before their date...
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Teammates reunited at Championship

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Throughout their upbringings in Westwood, Irina Chiulli and Samantha McDonald saw a lot of each other. Whether in the pool, in the hallways at school, on the bus, in their driveways, or in their living rooms, the two now-NCAA Division I swimmers for Richmond University (Chiulli) and Fordham...
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Seniors help Red Sox play ball

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter When the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Lina Arena-DeRosa, Director of the Westwood Council on Aging, made an impromptu decision to throw a party, inviting all seniors in the area to watch the celebration parade. Of course, after the extravagant and joyous event took place, those who participated wanted...
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Islington Library hosts Connie Mayo

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On April 3, Aaron Cerullo was presented with a Certificate of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. This certificate was issued in grateful appreciation for faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of The American Legion. Aaron Cerullo is a longtime and dedicated member of American Legion Post 320, Department and has been...
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As ever, Needham’s Dennett goes boldly

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By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Ah, that sense of wonder. Space: The final frontier. The first episode of the original “Star Trek” TV series aired in 1966. But it wasn’t until the summer of 1968 when, at the age of 9, Gay Ellen Dennett got to stay up late to watch “The Tholian Web,” the...
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Islington Library hosts Connie Mayo

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Becoming a published author can seem like an impossible feat, and while it isn’t impossible, it is certainly difficult. One author who can attest to this is Connie Hertzberg Mayo, the author of “The Island of Worthy Boys” and a Sharon, Massachusetts local. “From the time I started writing...
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Needham volleyball opens season 6-0

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Needham and Wellesley High School varsity boys volleyball teams renewed their rivalry last Monday night, as the Rockets (6-0) outlasted the Raiders (2-2) by a final of 3-0, thanks to some dominant performances at the net by senior captain Brady Orozco-Herman and Eli Wallace. Before their date...
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Tara Sullivan shares experiences and method

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter Tara Sullivan believed that when she grew up, she would follow in her parents’ footsteps to become an aid worker. As Sullivan likes to mention, though, “plan A” does not always work in. In fact, “plan A” very rarely works out. Instead, Sullivan works as a writer. So far,...
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CYO basketball awards night coming

The annual St. Margaret Mary CYO basketball awards night will be held on Sunday evening, May 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the lower church. The most valuable player, unsung hero and coach’s awards will be presented to players from each team. Every player from each of the St. Margaret Mary’s teams will...
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Dover’s Kocher named All-Scholastic at Nobles

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Dover-Sherborn Regional High School varsity alpine ski team enjoyed an incredibly successful season on the slopes in 2016-2017. However, even some DS residents who opted to take their athletic talents elsewhere had successful athletic campaigns this past winter season. Dover’s Izzy Kocher is the prime example after...
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DS High School hosts Seminar Day

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter On Wednesday, April 12, Dover-Sherborn High School held its first Seminar Day in eight years. Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to hear over 50 different speakers touching on almost every subject imaginable. “The idea is just basically to give the kids an opportunity to attend workshop seminars...
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DSMS hosts annual Raiders Rock

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By Katrina Margolis Hometown Weekly Reporter This year, Andrea Merritt and the Dover Sherborn Middle School Peer Leadership Club put on their second annual Raiders Rock, an event which promotes a healthy lifestyle, as well as community within the school. This year’s incarnation of the event was an even bigger success than the first year....
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Medfield Strings broadens horizons in Montreal

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The Medfield High School Chamber Strings, an award-winning honors ensemble, recently returned from its first-ever weekend music trip to Montreal that may have been short in length, but rich in musical education and experiences. Trip highlights included a performance at Notre-Dame Basilica - an 1829 Gothic Revival cathedral, and a clinic with renown...
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Local kids take black belts

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Celebrating their 25th year of teaching students of all ages, Personal Best Karate promoted 60 students to the ranks of First, Second, Third and Fifth degree Black Belt in this past month. Over 800 people packed the Oliver Ames High School auditorium in Easton for an evening of choreographed martial arts performances. All...
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