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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Library throws a bone to practicing readers

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The idea is simple, but it’s one that makes a lasting impact on children and their journey to become fluent readers. To promote a comfortable atmosphere where it’s okay to make mistakes while reading, on one morning a month, the Wellesley Free Library hosts two therapy dogs for children...
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A conversation of substance

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter On Monday, November 20, Representative Denise Garlick invited the community to join the discussion on substance abuse prevention, support, and recovery, and on mental health. Accompanied by a diverse panel of professionals, Rep. Garlick shared three authentic stories that broached the issue with the hope of informing the community...
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‘Nutcracker Ballet’ coming soon

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Miss Michelle’s Center for the Performing Arts of Wellesley will present its tenth annual "Nutcracker Ballet," bringing together residents from Wellesley, Dover and surrounding communities for its performance on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Road in Natick, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. For ticket information, call (781-237-0081) or...
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Art, culture, and ikebana

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter The Wellesley Garden Study group and the Wellesley Garden Club collaborated with one another to host a special guest speaker at the town library on November 15. To teach the gardeners about ikebana and demonstrate her techniques was Wellesley resident Tomoko Tanaka. Ikebana, a form of flower arrangement hailing from...
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Ogletree’s three TDs not enough for Rockets

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The nation’s oldest public high school football rivalry wrote its 130th chapter on Thursday morning, as the Wellesley Raiders and Needham Rockets capped off their 2017 seasons with a thriller of a Thanksgiving game. Thanks to a two-touchdown effort as well as a dominant defensive performance by D’Aunte Moore,...
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Moore, Raiders top Rockets in Turkey Bowl

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The nation’s oldest public high school football rivalry wrote its 130th chapter on Thursday morning, as the Wellesley Raiders and Needham Rockets capped off their 2017 seasons with a thriller of a Thanksgiving game. Thanks to a two-touchdown effort as well as a dominant defensive performance by D’Aunte Moore,...
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WMS to perform ‘Elf Jr.’

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"Elf Jr." is set to be performed at Wellesley Middle School from November 30 through December 2. Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Raised by Santa at the North Pole, good-natured Buddy is filled with Christmas joy year-round, though...
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Christmas Tree Sale in full swing

The annual Norfolk Lodge, A.F. & A.M. Christmas Tree sale is back for Christmas 2017, 45 years after the first Christmas Tree Sale was held in 1972. The Christmas Tree Sale will be held through December 21. For sale will be Nova Scotia balsams of various sizes - from four feet to 12 feet - as...
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The great Hometown Weekly history tour

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Special Correspondent In the wake of Thanksgiving’s stories of Pilgrims, Native Americans, colonies, and exploration, readers in Hometown Weekly’s communities may have found themselves contemplating their home’s place in history. And why not? Plymouth and Salem are no more than an hour away. Boston, Lexington, and Concord are even closer. Much of America’s important...
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Zumbathon raises PR hurricane funds

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On Thursday, Nov. 9, the NHS Spanish Club and Dance Team hosted a “Zumbathon.” The proceeds from the event (over $700 as of November 9) will go to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund of Vamonos Tours....
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Flag football registration open in Dec.

Needham Flag Football League (NFFL) will be kicking off a coed NFL Flag Football League in September 2018 for grades K-8. Games will be played in Needham on Sundays. Space will be limited and registration will open on December 4. For more information, visit www.needhamflagfootball.com....
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Present-Van Broekhoven displaying artwork

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Nancy Present-Van Broekhoven and Mi Herzog share a love of watercolor painting and a love of travel. They built on these combined interests in a show of their paintings in November at Broadmoor, Mass Audubon's Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot Street in South Natick. The Show, called "From Here to There, Travels in Watercolor"...
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Dover Foundation holding ‘Rumors’ auditions

The Dover Foundation is well known for its theatre productions, and for their generous scholarship awards, which are made each year. They always receive great reviews for their musicals and plays, with recent productions being "Guys and Dolls" (2017), "Pirates of Penzance" (2016), "Oliver!" (2014), and "Barefoot in the Park" (2013). In spring 2018, the Foundation will...
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Speech and Debate celebrates success

Needham Speech and Debate had a celebration had a parade of firsts and other fantastic performances, from Lexington to Philadelphia’s Cradle of Liberty, during the weekend of November 18-19. At St. Joseph University’s Villager Invitational, sophomore Annie Stein ranked first in declamation, while also finishing sixth with partner Shayan Raza in duo interpretation. Senior Sarah...
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Hunt Club simulates longstanding tradition

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Dozens of people stood along the edges of Powisset field on November 18, patiently waiting for sight of them. Children played tag to pass the time and tugged on their parents’ coats as they waited. One little boy told his mom that he wanted to return to the car,...
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NEF selling teacher appreciation cards

The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) is selling teacher appreciation cards as an opportunity for community members to show their gratitude while supporting innovation and excellence in Needham Public Schools. NEF will send a card to designated honoree(s), or members of the community may purchase cards to personalize and hand deliver. Cards are $15 each, $60 for...
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Raiders renew Thanksgiving grudge with Warriors

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The Medfield and Dover-Sherborn Regional High School football teams wrote the latest chapter of their Thanksgiving rivalry on Thursday in a high-scoring and exciting affair. Behind a record-breaking day by senior running back Mason Giunta (19 carries for 159 yards and three touchdowns), who reached 1,000 rushing yards on...
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Historical Society ready to celebrate holidays

On Sunday afternoon, December 10, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., the community will celebrate the holidays with popular singer, songwriter, and Victorian history interpreter Diane Taraz at the Benjamin Caryl House, 107 Dedham Street, Dover. Ms. Taraz will perform and lead a sing-a-long in traditional, though not necessarily religious, holiday music from 2:30 p.m....
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‘Nutcracker Ballet’ coming soon

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Miss Michelle’s Center for the Performing Arts of Wellesley will present its tenth annual "Nutcracker Ballet," bringing together residents from Wellesley, Dover and surrounding communities for its performance on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Wilson Middle School, 22 Rutledge Road in Natick, at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. For ticket information, call (781-237-0081) or...
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