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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Night moves: nocturnal critters quietly creep

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By Lisa Moore Hometown Weekly Correspondent As winter reluctantly releases its grip over the region and hibernators and migrators reappear in the area, familiar sights and sounds return, declaring that winter is over and spring has officially begun. Birds, squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks have returned to view, moving about in our neighborhoods. Soon, the greening...
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The (Bay)path to animal adoption

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter If you check out the adorable animals featured in Hometown Weekly’s ‘Pet of the Week’ section, you’ve probably seen a handful of Baypath Humane Society’s residents. Though they frequently find themselves featured in the pages of paper, the luckiest of Baypath’s residents find forever homes with members of Hometown...
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‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ a lively tale

By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter When you go to see a play, there’s a moment that you spend sitting in utter darkness; it’s those few seconds that come after the house lights go out and before the curtain opens, cuing the stage lights to come on. During those fleeting moments, what are you thinking about? In Westwood...
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Antonucci, Deehan ready to lead Wolverine lax

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor An 11-7 season in 2017 ended with a tough 13-8 sectional semifinals defeat to eventual Division II Central/East champs Medfield for the Westwood High School varsity boys lacrosse team. In 2018, the Wolverines will need to fill in some major holes left behind by departed talent such as...
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Smiles abound for Bachar Saba

By Linda Thomas Hometown Weekly Correspondent Life was simple growing up in Damascus, Syria in the 1970s. There were fewer responsibilities. All then-12-year-old Bachar Saba thought about was summer breaks from school and the chance to be his father’s companion. It was his first taste for dentistry. Saba remembers taking his small bike to his dad’s office, riding it...
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Westwood 8th graders are MetroWest champs

The Westwood 8th grade girls basketball team recently captured the Division 1 MetroWest Championship. After securing the third seed for the playoffs, Westwood defeated Easton and Raynham to make the championship game against perennial foe, Franklin. The team's tenacious defense and across-the-board contributions helped them pull away in the fourth quarter to win, 45-36 -...
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5th grade girls make title game

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Westwood Travel Basketball's 5th grade girls A team completed a strong season by making it to the championship game at the New England Middle School State Tournament. The team finished its regular season with an impressive 11-1 record and therefore will be moved up to Division 1 next year. Their success can be...
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Wellesley students rally for reform

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Around the nation, students have been expressing their outrage, concerns, and fears surrounding the issues of gun violence and gun control. After 17 were killed and over a dozen more were injured in the shooting in Parkland, Florida, Wellesley High students joined together to say, “enough is enough.” On Wednesday,...
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Storybook ending for Lawrence, Lady-Raiders

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Before the start of the 2017-2018 season, Wellesley senior captain Phoebe Lawrence stated that she believed her team had potential to do something great. “I think this team has an amazing amount of potential to do really well,” said Lawrence. “Our program has always gone very far into the...
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Renowned author Wells holds artist workshop

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By Lisa Moore Hometown Weekly Correspondent Wellesley Free Library’s Wakelin Room was abuzz last week as fans big and small filled the seats or sat crisscross applesauce on the rug for a book reading and artist workshop by renowned author/artist Rosemary Wells. Famous for her over 120 books for children, including over 40 that feature...
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Wellesley set for CreateAthon

This year's CreateAthon, a Wellesley Education Foundation event, will be held on March 24 at the Wellesley High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wellesley High School. At the CreateAthon, high school and middle school students who live or go to school in Wellesley will work in teams to create an app from...
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Friends of St. Patrick spread cheer

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Since he found out he had been selected as the Friends of St. Patrick’s Person of the Year, Peter Betro Jr. has kept his calendar cleared for March 16 – the day of the annual luncheon to celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and the Person of the Year. Betro was...
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Fahey, Rebel lax eye redemption

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The spring of 2017 was a memorable one for Walpole High School boys lacrosse, as the Rebels finished the regular season 17-1 and the earned the No. 1 overall seed in Division II Central/East. After a stunning 13-12 overtime defeat to Medfield in the sectional title game last...
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‘Green Politics’ poster exhibit coming soon

Residents of Walpole will have an opportunity during the month of April to view a unique poster exhibit from the collection of Stephen Lewis. The theme of the exhibit, named "Green Politics," is posters about the environment. Many of these posters are from green movements and Green political parties in Europe. The theme of the...
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Walpole Veterans Memorial bricks for sale

The Walpole Veterans Memorial is seeking residents who are interested in purchasing a brick at the memorial. Walpole Veterans Memorial is located on the grounds of Walpole VFW Post 5188 on Robbins Rd. It is available for public viewing seven days a week. Memorial consists of engraved veterans bricks, sponsor bricks and a replica of Walpole’s...
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Author Melissa Stewart coming to library

Melissa Stewart, author of more than 180 science books for young readers, will be on hand to talk about the making of her book, “Can an Aardvark Bark?” at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, in the Community Room of the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street. This special event is the annual Eleanor “Soosie”...
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MSBA passes over Walpole SOI

In April of 2017, Walpole Public Schools submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), which is the first step in the MSBA’s program to approve funding of construction, renovation, or repair of affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient schools. The SOI informs MSBA about deficiencies that may exist in a...
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Needham High makes a statement

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By Laura Drinan 
Hometown Weekly Reporter Many of Needham High’s students came home from school with a new addition to their wardrobes on Thursday, March 15, after participating in the annual Make a Statement Day shirt-decorating event. “It’s a tradition that has been a part of Needham High School for quite a long time now,”...
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NHS students participate in walkout

By Ethan Lee Hometown Weekly Correspondent On Wednesday, March 14, over 200 Needham High School students participated in a 17-minute walkout aiming to honor the 17 victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month. The walkout, part of a national student walkout for stricter gun regulations, took place at 10:00 a.m.,...
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Needham baseball holding high hopes

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off of back-to-back 11-9 seasons and trips to the MIAA State Tournament, the Needham High School varsity baseball team enters the 2018 season with high hopes. However, while the obvious goal of getting back to the tournament is priority No. 1, the Needham boys are hoping to...
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