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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Upham Elementary holds first Imagineering Day

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Last week, Upham Elementary School enjoyed its first annual Imagineering Day. This is a day dedicated to children building cardboard creations. While a few other elementary schools have similar programs called "The Day of Play," Upham teachers, staff and parent volunteers put a unique spin on the design of their day. Weeks...
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Lightning foils Xaverian lax senior night

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Two top-20 teams met for a late-season non-conference showdown on Wednesday night as the No. 8 Xaverian Hawks hosted the No. 17 Billerica Indians at the Hawk Bowl for Xaverian’s senior night. Unfortunately for both sides, some non-ideal weather late in the fourth quarter forced the game’s conclusion...
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Local author shares inspiration behind novel

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter If you’ve ever seen the movie “Then She Found Me,” then you’re already familiar with Elinor Lipman’s work. Aside from writing the book of the same name, which was adapted as a movie, Lipman has authored over a dozen books and is a compelling fiction writer. “The things that I...
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Rotary announces R.A.Y. Award winners

The Rotary Club of Westwood and Westwood Youth & Family Services (WY&FS) have announced the recipients of the 2018 Recognize A Youth (R.A.Y.) Award. Three Westwood High School students and a student from Downey Elementary School were honored recently at a Rotary Club reception at the Library. The recipients, through their actions, have demonstrated an...
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The strange tale of the ‘Lady Be Good’

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By Bill Lombardi Hometown Weekly Correspondent In the late afternoon of April 3, 1943, 25 U.S. B-24 planes took off from Soluch, Libya to bomb the German forces in Naples. Their mission was to drop bombs on strategic enemy targets and return to base. Of the 25 planes only one, the “Lady Be Good,” failed to...
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Curtis, Rebels clinch conference on senior night

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The defending Division I state champion Needham Rockets traveled down the road to Walpole on Monday evening for a pivotal Bay State Conference showdown with the undefeated Rebels (15-0, 10-0). Back on April 5, the Rebels came from four down in the final quarter to upend the Rockets...
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Walpole students walk red carpet

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As they have for sixteen years now, Walpole students took to the red carpet on Thursday, May 17, for the Walpole Film Festival’s award show. The awards and nominees are listed as follows: Best Film winner: “This Was You.” Nominees included “Drivers Ed,” “The Education of Mr. Whittenhall,” “Grim,” “Hit and Run,” “Hung Up,”...
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‘Penny Poll’ results announced

Over 100 people took the “Penny Poll” on May 14 at the Walpole Peace and Justice Group booth at Walpole Day. The poll gave participants the opportunity to “vote” how they would allocate the U.S. Federal discretionary budget and how their taxes would be spent. The U.S. discretionary budget covers Federal spending that is allocated...
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Chicoski, Raiders best McCarthy, Warriors

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The class of both the TVL and Bay State Conference met for a late-season non-conference showdown on Saturday morning as the Medfield Warriors visited the Wellesley Raiders. Behind five goals and a pair of assists from senior captain and Stanford commit Caitlin Chicoski, along with four goals from...
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The Davis presents fantastical ‘Intermezzi’

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Given momentum by the “Sturm und Drang” movement, the arts were thriving in nineteenth century Germany. Friedrich Schiller wrote the play “William Tell,” and German speakers celebrated the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Simultaneously, Ludwig van Beethoven was composing some of his most renowned works. In the late 1800s,...
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A window into an author’s mind

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Margaret “Peg” Arnold was a member of the Wellesley community for nearly 70 years. She moved to Wellesley with her parents in 1924 and served as the head librarian at the Wellesley Free Library for 31 years. She had been thoroughly involved in town meeting, became a director of...
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WEF ‘Rocks the Firehouse’

By Rama K. Ramaswamy When the Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) decides to have fun, they "rock the firehouse" and fundraise in the process to sustain the non-profit's mission to foster innovation and excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools. Shani DeFina and Maria Chase co-chaired Rockin’ the Firehouse, an evening of music to benefit the WEF, which...
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Wolverines take TVL in milestone win

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Westwood boys lacrosse has had their chances to upend the rival Medfield Warriors (10-6, 9-2) throughout the last two seasons, most recently falling 10-9 back on May 2 in Medfield. Entering Monday night’s second and final regular season contest with the Warriors at Flahive Field, Westwood boys lacrosse...
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Westwood welcomes new children’s librarian

By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter “I always knew I wanted to do something with books, literature, or writing,” said Kristy Pasquariello, the Westwood Public Library’s new children’s librarian. “I’ve been a book person my whole life!” Although she only recently assumed the role, Kristy brings a wealth of experience to her new position. After studying as an undergraduate...
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Shue, Lady-Raiders roll past Lancers

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By Michael Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor The DS girls varsity lacrosse team has been on a tear of late, entering Friday’s matchup with Norton as winners of seven straight. Thanks to a strong collective effort and dominance at the faceoff X all game long by senior captain Cricket Simms, the Lady-Raiders (11-4, 10-2) cruised...
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Sherborn Garden Club celebrates ruby anniversary

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter There’s a lot one can accomplish in 40 years. In that time, a person can dry flowers and decorate an eight-foot tree with them for the library. Perhaps someone would create a cookbook entitled “Thyme Flies” in those four decades. Or maybe a person could use that time to...
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Memory statue to receive facelift

The mysterious lady draped in black located at “the split” in Sherborn is getting a beauty treatment. The statue and surrounding monument are the centerpiece of the Sherborn Local Historic District and were given to the town in 1924 by a local son, William Bradford Homer Dowse. As with any aging lady, periodic conservation treatments...
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Sherborn Snappers open registration

Registration is now open to all residents of Sherborn and Dover for the 2018 Sherborn “Snappers” swim team season. Like last year, registration is a two-step process. Parents must visit www.sherbornsnappers.com to register their swimmer(s). They then need to visit www.sherbornrec.com to finalize registration and make payment. All information regarding swim meet dates, practice times, swim...
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Medfield composer remembers the many

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By Laura Drinan Hometown Weekly Reporter Between anguish and outrage, the shooting in Parkland, Florida left many at a loss for words. There are many ways, though, for individuals to express themselves without the use of words, and Medfield’s Justin Casinghino did just that. Last month, Casinghino conducted his original composition, “Remembering the Many,” for World...
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Soles of Medfield run for water

Six kilometers (3.74 miles) is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water — water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. Nearly 1,000 children under age five die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. On Saturday, May 19, over 44,000 participants from around...
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