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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Festival Day spreads creative joy

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By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent The Charles River Creative Arts Program, held in the summer at the Charles River School in Dover, is celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary this year. Since 1969, the camp has emphasized critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative skills, while students study performing and visual arts, athletics, and technology. Walking through...
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Mass Hort hosting summer family programs

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort) is set to offer several family summer programs at Weezie’s Garden for Children at The Gardens at Elm Bank. Mass Hort offers many programs designed to delight and teach visitors about the natural world. This June through August, each Wednesday starting at 11 a.m., visitors will explore the wildlife and...
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Westwood kids play in foam oasis

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Every parent is trying to find a way to beat the heat this summer. From trips to pools, ponds, lakes, and the ocean to a sprinkler in the backyard, it seems impossible. Last week was especially rough, with temperatures reaching into the 90s. Luckily for kids (and their parents),...
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Wellesley Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Five young women from Wellesley received their Girl Scout Gold Award from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts during the 2019 Gold Award Ceremony on June 14 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting given for extraordinary community service projects. Jessica Cheng, Enya Gamble,...
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24 Hours of Barefoot Soccer coming

24 Hours of Barefoot Soccer will take place at Wellesley’s Honeywell Fields from noon on Saturday, August 10, through noon the next day, Sunday, August 11 - the event goes on for a full 24 hours. Anyone, regardless of soccer skill level, is welcomed to play fun soccer scrimmages and games to benefit Grassroots Soccer,...
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Storytime makes astronauts cool again

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Do kids still think astronauts are cool? With billionaire vanity space projects widely mocked, and moon landing hoax and flat earth videos just a click away, it’s a valid question whether or not kids still point to becoming an astronaut as a dream job for when they become...
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Hula La brings islands to Walpole

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The problem with most kids’ concerts is that no matter how good your music is, a child’s attention span isn’t long enough to keep them from squirming, getting bored, asking for your phone, or lashing out. But on Tuesday at the Walpole Library, Hula La had the answer for...
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Adams Farm concert brings in crowd

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Summer is definitely the season for long walks, picnics, and outdoor concerts. On Saturday, July 13, visitors to Adams Farm in Walpole could experience all three at once. From noon until 3:00, guests gathered at the barn to hear a free concert, sponsored by the Friends of Adams Farm....
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Donato’s gem lifts Walpole Legion

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor District Six Legion baseball rivals Walpole Post 104 and Medfield Post 110 met last Wednesday night at Curt Schilling Field. Walpole’s Matt Donato, who will play at Tufts in the fall, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and was perfect after three. On a day where Walpole’s...
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Project VAN visits Community Council

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff For most of the summer, kids fill their calendars working summer jobs and spending time with friends and family. But for a few days in July, local kids sacrifice their time volunteering with Volunteers Around Needham (VAN). Each week of the month, a group of volunteers visits a different place in...
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NASA Ambassador teaches kids about Mars

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter This year, the Needham Free Public Library’s summer reading program revolves around space exploration. So, last Tuesday, July 9, the Library invited NASA Solar System Ambassador Piyush Khopkar to speak about the red planet, Mars, and the science involved in exploring it. While going to Mars is in so...
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Connelly’s blast lifts Post 14 past Westwood

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Needham Post 14 and Westwood Post 320 met for the third and final time this season on Saturday afternoon. Unlike the first two times these District Six rivals squared off earlier this summer - the teams split a pair of 1-0 games in late June and early...
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Medfielder Michaeli tackles plastic pollution

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each day, thousands of plastic bags needlessly end up in our oceans and in landfills around the world. Each day, the earth is polluted further and further. Now, communities are trying to reduce their pollution and make the world a better place. Sometimes, all it takes is for one person to...
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Medfield recalls Independence Day

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Around July 4, Americans prepare for celebrations around their communities. There are countless barbecues and pool parties, not to mention wrangling to find the perfect spot to catch fireworks. Through it all, though, everyone’s mind is fixated on the thought of how this country came to be. And what...
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Peak House welcomes visitors anew

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Anyone who has ever driven on 109 through Medfield has driven past the Peak House. For years, this house has welcomed third grade classes and history-lovers alike to explore the 308-year-old dwelling. During the summer, visitors are invited to see the house on Sundays. But on July 7,...
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Meg Tallon teaches cooking for two

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter “They say if you don’t like something, you have to eat it fifteen times. I used to hate ginger, but I’ve eaten it so much that now I love it.” Such was the advice from Meg Tallon to the people of Westwood and Dover attending her “eating for...
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Concert on green entertains town

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff During the months of summer, families sometimes struggle to find activities that entertain both kids and adults alike. Adults want the chance to relax, while the kids are jumping at every opportunity to get out and do something fun during their time off from school. But, with a free...
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Westwood Rovers are state champs

The Westwood Rovers 7/8th grade girls youth soccer team recently won their age bracket and were named state champions in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions. The Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) is a season-ending tournament that brings together age/gender group champions from participating town-based travel leagues from across the state. This is the first time...
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Hale hosts live acoustic concert

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter “Someone that comes here often has said, quote: ‘It’s the coolest thing to do in Westwood.’ So, yeah. Kind of a big deal.” This was the way Hale Family Programming and Events Director Shannon Obey described “Live at Hale,” an acoustic, 21+, BYBOB concert that takes place inside of...
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Summer reading program beckons book lovers

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each year, children and adults flock to the Westwood libraries and hunt down some good books for summer reading. Perusing the shelves, kids run back to their parents with a new “Magic Tree House” book or a classic Judy Blume story. Adults scan the shelves, check the New York Times...
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