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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Wellesley’s Lothian sprints to gold

Wellesley teen Abby Lothian recently brought home a gold medal from the AAU Region One qualifier meet in Queens, New York. In doing so, she qualified for the AAU National Junior Olympics to be held later this month. Lothian, a member of the Cambridge Jets track team, competed in the 100-meter dash. Despite heat wave temperatures...
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Tollhouse Shops features antiques for cheap

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Wellesley has its own antique store, selling a variety of priced-down home décor pieces, fine china and paintings. But unlike other stores, this one’s proceeds go to a worthy town cause, and every piece for sale has a local connection. Inside of the Wellesley Historical Society building from 11-3...
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WCT set to present ‘Wizard of Oz’

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Walpole Children’s Theatre (WCT) is set to present “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” based on the classic adventure by L. Frank Baum, this July. A cyclone carries Dorothy and her dog, Toto, to the magical land of Oz, where they encounter all the famous characters along the way, along with some new faces, as...
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Walpole celebrates July 4

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While the world was focusing on the pros and cons of Donald Trump’s July 4th celebration, Walpole held its annual July 3 festivities to significantly less controversy. For over fifty years, Walpole has held its “Night Before the Fourth,” celebration and this year would be no different -...
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Seniors sway to swing band

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff It’s not every day that people get a chance to get up and dance to real swing band. On Tuesday, June 25, visitors at the Needham Center at the Heights were ready to enjoy their rooftop deck and break out their grill, before inclement weather put a damper on...
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Local girls dominate lacrosse All-Scholastics

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Needham, Walpole, Westwood and Wellesley have all had incredible success in girls lacrosse over the last decade. The 2019 season was no different, as all four of these Division I powers made long tournament runs. Needham, Westwood, and reigning Division I champ Wellesley put together long tournament runs,...
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Needham celebrates Independence Day

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Each year, thousands of people come to Needham’s Memorial Park on July 3 to see some of the best fireworks in celebration of Independence Day. This year was bigger and better than ever. People picked their spots hours in advance, marking them with blankets, chairs, or even plastic tarps....
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Schofield named DII Player of the Year

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor If anything is for certain in the town of Medfield, it’s that John Schofield has an extremely bright future playing lacrosse. Entering the 2019 season as one of the top-rated close D men in the country and a reigning All-American, Schofield committed to play at Lehigh just before...
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Medfield’s Robbins reflects on first book

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By Ella Kohler Hometown Weekly Intern Ten years ago, Medfield’s own Thomas Robbins decided he wanted to write a novel. After multiple classes, rewrites and publishing companies, Robbins realized this dream: “Guardians of Tomorrow Book One: The Rise of Veratta” was finally published last December. Robbins spoke to Hometown Weekly about his final product, as...
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Furry friends find refuge at shelter

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By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff Since 2004, pet lovers in need of a new companion have been coming to the Medfield Animal Shelter - whose residents are often found on Hometown Weekly’s pet page - to find their new best friends. In 2018 alone, 553 animals found new homes after their stays at the...
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‘The Maids’ production upcoming

A production of Jean Genet's classic absurdist play "The Maids" will be performed at the Sherborn Community Center this month. The production is run entirely by a team of Dover-Sherborn students and alumni, who previously presented Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit" last June. The play tells the story of two maids, Solange and Claire, and follows...
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Raycroft named DIII Player of the Year

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor It was quite the year for Dover-Sherborn’s Cameron Raycroft and DS athletics in general. First, the DS boys took home the school’s first-ever Division III state championship in basketball this past winter, with Roycroft serving as one of the Raiders’ centerpieces on the offensive end as a small...
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Jay Mankita teaches engineering through play

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With schools increasingly trying to lead children to STEM careers, there is a huge need to make engineering seem as fun as long-beloved subjects like art and music. Looking to fill that gap, Jay Mankita brought his Rube Goldberg machine building event, Playful Engineers, to the Sherborn Community...
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Students strut stuff at STEAM Fair

The Martha Jones School recently held a STEAM Fair to showcase the wide variety of talents of its student body. The fair lets students present projects they create in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art or math. Fair visitors viewed demonstrations and art displays from 100 students, and were treated to a concert by...
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Westwood PMC Kids Ride raises $50K

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Sunday, the kids of Westwood, along with a few adult volunteers that made sure they didn’t go astray, hopped on their bicycles to take part in the PMC Kids Ride, a fundraiser and bike ride designed to let kids take part in the Pan-Mass Challenge. [caption id="attachment_33826"...
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WLT celebrating anniversary with summer hikes

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Westwood Land Trust (WLT) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Since its incorporation in July 1999, WLT has permanently preserved over 220 acres in Westwood. To mark the occasion, WLT Board members will be leading hikes through several Westwood properties, most of them protected by WLT. All ages are welcome. Dogs are only allowed...
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Hutchinson, Legion outlasted by Medfield

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor After falling 10-0 to Medfield Post 110, whose roster is comprised mainly of Medfield High and Dover-Sherborn players, on Monday night, Westwood Legion Post 320 hosted Medfield on Thursday looking to bounce back and serve up some revenge to their rivals to the west. Unfortunately for Westwood, whose...
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Eagle project cleans up Cronk’s

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On June 22, Wellesley Conservation Council's Land Management team worked at the Cronk's Rocky Woodland Sanctuary on a special project leading toward the Boy Scouts of America's highest award of Eagle Scout for Edward Ryan, Troop 185 - Wellesley. The project team was managed by Scout Edward Ryan, with excellent work by scouts...
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Caterpillar Club teaches kids about bugs

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Last Wednesday at 11 a.m., former preschool and kindergarten teacher Kathi Gariepy presented the Caterpillar Club, a weekly educational program designed for children to learn about the natural world around them. Taking place in Weezie’s Garden for Children, a space located within The Gardens at Elm Bank and...
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Legion Post 14 battles Walpole rivals

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor All seemed well for Needham Legion Post 14 on Monday night, as the Needham High, St. Sebastian’s, Belmont Hill and Wellesley High boys carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth against rival Walpole Post 104 at Eldracher Field. Despite being down by four in the middle...
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