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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Annual Candy Drive largest to date

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This past week, Wellesley Dental Group hosted its 12th Annual Candy Drive - the largest one in size and scope to date. This year, they had a record number of 17,000 students across 52 schools and 15 towns in the MetroWest and Greater Boston area participate. Together, the community collected 13,237 pounds of...
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Post Office tour delivers for seniors

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter There are certain places you have likely visited a million times, but have never gotten a full view of how they actually operate. The Wellesley Hills Post Office building on Washington Street is likely one of those places. Last Tuesday afternoon, though, the Wellesley Council On Aging peeled back...
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Robotics and fun at the Maker Space’s CoderDojo

The Maker Space at the Johnson Middle School in Walpole was busy hosting one of its CoderDojo events on Saturday, November 2. CoderDojo Walpole is a volunteer organization focused on teaching kids how to code in a fun, free, informal environment. The theme of the event was “Fun with Spheros.” Dojo attendees, who are 4th-6th graders,...
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Resilient Rebels outlasted by Harbormen

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off a 31-19 victory against Milford in the Division III South quarterfinals, the No. 4 seed Walpole High football team traveled to Hingham on Friday night with a spot in the sectional title game on the line. In what has been a bit of an up-and-down season...
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Camy/David 5K runs through winter weather

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter With so many 5Ks, 10Ks and fun runs happening around Massachusetts, many have tried to stand out in unique and quirky ways. Whether it’s by making runners traverse obstacles courses, encouraging runners to wear zany clothes, having people pretend to be zombies, or throwing powdered balls of color...
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Home of the Week – 21 Turtle Brook Way

Charming Cape, an end unit at The Village at Medfield, a 55+ community. Approx. 1,702 sq ft. 2 Bed/2 Bath. This beautiful, bright and light unit features a 1st floor with a kitchen with gas cooking, cherry cabinets, upgraded counters, vaulted ceiling, lovely tile back splash, a great dining area and plenty of windows;...

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Bridge named for Fandrey

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On May 10, 1996, Captain Joseph R. Fandrey, a Needham native, died when two helicopters collided during a training exercise in North Carolina. On Saturday, the bridge on Highland Avenue spanning Route 128 was named in his honor, and a brief ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion. To...
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1st Lieutenant Finneran returns home

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff 
 There is hope amongst all military members’ families that their loved ones return home unharmed. Unfortunately, that it is not always the case. Like many men, Joseph Finneran joined the army on December 18th, 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Just over a year later, 1st Lt Joseph Finneran...
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Ledbury lifts Rockets over Raiders

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Whenever Needham and Wellesley have met on the soccer pitch in the playoffs in recent years, there have been two major common denominators: the weather has been terrible, and the game has been an instant classic. Both of these trends continued on Thursday evening as the No. 12...
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Medfielders go on moving mission trip

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This past June, nine high schoolers from Medfield and two chaperones travelled to both Tucson, AZ and Douglas, AZ on a mission trip organized by St. Edward Church and Frontera de Cristo (a border ministry located in the sister cities of Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas, AZ). The unique purpose of the trip...
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Dale School Building Project update given

Superintendent Jeffrey Marsden and School Building Committee Chair Mike Quinlan have provided the community with an update on the Dale Street School Building Project. On Oct. 15, Medfield's School Building Committee met with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) — a state agency that works with communities to support educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school...
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Rainforest Reptiles slither into library

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Rainforest Reptiles slithered their way into the Medfield Library on Friday afternoon, with Sarah Fleischmnn bringing her snakes, lizards and tortoises to a crowd of excited children. Fleischmann has a unique background; she has worked with animals for ten years and has even worked with grey wolves and rattlesnakes in the past. After talking...
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CRS students spearhead fundraiser

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Each year, middle School students from Charles River School choose from a selection of books for their summer reading assignment. One of the selections this year was the true story, "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. The book is about pen pals Caitlin, an American eighth-grader, and Martin, a student...
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A bright Diwali in Dover

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Staff The Caryl Community Center was lit up on November 9. Tables were covered in flickering electric candles. Strings of fairy lights wrapped around poles and slithered up stair railings. Colorful saris covered the walls, serving as decorations to the normally blank walls. Other decor was carefully placed around the...
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DS takes Division II South

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Heading into the 2019 season, expectations were high for the Dover-Sherborn Regional High School varsity field hockey team. Following a 15-1-2 regular season that included winning a share of the TVL title, it’s safe to say those expectations were met. However, when a team returns as much talent...
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Post 104 remembers namesake Pvt. Crowley

In American Legions circles, Walpole Legion Post 104 is widely known as the Thomas H. Crowley Post 104. When the American Legion was organized following World War I, each local post, when chartered, was assigned a number - in Walpole, Post 104. In addition, most posts adopted a name - usually someone in the community who...
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Clerici Quartet waltzes into Walpole Library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday, the Carol Hunt-Clerici Chamber Music Series presented the Clerici Quartet, which performed “Musical Dances From the Minuet to Tango” in the community room of the Walpole Library. Composed of four musicians, Emilian Badea, Betsy Hinkle, Rebecca Thronblade and Guiomar Turgeon, the group played music from countries...
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Petrucci, Rebels advance to South semifinals

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By Mike Flanagan Hometown Weekly Sports Editor Coming off a tough 30-28 defeat to Needham in their regular season finale, the No. 4 seeded Walpole High School football team returned to the gridiron on Friday night for their quarterfinal round contest of the Division III South playoffs against No. 5 Milford. Behind big performances by...
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Grugan Center celebrates ribbon cutting

By Amelia Tarallo Hometown Weekly Anyone who has driven past the Charles River Center (CRC) in Needham during the last few months can see exactly how much it has changed. On October 30, invited guests came to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the Grugan Center. The Center is named for former Charles River Center President and CEO John...
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Rocket field hockey starts playoffs strongly

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By Maddie Gerber Hometown Weekly Intern A massive crowd gathered on the sidelines at DeFazio Field last Saturday for the Needham girls’ first field hockey playoff game of the season. The 8th-seeded Rockets took on the 9th-seeded Canton Bulldogs, and managed to take the win by a close score of 1-0. Needham...
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