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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Chris Murray’s long road in hockey

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Like all hockey players growing up in New England, Dover native Chris Murray had the dream of playing in the NHL. After playing his junior hockey with the Cape Cod Whalers in 2002-2003, Murray, a puck-moving offensive defenseman, was offered a scholarship to play...

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Josepha Jowdy’s lasting legacy

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Everyone who joins a school board is expected to make the best decisions for the sake of education, but few make an impact like Josepha Jowdy has made. Jowdy is stepping down from the elected position after 27 years, but the legacy she is...

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Medfield goes to the polls May 4th

Town election is taking place today. Residents can visit the Center at 1 Ice House Road from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote, with social distancing measures in place. Those who opted for an absentee ballot can drop them off until 8 p.m. at the green drop box behind the Town House.

Social Distance Files: Channing Pond

Billy the golden retriever wonders whether his owner really just tossed his frisbee into the lake again.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Given the number of cyclists on the road Sunday afternoon, it has to be a matter of time before Dover produces...

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Social Distance Files: Needham’s Ridge Hill

Ridge Hill Reservation is an ideal social distancing locale.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

My GPS told me the Ridge Hill Reservation was just north of “Ponzi Cons land,” which sounded like an amusement park version of the Federal prisons to which they...

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Taking a lap around Jarvis Farm

A small American flag was stuck onto a branch along the trail.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

“Did you read the article in Hometown Weekly about the Walpole Trail Society, where Gary Riggott specifically highlighted the Jarvis Farm Loop?” the woman asked, putting...

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MHS teachers strive to continue excellence

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

Teachers and students at Medfield High School haven’t seen each other since March 13. What began as a temporary two-week break has turned into a new way of life. Instead of seeing their student’s faces, teachers are resigned to checking up on them with...

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Walpole Fire Department responds to COVID crisis

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The state of many Massachusetts towns has changed since mid-March, when coronavirus closures and preventative guidelines took over.

No gatherings of more than ten people. No eating at restaurants. No going to school or work. The list seems to go...

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Take a bow: ‘Mamma Mia’

Photo by Maureen Haswell

The community was in for a treat on the weekend of March 19-21, as Dover-Sherborn High School was preparing to present its production of “Mamma Mia,” featuring the music of ABBA.

The pandemic cancelled those plans. It did not, however, erase the hard...

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SPAN announces Needham parent Al-anon meeting

Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN) has announced an Al-anon meeting for parents who have a child navigating addiction. This is a new open-speaker style meeting, and all are welcome. Weekly meetings will begin starting Monday, May 4, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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Trustees, Powisset offer online ordering

The Trustees has announced it is offering online ordering and no-contact pick-ups at four Greater Boston area farms - among them Dover's Powisset Farm - that operate farm stores and popular Trustees Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs. As one of the largest nonprofit owners of conserved farmland and operator of six working farms...

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Needham baseball honors seniors through social media

Needham High School baseball was robbed of its season and ability to honor its seniors in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

After winning the 2018 Division I state championship and making it back to the tournament in 2019 (5-4 first-round defeat to Xaverian),...

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Former Xaverian star Gaziano signs with LA Chargers

Pictured during his time at Xaverian in 2014, former Hawk and Northwestern defensive end Joe Gaziano (97) will take his talents to Los Angeles after signing with the Chargers this past week. Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett.

Former Xaverian standout defensive end Joe Gaziano ('15) has signed...

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DS girls soccer staying active from home

DS head girls varsity soccer coach Evren Gunduz took to Twitter this past week with a video showing ways soccer players can stay active from home during quarantine. Photos by Dover-Sherborn Athletics.

Reigning champions of Division III South, Dover-Sherborn girls varsity soccer has been one of the premiere...

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Walpole Library launches Dial-a-Story service

The Children's Department at the Walpole Public Library has launched its new Dial-a-Story program. Parents can call (508-660-6383) and hear a story read by children's librarian Kara Dean. This new program gives kids a much-needed break from screen time while still providing them with entertainment. The story will change every Friday, and will...

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Westwood’s Feinfeld announces Bird-a-thon

Nathan Feinfeld, a seventh-grader at Westwood’s Thurston Middle School, will celebrate his bar mitzvah in August at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton. Nathan’s brother and he have attended Massachusetts Audubon summer camps for nine years, and Nate is an avid fan of birds. For his bar mitzvah project, then, Nate worked with Property...

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Hebrew SeniorLife recognizes Steve Bearak

Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, has recognized Wellesley resident Steve Bearak during National Volunteer Week for his contributions to HSL during the current COVID-19 emergency. National Volunteer Week runs April 19 -25, 2020.

“The operations of all...

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Sherbornite Gelsthorpe a Surface Warfare Officer

Ensign Peter Gelsthorpe, a native of Sherborn, Massachusetts, received his Surface Warfare Officer insignia during a ceremony held onboard USS James E. Williams, a guided missile destroyer, currently deployed in the Persian Gulf.

Gelsthorpe, who has served in the Navy for two years, is responsible for the navigation and safe...

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BID healthcare workers cheered on by parade

On Thursday, April 30, healthcare workers at Needham's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital were greeted by the sight of emergency vehicles passing by their hospital. The Dover and Needham Police Departments, together with the Norfolk County Sheriff Department, flashed their lights and blared their horns as a way to thank healthcare staff battling COVID-19.