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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Walpole’s Melish named All-American

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Amanda Melish has emerged as the premiere star for Walpole High School swimming and diving over the last two years. As a freshman in 2018, Melish shattered multiple school records, including racking up 326.92 points after six dives. Melish capped off her incredible breakout...

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Data breach causes unemployment fraud surge

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Looking at the Needham police log, it’s hard not to notice that all of a sudden one specific crime is taking over the community: unemployment fraud. There are a couple of reasons for this, but none of them involve anything unique to the town of...

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Westwood Library offers curbside pickup

The Westwood Public Library is now offering curbside pick-ups for patrons borrowing materials from the library from Monday to Thursday, between 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patrons can use the library catalog, the Minuteman Mobile App, or call library staff to place a hold on materials.

When materials are...

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Summer reading starts at library

The Medfield Public Library has launched its summer reading program. From now through August, library patrons can participate in some of the reading activities being offered this summer.

Kids can register and print a summer reading log to keep track of their reading. Patrons can also pick up a...

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‘Coywolves’ discussed at DTL

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

As the world went into quarantine, people began seeing wild animals emerging from their habitats more. Colorado residents have spotted mountain lions prowling through  residential neighborhoods. Bears are waking up from hibernation and trekking to find food.

"Is that a Coywolf...

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Boil water order lifted

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) has lifted the boil water order for residents who receive their water from the Colonial Water wells located on Draper Road, Francis Street, and Knollwood Drive.

The Mass DEP lifted the order after Colonial Water Company employed a temporary 4-log disinfection...

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NHS’ Tarlow named Coach of the Year

Needham High School's Lauren Tarlow was recently named the MIAA's Unified Track and Field Coach of the Year.

The news was announced by the Needham High School Athletics Twitter account on June 25.


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Hinkley Pond opened for the summer

Hinkley Pond is now open for the summer, with new rules in order to ensure the safety of all visitors.

Visitors will be limited to residents only, while non-residents and guests of residents of residents are prohibited. Visitors will be asked to provide proof of Medfield residency to be admitted...

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Beyond Medfield’s BLM rally

By Ella Kohler
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

On the afternoon of June 7, North Street was flooded with colorful signs and calls for justice as hundreds gathered to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. After the event, attendees dispersed, returned home, and put away...

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Citizens take to newly opened playgrounds

This man praised the shade Cricket Playground provides on a hot day.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With a handful of parks and recreational fields opening last weekend, Needham residents were out and about doing a wide variety of activities, just before two massive...

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Sherborn Library launches summer reading

Starting July 1, readers can participate in the Sherborn Public Library's 2020 summer reading program. Participants are encouraged to sign up and use the Beanstack app. Using Beanstack, a reading log app, kids, teens, and adults can record their reading. Those who prefer using a paper log can contact the library at (508-653-0770)....

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Farm Pond reservation system changed

The reservation system used to manage the number of people at Farm Pond at any given time has been altered to make visits more enjoyable.
In a notice updated on June 27th notes that there have been days where blocks were reserved but groups do not show up for their time slot....

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Town launches Unite Against Racism initiative

In a notice released on Monday, June 29, Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick announced the beginning of the Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative. This project is dedicated to addressing the racism in Needham, and to hopefully find solutions to improve the community.

On Tuesday, July 21, residents of Needham are...

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Playgrounds and fields reopen for business

While they’d like to be with their friends again, a pair of cousins enjoy time together at the now open Metacomet Playground.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With it becoming increasingly clear outdoor activities are not a primary source of widespread COVID transmission, Medfield...

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