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Monthly Archives: August 2020

Medfield students discuss experiences of racism

By Ella Kohler
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

At Medfield schools, the majority of students never have to wonder if they will have teachers who look like them, or if the curriculum will mention their ancestors for more than one unit. Most Medfield students do not worry about encountering racially derogatory language in...

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Purple Heart ceremony happens despite COVID

Dana Storrs made sure to mention the people of Lebanon, just days after the large explosion in Beirut.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last Thursday afternoon, Needham honored the town’s veterans who received the Purple Heart, one day before National Purple Heart Recognition Day....

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Schwartz the answer for Needham MIBL

Nico Schwartz (11) fires home a pitch during his complete-game victory against Norwood on Saturday afternoon in Quincy. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Throughout the summer, scoring runs has not been an issue for Needham MIBL. Led by NHS...

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Walpole MIBL has eye on future

Rising senior Sam Donovan (pictured) fires home a pitch during his victorious five and a third-inning performance against Hyde Park on Friday in the MIBL playoffs. Photo by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Walpole MIBL's roster is extremely young compared to...

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COA responds to pandemic demands

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Westwood Senior Center closed its doors in March as the pandemic was sweeping the nation. Since then, staff members have been trying to provide seniors with entertainment and assistance as they safely remain in their homes. The Westwood Council on Aging (COA) team has...

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River Rats advance to final four

Matt Donahue (26) fires home a pitch in the top of the fifth inning during Medfield MIBL's quad-clinching 7-2 victory against Franklin on Saturday night. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Medfield/DS MIBL had itself a more than impressive weekend. 

McHugh playing Golf Fights Cancer marathon

On Thursday, August 13, Bill McHugh will be playing 100 holes of golf in the Golf Fights Cancer Golf Marathon to raise money for those in need.

"That’s the minimum number of holes of golf I’ll play," says McHugh. "Although this will be a true challenge, I believe it’s well...

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Wake Up, Wellesley livestream tonight

All members of our Wellesley and neighboring communities are invited to the final session of Wake Up, Wellesley on this evening, August 10, at 6 p.m. In this 90-minute livestream, organizers are looking to conclude a series of emotional experiences shared and ideas for reform proposed by students and alumni, as well as...

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Dover, Sherborn take on COVID cases

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On July 30, the Sherborn Board of Health (BOH) released a statement about the growing number of coronavirus cases, noting: "Since July 19, Sherborn has experienced a doubling of our Coronavirus volume - increasing from 25 cases on July 18th to 51 cases on July...

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School Committee votes for hybrid model

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Unsurprisingly, last Thursday evening, the Westwood School Committee unanimously voted to adopt the “hybrid” school opening model for the fall. But while they thoroughly outlined why this was the best choice and how the system would work, when it came time for community comments, it...

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Household Hazardous Waste Day, 8/29

The Medfield Public Works Department has announced a new date for this year's Household Hazardous Waste Day. The initial planned date of April 4 was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, it will be held on August 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Residents with a Medfield Transfer Station sticker...

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New Life announces reopening

New Life Furniture Bank of Massachusetts has officially reopened following its months-long closure due to the pandemic.

New Life is currently accepting donations, though only through appointment. Those interested in dropping off items, including furniture and household items, can schedule an appointment here. Drop-off appointments are available on Saturdays between...

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Anderson homer leads Needham over Walpole

With the dry weather at Braintree High, dirt kicked up all over the field.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The NBA is playing in a “bubble” inside of Disney World, Major League Baseball loses what seems like a game a week due to positive...

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Medfield announces tentative 2020-2021 school plans

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its “Initial Fall Reopening Guidance” for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year. Within this guidance, every school district in the Commonwealth was required to develop a reopening plan with three scenarios for reopening: Full - In-Person, Hybrid, and Full Remote.

Enlisting...

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Town grapples with alleged profiling incident

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Saturday January 25, Marvin Henry was handcuffed outside of Starbucks, after being suspected of attempting to shoplift from the Highland Street CVS. His lawyers from Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston released a letter on July 20 accusing Needham PD of unlawful search and seizure,...

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Westwood Library announces author visits

As the Westwood Public Library remains physically closed, the Zoom activities continue on. From August through September, the library will be offering a series of virtual author talks via Zoom.

The author talks tipped off with J. Courtney Sullivan's talk on her book, Friends and Strangers, on August 5. ...

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Chief Silva answers town’s policing questions

An image of the Westwood BLM rally was superimposed over the night’s two main speakers as an introduction page.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With so much discussion about law enforcement in America, it is natural that people want to do what they can to...

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Mosquitos test positive for West Nile virus

On Wednesday, August 5, the Needham Public Health Department notified residents that mosquitos found in Needham tested positive for West Nile virus. As a result, the risk level for West Nile virus has been raised to moderate.

Residents should take extra precaution to protect themselves from mosquitos. Residents are...

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E. coli concerns close Farm Pond

On Wednesday, August 5, Sherborn's Board of Health announced Farm Pond Beach was closed. The sudden closure comes after a high level of E. coli was found in the pond's water. The water will be retested today and Friday to see if it is safe for people to swim again. Until then, the...

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Bird Park hosts Tree Trek

The weeping willow casts a backdrop against the setting sun.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Many Walpole residents have walked through Bird Park hundreds of times, likely stopping to look at the various wildlife in the ponds or the flowers on the banks of...

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