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Monthly Archives: February 2023

From the editor: thank you and farewell

Dear readers,
It is with more than a little wistfulness that I bid you farewell — today’s edition is my last with
Hometown Weekly. I have spent nearly seven years with the paper, and I am full of gratitude for
my publishers, Paul Stanton and Mike DeSario, for trusting me with their publication and
supporting me every...

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Papa Ginos shutters in Medfield

By Elizabeth Connolly
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Edacious Medfielders were disappointed to find that the doors to Papa Ginos had permanently
closed earlier this month. According to posts on social media, this decision came as quite a
shock to both employees and customers alike. “My kids are going to be heartbroken,” lamented
a local parent. “I don’t know what...

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Rockets win against Milton

The Needham Rockets beat Milton, 3-0, on February 8 at Babson College. A 0-0 draw followed
against Walpole on Saturday.

At the time of print, the Rockets anticipate a Wednesday match-up against Brookline High
School at Walter Brown Arena.

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Wolverine boys are playoff-bound

The Westwood boys varsity hockey team has clinched a spot in the Division 2 MIAA Playoffs for
the 40th consecutive year.

The Wolverines are lead by head coach Matt Sebet and two assistant coaches. The captains of
the team are #12 Danny Sullivan, #13 Paul Dyson and #23 Thomas Hamilton.

At the time of print, the Wolverines...

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New assignment: name the new school

Construction is well underway at the new state-of-the art elementary school that will replace the
Hanlon and Deerfield Schools. To bring the two schools together as one, the new school needs
a name, and the School Committee is asking for the community’s help with brainstorming ideas.

From through Wednesday, March 1, you can submit your suggested...

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Raiders notch victories on the court

By Jeff Kiesling
Community Contributor

The Dover Sherborn boys varsity basketball team defeated the Bellingham Black Hawks at
home on February 7 by the score of 71-51.

The Black Hawks dropped three quick baskets to start the scoring, but DS answered with a pair
of three-pointers to even the score at 6-6 midway through the first quarter. Luke...

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Wolverines come back against Hillers

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

A monumental win took place Friday, February 10, at the Den.

The Wolverine boys varsity basketball team made a second-half comeback to win, 63-60,
against the Hopkinton Hillers in the final seconds of overtime. It was a perfect way to celebrate
the seniors on their special night, with friends and families...

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Boys hockey wins on Senior Night

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Families and friends gathered together at the Pirelli Veterans Arena, Wednesday, February 8,
to celebrate the ten Medfield Warriors boys ice hockey seniors. With high spirits in the air, the
seniors embraced their loved ones during announcements before the highly anticipated match
against the Norwood Mustangs.

Not only did they celebrate the senior...

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Medfield girls hockey ties against Hopkinton

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter


The Medfield girls varsity ice hockey Warriors took on the Hopkinton Hillers on Monday,
February 6. The match-up resulted in a 1-1 tie in overtime.

The Hillers struck first against the Warriors in the first period, notching a goal on the scoreboard
and leading Hopkinton 1-0. The Warriors...

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Rocket girls tie Walpole

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Needham’s girls varsity ice hockey team soared on the ice against the hosting Walpole
Timberwolves. The contest took place at the Rodman arena on Saturday, February 11, with the
match-up closing in a 0-0 tie.

As the first period began, the Rockets took a storm over the Timberwolves, staying mostly on
their offensive...

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Timberwolves tie against Rockets

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Walpole’s girls varsity ice hockey Timberwolves took the ice against the visiting Needham
Rockets at Rodman Arena on Saturday, February 11. As the teams went back and forth each
period, the match-up closed in a tie of 0-0.

As the first period began, the Timberwolves held strong over the Rockets, denying all...

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Backyard Files: meet the mergansers

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Let me set the scene.

It’s a quiet Sunday morning in late November, the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s early and it’s
chilly. I’ve headed out for a walk along a pond.

I can hear the silence as I wander the edge of the water. This is a trail I’ve traveled hundreds...

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Soup’s on at COA program

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The weather has been unpredictable, per usual, but chilly days are still expected in New
England. With that in mind, seniors at the Walpole Council on Aging recently learned to prepare
their winter food arsenal with a few new favorite cold-weather recipes.

Therapy Gardens is a local organization focused on bringing gardening...

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Footlighters open ‘A Comedy of Tenors’

By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

“One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?” asks the summary of a play.

The answer is in Ken Ludwig’s farce, “A Comedy of Tenors”, which opened this...

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Taylor-Blenis yodels with seniors

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

January 30th is National Yodeling Day. To celebrate, seniors at the Center for the Heights warmed up their voices and prepared for a concert and yodeling lesson with professional yodeler, dancer and instructor, Andy Taylor-Blenis.

Traditionally from a dance background, Taylor-Blenis found...

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Needham swimmers make splash

The Needham High School boys swimming and diving team made a splash at the Bay State Conference Championship Meet last week, beating their nearest challenger, Brookline, by a margin of 362 to 268 points. The victory capped off a perfect 5-0 record in league dual meets and a second consecutive conference title.

Warriors’ Olenik banks 100 career points

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Kate Olenik, senior captain on the Medfield Warriors girls’ basketball team, has been playing basketball her whole life. Every shot, pass, slip, practice, and game of her four-year varsity career had led up to something she had been working towards her whole basketball career: 1000...

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JV hockey beats Natick

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Families and friends bundled up at Chase Arena Friday afternoon to watch a thrilling match-up between the Walpole Timberwolves JV boys hockey team, and the Natick RedHawks. The Timberwolves chased down the RedHawks to earn themselves a 2-1 win for the early evening.

Warriors take tight victory in Westwood

By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The tension built and the audience was on the edge of its seat Friday night when the Medfield Warriors girls basketball traveled to Westwood for a heated match-up. The Warriors faced off against the Wolverines tirelessly as they made a second-half comeback to earn a...

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Footlighters open ‘A Comedy of Tenors’

By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

“One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?” asks the summary of a play.

The answer is in Ken Ludwig’s farce, “A Comedy of Tenors”, which opened this...

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