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Holiday activities coming fast and furious

We hear you.

You’ve polished off the last of the turkey and pie leftovers, cleared the centerpiece from the table, and before you can exhale the last of the Thanksgiving air, your neighbors have already installed a six-foot-tall snowman in their front lawn, neatly arranged strings of LED lights across...

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Hometown Weekly’s favorite leaf-peeping spots

By Lauren Schiavone and Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Staff

New England autumns are famous for a reason, and it’s not just because of the pumpkin spice and perfect weather. While tourists from around the country flock to our neck of the woods for a glimpse of the fall’s most perfect foliage,...

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Backyard Files: built for speed

By Stephen Press

Hometown Weekly Editor

A couple weeks ago, as I arrived at the basketball courts at the crack of dawn (it’s a far less masochistic routine than it sounds), I received quite an interesting welcome.

A little background. The courts I frequent...

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Backyard Files: rabbits run

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Just last week, I was looking out the window of the Hometown Weekly newsroom when the approach of a ride-on lawnmower flushed a rabbit from under some brush coverage and into the open. The freshly-exposed critter seemed annoyed, but not all that put out; it...

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The Hometown Weekly meteor shower guide

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Casual stargazers in Hometown Weekly’s communities are gearing up this week for some extraterrestrial visitors in the form of the annual return of the Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids, which represent one of the year’s more reliably excellent displays of falling stars, are peaking now...

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Hometown Weekly seeks sports freelancers

Hometown Weekly is currently seeking exceptional sports writers to cover assignments — high school games in Dover, Medfield, Needham, Walpole and Westwood — on a freelance basis. Hours of assignments are highly dependent upon event schedules, areas of specialization, and photographic ability. This role requires transportation and availability on weekday afternoons.

Hometown Weekly looks back at 25

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

This week, with Hometown Weekly celebrating its 25th anniversary, we’re looking back to March of 1997 to see just how differently home looked when the first edition of our paper (then known as The Home Shopper) debuted.

• A 50-year-old Bill Clinton...

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Plow operators discuss the business

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

The saviors of people who hate shoveling and the enemies of kids hoping for snow days, snowplow drivers operate in a unique space — their businesses depend on storms that may or may not happen, with each winter season being different. Looking to gain insight...

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Backyard Files: the Wren’s story

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor


A few months ago, before the cold precluded our doing so comfortably, I was sitting outside with an icy drink in my hand, enjoying the last of New England’s nice weather for the season.
As I sat, scanning my surroundings as I usually do, I heard...

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Hometown Weekly’s finest foliage spots

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

It seems most seasons around New England have their detractors.

While the skiers and skaters among us are loving every moment of the winter, self-identified “summer people” are kvetching about freezing extremities and aching bones. In springtime, as the world wakes itself...

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Dance schools deal with COVID changes

Walpole’s Commonwealth Dance Academy used its outdoor space for rehearsals.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As COVID recedes, Hometown Weekly is taking a special look at how some of the businesses in its communities are transitioning back to post-pandemic circumstances.

Not...

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Salons, barbershops talk COVID impact

Anthony’s Barbershop in Needham noted how many of their customers used the time they were closed to experiment with new hair styles.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As COVID recedes, Hometown Weekly is taking a special look at how some of the businesses in...

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Backyard Files: the global backyard

The exotic-looking scarlet tanager is thought to be rarer, globally, than the wild turkeys we see running around our communities.

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

As a small boy growing up in New England, one of my prized possessions was an old illustrated field...

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Restaurants adapt to survive COVID-19

Creating outdoor eating spaces was a huge thing for restaurants that didn’t have them before.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many businesses have had to deal with the effects of COVID-19, few have struggled like restaurants. From lockdowns keeping their tables empty, to...

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Hometown communities rally around Kilian family

The 2021 class of BostonLax All-Americans poses with game MVP's Bryson and Kainen Kilian. Photos by Mike Flanagan.

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

After a year off due to COVID, one would think that the mood surrounding the eighth annual BostonLax All-American Game...

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Funeral homes get back to normal

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

As COVID recedes, Hometown Weekly is taking a special look at how some of the businesses in its communities are transitioning back to post-pandemic circumstances.

Last September we reached out to some funeral home owners and workers to see how they...

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Backyard files: robins in the snow

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Years ago, when I was a small child, I spent my weekdays alongside my maternal grandmother, Ma, who watched me while my parents worked. In retrospect, those days had an outsized influence on me - it was in Ma’s kitchen where I first would develop...

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As COVID wanes, animal shelters wait

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

COVID-19 has changed how we handle most aspects of life. We wear masks when we leave the house. We use a colossal amount of hand sanitizer. Some even work from home. The changes have even inspired many people to adopt a furry friend to keep...

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Hometown Weekly prints ludicrous April Fools’ stories

With their weekly publication date falling on April 1 - April Fools' Day - the staff of Hometown Weekly couldn't resist the chance for a bit of fun. Hometown Weekly printed special alternate April Fools' front pages this year - an individualized one in each of its editions - on page three of...

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Storm brings differing snow totals

Medfield's Austin Verge and Garrison Schilling serve a customer after they get their generator going.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Last week’s snowstorm (the earlier one, which is depressing to write) was believed to be unique in that just a few miles could...

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