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Library brings cookies, cocoa and crafts

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Westwood locals had an alternative to waiting in long lines for Black Friday shopping — in the
interest of giving, many took a sentimental route and visited the Westwood Public Library for an
afternoon of gift-wrapping and crafting at Cookies, Cocoa and Crafts. The programming at the
library is full of festive...

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Goldman, seniors present library art exhibit

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

The Westwood Public Library is a hub of creativity. Children and adults alike mill about in their free time, finding books that interest them and topics that inspire. 

The library, though, is also known to have a myriad of offerings for those...

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WHS to start 50 minutes later

Alarm clocks for students at Westwood High School will go off later next year, now that the school committee unanimously voted to move the start time ahead 50 minutes from 7:25 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The change will go into effect for the 2023/2024 school year.

“I’m thrilled by the...

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Westwood honors its veterans

By Julia Beauregard
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Westwood locals recently gathered together at Westwood Veterans’ Park to pay homage to its veterans of past and present.

The ceremony took place late morning on Friday, November 11 — Veterans Day — under a flowing American flag, which was suspended over...

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Westwood bakes bread at library

By Cameron Small
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

The Westwood Library, with the support of the Friends of the Library, recently partnered with Forge Baking Company of Somerville to bring sourdough bread to the Westwood community last Wednesday, November 2. The class was taught by Forge Baking Co-Head Baker Jojo Emerson. Emerson is...

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Westwood local makes it big on small screen

By Cameron Small

Hometown Weekly Correspondent

As the leaves change colors and fall to their deaths on sidewalks; as the nights get colder, prompting additional blankets on the bed; as shorts and t-shirts get packed away in favor of hoodies, sweatpants, and sweaters –- fall and Halloween...

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COA Halloween luncheon full of treats

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Halloween is typically focused on kids and candy, but it’s truly an opportunity for everyone to
break away from the stress of everyday life and have some fun. Case in point: seniors at the
Westwood Council on Aging recently engaged in their own merriment — and noshed on their
own fair share...

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Westwood volunteers walk for hunger

By Elizabeth Connolly
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Despite a dreary forecast, dozens of volunteers and participants congregated at Temple Beth David in Westwood on Sunday for the annual Interfaith Mini Walk for Hunger. 

“This is how you know it’s the 13th year,” joked co-chair Corrine Rizoli, alluding to the...

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Westwood’s Bean continues farming tradition

A drive along Clapboardtree Street in Westwood produces idyllic scenes with stately homes, established trees and fields, aging stone walls, and plenty of New England charm. 

The Bean Farm, right before the curve to Xaverian Brothers High School, melds with picture-perfect splendor into its surroundings. A large antique maroon home...

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Local poet Viti connects with Westwood 

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Visitors at the Islington Branch Library last Tuesday were lucky enough to witness local author Lynne Viti read poems fresh from her new book, “The Walk to Cefalù.” The morning reading awakened listeners to Viti’s most recent work, a collection of poetry based on a...

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Summer reading culminates in author event

Hank Murray is just a freshman at Westwood High School, but he already feels like part of the school community, thanks to a WHS reading program called, “One School, One Book”.

“It was an interesting leap from middle school where each grade reads a different book,” said Murray. “This allowed...

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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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COA cooks with Chef Roberta

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Westwood seniors recently gathered at the COA at midmorning on Thursday, October 6, for a Thai cooking lesson with Chef Roberta Hing. The course covered a few simple dishes that could easily be replicated at home. 

Seniors eagerly jumped at the opportunity...

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Groundbreaking held for new elementary school

Westwood’s Gay Street has been an active spot since mid-July when construction on the town’s new Hanlon-Deerfield elementary school began. But the long process of building this new school, which is partially funded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), was commemorated with an official groundbreaking ceremony on September 28.

Westwood enjoys St. Mark’s Greek Festival

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Saturday, September 24, marked the return of the annual Greek Festival to St. Mark’s Orthodox Church in Westwood. A highlight of the autumn for many in the community, the festival provided a perfect venue for visitors to enjoy music, performances, church tours, food, and much...

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Westwood School start time forum announced

Like teens across the country, students at Westwood High School start their learning day at 7:25 a.m. Researchers, educators and politicians have all weighed in on the school start time debate. National data shows that the majority of adolescents today simply aren’t getting enough sleep. The question of when the school bell should...

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Artist duo exhibits at library

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Art has a way of connecting people unlike anything else, but artists George Connelly and Paul Cornacchini, have taken it to another level.

Connelly and Cornacchini share canvases and work in tandem to create incredibly detailed portraits. The duo, known professionally as...

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Library-goers craft handmade cards

By Lauren Schiavone

Hometown Weekly Staff

The Westwood Public Library held a card-making craft session on September 19. The afternoon recognized Thinking of You Week, an international celebration of sending handmade greeting cards and notes.

Reference Librarian Corinne Coveney guided crafters to a table...

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Former police chief joins WPS team

Steve Trask spent 33 years working as a police officer in the city of Framingham. “I loved every second of being a police officer,” Trask said. He retired in 2020 as the Police Chief and Emergency Management Director and came out of retirement in April to take on a new role as Westwood...

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The covert Currier Reservation beckons

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly staff

Adjacent to the golf course and between Booth Drive and Downey Street resides Currier Reservation. Tucked away, the preserve is known by locals, and the quaint trail is truly a hidden gem — emphasis on the hidden, as I passed by it a couple of...

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