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Library curbside holds pickup program continues

Westwood's Public Library has announced the expansion of its curbside holds pickup program. As of now, patrons can now pick up items from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays, and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Funeral homes note impact of COVID-19

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

COVID-19’s impact on a variety of industries has been one of the most common media stories of the past five months. From what the loss of elective surgeries meant to hospitals, to whether bars and restaurants could survive lockdowns, to how much money, if any,...

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Westwood Library welcomes author Wiseman

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

It is unlikely that Ellen Marie Wiseman knew that her book, “The Orphan Collector,” would relate to current events on the scale that it does. Released on July 28, the book has become a monumental hit, both for it’s well-written and well- researched story, but...

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No bites at Buckmaster Pond

This young man with his cut up hot dogs didn’t manage to catch anything all day.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

I’ve never seen anyone catch a real fish at Buckmaster Pond. While I’ve been there a handful of times and have never seen...

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School committee provides collective bargaining update

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met to both announce the results of collective bargaining with the teacher’s association regarding the fall school reopening, and to decide whether they would allow teachers' children to attend school in person four days a week.

Outdoor yoga raises money for Beirut

While the heat kept some older yogis away, the crowd was sizable.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

While many people saw the footage of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, with the United States dealing with civil unrest, COVID-19 and a fast-approaching presidential election, its...

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Town clerk ensuring voting goes smoothly

Westwood’s ballot dropbox sits in front of the police station.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

For as much as people fight about politics on social media, not many eligible voters actually vote and even fewer understand how the voting process works. But because voter...

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Commane explains water restriction mandate

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Westwood is currently under increased, mandatory outside watering restrictions due to a lack of rainfall and the shutting off of Well Five. In Westwood, you can now only water your lawn on Tuesdays from 6-9 a.m., and from 6-9 p.m. - although you can use...

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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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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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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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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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Dedham-Westwood Water District announces restrictions

As of July 29, residents in Dedham and Westwood are required to restrict watering their lawns to assigned days of the week. Customers in Dedham may water their lawn on Mondays and Thursdays, while customers in Westwood may water their lawns on Tuesdays and Fridays. All lawn watering should take place from 6:00...

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Westwood leans toward hybrid reopening model

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

When discussing the emails she has received regarding how to reopen Westwood’s schools in the fall, Carol Lewis acknowledged: “based on the emails, we have received, it’s clear there are conflicting views on this topic and that there is no way we are ever going...

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School Committee outlines plan for reopening

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Thursday night, the Westwood School Committee met over Zoom to discuss reopening plans for the fall, as well as a few other issues.

The meeting started with Emily Parks acknowledging the death of a longtime colleague. Former Westwood High principal Phil...

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Simple recycling ending in Westwood

Due to COVID-19, simple recycling (the pink bags used for textile recycling) will be ending in Westwood. Until next week, residents can use the pink bags for clothes, shoes, belts, and other accessories that can be recycled for other purposes.

The final curbside pickup for the pink textile bags...

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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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Library hosts Star Wars Trivia

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

I like to say that I'm good at trivia. I'm an avid fan of Trivial Pursuit, I used to play those little trivia games on Facebook, and I occasionally help my parents out during their trivia nights.

I also enjoy Star...

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Playgrounds and recreation courts reopen

While many kids were out on the playgrounds and courts, his premature status as a baby kept Jack Spinello homebound on his first birthday.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

With the playing fields and recreational playgrounds of Westwood opening this weekend, the question arose...

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