Sunday, March 25, 2012
Residents previewed a handful of summer programs from the Westwood Recreation Department on Saturday.
Following a week of summer-filled weather, residents in Westwood were able to get a further look into the summer months on Saturday, when the Westwood Recreation Department held its annual "March Into Summer" event. At the event, residents could preview demonstrations of upcoming summer programs, from karate to tennis to synchronized swimming, as well as enjoy food from b.good, the food sponsor of Saturday's event as well as the upcoming Westwood Day. "It seems bigger to me," said Diane Thornton, who is assisting one of the subcommittees tasked with organizing Westwood Day. The Recreation Office, meanwhile, was filled with locals, eager to register for the programs; those who registered Saturday received a 10 percent discount.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Twenty percent of sales from Wednesday's sales will benefit the Westwood Community Chest.
Westwood residents and shoppers from around the area still looking to check off remaining items on their holiday shopping lists had the chance to do so while also helping a local organization Wednesday. Between 5 and 9 p.m., shoppers at Decor and More, located on High Street, were treated to Christmas music, food and refreshments as part of a Holiday Shopping Night for a Cause fundraiser. "It's the first time that we've done it," said Decor and More owner Melissa Lucier. The shop is donating 20 percent of the proceeds from the event, which was co-organized with High Street Market owner Liz Adams, who supplied the refreshments, to the Westwood Community Chest. "It's been wonderful," Beth Kendall, WCC Co-Chair of Fundraising, said …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Westwood's sixth graders learned the ins and outs of trading during the fair that took place before Thanksgiving.
A few weeks back, while some students in Westwood were holding pre-Thanksgiving holiday parties and sing-a-longs, sixth graders at Thurston Middle School were engaging in a hands-on history lesson. The 267 sixth graders gathered in Thurston's cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to take part in a Neolithic Trade Fair, an annual event Social Studies teachers at the school coordinate as part of the students' curriculum.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Blue Hills Regional grabbed the Division 4A Super Bowl Title on Saturday.
Congrats to the boys in blue! The Blue Hills Regional Technical School's football team captured the win on Saturday, Dec. 3, against Cathedral High School. The Division 4A Super Bowl Champions played a tight game against Cathedral at Bentley College. The final score was 16-14. The Super Bowl game was dedicated to two former students, Mike Borreli and Nick Tempone, who passed away. Blue Hills is honoring the football players at a banquet on Thursday evening. Way to go, Blue Hills! Blue Hills Regional Technical School enrolls students from Westwood, Dedham, Norwood, Canton, Braintree, Milton, Avon, Holbrook and Randolph. -Photos by Juanita Asomugha, Miriam Rotman & Roy Chambers.
The yearly celebration welcomed families, officials and an appearance by the big man in red himself.
The holidays officially arrived in Westwood on Sunday, when families and town officials gathered at the front of Westwood Town Hall to celebrate the season with the town's annual tree-lighting event. Parents and children enjoyed hot drinks and warm cookies provided by Roche Bros., and enjoyed a variety of holiday tunes with a performance by the Westwood High School band and chorus. But after illuminating the trees, children chased a Westwood fire engine carrying Santa Clause, who made a special appearance on Sunday.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Westwood Young Women's Club organized another successful Winterfest this year.
Westwood's annual Winterfest brought in crowds of families on Saturday, Dec. 3 partaking in various raffles, games, crafts and entertainment especially for the children. The event, which is organized every year by Westwood Young Women's Club, raises money to benefit the community and the town's various civic groups.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The lot, located at the Islington Tennis Courts, was organized by the Westwood Permanent Firefighters Association.
From now until Christmas Eve, residents in Westwood can spruce up their homes with a freshly-cut Christmas Tree from a new lot over in Islington. The First Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Fundraiser was organized by Westwood firefighter Wayne Paul in conjunction with the Westwood Permanent Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 1994, according to the Association's president, Bob Valluzzi. It is the first local lot to be held in Westwood as of late, though each year, Lambert's on Providence Highway sells trees, shrubs and wreaths for the holidays. But at the new lot, average height Nova Scotia Balsam Firs start at around $40, Valluzzi said, and range in size from table-top to about 12 feet. All proceeds benefit the Westwood Permanent …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Kingergartners and first graders at Martha Jones and Downey Schools held an early holiday celebration on Wednesday.
The celebration came early for students at the Martha Jones and Downey Elementary schools on Wednesday. At Martha Jones, kindergartners of Janet Schwartz and Christine Layton sang Thanksgiving-themed songs and read poems to their parents before settling down for a feast. Likewise, first graders and kindergartners at the Downey School gathered in the cafeteria, where parents applauded a loud and energetic performance of songs before they all headed down the hall to their respective classrooms for a feast.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Second graders on Monday held a yearly farmers market, selling harvest-style products from apples to pumpkin seeds.
While it may be a few months before Westwood welcomes a new Farmers Market to town, but students at the Deerfield School have been holding their own such market for nearly 12 years. The event resumed on Monday, when 45 second graders from the classes of Terese Hardy and Shauna McCarty gathered in the school's cafeteria to sell a wide-variety of harvest-themed goods. The theme of the market coincided with the classes Fall Harvest Study curriculum, which covers different soil types, plant growth and other aspects of farming. Some students also dressed in their best farmers gear to stick with the theme on Monday. Pumpkin seeds, apples, blueberry muffins and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies were all available, and provided parents and …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
A Westwood resident and Environment Resource Manager at Hale Reservation, Jay Walsh has been composting for more than 20 years, and offers tips on how to master the craft.
If you're looking to become more environmentally-conscious in your home, you may want to look at the process of composting your biodegradable waste that you normally throw away in the trash. Westwood has a number of residents and officials who look to spread the word of recycling and how it can benefit the town's residents. But while plastics, papers and other materials can be recycled each week, certain materials, such as table scraps and old perishable items, cannot. This is where composting comes in. The end result is a full supply of fertilizer and soil additive that you can use to plant vegetables or plants in and around your home. In this video tutorial, Westwood resident Jay Walsh, Hale Reservation's Environment Resource Manager…