• Impulse wellesley

Ivivva clothing store ditches Wellesley for Natick Mall

I viva Wellesley closed imageIvivva, the girls activewear and accessories shop that opened at 1 Crest Rd. in Wellesley less than two years ago, is bouncing over to the Natick Mall in August. The Wellesley location has been shuttered.

The space has been home to numerous businesses in recent years, including the Wellesley Townsman, a bead shop and a lacrosse goods store.

Posted in Business | Leave a comment

Tom Nutile Big Band bopping into Wellesley on Wednesday

Tom Nutile Big BandThis Wednesday’s Wellesley summer concert on the Town Hall Green features the Tom Nutile Big Band, which in addition to traditional swing, plays high-energy modern jazz, pop, rock, Latin, jump, lindy, waltzes and even polkas.

What’s more, the band leader is an old friend of ours, so gets a special mention here…

The show starts at 7pm and is free.

Posted in Music | Leave a comment

Boston Catholic Insider blog delves into closing of St. Paul School in Wellesley

st paul school july 2015 wellesley

Boston Catholic Insider, a blog written by anonymous people “with close ties to the Archdiocese of Boston,” has posted the first of at least a two-part series on the closing of Wellesley’s St. Paul School. We first reported on St. Paul School closing this past Friday.

In its post, Boston Catholic Insider calls the official St. Paul announcement deceptive for blaming a lack of commitment by parents rather than mismanagement on the part of the administration. The post documents the precipitous fall in enrollment in recent years amidst changes in leadership.

The post concludes with:

“So in a period of three years, a stellar, high performing Catholic school with a 60-year history was allowed to disintegrate.  A school that was the only Boston Archdiocese Catholic school that, in addition to innumerable doctors, lawyers, priest, religious, teachers, nurses and other professionals, had a MacArthur Fellow among its alumni and which had passed the faith to generations of the faithful was left to implode.”

Posted in Education, Religion | Leave a comment

Wellesley Raiders diehard launches sports blog

Wellesley’s Robbie Johnson says he “lives and breathes Raiders athletics,” and his Wellesley Sports Blitz blog is giving him a new way to share that passion with other fans.

The 2008 Wellesley High School graduate grew up playing CYO basketball and Little League baseball in town, and those involved in or who follow Wellesley sports might know Johnson from his coaching, umpiring or Wellesley Media sports announcing.

wellesley sports blitz“Everything Wellesley sports gets me excited, from the girls hockey runs to the Garden to Wellesley/Needham football to the Williamsport team making a run to the state title 3 years ago…” he says.

Johnson swears he’s getting into the blogosphere for the long run. “I plan on posting pretty much every day starting in the fall as games get going, and combining daily recaps of all the teams along with other sports worthy news around town.”

Johnson says he wrote for The Townsman and school newspaper while in high school.

His differentiator will be giving people a place to go exclusively for Wellesley sports. ” I can also bring some color to the news of the day, along with the play by play.”

Johnson, who works at an after-school program and on the weekends teaches baseball at Frozen Ropes in Natick, launched Wellesley Sports Blitz earlier this month. So far he has mainly recapped the 2014-2015 Wellesley sports year. He’s currently trying to get reader input on Wellesley’s top sports legends.

Posted in Sports | Leave a comment

Guess this Boston 2024 Olympics bracelet picked up in Wellesley Square is now a collectors’ item

boston 2024 bracelet wellesleyA Wellesley resident promoting the Boston 2024 Olympics bid was handing out these rubber bracelets at the recent July Jubilation event in Wellesley Square. She told me that Wellesley was not under consideration for any of the event venues. Now, of course, other local communities are out of the picture, too.

RIP Boston 2024

Posted in Sports | Leave a comment

Wellesley Planning Board seeks resident, business rep for Rte. 9 study group

Entering Wellesley, Rte. 9 East

Entering Wellesley MA, Rte. 9 East

Dear Town Residents and Commercial/Business Owners:

The Planning Board is seeking 1 resident representative and 1 representative of the commercial/business community to serve on the Route 9 Enhancement Study & Plan Stakeholder Group. The Route 9 Enhancement Study & Plan is a community-outreach-driven study for the Route 9 Corridor that will provide tailored strategies for addressing the functionality and form of the roadway and corridor.

The impetus of the Study & Plan is the resurfacing project for the entire length of the Route 9 roadway within the Town, included on a list of projects being advanced by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, with funding committed in FY18 (perhaps now extended further). With this future repaving project for Route 9 on the horizon, now is the time for the Wellesley community to establish specific goals for the roadway and corridor that will inform future improvements to be carried out by MassDOT.

The Study & Plan will be completed through a partnership of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC), and the Town of Wellesley, and it will be comprised of two phases. Phase 1 will serve as an inventory and assessment phase and will include a project kick-off meeting, an inventory and assessment of existing conditions, and the identification of issues and opportunities presented by the existing conditions of the roadway and corridor. Phase 2 (for which the Planning Board received a technical assistance grant from MAPC) is intended to develop a Plan, based on the inventory and assessment conducted under Phase 1, that identifies the Town’s goals and recommendations for the roadway, addresses issues and capitalizes on opportunities.

During Phase 1, the Stakeholder Group would be tasked with attending five (5) public meetings. The Stakeholder Group would be instrumental in helping to identify the issues and opportunities facing Route 9, and ultimately in advising the project consultant and Planning Board on how strategies for improvements to the corridor could best be implemented in a final Plan.

Residents and those in the commercial/business community interested in serving on the Stakeholder Group, should submit a letter outlining their interest to the Planning Department by August 13, 2015, by email at [email protected] or by mail to: Planning Department, Attn: Michael Zehner, Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

The Board and I greatly appreciate the public’s participation in this project. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss further.


Michael D. Zehner, AICP

Planning Director

Posted in Business, Construction | Leave a comment

Wellesley Theatre Project to present Oklahoma!

oklahoma wellesley theatre project













Wellesley Theatre Project will present 3 performances of the classic musical Oklahoma! on July 31 (7pm) and Aug. 1 (2 and 5pm).

Performances are held at the Wellesley High School Katherine L. Babson, Jr, Auditorium, 50 Rice St.

Tickets are priced $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.org in advance, or at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

wellesley oklahoma theatre

Aunt Eller (Anna Krechevsk) and Curly (Patrick Snyder) rehearse the opening number “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”.

Posted in Music, Theatre | Leave a comment

Wellesley to become Purple Heart Community

purple heart military wellesleyFrom Wellesley Veterans’ Office:

For many years the Military Order of the Purple Heart, MOPH, has been encouraging communities and states around the country to declare themselves to be Purple Heart Communities. To honor these brave men and women, those who were injured in the service and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their life for our country, the Wellesley Board of Selectmen has accepted a recommendation to become a Purple Heart Community.

On Monday, Aug. 3 at 5:15 p.m. at the Board of Selectmen meeting, members from the Military Order of the Purple Heart will make the Purple Heart Community presentation.  Then on August 7th of each year, in honor of Purple Heart Day, the Town of Wellesley will fly the Purple Heart Flag at Town Hall.

If you have any questions please contact the Wellesley Veterans’ Office at 781-489-7509.

Posted in History, Neighbors | Leave a comment