Wellesley public schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 28

There will be no school in Wellesley on January 28.  The Department of Public Works will be clearing snow tonight and during the day tomorrow throughout Wellesley

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Drone view of snow-covered Wellesley

Wellesley’s Robert Plenge shared this drone-eye video of Wellesley snowed under.

MORE: Scenes from the storm in Wellesley

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Scenes from the storm in Wellesley

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Wellesley stocks up on milk, water & everything else

Roche Bros Milk storm januaryShoppers filled up the cash registers at local supermarkets on Monday in anticipation of winter storm Juno. Here’s a look at Roche Bros. in Linden Square at around 4pm. Thanks to reader Cherie Hoffman for sending along the photos.

Looks like shoppers took care of the essentials

Looks like shoppers took care of the essentials

After the big rush...

After the big rush…

A run on eggs...

A run on eggs…

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Move over Deflategate! Wellesley Roche Bros. has some explaining to do about this Super Bowl chip sign

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A hawk-eyed Swellesley reader sent us this SHOCKING photo from Roche Bros. in Wellesley on Monday.

We swiftly hit up Roche Bros. for comment, and getting into the spirit of this BREAKING STORY, they replied via Twitter that “we have a traitor in our midst…” and that following an extensive internal investigation will “follow it up with a press conference. ‘I have no explanation for what happened’.”

 

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Wellesley Public Schools snowstorm plan

Dear WPS Community,

In light of the impending storm that will begin to affect our area as early as tonight, I have several announcements to share:

1) All WPS buildings will be closed at 5pm today (January 26th.) Any evening activities slated to run beyond that time will be rescheduled.

2) The Wellesley Public Schools will be closed all day on Tuesday, January 27th. This includes all classes and after-school and evening activities. No WPS staff should report on Tuesday.

3) We will monitor conditions throughout the day on Tuesday and make a determination if schools can be opened on Wednesday. I encourage parents to plan accordingly in the event that schools remain closed.

Whether you prefer to be out in the snow tomorrow or hunkered down inside with a good book or board games, please be safe.

Best regards,

Dr. David Lussier

 

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Wellesley dump closed Tuesday due to storm

Wellesley RDF recyclablesThe Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility will be closed on Tuesday Jan 27 due to the impending storm. Check for other town closings and updates here.

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Former Wellesley ABC student blogs for Huffington Post

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Wellesley is known as a town that takes its public schools seriously. Residents consistently put their money where their property taxes are by voting in overrides, while dedicated PTO volunteers organize auctions and fairs to cover needs that the budget doesn’t.

In addition to educating and fundraising for the town’s kids who live here full-time, minus summers on the Cape, of course, residents (through private donations unrelated to the town’s taxes) and Wellesley College fund the Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) program. For 42 years here, the program has been on its mission to provide academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities that better chance through an education at Wellesley High School.

Vanessa Martir, a 1993 graduate of Wellesley High School and the ABC program, not to mention Columbia University, took that better chance seriously and as a Huffington Post blogger gives Wellesley a mention in her latest post, Writers of Color Need Something More.

Brace yourselves. It’s not 100% complimentary.

The New York City resident recalls that overall, she found the experience of being an ABC student in Wellesley incredibly difficult. When she hit the halls of WHS, she says, “Everything I was was labeled too loud and too much.”  The Latina student was called “Rosie” because actress Rosie Perez starred in the then-current movie Do the Right Thing, and Martir’s classmates wanted to hear her “tawk”, something she refers to as one of countless microaggressions she faced at school. Challenging as it was, Martir remembers her time in town as one of the defining experiences of her life, and that she would recommend the program to women of color, including her own daughter.

English Department teacher Brooks Goddard, who retired in 2000, may have helped save the day.  Martir says, “…he handed me Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. I ate that book up in two days and read it again at least five times.” She marks that event as the first time she read a book by an author that looked like her. And it would be great to report that from there on in there was no stopping the girl, but microaggressions at Wellesley turned into macroaggressions elsewhere, and let’s just go ahead and get all Oprah and say that what didn’t kill her made her stronger. And has likely made for rich fodder for her upcoming memoir called Relentless.

Huffington Post blogger is actually just Martir’s sideline.  Her day job is at VONA Voices, which runs writing workshops for writers of color. She credits the program, which she attended as a writer before eventually accepting a position there, for helping her find her own writing voice at a time when she was having trouble believing in herself and her stories.

Wellesley served as an incubator for some of those stories as Martir passed through town on her way to a life as a writer, educator, dreamer, and bad-ass, all goals stated explicitly between the lines of ABC’s mission statement, a program that, at its core, is “…committed to fostering the achievement of each student’s academic, personal, and community-oriented goals…”

That’s seems to be pretty much how Martir is living her life, Wellesley-provided warts and all.

Check out Martir’s personal blog here. Like all the best blogs, it runs on a WordPress platform.

 

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