Not too soon to plot your 2015 Wellesley town office run

The next Annual Town Election in Wellesley takes place on March 3, but it’s not too soon to think about how you might get involved — beyond just voting. It might even be a good conversation starter over Thanksgiving dinner!

Nomination papers for all offices become available on Dec. 3.

Town Clerk Kathy Nagle — who says she is running one more time — walks you through the basics in this video from Wellesley Media.

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Media darlings Wellesley Jr. Raiders have eyes on national title again

wellesley jr raiders football herald coverUPDATE: The Raiders won 33-6, scoring 33 straight points after falling behind at the start of the game. They’re New England Regional Champs. On to Florida…

The undefeated 6th grade Wellesley Jr. Raiders football has received plenty of love in Wellesley in recent years (including road signs), especially after winning the national  title about a year ago. But now they’re all over the Boston media as well, including on WBZ-TV and on the cover of the Boston Herald.

The Raiders play Sunday vs. a Johnston, R.I., team in Nashua, N.H., for a chance to head back to Florida to compete for the national title again.

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Wellesley Marketplace welcomes holiday shoppers

The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club’s annual Wellesley Marketplace event that took place Saturday at the Wellesley Middle School drew over 2,000 shoppers and 150+ exhibitors. I’m not shy about shopping so I jumped right into the fray, on a quest for unique gifts and whatever else might jump out at me. Here’s what I came away with (spoiler alert, if you are attending any of the same Yankee Swaps as me this holiday season):photo (3) copy 2

So what we have in the above picture are 5 birdhouse tree ornaments, each with a literary or artsy theme, from designer Anne Boucher of The Guilded Word. They were $12 each and she cellophane and beribboned them for me. And then I undid all that for this picture and so must later redo it all.

The heart rock in the frame is for me, since I am always head-down at the beach searching for heart rocks, yet never thought to take it to the next level as Patricia Flynn from Natural Heart Stones has. It was $20 for this cute little stone from Israel in a frame made of  wood repurposed from an old house (not from a Wellesley tear-down, I’m assuming, but I should have asked).

I finished up my shopping with the old-timey typewriter image printed on burlap by Fiber and Water out of Maine.  A certain blogger I know used to type up college papers on a similar relic. I can still hear the tap-tap-tapping.

There’s that ubiquitous turkey, drum-legging up support for the Turkey Trot.


The Marketplace would be noplace without the women in green.



The Marketplace is open at the Wellesley Middle School until 4:00 pm Saturday, November 22.

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The weekend in Wellesley

MSND-2Friday, 11/21, 2pm – 3:30
Dana Hall Middle School
Waldo Auditorium


Photo: BlueJazz Strings will be performing this Friday in Jewett at 7pm! We'll be playing some classics as well as some new favorites, so come enjoy some great music with great people!

images-1Wellesley Middle School One-Act Plays
Thursday 11/20 at 4:30pm & Friday 11/21 at 7:00pm at the WMS Auditorium. These are 3 comic plays performed by 7th and 8th graders in the auditorium. Admission is free, and we ask for donations at the door.


The 38th Annual Wellesley Marketplace 

Saturday, November 22, 2014
9am – 4pm
Wellesley Middle School
50 Kingsbury Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Carly Simon and Family to Perform Benefit Concert
Sat, November 22, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Carly Simon, along with son Ben Taylor and daughter Sally Taylor, will perform at a concert at Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7pm to benefit an art project called Consenses. 


The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra Concert
Sat, November 22, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Houghton Chapel, Wellesley College

Overture, Clock, Sonata & Rhapsody
Sun, November 23, 2:15pm – 4:45pm
MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland St, (map)
Pre-concert talk at 2:15pm, Concert at 3pm Ticket prices for 2014 – 2015 season Adult – $25 – – Senior/Student – $20 Free admission for children under 12 Groups of 6 or more $15 MassBay Students, Staff & Faculty Free with ID.  More info here.

Just a bit beyond Wellesley…

StorySlam2-1Nomad Story Slam, Friday, November 21
Gregorian Rugs in Newton Lower Falls.
This community storytelling event is loosely modeled on the very popular MOTH Radio Hour and the theme of the night will be “on the road“.

If you want to tell a story yourself (5 mins, true, and connected to “on the road”) then arrive a little early (7:00 – 7:15). Otherwise just come to listen to stories in the fabulous Gregorian Rugs, a beautiful Oriental rug showroom in the historic mill building in Lower Falls.  We’re counting on a bit of that Arabian Nights magic to rub off those beautiful rugs and onto the tales that will be told.

The event is being presented by the new Newton Nomadic Theater.  Tickets are $10 and are available at or at the door

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Dec. 9 special town election asks Wellesley voters to decide on school maintainence

There will be a Special Town Election on Tuesday, December 9 to consider debt exclusion questions to fund capital projects for Fiske and Schofield elementary schools, and Wellesley Middle School window replacement.

Ballot Questions are:

Question 1
Shall the Town of Wellesley be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to fund the design, construction, reconstruction, remodeling, rehabilitation, modernization and additions to the Fiske Elementary School at 45 Hastings Street and the Schofield Elementary School at 27 Cedar Street?

Question 2
Shall the Town of Wellesley be allowed to exempt from the provisions of Proposition two-and-one-half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to fund the costs associated with the replacement of approximately 280 original windows at Wellesley Middle School located at 40 Kingsbury Street?

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at all regular polling locations in Wellesley, as follows:

Precinct A         Bates School                   116 Elmwood Road
Precinct B         Sprague School              401 School Street
Precinct C         Upham School                35 Wynnewood Road
Precinct D         Schofield School             27 Cedar Street
Precinct E         Fiske School                    45 Hastings Street
Precinct F         Dana Hall School (Shipley Center) 142 Grove Street
Precinct G         Wellesley Free Library (Wakelin Room) 530 Washington Street (rear entrance)
Precinct H         Wellesley High School                 50 Rice Street (east wing)

If you are uncertain of your polling locations, please go to here to find your polling location.

 Absentee Ballots
Voters unable to go to polls due to absence from town or disability may apply for an absentee ballot. To get the form, either stop by Town Hall or apply in writing to Town Clerk Kathleen Nagle. Applications for an absentee ballot must include the voter’s name and voting address and instructions as to where to send the ballot, and an original signature. Family members may apply on behalf of others in the household. Applications may be mailed to 525 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02482; faxed 781-237-5037; or pdf([email protected]).

All absentee ballots are counted at the polling places on election day.

Also related:

Wellesley residents vote Yes on May 2014 Override, senior center land purchase

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8th annual Wellesley Luminary Night set for Dec. 7

Luminary NightIt’s already time to start planning your participation in The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club’s (WHJWC) 8th Annual Luminary Night, which this year takes place on Sunday, Dec. 7. On Luminary Night, families and businesses throughout Wellesley light luminary candles along their streets, sidewalks and doorsteps, creating a beautiful town-wide glow welcoming the holiday season.

Luminary Night proceeds benefit the Wellesley community; funds are used to both support a number of local charitable organizations and create scholarships for WHS students. Last year, Luminary Night raised $27,000, with more than 30,000 candles lighting the town.

Luminary kits, which include 10 luminaries, sell for $20 apiece. Kits can be ordered online at; kits purchased online will be delivered to your home.

Kits can be directly purchased the week of December 1st at (1) Roche Brothers, (2) the Linden Store, (3) the RDF (December 6th only), (4) LittleBits Toys, (5) Wellesley Dental or (6) the Holiday Boutique.

Kits will also be sold at the WHJWC Wellesley Marketplace event on November 22nd at the Middle School.

For more information about Luminary Night, please e-mail [email protected]

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Not just another Wellesley Square leather party

London Harness ownersAmy Lynch and Demian Wendrow, the new owners of Wellesley Square retailers London Harness and Tumi as of Oct. 31, are celebrating with an open house at 45 Central St., in Wellesley Square on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-8:30pm. You can RSVP here if interested in attending the event, which will feature light fare, prizes and the announcement of a partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Lynch and Wendrow should have a few good stories to share, including their own. They met 13 years ago when they began working at luggage and handbags retailer London Harness, and have since married. And now they own the joint.

UPDATE: London Harness posted this recap of the event, including a video, on their website.

RELATED: Wellesley Square Merchants’ Association

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$25 tickets available to public for Carly Simon concert at Wellesley College

consensesGeneral admission tickets for a Nov. 22 performance at Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall featuring Carly Simon, her children Sally Taylor and Ben Taylor, and others are now available to the public. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at: Information on the show lineup is available here.
The concert is being held to benefit Consenses, an exhibit created through a process resembling an artistic game of “telephone,” features eight chains of music, dance, visual arts and other mediums that interpret art through all five senses. On display now through November 25 in Wellesley College’s Tishman Commons (in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center) weeknights 6-10 PM, Saturday/Sunday, Noon to 10 PM. (More information about the exhibit here.)
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