Verizon FiOS, Cox Media tick off Wellesley

Wellesley residents were among the 400,000 households in Massachusetts forced on Thanksgiving Day to miss the Cowboys-Eagles football game and spend more quality time with family on the holiday as a result of a financial dispute between Verizon FiOS and Cox Media, which owns the Fox TV station that carries NFL games. Some of us even resorted to wholesome activities such as coloring and connect-the-dots.

1966950_10205029708603432_9158215186290865631_nAmong the especially ticked off Wellesley residents is Cimarron Buser, who started a Facebook group designed to encourage customers to take action such as complaining to the FCC, Verizon and Cox, including via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Group members are also sharing about alternatives that could eventually lead some to cut the cable cord or at least switch cable providers.

Some chimed in about switching to a Spanish language channel on Verizon to watch the game (though it is not included in the basic package) or of setting up an HDTV tuner to grab Fox TV signals over the air. (“Turns out Wellesley is an ideal location to get Over the Air HDTV — we’re very close to the tower in Needham on Cabot Street,” Buser says.)

Verizon has never been especially football friendly, not even including the NFL Network in its basic package (at least that’s true for us).

One happy note: The Pats-Packers game on Sunday is on CBS, not Fox.

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Wellesley Historical Society presents Winter Wednesdays

Wellesley Historical Society’s Executive Director Erica Dumont. Right, Wellesley Community Center’s Executive Director Stephen Beach

Wellesley Historical Society’s Executive Director Erica Dumont. Right, Wellesley Community Center’s Executive Director Stephen Beach

The Wellesley Historical Society is partnering with the Wellesley Community Center to offer a new series of children’s programs called “Winter Wednesdays” beginning in December.

The programs are geared toward children aged five to ten and will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, every Wednesday from December 10 to January 4 (with the exceptions of December 24, December 31, and February 18).

Each program will feature a different historical topic and offer hands-on, educational games and activities. These are drop-in programs, so families can attend as their schedules allow.

“Winter Wednesdays” is sponsored in part by the Wellesley Cultural Council and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Wellesley Historical Society at (781) 235-6690 or email the director at [email protected]. For a complete schedule of programs, visit the Historical Society’s website at

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Missing Wellesley dog is found

Miller the dogUPDATE: Miller has been found.

We received the following plea for help regarding a missing dog:

“Our dog, Miller, got loose yesterday near Hampshire Rd and Lowell Rd. He was seen in the neighborhood several times. The last sighting was near Upham School around 7:30 PM. He is gentle and very shy. He is not wearing his collar. If you see him, please call Julia Miwa at 781 492 6361.”Miller the dog



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Snow no match for Wellesley Turkey Trot runners

#Wellesley Turkey Trot 2014 #running

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(Photo by Karen Griswold)

(Photo by Karen Griswold)

Two thousand runners and walkers took to the streets of Wellesley on Thanksgiving morning to complete the 5K Turkey Trot that started and ended in Linden Square. The course traversed Wellesley Square and Wellesley College as well.

turkey trot 2014Boston’s Adrian Macdonald won the race in a time of 16:08, just ahead of recent Wellesley High grad Ben Griswold.  Wellesley’s Priyanka Fouda was the fastest women with a time of 18:26. (Race results here.)turkey trot 2014


Photo by Karen Griswold

Race organizer Carol Chaoui (Photo by Karen Griswold)

Congrats to Carol Chaoui, the Fund for Wellesley, Wellesley Police Department and the many volunteers who organized this well-run and fun event.

Take that, snow!

(Photo by Karen Griswold)

(Photo by Karen Griswold)

linden square snow thanksgiving day 2014

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Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger coming to Wellesley Middle School this weekend

jared_sullingerBoston Celtics player Jared Sullinger will be taking part in a basketball clinic at Wellesley Middle School on Saturday, Nov. 28 that has just been announced by a former Wellesley High School basketball assistant coach.

The Game Time Training Flash Clinic will be capped at 60 players per session (60 3rd-5th graders, 60 6th-8th graders…for both boys and girls).

Dates: Nov 28th & 29th, 2014

Cost: $120/player, includes T-shirt, chance to win Celts tickets.

Registration: Email Coach Isaiah Davis at [email protected] to get on the list.

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Can casinos in Wellesley be far behind?

If you’re thinking of taking it on the road to see Wellesley High play football vs. Needham High on Thanksgiving Day, the game will be held at Memorial Park in Needham at 10:00 AM. Advance sales are at Needham High Athletics Department, Needham Park and Recreation (500 Dedham Avenue) or from members of the Needham High Touchdown Club. Ticket fees are $12/person and children ages 6 and under are free.

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Wellesley High quiz kids qualify for TV show’s Final 16

A team of 6 Wellesley High School students has cracked the final 16 for season 6 of WGBH’s High School Quiz Show. That means the teens, who beat out dozens of other teams, will be competing in the bracketed single-elimination tourney on TV in the new year.

This is the second year in a row that Wellesley’s team has made the final 16. This year’s team again boasts members with a diverse set of knowledge that should help them answer questions across various categories.

We’ll keep you posted on when the shows are scheduled to run.

In the meantime, here’s your team, coached by WHS math and computer science teacher Robert Cohen.

Left to Right: Kevin Hu - Grade 12 Josephina Lin - Grade 12 (Alternate) Teddy Sevilla  - Grade 11 Lexie Lehmann - Grade 11 (Alternate) Zoe Salvucci - Grade 10 Nick Blenko - Grade 12 Robert Cohen - Math and CS Teacher - Coach

Left to Right:
Kevin Hu – Grade 12
Josephina Lin – Grade 12 (Alternate)
Teddy Sevilla – Grade 11
Lexie Lehmann – Grade 11 (Alternate)
Zoe Salvucci – Grade 10
Nick Blenko – Grade 12
Robert Cohen – Math and CS Teacher – Coach



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Wellesley College staff dismissals distress Jewish students, alums

Since we really don’t have any inside knowledge of the hot and sensitive story at Wellesley College over the past few days (the school has largely kept its communication on the Jewish staff ousters within the school), we figured the best way to handle this would be to round up news coverage and social media mentions through news aggregator Storify:

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