Wellesley High School #8 on the say-so of Niche Rankings

1535506_10151893218572749_695583579_nThe 2015 Niche rankings are in, and the status-conscious website says that Wellesley High School is #8 among Massachusetts public high schools.

Nearby Dover-Sherborn Regional High came in at #1, and Weston High School was just above Wellesley at #7.

The rating site relies heavily on survey results from 280,000 students and parents who weigh in on categories such as health and safety, resources and facilities, and academics. Niche says that “A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.”

So based on that, go ahead and strut your #8 stuff, WHS.

Also of interest…

Wellesley #6 on Boston Magazine’s public high school rankings

US News & World Report ranks Wellesley schools at #4 last spring



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VC with Facebook roots, architect with TED pedigree tapped as Babson commencement speakers

Babson College has named alumnus Kevin Colleran ‘03, an early executive at Facebook and current managing partner at venture capital firm Slow Ventures, and Richard Saul Wurman, an architect and author who created and chaired the TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference, will both be honored during Commencement Ceremonies on May 16.

Kevin Colleran

Kevin Colleran

Colleran will address undegrads at 10 a.m. and Wurman will address the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business Ceremony at 3 p.m. Each will receive an Honorary Doctor​ of Humane Letters.

Colleran was among Facebook’s first 10 employees, and as Global Partnership Lead managed advertising relationships. At Slow Ventures, he invests the capital of dozens of top tech executives into early-stage companies, such as Evernote, Nest and Pinterest. Colleran is also a venture partner at General Catalyst Partners. During his junior year at Babson, he raised capital to establish the school’s first undergraduate business hatchery.

Richard Saul Wurman

Richard Saul Wurman

Wurman is an architect and graphic designer who co-founded and chaired the TED Conference, as well as other conferences, and the forthcoming 555 Conference focused on predictions for 2020. Wurman is currently collaborating on a comparative cartographic initiative for mapping urban settings named the Urban Observatory 19.20.21 Project.

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Chow down with Boston Medical Center CEO & Wellesley resident Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh Boston Medical Center

Kate Walsh

What: Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC), will host a lunch on Thursday, April 30 at the Wellesley Country Club. Guests are invited to learn more about BMC, including its role as the region’s largest safety net hospital and leader in medical research.

Walsh is a Wellesley resident and an active member of the community, serving on various community and health-related boards. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Walsh will be joined by event co-chairs, Pattie Bishop and Mariann Youniss, as well as a Lunch Committee. The event is free and open to the public, but guests will be required to register.

Who: Kate Walsh, President and CEO, Boston Medical Center

When: Thursday, April 30, 11:30 am

Where: Wellesley Country Club, 300 Wellesley Avenue, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

For more information or to register for tickets, please visit development.bmc.org/lunchwithkate.

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These Wellesley potholes could swallow a Yorkie

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Pothole and pup at Edgemoor Avenue, near intersection of Overbrook Drive. Photo via Laura Winig
















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Pothole & pup at corner of Woodside Ave and Overbrook Drive. Photo via Laura WInig.

We recently encouraged Swellesley readers to send in photos of monster potholes on Wellesley’s streets (See “Beat that Wellesley pothole!”), and we’ve received a couple of good ones from Laura Winig, who collaborated with a Yorkshire Terrier named Coda, to give some perspective on the size of the divots.

Reader Christos Papavassiliou also shared a shot of a whopper — with the email subject line of  “pothole or swimming pool” — at the corner of Shelbourne and Hampshire.

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Pothole at corner of Shelbourne and Hampshire, via Christos Papavassiliou

Others have cited potholes in Wellesley Hills near the Bank of America, on Cliff Road and on Squirrel Road, where we’re hoping to get a photo of squirrels frolicking in the potholes.

Please share photos here [email protected] or on our Facebook page of the biggest ones you find, where located and your name if you want a photo credit. To put the size of holes into context perhaps you want to use a prop, such as a ladder or giraffe. Just don’t get yourselves run over doing this.

And if you want to take some real action on the potholes,  get them fixed by contacting the town’s Park & Highway Division.

RELATED: Dogs sending a message on Wellesley Trails

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Big changes afoot at the Wellesley College greenhouses, but don’t hold your breath

DSC_0276Since this wretched winter insists on hanging on, abusing us with record-breaking snowfall and damning us with ice dams and arctic blasts right into the end of March, I’m starting to get a bit antsy for greenery and flowers and temperatures above freezing.

This month came in like a lion and it looks like it will go out like a mighty fierce lamb, one that’s been taking note of how the lion rolls and has decided to grab a piece of that action. This is March throwing the worst of itself into every day, getting a bit above itself if you ask me, as it swaggers around like it’s Dante’s last circle of hell and we are merely the hapless sinners submerged in an icy lake, to suffer the cold for all eternity.

This drama queen, for one, decided to take a break from all eternity and head over to the Margaret C. Ferguson Greenhouses at Wellesley College, just for the chance enjoy the warmth and humidity while admiring the thousand or so species the 16 greenhouses hold. And lately, I haven’t taken those 16 greenhouses for granted ever since I heard that a major reconstruction, which will include tearing down the five main houses, is in the design phase of what the college calls The Global Flora project. The project’s goals are to replace the aging structures, which even a casual observer can tell need help; supply new housing for the school’s botany museum objects of artistic and scientific interest; to add an interdisciplinary science research and teaching component to the greenhouses; and to serve as an example of sustainable design.


Durant camellia in bloom, Wellesley College greenhouses.

All this will take time, as in construction won’t begin for perhaps as long as a year from now, so don’t hold your breath. And don’t fret about the over 130-year old Durant camellia, the last of four surviving camellias given to the school by its founder, Henry Durant. (Two others were lost in the great fire of 1914, and another  was removed from the greenhouses at some point.) The camellia will stay where it is, and the project will be built around it. In addition, Gail Kahn, Assistant Director of the Botanic Gardens, says “the greenhouses will remain available for the college and the community.”

Currently, the greenhouses are open daily, 8am – 4pm.
Summer hours are Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm.
The greenhouses will be closed on weekends during the summer, starting the weekend of June 13.
Weekend hours of 8am – 4pm will resume on the weekend of August 22.

Admission is free.

Also of interest…

Top Ten Things to do in Wellesley

Town of Wellesley buying North 40

Wellesley Farmers’ Market to make triumphant return this spring

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Wellesley Community Children’s Center Fun Run/Fair coming up

racersWellesley Community Children’s Center’s 35th annual  Fun Run & Fun Fair is this coming Saturday, March 28, from 8:30am-12pm, and everyone is welcome. Ditch the snow pants for running shorts in a fun-filled event located in the newly renovated Dorothy Towne Field House of Wellesley College’s Keohane Sports Center.

Events include races for waddlers as young as 3 years old to sprints for 12-year-olds. All racers receive a runner number as well as a participation ribbon. The fun continues with face painting, basketball, beanbag toss, nerf archery and more. Also, look out for the Lowell Spinners mascot.

Finally, don’t miss out on our raffle and silent auction. This year’s prizes feature an autographed baseball by Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, one week of Tenacre Day camp, a month membership to Fitness Club for Women, a week at an Orlando time share, wine baskets, gift certificates to local spas and jewelers, tickets to Red Sox and Lowell Spinner Baseball games and more.

Wellesley community childrens centerThe entry fee for races will be $7, with $3 for siblings and $3 for additional races. You can preregister online at http://www.wccc.wellesley.edu with a credit card. If you wish to sign up on the day of the event, please bring cash or a check. Give your child access to unlimited games and activities for $10 each or $25 a family (3 or more people).

All proceeds from this event support the Wellesley Community Children’s Center’s Early Childhood and After School Programs. For more information, call us at 781-235-7667 or visit our website at www.wccc.wellesley.edu.


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