What’s open and closed on Patriots’ Day

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Town offices

The library

The marathon route through Wellesley, 8:15am – 3:00pm, and additional roads (see Marathon Day road closures in Wellesley)

State and municipal offices

Supermarkets and banks
The post office (mail delivery is in effect)



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Marathon Day road closures in Wellesley

policeThe Wellesley Police Department wants you to know about the 119th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Marathon Route Closure:

The Boston Marathon route divides Wellesley in half.  The race enters Wellesley on Central Street (Rt. 135) at the Natick line near Wellesley College.  The race route proceeds east on Central Street through Wellesley Square.  The race then continues on Washington Street (Rt. 16) eastbound through Wellesley Hills and into the Lower Falls.  The race leaves Wellesley on Washington Street at the Newton line.

The only way to cross over the route with a motor vehicle is to utilize Route 9 (Worcester Street) underneath Route 16 (Washington Street).

The Boston Marathon requires significant road closures in Wellesley.  Please note the following:

Central Street will be closed from the Natick line to Grove Street.  Washington Street will be closed from Grove Street to the Newton line.  There will be no traffic allowed across the race route once the road is closed.  Vehicles parked in parking lots along the route will not be allowed to leave until the road is open.

The roads will close between 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM on April 20, and remain closed until the end of the race.  We expect to begin opening the roads at 3:00 PM.  Please note this is an approximate time for opening.  YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CROSS THE RACE ROUTE WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE ONCE THE ROAD IS CLOSED.

There will be some temporary ‘No Parking’ areas that will be posted close to the Boston Marathon Route.  Vehicles that park in these temporary no parking zones will be removed and towed.

Central Street, from Weston Road to Grove Street, and Washington Street, from Grove Street to Cameron Street will have barricades in place on Sunday, April 19, starting at 9:00PM.  No parking will be allowed on these sections of Washington Street and Central Street until the race has concluded the next day. 

Some additional temporary no parking zones include:

Curve Street on the west side from Linden to Crest.
Crest Road on the west side from Linden to Curve.
Howe Street on the south side from Weston to Curve.
Weston Road on the east side from Linden to Turner.
Central Street from Weston to Grove
Linden Street from Weston Road to Crest Road on both sides of the road.
Wellesley Ave from Washington to Atwood
Woodlawn, near the DPW entrance
Garden Road one side to Colburn
Colburn Road one side
Chestnut Street one side
Washington Street on both sides from Grove to the Newton line.
River Street
Wareland Road
Brook Street from Wellesley Ave to Amherst

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Athletic Director Bill Raynor named MassBay commencement speaker

Bill.Raynor.Mass.BayMassBay Community College has named Bill Raynor, the school’s athletics director, as the commencement speaker for the class of 2015. Commencement exercises will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 6:00pm.

Raynor has led the college’s men’s basketball team to national wins, most recently earning the New England Region XXI championship in 2013. He has also been named Coach of the Year for Region XXI and National District 8 in 20098, 2011, and 2013.

No slouch on the court himself, back in the day Raynor was a star basketball player for Catholic Memorial High in West Roxbury. From there he went on to study at Dartmouth College while scoring over 1,129 points for its Division I basketball team. After he graduated, he took coaching positions at Brown, Harvard, and Holy Cross before MassBay scored him ten years ago.

Raynor is known around campus as not only a coach and an athlete but as a poet. His players encouraged him to publish his sports poems, which he uses as a motivational coaching tool, so last year he did. His collection of poems, Poetry in Motion, the Meaning of Sports in Everyday Life, can be found here.

In addition, he founded the Young Men of Color program at MassBay, developed to help male minority students succeed in college.

Also of interest…

American author Adichie named Wellesley College commencement speaker

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



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Wellesley Day of Service to be held May 3

The 2nd Annual Wellesley Day of Service will be held on Sunday, May 3, bringing together volunteers of all ages to complete a variety of community projects for the benefit of non-profit organizations and municipal departments throughout town. Volunteers will work in teams on morning or afternoon projects.  Any individuals, families, groups and Wellesley-based corporations can volunteer.

This year’s Day of Service is being organized by a group of nine Wellesley High School seniors as part of their Senior Project, an opportunity to perform community service in the fourth quarter of the school year. The Wellesley Youth Commission is collaborating with the seniors.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities on the Wellesley Day of Service go to www.wellesleyvolunteers.org.

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Big local job opening: Wellesley College president Bottomly leaving in 2016

H. Kim Bottomly, Wellesley College president 2007-2016Wellesley College President Kim Bottomly (a.k.a. KBot) announced Friday that she will step down as president in July 2016, passing the baton to whoever comes next to lead the school during the rest of its big 2025 campus renewal project. She joined the college in 2007 as Wellesley’s 13th president, bringing with her a biology and zoology background at a time of rising interest in STEM education. Bottomly received her education at the University of Washington, and worked at Yale for 27 years before coming to Wellesley.

Most recently, Bottomly has made headlines for the school’s opening of its doors to transgender students. During her tenure the school has bolstered its technology infrastructure and educational offerings, established the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, worked more closely with Babson and Olin College, and built an endowment of $1.8B.

Bottomly issued a memo about her planned departure to the college community that in part reads:

Since my arrival in 2007, our community has risen to major challenges—securing our financial footing after the historic recession of 2008 and embracing the complexities of diversity, academic freedom, and civil discourse. In an era of economic constraint, we have inaugurated ambitious plans and initiatives that have fortified Wellesley’s foundational strengths as a great liberal arts college and the world’s leading women’s college and that will position the College for leadership in the years ahead.

You can read Bottomly’s entire message here.


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MassBay to offer great Wellesley summer camp bargain

Mass.Bay.summerMassBay Community College is accepting registration applications for its Summer Bridge program.

The two-week program, which runs July 6 – 17, offers two tracks, both billed as two weeks of fun in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Participants can select either one transferable course for credit that is open to rising juniors and seniors, and current seniors, or go for the other track, open to all high school students, which offers four workshops.

At $100, the program is one of the best summer bargains to be had in Wellesley.

Check out our Summer Camp page for more camp ideas in Wellesley and beyond.



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