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The sign, promoting the Market every Thursday from 2-6 at the corner of State and Washington Streets, was taken sometime between the hours of 2 and 4pm Wednesday afternoon. According to the market promoters, “the lonely metal stand would kindly like its sign back, so that it can once again be made whole.”
If you have any information about this sign-napping, please contact info@wellesleyfarmersmarket.
Wellesley, if you don’t know, has a rich tradition of sign stealing, including during the presidential election last fall.
Congrats to 2009 Wellesley High School grad Rebecca DiBiase, who captained this spring’s Division III national champion softball team from Tufts University, where she just graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa as a pre-med student. (And thanks to a reader for passing this along).
A reader recently wrote to us asking: “Can you please tell us what is happening at the intersection of Route 9 and Cedar Street - there is a trailer truck marked ‘construction’ and other vehicles on the grassy areas along the ‘off-ramp roads’ on the north side of Route 9. They’ve also put up low ‘barriers” along the curbing.’
Assistant Town Engineer Douglas Stewart of the DPW provided us with an answer: “As you mentioned in your email, the site is the same site where the Cedar Street Bridge was replaced a couple of summers ago. The project is a MassDOT project and the purpose of it is to construct stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s) along the Route 9 westbound ramps at Cedar Street. The project involves the installation of two stormwater infiltration basins, one water quality swale, and associated grading, landscaping, and utilities.” The project is being handled by Newport Construction, under the direction of MassDOT.
While we had Stewart, we asked about the Wales Street Bridge project, which under Article 15 at the 2013 Annual Town Meeting, Wellesley agreed to spend $400,000 on. The Wales Street Bridge is located at the end of Walnut Street and crosses the Charles River at the Wellesley/Newton line, and Wellesley and Newton share equally the cost of maintaining this bridge. Stewart says the Wales Street Bridge project is in the final design and permitting phase.
According to Stewart: “A prior routine inspection of the bridge arch conducted by MassDOT identified the need for improvements to the bridge including the installation of approach guardrail and bridge railing transitions that meet current MassDOT design criteria. Bridge railings must be raised to meet current safety standards and to match the proposed highway guardrail transitions. In addition, the existing bridge railings, which are simple stone parapets, do not meet current requirements for impact resistance. The bridge railings will be retrofitted to meet current height requirements as part of the height retrofit design. Other project work will include the removal and replacement of concrete sidewalks on the bridge, the cold planing and overlay of the street surface approaches to the bridge, and the construction of about 100 feet of new bituminous concrete sidewalks on the west side of Walnut Street to fill a gap in the existing sidewalk network.”
Wellesley High School’s girls’ golf team has quietly turned into a team to beat over the past 2 seasons, going 15-5 last year and bettering that with a 15-2 start this season.
The team is only 4 years old and has been coached from the start by Ken Bateman, a WHS science teacher, and the boys’ team’s coach as well. This year’s girls team has 13 players (including 2 pairs of sisters, the Kellihers and Boslands). One of the nice things about the team is that everyone who tried out made the team, and the players are pretty much split between those with country club ties and not. “I am happy to work with any girl who wants to become better at the game of golf, Bateman says.
The team has use of the Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College two days a week, but needs to use those days for matches, so doesn’t really get to practice there. It usually practices at McGolf in Dedham.
While the team’s record is similar to that of last year’s, Bateman says the players have gotten much better as a whole, with several shaving 6 to 8 strokes off their 9-hole scores.
The team still has some work to do this season: the South sectional is May 28, and if Wellesley finishes in the top 3 there, the state championship would await on June 3 (Hingham is the only team to have beaten Wellesley this season).
But looking further ahead, the team’s outlook is also bright considering its youth — there’s only 1 senior on the team. Junior Kathy Fortrin has been the team’s top player, showing consistency throughout the season (The Townsman named her as its Athlete of the Week this week). Freshman Anna Dailey has also been a team leader, and the much improved play from Mackenzie Grosso, Caroline Kelliher and Meredith Cheek has enabled the Wellesley High team to compete successfully week in and week out. “This team has been the best that I have coached in any sport,” Bateman says. “They help each other on and off the course.”
Opens Thursday May 23rd @ 7pm in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre
In the late summer of 1936 anything seems possible for the five Mundy sisters, even love. The return of their elder brother to the family home in Donegal, Ireland after missionary work in Africa heralds the end of their golden season, and as the summer draws to a close the Mundy sisters must face their own bitter harvest.
Thursdays @ 7pm May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20
Firdays @ 8pm May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21
Saturdays @ 3pm May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and @ 8pm May 25, June 1, * June 15, 22
Sundays @ 3pm May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23
*Please note: on Sat. June 8 there is no evening performance*
$20 General Admission $10 Seniors and Students
Call the Box Office 781-283-2000 to make a reservation
The theatre is handicap accessible. For disability services contact Jim Wice @ 781-283-2434