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Literally everybody got a snow day in Wellesley today

Literally everybody got a snow day today.

Literally everybody got a snow day in Wellesley today.

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2-car pile-up at Wellesley’s Perrin Park

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No injuries reported in this 2-vehicle crash at Perrin Park in Wellesley (photo via SuzanneP).

MORE: Where to sled in Wellesley 

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Wellesley Public Schools closed Monday due to snow

From Wellesley Public Schools:

Due to the impending snow storm, the Wellesley Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 8th.  All afternoon and evening activities are also cancelled. No WPS staff should report to our buildings tomorrow. Please stay safe throughout the storm.  

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Survey: Your take on Wellesley’s Kelly Field tennis courts

The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission is conducting a survey regarding the community’s needs surrounding the Kelly Field tennis courts.

Among the questions/responses is one that basically asks if you even knew the courts, in the vicinity of the Bates Elementary School and Kelly Field ball parks, even existed.

Survey results and next steps will be discussed at an NRC meeting on Feb. 25 at 7pm at Town Hall.

 

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Microsoft code name for cool underwater project is Natick: Could a Wellesley project be next?

Microsoft has built a cool prototype data center under the sea in an effort to potentially boost network speeds by locating such green computing hubs closer to customers and in a way that they can be set up quickly. And while the subsea data center is located not far off the Pacific coast, it’s code name is actually Project Natick?

And why does our neighbor to the West get this honor? According to an FAQ from Microsoft “Natick is a codename and carries no special meaning. It is a town in Massachusetts.”

Though in seeking some elaboration on that, I was told by a Microsoft spokesman that “Natick sounds similar to Nautical and one of the Project Natick team members had a daughter attend Wellesley College, which is nearby.”

So, we were pretty darn close perhaps to having the project called Wellesley. Maybe next time…

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Angst growing in Wellesley over schools, recreation, government

The public school vacation that begins in a week might be coming at just the right time in Wellesley as angst is simmering over several issues in town.

*First, parents and students who support the performing arts within the Wellesley Public School system expressed their concerns at the School Committee this past week about possible big cuts (“Out of $76K in instructional cuts, almost $36K is coming out of Performing Arts – pretty disproportional.”). That includes nixing the entire performing arts $19,500 curriculum budget (for equipment repair, etc.). There were also heartfelt pleas to bring Production Manager & Technical Director Brian McManimon up to full-time status, so that he gets paid for a lot of stuff he already does beyond his part-time work. These concerns come on top of those regarding the future of Wellesley’s elementary schools, including the possible shuttering of Hardy.

*The 900 Worcester Street Committee, as we reported last month, did indeed vote to re-issue its request for proposals for a recreation complex on the former St. James the Great church site. The committee liked all three proposals it received but had reservations about financing, parking, etc. One upshot of this decision to reissue is that Corbelis, whose pitch for a facility dubbed The House was the most elaborate of the three (including skating rinks, pools, a track, a field), does not plan to resubmit a plan. Some see that as a big missed opportunity for Wellesley to receive a huge outside investment in the town. It will be a surprise if a new party submits a proposal.

*While Town Meeting last week gave its blessing to Wellesley moving ahead with its plan for a Town Manager, you can expect to hear more from an opposition group that includes former high profile town officials (selectmen, moderator, etc.) in the weeks to come. Opponents on key on what they see as a more centralized form of town government, one that they say could spook highly qualified people from volunteering on town boards and committees. These opponents will be urging voters not to approve the change during the March town election. You can anticipate a fresh lawn sign battle to erupt, however, as proponents say a change is needed in light of the town’s growth.

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Snow scene at Wellesley’s Longfellow Pond

Thanks to Wellesley’s Michael Scholl for sharing these shots of snowy Longfellow Pond (featuring Bear, the dog).

Longfellow Pond, Wellesley, February 2016

Photo by Michael Scholl

Longfellow Pond, Wellesley Feb 2016

Photo by Michael Scholl

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Wellesley posts six-figure job opening for Fiske Elementary School principal

fiske school sign town forest near longfellow pond wellesleyWellesley Public Schools might be closed Friday, but school business carries on: A job opening for Fiske Elementary School principal has been posted today. If you’re interested, you better study up on core values:

Wellesley Public Schools is seeking an elementary principal to lead the Fiske School, a 350 student K-5 school in a community that strongly supports its public schools. Our core values are academic excellence, cooperative and caring relationships, respect for human differences, and commitment to community. Candidates must have a Master’s degree and be certifiable as an elementary school principal. The work year is 214 days, effective July 1, 2016. Current salary range is $120,867 – $138,664.

The opening comes as no surprise, as Wellesley last June named Rachel McGregor as principal on an interim basis for the 2015-16 school year. She replaced Anthony Colannino, whose contract wasn’t renewed after 3 years on the job.

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