Wellesley-ites to March in NYC for climate action

Climate marchWellesley residents will be heading to New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21 to join The People’s Climate March, which national organizers are billing as the largest climate march in history. It coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit and will be among a number of such demonstrations around the world that weekend.

Sustainable Wellesley is marshaling Wellesley residents and those that belong to organizations in town to head into Manhattan to have their voices heard during the march, which starts at Columbus Circle.

“I am not really an activist,” said bus organizer and Wellesley resident Lise Olney, in a statement issued by Sustainable Wellesley. “I am simply doing what I think is right for my children and my children’s children by showing my support for the U.S. and nations of the world to act in concert and aggressively. This is an event that will change the course of history and I am proud to be part of it.”

If you’d like to take part, you can register to hop on the Local Motion bus (AC, lavatory, comfy seats) for $25 here. The bus, which seats 55, departs Wellesley at 6:30 am (specific location TBA), then leaves NYC at 5:30 pm (ETA in Wellesley at 9:30 pm). For more info, shoot an email here:  [email protected]

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Wellesley siblings look to expand homeless/disabled art initiative across country

"Beacon Hill" by Dante Gandani

“Beacon Hill” by Dante Gandani

Late last year we wrote about ArtLifting – a local outfit that helps homeless and disabled artists sell their work online — because the founders are a brother and sister who grew up in Wellesley.

Those siblings, Liz and Spencer Powers, are now attempting to expand ArtLifting beyond Boston to five other cities: Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C., and they using the Kickstarter crowdfunding site to raise funds. They’re shooting for $20K, which would allow expansion within the next six months and support an additional 65 artists.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on Sept. 11.

RELATED: Wellesley researcher/sex trafficking survivor seeks to crowdfund Ph.D.

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Wellesley High student athletes honored by Boston Globe

Wellesley-Needham football game

The Boston Globe has named Wellesley High School as the Division 2 winner of its Globe Scholastic Awards for the 2013-2014 sports season. While this might sound like an academic honor, it’s actually a sports thing.

According to the Globe:

Wellesley won 69.50 percent of its games and earned its first Globe Scholastic Award, taking Ames Division 2. The award was one of 10 the Globe presented in the 42d year of its Scholastic Awards.

The awards rank schools based on their win-loss percentage for regular-season play. Game scores are compiled and updated daily during the season. Complete results are available online.

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Heads up: Sprague/Hardy Scouts to Rock It with Rockets

rockets cub scoutsThe Cub Scouts of Pack 140 invite all Sprague and Hardy boys grades 1 through 5 and a parent to model rocket blast offs Saturday Sept. 6 at 5 PM in the Sprague fields.

rockets cub scoutsAs one Pack 140 parent notes, “the rocket blast-offs and countdowns are hugely fun for the boys, but watching them madly scramble to recover the rockets as they fall back to Earth (and they travel far) is truly a hilarious sight for the parents to behold.”

You can see what the rocket blast-off is like here in this video from beyond Wellesley.

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Wake-up call from Wellesley

Tenacre Day Camp kids are chosen for Wednesday’s wake-up call on WCVB TV-5. See video here.

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Wellesley resident/sex trafficking survivor crowdfunding her Ph.D.

Kate PriceWellesley mom and Wellesley Centers for Women social scientist Kate Price has turned to crowdfunding to support her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Sociology from UMass Boston, where she plans to continue research on the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children. Price’s unique perspective on the topic comes from her own exploitation in the sex trafficking trade from early childhood to early adolescence by a drug-addicted member of her immediate family.

While Price has been studying the sex trafficking topic for 15 years now and speaking about it for 10, she only “came out” as a survivor on Aug. 7 via her KP Advocacy blog (part of her reluctance to tell her personal story has been that her exploiter remains alive). She followed up that post by doing a TV  interview with Fox News in Boston on her story and cause:

Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Price grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a small college town, and used education as her ticket out of that environment. She went on to earn degrees at Lesley College and Simmons College in this area, and has been enjoying life in Wellesley for just over 6 years with her husband and son. Price hasn’t encountered anyone who has been exploited in Wellesley but says it’s no coincidence that Wellesley has been the site of at least a couple of prostitution outfits (at least one of which was connected by authorities to human trafficking). “I would never accuse Wellesley residents of purchasing sex; however, the primary purchasers of sex are upper-class white males, which is certainly a demographic of our town. While others were shocked to find this in our community, I actually wasn’t surprised at all. Sexual exploitation is a business to exploiters and they are running their businesses in a place where there could be high demand.”

Price is now on the speaking circuit, and has a couple of events slated for October, one in Tennessee and one in Florida. Further out, she’ll be speaking at the Wellesley Centers for Women lunchtime seminar series on April 2. She’ll be joined at that talk by Janelle Nanos, a senior editor at Boston Magazine and Schuster Fellow at Brandeis University who is writing about Price and might work with her on a book.

You can help to fund Price’s Ph.D. effort via her GoFundMe page, where she is trying to raise $66K to cover school and to a lesser degree, her crowdfunding fees. Whether or not Price hits her financial goal, she has already signed up for classes. “The crowdfunding total isn’t anywhere near what I will actually need to get through school – the $60,000 is simply to help cover the cost and to show funders that people want to help survivors past the ‘crisis’ stage.”


Here’s audio from a Wellesley Centers for Women lunchtime talk Price gave in 2012 about prostituted children.

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Car flips on Weston Road in Wellesley

Weston Road car crashA Swellesley Report reader forwarded this photo from a scary multi-car crash on Weston Road in Wellesley near Fells Market shortly after Wellesley Middle School and High School let out (prompting fears among parents that kids might have been involved).

According to Wellesley Police the crash happened under Rte. 9 when a driver traveling solo south on Weston Road hit a parked vehicle, causing the driver’s car to flip, the parked vehicle to hit a vehicle  in front of it and that vehicle to hit the one in front of it as well.

The driver was conscious at the scene and transported to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, according to WPD.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

(We always appreciate people sending us photos and tips to [email protected])


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

Wellesley Middle School lockersBoston Magazine kicks off the new school year with a data dump about the top public and private high schools in Greater Boston, and Wellesley comes in a #6 among public schools, up from #10 last year.

Dover-Sherborn was tops this year.

The article includes a sortable chart to show where schools rank in various areas such as student-teacher ration, spending per pupil and MCAS scores.

US News & World Report ranked Wellesley schools at #4 in its state list earlier this year.

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Mostly shiny new Wellesley public school year

Sprague welcome signWellesley Public School students and staff will greet new and old faces Wednesday as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway, and they’ll also see a whole lot of shiny new facilities.

Among them, new roofing at Sprague and Hunnewell elementary schools, and nice new red seats at the Wellesley Middle School auditorium.

Sprague roof, vane, clock aug 2014Hunnewell new roof

The Donizetti Plaza at WMS and the Sprague Oak Street entrance are also being redone.WMS Donizetti St entrance

Fiske and Schofield elementary schools will await upgrades starting next summer. Get your bids in here!

Here’s to a smart and fun new school year.Wellesley Middle School shiny floors

RELATED: Wellesley School Superintendent’s Welcome Letter



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State Primary set for Sept. 9; Wellesley voting/polling info

September 9 is the Primary to select candidates who will appear on the ballot for the November 4 State General Election.
Voter Registration
August 20 was the last day to register as a new voter in Wellesley, or change party affiliation, to participate in the primary.
Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots for the primary are available from the Town Clerk. Voter who are unable to go to the polls on election/primary day are encouraged to vote by absentee ballot. Massachusetts does not currently allow at will absentee voting, you must be absent from town on election day or have a physical disability that prevents you from accessing the polls. All absentee ballots received on or before the close of the polls are counted the same as any ballot cast at the polls.

If a voter wishes to vote absentee please file a written request with the clerk stating your name, address and the address to mail the ballot.  For the primary specify the party ballot you choose. Requests may be mailed or emailed, but must show an original signature.  Requests may be filed by the voter or a family member.  Absentee voters may also vote in person at the office of the Town Clerk, Monday- Friday 8 am – 5 pm until Monday September 8 at NOON. Read More »

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