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Wellesley gets bike sharrows

Kingsbury Street SharrowWellesley has marked the newly designed Kingsbury Street in front of Wellesley Middle School with “sharrows,”  shared-lane indicators alerting drivers and cyclists to share the road.

There’s been a move afoot in town to make Wellesley more cycling friendly. A Bicycling Safety Committee outlined its efforts in April here.

Some say the town has a long way to go in terms of making cycling across Wellesley safer. One cyclist I spoke to last week said he commutes into Boston and that the Wellesley Hills/Lower Falls stretch is the most dangerous part of his route.

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9/11 memorial service to be held in Wellesley

A memorial service will be held at the Wellesley Fire Department on Rte. 9 West to honor those who were killed in the attacks on 9/11/2001, including four Wellesley residents: John Cahill, Neilie Casey, Edmund Glazer and Patrick Quigley.9/11 memorial 2015 wellesley

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Wellesley Historical Homes Tour set for Oct. 24

4 Oakland St, Wellesley MA

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See ’em while they last!

The Wellesley Historical Society has announced plans to conduct an Historical Home Tour on Saturday, Oct. 24, that will consist partly of a trolley tour and partly of an inside look at the lower level of the home at 4 Oakland St., one of Wellesley’s oldest houses and a great example of colonial architecture.


  • Tour begins at 323 Washington Street at 2:00 P.M. Very limited parking is available at the Unitarian Universalist Society next door (unmarked spaces only).
  • Cost of the tour is $30 for the general public and $25 for Wellesley Historical Society members. Please reserve your spot well in advance, as space is very limited!
  • After the tour there will be an informal reception at 323 Washington Street with light refreshments.

For advertising and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Erica Dumont at [email protected] or (781) 235-6690

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Wellesley Fall Special Town Meeting to focus on Town Government Study Committee recommendations

Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen has announced that the Fall Special Town Meeting will kick off on on Monday, Nov. 2 at the Wellesley Middle School Auditorium, possibly at 7pm.

A detailed warrant listing items up for discussion hasn’t been released yet, but you can expect the meeting to be focused on recommendations from the Town Government Study Committee.

That committee is gearing up for a big public awareness campaign in coming weeks. It plans to release its report on final recommendations at next week’s Board of Selectmen meeting (Sept. 8).  Boards and Committees in town will have a chance to discuss the latest on Sept. 24 and 25 at Wellesley Free Library, while town meeting members and the general public are invited to sessions on Oct. 1 (7pm, Town Hall), Oct. 2 (9am,Wellesley Free Library) and Oct. 4 (1pm, Wellesley Police station). The Study Committee will also record at least 2 segments on the recommendations that will be available via Wellesley Media in September.

You can Email the Board with any comments regarding the upcoming town meeting.

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Wellesley Public Schools Supt. Lussier really gets around

Twitter madness during opening week for Wellesley Public Schools…

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Wellesley cub & boy scout sign-ups, meetings this month

Friday, September 11th
Cub/Boy Scout Sign-Up Night

Sign-Up night for Cub and Boy Scouts will be held Sept 11, 6:30 PM to 8 PM, at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St. Cub Scouts (grades 1-5) features family camping, overnights at museums & ballgames, citizenship, service & just plain FUN. Boy Scouts (grades 6 and up) continues with fun activities, along with increasing responsibility, independence & achievement. Parent-volunteer leaders from various Packs and Troops will be on hand to provide information and sign-up.

Tuesday, September 15th
Cub Scout Pack 140’s First Pack Meeting of 2015

Have a boy in grades 1-5 from Sprague, Hardy, Hunnewell, Upham or Tenacre? Join us Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 6:45 PM at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St. for our first Pack Meeting. For more info, visit wellesleypack140.org or email [email protected].

Monday, Sept. 21
Cub Scout Pack 185’s First Pack Meeting

The big Bates pack has its first meeting at 6:30pm on Sept. 21 and is seeking new recruits: http://pack185wellesley.org

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Pine Straw continues on its quest for world domination

Pine Straw, the Wellesley shop that opened in 2011 and quickly became the go-to place in town for tabletop items, home accents, and personal accessories, is all aquiver as it readies to open the doors on Thursday to its second shop, this one at 1625 Beacon St. in Waban. Here’s a sneak peek at the inside:


One more day and the doors will open!

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Wellesley Police Chief Cunningham makes appearance in heavy metal video

images-4As part of a comprehensive effort to fight the crime of metals theft across the country, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released a video, Fighting Metals Theft: Perspectives from Law Enforcement and Industry, aimed at helping local law enforcement address the growing epidemic. The six-minute video features interviews with top law enforcement leaders and recycling industry experts, all of whom have a few things to say about the dangers associated with metals theft and how local law enforcement agencies can use existing resources to combat the crime.

Wellesley has seen its fair share of metals theft over the years, so naturally ISRI called on Chief Terry Cunningham to put in his two-cents worth. Chief has a certain star quality about him, as we’ve noted before (Our kids suspect Will Ferrell and the Wellesley Police Chief were separated at birth), and his appearance lends the video a touch of Wellesley-wood sparkle. He notes that thieves try and get whatever cash they can from scrap dealers, an association that he says leads to “…this preconceived notion that everybody in the scrap industry is somehow involved in the criminal element, and nothing could be further from the truth.”

Turns out scrap dealers are people too, and when they’re treated as part of the solution instead of part of the problem, they get to run their business without getting hassled by police, and police get to do their jobs with a little cooperation.

Fighting Metals Theft has it all. A compelling story line, drama, and a strong hero standing up for ideals and righting wrongs.

Let the Oscars buzz begin.

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Inside job: cops arrest 2 for 28k copper theft

Wellesley cops crack copper case using DNA evidence

Wellesley churches, rec center suffer stolen copper pipes

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