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Wellesley Health Department Presents: Lunch and Learn: Emergency Preparedness Begins at Home! Workshop for Town of Wellesley Employees and Volunteers. At this “Lunch and Learn” presentation, you will be entertained and informed about emergency preparedness. Dawn Sibor, M.Ed. from the Brookline Health Department will provide templates and tools you can use to prepare yourself, your family and your pets for all kinds of emergencies. Along with a delicious FREE lunch and important information, you will leave with a goody bag!
This presentation will be offered Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 11:30am – 1:00pm at Great Hall at Town Hall
Please RSVP to the Wellesley Health Department, Tel: 781-235-0135 or E-mail Cheryl Lefman: [email protected]
Also of interest is the Emergency Preparedness page on the town’s website.
From Rotary Club of Wellesley:
The Rotary Club of Wellesley is sponsoring a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event on Oct. 17, starting at 10AM at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street.
One hundred volunteers are needed in order to reach the goal to package 20,000 meals in about three hours. Interested participants can register at www.wellesleyrotary.org . Walk-in volunteers are also welcome.
The meal assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix. All together, including 21 essential vitamins and minerals sealed in small packages containing six servings. Meal packages are shipped around the world to support feeding programs and crisis relief. The packaged food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf life of two years.
“Participating in Stop Hunger Now is a great way to provide healthy, cost effective meals,” says John Adams, Rotary president. The Rotary club is funding the food and packaging at 25 cents per meal. Help is needed so we can reach our packaging goal to combat hunger here in the United States and around the world.
Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and their life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world. For more information, visit www.stophungernow.org
Contact information: John Adams, President, Rotary Club of Wellesley www.wellesleyrotary.org 781-591-0759
Where’s Wears Woody? In Wellesley Square at 50 Central St., through the end of the year, near Paper Source.
The casual clothing store with “bold coastal style” started on Cape Cod and the Vineyard and sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and more (including chairs). The business got its start in a Jeep Grand Wagoneer and a rickshaw (built by some Babson College students), and has has grown since then, partnering with various retailers. Wears Woody is a big supporter of research into type 1 diabetes, which founder Mike Norwood has been living with for more than 30 years. (Thanks to reader NC for the tip.)
It’s no secret that Wellesley public schools rank among the best in the state, year after year. It’s also no secret, at least here in Wellesley, that the quality of the physical plants is uneven. Some students and teachers work in the pristine and modernized environments of Sprague and the High School, while others make do in buildings that have long needed major renovations.
We’re not talking a coat of paint to freshen up the joints. The three schools most in need, and the three schools that are the subject of the School Facilities Committee recommendations, Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham elementary schools, all have mechanical systems that have reached the end-of-life stage and they all lack compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as compliance with modern codes (fire safety being the most egregious). In addition, their modular classrooms, originally added on as a temporary fix — but we all know how those things go — are far beyond their rated lifespans.
The School Facilities Committee, a group of ten including Superintendent David Lussier and School Committee members Sharon Gray and Matt Kelley, has presented its recommendations regarding the future of Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham elementary schools. They’re not suggesting band-aids. According to the Committee nothing short of major lifestyle changes must be implemented.
In the Committee’s meetings, there was talk of possibly solving at least some problems by building a new school on the North 40, but that idea was set aside due to uncertainty with regards to the town’s process and timing for developing a North 40 plan. They also discussed the ramifications and advantages of closing either Hunnewell, Upham, or Hardy. Traffic patterns were a factor, as was cost, and projected student enrollment, as the Committee weighed options. The Committee concluded that one of the three schools in question should close. And in the end, the fact that there are already significant traffic pattern challenges at Hardy makes Hardy the school that the Committee feels should close.
Why close a school at all? Expanding all three schools, which serve 961 students, to meet the needs of that student population is prohibitively expensive. By redistricting down from seven elementary schools into six through expanding two schools and closing one, the estimated total cost is $105 million. The estimated initial annual operating cost savings of such a plan is $550k.
There’s still plenty of discussion ahead on this issue. First of all, Town Meeting must approve the Committee’s recommendations. Next, there’s the question of money. Voters will have to OK a debt exclusion to make all of this happen.
Should Town Meeting and voters agree with the Committee, here’s the timeline:
- Town Meeting discussions, May 2016 – March 2017
- Debt exclusion vote, May 2017
- Construction of new Upham, December 2018 – June 2020
- New Upham opens, 2020
- Hunnewell students are relocated, September 2020
- Renovation of Hunnewell, July 2020 – January 2022
- Renovated Hunnewell reopens, September 2022
- Hardy closes, September 2022
Future presentations of the SFC recommendations are scheduled on the following dates:
Monday, October 5, 7pm in the Hardy School gym
Tuesday, October 6, 7pm in the Upham School gym
Wednesday, October 7, 7pm in the Hunnewell School gym
Wednesday, October 14, 7pm, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, Town Hall
You should once again plan to line up early to catch the always sold-out Acatober a cappella concert, which returns to Wellesley High School on Oct. 16 at 7pm.
The show features Wellesley High’s student-run a cappella ensembles, joined by the rest of the school’s choral groups as well as special guests — the Amalgamates — from Tufts.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Although checks are accepted, Parents of Performing Students is requesting that people bring cash, if possible, to make ticket sales quicker and more efficient for the volunteers.
The event is open to the public for a contribution of $50 per player, and includes a continental breakfast, greens fees, 18 holes of golf, lunch, and prizes. There are no golf carts, so be ready to walk a few steep hills.
Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the format will be a scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. To sign up or for more information, contact Erica Dumont at (781) 235-6690 or e-mail her at director@
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