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Wellesley Middle School Best Buddies team makes strong showing

best buddies wellesley middle schoolThis past Saturday, the Wellesley Middle School Best Buddies Club led by teachers Liz Egan and Karen Venditto won the Top Fundraising School Team award at the Best Buddies Milton 5K Gobbler road race and walk.

Team “WMS Best Buddies is Awesome” upset Milton High, which had won the award for the past 3 years. The WMS team boasted 40-plus students, teachers, parents and staff members who ran or walked the 5K.

Best Buddies, if you don’t know, fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities.

RELATED: Wellesley Turkey Trot countdown begins

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Charities: Run, don’t walk to get a shot at Wellesley’s Boston Marathon numbers

2015 boston marathon wellesley scream tunnelThe Town of Wellesley announced today that it has received a limited number of Boston Marathon invitation entries for distribution to local charities, which in turn will have runners raise funds to represent them in the race. Charities interested in receiving invitational entries need to apply by Dec. 2. Charities that benefit Wellesley residents and programs get priority.

Runners interested in trying to squeeze into the marathon via the charity route should contact the Selectmen’s office to stay informed about which charities will be getting numbers. Runners need to raise at least $4K.

The Boston Athletic Association doles out invitational entries to all of the communities through which the marathon course runs.

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Wellesley High grad Garrett Lam named a Rhodes Scholar

Garrett Lam

Garrett Lam, WHS ’12

Garrett Lam, a 2012 Wellesley High School graduate who is currently a senior at Harvard University with a joint concentration in neurobiology and philosphy, has been named one of 16 Rhodes Scholarship winners for 2016. One of Pam and James Lam‘s three sons, Garrett will study philosophy at Oxford through the scholarship, which is awarded to just 32 American men and women annually.

The “oldest and best known award for international study,” according to the Rhodes Trust itself, Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for 2 or 3 years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

According to the bio distributed via the Rhodes Trust, Lam “is interested in philosophical problems of free will, moral responsibility, and punishment, and has career interests in criminal justice reform. He is an active advocate of the effective altruism movement, was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Review of Philosophy, was one of two undergraduates on Harvard’s Committee on General Education, and is Executive Editor of the Harvard Crimson.”

Garrett’s mother, Pam, says “We are still in disbelief, happy and proud beyond words.”

The young man told Associated Press that “It’s really a dream come true. Oxford is the hub of all the things I really care about.”

Lam told AP that he wants to go into criminal justice reform and change the “current punitive sentences that we have.”

Yeah, yeah, that’s all very impressive, but we know this is what will really take Lam places. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest time standing on a Swiss Ball.

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Holiday shoppers descend on Wellesley Marketplace

This year’s Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club’s annual Wellesley Marketplace event that took place Saturday at the Wellesley Middle School drew over 2,000 shoppers and 175+ exhibitors. I scooted in early to take a few pictures and left wishing I could have really dug in and shopped, it all looked that enticing. But duty called me away to cheer on athletes at a far-flung field, so even though I really hated to miss out, such is the life of a rabid fan.

Here are some pictures of the event which raises money that is donated to both local charities and to Wellesley High School students. In 2014-2015, WHJWC donated approximately $130,000 to the community through scholarships and charitable grants to local non-profit organizations.

Wellesley Marketplace, 2015



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Wellesley Marketplace, 2015

Wellesley Marketplace, 2015

Wellesley Marketplace, 2015

The group’s next fundraiser is Luminary Night. A $20 donation gets you a kit that includes materials to create 10 luminaries. Then, on December 13, 6 – 9pm, enjoy the sight as businesses and neighborhoods all over town become positively incandescent with lighted luminary candles glowing along streets, sidewalks, and on doorsteps. Some neighborhoods make a party night of it, complete with hot chocolate and Christmas carolling.

In other shopping news…

Toy store Magic Beans makes a plea

Wellesley High marketing class maintaining serious Haiti connection

Anna Nieman moving across Wellesley border

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More Wellesley toy store woes: Magic Beans makes a plea

Magic Beans linden square wellesleyFirst LittleBits Toys shut its doors in Wellesley this fall, and now Magic Beans, which has locations in Linden Square, Cambridge and elsewhere, has raised doubts about its future by notifying customers that the business has hit a serious slowdown this fall.

Owner Eli Gurock wrote in part

“This is a hard email for me to write. As a parent and a small business owner, optimism is my calling card. But watching the ‘Going Out of Business’ signs go up in the windows of City Sports this week really hit home. I thought a lot about whether to share this with you, but I think it’s better to ask for help before it’s too late.

We survived the snow last winter, and we had a good summer. But so far, this fall has been quieter than usual. We look around and see wonderful, committed and knowledgeable people working in our stores. Our shelves are stocked with new, innovative and fun products. Our team is working harder than ever to make Magic Beans a special place to shop…”

He then went on to urge patrons to visit the store or shop online to support Magic Beans during the holiday shopping season.

Gurock’s message triggered dozens of comments and shares on Facebook, so we’ll see if a holiday miracle is in the making.


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No more jug handle on Rte. 9/Oak Street

oak st rte 9 intersectionFor those of you who venture beyond the boundaries of Wellesley onto Rte. 9/Oak Street in Natick, you’ll notice a big change in traffic flow if you haven’t already. The notoriously confusing and clogged jug handle intersection, the site of many an orange barrel in recent weeks, has been reconfigured into a more traditional 4-way intersection with left-hand turn lanes, etc.

The lane painting on the roads still needs some work, but the overall changes should definitely solve any holiday traffic issues on Rte. 9 this season.

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Wellesley Youth Lacrosse registration now open

wellesley lacrosseSpring lacrosse registration for girls and boys Grades 1-8 is now open!  Registration will be open until December 7th.  Please go to Wellesleylacrosse.org to register and to find out more information about the programs.


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Last chance to get rid of your old stuff, make room for new holidays stuff


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