Wellesley’s fastest want to wash your wheels on Saturday

car wash cross country wellesley high 2013If your car’s not looking quite as shiny as you’d like, make sure to stop by the Wellesley High School Cross Country team’s car wash on Saturday, September 27th.

If your car looks as good as new, the team encourages you to lend your support to the fundraiser anyways — this event is a primary source of funds for the team.

The event will be held from 10am-2pm in the Wellesley High parking lot, and the team has high hopes that this year’s car wash will be just as successful as the one held last fall.cross country car wash

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Terrazza Church Square opens in Wellesley

Terrazza Terrazza TerrazzaRetail shops are opening for business at a steady clip here in town, the latest being Terrazza Church Square, a gallery featuring fine arts and crafts created by North American artisans, in the corner spot next to The Clift Collection.  With the addition of Terrazza, all 14 storefronts in Church Square currently are filled with paying renters, ready to do business.  The shop that holds the record for longevity is, of course, E.A. Davis, at its Washington St. location since the early 1920s.  You can find a list of all stores in that area here.

When I stopped in, Terrazza was brimming with an autumnal feel and some tasteful Halloween decor (no blood-dripping, wild-eyed mannequins here), along with hand-crafted jewelry, blown glass items, serving pieces, hand-carved wooden bowls and utensils, and more.  For now, some shoppers wander in and wonder if the The Gifted Hand has come back to life.  Those comments should subside once the owner replaces the old sign with the new and handcrafts the shop’s identity, one customer at a time.

In other retail news:

North River Outfitter opens in Wellesley

A few facts about Florijn

Beer & wine for sale at Wellesley Roche Bros.

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Meet Wellesley Service League’s class of 2014-15

The Wellesley Service League has announced its 2014-2015 provisional class of 17 members.

The League, which started in 1927, is a group of women actively involved in a variety of service activities in Wellesley. The women volunteer their time on a weekly basis with such organizations as the Friendly Aid Society, The Wellesley Food Pantry, The Ellie Fund, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Charles River ARC, and the Wellesley Free Library.

From left to right:  Ruth Klinck, Kirsten Stevenson, Beth Baker, Rosemary Matejka, Melissa Bradley, Laura Hill, Connie Mitchell Moran, Kimberley Celi, Maura Lundie, Kathy Barron, Andrea Giroux, Michelle Gallagher, Michelene McClennen,  Jackie Hendrix, Loraine O'Hanlon, Lisa Phillips, and Amy Lipton.  

From left to right:  Ruth Klinck, Kirsten Stevenson, Beth Baker, Rosemary Matejka, Melissa Bradley, Laura Hill, Connie Mitchell Moran, Kimberley Celi, Maura Lundie, Kathy Barron, Andrea Giroux, Michelle Gallagher, Michelene McClennen,  Jackie Hendrix, Loraine O’Hanlon, Lisa Phillips, and Amy Lipton.

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ESPN, Herald give Wellesley High football props for domestic violence awareness stance

The Wellesley High football team lost Friday night at home to Newton North in a heartbreaker, but the players are getting major credit from area sports reporters for their anti-domestic violence campaign inspired by a series of recent incidents involving NFL players. The high school players wore purple bandanas and encouraged fans to do likewise under the lights at Hunnewell Field.

We wrote about the campaign last week before the game (“Wellesley High football team pushing purple for Friday night game”), but the Boston Herald followed up nicely in its Monday high school football roundup by leading off with a write-up about the Wellesley team (“Wellesley a big winner”).

ESPN Boston later did likewise, singling out senior T.J. Noonan for spearheading the effort and reporting that 100 bandanas were sold Friday during school.

Now that a mini-media frenzy has started, don’t be surprised if the local TV stations and others join in this week, too.


RELATED: Mary’s House (a shelter that bandana sale proceeds went to)

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Wellesley residents make presence felt at NYC Climate Change march

Head over to the Sustainable Wellesley Facebook page for plenty of photos and video documenting the People’s Climate March that took place in NYC over the weekend. Two buses full of people headed from Wellesley to the event.

A New York Times article cites estimates of there being more than 300,00 marchers at the event, intended to send a message to world leaders convening at a United Nations climate change meeting in New York this week.

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Water main break at Wellesley line Monday morning

Newton Police sent out this alert late Monday morning:

There is a water main break on Washington St at the Wellesley line. Avoid the area, the road is unsafe. Traffic is detoured onto Grove St.


Wellesley Police issued an update early afternoon:

ROUTE 16 ( WASHINGTON ST) IS CLOSED AT THE NEWTON LINE DUE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK. Due to a significant water main break in the city of Newton, Rt 16 (Washington St) is completely closed at the Wellesley/Newton line. The problem is located at the intersection of Washington St and Concord St in Newton. The road has been damaged by the water main break and crews are working at this time to locate and fix all of the problems.. Washington St (Rt 16) is closed into Newton. All traffic is being detoured on River St to Walnut St. There are traffic backups eastbound on Rt 16 due to this closure. Newton Police has Washington St closed westbound at Grove Street in Newton. Please avoid the Route 16/Washington St area in the Lower Falls or expect backups and travel delays. A message will be sent out once the road is open. However, it is likely that the work will continue through the evening commute.

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North River Outfitter opens in Wellesley

IMG_8572Ah, New England, where people dress sensibly for each of the four distinct seasons in clothing that is functional, fits, and is long-lasting.  True, some of the young ones go through their short-shorts or skinny jeans or baggy this-and-that phases, but when these sartorial blunders are tolerated, they pass, they really do. And admit it, even you have darted out (all day long) in yoga pants that you have justified by pointing out that at least they’re not leggings.

NRO WellesleyNo worries, these are just minor bad habits, and bad habits can be left in the dust so easily, especially when some truly preppy offerings are visibly on display and so imminently purchasable right here in town at the newly opened North River Outfitter at 35 Central St.  We’re talking cashmere and tweed and needlepoint belts. That’s right, clothing that’s so well made that you can wear it inside out and people will compliment you on your kooky fashion sense.  Then, next time you can wear it right side out and they’ll all tell you how timeless you look.  And if it costs the earth, what of it?  These are investment pieces.  You remember those, right?  They’re the kind of clothes you will pass down to your son or daughter and they will actually wear them while telling a funny story about some wild and crazy thing you did when you wore that blazer that’s since needed patching at the elbows, but still somehow retains such inherited charm.

All while sipping a gin and tonic at the club.  Lovely.IMG_0841

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Watch documentary and talk trash in Wellesley

RDF recycling signA  family friendly get-together to watch a short documentary about Wellesley’s Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF), talk about trash and eat pizza will be held on a Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St.

The UU Learning Community and UU Green Sanctuary Ministry Team are jointly sponsoring this free event that is open to the public.

Former Wellesley College student Dawn Marie Barnett produced the film, which interviews key players and shows what becomes of Wellesley trash.

Enjoy pizza at 6:30, followed by the film at 7 PM. After the film, participants are invited to chat with Gordon Martin, RDF Superintendent, and take part in hands-on activities and a trash trivia contest.

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Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk participants trek through Wellesley

2014 jimmy fund walkThousands of Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walkers passed through Wellesley today on their dual mission to make it to Copley Square and to help fight cancer while they were at it.  The over 8,500 participants walked one of four routes, as distant as the entire 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route, from Hopkinton center to Copley Square, or as near as a three-mile route starting at Dana-Farber hospital. 2014 jimmy fund walkRegardless of how many or few steps the walkers take, participants raise the most money of any single-day walk  in the nation.  The $300 minimum that adults raise ($100 minimum for ages 12 and under) is expected this year to add up to more than $7.5 million dollars to combine with the nearly $95 million dollars already raised for the fight against cancer since 1989. And although the short-term goal on walk day may be to simply make it from point A to point B and have a good time doing it, the long-term goal couldn’t be loftier: to conquer all forms of cancer in children and adults.  Money raised from the walk funds lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research for all types of cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Also of interest… Cancer research fundraiser for Wellesley Youth Hockey coach’s bid to be Man of the Year Wellesley hosts Pan Mass cyclists Wellesley teens spearhead Pan Mass mountain bike ride
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Newton-Wellesley Hospital HopeWalks fundraiser to help cancer patients

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation is gearing up for its fifth annual HopeWalks event to be held on Sunday, September 28. HopeWalks is a 3.5 mile neighborhood walk to benefit cancer patients and their families by supporting the Integrative Support Services offered at the Vernon Cancer Center. These life-enhancing services for cancer patients optimize healing and comfort throughout treatment. Newton-Wellesley Hospital wants to continue making these services available to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Online registration is now open at www.nwh.org/hopewalks.

The HopeWalks route will begin and end at the hospital, and all ages are welcome. Check-in will begin at 9:00AM, with opening ceremonies starting at 9:30 AM. The walk will then set-off at 10:00 AM. There will be a hospitality tent, entertainment, food, and prizes. HopeWalks is a fundraiser, and while there is no minimum donation amount required to participate, it is recommended that each walker raise a minimum of $100.

The online registration fee is $25 per walker. For those who register by paper or on the day of the event, the registration fee is $35. Children 10 and under are free.

Corporate sponsorships at all levels are still available. For more information, please contact Maryann Zschau at (617) 243-5915 or [email protected]

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