Wellesley High on hunt for new girls’ basketball, lacrosse coaches

girlshoop 2008Kristin Cieri is out as coach for the Wellesley High School girls varsity basketball team after 18 years on the job, and the school is now looking for her replacement. The school can’t say anything further since it was a “personnel issue”.  Coaches are offered contracts year to year.

During Cieri’s tenure as WHS basketball coach, her teams scored some impressive results on the court, including winning the Division 2 state championship in 2008 (shown in photo). Prior to coaching at Wellesley, she coached at Norwood High. Cieri is joining the Lexington High School girls lacrosse coaching staff for the coming season and is listed on the Weston Middle School Phys Ed faculty directory.

Wellesley High is also on the prowl for a new coach for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. Last year, the team had an interim coach.

It’s been a mixed summer for the overall Wellesley High sports program. The program came under scrutiny in July by the state Attorney General’s office, which was looking into parents’ complaints of bullying by two WHS girls’ coaches (a Townsman article did not name names). On a more positive note,  Wellesley High student-athletes were recognized by the Boston Globe as part of its Scholastic Awards program.

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Top 15 ways you know you are from Wellesley’s MoPo neighborhood

Special to The Swellesley Report from Carol Hildebrand

This idea popped into my head while listening to my daughter and her friend discuss some quirky habits specific to our neighborhood. It got me thinking: Like Boston’s Beacon Hill, or Southie, Wellesley has it’s own neighborhoods, each with their own traditions and personality.

I thought it might be fun to run little profiles of each, assuming that there are enough volunteers to do so. At any rate, here is ours. (Email yours here: [email protected])

MoPo (Morses Pond)

Not surprisingly, the streets that ring Morses Pond bond over aquatics…

1. In the summer, you tell time by the hourly adult swim announcements at the beach.

rainbow over Morses Pond









2. You know that the bus is not the most direct way to get to school.

paddling at Morses Pond









3. You buy a snow blower to clear a skating rink, not your driveway.

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4. Rink size matters. Wintertime is for pond-wide ice parties.

rink morses pond







5. Whereas summertime means pop-up island picnics…

picnics morses pond







6. Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) as status symbol: That’s SO Pond.

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7. Even more MoPo: Dump-sourced boats. (The guy who scored an ice boat at the dump is a legend.)

ice boat morses pond









8. You know that pick-up hockey games aren’t extinct.

9. You love the sound of the ice talking.

10. You have a pooper scooper to clean up after the swans and geese, not your pets.

11. You don’t need an alarm clock in fishing season because the early morning boat chat does the job just fine.

12. You already know the North 40 hiking trails.

13. You can regularly delude yourself into thinking you’re on vacation in NH.morses pond sunset








14. Great blue herons and Osprey as neighbors.

15. Docktails. Enough said.

docktails morses pond

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Free plays/poetry coming to Wellesley College Sept. 6

Our-Voices-QUILT-Image-150x150Our Voices VIII, a gathering of Boston-area women playwrights and poets, is coming to Wellesley College on Saturday, Sept. 6, culminating with a free night of readings beginning at 6:30pm at Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre on the college campus.

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Wellesley town-wide Yard Sale @ Morses Pond

townwide yard sale morses pond 2013Head over to Morses Pond on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10am-2pm to score some treasures at the town-wide yard sale from 10am-2pm on Saturday, Sept. 20.

It’s free to browse. It’s $15 per table space and there’s a maximum of 2 spaces per person. Register online or call the Wellesley Recreation Department for more info.

Free shredding services are also available from 10am-1pm.

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Wellesley North 40 public workshops on tap

North 40 pine treesWellesley’s North 40 Steering Committee in consultation with landscape and community planning outfits will be hosting a series of public workshops to create a vision for the potential use of the North 40 for municipal purposes. The following workshops are scheduled at the Wellesley High School Cafeteria:

Neighborhood Workshop for Weston Road and Woodlands Neighbors: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Town-Wide Workshop (Two Sessions Available): Sunday, September 14th 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Sunday, September 14th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The workshops will explore how residents currently use and value the North 40 and surrounding area, and will consider the varied relationships between the North 40 and the adjacent neighborhoods and Morses Pond. Participants will be encouraged to identify issues and opportunities for alternative land uses, and to develop goals for any potential municipal use located on the site. This visioning exercise will in no way determine the final use of the land should the Town acquire the site, but rather will inform the Board of Selectmen on whether the residents of Wellesley see value and potential opportunity to expand services and assets with acquisition of the site.

If residents cannot attend any of the workshops, but would like to submit ideas or comments please send an email to [email protected] .

Additional information on the North 40 and the North 40 Steering Committee is available on the Town’s website www.wellesleyma.gov/North40 which will be updated as additional information becomes available. For more information, please contact Meghan Jop at 781-431-1019 x2205.

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Recital to benefit Wellesley Choral Society on Sept. 7

Trio Viscaria. On the left, Monica Pegis, violin; center, David Fisher, cello; on the right, Hisako Hiratsuka, piano.

Trio Viscaria. On the left, Monica Pegis, violin; center, David Fisher, cello; on the right, Hisako Hiratsuka, piano.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 pm a recital to benefit the Wellesley Choral Society will take place at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 79 Denton Road, Wellesley, Mass.

This intimate concert features Edward Whalen, tenor, and Trio Viscaria. The musicians in the Trio are Monica Pegis, violin; David Fisher, cello; Hisako Hiratsuka, piano.

Whalen will open the concert with nine Mélodies (French art songs) by Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947). Trio Viscaria plays Piano Trio, KV 564, G major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Piano Trio, op 8, B major by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).

Edward Whalen, Music Director of Wellesley Choral Society.

Edward Whalen, Music Director of Wellesley Choral Society.

All performers donate their services for the benefit of Wellesley Choral Society. Edward Whalen is Music Director of Wellesley Choral Society as well as director of the Upper School Chorus and music teacher at Milton Academy. As vocal soloist, he has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera and Boston Aria Guild among others. In this recital the Wellesley resident will accompany himself on the piano.

Hisako Hiratsuka is a graduate of Tokyo University of Arts and Music. She currently teaches piano at Tufts University and has an active career as chamber music player and accompanist. She is also rehearsal pianist for the Wellesley Choral Society and has appeared as soloist in many of the Society’s concerts. Monica Pegis is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music. She is an avid interpreter of contemporary classical music and appears regularly as soloist or orchestral player with many different musical organizations. David Fisher is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music. Separately, he graduated from Swarthmore College, Cornell Medical School and Rockefeller University.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is handicapped accessible and there is ample free parking in two nearby lots. Suggested donation is $20. Please also visit www.wellesleychoralsociety.org.

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Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk hits Wellesley Sept. 21

Charity walk through Wellesley

Charity walk through Wellesley

The annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk takes place on Sept. 21, and just like April’s Boston Marathon, will stream through Wellesley for 4-plus miles. Some walkers will hoof it across the entire 26.2-mile course, while others will start from the halfway point at Wellesley High School (check-in there is from 8:30am-10:30am) or from Boston College. The event is designed to raise big bucks in the fight against cancer.

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Lionel Loueke Trio to perform at Wellesley College

Lionel LouekeWellesley College kicks off its fall concert series with a free performance by guitarist Lionel Loueke from 8-10pm on Sept. 13 at Jewett Auditorium.

Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” Loueke combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own.  Along with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums, Loueke’s trio will play music from his latest CD’s, Mwaliko and Heritage, as well as some new material and a few standards.

Registration is recommended.

More concert listings here.

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Wellesley Fuller Brook Park work gets serious

fuller brook park work aug 2014Wellesley has announced that the section of Fuller Brook Park between Forest Street and Paine Street will be closed from Sept. 2-5 as the big improvement project really gets underway. Signs will be posted to direct users to alternate roots.

Please call the DPW Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 ext. 3315 with any questions.

Town officials broke ground on the project, which aims to restore the eroding 2.5 route, in July and it is expected to be completed in late… 2018.Fuller Brook Park aug 2014

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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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