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Wellesley Turkey Trot kicks off Thanksgiving Day

Bijan Mazaheri wins Wellesley Turkey Trot

WHS alum Bijan Mazaheri wins 2015 Wellesley Turkey Trot

About 2,000 runners took to the streets for the annual Wellesley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, some blazingly fast, some just shuffling along with their families and friends. And I swear, little kids are getting a lot faster these days.

#Wellesley #turkeytrot #thanksgiving2015

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Quite reasonable November weather allowed runners to shed heavy layers and strut their stuff along 3.1 miles from Linden Square to Wellesley Square to Wellesley College and back to Linden Square. Younger runners skittered across a shorter course near Roche Bros.

Last-minute pleas by race organizers for volunteers to wear turkey costumes seem to have worked, as family members of race organizers no doubt narrowly avoided being strong-armed to don the suits. Speaking of strong-arming, I ran into one member of my running club who was strong-armed into running this race instead of the Framingham one he usually does, and he wasn’t disappointed.

Former Wellesley High and current Williams College running star Bijan Mazaheri smoked the field by traversing the course in 15:32, more than 40 seconds ahead of the second place runner. Kimberly Webster came in first among women, breaking the 18-minute mark. (Full results here.) About a million members of the Davitt family showed up to win the prize for the biggest family team.

Those who stuck around after the race, and didn’t run off to the Football at Fenway, gobbled up fabulous raffle prizes and took part in a trivia contest.

The Turkey Trot raised tens of thousands of dollars for Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, Wellesley Education Foundation and the Wellesley Field Fund.

Congrats to race founder Carol Chaoui, organizer Kate Maul, Wellesley PD, national anthem singer Elise Miwa and a cast of thousands on another excellent event.

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Sneak Peek: Mass Hort Festival of Trees, Snow Village

The day before Thanksgiving I should have been home chopping onions for the stuffing and setting the table, but instead I played hooky from such hooey to take a sneak peek at Massachusetts Horticulture’s annual Festival of Trees and Snow Village at Elm Bank Reservation, which is located on the Wellesley/Dover/Natick line. Garden clubs, schools, charitable organizations, and businesses decorated 72 trees, and the Snow Village features model trains, holiday villages, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, and more.

The seventh annual festival starts the day after Thanksgiving, running from November 27 through December 13, at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank property, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482. Admission is $10 per person, children 11 and under free Mass Hort members: $8. See www.masshort.org/festival-of-trees for more information and schedule of activities.

Here are some fun pictures of trees decorated by Wellesley groups:

House & Garden Club, Christmas 2015

House & Garden Club of Wellesley, by Dianne Weil. Title: Flights of Fancy

House & Garden Club, Christmas 2015

Close up of House & Garden Club’s tree

Wellesley Gardeners' Guild, Christmas, 2015

Wellesley Gardeners’ Guild tree, by Kerri Raeke, Candyland

Berkshire Hathaway, Christmas 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Realtor’s tree, by Joanie Ingemi, Let it Snow

Berkshire Hathaway, Christmas 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Realtor’s tree, close-up


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Wellesley Gift Shop closing, Wellesley Toy Shop expanding

wellesley gift shop closingThe Great Wellesley Toy Store Shake-up of 2015 continues: Swellesley reader NC shared photos Friday AM of signs showing that the Wellesley Gift Shop at 59 Central St., is closing while its neighboring/interconnected Wellesley Toy Shop is expanding into the space. The shops are owned by the same family.

This comes on the heels of LittleBits Toys in Wellesley Hills closing and Magic Beans in Linden Square sending out a plea to patrons to shop there because of recent slow sales.

The end of the year always seems to bring business turnover in town. City Sports is among the other Wellesley businesses on the outs.wellesley gift shop closing


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Keep the kids busy: WHS winter sports try-outs schedule is up

The first day of High School winter sports is on Monday, November 30, and that means try-outs. Here’s a list of try-out times and locations:

Boys’ Basketball, Varsity and JV candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  WHS GYM
First Session:  6:45am – 8:30am
Second Session:  6:30pm – 9:00pm
Freshmen, Session Time:  6:30pm – 9:00pm

wellesley youth basketballGirls’ Basketball, All Candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  WHS GYM
Session Time:  4pm – 6:30pm


wellesley indoor track reggie lewis center feb 2015Indoor Track, All Candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  WHS GYM
Time:  3pm – 4pm





Wellesley Wrestling Monk mascot

Wrestling, All Candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  WHS GYM
Time:  10am – 12noon




Boys’ Ice Hockey, all candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  Babson Skating
Time: 6:00am – 6:50am

Wellesley Youth Hockey

Girls’ Ice Hockey, all candidates
Monday, 11/30/15
Location:  Daly Rink
Time:  11am – 1pm


Winter sports starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2015:

Alpine skiingAlpine Skiing, all candidates
Location:  Meet in Cafeteria
Time:  3pm – 4:30pm





GymnasticsGymnastics, all candidates
Location:  Exxcel Gymnastics Center
Time:  8 – 9:30pm




For more information, click here for the WHS Athletics Department

Also of interest…

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

Wellesley Youth Lacrosse registration now open

Latest rendering of planned new Wellesley field revealed



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Wellesley High football at Fenway: Family, friends, fun and yeah, some frustration

football at fenway wellesley needhamFootball at Fenway turned out to be slightly less fun for Wellesley High than it was for Needham High, as the Raiders concluded their up-then-down season with a fifth consecutive loss after winning their first six. But the atmosphere at Fenway, with thousands of Needham and Wellesley fans interspersed and crowded into the grandstand section, was one that no one who attended will forget anytime soon.

Raiders letterman jackets were aplenty, some fitting more snugly than others on the alums who took in the 128th meeting of these rivals in which Needham prevailed 12-7 on a mostly sunny morning.

If the jackets fit…. #footballatfenway #Wellesley @raider_fb #thanksgiving2015

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The Raiders looked to be carrying all the momentum approaching halftime, leading 7-6 on a second quarter TD run by WHS senior QB Jake Mohan and driving the ball deep into Needham territory, until a key interception and 97-yard return by Rockets linebacker Joe Gowetski gave Needham the lead with time expiring in the first half. It turned out to be the last trip to the end zone for either team.

The Raiders had several opportunities in the fourth quarter, failing to score from Needham’s two-yard line in a critical 4th and goal situation following a near-epic 17-play drive. A strong defensive effort, including Raiders defender Will Cramer throwing down Needham’s John Andre behind the line,  plus a solid punt return by Myles Cole, gave Wellesley one more chance, but 35 yards proved too much to gain in the final minute. Needham batted away a pass intended for Wellesley’s Griffin Morgan on the final play of the game.

Even the enthusiasm of the newly created WHS cheerleading team was not enough to deliver a victory for the Raiders, who averaged just 7 points per game for its last 5 games. However, that group showed its skills both at halftime and intermittently throughout the game. The WHS step team also performed at halftime, and its synchronous hand and foot rhythm helped to drum up school spirit as well.

Representing Wellesley music was the WHS pep band, which played motivational tunes for the players and fans during the game. Also, WHS’s Keynotes and Rice Street choral groups performed the national anthem to kick things off.


Some fans couldn’t resist the fancy seats


WHS pep band belted out the tunes

The abundance of Wellesley programs in attendance, and the swarms of alumni, parents, and students packing the stadium was a major change to the Thanksgiving Day tradition, and confirmed that the oldest public high school rivalry in the country is not even close to getting old.

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Badass Wellesley High senior girls’ Powder Puff football team invades Needham, but falls 7-0

The Wellesley High School Powderpuff football team, coached by members of the Wellesley Police Department, took on Needham High’s Rockets in the annual game on Wednesday. A little sound system SNAFU didn’t faze the WHS seniors.

But Wellesley couldn’t get its offense going, and dropped the game 7-0 to Needham.

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Fox25 to air TV special on Wellesley-Needham football rivalry

wellesley toy shop raiders footballRegardless of the outcome of Thursday morning’s Wellesley High vs. Needham High football game at Fenway Park, Fox25 plans to air a special on TV Saturday and Sunday nights called “Needham/Wellesley: More Than A Game.” The teams are meeting for the 128th time this Thanksgiving Day.

According to a press release issued about the 30-minute special,  “both schools have provided an all-access pass to the FOX25 Sports team throughout the week leading up to their game at Fenway Park.  Saturday’s special program on FOX25 will celebrate the oldest public high school football rivalry in the country in comprehensive, behind-the-scenes fashion.”

The program will initially run on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 6:30pm, then again on Sunday at 11:30 pm.

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe, which has been working with Fox25 and Fenway Sports Management on coverage, gave the Wellesley and Needham boys the royal treatment this week. The Herald tells the story of how the Fenway game came to be.

The Swellesley Report will be roaming the park as well on Thursday to see what sort of trouble we can get into.


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Warm-up act for Thanksgiving weekend traffic

This Tuesday afternoon accident involving a truck 95 North in Wellesley got the long weekend on the roads off to a scary start for those directly involved and a frustrating start for those stuck in traffic. It doesn’t sound as if any serious injuries resulted. NECN reported that the driver of the truck was cited for a marked lane violation.

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    Upcoming Wellesley Fundraisers