Wellesley boutique makes Best of Boston cut

Boston magazine august coverBoston magazine’s annual Best of Boston issue hits news stands this week, and Wellesley’s Clementine took home honors as  best women’s boutique in the western ‘burbs. Clementine also made the list last year for best women’s clothing in the western suburbs.

All of the winners from Boston’s August issue can be found here.

(Pet peeve: Faded Best of X award plaques in storefront windows and foyers years after they’ve been given.)

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Police warn that Level 3 sex offender is attending college in Wellesley

The Wellesley Police Department has issued a notice that a convicted Level 3 sex offender is attending MassBay Community College. Sex offenders are categorized into 3 levels in Massachusetts, with those designated as Level 3 offenders considered most likely to re-offend. More info on the 20-year-old male can be found on the Wellesley Police Department website.

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And you thought our Wellesley was pricey

The U.K. Independent reports that the Crystal Bar at the Wellesley Hotel in London charged a businessman $127 for 3 bottles of sparkling water.  A minimum charge at the bar upped the cost, as did a hefty service charge that would make Ticketmaster blush.

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Wellesley to host Pan-Mass Challenge cyclists this weekend

pmc wellesleyHundreds of cyclists raising money for cancer research and treatment by Dana Farber Cancer Institute will descend upon Wellesley this weekend (Aug. 2-3) for the annual Pan-Mass Challenge ride, which includes courses between Wellesley and Foxborough/Bourne/Sturbridge/Provincetown. Many riders will start and finish at Babson College.

There’s still time to donate to riders from Wellesley and other communities. Among Wellesley riders: Jeffrey KaplanSean Milano; and Jesse Boehm, a Wellesley resident who is riding from Babson to Provincetown (He rides for his wife Julie, a Wellesley High School biology teacher and a 10-year survivor of tongue cancer). The goal for the overall event, which will feature more than 5,500 riders, is to raise $40 million.

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Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Jr. hits Wellesley Aug. 1-2

Beauty Beast WTP 2014Wellesley Theatre Project, a nonprofit arts academy, will present the musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., Friday Aug. 1 at 7pm and Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2pm. All performances will take place at the Katherine L. Babson Auditorium at Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, Wellesley. Tickets are priced $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and may be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.orgin advance, or at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

A cast and crew of 30 Summer Production Camp students between the ages of six and seventeen bring life to a bustling town, servants, and even dinnerware.

For more information about Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. or upcoming summer camps, fall classes, or productions visit the website, www.wellesleytheatreproject.org or call 781-235-1550.

(Photo courtesy of WTP)

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Money magazine ranks Babson #1 college for your money in America

Babson College, June 2013Babson College in Wellesley gives you the most bang for your buck out of 1,500 four-year colleges examined by Money magazine in its new ranking of the nation’s top schools.

The ranking takes into consideration 17 factors such as education quality, alumni earnings and affordability. Babson’s focus on business/entrepreneurship helped its ranking significantly. Money says the net price of a degree at Babson is about $200K and that the average salary within 5 years is about $60K.

The rest of the top 10 list includes usual suspects like MIT and Harvard, but also lesser known schools like Webb Institute of Glen Cove, N.Y.

Wellesley College comes in at #95, with the net price of a degree pegged at $166K and average annual salary within 5 years of graduating at $43.4K.

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Name that Wellesley High School house

2012 Wellesley High School signWellesley High School, which under new principal Jamie Chisum is reorganizing into a  house system to better align administrators with students, is reaching out to the school community to name its houses.

The school has relied on the Wellesley Historical Society‘s resources and the contributions of Wellesley History blogger Joshua Dorin to come up with short list of historically significant names. Our favorite is naturally Brown House since our last name is Brown.

The other candidates are Bradford, whose name was on the old high school, Cameron/Jennings, Kingsbury, Perrin, Phillips and Shaw. Guess there are already enough things in town named after the Hunnewell family.

Voters taking the survey should pick 3 names from those above. The selection process is open until Aug. 4, and after results are in, they will be sent to the School Committee for a final decision.

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Flooding hits Wellesley

Wellesley police were busy helping motorists get around town on Monday in the wake of flash floods on Rte. 9 and across other parts of town, including Wellesley Square.

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Wellesley summer makeover

It’s good to be in the construction field this summer in Wellesley. The town’s makeover includes the new maintenance and other facilities at Wellesley Country Club, a sports complex rehab at Wellesley College, sprucing up of downtown buildings,  church work, Wellesley Middle School fixer-upper, a new dorm at Babson, Hunnewell Elementary School tidying up, Belclare going up and plenty of road work.











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Ex-Wellesley school official at center of Newton plagiarism controversy

Newton Public Schools Superintendent David Fleishman, who has been fined one week of pay after sort of acknowledging that he didn’t credit Gov. Deval Patrick for contents of two graduation speeches delivered last month, used to be a Wellesley Public Schools administrator.

Credit: Newton Public Schools

Credit: Newton Public Schools

The Lion’s Roar, Newton South’s student newspaper, broke the story after a reporter recognized similarities between the Fleishman and Patrick speeches, and Newton’s school committee issued its findings this week.

Fleishman joined WPS in 2002 as an assistant superintendent, and stayed until 2005, when he was hired as superintendent of Chappaqua Central School District in New York. At the time, the Chappaqua’s school organization touted Fleishman’s accomplishments in Wellesley: “Fleishman helped to maintain Wellesley Public Schools academic excellence during a time of severe state budget shortfalls and was responsible for instituting several successful professional development initiatives. He was instrumental in the planning and design of a major renovation to the middle school and was commended on his close work with the community throughout the process.”

Newton hired Fleishman in 2010 to lead its schools.

As school administrators are finding these days, it’s tough to take shortcuts on their speeches. Mansfield’s superintendent recently resigned following a commencement speech plagiarism controversy.

And last year, a California school district trustee caught flak for grabbing liberally and without attribution a bunch of Wellesley High School teacher David McCullough, Jr.’s famous “You’re Not Special Speech,” .

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