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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.

snow morses









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.

paddle board morses pond









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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  1. Kathleen mccarthy
    Posted September 3, 2014 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    To enter the town beach, you swim straight across the pond from Pine Point with beach tag on your wrist!

  2. Alan benoit
    Posted September 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    You know the beach is not the place to swim.

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