As always, Wellesley has given us plenty to blog about. We’ve posted about everything from e. coli in the water at Wellesley College to lunker fish swimming in the water of Morses Pond. In case you didn’t get the chance to analyze and cross-reference every post, we’ve pulled out the top Wellesley stories of the week here for your perusal.
Wellesley is ready for Boston Marathon runners
The big news is the upcoming Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18 and the Wellesley residents who are running the 26.2 mile course. The Boston Athletic Association lists 85 runners from Wellesley on its official 2016 Boston Marathon entrants’ page. Wellesley is smack in the middle of the race, owning about mile 12 to 16. traversing Rte. 135 at the start and crossing over to Rte. 16 for the rest. Runners are welcomed into town on by the Wellesley College Scream Tunnel and leave with thoughts of Heartbreak Hill ahead of them. Click here for route closures and no parking zones.
Give and Take re-opens, Sunday hours to resume in summer
To a smattering of applause at Town Meeting (such outbursts are generally frowned upon at the staid, all-business forum) Town Meeting members voted last week to approve Sunday hours to start July 10 running through around the end of November, 11am – 3pm. Also, Friends of Wellesley RDF would like you to know that they are looking for volunteers to help sort out all incoming treasures.
Lights out in parts of Wellesley for one excruciating daylight hour
When I got notification from Wellesley police, “WPD Alert: Large power outage in Wellesley, including Wellesley Hills and Lower Falls area. Wellesley Municipal Light Plant is working on the situation,” I wondered what I’d find when I got home. It was lights on for our household, but over 2,000 Wellesley customers were left groping about in the natural daylight for nearly a full hour. Jordan Mayblum of the Townsman lays it all out here. Meanwhile, over in Japan, a Tokyo hotel gives advance notice of a minute-long Internet disruption…
“…And then one day I went with a friend to Hingham high school and I heard the jazz band there and I thought, this is it for me . Here were kids playing this wonderful music really well and I felt that was a really great way to work. So I got a music ed degree.. and then came here in 1988.”
Read the more about how Wellesley scored WMS Band Director and teacher Henry Platt for 28 years and what he plans on doing in retirement.
There’s good news, and there’s bad news at Wellesley College
Bad news first: The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a boil water advisory for four buildings on the Wellesley College campus after finding samples of bacterial contamination in the form of E. coli and Total Coliform. After chlorinating, flushing, and sampling the water and replacing a pipe and faucet, testing reflected that the water was safe, and the boil water order was no longer needed.
Now the good news: The raven chicks have hatched, and you can see on the ravencam how the household is managing the five arrivals.
Nobel Laureate speaks in Wellesley, doesn’t wear his wreath
Nobel Laureate Dr. Craig C. Mello delivered a talk at the Wellesley Free Library: “A Worm’s Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality.”
The ancient Greeks used to crown their laureates with laurel wreaths to honor their heroes’ distinguished accomplishments in what were often rather bloody conflicts. Dr. Mello, along with most modern-day nobel laureates, eschewed such violence instead earning the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work relating to RNA interference. Dr. Mello shared the prize with a colleague.
The work of Intensive Metals and Clay students at Wellesley High School is on display at the Clever Hand Gallery at 52 Central St. in Wellesley Square from April 15-30, with a public reception on April 26 from 2-5pm.
The display is the result of a collaboration between Clever Hand and the school that is now in its sixth year.