Wellesley enrichment club LINX has notified parents that the business in Linden Square sustained some water damage overnight after sprinklers put out a small contained fire in its art room kiln, which only runs when kids aren’t around. Unfortunately, the water flowed longer than desired and the lower floor of the building sustained damage (the second floor is fine).
As it turns out, the first floor damage is significant enough that the floor will be closed for at least the rest of May. The good news is that LINX has procured alternative space at 165 Linden St. (between Ace Hardware/Sleepy’s) and within Wellesley Middle School.
Visit this page for updates on schedules/locations.
“As this is a fluid process (pun intended), we will continue to post updates on that page,” the business writes…
LOCATION: Tenacre Country Day School, 78 Benvenue Street, Wellesley
DATE AND TIME: Saturday May 14, 2016, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Rain or shine (indoors if it rains).
DESCRIPTION: Fun for the whole family! Includes carnival rides and games, pony rides, barn babies petting zoo, cake walk, face painting, a raffle with fantastic prizes, and other family-friendly activities. This year’s special guest is the well known children’s band, Josh and the Jamtones. Also includes grilled food and baked items for lunch or snacks.
COST: Admission and parking are free. All games are $1 and all rides are $2 – $3.
PHONE: (781) 235-2282
SPONSORED BY: The Tenacre Country Day School’s Parent Association. Proceeds from the Tenacre Fair go to Tenacre Country Day School, a private non-profit school of approximately 200 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
The Wellesley COA and the Friends of the Wellesley COA will host the 5th Annual Evening Social “Rock The Night Away” on Saturday, May 7 (7-9:30pm) at Alumnae Hall at Wellesley College.
Tickets are still available for this evening of socializing, dancing and entertainment by the Rockaholics.
Call the COA today 781-235-3961
The Wellesley Townsman, following a public records request, has published the emails from an upset parent that wound up getting Fiske Elementary School students’ Dancing Trump talent show skit banned last month. The parent claimed that a skit making fun of President Obama never would have been allowed, and the parent threatened to send her kids to school to ridicule Hillary Clinton, Obama and the prophet Muhammad.
The emails posted also reveal correspondence between Fiske’s principal and the Wellesley Public Schools superintendent regarding the matter, and perhaps make them more sympathetic figures in this situation. As you can appreciate from the content of the letters, some staff at Fiske were left unsettled.
2005 Wellesley High graduate and former Wellesley Little Leaguer Nate Freiman has had an interesting spring, to say the least, as a professional baseball player.
After making the majors with the Oakland A’s in 2013-2014, Freiman was released by the Athletics in December and got picked up shortly thereafter by the Atlanta Braves. He then headed to spring training with the Braves, but in March the team dealt Freiman to the Washington Nationals. After failing to impress in a short stint during spring training, the 6-foot 8-inch first baseman was to the Nats’ minor league team in Syracuse. But the Chiefs released Freiman before long.
Not one to forget his roots, Freiman was in town this past week and gave Wellesley High Raiders baseball team some instruction.
So Freiman now has played for the Raiders, Blue Devils, Emeralds, TinCaps, Storm, Missions, Javelinas, River Cats, A’s, Braves, Nationals and Chiefs in one way or another. And now, in the latest twist, Freiman has signed on with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, as he shoots to work his way back into the major league system. The Ducks’ roster includes former major leagues such as Sean Burroughs and a coaching staff that includes ex-major leaguers Bud Harrelson and Lew Ford.
Bella is the most popular dog name in Wellesley for 2016, with 38 pups answering to that name (or not) around town. These include everything from boxers to bichon frise to havanese to maltese.
Lily/Lilly/Lilli, the most popular name for each of the past 2 years, gets knocked back to No. 2 this year.
Though the most important finding from plowing through the entire list of 3,007 licensed dogs is that there are 14 dogs in Wellesley named Brady and only 1 named Roger*. Take that Mr. NFL Commissioner! Not to say that all the Brady dogs are named after the Patriots’ quarterback or that the one Roger in town (an, um, cavapoo) — is actually named after Roger Goodell. And not to say the two dogs named Peyton are named after recently retired NFL QB Peyton Manning either.
Taking some liberties in terms of clumping together names that sound the same even if the spellings vary, here is the rest of the top 10 list (see full list of names/breeds below):
Lily/Lilly/Lilli (36); Charlie/Charli (34); Lucy (34); Bailey (32); Teddy/Tedi, etc. (31); Tucker (28); Cooper (25); Molly (24); Coco/Cocoa (24). Close calls are Daisey, Gracie, Lola, Maggie, Rosie and Cali.
Unusual names include Cayenne Pepper, Chowdah and Divot. Wellesleyites also like to name their dogs after other animals, including Bear, Moose, Mouse and… Mastodon.
Politics-wise, the Teds have it: As we mentioned above there are 31 Teddies (not to mention 3 dogs named Carly). There is just one Bernie. There’s no Hillary — surprising given that Wellesley is home to her alma mater — nor any Donald or Trump on the list.
My favorite name: Reckless (do we have a photo of this fine fox terrier?).
As for dog breeds, labrador retrievers are by far the most popular, accounting for about 1 in 5 dogs. There are also about 100 of the related labradoodles in Wellesley. One-of-a-kind dogs in town include the standard schnauzer, plott hound and picardy spaniel.
Then again, I’m sure they’re all one of a kind…
*We’re quite sure that Roger the dog is a very fine dog and no disrespect is meant to him or his family.
Wellesley High School’s sailing team is great on the water but they’re no slouches on land either. The student-athletes were all ready for their car wash fundraiser at Hardy Elementary School on Saturday AM when they found a yellow school bus parked right in the circle out front where the event was slated to take place.
“Frantic calls, texts and voicemails were made to school administration officials, include School Committee Vice Chair Wendy Paul, who contacted the Superintendent, and the bus was finally moved,”according to one mom involved in supporting the team. “Chants of ‘Move that Bus!’ were replaced with cheers for the bus driver.”
The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America will be holding its annual Herb Plant Sale at ElmBank Reservation on Saturday, May 14, from 9am-3:30pm, as part of Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardener’s Fair.
Choose from an abundant selection of live plants for uses including culinary, fragrance and decoration.
Expert advice and tips also come with the territory. Family-oriented workshops — Fairy Flowers at 10am and Planting Herbs in a Tea Cup at noon — and tours of the Teaching Herb Garden will also be offered.
More than 100 runners took part in the 16th annual Officer Stewart Savage Memorial 5K and fun run at Babson College on Sunday morning on a nice mostly cloud-covered day for a race. The event, organized by the Wellesley Police Department, is always a fun family-oriented affair that attracts runners of all abilities, including those from local police forces and academies.
Finished first this year was Wellesley’s Brian Foley, at a 6:04 pace across the hilly course. First among women, and fourth overall, was 13-year-old Emma Forde, who completed the 3.1-mile circuit in just over 20 minutes. And there was even a guy named Grumpy who finished the race this year. Full results here.