Also of interest…
The Wellesley Education Foundation is gearing up to celebrate its 27th annual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sprague School gym.
Sign-ups are open for all teams of three here. The $500 entry fee per team goes to support excellence and innovation in the Wellesley public schools through enrichment programs, to the tune of $54,000 last year. Some of the programs WEF has helped fund include specialized training for educators to promote student social/emotional health through the “Challenge Success” program; over $55K in grants to help develop the new K-5 World Language curriculum; a new piano for the Middle School choral program, benefitting 400 Middle School students; a new WHS course — “Building Androids Apps” — made possible by outfitting classrooms with Android tablets
In addition, WEF is still seeking sponsors to enable the participation of teams from the middle and high school and local non-profit organizations. All sponsorships committed by October 25 will be recognized in the program brochure. Sponsorships and donations of any amount are welcome and tax deductible. To donate, visit www.
Last year Health Advances, a company that apparently operates at the intersection of science, technology, and business strategy, came the heck out of nowhere (well, Weston) to win the big trophy and year-long bragging rights. The team’s winning word: threnody. Definition: a song, hymn, or poem of mourning composed as a memorial to a dead person. But you already knew that.
Recently I was asked to participate in the Community Box Project, a mini-cultural study spearheaded by Wellesley High School Evolutions program students. The idea of the study was to find out about the ways community members participate in the town and how this creates a sense of culture and belonging. Evolutions, an interdisciplinary and collaborative program at Wellesley High in which teachers and students make connections across courses in Art, English, Math, Science and Social Studies, is in its second year at WHS. The idea of the interdisciplinary program is to offer students the opportunity to engage in project-based learning that is not confined to the typical bell schedule, reaching students who are excited by the possibility of exploring school in a new way and who want to have more ownership over their learning.
The students assigned to interview me did all the appropriate legwork. In fact, it was legwork that I recognized as part of my everyday blogging life — they contacted me by email, set up a time and place to meet, arrived on time, took care of housekeeping by having me sign a waiver, used two ways of recording the interview — by Smartphone Voice Memo and by old-fashioned pen-and-paper note taking — asked prepared questions yet went where the interview took them, and thanked me at the conclusion. A few weeks later I received an email inviting me to the unveiling of their project, which can be found in the front-door lobby of the main library now through Friday, November 18.
I’ll let them tell you the details about the Community Box Project:
“We have been working on this project for a couple of weeks now. It started in the end of September when we did our first interviews. We were split up into groups of two or three and were given a person to interview and a place to go. We walked into our place and got to work interviewing people about their lives and their contributions by being a part of the town of Wellesley. We did some on one day and then did some on another. Finally when all the interviews were conducted, we uploaded them to a google drive and listened to some of them in order to gain more knowledge about different people in the Wellesley community. The next thing we did was we went to the MFA and looked at different exhibits around the museum that created a sense of strong culture within their respective communities. We were able to use the information we got from the museum in order to help either the writing or designing process. Next we started working on the individual sides of our box by drafting them out on paper a couple of different times in order to get the best design. Finally when we found the best design we started to make our designs go from being on paper to being on the wood. We worked on a side at a time, writing, printing, painting, and even laser cutting, trying to complete a side per day. About a week ago, we got off of designing our own individual designs and started brainstorming the fourth side, which we would all create together. It took a couple of days, a lot of brainstorming, and starting over with ideas in order to come up with an idea that we all liked and that would be possible to complete in only a couple of days.”
There are instructions on how to view the installation using touch (be gentle!), QR CODES, and apps for both iphones and Droids.
The Cashmere Sale is popping up for its third season in Wellesley, this time in Wellesley Square at the former Chico’s location at 56 Central St. Scheduled to open on October 28, the pop-up is know for its cashmere sweaters, wraps and accessories that run in the $48 – $228 range.
The Cashmere Sale is one of 18 across the country in posh areas including three swanky locations in Fairfield County, and six in California.
The shop will be keeping things soft, warm, and cozy in Wellesley through December 18, Monday – Saturdays 10am – 5pm and Sundays noon – 5pm.
Wellesley Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the new season took place on Oct. 16 at Mass Bay Community College, and they went all out with an all-Beethoven all the time presentation, including Symphony No 3; Overture to Prometheus; and Romance in F for violin featuring Boston University Bach Competition winner Subaiou Zhang.
After all these years posting about the Orchestra’s doings, I can’t believe it was my first time ever attending one of their concerts. Where have my priorities been? And to the woman behind me who took out her emery board during Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and started scraping away at her talons, yes, it was I who spun around and glared at you.
Saturday, November 5, 11am
Matt de la Pena, Last Stop on Market Street
Author appearance, discussion, Q&A, and book signing
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
Last Stop on Main Street has received tremendous accolades including a Caldecott Honor and the Newbery Medal.
Sunday, November 6, 2pm — ticketed event, at Tenacre School, 78 Benvenue St.
Authors Rick Riordan, Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud, Robert Beatty, and Joshua Khan.
Tickets for this event include a copy of one of the authors’ new books. Buy tickets in store or online.
Wednesday, November 9, 7pm — ticketed event, at Wellesley Books
The Brass Sisters – Baking with the Brass Sisters
Author appearance, discussion, Q&A, and book signing, and food tasting
Marilynn and Sheila Brass are on a mission to bring old-fashioned American home baking back to everyone’s kitchen. Baking with the Brass Sisters embodies the philosophy that’s drawn thousands of fans to them: “We believe that there is nothing that tastes as good as something baked by someone who loves us, unless it is something we have baked and shared with someone we love.” In their new book, Marilynn and Sheila have gone to their collection of trusted manuscript cookbooks and handwritten recipes that number in the thousands to rediscover the home-baked treats that were brought to America from around the world.
Thursday, November 10, 7pm — ticketed event, at Wellesley Books
Elin Hilderbrand, Winter Storms
Author appearance, discussion, Q&A, and book signing
Gather under the mistletoe for one last round of caroling with the Quinn family in this heartwarming conclusion to Elin Hilderbrand’s bestselling Winter Street Trilogy. Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn’s old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there’s hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan.
Our family has been hiking up to Tipling Rock at the Nobscot Scout Reservation in Framingham/Sudbury for years. At an elevation of 426 feet, it’s easy enough for an energetic 4-year old to hike it in under an hour round-trip, long enough to count as an adult’s exercise for the day, yet high enough to offer views of three states, the Boston skyline including the John Hancock Tower, Mt. Monadnock, the Blue Hills, and beautiful fall foliage if you go now. The following pictures and captions will help you along. The white-blazed trail, which will lead you up to Tipling Rock, isn’t always as apparent as a hiker might like, plus there are many trails that branch off from it, which can become confusing. So follow along with me, and you won’t get lost and end up in a neighborhood, having to depend on the kindness of a stranger to drive you and your exhausted young ones, who cannot take one more step, back to the parking lot. That once happened to a family I — ahem — know.
Nobscot’s address is 1 Nobscot Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776, and the parking area is obvious.
Keep left and go over the wooden bridge.
After you go over the second wooden bridge, continue to stay to the left.
Keep to the right at the Legion Trail sign. Continue to follow the white blazes.
Go over the wooden bridge. [Read more…]
Chelsea Clinton was on hand at Wellesley College Thursday to stump for 1969 graduate of the school, Democratic presidential candidate, and her mom, Hillary Clinton. She used her 30-minute address to the crowd of about 400 to touch on her mother’s main platforms of clean energy, gun violence, prison reform, health care, children’s issues, and infrastructure, and characterized the race to the Oval Office as “the most consequential election of our lifetime.”
In her few comments about Donald Trump, she said, “I never thought I’d see the almost-normalization of hate speech…it doesn’t represent the country I want our children and grandchildren to grow up in,” and said that her mother isn’t only about keeping America great, but that she is about keeping America good.
It wouldn’t be a political speech without an anecdote about the “just folks” of America. Chelsea told the story of a mother and her son she met on the campaign trail, both born in Guatemala, both US citizens for 12 years. The mother said that three kids in her son’s class have said, “go back to Mexico,” and, “I can’t wait until we build a wall so that we can keep people like you out.”
During the questions and comments part of Chelsea’s visit, a mom in the crowd talked about how her little girl plays with a Hillary action figure. Impressed, Chelsea, mother of two, said, “Mental note. I need to order myself a Hillary action figure. Currently at my house we’re really into farm animals and Sesame Street, but I’m going to try to get grandma into the rotation.”
One audience member, perhaps seeking the stardust and charisma that neither candidate possesses, asked, “Why should we be excited about Hillary? Why should we be into her? To that, Chelsea fell back into criminal justice reform-higher education-health care talk, her answer perhaps an acknowledgement that in this election, there’s just not a candidate that the masses really want to get with. There’s nobody this time around with patrician good looks, a marvelous Boston accent, and a cool compound on the Cape who plays rough-and-tumble with his handsome and beautiful siblings. There’s no upright, God-fearing family man who with his wife has raised five strapping sons who clearly honor and respect their parents and everything they stand for.
Maybe you can’t be into Hillary Clinton. Let’s face it, her clothes aren’t cute. No one wants to know where she got her earrings. Her haircut is sensible, her shoes comfortable. To the crowd of the faithful, at Wellesley College, a place that must be where Hillary goes when she closes her eyes for a few minutes to escape to her “happy place,” well, plenty seemed into her enough to vote for her come November.
The last day to register for the November 8 election is October 19. Teens who will be 18 on or before election day are advised to register by the deadlines to ensure that they will be ready to cast their first ballot. Mail in registrations are available at www.canivote.org .
New residents, and newly eligible voters are encouraged to stop by Town Hall to register to vote. In person registrations are accepted Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm. Anyone who has moved into Wellesley recently or who has changed address within the town should check their voter registration status prior to the fall elections.(https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx)
On line registration for people with Massachusetts Drivers Licenses can be done at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
If you will be away from Wellesley for any primary/election you may apply for an absentee ballot. Applications are available on line http://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_Clerk/voterinfo and must be mailed or delivered to the Town Clerk in time to allow mailing of ballots in both directions. Students who will be away for the fall semester should file for a ballot as soon as you know your school address. Voted ballots must be returned to the Clerk and received prior to the close of the voting day. All absentee ballots received by the deadline are counted on the day of the primary/election.
Ballots for the November election will not be available until late September, however applications may be filed at any time.
EARLY VOTING- NEW for November 8 Election
Voters in Massachusetts will now have the opportunity to vote prior to election day at your convenience without the restrictions of an absentee ballot.
For the November 8 election voters will be able to vote during the early voting period October 24-Nov 4. Early voting in Wellesley will take place at the Warren Recreation building. Hours will be announced in September.