To a smattering of applause at Town Meeting (such outbursts are generally frowned upon at the staid, all-business forum) Town Meeting members voted earlier this spring to approve Sunday hours to start July 10 running through around the end of November, 11am – 3pm. The money to do so comes from savings in the DPW budget. The DPW has always supported the idea of Sunday hours, noting that it’s what the people of Wellesley want. As recently retired RDF Superintendent Gordon Martin used to say, “There’s no doubt in my mind that if we were open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, residents would come in all throughout the day and night.”
The high pollen count last week made it rough on allergy sufferers, but the the pay-off for all that sneezing and sniffling is gorgeous greenery and blooming flowers everywhere you look in Wellesley. With all the late-spring beauty around us, winter seems like nothing more than a faded sorrow. Here are a few pics of spring’s full-color glory:
ALSO OF INTEREST…
Here are some closings and changes due to Memorial Day weekend for your planning purposes.
Parking meters in Wellesley will be free on Monday.
Wellesley’s RDF will be closed on Monday.
Wellesley town offices will be closed Monday.
Memorial Day is an official holiday for the US Postal Service, so Post Offices will be closed on Monday and there will be no home delivery of mail. It is also an official holiday for UPS, but scheduled UPS Critical Express and UPS Holiday packages should still arrive.
Brace yourself for this one, and plan accordingly: Massachusetts law states that liquor stores must be closed on Memorial Day.
The Wellesley Free Library will be closed from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th in observance of the holiday.
A trip to Wellesley’s Recycling & Disposal Facility isn’t complete without a stop at the Give and Take area. I do my share of poking around there, and it’s always fun to unearth a Wellesley-related item. Here’s the latest score: A wooden replica of our own Town Hall, a keepsake item crafted circa 1996 by The Cat’s Meow, a Wooster, Ohio-based company. To today’s curated tastes, it may look like just so much clutter, but back in the day, these 6″ x 6″ tchotkes were one of many tools used to make a house feel like a home, a way to tell guests a little bit about you and your family and what you held dear.
You may remember the unfortunate country decorating trends of that time, when perfectly reasonable suburbanites snapped up goose-motifed everything and longed for the simplicity of sturdy, painted wooden historical anything. If it was color-themed dusty rose and blue, so much the better. Now that I’ve jogged your memory, you likely recall seeing these sturdy objects lined up by theme over family room doorways or neatly arranged on special shelving designed to display them. The general idea was to collect them by area of interest (bible stories, nursery rhymes, international sites, or custom-designed).
Just listen to me. Who am I to throw decorating stones when distressed furniture and bird motifs, both once so lauded and now so reviled by home decor gurus, can be found scattered throughout my house? I’ve even heard whispers that my prized stainless steel appliances are on a fast track to comparison with the harvest gold and avocado green of my childhood and early post-college rentals in Brighton.
So in contrition for disparaging pretty collectibles that mean no harm, I will note that on the back of the Hunnewell Town Hall replica I picked up it says, “A gift from the Hunnewell Family in 1886, the Town Hall symbolizes a community famous for its educational institutions and residential setting.” I’d say the good crafters of The Cat’s Meow pretty much have Wellesley pegged. Tacky decorating mistake from a misguided time or cool retro collectible — you be the judge. And keep an eye out for it at the Give and Take area. So as not to be accused of hogging all the good stuff, I will be returning the Town Hall soon.
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It’s been a long time since the dump kept Sunday hours. From 1997 – 2005, the RDF was open 7 days a week, but then budget cuts intervened, and the DPW was forced to reduce the number of days residents could get rid of their trash and recyclables (you can read more about that here). The only exception has been several Sundays per year during the busy leaf season, but that’s about to change.
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. The money to do so comes from savings in the DPW budget. The DPW has always supported the idea of Sunday hours, noting that it’s what the people of Wellesley want. As recently retired RDF Superintendent Gordon Martin used to say, “There’s no doubt in my mind that if we were open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, residents would come in all throughout the day and night.”
Give and Take area re-opens
Don’t just throw away all the clutter in your home you’ve accumulated over the winter. That old lamp sans lampshade or the rug with hardly any holes at all may look like nothing more than decorating abominations to you, but I guarantee this — they will be treated as rare found objects and lovingly carted away by someone if you bring them to the now-open RDF’s Give and Take area.
All the books, toys, games, 1990s entertainment centers, and other items that you wouldn’t so much as delegate to the depths of your home’s man-cave can find appreciative new owners at Wellesley’s biggest free yard sale. Look at you clearing out that unused stuff. You’re so tidy.
If you’d like to get the first look at things as they come in, the Friends of Wellesley RDF is looking for volunteers to help sort out all incoming treasures.
There’s also a place for your ratty old cloth items that are in such a state of degradation that you’d be ashamed to donate them to the Salvation Army. New RDF Superintendent Jeff Azano-Brown says, “We’re looking to get the word out about our textiles area because we don’t believe that people know that you can put just about anything in there – ripped clothes, blankets, stained clothes, belts, etc.”
The RDF hours are:
Mon – Wed, 7am – noon
Thur and Fri, 7am – 3:45
Sat, 7am – 4:45
Sun, Closed (until July 10)