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Wellesley North 40 walk and garden tour draw big crowd

The latest North 40 trail walk and related community garden tour proved to be a big draw on Saturday morning, with 67 walkers taking the trek and more than 100 people passing through the gardens, where lemonade was for sale and strawberry plants were free for the talking. A similar walk and tour was held […]

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That giant sucking sound you heard in Wellesley…

…was probably just the water being drained from the Pierce Hill reservoir in the wake of Wellesley’s E. coli finding in its water supply last month. Director of Public Works Mike Pakstis issued a note to the town on Thursday updating residents and businesses of the latest on the water situation that led to an order last […]

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Wellesley puts up impressive solar numbers

Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Committee says that the number of solar-powered homes in town has increased from 8 when it began its solar push in the spring to around 70 (well, by year end). The Power to Choose promotion, which includes big discounts on solar installations, will enable the town “to generate at least 440,000 kilowatt-hours […]

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Friends of the North 40 fire up online petition, seek signatures

The Friends of the North 40 are resigned to the fact that Wellesley College wants to sell the 46-acre woodland property along Weston Road to raise funds for an expensive campus renewal project. So if the school must sell the land, they say, then sell it to a conservancy that will manage and preserve it […]

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Wellesley Fuller Brook Park work gets serious

Wellesley has announced that the section of Fuller Brook Park between Forest Street and Paine Street will be closed from Sept. 2-5 as the big improvement project really gets underway. Signs will be posted to direct users to alternate roots. Please call the DPW Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 ext. 3315 with any questions. Town officials broke ground […]

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Wellesley-ites to March in NYC for climate action

Wellesley residents will be heading to New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21 to join The People’s Climate March, which national organizers are billing as the largest climate march in history. It coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit and will be among a number of such demonstrations around the world that weekend. Sustainable Wellesley is marshaling Wellesley residents and those […]

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Socking it to the Wellesley water warning

Socks were used to remind occupants at one Wellesley home not to drink from the faucet or use ice cubes from the fridge ice maker. The town used duct tape and yellow warning tape to ward off would-be water fountain users. The town’s water boil order was lifted on Saturday afternoon, following the warning issued […]

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Wellesley boil water order lifted: Glug, glug, glug

Wellesley early on Saturday afternoon lifted the boil water order that went into effect on Thursday afternoon after town officials received notice of a positive E. coli test near Peirce Hill Reservoir on Thursday morning. The town on Saturday wrote in its notice (shown in its entirety below) to residents that “investigation of the source […]

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From Strawbery Banke to Elm Bank: MassHort hires Forti to oversee horticulture/education

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, which has its headquarters at Elm Bank Reservation on the Wellesley/Natick/Dover line, has named John Forti as director of horticulture and education. MassHort describes Forti as “a nationally recognized lecturer, garden historian, ethnobotanist and garden writer who comes from the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., where he created numerous award-winning gardens and […]

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Duct tape to the rescue in Wellesley water crisis!

The town has duct tapped water fountains at playing fields and turned the water off as well to prevent people from unknowingly drinking potentially contaminated water from the public supply. Wellesley DPW director Mike Pakstis says there are 16 such fountains in town and that they were all manually shut off. RELATED: Wellesley Water FAQ Wellesley […]

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