The Wellesley Educational 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, so get busy and register your team of three by the October 25 deadline.
Participation is truly a team effort and no “solo spelling” is required. If spelling is not your thing, consider sponsoring a team from a local school or non-profit organization. All donors will be publicly acknowledged. Click here to register, and for more information, or contact [email protected].
All community members are welcome to come watch the Bee.
The following is an update on the Track & Field project from the Wellesley Department of Public Works: Most of the field work relating to the track and field has been completed. The remaining work involves brick work on the ticket booths and donor wall, electric and data wiring installation, pedestrian bridge and pathway work, landscaping, paver work around the ticket booths and donor wall.
A representative from The Playing Fields Task Force earlier this month said in an email to stakeholders, “We look forward to the anticipated opening of our new facility for active use on October 22nd.
All photo credits to the DPW.
Sue Webb, the Wellesley animal control officer who started the Stray Pets in Need (SPIN) shelter 25 years ago, is being honored on Oct. 20 at a fundraiser for the shelter.
SPIN has a house where cats (and sometimes dogs, rabbits, and other animals) are brought as strays and surrenders, and cared for by volunteers until they are ready to go to Kitty City, the SPIN adoption center at Pet World in Natick, or placed in foster care or straight to adoption. Close to 9,000 animals have found their homes through SPIN.
Tickets for the Oct. 20 event, from 6-8pm at The Dolphin in Natick, are available on the SPIN website.
The following is an update on the Track & Field project from the Wellesley Department of Public Works, and some important details from the Playing Fields Task Force. All photo credits to the DPW.
This from the DPW: The latest and most visible progress on the Track & Field project has been the installation of the synthetic carpet. Still to be finished: the work on the donor wall, sound system, flag pole, scoreboard, electric conduit, pedestrian footbridge, ticket booths, and landscaping. The project completion date is in mid-October.
In addition, an email to stakeholders from Tripp Sheehan, Chair, Playing Fields Task Force read in part:
On Tuesday, September 27, a number of Town officials and Town board volunteers met with Mark Heimlich, the contractor for the Hunnewell Track and Field project, to discuss the status of the project and to get an updated timeline for completion. Attendees included representatives of the School Committee, the Recreation Commission, and the Playing Fields Task Force, as well as School Superintendent David Lussier, Athletic Director John Brown, DPW Director Mike Pakstis, Town Engineer Dave Hickey, NRC Director Brandon Schmitt, and Town Counsel Tom Harrington. We determined that the field, track, and associated amenities are expected to be substantially complete (weather permitting) and ready for active use on October 22nd.
The group also discussed possible access to the field by sports teams prior to substantial completion, as defined by the contract. A number of factors were considered including the fact that the project is still an active construction site with associated public safety concerns and that taking “ownership” of the site from the contractor prior to substantial completion will present contractual, insurance, and permitting issues that may prejudice the Town’s interests. As a result of these concerns, the decision was made that no teams will be permitted to use the field prior to substantial completion of the project. We look forward to the anticipated opening of our new facility for active use on October 22nd.
We are so grateful for the way the community came together to make this project a reality and want to thank everyone who contributed their time and money to make it happen. Again, we completely understand the frustration and disappointment of those who desire to use the field now, but want to assure everyone that we are continuing to push hard to get this project completed as soon as possible.
We look forward to the completion of this project and hope that the community will enjoy our new track and field facility for years to come.
Here are some pics as the project moves toward completion:
This Saturday, October 1st, rain or shine, Upham Elementary School will host its annual Sports Carnival from 10am – 2pm. New this year from 9 – 10am on Dukes Field is the Upham Challenge, a kids’ fitness and obstacle course (no pre-registration required). The Sports Carnival will see the return of the used sporting goods swap/sale, as well as a brand new basket raffle, many games including the ever-popular Cupcake Walk, and a brand new prize table, delicious lunch and snack food, the grand prize raffle (featuring Patriots tickets, a week of Linx camp, and gift cards from local merchants), a bouncy obstacle course, and much more!
The Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual HopeWalks event will be held on Sunday, October 2. HopeWalks is a 3.3 mile neighborhood walk to benefit cancer patients and their families by supporting the Integrative Support Services offered at the Vernon Cancer Center.
The HopeWalks route will begin and end at the hospital and all ages are welcome. Check-in will begin at 9AM, with opening ceremonies starting at 9:30 AM. The walk will then set off at 10AM. Each walker is asked to raise a minimum of $100.
Veteran newscaster Ed Harding of Wellesley will emcee the festivities.
The HopeWalks online registration fee is $30 per walker. For those who register by paper or on the day of the event, the registration fee is $40. Children 10 and under are free. Corporate sponsorships at all levels are still available. Contact Maryann Zschau at (617) 243-5915 or [email protected].
The non-profit Natick Visiting Nurse Association home health care agency will hold its 10th annual Fresh Taste benefit on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6-9pm at Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley.
Fresh Taste will raise funds to support the Natick VNA in its endeavor to provide home healthcare to individuals throughout MetroWest, regardless of their ability to pay. Funds will be raised through a live and silent auction, ticket sales and sponsorships.
Participating restaurants include:
• 3 Squares and Sweet Basil, Needham
• Avenue, Medfield
• Bocado, Wellesley and Worcester
• Boston Gourmet Chefs, Framingham
• Brio Tuscan Grille, Chestnut Hill
• British Beer Co., Framingham
• Captain Marden’s Seafood, Juniper and The Cottage, Wellesley
• Central Wharf, Boston
• Coach Grill, Wayland
• Heritage of Sherborn
• Jack’s Abby, Framingham
• Mac’s Seafood, Wellfleet
• Minerva Indian Cuisine, Natick and Norwood
• Oma’s Austrian Cakes and Cookies, Framingham
• Peet’s Coffee & Tea
• The Chubby Chickpea, Canton
• The Fireplace, Brookline
• Tomasso, Southborough
• Water Fresh Farm, Hopkinton
• Zaftig’s, Natick and Brookline
Tickets to the event are $75, and all proceeds will benefit Natick VNA. Event sponsorships are still available. Ticket, sponsorship and event information can be found on the Fresh Taste website: www.FreshTasteNVNA.org.
Natick VNA provides services to individuals in the following communities: Ashland, Auburndale, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, and Weston.
Natick VNA is located at 209 West Central Street, Suite 313, Natick, Mass., 01760. For
additional information, call 508-653-3081 or visit www.natickvna.org.
Massachusetts Bay Community College and the MassBay Foundation will host the 4th annual MassBay 5K Race/Walk benefiting the Krystle Campbell Scholarship on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:00am at MassBay, 50 Oakland St. in Wellesley. There will also be a fun run for children 8-years old and under that will be held before the 5K at 9:30am. President Dr. David Podell will be on hand to welcome the runners and walkers at this family friendly event. Medals will be presented to the top runners, and prizes will be raffled off to the participants.
Interested runners and walkers will pay a $25 registration fee. Children running in the Fun Run and MassBay students will pay a $10 registration fee, with all proceeds going to The Krystle Campbell Scholarship. Runners and walkers can register here.
The Krystle Campbell Scholarship was established at MassBay in memory of Krystle Campbell, a Medford resident who lost her life in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013. She graduated from Massachusetts Bay Community College in 2005, with an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
The Elizabeth Seton Residence Annual Celebration of Caring Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 1st, beginning at 5pm.
This year the event will be held at Mount Saint Vincent at 125 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills. Cocktails and appetizers will be served in the garden courtyard, followed by a dinner in the Mount Saint Vincent dining room. Guests will be entertained by the Winiker Jazz Trio.
All proceeds from the evening will support the Elizabeth Seton Residence as they continue their commitment to delivering quality care in a home-like environment.
For more information and tickets, please visit our website at elizabethseton.org or call Lori Ferrante, Administrator at 781 997 1130. $85 per person, $800 per table of 10.