Morses Pond, which suspended swimming earlier this week due to a high bacteria count in the water, has re-opened on Thursday after getting a good test result. You only have between now and Sunday, Aug. 21 to hit the pond…
UPDATE: 8/17/16 — Pond is open on Wednesday, but not for swimming. No charge to hang at beach. Water test results will be learned Thursday.
The Wellesley Health Department has ordered swimming to be suspended at Morses Pond on Tuesday due to a high bacteria count.
The pond will be re-tested on Wednesday to determine when it can re-open, according to the Wellesley Recreation Department.
The annual MOPO Miler open water swim at Wellesley’s Morses Pond will take place this summer on July 30 at 9:30am.
It costs $20 to take part, and you get a t-shirt and entrance to the pond for the day. There are half mile and 1 mile courses in this non-sanctioned event run by the Wellesley Recreation Department.
Here’s a registration form: Registration deadline is July 8.
Participants must be at least 16 years old, and those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.
Morses Pond beach in Wellesley opens its season on June 8, and will be open 10am-7pm through Aug. 21, when many of the lifeguards and other staff head back to college or other endeavors.
Fortunately, the town was able to extract this hairy monster from the pond before swimmers start to enjoy the water.
Wellesley’s Recreation Department has plenty of fun stuff planned for the summer, including $1 admission for residents on opening weekend (and free watercraft use), the annual MOPO Miler open water swim on July 30 (register by July 8), and the dusk showing of the movie Inside Out on August 4.
So you’re finally leaving us. Most of you have been here since kindergarten and now that you’re graduating and about to set off into the world, make sure you know where you came from. Here are ten things that you simply must do so that when it comes to Wellesley you can truly say, “Been there, done that.”
Slide down Devil’s Slide, just like you did during the 4th grade geology field trip.
Good luck, Class of 2016. We’re proud of you.
This is one Wellesley teardown that will probably have few objectors: 56 Cleveland Rd., the house where convicted wife killer Dirk Greineder and his family once lived, is being torn down today.
The town earlier this month issued a permit to demolish the house. The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 1,867 sq. ft. house sold for a little over $800K in September, after last being purchased in 2002 for $655K, according to Zillow.
The Greineder murder took place on Halloween day of 1999. Dr. Dirk Greineder was convicted of killing his wife, Mabel, at Morses Pond while the two were on a walk with one of their dogs. The allergist blamed an unknown assailant for the crime, saying that he found his wife unconscious after he left her to rest due to a bad back. But bloody gloves and other evidence convinced a jury to convict him of the killing in 2001. The Greineders’ three children supported their father during the ordeal.
While the Greineder children and their friends no doubt have many happy memories of the home, it also was the site of police searches that uncovered Dirk Greineder’s secret online obsessions, which helped to build a case against him. The seedy details of the case have been the subject of TV shows and books.
The new owners of the property will get a fresh start with a brand new home at 56 Cleveland Rd.
(Thanks to Swellesley reader RJ for this tip.)
About 25 Wellesley High school wrestlers, coaches, alumni and friends (including a smattering of football players) dove into 2016 at the second annual Monk Dunk on New Year’s Day at Morses Pond. Another 50 or so people showed up to cheer on the crazed polar plungers and ready towels for them on their exit from the pond.
Coach Lou Grignaffini, who led his team into the drink, assured his young followers that the weather was nicer than last year, when he had to break up the ice off the surface first. Temperatures hovered a bit above freezing when we arrived on the scene.
The coach invited other WHS athletes to join the new tradition, but didn’t find many takers.
From one of those who did partake — and of drinking age, we assume — the refreshing dip was a good hangover antidote.
About that Monk: Some say the wrestling team’s Monk mascot stemmed from a wrestling gorilla who once wore the uniform, others say it depicts a coach and others say the monk morphed from a gorilla through a 1980’s wrestler’s drawing. Some say the answer to the riddle was buried along with the old high school.
A combination of unseasonably warm weather and the Morses Pond gate being closed now that the swimming hole is closed for the summer has led to a crazy parking situation over in the Woodlands neighborhood of Wellesley.
Neighbors are pleading with the town to give people access to the Morses Pond parking lot, citing noise, safety and cleanliness issues with the current situation. They’re also urging police to ticket cars parked illegally, sometimes blocking gate access/emergency access.
Some visitors swim at the pond even though lifeguards are now down for the year (a sign does warn swimmers they do so at their own risk), while others just want access to the trails and beach to walk or run.
Wet weather expected this coming weekend could settle things down temporarily, though a return to temperatures in the 80s next week could heat them right back up. And the larger issue of what to do about all this remains. It sounds as though the Board of Selectmen, Natural Resources Commission, Morses Pond neighbors and others in town might need to put their heads together on this.