The Fall edition of WellesleyWeston Magazine is out, and among the stories included are those on the 50th anniversary of the METCO program in Wellesley, plus stories on running Wonder Woman Carol Chaoui, famous people buried in Weston and Wellesley cemeteries, and excerpts from the stories of our favorite local spooky writer, Liz Sower.
It might be time to launch the Bring up Big Nate campaign, in hopes of getting the Red Sox to call up Wellesley High & Little League alum Nate Freiman when major league baseball rosters expand on Sept. 1.
The 29-year-old Freiman has been playing for Red Sox AA affiliate Portland this season, and just hit a walk-off homer to win a game for the Sea Dogs last week (see video below). The 6-8 right-handed hitter has 10 homers this season.
Freiman made it to the major leagues in 2013, playing in more than 100 games for the Oakland A’s in 2013-2014.
The following is an update on the Track & Field project from the Wellesley Department of Public Works. All photo credits to the DPW. Of note: the original Track & Field grand opening date of September 24 has been pushed a few weeks to mid-October.
The contractor continues the field work on the track and field. In addition, sidewalk work along Smith St. has begun with the installation of granite curbing.
Take a spin through the new Fall Wellesley Recreation brochure and maybe you’ll get inspired to try something new. Special events, including a Senior Prom for senior citizens, will be held, and there’s also a promise of more info on new adaptive programs such as sled hockey and wheelchair basketball Among the programs offered for kids: A Halloween parade, pizza & pottery, sewing and chess. For adults, programs include core & fitness, Spanish for the Road, and estate planning. Registration opens for Wellesley residents today, Aug. 16.
Fairfield, Conn.’s Little Leaguers put an end to Wellesley South‘s exciting run to the New England Regionals on Friday afternoon, shutting out the locals 11-0. Wellesley, playing without injured catcher Drew Renzella, went down early on a 3-run homer by Fairfield’s Richard Kerstetter, who also pitched, and held Wellesley scoreless over 4 innings while striking out 9. Wellesley rallied in the last inning, but left the bases loaded.
Wellesley advanced through sectional, divisional and state tourneys to make it to the regionals. From here, Fairfield plays Warwick, R.I., for a chance to take part in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn.
Congrats to the Wellesley boys, their coaches and families on getting as far as they did.
The threat of thunderstorms has prompted organizers of Wellesley’s 7th annual 24 Hours of Barefoot Soccer event to postpone it from Aug. 13-14 to Aug. 20-21 from noon to noon at Hunnewell Field on Washington Street near the tennis courts.
It’s $25 to sign up — food, t-shirts, and music will be provided. All proceeds go to grassroot soccer, a charity that educates African citizens on AIDS and ways to prevent it. If you have any questions, email [email protected]
The Wellesley South Little League team, with one win in its pocket and a 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the final inning of game 2 of the New England regionals, allowed Rhode Island to come all the way back and win on a walk-off grand slam.
While the homer slowed state champion Wellesley‘s march to the Little League World Series, the local boys still are very much alive. They play next on Friday at 1pm for a chance to proceed to the New England regional finals in Bristol, Ct., and get another shot at Rhode Island.
Terriers Sports this September and October will be running a co-ed flag football program for 3rd-5th and 6th-8th graders at Hunnewell Field in Wellesley. Games will be played from 7pm-8:15pm.
Terriers is partnering with NFL Flag Football on the program, which builds off of a program offered through Wellesley Recreation last year.
The newly crowned state champion Wellesley South baseball team takes its show on the road next week to Bristol, Ct., for the New England Regionals, in hopes of making it to the Little League World Series later this month. Head down to Reidy Field on Washington Street on Saturday AM to take part in a rally to wish the boys good luck.
We’re hearing rumblings that the Wellesley High Track and Field project‘s completion will be delayed. The $3 million effort, which was undertaken in order to widen the field so that it could be used by more athletes and help alleviate the squeeze on other fields in town, and to rebuild a track that had seen better days, looks like it will not be ready for its original grand opening date of September 24.
According to one of our sources, for multiple reasons — from electrical service relocation related to scoreboards, public address systems, and outlets to organic materials that had to be removed so as to avoid future field settlement — the opening date must be pushed into early-to-mid-October. In addition, according to a source, the artificial turf was ordered only last week. The turf, which is like a custom carpet, will not be completed by the factory in time for the original opening date.
Athletic Director John Brown got back to us right away and confirmed that “… it looks like there will be a delay. We don’t have anymore information at this time” and that “We are being told that we will know more in two weeks.”
We’ve been watching the project’s progress with great interest all summer, posting the pictures and milestones that the Department of Public Works Engineering Division has put out as the field has come together. Anyone in town who has so much as renovated a bathroom knows that when it comes to construction, a delay of a few weeks is not unusual. When dealing with all the moving parts that come with a $3 million dollar project, problems will indeed crop up.
What’s unfortunate is that the football team has only two home games scheduled, the first on September 24 and the second on October 1, plus one play-off game with a date to be announced. We wonder where these games will be played, as well as scheduled field hockey games and boys and girls soccer games.
There are many in town who want concrete answers, which will likely not be forthcoming for at least a couple of weeks. In particular, community members who headed up, supported, and donated to the Wellesley Field Fund, which raised over $1 million dollars through private donations to rebuild the track and field, are calling for transparency and answers. That cool million, handed over with great ceremony by Field Fund organizer Lisa Wesley to the selectmen, was combined with monies from Community Preservation and taxes (an agenda item for 2016 Town Meeting) in what was described as a public-private partnership in order to cover the $3 million project. Field fund organizers held numerous fundraisers from beer-food tastings to flag football to Wellesley Country Club affairs, to good old-fashioned buy-and-inscribe-a-brick to spur the private donations.
Town Engineer David Hickey in an email acknowledged that the completion date has been set back saying, “At this time, we are targeting mid October. The delay is not related to any one firm or component of the work, but a combination of things, which unfortunately can happen with projects of this size and nature. The field committee, the DPW, our engineer and contractor are all working hard together to keep things moving forward and will explore all opportunities to reduce the timeline, yet still assure the quality of the finish product. We will continue to provide project updates on the web page, and should be able to be more specific on the completion date within the next few weeks.”