Precinct H: Wellesley High School, 50 Rice Street, (band room, east end of building)
Election Day – Parking and traffic – Most polling places are at schools. Parking may be limited during the school day. Students will arrive 8-8:30 am, and dismissal is between 2:30 – 3pm. Voters are requested to avoid these times if possible.
Ballots – This is a primary. Voters enrolled in a party must vote the ballot for that party. Voters who are unenrolled (independent) will choose a ballot at the check-in table. Your party status will not change. Please note this election also elects the local political town committee slates. You may vote for the whole slate by choosing “GROUP” at the beginning of the list and filling in that oval. If you wish to vote for individuals, fill in the ovals next to each name.
Names of presidential candidates who have suspended their campaigns do appear on the ballot.
Voting procedure – Most polling places will have two lines for check-in of voters. Voter lists are arranged alphabetically by street name. Voters should check signs at the entrance to the polling place to find the correct line based on your street address. Voters will check in at the table by stating your street name house number then your name. The Inspector will repeat your address and name aloud. If you are listed as “inactive” you will need to show current proof of continued residency in Wellesley. If you registered by mail and have not yet voted in Massachusetts you will need identification. All other voters will be issued ballots without further identification.
After check-in, voter will proceed to ballot marking booths. Voter should use the ballot marking pen to fill in the oval next to the candidate of your choice. After marking the ballot, voter should proceed to checkout table before depositing ballot in tabulation machine. If voter makes an error in marking the ballot, voter may have up to three replacements.
NEW VOTING TABULATORS – Wellesley will use new voting equipment for this election. Ballots will have an OVAL to fill to mark your choices. The tabulators are optical-scan and read the whole ballot on both sides. The voter may insert the ballot in any orientation. This equipment will take about 5 seconds to process each ballot. Voter should remain at the ballot machine until a “BALLOT CAST ” message is shown on the screen. Error messages will direct the voter if the machine detects a marking error. Voter may choose to cast the original ballot or obtain a new one to correct errors. Voters in line should not attempt to insert a ballot until the message screen shows “READY”.
Annual Town Election – March 15 – The Annual Town Election to elect board members, town meeting members and a ballot question on the Selectmen- Town Manager form of Government will take place on March 15. Absentee ballot for the local election will be available by February 26, 2016. Polls will be open 7am – 8pm for that election.
For additional information, contact Kathleen F. Nagle, Town Clerk, 781-431-1019 ext. 2250 or [email protected]
Happy Leap Day, Wellesley
World of Wellesley presents a series of three community viewings of the 60-minute film Race: The Power of an Illusion, each followed by a 60 minute dialogue.
Come to one or all sessions.
Part 1 Is Race Real?
Wednesday, March 2, 7-9pm
The Story We Tell about Race
Wednesday, March 9, 7-9pm
Community dialogue facilitated by Dr. Yves Solomon Fernandez, President of Mass Bay Community College and Adam Blumer, Wellesley Middle School Social Studies Department Head
Does Race Affect Our lives?
Wednesday, March 16, 7-9pm
Wellesley Community Center
219 Washington Street
Accessible to everyone, refreshments served
Please contact [email protected] with questions.
As you surely know, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year (if you didn’t know that, you’re welcome for the heads-up). That seems to call for a Saturday night celebration of a love as rare and true as yours, and tending to your Valentine’s dinner needs is the perfect way to show how much you care. After all, who wants to kill the mood by tackling cooking and clean-up duties on such a momentous day? No need for all that fuss, here’s a list of 9 great restaurants in Wellesley, and 1 beyond Wellesley, to take your Valentine. We’ve compiled and condensed some of our past reviews of these romantic hot spots, to give you and idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
Blue Ginger, 583 Washington St.
Wellesley’s best known and most unique restaurant is Blue Ginger, opened by Ming and Polly Tsai in 1998. Blue Ginger, which features east-meets-west cuisine, is on the upscale side, though the bar area offer a more casual atmosphere. Their specialty cocktails list includes offerings such as the Ichabod Crane, a wintry mix of rye, allspice, and apple cider reduction ($12) or try out a Peak Organic Nut Brown beer ($7). Appetizers include selections such as their charcuterie plate with duck prosciutto, chicken liver mousse, basturma, and country pate ($15) and shiitake-leek spring rolls ($12). Entrees are where the creative team really shines with offerings that include sake-miso marinated sablefish ($41); and pan-seared kurobuta pork porterhouse with apple cider pork jus ($32).
Juniper, 13 Central St.
For starters at this hot spot (opened in 2014 by the owners of Needham’s Sweet Basil) we tried out the eggplant baba ghanoush served with pita bread ($6). Its creamy texture and smoky flavor, along with the homemade pita, made it a winner. Another popular app is the chicken shish taouk with braised greens and harissa yogurt ($12).
Entrees include kavavia (Greek seafood stew) made with mussels, shrimp, calamari, tomato broth, potatoes, and crostini ($28) and the braised faux beef shortribs with porcini broth, pecorino millet polenta, and gingered carrot slaw ($27). Absolutely to die for, and something I’ve had on at least three occasions here, is the charred octopus, never overdone or rubbery, always fork-tender and perfect ($14, appetizer).
Bocado, 45 Church St.
Bocado hit instant popularity since its 2014 opening. On our visit, we tried out the bacon wrapped scallops with white truffle honey ($9.50), which were fantastic. Also a hit was the raw tuna with lemon basil crema ($13), although the sweet potato chips that were served alongside it were limp, not crispy as I expected. The mozzarella stuffed crispy rice balls with basil aioli ($6.40) got a big thumbs up. Just as we thought maybe we were filling up, a generous platter of beef tenderloin with potatoes and roquefort cream came out. That delicious dish was nearly our undoing, and it’s true that we were unable to eat our way through all the potatoes, even though they were salty and crispy-browned. Somehow the tenderloin disappeared.
The menu encourages diners to complete the experience by sharing a pitcher of sangria for $25, but we weren’t all sold on the sangria, so we ordered our drinks individually. The diner who ordered the sangria reported that it had the requisite red wine fruitiness she expected. I ordered a beer on tap and was served a 10-ounce glassful. Seemed skimpy, but beer is not where Bocado is putting their emphasis, as their extensive wine and sherry list makes clear. Our friendly bartender made sure everyone remained content and refilled our glasses with water or other, as needed.
Then dessert came out, a donut-like confection served with chocolate dipping sauce. In a supreme effort of mind over satiety cues, we plowed through it, and it was just light and airy enough to convince us that it hardly counted in the grand scheme of things. Whatever we thought we meant by that.
Alta Strada, 92 Central St.
This is the type of restaurant where you sit down and have a lovely meal, tended to by knowledgeable but unobtrusive wait staff. The clean, open space allows you to see and be seen at either tables or at the bar. Appetizers include roasted autumn squash with spiced pumpkin seeds; white beans with rosemary; broccoli rabe with chiles (appetizers are 3 for $18 or 5 for $30). Also on the menu are salads, individual pizzas with a creative flair; pasta dishes, and main dishes such as grilled chicken breast and arugula salad ($19); local swordfish with gigante beans ($33); and more.
Amarin, 27 Grove St.
I’ve eaten here only once, for lunch, and ordered what turned out to be a memorable bowl of Muslim Noodles, made with spicy Indonesian coconut curry with tofu, hard-boiled egg, and bean sprouts, served with a choice of beef or chicken $9.50). It warmed me to my very core on a cold winter day. The dining room, with its white tablecloths and cozy feel, make it the perfect place to bring a date.
Cafe Mangal, 555 Washington St.
This elegant spot, in Wellesley for 15 years, serves Mediterranean and American cuisine with a heavy Turkish influence. Worth noting: Cafe Mangal is a BYOB establishment, and it is closed Sundays. New on the menu: Turkish style shrimp casserole ($15), baked portobello mushroom with roasted red peppers and chevre ($15), and Mediterranean style quinoa salad with French fetal cheese ($14). If you go for lunch, expect to see a lot of ladies. Dinner in this unique place is more of the Valentine date night experience you’re looking for.
The Local, 11 Forest St.
I sat with a group of six who ordered drinks and a selection of $5 appetizers, or Snack Things as The Local calls them (Fried Pickles, Truffle Parmesan Fries, Crispy Onion Things). Everything on the menu is listed under a Thing category, with items scaling to $20 and up for salmon and skirt steak dishes. We also ordered chicken wings ($10), which came in spicy sauce, plus ginger cheesecake as a finisher (all desserts are $7). A bunch of the appetizers arrived in adorable little tin dishes. Our party enjoyed all of the food, with one member going so far as to call the fried pickles as “great”
The Local offers a wide variety of drinks, with beers served in solid straight-up 16 or 20 ounce glasses running I believe $6 or $7 apiece — so probably not the kind of place that’s going to attract a big hang-out-and-watch-the-game crowd. Fancy drinks include the Blueberry Mai Tai and Ginger Whiskey Smash.
We sat at the far end of the restaurant, which seems to be miles away from the entrance. The layout overall is broken up nicely with the bar and another section semi-surrounded with dividers. The lighting in the restaurant — and this is key for a cozy date — is minimal, giving the place an intimate feel despite its size. The decor is simple and nice, with elegant overhead lighting and big black-and-white framed photos of sports and old-timey Wellesley scenes. Our server was friendly and attentive, even as he trained another young man on the tricks of the trade.
The Cottage, 190 Linden St.
Features food with Southern California flair such as Sesame Ahi Tuna nachos, seared rare and served with crispy wonton chips, Asian vegetables, ginger vinaigrette, and wasabi cream ($14); California Caesar salad with creamy avocado dressing, sourdough croutons, and shaved parmesan cheese ($10). Slow braised lamb bolognese penne rigate ($20); pan roasted bbq organic salmon with creamy green onion rice and fried okra ($24); buttermilk boneless fried chicken with whipped potatoes ($20); and more in a light and bright dining room.
CK’ Shanghai, 15 Washington St.
Chinese food. Full bar service. Appetizers of chicken wings, chicken fingers and peking ravioli (all about $7 per order) were all tasty and hot (temperature-wise). The shrimp fried rice ($8.95) was generously portioned. Service was excellent, and the restaurant itself is bright and clean and lively. Watch out for sitting in booths facing the front door on a winter night though — chilly.
And one beyond Wellesley…
Heritage of Sherborn, 33 North Main St., Sherborn
When ordering drinks just remember, this is a gastro-pub. All that means is don’t go asking for a Bud Lite or some such. Think craft, small batch, quality refreshments. Drinks in hand, our waiter took our order. For an appetizer, we tried the Kale and Chicken Nachos with apple-knocker cheddar, chive sour cream, and amazing smoked salsa ($10). A beautiful presentation arrived of about 3 large, circular nacho chips arranged artfully with judicious amounts of toppings. Crisp and fresh-tasting, these weren’t the type of nachos you plunk down in front of ten-year olds. Which is the point on Valentine’s Day.
Also on the appetizer menu, the chicken wings with barrel-aged hot sauce, gorgonzola cheese, and radishes ($12) were served with a fiery hot sauce. The crisp radishes served with it were a nice switch from the usual side of raw carrots and celery.
On the entree side of things, the fish and chips battered with Stormalong Cider and served with German coleslaw ($18) was a good-sized portion, and the batter was light and crispy, while the fish was firm and mild. The menu also includes semolina crusted skate wing with couscous, almonds, roasted beets, and kumquats ($22); and quinoa mushroom burger with arugula, apple knocker cheddar, crispy onions, tomato jam, and fries ($14)
Other things that looked enticing:
Fried mussels ($13), sausage and chickpea stew ($10), Pizzas ($14), and potato gratin ($7 as a side).
If the pub area is a bit bustling for your tastes, and you want a quieter environment for your meal, there are additional, smaller and more intimate rooms available by reservation.
Lecture by Carol Govan
Massachusetts Horticultural Society is pleased to present a lecture by Carol Govan on The History of Botanical Art surrounded by beautiful facsimiles in the Highgrove Florilegium and historic prints from Mass Hort’s collection on Tuesday, March 1, 2 – 3 p.m. Carol Govan is a professional artist, botanical illustrator and teacher. This lecture will enhance your experience of the exhibit and knowledge of botanical art. Mass Hort members: $15, non-members: $25. Hunnewell Carriage House. For reservations, click here.
12:00pm: Romeo + Juliet (1996)
3:30pm: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Davis with a special showing of two beloved 90’s film adaptations of Shakespeare’s most romantic works: Romeo + Juliet (starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio) and 10 Things I Hate About You (starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
Click here for a full listing of Shakespeare films at the Collins Cinema.
While you’re there, check out the That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated exhibit.