Acts with Wellesley High ties up for Boston Music Awards

Wellesley High School band director and music teacher Steve Scott, who moonlights with the band Air Traffic Controller, is among those with Wellesley ties up for a Boston Music Award this year. ATC’s “The House” is up for Song of the Year.

Wellesley High grad Cam Meekins is up for Hip-Hop Artist of the Year. Dang, he has way more Likes on his Facebook page than we do. Maybe we’re not explicit

You can cast your Boston Music Awards votes online here.

(Hat tip to Wellesley POPS for making us aware of this.)

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Birds living rent-free in Wellesley Library garage

bird noise maker libraryI’ve always loved the peace and quiet of the Wellesley Free Library. The serene atmosphere. The sense of orderliness, with a Dewey-numbered place for everything, and everything in its Dewey-numbered place. It’s a comforting, predictable place where non-fiction means real, and fiction means pretend, and I think we can all agree that we library patrons like it that way.

But there’s a crack in this facade of perfection. Outside, the grounds are manicured. Inside, the paint is freshly touched up, the carpets absorb the noise of footfalls, and the water fountains are in good working order. There’s nothing to fear at our library, unless you choose to scare yourself by checking out a Stephen King novel or a horror movie.

Or unless, you descend the staircase to the very bowels of the library, a place of no books or comfortable chairs.  A place where wi-fi service is spotty, if it even exists at all. Yes, I am talking about the garage of the main library, since mid-October a place of cacophony and clamour.  Blame it on the birds, and the efforts to remove them. It seems a loosely organized avian flock is squatting in the library garage. Elise MacLennan, Assistant Director of the library, has confirmed that there has been a chronic problem with birds nesting in the Main Library parking garage, and that they flat-out refuse to leave. But the library staff is not taking this intrusion lying down.

In mid-October, the Facilities Maintenance Department helped the library custodial team install two experiments to try and squelch the bird activity.  The first was a plastic owl tied to an i-beam near the garage entry. The second was the installation of a speaker/recorder that broadcasts distress calls from sparrows, starlings, and birds of prey.  The device is adjustable, and time, volume, and randomness of the calls can be changed periodically. A quick internet search revealed that the cost of such devices is in the $250 – $300 range. See/listen to video below of the one in the Wellesley Free Library garage.

I first noticed the noise device around Halloween and thought for a minute that it was some sort of festive spookiness decoration, like maybe I was supposed to feel like I was in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. That device scared the heck out of me, so I got out of that garage right away. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the target audience for garage ejection.

Just as unfortunately, the birds seem to haves simply adjusted to the noise, and continue to fly out of the garage every day to run their errands, and fly back in whenever they feel like a little shelter and a nap. The library staff hasn’t given up, though — bird droppings in the garage pose cleaning and public health problems, and the nesting activity does damage to the library building’s soundproofing and insulation.

So for the time being, it’s Birds, 1 point, Library, 0.  But don’t rule out the Library yet.  This ain’t over.

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Wedding ring found in Wellesley Whole Foods parking lot

aliancasYes, you love Whole Foods Market in Wellesley, but we’re guessing you love your significant other even more. So if you think you might have lost your woman’s wedding band at the store recently (the ring was found in the parking lot on Friday, Nov. 14), head over to the Wellesley Police station so that you can ID and retrieve it.

Whole Foods has also been notified to direct anyone looking for a ring to the police station.


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Wellesley Symphony Orchestra concert Nov. 23 features Overture, Clock, Sonata, & Rhapsody

The next Wellesley Symphony Orchestra concert is on Sunday, Nov. 23, with the pre-concert talk at 2:15pm and the main event starting at 3pm at MassBay Community College on Oakland Street.

The line-up:

Beethoven Overture and
Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens
Kodaly Viennese Musical Clock and
Intermezzo from Harry Jonos Suite
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata

Popper Hungarian Rhapsody
Zlatomir Fung cello

Brahms Academic Festival Overture


Ticket prices for 2014 – 2015 season
Adult – $25  – –  Senior/Student – $20
Free admission for children under 12
Groups of 6 or more $15
MassBay Students, Staff & Faculty Free with ID

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Wellesley to kiss $5 Comella’s pizzas good-bye

comellas sign nov 2014The biggest pizza bargain around, Comella’s $5 16-inch pizzas, will soon cost $6 (we don’t play marketers’ 99 cent games). The loss leader for Comella’s will still cost way less than any other big pizza in town as far as we can tell.

And if you suspect this is purely a Wellesley tax, it isn’t. The same sign shown at the Wellesley store is also at the Natick one.

Comella’s isn’t the only food business or restaurant to being feeling the effects of rising dairy prices either. Cheesecake Factory, Panera Bread and Kraft Foods have all cited the price surge in recent earnings reports.

RELATED: Where to Eat in Wellesley MA


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Music Week at Wellesley High: Jazz & orchestra concerts on tap

Wellesley High School’s jazz bands and choir, plus guest  vocalist Peter Eldridge from the Grammy Award-winning New York Voices group, will perform in concert on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7pm at the school. The concert is free and open to the public.

That performance will be followed on Wednesday night Nov. 19 at 7pm by the Orchestra concert, featuring WHS Symphonia and Honors Chamber Orchestra. This concert, at Wellesley High, is also free and open to the public.

On Tuesday,  the One O’Clock Jazz Band will perform a set that includes “Blues In The Closet” by Oscar Peterson, “Blue Train” by John Coltrane, and “Freddy Freeloader” from the Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” album. The Two O’Clock Jazz Band will perform “Symphony in Riffs” by Benny Carter, “Basically Blue” by Phil Wilson, and “Milestones,” another Miles Davis tune.

The Rice Street Singers will perform “Hit Me With a Hot Note,” “Green Dolphin Street,” “Cloudburst” and “Falling In Love With Love.”

Berklee College of Music and New York Voices' Peter Eldridge

Berklee College of Music and New York Voices’ Peter Eldridge

Guest artist Eldridge, who recently returned to Boston to join the faculty at Berklee College of Music, will perform several numbers with the Rice Street Singers, including “Baby Driver” and “The World Keeps You Waiting,” and will join the Two O’Clock Jazz Band for jazz standard “Skylark.” He will also present an individual set with his professional rhythm section from Berklee. Eldridge will also join Wellesley High’s Chad Weirick with a jazz piano duet.

Honors Chamber Orchestra

Honors Chamber Orchestra

The Honors Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday will perform Josef Suk’s Serenade for Strings, which was written when the composer was 18 years old.



WHS Symphonia will be playing the second movement of the Mendelssohn String Symphony in D Major, an arrangement of the first movement of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and Themes from the Moldau; a collection of pieces from Smetana’s Má vlast. Additionally, Symphonia will perform a modern composition by Shirl Jae Atwell titled Drifen.

For further information, please contact the WPS Performing Arts office during business hours at 781-446-6250, ext. 5720.

You can keep up with music, drama and dance performances presented by the Wellesley Public Schools on Facebook:

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An Evening of Operetta: Wellesley fundraiser to aid homeless

Kim Leeds

Kim Leeds

The Wellesley Village Church, at 2 Central Street, is sponsoring a fund-raising event, “An Evening of Operetta,” starring soprano soloist Kim Leeds and baritone Grant Anderson, on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7 PM. This will be a benefit for Family Promise Metrowest, a non-profit organization  which provides safe, transitional housing and educational/job counseling for homeless families in the western suburbs of Boston. Forty-five faith communities, five of which are based in Wellesley, participate in hosting and assisting these families. A reception will follow the concert. A suggested $25 donation may be made at the door.

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson


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Wellesley’s Fuller Brook Park Preservation update

photo (3)The Fuller Brook Park preservation project has been moving along according to schedule. During the past week, the contractor has continued to install and test helical pile foundations for the proposed raised walkways between Forest and Paine Streets (this section will remain closed until January 2015) and on the path from the High School to Hunnewell Field (this section is expected to reopen sometime this month). Work continues on the bioretention basins (pictured) between Abbott and Caroline Streets, intended to filter stormwater and improve water quality in Caroline and Fuller Brooks. New roadway drainage was also installed on Caroline Street.

Looking ahead to next week, the contractor will plant and seed at the bioretention basins, begin path work between Forest and Paine Streets, and begin in-stream construction work from Caroline to Forest Streets.

If you have any questions, call the DPW Engineering Division at 781-235-7600 ext. 3315, or visit the Fuller Brook Park Preservation Project website at

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