Clock ticking on scholarship opportunity for business-minded students

A Wellesley resident and nominator for the National Federation of Independent Business’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship program has given us a heads up that the deadline for high school seniors to apply for the 2015 scholarship is Dec. 18.

The scholarships are for students who have started and operate their own business. It is aimed at students who plan to attend an accredited college or vocational school and who intend to pursue a career in business or entrepreneurship.

In Massachusetts, generally two to three of these scholarships are awarded each year. The base award is $1,000, with a top national award of $15,000. In 2014, a total of $145,000 was awarded to graduating seniors.

For more information, contact Chris Carlozzi NFIB MA at [email protected] or 617-482-1327

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Here’s that Oscar-worthy lottery ad filmed in Wellesley Square

For those of you who were inconvenienced or just plain puzzled by the Connecticut Lottery film crew that was doing its thing in Wellesley Square one night/morning in September, temporarily turning the center of town into a holiday wonderland, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. Yes, the glorious 30-second ad spot created back then is now airing.

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll scratch!

While you might not find the commercial on your TV, rest assured you can view it on YouTube (and below), where it has racked up a whopping 368 views since being posted on Dec. 2. (Sorry, the lottery has blocked you from commenting on the ad on YouTube, so you won’t be able to gush over it there.)

The ad features a spellbinding soundtrack, including the most unique and clever song idea ever: Forcing an inspirational message about buying scratch tickets for gifts against the the music from a traditional Christmas song!

The spot also boasts a sparkling holiday parade down Central Street that should give Wellesley Wonderful Weekend Veterans’ parade organizers some inspiration for their event next spring.

And as one reader noted, the real message of the ad might be: If you want to afford a house in Wellesley, you better win the lottery.

(Thanks to reader GM for pointing out the ad’s arrival.)

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Wellesley Middle School, Wellesley Police Department are Toys for Tots drop-offs

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 9.54.53 PMThe Community Service Club at Wellesley Middle School is holding a toy drive for Toys for Tots through next Friday, Dec. 19th. New, unwrapped toys are sought for children ages 0-2 or 9-12.  Students and parents can drop off donations to the box outside the WMS main office.

The Wellesley Police Department is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corps. Toys for Tots Foundation, which is experiencing a donation shortfall to date. There are receptacles in the lobby for the donations. The Wellesley Police Department had previously been collecting toys for its own program for underprivileged  children in town and has met its goal for that.

Another donation opportunity: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Town and Country Real Estate is participating as a collection partner in the 20th Annual Coats for Kids Anton’s Cleaners coat drive and are opening their doors at 239 Washington St., for anyone who wants to donate their coats.

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North 40 weekend: demonstrators make points, Wellesley College issues asphalt clean-up alert

North 40 protest at fire station

Organizers of Saturday’s Save the North 40 demonstration in front of the Central Street fire station estimate 150 people stopped by during the 2-hour event to learn more about their cause: urging Wellesley College to sell its North 40 property to a conservancy that will preserve it for public use and wildlife.

A key message made by the demonstrators was that land trusts, including the local non-profit Wellesley Conservation Council, don’t bid competitively to acquire land under the kind of process used by the College.

The College has narrowed down a list of bidders to 5, all of which plan some sort of housing or municipal uses for the land, and says that a portion of the land would be protected.

Friends of the North 40’s Michael Tobin says organizers invited  many groups from the community that have environmental and sustainable goals in their charter.  Members of groups including the Wellesley High School Green Team, Friends of Brookside, Wellesley Conservation Council, Brookside Gardens, Weston Road Community Gardens, Sustainable Wellesley, Friends of Fuller Brook and Friends of Morses Pond.

Also, Marianne Cooley and Ben Hammond from the college Real Estate Revenue Task Force attended.

After a speech by Tobin, he presented Cooley, clerk of Wellesley’s Board of Trustees, with a notebook including 1,635 petitioners names and their comments. Tobin ended his speech like this: “Today’s date is 12-13-14.  Let’s make 15 the year we Saved the North 40!”

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Wellesley College’s Hammond announced to North 40 neighbors that:

“Recent work on site brought to our attention the discovery of asphalt in the southern portion of the North 40 land parcel. We have since tested the substance and while the results confirm that it is not hazardous, it does need to be removed. The College will be removing the substance from an isolated area within the coming weeks. During this time you may notice some activity on the North 40 as our team removes the debris.

Testing has revealed that the asphalt appears to have been on the site for 50 to 100 years. It is likely that the substance was disposed of by an unknown third party as it is not consistent with any material used for College purposes.

The removal process is set to begin on December 15 and will continue through year end; part of this process will include trucks and heavy machinery accessing the southern portion of the land by way of the aqueduct. For safety reasons, the Crosstown Trail will be closed during the period that equipment will go back and forth over the aqueduct. Further, the old landfill trail will not be accessible while trucks are on the site. We encourage neighbors to enjoy their walks in other parts of town over this time.  We are working with the town to be sure this process is handled quickly and with minimal inconvenience to you, our neighbors.

Thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected].

Best,

Ben Hammond

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Wellesley College

RELATED: As Wellesley College moves to sell land, critics emerge (Boston Globe)

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Wellesley Historical Society 2015 calendar available now

Wellesley Historical Society calendarThe Wellesley Historical Society‘s 2015 calendar is available now in stores around town including Wellesley Books, Roche Bros (service desk), Andrews Pharmacy, Green’s Hardware, Walgreen’s, Anderson’s Jewelers, E. A. Davis, Lux, Bond and Green, the Windsor Press, and the Society’s Tollhouse Shop in the Dadmun-McNamara House, which is open Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Historical Society members will also be selling the calendars this Saturday and next at the Wellesley Recycling & Disposal Facility.

The calendars cost $10 and 10% of net proceeds go to the Society’s scholarship fund for Wellesley high school students. The Society has awarded three $1,000 scholarships per year for the past five years.

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Wellesley Jr. Raiders football team’s epic run ends in Florida

The Wellesley Jr., Raiders‘ bid to win a second straight national title (last year as fifth graders, this year as six graders) came to a halt Friday in Florida at the hands of a big, strong and talented team from Marlboro, Md. The banged-up Wellesley team kept it close at the half, but fell 33-6.

The boys advanced to the championship game with a solid win vs. a New York team on Wednesday, after winning the regionals handily. Overall, this group of kids had won more than 50 straight games over several seasons before falling short on the scoreboard Friday.

The team will be welcomed back to town at Wellesley High School around 5pm on Saturday.

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Author Anita Diamant visiting Wellesley in January

Anita Diamant by Gretje Ferguson

Anita Diamant
by Gretje Ferguson

Best-selling author Anita Diamant, she of the Red Tent novel that was recently converted into a TV mini-series, is visiting Wellesley on Jan. 8 to promote her new book, The Boston Girl. With a book title like that, get ready for lots of local hype.

Diamant’s reading and book signing appearance will be a ticketed event at Wellesley Books that will cost $5. You can use the $5 toward buying the book, which you’ll need to do if you want to get it signed there. The event starts at 7pm.

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Wellesley Middle School band & orchestra liven up the State House

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