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Wellesley Town Meeting candidates needed, but hustle — the filing deadline is Feb. 5


This from Town Clerk Kathy Nagle:

Town Meeting Candidates are still needed to fill available seats in Precincts E, F, G. For residents who vote at Fiske, Dana Hall or the Library those are the precincts that still need one or more candidates to fill the available seats.  Of course, candidates are welcome to run in any precinct.  Candidates must reside in Wellesley, but do not need to be registered voters.

Town Meeting Members will be making key decisions at the March 2016 Annual Town Meeting including decisions about annual operating budgets, capital funding  for the proposed Tolles Parsons Senior Center, and many other important issues.  The vitality of the town depends on an engaged group of citizens to participate in elective office. Please consider running for Town Meeting Member.
The commitment is to be aware of the issues in the town, to represent your precinct, and to attend the sessions of Town Meeting. Annual Town Meeting begins on the last Monday of March and meets on Mondays and Tuesday nights until the work is completed. This can be 4-8 sessions.  Usually there is a Special Town Meeting in the Fall that may be one or more sessions.
Candidates must obtain nomination papers and 10 signatures of registered voters in their neighborhood.  The deadline to obtain papers is February 5, 2016 at 5 pm.
Anyone who needs more information is invited to call Town clerk Kathy Nagle at 781-431-1019 ext 2250.
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Wellesley United Soccer offers free player workshop

Wellesley SoccerWellesley United Soccer presents a
“Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor®”
Find out how to bounce back from setbacks, how to move your game to the next level, and how to ‘Honor the Game’.

Geared toward players in grades 7-11 for all sports

unnamedDate: 3/19/16
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Wellesley Free Library – Wakelin Room

Sign up here:

If you have any questions please contact rlee-stewart@globalpremiersoccer.com

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It’s official: Not all Wellesley College students are voting for alum Hillary Clinton

While Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton is one of Wellesley College’s all-star alums (Class of ’69), it is apparently not a graduation requirement for students to vote for her.

The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders, for one, also has supporters at the school, and that those students are letting their opinions be heard, as you can see in this new video posted in advance of next week’s New Hampshire primary.

(Hat tip to reader JF for sharing this info.)

MORE: Hillary Rodham’s 1969 Wellesley College commencement speech

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A grim Wellesley memorial: Reverend burned at the stake

Babson College founder Roger Babson honored one of his ancestors, the martyr Rev. John Rogers, with this memorial on the college campus across from the Coleman Map Building. Rev. Rogers was burned at the stake on this date, Feb. 4, back in 1555 for what else, religious reasons. A bust in his memory has also been erected in England.roger babson rock bible burned at stake wellesley

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Tanglewood Marionettes to present The Fairy Circus at Wellesley Free Library

tanglewood marionettes in WellesleyTanglewood Marionettes present “The Fairy Circus”

Wednesday, February 17

7:00-8:00 pm, Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers. The presentation includes a lively puppetry demonstration prior to the show, and a Question and Answer session following the performance.  This show is perfect for families with younger children.

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Seeking to reunite student with identity in Wellesley

IMG_9529On my way out of the Wellesley Bakery & Cafe at 542 Washington St., where I had just polished off a very nice heart-shaped shortbread cookie with a lovely jam center, I looked down and saw this student I.D. It will be at campus security by mid-afternoon, Ms. L.B.

That’s the kind of service you get from The Swellesley Report, people.

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Groundhog Ms. G living high on the hog of fame in Wellesley

Ms. G., Massachusetts State Groundhog

Massachusetts State Groundhog Ms. G. saw her shadow this morning, so that means six more weeks of winter. If by winter, she means the highs in the 50s over the past couple of days, we’ll take it.

UPDATE: Ms. G saw her shadow at 10am today. Thanks for the weather update, Ms. G.!

Chances are, Groundhog Day is that mid-winter tradition most likely to creep up on you unawares, leaving you panicked at the last minute, wondering if you’ve gotten all your Groundhog Day shopping done, knowing in your heart that you haven’t. At ease you Type A person, you. It’s not a gift-giving occasion. All that’s needed to be fully involved in the big day is to observe it. And due to the hard work and political savvy of some pretty heavy hitters here in town, you can observe the big day locally at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln at 10am on Feb. 2 and know that a group of Hunnewell School students, working together since they were in kindergarten, has seen to it that Massachusetts has its own official State Groundhog.

Ms. G, Groundhog Day, Wellesley

Hunnewell students, their teacher, Ashley Kustka, and author Mish Michaels.

It took a whole lot of hard work and dedication over two years, but the students, with help from Emmy-award winning broadcast meteorologist and Wellesley mom Mish Michaels, and backed by writer of the bill Representative Alice Peisch, convinced the State House Committee, the State Senate, and former Govenor Deval Patrick that yes, indeed, Massachusetts did need its own lawful groundhog to forecast the local weather on the big day.

Michaels, author of children’s book Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, which tells the story of how it all happened, stopped by Hunnewell school today, along with the book’s illustrator, Kathleen Jameson. Michaels reviewed the long road from idea to bill to law with a group of about 45 students, most of whom were involved in the journey, and gave them the news that Ms. G’s story would be featured in the Scholastic News Weekly Reader, a publication that reaches a million students across the country. Oprah-style, everyone in the room got a Scholastic News copy. It’s been a long road, Michaels told the students, reminding them that “When you have an idea, you have to talk a lot about it and share your idea with other people, because that’s how your ideas become reality.”

Ms. G was, in fact, an idea whose time had come. After all, Puxatawney Phil, Birmingham Bill, Staten Island Chuck, and all the rest of the groundhog men scattered across various states can hardly know about the subtleties of Massachusetts weather. Ms. G,  the country’s first female groundhog weather prognosticator, understands the capricious nature of spring around here. She’s got her Drumlin Farms burrow in Lincoln all set up to inform her about the secrets of the seasons, and she stands ready to share that information on her day. Here at The Swellesley Report, we know exactly where Ms. G is coming from. We, too, are all about providing hyper-local information.

And although Groundhog Day isn’t a gift-giving ocassion (thank heavens), it’s most certainly an educational opportunity. If you’d like to jump onto that end of things, Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, which is hard cover, full color, 62 pages, and retails for $18, is available on AmazonMAStateGroundhog.com and is in limited stock at Wellesley Books. Ten percent of profits go to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm to help care for Ms. G and her farm friends. The rest go to Michaels’ illustrator.

Click here to check out this great youtube video about the adventure.


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A familiar ring: Teddy Darcey to play lacrosse at Penn State

Here’s a nice story: Teddy Darcey (Wellesley High School ’18) has committed to play lacrosse at Penn State University, the school where his late brother Connor played goalie. Connor died last year in a car accident in Boston.

Teddy memorably played goalie in a lacrosse pickup game last June during which the community celebrated Connor’s life.

Congratulations, Teddy Darcey (WHS ’18)! Just committed to play at Penn State University!!! #WeAre

A photo posted by Wellesley Raider Lacrosse (@raider_lax) on

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