Fancy this: Charli XCX to perform in Wellesley

Charli_XCX_Live_MTV_Artist_To_WatchEnglish singer and songwriter Charli XCX, who has written hits such as Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, will be appearing at Wellesley College on Sunday Oct. 5 at 7pm at Tishman Commons. She has a new album of her own coming out later in October. The show is free for Wellesley College students and costs $10 for off-campus college students.

Charli XCX performs in Boston the night before at Royale.

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Wellesley tries to solve Centennial dog mystery

Centennial ReservationWellesley animal control officer Sue Webb is trying to find out who owns a pair of Bernese Mountain dogs, one of which reportedly got overly exuberent and knocked down a woman at Centennial Reservation on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at around 3pm. As it turns out, the woman broke a leg.

According to Webb, the dogs were walked by a woman and man, one of which repeatedly asked the fallen woman if she was OK and was told yes, perhaps because she was in shock. But the woman did indeed turn out to be injured and found she could not bear weight on her leg after the dog walkers left the scene.

Webb says the incident serves as a reminder that even friendly dogs can cause injuries. She’s working to have a veterinarian give a talk in the near future about dog behavior, especially when dogs are off leash. She says there have been increased occurrences of dogs biting each other in town of late.

A group in Natick, by the way, is pushing for an off-leash dog park in that town.


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Upham Sports Carnival on Saturday

Upham sports carnivalHead over to Upham Elementary School on Saturday from 11am-3pm for the annual Sports Carnival at 35 Wynnewood Rd. The school fundraiser features games (including a dunk tank and cake walk), food and more.

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Wellesley bank robber: From trunk to attic to jail

From the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office:

A 33-year-old Quincy man has pled guilty to robbing the TD Bank on Rte. 9 in Wellesley last December and has been ordered to spend the next 4 to 6 years in jail. 

“Brian Kalil walked into the bank on December 15, 2013 and presented a note demanding money. He walked out with approximately $1,600 in cash and hopped in the trunk of a Ford Focus to flee the scene,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.

Kalil was identified by several people through bank surveillance video. “Police were at his door in Quincy four days later, with a search warrant in hand for the premises,” Morrissey said. “He refused to come out of the attic area where he had secreted himself for roughly 9 hours before being flushed out by a police dog.”

In addition to finding the defendant, officers located a Burberry scarf hanging in Kalil’s closet and a set of leather gloves that appear to be those worn in the robbery, as well as $631.00 in cash.

“Assistant District Attorney Craig Kowalski asked for a state prison term of 4 to 6 years, and that was ordered by Judge Kenneth J. Fishman on September 15, 2014,” Morrissey said. “Wellesley PD put together a nice package of evidence, which likely helped shape Mr. Kalil’s decision to admit his guilt.” [Kalil becomes parole eligible after 4 years, and serves no more than 6.]

Kalil’s girlfriend, Nancy Mathieu of Quincy, has been indicted as the getaway driver. Her case remains pending and she enjoys the constitutional presumption of innocence. 

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Death with Dignity film/discussion in Wellesley on Oct. 2

Last Campaign of Governor Booth GardnerUnitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley (309 Washington St., Wellesley, Mass.) is hosting a showing of the 2009 Oscar-nominated short documentary The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner as well as a discussion of the Death with Dignity debate.

In 1994, a year after serving two terms as one of Washington State’s most popular governors, Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2008, with his health continuing to deteriorate, he returned to the political spotlight as the driving force behind a ballot initiative that would legalize one’s choice to die. The film tracks Gardner and his supporters in their efforts to pass Initiative 1000 (I-1000) in Washington State, also known as the Death with Dignity Act, and follows the debates the campaign provokes along with the toll it takes on Gardner’s health.

The film runs about 40 minutes. Marie Manis of Compassion & Choices will lead a discussion after the film and also talk about the campaign to pass a similar initiative here in Massachusetts. Compassion & Choices is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life.

Free and open to public.

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Wellesley Historical Society’s golf tournament Oct. 6

NehoidenFor anyone who has ever wanted to play golf at Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College, an opportunity has just arrived. On Monday morning, October 6, the Wellesley Historical Society will be holding its 2014 Golf Tournament, which is open to the public for a contribution of $50 per player.  The fee includes  a continental breakfast, greens fees, 18 holes of golf, lunch, and prizes.

Interested golfers should note that there are no golf carts and that playing Nehoiden means an invigorating walk punctuated by a few steep hills.

Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the format will be a scramble with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. To sign up or for more information, contact Erica Dumont at (781) 235-6690 or e-mail her at [email protected].

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Indie film “The Grey Lady” to shoot in Wellesley

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Wellesley, otherwise known as Hollywood East, next week will be the site of a shoot for a new indie romantic thriller called “The Grey Lady”  that’s about a Boston police officer who heads to Nantucket to solve his partner’s murder.

Nantucket is sometimes referred to as the Grey Lady for its appearance during times of fog.

This film is written and directed by Nantucket theatre mover and shaker John Shea, whose face might be familiar to those who watch The Good Wife TV series (he plays one of the lawyers’ dads) and from his portrayal of Lex Luther in an old Superman TV series. The Grey Lady stars Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Natalie Zea (Justified) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams).

Wellesley neighbors have been given a heads up about the Oct. 1 movie shoot, which will take place on Rice Street from 7am-10pm. (Thanks to a reader who passed a copy of the letter along.)

A casting call for the film was held on Nantucket back in February, so not sure if any Wellesley-ites will have a chance to stroll onto the set for their big chance.

Wellesley has been a filming hotspot of late.

A movie called “The Greens are Gone” filmed in Wellesley in July at the entrance to Elm Bank Reservation.

Wellesley has been the location of movie-making in the past, including for The Company Men and Mona Lisa Smile. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past was also filmed in part at Elm Bank.

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Album cover artist’s work to be showcased at MassBay in Wellesley

Howie GreenOn Sunday, September 28th, from noon-3pm MassBay Community College will hold an opening reception of The Album Cover Paintings of Howie Green, which cover six decades of music.

The Boston-based artist’s work has graced the covers of numerous CD releases by recording artists including Biggie Smalls, Catahoula, MoRebo and American Idol finalist Chris Sligh. Green’s album cover paintings are in numerous private and public collections around the world.

The reception will feature saxophonist Jenny Connors playing tunes from the various albums on display.

The Reception is from Noon to 3:00PM at MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland Street in Wellesley. Light Refreshments will be served.

For additional information please contact the Alumni Office at  781 239-3126 or   [email protected]

More here on the exhibit, via YouTube:

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Wellesley Youth Hockey programs open for registration

Wellesley Youth HockeyFrom Wellesley Youth Hockey:

Wellesley Youth Hockey Learn to Play & Mosquito Program is now open for registration. These programs are for beginning and returning hockey players alike, ages 4 1/2 to 8, and serve as the building blocks for our hockey program. The season starts in early November and is ideal for the developing hockey player. For more information please visit our website:

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Authors on Stage in Wellesley: Beranbaum, Enger, Merkin

Authors on Stage

When: Wednesday, November 5 – Coffee at 9:45am; Program at 10:30am
Where: Wellesley College Club
Cost: Program $25; Lunch $16
Questions or requests for reservation form: [email protected] or 781-237-0030

Fill your morning with engaging presentations by three authors about how they came to write their recently published books.



The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. The internationally acclaimed food writer and television show guest has written her most comprehensive “bible” yet, with all-new recipes for the best cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, candies, pastries, breads, and more—for all levels of bakers.



The High Divide by Lin Enger. In this gripping story about a family’s sacrifice and devotion, Gretta Pope wakes one morning in 1886 to discover that her husband has left his family behind on the far edge of Minnesota’s western prairie, with only the briefest of notes. Publisher’s Weekly calls this novel a “masterfully told Western reinvention of Homer’s Odyssey.”



The Fame Lunches: On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontes, and the Importance of Handbags, by Daphne Merkin. Novelist and essayist Merkin has written a witty and intelligent collection of essays that Kirkus Reviews says “go down like candy but nourish like health food.”

The authors will autograph copies of their books, which are available for purchase at discount.

You can have lunch after Authors on Stage at the College Club for $16 (including tax and gratuity). Call the Club directly at 781-283-2700 to make lunch reservations. The College Club is handicapped accessible.

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