Newton-Wellesley Hospital using old cars to get guys in for health screenings

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Mens Health Fair & Car ShowFrom Newton-Wellesley Hospital:

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. In fact, men are less likely than women to visit the doctor until they’re experiencing the symptoms of a serious ailment.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital is hosting its first annual Men’s Health Fair & Car Show on Sunday, September 21 from 9am to 1pm. Bring your husband, brother, son or other man in your life to this free, community event, held on the hospital campus at 2014 Washington Street, Newton.

Keep your health in mint condition by taking advantage of a variety of FREE health screenings while perusing a display of classic, vintage and hot rod cars. In addition, attendees will enjoy music and refreshments and can even receive a free flu shot.

Free health screenings to include: Dermatology Cholesterol/Glucose; Smoking Cessation; Blood Pressure; Nutrition; Ask the Pharmacist; Hearing & Vision; Urology Concerns; CareFinder; Body Fat Analysis; Mental Health; Fertility Issues.

If you have a vintage automobile that you would like to show at this event, register your car by emailing [email protected] or calling 617-243-6792.

Vintage cars on display at the event include: 1970 Mercury Cyclone, 1964 Shelby Cobra 427, 1967 Mustang Convertible, 1980 Corvette Convertible, 1969 Z-28 Camaro, 1966 Corvette, 1954 Dodge Power Wagon, 1965.

Free health screenings are first come, first served. For more information, visit

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Personalization sweetens new Wellesley home bakery dubbed ‘sugar.’

sugar. bakeryUpon learning that Wellesley’s Kelly Meraw had started a business over the summer baking desserts out of her home, I could only assume that she must be operating out of a fancy Wellesley Kitchen Tour-like space. But no, Meraw says her kitchen and home (affectionately known as “The Treehouse”) are probably among the tiniest in town.

“I think the size of my kitchen is actually part of the success of my food. I believe that food should have short lists of ingredients, prepared with great attention to detail and technique, be fresh and personalized,” says Meraw, who calls her business “sugar.

elizabethsYes, that’s with a small “s” and a period at the end, much to this editor’s chagrin. But Meraw justifies it (“Small ‘s’ because; food should be simple. Period because; when we indulge we should do it with purpose and only on the truly delicious.”)

The mother of two says the idea for her business has been swirling in her mind for years but only spun into reality this summer. It’s largely a one-woman show, though Meraw has plenty of cheerleaders and lots of good food sources, such as Lookout Farm in Natick. She is a self-taught baker who has found inspiration from food bloggers like Bakerella, Smitten Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman.

Averaging five to seven projects a week, Meraw is busy but stresses that her differentiator is baking customized goods. Yes, there is a standard menu of cakes, pies, cookies and more to choose from (with Zucchini Bread starting at $10 and wedding cakes starting at $150), plus a dessert-of-the-month club. But there are also custom jobs,  such as a wedding shower cake for wine aficionados and a five-tiered cake for a five-year-old’s wedding-themed birthday party.

Among Meraw’s favorite things to cook is Pavlova, which she describes as “a gorgeous bed of sweet baked merengue topped with seasonal fruits of your choice and lightly sweetened whipped cream.” The owner of “an unquenchable sweet tooth,” Meraw disciplines herself to enjoy her creations in moderation.

Becoming a baker has been a departure for Meraw, who has a Master’s Degree in Classical Singing from McGill University (she wound up moving from Canada to Wellesley about three years ago when her husband was recruited to New England Conservatory of Music). “When I had my children I knew instantly that traveling for singing engagements wasn’t going to suit the idea of the kind of parent I wanted to be. I had always loved to bake and decorate. I dreamed of having my own bakery. An amazing group of Wellesley ladies encouraged me to take the plunge.”

Meraw does integrate music with her business though, often playing Mozart, Strauss or even a little country music, while on the job.

At the rate sugar. is going, don’t be surprised to see the business bust out of The Treehouse one of these days. “I visualize an awesome Wellesley location with exposed brick, great sunlight, comfy leather seats, and awesome stroller access. I want ‘sugar.’ to be a hot spot for local families; a spot for commuters to grab the perfect morning muffin and coffee,” Meraw says.


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Wellesley Historical Society dinner, golf tourney on tap

WHS_Golden_Ball_TavernThe Wellesley Historical Society will hold its annual dinner on September 28 at Weston’s Golden Ball Tavern, which was built in 1768. There will be tours of the tavern, the event will pay tribute to the Wellesley Police Department, and Chief Terrence Cunningham will be the guest of honor.

This building on Church Street had been home to Hose Company No. 1 in 1899. In 1929 it became the police department headquarters

This building on Church Street had been home to Hose Company No. 1 in 1899. In 1929 it became the police department headquarters

Ten percent of proceeds from fundraising events such as the annual dinner and the Wellesley Calendar go to the Society’s scholarship fund and the scholarship recipients and their families will be honored at the dinner.

 In the early years there were jail cells in the basement of the Town Hall

In the early years there were jail cells in the basement of the Town Hall

Dinner tickets are $50 per person and the event is open to supporters of the Society.

Separately, the Society’s annual golf tournament will be held at Nehoiden Golf Club on October 6 and will include breakfast, lunch, prizes, and 18 holes of golf. The cost is $50 per golfer and is open to all.

For more information, contact Erica Dumont, executive director, at (781) 235-6690 or

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Wellesley Police, Municipal Light Plant want to pull plug on phone scam

From Wellesley PD and WMLP:

The Wellesley Police Department and Wellesley Municipal Light Plant have received a number of telephone calls this afternoon from Wellesley businesses regarding payment requests. Businesses are receiving a call informing them that unless a payment is made immediately, their electricity would be shut-off.

The telephone calls are a scam and are not from the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant.

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Fiske Wild West Round-Up on Saturday, Sept. 20

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2013 Fiske Wild West RoundupFiske Elementary School hosts its annual Wild West Round -Up, a fun fair for the entire family, on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10am-2pm at the school (45 Hastings St. in Wellesley). Join the community for games, arts and crafts, dunk tank, music, food, face-painting, rides and much more.2013 Fiske Wild West Roundup2013 Fiske Wild West Roundup

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Wellesley volunteer opportunities

downloadDrive Some Miles and Get Some Smiles! Volunteer drivers are needed to help Wellesley senior citizens get to various destinations in and around town (non-medical and medical rides).  Drivers provide rides based on their availability – there is no need to commit to a regular schedule. Leave a voice mail at 508-479-9301 or email [email protected] and a coordinator will get back to you. She will send you an application and/or answer your questions. For more volunteer opportunities in Wellesley, check out the Wellesley Volunteers web site.

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Wellesley Mothers Forum Carnival coming up

Wellesley Mothers Forum carnival

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Wellesley College rethinks itself in age of “gender fluidity”

Wellesley College metal sculptureWellesley College President Kim Bottomly is leading a discussion at the school this year regarding exactly what it means to be a women’s college during a time when gender definitions are in flux.

There’s no indication that the college, founded in 1870 as a women’s school, is going to open its doors wide to males. But the school does accept transgender students (such a student’s hoop rolling expertise was celebrated this past Spring) whose needs can differ from those of the majority of the student body.

Bottomly writes in part:

Wellesley remains steadfast in its mission, investing its considerable resources to awaken the potential of individual women and to give them the tools they need to make a meaningful difference. Wellesley is likewise committed to maintaining a community of individuals who embrace the College’s mission of educating women.

That said, there is great diversity today in the ways individuals experience and express their gender identity. Gender fluidity has implications for women’s colleges in general and for Wellesley College in particular.

We recognize that the issues of gender identity and transgender experience are relevant and complex. We must build a better understanding of these issues and determine what current policies and practices might need revision in light of this understanding

A committee, consisting of students, faculty, staff and alums, will investigate the matter and report its findings in the Spring.

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Wellesley North 40 walk and garden tour draw big crowd

Weston Road Community GardensThe latest North 40 trail walk and related community garden tour proved to be a big draw on Saturday morning, with 67 walkers taking the trek and more than 100 people passing through the gardens, where lemonade was for sale and strawberry plants were free for the talking. A similar walk and tour was held in August.

The North 40 property includes about 46 acres along Weston Road and near Morses Pond. The events were designed to better familiarize locals with the property that Wellesley College is looking to sell off in order to fund a big campus expansion (the college has invited neighbors to get an update on Sept. 18 at 7pm at Alumnae Hall).

More than 200 people have taken advantage of several guided North 40 walks organized by the Wellesley Trails Committee since June (the next guided North 40 walk takes place Oct. 18, 9-10am).

The gardeners showing off their plots are thankful that Wellesley College has provided use of the land for community gardening and are hoping to sustain their plots or at least have them relocated in town.

Judith Boland shared information about the garden's donation program to the Wellesley Food Pantry

Judith Boland shared information about the garden’s donation program to the Wellesley Food Pantry

Michael Tobin, one of the Weston Road Community Gardens tour organizers, said: “Many people commented that they drive by often but had never stopped in see the gardens or walk the trails.”

(Thanks to Michael Tobin for sending photos.)

RELATED: Save the North 40

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Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries Fall Book Sale: Sept. 18-21

Wellesley Free Library Book SaleFriends of the Wellesley Free Libraries Fall Book Sale Thursday, September 18 – Sunday, September 21, Wakelin Room, Main Library Members Preview, Thurs., Sept. 18, 5:00 -9:00 pm (Not a member? Join that day!); Public Sale, Fri., Sept. 19, 9:00 am-6:00 pm and Sat., Sept. 20, 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Bag Sale, Sun., Sep. 21, 1:00-5:00 pm ($7 per bag).

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