Wellesley’s first-world problems

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picture from WMS newsletter

I’ve seen the motley collection of hoodies and mate-less gloves that comprise the open-to-the-public lost and found items shunted away in a corner of the Wellesley Middle School cafeteria. Never did I dream, however, that there could be unclaimed items even more essential (and expensive) to a student’s academic and social well-being. It appears there are certain WMS students whose families can’t reach them and who can’t see the vocab words on the smart board.

These items remain in safekeeping in the front office, waiting to be reunited with those who possess the proper password or vision needs.

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Save the date: Easter egg hunt at Wellesley Hills Church on March 28

Enjoy a light breakfast, Easter egg hunt, petting zoo and other activities, including a visit by the Easter Bunny on March 28 from 9-11am at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church.

RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday March 24, with # of adults and kids

Suggested donation: $5 per person or $20 per family

easter egg hunt hills church

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MIT, Wellesley College groups adding spice to Acastock a cappella concert at Wellesley High

AcastockThe Acastock a cappella concert taking place this Thursday, March 5, at Wellesley High school will feature a mix of WHS groups as well as guest singers from area colleges, high schools and the community.  Organizers suggest getting to the 7pm event early, as last fall’s Acatober concert was a sell-out.

All four Wellesley High a cappella groups — A Cappella Anonymous. Inchordination, Ladies First, and Renegade A Cappella –will perform. The a cappella scene has heated up at WHS in recent years: WHS Director of Choral Activities Kevin McDonald says only one group existed at the school when he arrived 11 years ago.

MIT logarhythmsAlso performing at Acastock will be MIT’s Logarhythms, The Wellesley Widows of Wellesley College, the Nipmuc Regional High School a cappella group and The Works, which features Wellesley residents Elizabeth Cohen, Patrick Rafter and Betsy Rosen.

McDonald says the student-run WHS groups have lost formal rehearsal time due to snow storms, but have made up for it on the fly.

Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per student and senior citizens, and free for children under 12, and are available at the door the night of the show. Money collected from this event goes directly to the choral department to fund choral events as well as guest artists, speakers, and clinicians.  Remaining funds subsidize transportation costs and festival registrations for our ensembles in the spring.

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Neighborly new Facebook group asks “What’s Up, Wellesley?”

Who do you ask when you need advice on a restaurant, plumber, electrician, or even a babysitter? So many towns in the area have a Facebook group page for which they can put a question out there, and get lots of great local advice.

Local mom and part-time speech-language pathologist Lianna Ramage has created a group called “What’s Up, Wellesley?” with the goal of fostering a greater sense of community in town, and allowing those who live and/or work in town to find out more about what’s going on locally. She hopes it will be a great place to post events, advice, concerns, and anything else that might come up. So click on the link above if you’d like to request access to the group.

There are at least a couple of other active Wellesley Facebook groups, one called Remember When? Growing up in Wellesley and the Centennial Park Dog Owners.  These are both closed groups that you can ask to join.

There are also online Wellesley groups formed via the Nextdoor “private social network.”


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Good prep for taking a coach flight

Sprague School swings nowNot a lot of leg room for now at the swings at Sprague Elementary School’s playground.

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Wellesley library to show documentary, “Race: The Power of an Illusion”

imgresThe groundbreaking PBS documentary series Race: The Power of an Illusion will show in three episodes, one per week, at the Wellesley Free Library starting March 4. The documentary aims to demonstrate how race is both a biological myth and a social invention. Join our moderators,  for a light dinner and then view and discuss the history of race and the ‘science’ that justified it. Free and open to the public, it is not necessary to attend all three sessions, but registration is recommended for each. Sponsored by the World of Wellesley and the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries.

Episode 1: The Difference Between Us, March 4, 6:30pm – 9pm, takes a look at the concept of race through the lens of biology and DNA
Episode 2, March 11, 6:30 – 9pm, The Story We Tell, shows the evolution of the idea of race through a historical lens.
Episode 3, The House We Live In, March 18, 6:30 – 9pm, shows how institutions and systems have created racial inequality.
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