Wellesley outdoor basketball court grand opening event on Oct. 25

New basketball courtThe Wellesley Youth Basketball Association is celebrating the opening of the two new outdoor basketball courts next to the Wellesley High School track/football field by hosting a variety of activities on Oct. 25 from 11am-1pm. This will include 3-on-3 games, free throw and around the world competitions, and more. All ages and abilities welcome.

As a courtesy to the neighbors in the surrounding area, please park only in approved spaces such as the high school parking lot.

Next month, lights will be added to the courts to allow nighttime play.

RELATED: Historic first hoop made at new Wellesley outdoor basketball courts

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New Wellesley Eagle Scout inspired by family’s military history

Wellesley Eagle Scout Max Morelli

Wellesley Eagle Scout Max Morelli

Here’s an early Veterans Day story with a local angle: 15-year-old Wellesley resident Max Morelli is being honored this month as a new Eagle Scout, a recognition earned in part through a service project that involved interviewing 10 military veterans.

The veterans’ stories were captured on video and have been archived as part of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, where they are now available for future generations.

Morelli, whose achievement of Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank, will be celebrated on Oct. 25 at a ceremony at the Italo-American Club in Wellesley. He received his official Eagle Board of Review recognition as an Eagle Scout in May.

For his Eagle project, the Troop 185 member conducted and recorded interviews of veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War II to the most recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interview subjects included veterans George Ecker and Ronald (Chuck) Tiberio, both residents of Wellesley, as well as Bill Mills-Curran, who resides in Westborough but is actively involved with scouting leadership in Wellesley. The remainder of the interviews took place in St. Simons Island, Ga., where Morelli’s Eagle Scout grandfather helped arrange things during school holidays.

In his Eagle Scout application, the Beaver Country Day School 9th grader stated:

My project was inspired by important veterans in my family: my grandfather, Donald Morelli, a 2-star Army general; my great-uncle, George Kane, a World War II POW; and Buck Good, my grandfather and a Navy veteran injured in a blimp crash in 1956. My grandfather Good and my great-uncle Kane were both Eagle Scouts. George Kane attributed his survival of the Bataan Death March and four years as a prisoner of war during World War II to the training he received in Boy Scouts.

 

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Lecture at Wellesley Library: History of Eyewear

Via Wikipedia (public domain)

Via Wikipedia (public domain)

The Wellesley Historical Society‘s first lecture of the 2014-2015 season will be on Thursday, October 23 at 7pm in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library. Dr. David Fleishman, a retired eye surgeon, will discuss the history of eyewear since the invention of the first pair of eyeglasses 700 years ago.

Dr. Fleishman has done extensive research on this topic and is now at work on a PBS Documentary. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (781) 235-6690 or email director@wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org.

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Relief coming to Wellesley Mass Pike, train commuters

wellesley hills commuter rail mbta 2013Wellesley State Rep. Alice Hanlon Peisch ([email protected]) says she and other legislators have been busy addressing concerns of local commuters frustrated with traffic caused by construction work on the Mass Pike and late-running trains on the commuter rail.

Legislators met on Oct. 8 with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, including the incoming Acting Secretary of Transportation, Frank DePaola. He said efforts to expedite work will include adding mid-day  (10am-2pm) construction to the current overnight work and that another E-Z Pass lane will be added at the Allston/Brighton tolls. Additional cars will be requested for the Framingham/Worcester commuter line as well. DePaola also pointed out the existence of Ridewise,  a free app for most smartphones that provides traffic condition info in real time.

During a September meeting between legislators, the MBTA and commuter rail operator Keolis, the following was also discussed: speeding up the “de-stressing” work on tracks to allow trains go faster during hotter weather; better positioning of rapid response crews to address signal problems; hiring additional conductors; cutting back trees to avoid slippery track issues caused by fall leaves;  a new contract with Keolis that imposes stiffer penalties for poor on-time performance.

Peisch adds:

“I remain concerned by the MBTA’s plans to expand service by adding a new commuter line to the South Coast and new stations on the Framingham/Worcester line, e.g. the New Balance and West stations. These new stations will undoubtedly result in schedule changes such as those experienced when Yawkey opened, and the new line will stretch resources needed to maintain service on existing lines. I will continue to press the MBTA to improve current service before expanding.

Please continue to reach out to me regarding any issues you face when riding the Framingham/Worcester line so that I can work to resolve them. Additionally, I encourage all riders to communicate their concerns directly to MBTA General Manager Scott ([email protected]), Secretary of Transportation Davey ([email protected]), Administrator of the MassDOT Highway Division and incoming Secretary of Transportation (November 1) DePaola ([email protected]), and Governor Patrick ([email protected]), as they have direct control of the line.”

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Wellesley High football finds gold at end of this rainbow

Rainbow over Wellesley High football field

Photo by John Maconga

A rainbow proved to be a good sign for the Wellesley High School’s football team and a bad one for Dedham’s. Final score: Wellesley 41, Dedham 7. Two wins in a row for the Raiders.

Thanks to John Maconga for sending this photo from the football stands.

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Wellesley “Pick” of the week: Monkey Boogers

Monkey BoogersHere’s your chance to get in on a play during the formative stage: Wellesley Theatre Project will present a workshop of the musical Monkey Boogers on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7PM, Friday, Oct. 25 at 2PM and 7PM. All workshop performances will take place at the Wellesley Theatre Project Studio, 98 R Central Street, Wellesley.  Tickets are priced $5 for adults, students, and seniors, for Saturday performances, and $25 for Friday’s performance and following reception. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wellesleytheatreproject.org in advance, or at the door.

WTP has been selected by the writers and producer of Monkey Boogers, to be the first group of young performers to workshop the family-friendly musical. MONKEY BOOGERS premiered in NYC for industry professionals in May 2014 and is in the process of creating not only the stage show, but also television, movie, live touring and CD opportunities under the same brand.

unnammedCast members of the MONKEY BOOGERS workshop are between the ages of 9 and 16, and reside in Wellesley and neighboring communities, Framingham, Needham, Natick, and Waban. 

Wellesley Theatre Project is an arts academy and a Wellesley nonprofit devoted to providing students (PreK – 12th Grade) with the opportunity to study and experience theatre and performing arts through year round classes, staged productions, workshops and summer camps. 

 

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Attention water users: Wellesley to flush hydrants

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HYDRANT FLUSHING
Monday, October 20 – Friday, October 24
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works will be flushing water mains throughout the Town beginning Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24. Hydrant flushing is performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The purpose of flushing is to remove sediment buildup in the mains and to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves. The flushing may result in reduced water pressure and temporary discoloration of the water caused by small particles dislodged from water mains.

Any discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry – especially white materials – and may also stain plumbing fixtures. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist.

Prior to washing clothes please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If the water is discolored, let the cold water run for a minute or two to begin clearing. If it does not clear at that time, try again later. Unfortunately, the Town cannot guarantee the safety of doing laundry and there is a possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day since the water system has been disturbed. Please check your water carefully before doing laundry and inspect the laundry before drying.

The Wellesley Water & Sewer Division appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call us at 781-235-7600, ext. 3355.

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Celtics Coach Stevens to field questions at Wellesley Rotary event

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Wellesley Media funds robotic HD TV studio for Wellesley Free Library

Wellesley Free LibraryWellesley Media Corp., the town’s local access provider, on Thursday presented the Wellesley Free Library Foundation with a check for $70K to convert the Wakelin Room into a cutting-edge digital studio (a YouTube video of the presentation will be posted Friday). The funds came from Wellesley Media’s capital budget.

In fact, Wellesley Media Executive Director James Joyce says that robotic HD TV equipment was completed a couple of weeks ago in the main library branch’s primary meeting space. The equipment has already been used to cover a town-wide financial update by Hans Larsen, the town’s executive director.

“This is the first HD robotic video studio in Wellesley,” Joyce says. “We have two other robotic video setups in Town Hall, but neither of them is HD…yet.”

A robotic HD TV system allows one person to direct a multi-camera event, including audio and graphics. It used to take 4 or 5 people to handle all these chores, including switching between cameras. There’s not setup or breakdown either — just turn on a power switch and go.

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Pamela Stirrat, President of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation, receives the giant check from Peter Marx of Wellesley Media Corp.’s Board of Directors

Once Wellesley Media moves off the Comcast INET to town fiber (for moving video around), the outfit will be able to go live from the library, Joyce says. Live coverage is currently limited to Town Hall, the high school and middle school. Wellesley Media, of course, also provides its content through various formats, including on-demand and via social media.

Wellesley Media has a good track record of supporting the library. Last year it donated $50K to purchase Apple products and programming used by patrons.

The Wellesley Free Library Foundation was established by the Library Trustees in 2008 as the main supporting organization of the library.

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Wellesley North 40 guided walk (Oct. 18), Kids’ Trails Day (Oct. 19)

Enjoy the outdoors this weekend in Wellesley with two events organized by the Wellesley Trails Committee.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9-10am, explore the much discussed North 40 property near Morses Pond.  This easy and enjoyable walk will take trails adjacent to the Crosstown Trail along the Cochituate Aqueduct, through woodlands and a pine forest, to a vernal pool and the community gardens. Meet at 9am at the gate to the town beach, located at the end of Turner Road, 0.3 mi. west of Weston Road.

Wellesley Kids' Trails DayOn Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1-3pm, children and others are invited to head into the woods to have fun and explore nature during the annual Kids’ Trails Day. Children will look for treasure boxes using letterboxing (written clues). Refreshments served at the end of the activities. No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at 1 p.m. at Morses Pond parking lot, which will be open for this event. From Weston Rd, follow Turner Rd to the entrance to Morses Pond, follow access road for 0.3 mi, and parking  lot is on your right.

 

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