You know times are tough at the U.S. Postal Service when it even has to scrimp on the letter “e” in the word “Wellesly” on the front door of the Wellesley Hills Post Office. The Postal Service lost $5.1 billion in the first half of the year and is forever looking for ways to cut costs.
But in Wellesley, we’re proud of every single “e” in our name — we have 3 times as many as Weston and Newton, you know.
Reader CG, who passed along the tip, has complained about the typos and says Wellesley Hills Post Office workers have told her that the office is under jurisdiction of the city of Boston and can’t change it. The Post Office does have Wellesley spelled correctly on the blue sign next to the door, just for inconsistency’s sake.
Last year there was concern in town that the post office at Babson College might be closed as part of Postal Service cost cutting, but it was spared. Maybe the Wellesley Hills post office was trying to lay low by using a different spelling?
The Swellesley Report, which seeks to improve the town one letter at a time, recently inspired a Wellesley business to take down a sign that had a misspelling on it (the owner good-naturedly informed us that the typo was sort of a test — and that we won a prize for spotting it!).
Separately, it’s not too early to get a team ready for the annual Wellesley Spelling Bee.