Wellesley Business Buzz: mind your parking strategy; upcoming shopping events; is it too early to say S-a-n-t-a?

Wellesley TransportationThis week’s Wellesley Business Buzz is sponsored by Wellesley Transportation. Owned and operated by Thomas Shinnick since 1995, Wellesley Transportation, formerly known as College Taxi, has been proudly serving Wellesley and the surrounding communities for over 100 years.  Originally established in 1912, Wellesley Transportation provides on-time airport, local and long-distance transportation in luxury vehicles.  For reservations, call or text 781-235-2200.

Here’s our round-up of the latest Wellesley, Mass., business news:

Because we’re natural copy editors (and because you know how we are)…

Wellesley Square parking
Warning sign in the Weston Road parking lot, behind The Gap and other stores.

We’ve been careful parkers in the lot behind The Gap and other stores ever since we got towed that time for “creative parking.” (Those paint lines are just suggestions, right? Wrong.) The more typical parking sinner, however, is the rogue shopper who takes up space in the Weston Road lot then runs nilly willy around the Square, shopping in stores that are not one of the sacred nine listed on the dozen bright-yellow warning signs. Because we are copy editors by trade, we can’t help but tweak management a little bit. Um, Florijn Home closed in September. And we do miss Dunkin’, which recently shuttered after a 6-year run in Wellesley Square. Looks like it will be expensive to update the info on those signs, which were accurate when they went up over the summer. Ah well, such is the price of doing business. Should you end up on the wrong side of the parking law, don’t think you’ll be able to get off on a technicality. A couple of the stores listed may be gone, but the warning remains firmly in place.

We shall obey.

Wellesley Marketplace coming up

Wellesley Marketplace

Holiday Stroll a Wellesley Square tradition

Wellesley square


Not too early to save the date for Santa

The Cottage, WellesleyThe Cottage will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14th, at 8am and 9:45am. Join the Linden Square restaurant for a fun and festive morning where guests will be treated to a breakfast buffet and a visit from Santa Claus. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for kids. 100% of the proceeds from children’s meals will be donated to The B Fund to benefit local organizations that support families who care for critically ill children.

Job listing: Must be ‘fearless’ to work at Wellesley library

Employers are getting carried away in their job descriptions these days, seeking “rock stars” at every conceivable position (despite the track records of actual rock stars that would make HR professionals lose it). This Atlantic article does a good job of exposing  job description writers gone wild.

Anyway, we’ve just read that “Wellesley Free Library seeks a fun, fearless and flexible team player for a part-time (16 hours/week) professional Librarian position.  Reporting to the Information Services Supervisor, the primary responsibility is to assist the public in making maximum use of library resources.  This position requires excellent customer service skills, outreach and technology instruction experience, expert searching skills, and familiarity with collection and reference tools.  The Librarian responds to requests for specific information; shows patrons how to search for and locate information; provides technology instruction, Reader’s Advisory service and selects materials for the collection.  Incumbents in the Information Services Department provide support and instruction to patrons in and outside of the Library on a wide range of computer applications, library services and electronic resources.

Must possess a Masters in Library Science degree.  Other requirements: one to three years of reference experience; excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills; in-depth knowledge of collection development; excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, e-mail, Internet searches and software specific to libraries; and basic ability to troubleshoot computer hardware and software.  The hourly rate of pay is $27.24 and the position is not benefit eligible.  To apply, send resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Dept., Town Hall, 525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482 or e-mail as a Word document to hr@wellesleyma.gov by December 3, 2019.  AA/EOE

Job listing: Deputy Director of Veterans’ Services

The West Suburban Veterans’ Services District (WSVSD) is looking to hire a Deputy Director of Veterans’ Services. Under the general supervision of the Director of Veterans’ Services, this part-time (25 hours/week)** position is responsible for providing benefits and services to veterans and their families who meet eligibility requirements.

As a Veterans’ Agent, under MGL Ch. 115, the incumbent is responsible for taking applications for veterans’ benefits for qualified needy veterans and their dependents, in accordance with State Regulations (CMR #108);  processing veterans’ benefits applications through state and federal organizations; preparing reports to account for funds; and filing reports to state agencies to acquire reimbursements.  The incumbent participates in the activities and programs of the WSVSD and supports the Director as required to maintain the WSVSD’s continued efforts to maintain a high standard of service to veterans and their families and to be available for other duties needed.

Requirements:  Must be an Honorably Discharged Veteran.  Thorough knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing veterans’ programs and services.  Ability to use Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and Outlook.  Ability to deal effectively with the public; maintain accurate records; and possess excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.  Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.  Ability to counsel veterans and their families effectively.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel independently to assignments.

Anticipated hiring range is $26.73 – $32.67/hour, DOQ, with excellent benefits (health insurance, vacation, sick time, retirement plan).

**  During the Director’s one year deployment, anticipated to begin August 2020, the position will be full-time.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and a copy of you DD214 to the Human Resources Department, Town Hall, 525 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA  02482 or e-mail as a Word document to hr@wellesleyma.gov by November 12th, 2019.  EEO/AA