Thanks to Bobby Morgenstern for sharing this rainbow extending over Roche Bros., in Linden Square. The natural event reportedly sparked a run on rainbow sherbet & Lucky Charms cereal.
The Wellesley Youth Commission is excited to announce the 2019 lineup of summer programs. Get an insider view of the Town of Wellesley by experiencing one of the town’s amazing programs.
The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant (MLP) Board on January 28 accepted the resignation of long-time Director Dick Joyce, effective July 31, 2019. Joyce started in Wellesley in March 1995 at a time when the separation of the MLP from the Department of Public Works was extremely controversial. Joyce was brought in at that transition time to manage the MLP on a daily basis and to address the frequent power outage and system reliability issues of that time.
The MLP Board will use executive search firm Mycoff, Fry & Prouse to find a replacement Director, along with a search committee consisting of MLP’s Assistant Director Debra Healy; two members from the Light Board, Dave Donohue and Jack Stewart; former Light Board member Tom Peisch; former Selectmen Gig Babson; and current Selectmen and Sustainable Energy Committee member Tom Ulfelder. The committee is also looking into adding another resident with an interest in sustainability.
Dick’s always kept a low profile in his 24 years on the job, so much so that we don’t even have a file photo to include for this post. “My preference has always been and remains not to draw attention to myself…” Dick said in an email.
We wish Dick well as he spends the several months wrapping things up here and as he heads into the next chapter of his life.
Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility Superintendent Jeff Azano-Brown about what is new at the RDF including its new Food Waste Drop-Off Pilot Program. Learn about the RDF’s business initiatives and how China’s refusal to accept plastic recyclables has affected Wellesley’s recycling program. All are welcome; please feel free to bring a guest. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wellesley and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills.
WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2019; 7pm – 8:30pm
PUBLIC MEETING: Natural Resources Commission
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2019
WHERE: Kingsbury Room, Wellesley Police Department
One item on the Natural Resources Commission meeting agenda is a hearing to discuss the restoration of the Lee/Hunnewell softball fields.
Around this time last year those fields, which sandwich the tennis courts at Hunnewell Field, got closer to an upgrade when the Community Preservation Committee unanimously approved $100k in funds for new designs.
The abysmal condition of the fields currently stand in stark contrast to the beautiful nearby Reidy Field, played on by Wellesley Little Leaguers. Supporters of the project want the softball fields to be regulation size, to get new backstops and dugouts with storage, and to be ADA accessible. Nice new bleachers and scoreboards are also planned, as is a softball/baseball cage for pitching and batting.
Construction could get going as soon as spring/summer 2019.
There’s going to be a lot of sports-related construction/maintenance around town once the weather cooperates. In addition to the Hunnewell Fields, the two synthetic Sprague fields will undergo a $1 million maintenance project this summer. Then there’s the Wellesley Sports Center on the westbound side of Route 9, under construction now and expected to open in spring 2019.
Money can’t grow on cut trees in Wellesley
The NRC will also discuss the several public shade trees that earlier this month they say were pruned illegally by a private tree company hired by a Wellesley Square landlord. The NRC said the trees in the 75 Central Street area suffered “multiple poorly executed cuts that will reduce their chance of survival” (read: hack job).
The violation is one of the agenda items on the NRC’s January 24th meeting.