The Wellesley Celebrations Committee is seeking assistance from the public. The theme for the 2018 Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend celebration is the 100th anniversary of World War I, and descendants of our WWI Wellesley veterans are invited to participate in the parade. The Celebrations Committee is looking for living descendants of the veterans listed on the Town of Wellesley World War I Memorial located in the Great Hall at Town Hall (see full list of names HERE). If you are a descendant or know a descendant, please contact Joann Jones of the Celebrations Committee at [email protected] or by calling 781-235-5076.
WHEN: Monday, January 15, 2018
WHERE: Hardy Elementary School, Weston Rd
Please join us for pizza lunch, cake and child friendly activities.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
Wellesley’s de Peyster family has already won this season’s contest for best holiday gift: Actor Tom Hanks sent them a vintage typewriter.
To be more precise, an Olympia Red De Luxe model signed by the actor himself.
Nick de Peyster wrote to Hanks four months ago after he, wife Julia and their kids went to see the quirky documentary, California Typewriter, that Hanks produced and appears in.
The film is an ode to an old-fashioned machine that some of this town’s most prominent bloggers have used.
And as the documentary details, typewriters are still in use these days by the likes of those such as singer John Mayer and author/historian David McCullough (whose son has been known to teach Wellesley High kids a thing or two about writing and life).
The film inspired Nick to write to Hanks, pledging that if he got a vintage typewriter of his own that the de Peysters would send someone a typewritten note daily and would pay the gift forward by getting another family a typewriter.
“The kids are over the moon” about the typewriter, writes Julia. Which makes me wonder what de Peyster might have received if he wrote to Hanks after the movie Apollo 13 came out.
An ulterior motive for Nick and Julia to acquire a typewriter is that they’ve been imploring their kids to stay in touch with the adults they meet, rather than relying on Dad and Mom to keep up such connections. The typewriter will provide the younger de Peysters with one more tool for connecting, says Julia, who posted photos of the typewriter and related items on her Facebook page.
The de Peysters have set up “a typewriter shrine” to remind them to send their letters. Among the displays are a framed Hanx-o-gram and a signed letter from Hanks that lists Eleven Reasons to Use a Typewriter, including that they are chick magnets and will bother others at coffee shops.
While the family will find it hard to top the typewriter as a gift this season, Julia and Nick have at least complemented it. They picked up the new Tom Hanks short story collection, Uncommon Type, for each other for Christmas.
P.S. We knew this story would go viral as soon as we broke it, and indeed it has spread across the mainstream media. We appreciate NECN for crediting us as the original source on this piece out of the gate, and am grateful to CNN, Cox Media and the Boston Globe for citing us as well.
It could take a while for retiring Wellesley Town Clerk Kathy Nagle to clean out her office after 15 years on the job. So she’s starting early, well before the March 2018 election, by tidying up some numbers.
She shared these fun facts about Wellesley Town Meeting, which has had 2,200 members since people started being elected in 1938 (read more about Town Meeting history here).
Nagle compiled a list of current Town Meeting members who have served the longest (with some asterisks):
1. John Schuler — since 1953
2. Bob Sechrest — since 1957 (*though took a few years off here & there)
3. Royall Switzler — since 1964 (*with some gaps and in different precincts)
4-6. Gig Babson, Arthur Priver and Mary Ann Cluggish — since 1972
7-8. Tory Defazio III and Robert Murphy — sine 1974
9. Anthony Bent — (*! first elected 1975-77, then back for more in… 2015)
10. Joellen Toussaint — since 1978
11. Joan Gaughan — since 1979
Most of these public servants have been elected to at least one town-wide board over time, too.
But Wellesley Town Meeting isn’t all about the experienced crowd. There’s plenty of fresh blood involved, too.
The World of Wellesley and the Wellesley Community Center are excited to sponsor the third annual Wellesley Community Book read, The Color of Law –The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.
World of Wellesley invites community organizers and neighborhood book groups to join and support this book discussion, community conversation and author visit.
The goal is for organizations and book groups to discuss Rothstein’s book in their own settings over the next few months. We will then gather on March 26th at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St., for a community presentation and conversation with Rothstein. Chuck Collins, author of Born on Third Base, which was last year’s Community Read, will be on hand as a special guest and moderator.
Please RSVP and email us with any questions, [email protected]