Meet the Candidates Night will be held on Thursday, March 1, 6:30 – 9pm in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library. The event promises to be a lively venue for voters to meet the candidates first-hand, hear their positions on issues of importance to the town, and pose questions directly to them.
Twenty-one candidates are running for eleven Town-wide offices, of which three – Town Clerk, Natural Resources Commission and School Committee – are contested. In addition, eighty candidates are running for Town Meeting, with at least one contested Town Meeting precinct race. The Meet & Greet reception begins at 6:30pm and will be followed by a brief ceremony honoring retired elected officials and the formal Candidates Forum at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Wellesley’s town Election Day is Tuesday, March 6, with polls open from 7am – 8pm. The deadline to register to vote in this year’s town election is Wednesday, February 14. Further election details are available through the Town Clerk and on the League of Women Voters of Wellesley website
Important Precinct information:
There is a new polling location for Precinct H located at Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington St. So if you used to vote at Wellesley High School, you now do so at Tolles Parsons.
There has been no change in Precinct boundaries, just a move of the polling place.
If you feel like you’re being watched when you walk into the entry hall of the Wellesley Free Library, don’t take it personally. All those eyes on you are courtesy of artist Tim Marsters, whose “Faces” exhibit is on display through February. Marsters is a retired architect living in Wayland who now finally has time to pursue his lifelong interest in art. Here are a few of his portraits:
In the Wakelin Room, artist Nathan Schneider is showing his exhibit, “The Beauty of Young Women.”
The suburbs often get a bad rap for being outposts of unsustainability, but there’s good news: it is possible to practice sustainable living, even if you happen to live in the ‘burbs. In the next 2018 Hills Hearthside Lecture Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Wellesley Free Libraries, reducing food waste will be explored as a way that suburban dwellers can transform their household as well as make their community a better place.
Reducing Food Waste is Easy and Important
Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
Hear from Jeff Azano-Brown, Superintendent of the Recycling and Disposal Facility in Wellesley, about the new food waste drop-off pilot program at the RDF. Wellesley’s 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Working Group has initiated this project to rescue surplus food and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfills.
The Swellesley Report’s own Deborah Brown will also be on hand to give a resident’s perspective of participating in the food waste drop-off pilot program. She will tell all about her family’s spent egg shells; the aesthetics of the food-waste bin and how she feels about keeping one more thing on the kitchen counter; the true story about the ick factor; and unwanted, smug greener-than-thou feelings that have surfaced.
Upcoming topics in the series:
Grow Your Own!
Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
Meet John Spencer, long time Wellesley resident and coordinator of the Wellesley Farmers’ Market. At the Weston Road Community Gardens in Wellesley, John grows everything from artichokes, which he starts in his basement in the winter, to hops for brewing his own beer. Come to learn more about the gardens and how all can start growing locally. John will also touch on the broader efforts in Wellesley to develop a true local and sustainable food web.
Backyard Chicken Coop
Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm at Hills Branch Library, 210 Washington St.
The surging interest in local and organic foods has contributed to the trend of chicken coops in suburban backyards. Hens are mostly friendly and easy to care for, they can be surprisingly beautiful — and what other pet actually produces breakfast? If you’re ready to learn about bringing some farm yard into your backyard, come hear Kristin Taft share her experience and tips for successfully keeping laying hens.