This from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT):
MassDOT’s work-related activities will continue on its $7 million project to repair and improve Route 9 throughout the town of Wellesley.
This significant construction project will consist of resurfacing operations, roadway repairs and related work and is expected to be completed this fall.
Construction operations will occur at night during off-peak hours in order to minimize the impact on the traveling public and ensure crews and personnel are able to make improvements to this regionally important roadway. MassDOT operations for the next couple of weeks is expected to be as follows:
April 30 through May 12
- Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.: Crews will continue installing construction signage.
- Sunday through Thursday, 8:00 p.m. through 5:30 a.m.: Operations will consist of adjusting roadway castings to the temporary grade. This work will begin at the Natick town line and work eastward along Route 9 in Wellesley.
Lane closures during these overnight hours will be necessary in order to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively conduct operations including milling, paving, and casting.
Drivers should consider alternate routes during these overnight hours in order to minimize travel disruptions. Those traveling through these areas should be mindful of potential traffic impacts and should devote their full attention to driving through these active construction zones.
All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.
The following message is from the Wellesley Water Department.
The Water & Sewer Division of the Department of Public Works will be flushing water mains throughout the Town beginning Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th . The purpose of flushing is to remove sediment buildup in the mains and to verify the safe operation of hydrants and valves. The flushing may result in temporary discoloration of the water, caused by small particles dislodged during the flushing as well as possible reduction in pressure. Therefore, the Division recommends restricting water usage.
Discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. However, the discolored water might stain your laundry, especially white materials as well as the possible staining of plumbing fixtures. Therefore, please avoid doing laundry during the noted flushing period and certainly while such conditions exist.
Prior to washing clothes, including times after the hours stated in this notice, please check the cold water for possible discoloration. If discolored, let the cold water run for a minute or two to begin clearing. If it does not clear at that time, try again later. Unfortunately, the Town cannot fully guarantee the safety of doing laundry and/or the possibility of discoloration even during the evenings and other times of the day as the water system has been disturbed. Therefore, please check your water carefully prior to doing laundry and inspect the laundry before it is dried. Hydrant flushing is performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Wellesley Water and Sewer Division appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of the drinking water. If you would like additional information, please call the Water Division at 235-7600 ext. 3355
While walking through Beebe Meadow yesterday morning, and generally wandering around, I came across water flushing in action. Here are a few pictures (and check out the action video on our Instagram account here):
From the Wellesley Center for Women at Wellesley College:
Wellesley College research team to share findings from their two-year journey to dig deeper into Office for Civil Rights complaints about sexual violence in K-12 schools.
Just as Title IX sexual violence complaints filed by college students grow monthly, so do complaints filed against K-12 school districts. As of January 4, 2017, 124 sexual violence complaints were under investigation at 110 elementary and secondary institutions, according to Nan Stein, Ed.D., a senior research scientists at the Wellesley Centers for Women.
Stein will be joined by Suzanne Schwartz, Esq. and Meredith Clark to discuss this issue in the presentation, “Not Just on College Campuses: Sexual Violence and Title IX in K-12 Schools. Our two-year journey to dig deeper into OCR complaints,” on Thursday, April 27, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Cheever House, 828 Washington St, Wellesley. This program is part of the spring Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.
The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at [email protected]