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Social distance files: the grand tour

By Stephen Press
Hometown Weekly Editor

Wednesday, March 25. 

The mission is simple: drive through all of Hometown Weekly’s communities, maintain appropriate distance from passers-by, and record what’s changed since the coronavirus pandemic began. I’ve plotted a sensible route: I’ll head from Walpole center up Route 27, through...

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Wellesley Library announces streaming storytime

In response to social distancing measures, the Wellesley Free Library has begun streaming its storytimes. By visiting the library's Facebook page (@WellesleyLib), visitors can see librarian Emma leading live or pre-recorded storytimes. The first is up, and more will follow; the community is encouraged to keep its eye on the Facebook page for...

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Bio Blitz nature challenge announced

Wellesley residents are invited to grab their smartphones, download the free iNaturalist app (iPhone/Android), become a citizen scientist, and get out to the town's trails and sanctuaries to help catalog all the bio-diversity in Wellesley. The Conservation Council will have weekly challenges and call-outs for the most observations, most unique species, and more....

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Social distance files: Wellesley’s Centennial Reservation

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

There’s no coronavirus in the Capital Wasteland. There are mutated radscorpions, drug-addicted raiders, and power-armored super soldiers, but there’s no coronavirus. Ditto for the snowcapped mountains of Tamriel, the extremely hostile streets of San Andreas, and the rolling plains of New Austin.

Valentine’s Day ice cream social delights

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While chocolate is the classic treat of Valentine’s Day, the Tolles Parsons Center opted for a different sweet for their holiday celebration this year. While there were many traditional elements to the celebration, from the showing of a romantic comedy to candy heart centerpieces and construction paper Valentines created...
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Davis unveils complementary photography exhibits

By Audrey Anderson Hometown Weekly Correspondent The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is hosting two complementary photography exhibitions that focus on the beginnings of photography in the 19th century, as well as repeating subjects in snapshots of the early to mid-20th century. “Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century” and “Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and...
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WSO, Elaine Daiber performing on Sunday

On Sunday, February 9, at 3 p.m., the Wellesley Symphony will perform three jazzy preludes by Gershwin, Brahms’ towering Symphony No. 2, and beloved opera areas from Mozart to Puccini. The stunning young soprano and Wellesley native Elaine Daiber will join music director Max Hobart for works by Gounod, Dvorak, Puccini, and Mozart in her...
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Natural Resources Commission declares climate emergency

As a new decade begins, scientists, world leaders and environmental activists are warning about the dangers of climate change and scrambling to address threats it brings to their communities. To show their commitment to addressing the town’s vulnerability to climate change, the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission passed a resolution declaring a climate emergency. With support...
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Evolution kids show off their projects

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Wednesday night, Wellesley high juniors and seniors that are part of the Evolutions program set up shop in the high school cafeteria to show off their Midstone projects, which they have been working on for half the year. Essentially, Evolutions is a one-year program that allows Wellesley juniors and...
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Society of Young Magicians conjures fun

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter While a society of magicians conjures images of old men with beards, secret brick alleys and hidden passageways behind library bookshelves, the Wellesley Community Center is host to a society of young magicians that is more fun than anything else which met this week. The Wellesley Society of Young Magicians...
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Wellesley Dental Group hosting blood drive

Wellesley Dental Group is co-hosting a blood donation drive with the American Red Cross, Wellesley Community Center, and Wellesley Police Department. It will be held on January 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. at 219 Washington St. in Wellesley. To register for the blood drive, call (1-800-RED CROSS) or register at RedCrossBlood.org using the code...
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NRC seeks Hunnewell lighting consensus

The Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) is exploring the feasibility of adding lights to the Hunnewell Track and Field, located across the street from Wellesley High School; and improving existing lighting at the multi-purpose field, tennis courts, and Reidy Field to reduce energy consumption and light pollution. The Playing Fields Task Force (PFTF) Lighting Subcommittee presented...
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Organist Brett Miller to perform

Talented young keyboardist Brett Miller is set to present an afternoon of unforgettable music, from pops to light classical. Brett, a finalist in the American Theatre Organ Society's Young Organist competition, has presented concerts all across the country to great acclaim. Miller will take the stage on Sunday, January 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Babson College's...
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What made Wellesley

2019: A year in review: Another Patriots Super Bowl. A fire at Notre Dame. The birth of a British royal. Whatever held our attention over the last year, 2019 was certainly a year to remember. Closer home, Hometown Weekly’s communities of Dover, Medfield, Needham, Sherborn, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood all experienced their own unique...
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‘Christmas Carol’ reading blesses everyone

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Most people know the story of “A Christmas Carol” from the Muppets’ adaptation, the Bill Murray movie “Scrooged,” or a school play from years past. But, it’s highly unlikely that even the biggest Christmas lover has ever heard the story directly from the source material. On Thursday morning at...
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Chamber Players delight Wellesley audience

Overheard after Sunday afternoon's concert was "The best ever!!" Such was the audience's reaction at the Wellesley Chamber Players' performance on December 8 at Beveridge Hall at the Dana Hall School. Pianist Jayoung Kim, Ph.D., University of Indiana, student of Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Art Trio, is the founder of the Wellesley Chamber Players, which...
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WMS ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ delights

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Clever and funny with memorable songs and dances, the Wellesley Middle School production of “Singin’ in the Rain” was an all-around crowd pleaser that drew lots of laughs, and even inspired a few in the audience to sing along to the familiar songs. “It made me want to do theater when I grow...
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Christmas Pops Concert unleashes the Bach

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Sunday afternoon, Music Director and Conductor Mary Lee Cirella, along with the St. Paul Adult and Children’s Choirs and Orchestra, presented their Christmas Pops Concert at St. Paul Parish. But if you think this was a bunch of people in Santa hats singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”...
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Pumpernickel Puppets visit the library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Friday afternoon, John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets paid a visit to The Wellesley Library, where he entertained a crowd of children and their parents with a puppet show - and a peek behind the scenes of what makes his show tick. To begin, McDonough got under his black...
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Black belt string quartet wows library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Saturday afternoon, the string quartet of violinists Joshua Addison and Rachel Panitch, viola player Elizabeth Stefan and cellist Javier Caballero brought their high-level black belt musical abilities to the Wellesley Library for a three-song concert. Why are they black belt musicians? Well, three of the musicians (Javier was...
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