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Acatober thrills Wellesley

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Wellesley High School’s Choral Department kicked off the concert season with its a cappella extravaganza, Acatober, on October 18 and 19. This annual concert showcases the talents of the more than 300 students who participate in the choral program, directed by Dr. Kevin McDonald. The combined WHS ensembles began with an engaging mix of...
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Richard Little rocks the Wellesley Library

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Tuesday night, the Wellesley Library hosted Professor Richard D. Little, who gave a presentation titled “Dinosaurs, Dunes, and Drifting Continents: the Amazing Geologic History of Massachusetts.” He was kind enough to give more of a Wellesley-centric focus for the 135 people that showed up. To begin, Professor Little...
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WOW celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

By Rama K. Ramaswamy Recently, the World of Wellesley (WOW) organized three very successful free events that were open to the public in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. An Indigenous Peoples Day Land Clean Up, co-sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley, took place on Saturday, October 12. The event saw Wellesley residents meeting at Longfellow Pond to clean it....
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Wellesley learns mahjong

By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Thursday afternoon, the Tolles-Parsons Center held a teaching event dedicated to learning the American version of the game mahjong, before the beginner crowd was replaced by a more serious, veteran group of players. Mahjong is a difficult game to learn, though some card players have noted its similarity to gin...
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WEF plans 30th Annual Spelling Bee

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The Wellesley Education Foundation is celebrating the Annual Spelling Bee’s 30th Anniversary this year! The bee will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. at Sprague Elementary School. The bee features three-person adult teams who work together. Teams write their answers on an erasable white board, allowing multiple teams to spell the...
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Library hosts origami masters teaching craft

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Most people assume that every piece of origami was invented hundreds of years ago in Japan. This is incorrect, as origami is a legitimate art with new pieces being created every day. To this end, on Sunday afternoon, September 29, the Wellesley Library hosted origami masters Michael G....
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WOW to host community gathering/dialogue

World of Wellesley is set to host a community gathering and facilitated dialogue, “What Are Our Community’s Core Values?”, on Tuesday, October 22, from 7-9 p.m., at the Wellesley Community Center (219 Washington St). The evening will include storytelling, small group discussions, and action steps. Among those scheduled to participate in the evening of sharing and...
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Wellesley’s young actors spread wings

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Each month, the Wellesley Library holds Picture Book Theatre, a program in which kids from kindergarten to third grade turn a picture book into a play, then perform it for their parents and library residents - all in the span of a couple hours. This month, the story...
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Artist Mangi paints pets

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On Wednesday night, Johanne Mangi gave a demonstration of how she paints portraits of people’s pets. Presented in association with The Wellesley Society of Artists, Stray Pets in Need (SPIN) and The Wellesley Free Library, the show lasted from 6:30 to the library’s closing at nine o’clock. How do...
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Town-wide yard sale moves to homes

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter When Wellesley’s town-wide yard sale was moved from Morses Pond to a handful of private residences because of a lack of seller participation, one would think the participants would be upset about having to host so many people at their homes and losing out on customers that wanted...
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Fiske Wild West Fair wildly entertaining

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter When the Western was to movie screens what the superhero movie is now, it wasn’t odd to see kids running around with cowboy hats and bandanas wrapped around their faces. As the Western fell out of favor, cowboy hats gave way to Spiderman shirts and the cowboy look...
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Wellesley Town Band prepares for season

IMG_ 4423 - Henry Platt directs the band. Photos by James Kinneen IMG_ 4424 - Inside of Wellesley High School, the town band listens to Platt’s instructions.Photos by James Kinneen IMG_ 4411 - A couple of French horn players work on their newest material.Photos by James Kinneen IMG_ 4409 - Platt directs the band as a pair of...
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Wellesley residents running Charles River 5K

Steve Nocka and his daughter, Kristen, will run in the Charles River Center 5K Run/1 Mile Walk for the fourth time this fall. When asked why they return every year for this particular 5K Steve says, “It’s a great course — the final hill isn’t that bad! — and I really enjoy the after-party. For...
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Library holds Smash Bros tournament

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter Libraries are usually seen as quiet places of solitary learning, but on Thursday night, August 8, Wellesley Library was home to a video game tournament featuring players ranging from second grade to high school. And while anyone could hypothetically set up a console and try to figure it...
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Elm Bank hosts Arts on the Green

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter For the fifth time, The Gardens at Elm Bank filled its grounds with artists, performers and food trucks, and opened its doors to the public for the annual Arts on the Green event. With 26 unique artists selling their work on the grounds (Elm Bank takes no cut...
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Jon Waterman teaches pop music history

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter At most summer concerts, the most musical knowledge you’re going to get typically comes in the form of a fun fact or two about who originally performed the song. That’s not the performers’ fault - few have the abundance of musical knowledge that Jon Waterman has. With a Masters in...
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Day of barefoot soccer helps Africa

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter On August 11, between Saturday and Sunday at noon on the Hunnewell Fields, Olivia Francis and Bridget Noonan played barefoot soccer for 24 straight hours as part of an annual Wellesley tradition. Joined by whoever else wanted to swing by, donate 25 dollars to a good cause, and...
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WTP presenting ‘Bright Star’

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Wellesley Theatre Project (WTP) is set to present "Bright Star" on August 15-16 at 7 p.m., and August 17 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the The Katherine L. Babson Auditorium at Wellesley High School, located at 50 Rice St, Wellesley. Tickets are priced $15 for adults and $10 for...
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Greg and Axel Show dazzles kids

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter The classic magician’s assistant is an attractive woman in a bright red dress who acts to distract audience members from wherever the illusionist doesn’t want them looking. But kids aren’t distracted by pretty girls in red dresses, they’re distracted by dogs. So, to that end, on the night...
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Kakabeeke teaches about right whale’s demise

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By James Kinneen Hometown Weekly Reporter When Angela Kakabeeke read her book, “Whale Alert!”, to the kids of Wellesley Library on Friday, she had to stop and correct one of the lines in it. In the story, a character notes that there are about five hundred North Atlantic right whales left in the world....
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