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Visual arts awards program open

Wellesley Parents Supporting Art Students (WPSAS) has announced the continuation of a visual arts awards program in its public school district. The Emerging Artist Awards (EAA) for Wellesley High School juniors will award two (2) scholarships for art portfolio development. Each scholarship is to be used for summer intensive art courses or fall...

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Hebrew SeniorLife recognizes Steve Bearak

Harvard Medical School affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults, has recognized Wellesley resident Steve Bearak during National Volunteer Week for his contributions to HSL during the current COVID-19 emergency. National Volunteer Week runs April 19 -25, 2020.

“The operations of all...

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Newton-Wellesley establishes NWH COVID-19 Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newton-Wellesley Hospital has established the NWH COVID-19 Fund, which will support the hospital’s ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of the community during this challenging time. All gifts to this fund will be directed toward care for those affected by COVID-19; measures to contain its...

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Goenka sisters announce pandemic initiatives

Wellesley sisters Sanah Goenka (grade 6 at WMS) and Sanya Goenka (sophomore at BB&N) would like the community's help in supporting two initiatives they have undertaken during the COVID-19 crisis.

Firstly, a team of students aims to provide free virtual tutoring services to any student that needs help with their...

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Social distancing rules hurt Community Center

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

Every business that depends on people gathering is struggling during the time of the COVID-19 crisis. But while more and more restaurants move to takeout, and professional sports leagues look into playing with no fans in the stadiums, what do you do when providing...

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Wellesley Recreation stuck playing waiting game

By James Kinneen,
Hometown Weekly Reporter -

When local families are looking for something to do, Wellesley Recreation has traditionally been a go-to resource. However, because of the coronavirus, the department has had to adapt and change in the face of the new rules on social distancing and an increased need...

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Students seek senior ‘virtual pen-pals’

Wellesley High School junior Nate Poresky and a group of friends are looking to connect with local seniors as virtual pen-pals to reduce isolation and boredom. Individuals who would like to be matched to correspond with a local student and share their words of wisdom are asked to email an introduction to Nate...

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NRC, WCC ready City Nature Challenge

This April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In typical years, there are scheduled events throughout the month of April designed to educate about the environment, celebrate the planet, and bring people together outdoors. This year, due to COVID and social distancing regulations, many events for Earth Month have had to...

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MassBay collecting Student Emergency Fund donations

MassBay Community College Foundation is currently requesting donations to help support the Student Emergency Grant Fund, which assists students with outside college expenses so they can continue their education, during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. MassBay students who apply for this funding typically use the money to pay for books and other classroom...

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Rotarians to raise restaurant funds

As a result of the coronavirus, the Rotary Club of Wellesley's annual Taste of Wellesley fundraiser has been cancelled. Consequently, in consideration with the club’s mission, the Rotarians hope to help support the local businesses in town who have graciously supported the club fundraising events in the past.

The Rotary...

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Social Distance Files: walking in Wellesley

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

On Friday afternoon, I was driving seventy miles per hour and cars were passing me like I was standing still. Whether it's the historic lack of traffic, the new age demographics of who is (and isn’t) leaving their home, or everyone wanting to spend as...

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WHJWC encourages support of organizations

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown, the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) is asking its supporters to give to two organizations, both of which the club has had a long-standing relationship with: The Second Step and Family Promise MetroWest (FPMW).

The Second Step works...

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Take a bow: ‘Silent Sky’

This spring's student mainstage production at Wellesley College was to have been Lauren Gunderson's "Silent Sky," about the real life women who mapped the stars (focusing on Henrietta Leavitt, but also featuring Wellesley College's own alumna Annie Jump Cannon). 

Food Pantry adapts to COVID-19

By James Kinneen

Hometown Weekly Reporter

With restaurants going to takeout only, grocery stores putting up shields of plastic to protect their employees from customers, and pharmacies placing tape on the ground to make sure people in line stand...

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WHJWC encourages support of organizations

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic shutdown, the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) is asking its supporters to give to two organizations, both of which the club has had a long-standing relationship with: The Second Step and Family Promise MetroWest (FPMW).

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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