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Veterans Parade Honors Education BY DAVE HALPERIN Celebrations Committee Chair Roy Switzler has said that years ago the Veterans Parade was moved from its traditional November date to a weekend in May because it always used to rain, and for the second year in a row that change paid off with dramatic results.

As always, Tory DeFazio was the parade's Master of Ceremonies, and, after a brief show by two groups of motorcycle riders,

Among the many individuals and groups, either on foot or riding on floats, that arrived behind him, and which DeFazio announced, were Michael Elby, Matt King, Steve Gagosian, Sarah Norwood, Rob Shupe and Kathy Mullaney, all of the Permanent Building Committee,

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Turning on the H.S. Lights A Dedication to Community, Katherine Babson BY PRIYANKA FOUDA The standing ovation for Katherine L. “Gig” Babson lasted several minutes during “Turn on the

sentative Alice Peisch, Mike Eby of the Permanent Building Committee, High School Principal Andrew Keough, Suzy Littlefield of the School Committee, and Superintendent Bella Wong.

It was another beautifully sunny and warm Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend from May 18-20, including the Veterans Parade that Sunday. The parade, with a theme this year of celebrating education, honored many educators and longtime supporters of Wellesley Public Schools, as well as town volunteers and em- The Wellesley Veterans Parade honored education this year, including teachers at the Fiske Elementary School, who were given a loud and proud thank-you ployees. The parade, of by these students and parents. Photo by Dave Halperin. course, also honored all those from Wellesley and beyond who have served the DeFazio arrived in Wellesley who received the Distinguished country in times of war and Square at the head of the parade, Service Award, in recognition of peace. For example, a group of stepped out of a Mustang con- their work in helping make the Korean War veterans who fought vertible and climbed the tempotogether in that conflict rode rary stage at the corner of VETERANS PARADE through in army Jeeps. Washington and Central streets. continued on page 4

The Wellesley High School Concert Choirs sings America the Beautiful during the WHS dedication ceremony as Katherine Babson, in green, looks on. Photo by Caroline Fahey.

Lights,” the dedication of the new high school auditorium in her name and the key ceremony for the newly constructed high school. Among the star-studded list of speakers were State Repre-

The presentation of the new high school to the Town of Wellesley was done by Michael Eby, Chair

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Brig Br ight g L Lights: g Wellesleyites You Should Know By: Je’Lesia ’L M. Jones

The Fund for Wellesley One evening about five years ago, a group of friends, sitting in the backyard and enjoying an evening of food and friendship, began talking about “community.” Someone asked about community projects. Another spoke of opportunity meeting service. Yet another voice mentioned funding. One topic led to the other, and out of this lovefor-Wellesley, community-orientated conversation, The Fund for Wellesley was born.

Wellesley Bank, Brookline Bank, Babson College, Wellesley College, Captain Marden’s Seafood, Custom Designs, Inc., Hammond Residential, Rutledge Properties, Haynes Management, Inc., and North Hill senior living community. “The Fund is an endowed fund whose mission is to do good in the community. It is meant to be there in the future,” said Susan.

which this fund (The Fund for Wellesley) exists,” said Amy. “The 80 funds that fall under the Foundation for MetroWest have an investment committee that invests the funds. All of the money is pooled and collectively invested,” she explained. “The Fund for Wellesley is the only Town fund. The Foundation also provides some of the resources in terms of expertise and does all of the administrative part.”

According to their website, the

Amy Axelrod (left) and Susan Hurwitz of The Fund for Wellesley.

“Founders” in the Fund for Wellesley, are people who have committed $5,000. They, along with other residents representing various contingents throughout town, make up the Community Board. “The Community Board recommends the grants and the Fund approves them,” explained Amy Axelrod, Esq., a Community Board Member. Currently, the Fund has close to 100 Founders. There have also been two challenge grants issued to the Fund by anonymous donors; one $50,000 gift was received in December, 2010, in addition to another challenge grant of $100,000. “These contributions speak to the personal confidence in the Fund,” Amy said. “The majority of Founders were individual families,” Amy remarked, “but now Founders have expanded to included businesses.” Some Founder businesses are:

Among the first to receive a grant was The Suicide Prevention program, operated through the Wellesley Department of Health. “The Department has something called QPR, question, probe and refer,” Susan explained. “It was determined that they could train various people from the community to recognize the early signs of suicide. So, they ran workshops for the police, library staff, fire department, and at the schools. The group also wanted to do a website. So, we funded the project, paid the instructors, etc." “Regarding seniors, it was determined that many needed the freedom to get around town,” said Amy, “and the Volunteer Drivers Program was developed to aid seniors in their transportation needs. The Volunteer Drivers Program grant was made to the Council on Aging and pays for their data base that helps recruit volunteers who drive.”

“We asked one another, ‘Where are the opportunities, the gaps,’” said Susan Hurwitz, Chair of the Community Board of the Fund for Wellesley. “There might be projects that could benefit the community that are not likely to get grants, like new projects. So this small group saw an opportunity to give philanthropically, a place to give back to their own community, in a place where we work and live,” she said. “This was around the 125th anniversary of the Town of Wellesley when we were having this discussion,” Susan continued. “So, we thought, ‘What if there were 125 “founders” who could commit $5,000, over time, for the Fund.'”

The first grants were awarded in 2008.

mission of the Fund for Wellesley “… is to promote the common good and to benefit all residents of the Town … a permanent source of funding that fosters innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities.” Susan and Amy, both former members of the Advisory Committee and currently Town Meeting Members, are passionate about Wellesley and reaching the needs of all of her citizens. “During my time spent on Advisory, I could see how the Town operated,” Susan said. “I could see the need.” The Fund for Wellesley is operated under the umbrella of The Foundation for MetroWest. The Foundation, similar to The Boston Foundation, is a community foundation that focuses on 33 cities and towns in the Metro West area. “The Foundation for MetroWest is the community foundation under

“This leaves us free to do the fundraising and grant making,” Susan interjected. Grant making is directed toward community building and civic engagement, seniors, and youth development and opportunity. “We spent a good amount of time that first year determining our goals and decided on three categories that would meet our vision: youth, seniors, and community building,” remarked Susan. “We spent a year determining where the needs were, and that is what we want the Fund to be: a convener, seeing the need and solving the problem. In communities that are viewed as economically stressed there are services, as opposed to communities perceived to be wealthy. We looked for ways to bring the community together. We are a whole community and we want to make everyone feel a part of the commu-

Recently, the Fund for Wellesley helped Wellesley seniors preview the new high school along with other residents during the month of May. Coordination between the School Committee and staff, along with the Council on Aging and North Hill, allowed for approximately 200 seniors on three buses to tour the new facility. Two buses were provided by North Hill and one was commissioned by the Fund for Wellesley. Volunteers from the Volunteer Driver Program were also on hand. Other projects funded by The Fund for Wellesley are: afterschool programming for youth, the Wellesley ESL (English as a Second Language) Program, Luminary Night, and support for the Wellesley ABC Program. “ESL is not about learning a language,” Susan said as a smile burst across her face. “It is about feeling a part of the community. We try to provide the seed money so programs can prove themselves and then try to get them to be self-sustaining,” Susan continued. “The ESL program, for example, was funded the first year and now we share funding with the Library.” The Fund for Wellesley also provided a grant to Babson College and the Wellesley Housing Authority to expand a program for children and teens living in the

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Housing Authority residences. “They had a tutoring program and wanted to build on it,” said Susan. “We have connected with the Babson students. Babson has been fabulous to work with. They are one of our Founders.” Another immensely popular program that in just a few short years is turning into a community tradition is Luminary Night. The grant from the Fund for Wellesley allowed this initiative of the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club to expand. “Luminary Night was funded the first year and has now expanded into all different locations, including the Housing Authority residences,” Amy said. Amy Axelrod, originally from New Orleans, arrived in Wellesley to attend Wellesley College and has lived here for eighteen years. Amy and her husband, Jeff Struzenski, have a son in tenth grade at Wellesley High School and a daughter who will start at the high school next year. “I am retired from the practice of law,” Amy remarked, and now directs her time to the Foundation for MetroWest where she is the Development Officer. “I love reading, golf, spending time with family, and eating chocolate,” exclaimed Amy. She broke into a robust laugh. Susan Hurwitz, originally from South Dakota, retired as Vice President in Human Resources at Gillette after twenty-six years in various capacities. She has lived in Wellesley since 1978, and in addition to previous Town government involvements, Susan also serves on the Wellesley Human Resource Board. “I love dogs, animals, and the outdoors,” Susan stated. Her husband, Miguel Lessing, “is also a Town Meeting Member now,” Susan said, smiling. Susan and Amy, and their work on behalf of the Town through The Fund for Wellesley, are extraordinary Bright Lights. For more information on the Fund, visit HYPERLINK "" “What we really hope to achieve is making everyone feel that they are a part of Wellesley,” Amy said. “That is what we’re passionate about!” Bright Lights: Wellesleyites You Should Know appears in each edition of Wellesley Local Town Pages. Please email Je'Lesia M. Jones at with Bright Lights' suggestions.

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Wonderful Weekend Pancake Breakfast a Hot Ticket BY DAVE HALPERIN The Wellesley Rotary Club and Wellesley Little League know a good combination when they see it. They knew it 51 years ago when the traditional Pancake

Breakfast was started, and they knew it on Saturday, May 19, 2012, when the two organizations continued their yearly griddle cakes-for-a-cause event at the Wellesley Middle School cafeteria. It all begins each year with Little Leaguers selling advance

With a bowl full of chocolate chips, Toby Kell was a popular man at the Pancake Breakfast. Photo by Dave Halperin.

Bob McGinness (left) and Dan Juliani served 'em up hot and fresh at the Pancake Breakfast. Photo by Dave Halperin.

Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass BY JE’LESIA M. JONES Continuing what has become a Wellesley tradition, Saint Paul Church held the annual Veterans’ Ecumenical Memorial Mass in honor of the many Wellesley veterans who have illustriously served the country in the armed services. Begun by members of the Wellesley Veterans’ Council and now in its sixteenth year, the ceremony is an occasion for family, friends, and community residents to participate in honoring members of all four branches of the military, both living and deceased, for their service on behalf of freedom for all Americans. This year’s commemorative Mass was celebrated by Saint Paul Pastor, Rev. Richard Fitzgerald. The veterans, led by United States Air Force Reserve Colonel Robert H. Murphy, processed into

the church and took their seats of honor on the front pews. All saluted the flag. Participating veterans were: Commander Tory DeFazio, U.S. Navy Reserve and of the Naval Medical and Dental Corp were Captain Dr. Leon Briggs and Captain Robert J. Thomas; of the U.S. Army were Lieutenant Robert Hinchliffe, Infantry, and John Saunders; and of the U.S. Marine Corp, Stanley W. Spears, Jr., who is also the Director of the West Suburban Veterans’ Service District. “St. Paul Church is honored to host the Veterans Mass each year and to remember all those who served our country, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Rev. Fitzgerald. “Many veterans attended St. Paul and their families still worship here."

tickets to the event, while the Rotary does its best to solicit food and monetary donations from local businesses. This year the result was a net profit of $39,453 - half of which goes to the Little League, and half of which goes to the Rotary, which uses the money to fund its many

other community causes.

At the conclusion of the service, Colonel Murphy read the names of all Wellesley veterans who served in the military, beginning with the Revolutionary War in which one recorded Wellesley resident served and died. The record also reflects that there were 12 soldiers from Wellesley in the Civil War; one in the Spanish American War; six in World War I; 56 in World War II; one in the Korean War; four in Vietnam,

and eight veterans who died while in military service, not combat.

"Rotary means service above self," said incoming Wellesley Rotary Club president Frank Rowbotham, who noted that the Wellesley Pancake Breakfast is the largest such event in greater Boston.

In the vestibule of the church, elder veterans dressed in the uniforms of their respective branch of service joked that their uniforms still fit. “It is really remarkable the uniform fits,” joked Lieutenant Hinchliffe, who was an aid to the commanding General in Berlin during World War II. “This uniform was made in


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Wonderful Weekend VETERANS PARADE new high school a reality.

Award went to outgoing and longtime,chairman of the board of World of Wellesley, Richard McGhee.

The parade's Chief of Staff was Lorelei Kittendorf King, acknowledged for her work in Veterans affairs and for her status as a Veteran. The Community Service Award went to William Charlton, a 15year member of the Board of Public Works and a past member of the Wellesley Advisory Committee. The Community Appreciation

Five Special Appreciation Awards were handed out: Exceptional Autobody, in recognition of 10 years of providing trucks to the Wellesley Celebrations Committee in support of the Wellesley Veterans' Parade; the Wellesley Trails Committee, for the development and coordination of trails and walks throughout Wellesley; the

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Bates Elementary students on their float. Photos by Dave Halperin.

Sisters of Charity, in recognition of 125 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the general community; Needham Bank, for their impressive 120 years of doing business in Wellesley; and the Girl Scouts of America, which is celebrating 100 years of serving the youth of Wellesley. In honor of his 12 years of crimefighting, community service, and community leadership, former Deputy Police Chief Bill Brooks received the Dedicated Service Award. Brooks recently took over as Chief of Police in Norwood. Most notably, in keeping with this year's theme of education, Brooks and Jeanie Godard were the parade's Grand Marshals. They have served the community in a number of roles, including as longtime Wellesley teachers and, more recently, as coordinators of the "Turn out the Lights" program, which, over the course of several months and especially during a the week of Thanksgiving 2011, paid tribute to the vintage1938 Gamiel Bradford High School. The Bradford building was replaced this year by a new, state-of-the-art high school.

Troop 158 carried an American Flag the length of the parade route.

forms; numerous police, fire, and military outfits; and musical, dance, and other performance groups whose attendance was supported by a number of area businesses. Political groups and supporters of candidates, as well as candidates themselves, were also among

Other floats and walkers in the parade include floats designed and populated by students and parents from the town's elementary schools and many local nonprofit organizations and businesses. The Wellesley High School marching band strode through in their traditional red uni- The Wellesley Free Library.

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of the Permanent Building Committee. He in turn passed the key to Barbara Searle, Chair of the Board of Selectman, who presented the key to Littlefield, who accepted it on behalf of the School Committee. The ceremony focused on the hard work and the effort of individuals involved in the building project as well as the support from the entire community. At one point in the ceremony, Babson, as emcee, listed all the groups that assisted with the building project in its various stages. By the end, most of the auditorium was standing.

WHS Principal Andrew Keough during the WHS dedication ceremony. Photo by Caroline Fahey.

The various speakers highlighted the importance of education in Wellesley. They marveled at the fact that when the proposals for both the new school and the 1938 building were passed, the country was in period of economic turmoil.

Principal Andrew Keough said of the ceremony, “The dedication was a huge success, we had a good turnout, and the speakers and the people who were recognized were just wonderful. I loved the standing ovation for Gig Babson. [The ovation] was well deserved in my mind. She has done so much work to make this happen. She is just committed to this community and I think people responded the way they did because they are so grateful to her. I felt great. I thought it was a nice event and a nice tribute to all the people in this community.”

Katherine Babson looks up at a photograph of her WHS graduating class. Photo by Caroline Fahey.

Happy Dogs, Happy - and Healthy - Humans BY HEIDI REYNOLDS Kids and dogs scrambled to grab a seat as the sound of the boom box stopped. Under the sunny ceiling of a gorgeous Wellesley day, the third category of the Wellesley Dog Contest, “Musical Chairs,” had participants giggling and tails wagging. The Wellesley dog show has been a big hit to both dog owners and dog lovers alike since its inauguration three years ago. “The point is to bring families out into the community to socialize with

each other. It’s not about shape, size, or color, it's about bringing people together,” says Cheryl Lefman of the Wellesley Health Department. “It really changes your mood.” All pups and trainers come home with a ribbon in categories ranging from “Waggiest Tail” to “Best Escape Artist” to “Cutest eyes.” Claude, a Bichon Frise who cleaned up with a blue ribbon for “Curliest Tail” and a third place in “Weaving,” cooled off in the shade after finishing up his sophomore show. His trainers, Abby and Isabella are already thinking about next year’s competition.

A black lab pleases the crowd with his enthusiastic interpretation of the jumping category. Photos by Heidi Reynolds.

exercise while having fun with your dog.”

“I hope next year we can really get him to sit. He always likes to lay down when we tell him to sit, so maybe we can work on that,” said Abby.

Though the event was free, all donations went to support SPIN, Stray Pets in Need, which works “to promote the well-being of animals and responsible human-animal relationships.” The Wellesley Dog Contest was the perfect marriage of a funfilled family event that also engaged the community in important issues like wellness, exercise, and animal care.

The annual dog show is a part of the Healthy Wellesley Initiative and its mission “to promote a healthy lifestyle, identify the bounty of health and fitness resources in Wellesley, and present programming to positively affect the health of residents across the age spectrum.” The gentle giant Ben, a Mastiff mix, watches over his charges as they wait for the ribbon ceremony.

Sue Webb of Animal Control, who also served as announcer for the event added, “We want to show the community that you can incorporate

Claude, a 2 year old Bichon Frise , and his trainer, Abby, take a break in the shade. Photos by Heidi Reynolds.

One of the stars of the show, Harriet, sports her tutu and pearls as she trots under the jump bar.

As Lefman summed it up, “Kids, parents, and dogs love it. Everyone is smiling.

Abbey cuddling her relaxed dog, Darla in between categories.

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Popular Eatery has College Students Coming Back for More BY TORI HOWLETT Every small town has a little eatery that only true locals know about, although the packed parking lot and the line out the door might give this deli away to outsiders. On any given day the line starts at the deli counter at the back of the store, weaving its way in between long counters lined with spinning bar stools and refrigerators containing a variety of drinks that customers might pair with a sub. Those who don't know already learn quickly: it's best to choose a drink when entering the store, because chances are it will be too crowded to go back for one after reaching the register. Located near the center of town, The Linden Store deli has become a favorite to many in Wellesley.

On a daily basis, the deli contains a vast collection of people. There are always lots of high school students, parents arriving with children after sporting events and tradespeople on the job in town. Often there are older people sitting on stools talking about recent town elections or just shooting the breeze about whatever else is happening. The walls are covered with high school sports news and snapshots of local athletes. Students can often be seen grabbing breakfast on their way to school or picking up a sandwich for lunch in between classes. When the nearby middle school has its early release day, backpacks and students can be seen sprawling out, pouring out of the entrance and crowding the parking lot.

Lily Harrington, recent Wellesley High School graduate, remembers how as a middle school student she and her friends would rush to the deli on early release days in an attempt to receive a free sub, which was given to the first student in line. Despite being famous around town for its specialty subs, The Linden Store also offers breakfast, salads and catering services. The deli has become the go to spot for catering for sports events, school functions and graduation parties. It was established in 1933 by Nino Dipirro and then bought by the LeBrun family in 1978. The deli is now owned and run by second-generation brothers, Mark and Greg LeBrun. “It’s very family friendly,” said Mark LeBrun about the environ-

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ment of the deli. Being a lifelong resident of Wellesley, LeBrun says that one of the benefits of running a local store is being able to give back to the community he grew up in. Another benefit is the great relationships that he has been able to develop with customers. “Watching the kids grow up and go off to college has been the best part for me,” says LeBrun. To many, eating at The Linden Store is one of the memories they have about their time in Wellesley. “I can’t wait to get a ‘Thanksgiving’ with no mayo when I come home for the summer,” said Syracuse University freshman Sarah Feiner. “They make the best sandwiches. No one else in town can compete.” In addition to the food, the deli is known for its welcoming hometown atmosphere. According to Mark LeBrun, The Linden Store prides itself on quality and service along with clean-

liness and friendliness. This is reflected in how customers yearn to return again and again. “You can walk into The Linden Store and there will be at least one person there you know,” said University of Miami freshman Hannah Peterson. “They don’t have to be a close friend or anything but you will always recognize a familiar face. “What makes The Linden Store so unique is the people that work there. They are not just trying to get you in and out as quickly as possible. They take the time to say ‘Hello, How are you?’ which makes you want to keep coming back,” said Peterson. It’s a tiny store where lots of different types of people in the town congregate. Most importantly, it holds a special place in the hearts of those growing up in the community. In just one stop, The Linden Store satisfies the social and the stomach. Every town needs a place just like The Linden Store. It ties together young, old and everyone in between.


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Brotherly Love Fuels Bike Ride WHS Student Takes on Pan-Mass Challenge in Honor of Sister BY DAVE HALPERIN

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute has played a significant role in the lives of one Wellesley family. The daughter, Laura, and the father, Scott, have each fought cancers. And the son, Reid, as he has done his whole life, is focused on supporting them while giving back to the organization that has given them so much. During the first weekend of August, Reid Williamson, a senior at Wellesley High School, will bicycle the 153-mile WellesleyBourne-Wellesley route of the Pan-Mass Challenge, raising money in the process for Dana Farber. "They're an organization that has had a huge impact on my life and Laura's life, and giving her the life she has now," he said. "I'm always interested in finding ways to give back to them somehow. I'm always seeking opportunities and taking advantage of them." Reid Williamson knows that the minimum $3,500 that he needs to raise won't change history, but he's nonetheless adding the race to a list of fundraising efforts he's taken on or launched on behalf of his sister, including a 5K road race he organized during his sophomore year of high school.

"$3,500 isn't going to cure cancer, but a lot of it is about awareness, and a lot of it, too, is getting closer to my sister, and riding for her in a sense," he said. The brother and sister have had a special connection since Laura Williamson's brain cancer diagnosis at the age of 6, when Reid was 4. He doesn't even remember the moment, but as family lore goes, Laura, due to her cancer treatment and complications from the disease, could not climb the stairs to her bedroom, so she needed to sleep downstairs. "I remember my parents telling me stories of how I pulled up a mattress next to her and said, 'I'm sleeping next to you,'" he recalled. "He is the most amazing brother ever," Laura Williamson, now a sophomore at Simmons College, said. "He has been more than supportive through everything since I was six. One thing that stood out to me is my chemo made my bones brittle, and it made me gain a tremendous amount of weight, and I was bullied and teased, and my brother always stayed by my side." Located near her optic nerve, Laura Williamson's brain tumor is inoperable. While benign, it greatly affects her life. Her mobility on the right side of her body is

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severely limited; her memory has also been weakened. But since the days of her diagnosis and initial treatments, right on through to her life today and her career choice, she has tried to stay positive. Her bother recalled her attitude during their childhoods: "She was always really positive throughout her treatment. There's a bunch of pictures of her and I during that time, and you can tell she was really sick, but she always has a huge smile on her face... You would never know there was really anything wrong with her." "I think a lot of people would sort of look to move on from a trauma Laura and Reid Williamson in their younger years. like that - 'It's treated, get on with it' - but she has always I'm focused on now at Simmons," been so passionate about meeting she explained, adding that staying other people with cancer, and ask- positive isn't something that aling how she can help these people ways out, and that's something that I've comes easy. "I look deep into the always been inspired by," he harsh times that I've had, and I readded. flect on them and find the posiLaura remains involved with Dana Farber as a "buddy" to a young girl struggling with her own cancer diagnosis, and her course of study will lead to a degree in psychology with a minor in sociology, which she plans to use as a way to help others pull through illness. "Dana Farber has helped me focus on the positives, to get out of the negative state, and that's what

tives. One of my mottos is, 'find the positive in the negative.'" She also stays away from the negative through the support of her family, including her father, who recently completed his ninth year of running the Boston Marathon through Dana Farber's patientpartner program, and her brother, who will pedal off from Babson College on August 4 in the Pan-

Mass Challenge in what will be a first for him. "I've never done any long distance biking before," he said. "I've never done anything like it before... But I like the challenge of riding 153 miles." To support Reid Williamson's ride and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, visit Donations to the cause can be made there, or by sending a check, made out to PanMass Challenge, to Reid Williamson, 15 Westgate Road, Wellesley, MA 02481.

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Laura, Reid, and Justin Williamson at Laura's graduation from WHS in 2010.

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SCORE with Expert Business Advice Free Mentoring Service is Entrepreneur’s Dream Come True BY MARTY SACK Eight years ago, Frank Manguso, a 30-year resident of Wellesley, went into semi-retirement after a successful career as a CPA. During his career he had been CFO/co-founder of a software company serving insurance groups, CEO of an auto security manufacturer/distributor, a cellular phone agent, a director of management information, a consultant to a major bank holding company, a controller for a medical products' manufacturer, and a consumer products distributor. With all those skills and knowledge, Manguso decided to do

something great for the economy and for people interested in starting businesses or improving the ones they already own. Like the other 13,000 retired and semi-retired professionals who provide free counseling through SCORE, Manguso became a volunteer because he loves the challenge of helping people start and grow their businesses. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Its Boston chapter includes locations throughout the city and suburbs, including in Newton,

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Brookline, and Lexington. Manguso's eyes sparkle with enthusiasm as he talks about his SCORE work. “We’re willing to establish continuing relationships with clients and also to help generate ideas to make their businesses grow," he said. "The diversity of expertise among our 50 volunteers in the Boston area allows us to help with almost any business idea. I really love helping clients with everything from starting, buying and selling businesses, and, of course, important tax advice." SCORE mentors have industry experience in a variety of fields like: business strategy and planning, sales and marketing, supply chain management, manufacturing and product development, environmental services, technology, web-based services and IT services, human resources and internal communications, government contracting, legal services, construction, intellectual property, government and regulations, finance and accounting, arts and entertainment, retail and wholesale trade, advertising and creative services, agriculture and farming, international trade, nonprofit, public and professional organizations, restaurants and hospitality, homeowner services/home improvement, car repair and maintenance, health

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care and services, and much more.

Although the SCORE acronym formerly stood for "Service Corp of Retired Executives," the organization now simply goes by SCORE, as many volunteer mentors are still working in their respective industry. SCORE has 354 chapters across the country, and the SCORE Boston chapter includes locations in Framingham, Newton, Brookline, Lexington, Norwood,

Quincy, Allston/Brighton, and downtown Boston. The nonprofit is dedicated to growing 1 million businesses by 2017. In 2010, SCORE clients started 58,637 new businesses. At least 91 percent of SCORE’s 2010 clients remained in business in 2011. In 2010, SCORE clients created 71,449 jobs. SCORE effectively assists at all points of the business life cycle. In 2010, 28.7 percent of SCORE clients were in the growth phase of business, 33 percent were in the formation phase of business, and 37.4 percent were in the start-up phase of business. SCORE mentors are there for the life of a small business, from creating and evaluating business plans to purchasing

equipment, leasing real estate, franchising, even selling and exiting. Because the work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to its network of 13,000-plus volunteers, services are still delivered at no charge - just as they have been for a half century. As one client leaving his onehour SCORE mentoring session stated, “It’s still hard to believe that all this expertise is free." To contact SCORE for free business counseling and mentoring, call the Boston-area office at 617-565-5591 or log on to to request a face-toface mentoring session. For people who have worked for someone else and who need to know all the steps to starting their own business, SCORE offers workshops once a month at its Boston locations. There is a small fee for these workshops. Furthermore, visitors to can download thousands of free templates and tools; register for free live webinars; listen to recorded webinars; and also find a local workshop. And SCORE’s Veterans Fast Launch program ( is a combined package of training, free software and services combined with SCORE's mentoring program in order to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners.


Letter to the Editor DEAR EDITOR: Two years ago, the WHS Athletic Department received a vintage football uniform donated by the great grandson of Mr. Horace Ober Coolidge (1896-1955), WHS Class of 1915 and member of the 1914 WHS football team.

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Through your publication I would like to thank our Wellesley High School PTSO, The Gridiron Club (WHS Football Booster Club), and Ms. Margie Riccardone, for assisting us in having this priceless piece of WHS history framed. The uniform is

now being displayed outside our new gym for all to view. We certainly couldn't have done it without your generosity. From all the WHS Raiders, past, present, and to come, we thank you for assisting us with this little bit of history. RAIDER PRIDE IS CERTAINLY ALIVE AND WELL! SINCERELY, MARY ANNE (MACCINI) MCDONALD, WHS ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, AND "WHS RED RAIDER"

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Painting Exterior Antique Home decades. Here are some factors to consider as you plan your project:

Doug Masters, owner of Masters Touch

Dear Doug, We’re going to have our house painted this year. It’s an antique house built in the early 1900’s. Over the years we’ve had a hard time getting a paint job to last very long. We’re considering the permanent coatings you hear about on the radio all the time. Will that be a good investment? What is the best time of year to have the work done? Dan, Wellesley Hi Dan, Well, antique homes are a labor of love, that’s for sure! Exterior paint is one way to really bring out the charm of an older home, but it’s also one of the most difficult jobs to perform. There are many factors that can affect the longevity of an exterior paint job, and most of them come into play on a home that has been around for many

How much old paint has built up over the years, and how will it affect top coats of paint? As paint ages, it loses its elasticity, which is a recipe for constant chipping and peeling. This is especially true of older oil-based paints that were manufactured before 1980. On an antique home, chances are there is a significant build up of old, brittle paint. It’s not always easy to scrape and remove this paint without damaging delicate layers of old wood underneath. There should be a careful balance between aggressive paint removal with power tools verses hand scraping and sanding. Another alternative is using chemical stripping methods to remove as much of the old paint as possible. Finally, it could be more cost effective to simply remove and replace old siding with new pre-primed wood siding products than it would be to attempt to salvage old siding that has too many layers of old paint. How well is your home insulated, and how much moisture is escaping from between the inner and outer walls during the spring and summer? Older homes are prone to moisture build up in the walls during the winter. Sources of moisture may include steam from cooking and taking a shower, steam from your heating system,

and even moisture from breathing. During the colder months, this moisture is trapped in the walls. During hot weather, that moisture is usually drawn out through the exterior siding. On an older home with lots of old built up paint that has been covered with newer products that don’t breathe well, this moisture will literally push the paint off the home. Many times, this will exhibit at areas where old paint hasn’t peeled before but isn’t adhering well enough to hang on when pressure from moisture below builds. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to wait until at least mid July to paint an old home. This will provide ample time for your home to dry out. Should you hire one of the fancy new “permanent coatings” companies? Well, if you are considering going that route, I’d recommend getting a quote from more than one and getting a copy of their full warranty. Usually, if something is too good to be true, it is. If your home has old layers of paint, moisture problems, or rotting wood, chances are the “permanent coatings” won’t be so permanent. As you consider the price premium you’ll be paying for a lifetime rated paint job, you’ll want to ensure it really is covered for life and that there is nothing in the warranty that will exclude your home from future service. Again with the investment level in mind, it

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would be wise to have your attorney review the contract and the warranty before you proceed. Remember that your home likely has lead paint! The older a home is, the more likely it is to be covered in lead paint. The EPA and the state have strict laws in place that apply to renovations and painting on homes containing lead paint. Contractors and painters are required to be certified by the state before they may work on projects where lead paint is present. Insist on a copy of the credentials of the company AND the crew that will be working on your home. These laws are designed to protect you, your family, pets, and neighbors from lead poisoning and should be followed carefully. The law itself is 48 pages of fine print, but in a nutshell it’s really important to remember not to generate a lot of lead dust, and to contain all dust, debris, and chips while working on lead jobs. Clearly, mechanical grinding or paint shaving on the exterior of a home with lead paint is not a good idea. As you consider the cost of lead compliance PLUS the cost of mechanical or chemical stripping of old paint as mentioned above, replacement of exterior siding and trim covered with lead paint becomes a more attractive option. This is because the new paint job will last longer, and it will be safer for your family and the environment. It may even cost less

The bottom line: Living in an antique home is a lifestyle choice, and it’s not for everyone. Routine maintenance is to be expected. Think carefully about the balance between aggressive preparation or even replacement verses a more modest approach of hand scraping and preparation. With the later, you’ll most certainly experience some routine peeling on your home. A good painting contractor will cover the routine peeling with a written warranty, and be honest with you up front about the fact that older homes usually have some problem areas that are always peeling. Go with the flow and remember, a little bit of uneven paint or some peeling areas are part of the charm of an older home. If there is anything else I can do just let me know!

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Officer Savage 5K Road Race draws a crowd BY DAVE HALPERIN The 12th Annual Officer Savage 5K Road Race on May 5 once again drew about 200 runners in the name of raising money and honoring the late Stuart Savage of the Wellesley Police Department. "It's a great community event," said race director Lieutenant Jack

Pilecki. "It allows the police to interact with the public and it gives us a chance to show our good side and try to give back a little back to the community." Chelmsford resident Andrew Gordon crossed the finish line first, in a time of 18:39, but the top 15 was dominated by Wellesley residents, including second-place fin-

isher Gabriel Cattani, fourth-place finisher Rawson Chaplin and the 6th-10th place finishers - Bob Ranaldi, Chris Garvin, William Curtin, Thomas Smith, and Arthur Krieg, respectively. Money raised by the race goes into a general fund that supports fitness initiatives within the department and the town. The department is currently raising money to purchase new fitness equipment for the basement of the police department building on Washington Street; money has also been given to sports teams that need help for expenses like uniforms. Officer Stuart Savage was killed in the line of duty 17 years ago. Following his death, his parents donated the start-up costs for the

WPD fitness center. Pilecki characterized the event as a true collaboration between the department and the community, including residents and businesses. Roche Bros. is a major supporter of the race, while Babson College provided use of their indoor track, where a kids' fun run was held. "I can't say enough good things about them. They really support us and do everything we ask," he said.

Pilecki also said that many offduty police officers and staff volunteered their time for the race, which was held on a Saturday. "The people who organize and volunteer, it's the cops and their families and the employees that work here," he added, noting that, for example, WPD records clerk Sue Morse runs the barbecue. "Everyone steps up and it's a wonderful thing."

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The College Fit: Look For More Than Just a Name BY MARY KAYE CHRYSSICAS

The first of May was the final deadline for high school seniors to choose their college destination. It seems this generation is a lot smarter than their parents' generation - now students are researching schools to find the perfect fit rather than just a prestigious name. For parents and students, it's smart to start the research process during students' sophomore year by compiling a list of criteria: size of school, geographic location, possible majors of interest, and the availability of study abroad programs. Figure out what's important to you: You may want to play club lacrosse or have access to the best internships in a city, or join a sorority. Then, actively take an interest in learning from the adults around you, such as where they attended college and what they would do differently. Learn from the mis-

takes and successes of others to figure out where you might thrive. One local family actually wrote a list of the happiest people they knew and where each person went to college. Their college search began with all those schools. In general, once a list of criteria is established, students should start creating a list of colleges by doing online research and talking to family, friends, school staff, and others. Mary Renner, mother of three daughters, explained that she had to approach the whole process as if she didn't know anything about any of the schools. It helped her keep an open mind. Mary explained, "The process and school choices are so different from when we were young. We talked casually about it over the course of four years and eventually three schools floated to the top of her list. Two of the schools we knew about and one we didn't. Our first daughter

Making College Choices BY MARY KAYE CHRYSSICAS Advice for Parents • Sit down with your hormonal teen and write five bullet points on what they want from a college experience. • Don't squash their dreams.

students that aren't your own children (review their essay for feedback, write a reference letter, call your alma mater to help a waitlisted child, practice mock interviews). What comes around, goes around.

• Think positively of all the reasons they should get in. • Help them focus on the perfect fit and take the pressure off attending an Ivy. • Proofread their application. • Use the junior summer to visit as many schools possible. • Consider the strong honors programs at the bigger schools (University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Miami University, etc.) • Use Naviance to help assess your child's fit. • Don't be competitive and secretive; reach out and offer to help

Advice for Students • Compile a balanced list of 10-12 colleges that is not too heavy on reach schools or too low on backup schools. • Write your essays during junior summer so that you can focus on keeping your grades up. • Let your parents review your essays and application as you will need another set of eyes. • There is no good reason why the mean girl got into your top choice, and you didn't, but keep being the

ended up at the school we didn't know, and she's never been happier."

The positive result from so many applications is that the quality of all the schools has improved. Schools that you would never have considered 20 years ago are much more competitive academically today. And once you realize that getting into a brand-name school does not increase your happiness or insure success, you will find that your focus shifts to colleges that offer more courses that are consistent with your interests; you'll be able to act on your gut instincts rather than the influences of others. When I worked in the magazine business, the happiest, highest paid and most successful man in my company went to a community college. He actually could barely read due to a severe case of dyslexia but he compensated for that through his unique ability to connect with everyone. Many hugely successful, happy people

went to no-name colleges. Among them: Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, Steve Jobs, Rudolph Giuliani, Warren Buffett, Colin Powell, Sarah Palin, Julia Roberts, and Steven Spielberg. In fact, Steven Spielberg was rejected from the famous film schools at USC and UCLA, and wound up at California State-Long Beach. Someone definitely screwed up with his application! The idea with the application process is to tell your whole story in a condensed, professional, and genuine way. Meredith McPherron, founder of Zipteva, has discovered a way to help high school students stand out from their peers through digital profiles, since they present a more complete picture of his or her distinct talents and skills for college admission. Students meet with a personal counsellor to discuss their achievements, interests and unique story and review the content they have. Counsellors help students convey that story by assembling multi-media profiles using a pro-

June 1, 2012 fessionally designed digital portfolio tool and incorporating a combination of a student's own videos, photos, personal history and academic information. Students can include their digital profiles in lieu of a résumé or other supplemental information. Most colleges complain about the scope of material added to the common application, because they are overwhelmed with material and don't have time to read or view everything. So figure out a concise way to present yourself - whether it's a résumé to upload, a link to a website or a multi-media digital portfolio. In closing, I have good news. Julie Trask, head of guidance at Wellesley High School, said she "expected a lot of students to be on wait lists this year, but we have also recently received some really good news with students finally coming off wait lists and getting accepted." So if you are just starting out on your college search, relax and enjoy the process. It all works out. For more information on Zipteva, contact Meredith at 781-235-0839 or

Q&A with Susan Case, College Counselor BY MARY KAYE CHRYSSICAS How has the college process changed since ten years ago? It's more competitive to get into college. Supposedly, the number of 18 year olds in the US has decreased, yet with the increase in international students, the total amount applying has actually increased. Students need to make decisions about college much earperson you are because karma has lier, yet at 16 and 17 years old, they a nice way of working things out. aren't really ready. • Don't fall in love with one school What strategies help kids get because that will almost guarantee into their top schools? rejection. Applying Early Decision to a re• Don't take rejection personally as alistic school is the best way to go. the admissions process is imper- Make realistic assessments and fect. pull together a balanced list that • Take the SATs or ACT three has breadth so you're well covered. Naviance has been a valuable tool times, maximum. in helping students be realistic. • Do not procrastinate on completing your application, writing your What mistakes do students tend essays or signing up for testing or to make? you will feel overwhelmed by the Make sure students put effort and process. energy into each school applica-

tion. There tends to be a focus on the very top schools and then the interest drops off for safety schools. Admissions will look at those students as not taking the school seriously. What's the biggest surprise about the college application process? It feels so random on who gets in where and why. Results can be unpredictable. The process is also more time consuming than students expect. What trends do you see? More students are interested in schools in the southeast than five years ago. It used to be that if you went south, you went to Duke and Emory. But now we are seeing a surge of applications to College of Charleston, High Point University and Elon University. What would you change about the application process? I'd have schools focus less on scores with more attention on the individual.

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Art in Wellesley Graduating to Workplace Fashion

was always into clothes and fashion," she said. "...All my outfits were always put together days in advance for a week of school."

Wellesley Native's New Book Advises Young Professionals

And Sunday Mass was an event for her "because I could watch the people go

BY DAVE HALPERIN During her time as a corporate recruiter for several Fortune 500 companies, Wellesley native and style consultant Kyle Alexandra Dewar Moreland was charged with finding the best person or people for an open position. She would narrow down stacks of applications and schedule interviews for the company's hiring manager. On paper, there was often little to distinguish the most qualified candidates from one another. In person, however, the wheat, as they say, was separated from the chaff, and sometimes the reason came down to how the candidate dressed. At the very least it could be a warning flag.

A series of pages from Inspiring Confidence for the New College Grad, which advises young professionals on workplace fashion.

their husbands feel better, too, now that their wives are in a better place. "I have husbands who send me thank-you notes," she said. on the opposite page, an outfit designed to show confidence and preparedness in a variety of situations. The photos are offset by comments on the outfits and general office style tips.

The book covers a variety of work"I would talk to candidates on the phone who would be well spoken, place situations, beginning with interviews and moving to who I'd be excited to see, business professional enand then I would go to vironments, business cagreet them and see them sual environments, with a wrinkled shirt and workplace summer outunshaven," she recalled ing scenarios, and more. during a conversation Each circumstance feaabout her new book, Intures two-page spreads spiring Confidence for the for both women and New College Grad. "This men. For example, for would happen on so many the sometimes tricky "caoccasions, and I would say, 'I cannot introduce Style and wardrobe sual Fridays," which threaten to worry the you to the hiring manager.' consultant and auThe hiring manager would thor Kyle Alexandra young professional in Dewar Moreland. his or her first few have been upset with me." weeks in the office, the In general, Dewar Morebook shows a woman wearing land, owner and founder of Kyle "overly trendy clothes," including a Alexandra Wardrobe and Style Con- long sweater vest and leggings. On sulting, based in Wellesley and West- the opposite page, the same model wood, has noticed a trend towards dons a feminine jacket that "instantly lackadaisical and sloppy, even inap- dresses up jeans and completes an propriate, clothing worn by recent outfit." college graduates. Writing about those casual Friday While she acknowledged that jeans, Dewar Moreland explains, "If today's graduates are entering a more jeans are acceptable, you can achieve casual environment than even a a polished look by choosing dark decade ago, she says that those in po- wash jeans for work on Fridays. sition to hire them are probably more Never wear jeans which are ripped or traditional. feature overly decorative back pock"The people who are hiring are part ets." of a generation that dressed for class, And for men on casual Fridays? "A and they find it hard to look past smart, non-iron, button-down sport cargo pants," she stated. shirt is the way to go for Casual FriEnter the book. Inspiring Confidence for the New College Grad is a smartly laid out and eye-catching series of "before and after" photographs of models wearing, first, an inappropriate (or simply less likely to impress) outfit and then,

day," the book suggests. Dewar Moreland's post-corporate career choice as a style consultant is a fitting one that harkens back to her childhood in Wellesley. "Ever since I was a young girl, I

by and look at the outfits they had on." She later found the perfect college environment: the University of Rhode Island provided the opportunity to double major in business and textiles, the latter of which laid a foundation for personalizing others' clothing choices. "It gave me the knowledge and the ability to understand the way fabric lies on different body types, how different fabrics are best for different body types," she explained. Today, that business and style acumen is being put to use at Kyle Alexandra Wardrobe and Style Consulting, which she launched in 2008. "I like to tell people that I do for wardrobes what interior decorators do for homes," she said. Primarily, her clients are corporate executives who lack the time to shop. They'd rather spend their free moments with their families and friends and rely on Dewar Moreland and her staff, which includes her mother, Marilyn Dewar; her sister, Creative Director Cynthia Mikesell; and recent hire Kimberly Calhoun, to get them moving in the right direction. After an initial questionnaire and evaluation of goals and challenges, Dewar Moreland and her client "do a closet pruning session"; she then goes shopping for the client, returning a couple weeks later with options. "I save my clients time and money, and stress. It's very stressful for women to go shopping," she noted, explaining that about 90 percent of her clients are women, with a growing clientele of men. "Many hate it, especially if they've gained weight...they'll get frustrated and just leave [the store]." But with the delivery of new outfits, those same women are relieved, she says. In fact, it makes

And perhaps that's what it comes down to: happiness. As Dewar Moreland states in the book's foreword, college grads should take note that personal style affects self-worth and behavior. "Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between how an in-

dividual feels, thinks, acts or behaves when dressed in a way that reflects a positive image," she writes, adding, "Remember... you only have one chance to make a first impression every day of your life!" To learn more about Kyle Alexandra Wardrobe and Style Consulting visit To purchase Inspiring Confidence for the New College Grad, go to /book-boutique.

College Radio Station Reaches Milestone Wellesley College's radio station, WZLY 91.5 FM, is now 70 years old. Back when it debuted in April of 1942 it was the first all-women college radio station in the country. It was originally titled WBS 730 AM.

In the 1980s, the studio was nicknamed "Electric Ladyland," influenced by Jimi Hendrix's album of the same name. Today 60 student disc jockeys and 14 executive board members keep WZLY alive and well on the airwaves.

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Brooks Honored During Transition Chief Terry Cunningham held a reception at Wellesley Police Headquarters on Friday, April 27, 2012 to honor Deputy Chief William Brooks on his last day of work in Wellesley. Deputy Chief Brooks came to Wellesley shortly after Chief Cunningham took the helm as Wellesley’s Police Chief twelve years ago. Prior to working in Wellesley, Deputy Chief Brooks worked in Norwood and also Westwood as a police officer. His last assignment in Norwood was as a sergeant in charge of the Norwood Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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During the reception, Chief Cunningham spoke about the progress that both the department and the town have made by having Deputy Chief Brooks in Wellesley. Selectman Barbara Searle also spoke to the crowd about the benefits of working with Deputy Chief Brooks on a variety of issues. Other speakers included Sergeant Scott Showstead and Officer Tim Barros, who represented the unions. Several retired officers who worked with Deputy Chief Brooks were on hand, as well as many current town employees, selectmen, and police officers.

Wellesley High School junior Isaac Blake, facing pressure from his mother to cut his trademark mullet finally relented: I'll cut it off if you raise $1,000 for the nonprofit organization Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS), he told her. Following a presentation of a plaque to the Deputy Chief, a video documentary was shown chronicling the Deputy Chief’s move to Norwood. The Deputy Chief then reflected on his experiences in Wellesley and some of the more interesting cases that he worked on.

The motivation behind his statement was the diagnosis of ALS received last year by WHS junior varsity Basketball Coach Paul Seaver. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a rapidly pro-

gressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. CCALS provides support for those living with ALS. Now, mother and son can say "mission accomplished" on both fronts: money donated to CCALS and mullet removed: on April 30, Blake had his hair buzzed off by at the WHS track following a junior varsity baseball game, an event that drew a crowd, including media from local outlets and the Boston Globe.

Deputy Chief Brooks became ‘Chief’ Brooks on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The Wellesley Police Department wishes him well.

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June 1, 2012 June 2 Business of Acting Workshop, Saturday, June 2, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, with Chris Ciulla. Topics Include: How to maximize and succeed in Boston.What jobs are best for an aspiring actor. What are appropriate acting goals. Headshots, Resumes, and Demo Reels. Acting Unions...yes or no, and when. Agents, Managers, and Showcases. Casting Director Workshops...Am I ready? What are the things to AVOID AT ALL COSTS. How to network in BOS, LA, NYC and other acting markets. Chris Ciulla is a credited actor, host, TV producer, and radio personality living in LA. He has created the Business for Acting Workshop so you can make the right choices to create and maintain progress in your acting career in whatever town you reside. He began his acting journey in Boston, performing on stage and in films from 1996-2002. Actors2LA.html. June 3, 10, 17, 24 Sunday Knitting Group, at the Wellesley Free Library, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Arnold Room. Get together to knit, chat, share and work on your knitting projects! Free and open to the public; New members always welcome. For more information, email Barbara Peacock-Coady June 3 Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation Fundraiser, Sunday, June 3, 2012 1:00-3:30pm. Newton North High School (NNHS) Theatre, 457 Walnut Street, Newtonville, MA 02460. Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy is holding a Martial Arts Demonstration, including lion dance, dragon dance, kung fu, tai chi, and Chinese dance -- to benefit the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation. Helen Gee Chin was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and a proponent of preserving the history and promoting the practice of Chinese martial arts. The Foundation awards college scholarships to encourage academic achievement and motivate individuals to become serious martial artists. Tickets are $20 apiece and wheelchair accessible seats are available. For more information, please go to or call 857-234-0770.

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June Calendar of Events June 7 The Basics of Rose Growing, Thursday, June 7 at Elm Bank, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Featuring Irwin Ehrenreich - The Rose Man Nursery. This lecture covers rose history, classification, the year in the rose garden from spring pruning to winter protection and finally, a photo gallery of some of Irwin's rose gardens. Irwin Ehrenreich, owner of The Rose Man, a rose care service on Cape Cod, is an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, Yankee District coordinator for Roses in Review, past president of The Seaside Rosarians, and Lower Cape Rose Society, as well as a Master Gardener. Presentations will begin at 7pm and go until all questions are answered. The classes are priced at $12 for members and $15 for non-members unless otherwise indicated. There is no need to preregister and you may pay at the class. June 7 Author Talk at the Wellesley Free Library. Wellesley Author, Nicole Bernier. Join us for a celebration of the launch of her novel, The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. Thursday, June 7, 7 PM in the Wakelin Room. Free and Open to the Public. June 13 Write Right for Kids: a writer's group, at Wellesley Free Library, Wednesday June 13, 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM. Arnold Room. Are you writing a children's book and need support? Wellesley Free library invites you to join a new support group for writers of children’s literature where you can share your work and offer or receive encouragement and constructive criticism. This is an open group and registration is not required. Join us to share in the writing experience. June 16 The MOPO Miler Open Water Swim. June 16, 9:30 am Start. Who: 16 to Adult. Under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver. What: 1/2 mile or 1 mile course, non sanctioned event. When: June 16, 2012. Check in 9 am/Start 9:30 am. Where: Morses Pond, 99 Turner Road, Day of event phone: 781.431.7724. Why: The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope.

Melanoma awareness & prevention. Activity #888888-01 for online registration. Cost: $20.00 includes t-shirt. Registration deadline: June 1 June 21 Composting. Thursday, June 21 2012, 7:00pm-8:30pm at Elm Bank. Featuring Ann McGovern Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. You can improve your soil while getting rid of nearly half of your household garbage by composting. Compost is the basis for healthy soil. Healthy soil grows healthy lawns and gardens without the need for pesticides or chemical fertilizers. You can have a beautiful yard without using chemicals that can harm children, pets and the environment. Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, yard waste and even paper towels into black gold that will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth. This workshop covers easy composting methods, different types of bins, indoor worm composting for apartment-dwellers, and how compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden. Ann McGovern is the Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator and composting outreach specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She coordinates Massachusetts' home composting education program and compost bin grant program, through which over 110,000 compost bins have been distributed to the public. She has taught the composting session for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) Organic Landcare Certification Course since 2003, and for the Mass. Horticultural Society's Master Gardener Training program since 1994. In March 2005, the PBS show "Ask This Old House" featured Ann as guest expert in a home composting segment. Ann is an avid gardener and finds most enjoyment when nature thrives in her small suburban lot. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and has done postgraduate work in Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked for DEP since 1989. Presentations will begin at 7pm and go until all questions are answered. The classes are priced at $12 for mem-

bers and $15 for non-members unless otherwise indicated. There is no need to pre-register and you may pay at the class. June 25-27 Mommy or Daddy & Me Kayaking. (Parent & child 1 - 5 years old). Mon - Wed, 2:30 - 4 p.m., June 25 - 27. $100. Instructor: Still River Outfitters. In addition to basic paddling and safety skills, we help parents adapt our proven strategies to comfortably paddle with a toddler. This class is taught in stable recreational kayaks where the child will sit safely between the parent’s legs in the kayak’s cockpit. This class is appropriate for parents and their child between 1 and 5. Location: Dug Pond, Natick Min: 1pair/Max: 4 pairs. lesleyMA_Recreation/Brochure or 781-235-2370. June 27 Atticus matinee at the Senior Center. The tragedy and triumph of To Kill A Mockingbird comes to life as character actor Richard Clark presents“Atticus” on Wednesday June 27 at 1pm. This courtroom drama, the poignant interactions between father and chil-

dren, the harsh realities of bigotry and hatred blend to make this a compelling theatrical event. Coffee and dessert will be served. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wellesley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.” Please call to register 781-235-3961. June 30 Caregiver Rescue, sponsored by the Wellesley Council on Aging and West Suburban Area Alzheimer’s Partnership. Saturday June 30 join us at 9:30 for registration and refreshments followed by the program from 10-12, Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Library 530 Washington Street. Come and learn how to improve the way we as caregivers, and those we care for, think, feel, behave, and remember. This workshop will give you powerful tools to lower stress levels, improve overall health and well being, and feel better! You can achieve all this while minimizing the use of medications. Our speaker is Miguel Rivera, MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Medical Director TriYoga International. Dr. Rivera is also the Medical Director of Mental Health and Well-Being at seven assisted living and long term care facilities in Sarasota, FL. REGISTRATION IS AT THE DOOR— NO RSVP NECESSARY


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Bank Robber Runs Away During Marathon On Monday, April 16 at approximately 2:23 p.m. the Wellesley Police Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from an employee at TD Bank North located at 999 Worcester Street in Wellesley indicating that the bank had been robbed by an unknown party. Sergeant Jeff Renzella arrived within a minute of the call and began a search of the area on foot,

male, possibly in his 30s, 5’8�- 6� feet in height, wearing a light colored fitted baseball hat, sunglasses, a white button down shirt, khaki shorts and boat shoes. The party passed a note and no weapon was visible. The unknown party is believed to have fled west on foot after leaving the bank. Several Wellesley Police Officers responded to the area to search for the suspect and were assisted by officers from the Natick Police Department. Wellesley Police Detectives responded to process the scene A State Police K9 was requested and responded to assist in a ground search of the area surrounding the bank.

Sargent Brian Spencer was promoted by Selectmen to Sargent in March.

directing other arriving units. Several Wellesley Police officers responded from the Boston Marathon route where they were doing traffic and crowd control. The Natick Police assisted in the search as well. The bank employee described the unknown party as a white

This incident in currently under investigation and no further information was available as of press time.

In other Wellesley Police news, Officer Brian Spencer received a promotion. On Tuesday, March 20, Chief Terry Cunningham and Deputy Chief Brooks appeared before the Wellesley Board of Selectmen to recommend that Officer Spencer be promoted to the rank of sergeant. The Board of Selectmen overwhelmingly

A police K9 unit investigates a Marathon Day robbery at TD Bank on Route 9.

agreed, and Officer Spencer was promoted. Officer Spencer currently serves as the Wellesley Police Department's safety and school liaison officer and has twenty-five years of experience in the field of law enforcement. He worked as a patrolman for the Lexington Police department from 1987 to 1995. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department and the Governor’s

Alliance Against Drugs, both in a capacity where he supervised the work of others. In 2000, he was hired as a patrolman with the Wellesley Police Department. In his capacity as the school liaison officer, he oversees the Town’s school crossing guards, designs and presents educational programs to children in the Town’s grammar, middle and high schools, serves on the Youth Commission, attends meetings of, and

liaises with, school PTO’s, prosecutes criminal cases at juvenile court, works with the Town’s elder population and along with the Town’s Youth Director runs a youth academy for middle school students every summer. Officer Spencer holds a Bachelor’s degree Criminal Justice from Suffolk University and has completed extensive training, much of it in the areas of crime prevention and child safety.

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The selection process included focus Wellesley School Committee Announces Lussier groups, interviews, and onBY ZACKARY LAMOTHE accessible and approachable, has a line surveys. Eighty individuals proven track record of leadership consisting of parents, students, town skills, and who, overall, would be a residents, and teachers provided At the School Committee meeting visionary leader as the school dis- feedback on the three finalists. The on May 8, Dr. David Lussier was trict marches further into the 21st three finalists were interviewed exnamed as the next Superintendent century. tensively by central office adminisof Wellesley Public Schools. The meeting was held in the impressive Richardsonian Romanesque styled Town Hall, a perfect backdrop for the unveiling of the new head of schools. The well-attended meeting included concerned citizens, the press, as well as students. The meeting was chaired by School Committee member K.C. Kato, whom the other committee members lauded for her in-depth and definitive role in the selection process. The meeting began with Kato outlining the exhaustive process of finding a new head of schools. The Committee had certain traits in mind when picking the ideal candidate, members said. The school district was looking for someone who advocates collaboration, is a strong communicator, who believes in raising the bar for all students, is

Members of the School Committee discuss their new choice for Superintendent. Photos by Zackary Lamothe.

The selection process was narrowed down from 25 highly qualified candidates to eight. In the end, three finalists were chosen, with Dr. David Lussier being selected unanimously by the School Committee.

Greening WMS BY DAVE HALPERIN The Wellesley Middle School Green Team continues to make its presence known in Wellesley and beyond.

The club was recently honored with a Green Difference award from Project Green Schools, while the club's 8th grade leaders, Keenan Ashbrook and Matthew Hornung were given Presidential Youth Environmental Awards through the EPA for their efforts.

tration, parents, principals, and students. The town as a whole was able to participate in the process so comprehensively in part because the interviews with the candidates were put online via Wellesley-

"We're a group of students at Wellesley Middle School who are looking to improve environmental awareness in the school and the town," explained Ashbrook. The Green Team is the group behind the school's Litter-less Lunch Program and its two-year old community garden, which was started last year but was expanded during the current school year. In addition In addition to Lussier, the finalists included Dr. Judith Paolucci, who is the Superintendent of Schools in Yarmouth, Maine; and Dr. Gerald Hill, Superintendent of Glenview District 34 in Glenview, Illinois. Hill had recently accepted a position in Michigan, so the finalists were Lussier, Paolucci, or someone to fill the position only for the interim. New WPS Superintendent Dr. David Lussier In the end, Lussier was the choice among the members award while teaching Social Studies at Andover High School in of the School Committee. 2000. Dr. David Lussier is currently the After leaving the classroom, he Executive Director of the Office of became the Associate Director of Educator Quality in the school disDomestic Policy at the White trict of Austin, Texas. Lussier was House. Lussier’s extensive resume, born and grew up in Massachusetts professional ideologies, and perwhere he earned a Bachelor’s desonal attributes endeared him to gree at UMass Lowell, a Master's Wellesley, which led to his selection degree at Boston University, and another Master's along with a Doc- as the individual who will take the torate in education at Harvard Uni- Wellesley School District to the versity. He won the highly coveted next level. Lussier will begin his Massachusetts Teacher of the Year position on July 1.

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Dear Scarlett Dear Scarlett: So there's a boy in our school that keeps saying annoying comments about my friend. My friend is nice to everyone, loves sports and gets a lot more positive attention than the boy harassing him. Recently, this kid made up a lie saying my friend says everyone on his team sucks. But now he hit an all time low and used the Internet to email a power point photo collage saying my friend is gay and making fun of him. My friend ignores it but it's gotten out of hand. What should I tell him? Love, Nobody Deserves This Abuse

men overseas and random people and started sexy conversations. When I saw me as this stranger, I burst in tears! This wasn't me, and I would never say those things. Facebook has so many of these cases that they don't have time to investigate quickly. After researching and talking to police, we found out it was a young, shy 6th grade girl who spent an unusual amount of time on her computer. It took some time to delete the false account, but through parental involvement, it finally got done. I'm sharing my story with others so hopefully others won't accept strangers on Facebook.

Senior Project Funds Polaris Project H.S. Fashion Show Exhibits Local Stores' Clothing Lines BY DAVE HALPERIN Two Wellesley High School seniors raised $600 for the Polaris Project as part of their senior project.

Tyler Chryssicas and Rebecca Forman created, designed, and produced a fashion show that took place in the high

Love, Dear Nobody Deserves This Abuse: You sound like a great friend to have. More kids like you should speak up to help others - even if they seem like kids who can handle it. Let someone in his family know that he's being cyber-bullied, and hopefully they will involve the school and family. Some parents will make excuses for their kid to justify the behavior. They may even blame the victim because they don't want to learn the truth. In this case, your friend sounds like someone who is strong enough to handle it because he ignores it. That's an unusually mature response. But some other kids might avoid going to school, physically fight back, develop anxiety and even consider taking their life. The worst part of this story is attacking an innocent group of people just because of their sexual orientation. By alerting adults who want to stop bullying, you are actually helping everyone involved. Love, Scarlett Dear Scarlett: Somebody who I don't know friended me on Facebook, and I accepted because we had mutual friends. After a few months, some kids told me about a young girl that kept talking about me. Then I learned that someone had actually stolen my Facebook pictures, invented a new name and created a fictional Facebook account. This mystery person friended

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Dear Identity Fraud Victim: Thanks for sharing your experience. Young adults have no idea how using computers to forge identities can damage people, not to mention that it's a felony. And kids don't do it because they are bad some try it to see what life is like as someone else. It's a curiosity that starts by admiring a person but can quickly spiral into an obsession. That's why any child that spends too much time locked in their room on the computer usually needs parents to intervene immediately and help them discover a talent or passion. Some kids spend too much time on the computer because they are socially awkward and feel more confident when they chat on computers. Parents should involve school guidance counselors to help their child connect socially so they don't retreat to their comfortable computer world. It will be challenging at first to enter into awkward social situations but eventually they figure out how to make real friends and connect with people. They may fight parents at first but don't give up!

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The models, boys and girls from all high school grade levels, were chosen by Chryssicas and Forman because of another meaning of the word "model." Chryssicas said each model is also a role model at the school. The girls' chosen charity, the Polaris Project, is an international organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking and modern-day slavery. According to the Polaris Project, victims of modern day human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. To defeat this growing problem, Polaris Project provides support to victims, advocates for legislative action to clamp down on the industry, raises awareness through media, runs a 24-hour hotline, and much more.

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Other senior projects this year included producing a dog show, shadowing executives to research potential careers, helping WHS athletic trainers, and assisting a teacher in class. Many of the senior projects raise money for charities.

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Farmers' Market Open for Business The new Wellesley Farmers' Market's Grand Opening Celebration took place on May 10. In this photo, 8th grader Keenan Ashbrook tries out Land Sakes Farm's bicycle-powered blender. Vendors at the regular Thursday market,

from 2-5 p.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot include Sunshine Farm (Sherborn), The Herb Pharmacy( Salisbury), Of the Earth Farm(Groton), Warner Farms (South Deerfield), Land’s Sake Farm (Weston), Carlson Orchards (Harvard), Stow

Greenhouses( Stow), West River Creamery (Londonderry, VT), Big Sky Bakery(Needham), and Sprouted Raw Foods(Needham). Photo by Dave Halperin.

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The Human Relations Service Honors Dr. Cheryl Maloney The Human Relations Service (HRS) held its Seventh Annual Arnold Kerzner Award Dinner and Auction to benefit The Human Relations Service on Tuesday, May 15 at Hunnewell House at Elm Bank, Wellesley. Celebrity Chefs included: Geoff Gardner, Sel de la Terre; Mitchell Maxwell, Maxwell’s 148; Derek Labounty, The Cottage Restaurant, and Richard Rayment, Seaport Boston Hotel. Celebrity Auctioneer will be Susan Wornick, WCVB-TV Boston. HRS honored Dr. Cheryl Maloney, the Superintendent of Weston Public Schools. HRS has been an important partner in her educational work over the years. In her own words, “As I look back on my 27 years as an educator in the Weston Public Schools, no matter what position I have held, I cannot imagine working without the support of HRS. HRS has also been there when

each of our districts needed help coping with tragedy, working with entire schools and individuals.” The Human Relations Service (HRS) is the non-profit community mental health agency serving

Wellesley, Weston and Wayland. Founded in 1948, HRS was the first clinic in the nation to emphasize prevention, as well as treatment, in its programs. Today, HRS provides a wide variety of clinical, consultation, community education and employee

assistance services. Sliding-scale fees are available to residents who can’t afford the full cost of care. Up to 25% of HRS’ clients qualify for such fees in any given year. The funds raised at this annual event help ensure that HRS can keep providing the highest quality care to those in need and continue to support the well-being of our community. We hope you will join us for an evening of delicious food from local celebrity chefs, entertainment, fine wines and spirits, and an auction at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. Tickets to the dinner are $250 per person. Many funding opportunities exist at all levels (ads, tributes, table hosting) within various levels of donations. To donate or learn more about HRS call Director of Development, Donna Poretsky at 781-235-4950.

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Wellesley Sports

Girls tennis takes ‘no-stopping us now’ attitude BY MIKE STOLLER In his 11th year at the helm, Wellesley High girls’ tennis coach Alan Brazier knows a good thing when he sees one. Brazier’s Raiders may not be as strong record-wise as last year’s 18-2 team, but don’t tell the head mentor that’s a deterrent to any postseason possibilities. In fact, Brazier thinks his squad has the potential to get back to the Division 1 South Sectional semifinals like last year’s group, and maybe go even further. “I think so, I think our best tennis is ahead of us,” Brazier said after the Raiders posted a 5-0 late season win over Milton, one of Wellesley’s rivals in the Bay State Conference Herget Division. Brazier was right on the mark, as the Raiders went on to defeat BSC

cause. “Quite an accomplishment,” Brazier said of Henry’s long run in the top spot, noting the star plans to continue her tennis career at Holy Cross in the fall. “She’s dedicated year round, and plays aggressively in the offseason.”

heavyweight Brookline, 3-2, in mid-May, improving to 7-3 overall and 7-3 in the BSC. At that time, Wellesley was still battling Natick (9-1, 8-1 BSC) for the Herget title, and the two teams were slated to play each other in their last match of the season. The state tourney seeds were scheduled to be announced near the end of Wellesley senior captain and No. 1 singles standout Abby Henry goes up for the serve the May.

during Brookline's stunning 3-2 win over host

“We’re growing,” Bra- Brookline in May. Photo by Mike Stoller. zier said. “[The goal is] to get back to where we were last sponded with a winning formula in year to the semifinals and to im- both the singles and doubles cirprove all the way to the South Sec- cuits. tional finals.” Certainly, having senior captain Abby Henry back for her fourth While the Raiders lost five starters straight season as the team’s No. 1 to graduation last spring, including singles standout has helped the both doubles teams, they have re-

Boys Lacrosse Topping Herget BY LIZZY SNELL

in league play, as of May 15.

The Wellesley boys’ lacrosse team continues to power their way to the top of the Bay State Conferenceg 's Herget Division while planning a strong run at a state championship. With 18 seniors leading the way, the Raiders boasted a 13-3 record, 9-0

“I think the seniors and juniors this year still have that thought in their mind that we didn’t win last year,” said senior goaltender Connor Darcey. “That’s basically what gets us motivated to win. We know what happens if we take a day off. We want to make the most of it.”

Senior Oliver Saffrey agreed, and said the seniors try and make sure to help the younger kids where they can. “We have a lot of guys that stepped up, helping the younger kids figure out where they’re supposed to be on the field and we try to have that at least,” Saffrey said. “And some-

In the No. 2 slot is fellow senior leader Katie Cecere, who played in the same role last year, moving up from first doubles after her sophomore campaign. Cecere is followed by No. 3 Allie Hale, who’s made the switch from doubles play, and is “growing into the role dealing with the pressure,” Brazier said. Both players had 5-3 records as of mid may, while Henry stood at 4-3. At first doubles, junior Amanda Harkary and sophomore Olivia Stein have moved up from junior varsity, where they teamed up a bit last year. This spring, Harkary and Stein were posting a 5-2 record well past the season’s midway point. Brazier said their most impressive effort came against Carey Division powerhouse Needham, when Harkary and Stein defeated their strong opponents, 6-3, 6-4, despite the Raiders’ team loss.


Another reliable player has been senior Emily Weinstein, who has filled in admirably in doubles play. “She’s the kind of player I can put in and feel comfortable,” Brazier said. While the Raiders have suffered tough losses to non-league powerhouses Hingham and Newton South and conference rival Needham, the win over Brookline added to a list of solid victories, which also included a 5-0 win over BSC strong foe Newton North, one that Brazier thought was very encouraging. “We’re improving as a team, and everyone is improving in their spots,” the coach said.

title is their first goal and winning a state championship is the ultimate one.

The Raiders dominated Braintree 15-2 on May 14, an impressive and much needed win after losing to topranked Duxbury, 9-3, the previous Friday.

After Braintree though, Darcey kept his sights on the next task at hand; playing Newton North on May 16.

Coach Rocky Batty said the most difficult aspect going into the Braintree game was ensuring that the team stayed focus, a task not always easy after a loss and several off days.

The Raiders still manage to outscore their opponents almost 114, but the players say that working with a comfortable lead doesn’t affect how they view or play the game.

“We’ve always been a deep team, so it’s not a surprise, but I’m very pleased with how they’ve played as team,” Brazier said. “They had wins against some very tough teams.”

times it works for us, other times it takes a little motivation by Coach but we work it out.”

“I want to make sure their minds are still on the game,” Batty said. “Braintree wanted to compete; every team wants to compete that’s always the tough part.”

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Meanwhile, the second doubles duo of senior Tess Harrington and sophomore Tory Neville have kept up Wellesley’s tradition of deep depth in the lineup, sporting a perfect 5-0 ledger.

“It was a game that we had to execute on,” Saffrey said after beating Braintree. “We want to win the Bay State titles when it comes down to it. That was one of our goals at the beginning of the year and we took another step to getting close to that today.” Darcey was quick to agree with his teammate and said the Bay State

“[It’s going to take] hard work, we need to generate shots and shut them down on defense,” Darcey said. Going into Wednesday’s game, the Tigers sat atop the Bay State Carey conference and were also 9-0 in league play and outscoring their opponents 10-5. At this point last year, the Raiders were undefeated, a record that they unfortunately weren’t able to hold on to all the way through the playoffs, suffering a heartbreaking 7-5 loss to Medfield in the quarterfinals. That comparison isn’t one that the Raiders are thinking about though. What it comes down to according to the players is taking it one game at a time and remembering to keep the ultimate goal on the horizon. “The seniors have been here for four years, and we unfortunately found out what losing in the playoffs feels like three times in a row,” Saffrey said. “We want to get away from that, break that curse if you will.”

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Wellesley Sports Lauer a champion in 5,000 meters for Colby women

WHS Baseball After a 5-1 start, Wellesley baseball hit a rough patch in the middle of the season, with five losses in eight games. But the team pressed on, recording wins against Milton, Natick, Dedham, and, on May 17 they beat Newton North 4-0 as they hoped to right the ship. Photos by Connie Main.

Pitcher Connor Russell and Catcher Jack Porter.

Colby College's Eva Lauer won the battle of first-year runners and is a New England Division III champion in the 5,000-meter run after winning the event at the 2012 New England Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at MIT. Lauer, from Wellesley, will get to defend her title next year at home when the Mules host the New England meet at Harold Alfond Stadium. She had a time of 17 minutes, 21.19 seconds to hold off fellow first-years Alison Smith (17:23.96) of Williams College and Elaine McVay (17:26.37) of MIT in the field of 18.

Avery Brooks steals second against Norwood.

Peter Stabnick rounds third base during a recent game against Milton.

Brittany Reardon added a fourth in the pole vault (11-1.75) and was fifth in the 100 hurdles (14.73). Brittney Bell also had a fourth in the 400 dash (58.20), Berol Dewdney had a time

John Picking slides into third against Norwood.

Kevin Superko on the mound, with his brother, Tim, playing first.

of 11:04.35 to take sixth in the 3,000 steeplechase, Annabelle Hicks (Coventry, Conn.) was seventh in the 100 dash (12.53) after finishing second in prelims (12.35), Karyn King was ninth in the heptathlon (3,528 points), and Frances Onyilagha took ninth in the 200 dash (25.87). Colby's 400 relay team of Bell, Reardon, Onyilagha, and Hicks were third out of 21 teams in 47.70. Meanwhile, the 1,600 relay squad of Laura Duff (East Greenwich, R.I.), Kate MacNamee (Rye, N.H.), Bell, and Hicks took fourth in 3:58.49. Maeve McGovern (Stowe, Vt.) took 11th place for Colby in the 3,000 steeplechase (39:24.36) and Abbott Matthews (Wilson, N.C.) had the same finish in the hammer throw (140-09).

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Women’s Center Wellesley College Appoints Layli Maparyan as Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women WCW Announces New Executive Director Layli Maparyan Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly today announced the appointment of Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., as the new Katherine Stone Kaufmann ’67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations conducting scholarly research and developing action programs centered on women’s and girls’ perspectives. Maparyan will assume her new responsibilities effective July 1, 2012. “I am so pleased that Dr. Maparyan will join Wellesley in this important role,” said Bottomly. “Her work on women’s issues and her dynamic leadership abilities are ideal for building upon the Centers’ legacy of influential and groundbreaking programming. The invaluable work by scholars at the Centers—undertaken in the United States and abroad—reflects Wellesley’s century-long commitment to investing in women and women’s leadership.”

“As executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, I see my role as working to identify cutting-edge frontiers of policy development, expanding sources of funding, and ensuring that WCW continues to attract and support leading scholars to maintain the rigorous standard of research for which the Centers is known,” said Maparyan. “I’m committed to women’s issues across a wide spectrum—and further, to the role of scholarship in informing meaningful change in the broader community.” From 2003 to the present, Maparyan served at Georgia State University as associate professor in the Women’s Studies Institute (WSI) and associated faculty of the Department of African American Studies. At Georgia State, she has been graduate director of the WSI as well as a University senator. Previously, Maparyan had served as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for African-American Studies at the

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University of Georgia, where she was founding co-director of the Womanist Studies Consortium. Her civic engagement includes coordinating the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Women’s Initiative in Atlanta. Maparyan will hold a faculty appointment in Wellesley College’s Department of Africana Studies.

Known best for her scholarship in the area of womanism, Maparyan has also published significantly in the areas of adolescent development, social

identities, Black LGBTQ studies, and the history of psychology. Her scholarly publications include two books, The Womanist Reader and The Womanist Idea, as well as chapters in books, including Locating Women’s Studies: Theorizing Critical Concepts for a 21st Century Field; The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, Vol. 2.; and Evolving Perspectives on the History of Psychology. Her journal articles have appeared in the Journal of African American Studies; Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research; Women and Therapy; and Adolescence. Maparyan’s work has been funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships Program, and the Fulbright Specialists Program, among others. Earlier this year, she was recognized with an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for outstanding teaching that influences social action and change. Womanism is a social change perspective that focuses on what everyday women from around the world can contribute to global dialogues about social and environmental problems. It is historically rooted in the cultural perspectives of women of color, particularly Africana women, and integrates

social, ecological, and spiritual dimensions into the change process, with the goal of creating wellbeing for families and communities. Maparyan's work focuses on the global applicability of the womanist perspective, encompassing people of all genders and backgrounds. "Work at the Wellesley Centers for Women builds on the belief that when the world is good for women and girls, it will be good for everyone,” says Sylvia FerrellJones, president and chief executive officer of the YWCA Boston

and also a member of the WCW Board of Overseers and Search Committee. "With equal rights, women's status, leadership parity, and accessible, quality education and child care still challenged in the U.S. and abroad, a commitment to research and action for women has never been more needed." Maparyan received her B.A. in philosophy from Spelman College; her M.S. in psychology from Penn State University, State College; and her Ph.D. in psychology from Temple University. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled "Adolescent Ethnic Identity and Adjustment: Relation to Ethnic Characteristics of the Peer Context." “This is an exciting time for the Wellesley Centers for Women and Wellesley College,” said Ellen Gill Miller, interim chair of the WCW Board of Overseers and co-chair of the Search Committee. “The exhaustive search process that we undertook reflects on the extraordinary combination of personal and intellectual qualities that Dr. Maparyan brings to this position. She is an inspiring thought leader whose scholar-activist vision will contribute tremendously to the Centers’ mission and expertise.”

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“For almost four decades, the Wellesley Centers for Women has made vital contributions to Wellesley's historic mission as an advocate for women's education, women's perspectives, and women's leadership,” noted Andrew Shennan, provost and dean of the College. “Under Layli Maparyan's direction, and building on the remarkable legacy of former director Susan McGee Bailey, WCW is poised to extend the reach and influence of its own work in exciting directions, and thereby to amplify Wellesley College's voice in the world.” Since 1974, scholars at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) have conducted research and action projects that inform public policy and shape public opinion. At the heart of the Centers’ work is the intersection of gender, race, social class, and sexuality—core foundations for future directions. Work at the Centers focuses on three major areas: the social and economic status of women and girls and the advancement of human rights; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional well-being of families and individuals. With more than 70 staff members and an annual budget of $7 million, the WCW encompasses a wide range of research and action projects. Work at WCW has been groundbreaking. Research undertaken on peer sexual harassment in schools, child care for younger and school-aged children, equitable education, and women’s representation on corporate boards raised public consciousness and continues to inform policy and practices. Scholars at the Centers have examined complex issues of gender, racial/ethnic, and sexual identity across the life course and social-emotional wellbeing. Relational-Cultural Theory, developed at WCW, changed counseling and psychotherapy practices as well as public understanding of factors contributing to psychological health. Some of the Centers’ newest initiatives promote women’s social, legal, and economic status, including advancing women’s human rights in Asia and the Arab world. The Centers is also home to Women’s Review of Books, the leading feminist review for writing by and about women, which has been published since 1983.

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Students Drive Flag-Raising Effort BY DAVE HALPERIN

It was still a long ways from Flag Day, but something had to be done. Noticing a tattered flag flying in front of the Wellesley Middle School, one middle school Boy Scout wondered if the appropriate action could be taken: retire the old flag and raise a new one to honor the country. First that student spoke with WMS Principal Jamie Chisholm, who offered his support, and then he spurred his fellow troop members to action.

Matthew Hornung, right and members of Troops 185 and 182 salute the flag. Photos by Dave Halperin. Out with the old, in with the new.

In short, 8th grader Matthew Hornung and his comrades from Troop 185, along with additional Scouts from Troop 182, conceived of, planned, orchestrated, and performed the ceremony. Additionally, they also did all the fundraising necessary to purchase the new flag. "Back in January I noticed the flag was really out of shape, and I wanted to do something about it," Hornung said. "I've always found the flag is important and in my opinion it seems somewhat neglected in this town."

Middle school musicians Liam Skelly (left) and Leon Tiong.

Troop 185 with members of Troop 182 and youngsters Cole Lysaght and A.J. Masiello.

"It was all their idea," said Chisholm on May 3, the day of the ceremony. "I'm proud of the guys for thinking of it and getting it going."

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The flag-raising was attended by a crowd of students and staff from the WMS community and supporters from the community at large, including Suzy Littlefield and Diane Campbell from the School Committee and Navy veteran and WMS teacher Ken Johnson. Two younger Scouts from Fiske Elementary School also attended: Cole Lysaght and A.J. Masiello. The ceremony began with the Scouts calling folks to attention. They then lowered the old flag, properly folded it for storage, and raised the new one before leading everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. WMS Band Teacher Henry Platt and student musicians Leon Tiong and Liam Skelly played Taps and other tunes. Johnson appeared at the ceremony in his Navy whites. "I think this is tremendous," he said. "It's an awesome tribute and it's impressive - I'm very impressed by Matthew."

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