Response to proposal for the North 40

In response to Dick Carls’s letter to the editor, “A Proposal for the North 40,” Mr. Carls starts by asking, “Why should Wellesley lease just under half of its 47-acre North 40 to a qualified not-for-profit CCRC, to establish a continuing care retirement community?” and ends with asking, “...what’s not to be liked?”

I agree with the writer that there is strong demand for affordable senior housing in Wellesley. So let me respond by asking this question, “Why would you use the undisturbed North 40 land and aquifer, 1.0 miles and a 20 minute walk from the Tolles Parsons Center, housing the Wellesley Council on Aging, to build a Continuing Care Retirement Community, with all its traffic on Weston Road, instead of at Morton Park on Washington Street, exactly across the street from the Wellesley Council on Aging? (See the attached Google map.)

Michael Tobin

Town Meeting member, Precinct G

Cottage Street

 

League of Women Voters thanks participants for successful event

The League of Women Voters of Wellesley thanks the entire standing-room-only crowd for attending Meet the Candidates Night on March 1. Since its inception in the 1930s, this highly popular event has drawn voters eager to hear candidates’ views on topical townwide issues.

The LWV of Wellesley is deeply grateful to the Wellesley Board of Selectmen for its resolution on the LWVW’s 80th anniversary. “The Resolution,” read by Ellen Gibbs, recognizes the League’s enduring contributions to the town, noting, “the League of Women Voters of Wellesley has held the public trust by respectfully fostering dialogue and the exchange of information among elected leaders and the public to promote a more informed, engaged citizenry and responsive government” and commending the League for its “vital role in our community by encouraging citizen engagement on important town issues, promoting increased voter participation, helping to prepare Town Meeting members for decisions made at Town Meeting and providing opportunities for voters to meet and hear from candidates for public offices.”

The value of Roche Bros’ sponsorship of Meet the Candidates Night cannot be overstated. Their generous support underwrites the event, subsidizes publication of the Election Guide and this year included a gift of a delicious 80th anniversary cake. We appreciate the Wellesley Townsman outstanding election coverage and support for publication of the Election Guide. We extend special thanks to Wellesley Public Media for broadcasting the event live, on Wellesley cable TV and on-demand at http://wellesleymedia.org.

Many others contributed to the success of the event: LWV volunteers, the Wellesley Free Library staff and volunteers from the WHS Key Club. First and foremost, we thank those who attended, the candidates for their willingness to serve and the voters who went to the polls on Tuesday.

All are welcome to attend the many events hosted by the LWV of Wellesley throughout the year. For a full listing, please visit our website, http://lwvwellesley.org.

Erica Johnson, VP for Voter Services

The League of Women Voters of Wellesley

 

Send a kid to camp

Summer is, believe it or not, just around the corner and for many of us that means summer camp. Camp means so many things to so many people. It evokes memories of lifetime friendships, memories of activities from a time gone by; remember gimp, how about four square?

Beyond the memories, going to camp can be an enriching experience. Children learn concepts of teamwork, gain independence and develop self-confidence. Campers are physically active learning new games, playing outside and going swimming. Field trips offer opportunities to go to some really fun places and crafts help to bring out the creativity in everyone.

The best thing is that what has been described is available right here in Wellesley. Wellesley Recreation newly imagined summer day camps for kids grades K–8. Camp Joey, grades K-2, is held at the Warren Recreation building and Camp Q, grades 3-8, will be held at the high school. We also have a counselor in training program, Project Extreme, for ages 14-15. It is held at Warren.

Sadly, summer camp just isn’t in everyone’s family budget. That’s why the Wellesley Recreation Department has had a long-standing relationship with Wellesley Friendly Aid. Without Friendly Aid working with local families in need, many children wouldn’t have a safe, fun place to spend their summer days.

Last summer, the Recreation Department and Friendly Aid granted $79,473 in scholarships. Friendly Aid provided $43,012 of that total, $36,461 came from the Recreation Department, money that was either raised or generated by program fees. The rest came from other outside sources. These scholarships went to Wellesley kids, your neighbors. Wellesley Friendly Aid is about to begin their annual camp fund appeal. You may receive a letter from Friendly Aid asking for a donation to help support this worthy cause.

The Recreation Department would like to encourage you to donate and help “send a kid to camp.”

Matt Chin

Recreation director

Washington Street