Limit outdoor lighting to what’s necessary

Many Wellesley residents enjoy refining their landscaping and outdoor decor to the utmost specification, seeking the highest level of aesthetic quality that most effectively showcases their carefully-manicured shrubbery and meticulously-constructed patios.  Often times, this showcasing can extend into nighttime hours, providing a need for various light fixtures and arrangements.  It’s the seemingly harmless appearance of…

What’s up with the overgrown grass at Morton Circle?

Wellesley’s summer months feature freshly-cut green lawns and precisely manicured landscaping on public and private property. That’s what makes the field bordered by Town Hall, Morton Circle, and the Police Station look particularly out of place.  Unlike most of Wellesley’s grassy areas, the field will serve as a pilot site for two cordoned-off sections of…

Sprague students build wind turbines as part of an interactive presentation on climate change provided by Change is Simple on Monday. (Courtesy Photo)

Change is Simple brings climate education to Sprague

Every student who passes through the Wellesley Public Schools covers the basics: math, science, English and history.  New to the district in the last few years is a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well.  But a topic the district still faces a deficit in coverage of is climate change and environmental…

The killer lurking in your front yard

As the average Wellesley homeowner meanders around the town’s many residential neighborhoods, often times the most visible manifestation of Wellesley’s character is the aesthetic appeal of different homes’ attractively manicured lawns.  But hidden beneath their apparent beauty, many of these lawns contain a potentially-dangerous secret: the presence of toxic pesticides. Pesticides are defined by the…

Why the North 40 is still a hot topic

With a new name, mission and website, the Friends of the North 40 took center stage during many of the festivities last weekend, with “Raptors, Goats and You” on the North 40 itself, a table at the Sustainable Living Festival, a walking group in the parade, and an informational booth at the fireworks.  But even…

Boston Building Resources to exhibit at Sustainable Living Festival

One among 37 other exhibitors at May 16’s Sustainable Living Festival at the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant, Boston Building Resources (BBR) will spend the Saturday promoting sustainable building and the benefits of donating building materials for reuse.  A consumer cooperative, BBR is a local company that manages a wide variety of projects and programs that…