OPINION: Don’t let sustainable government disappear in Wellesley

Every system has its deficiencies.  In Wellesley’s case, oftentimes these systematic deficiencies emerge when it comes to putting thought to sustainability in governmental decisions.  When the Town recently entered renewed negotiations with Comcast, elected officials neglected to pursue more energy efficient set-top boxes in their discussions, despite receiving suggestions to do so.  Similarly, a recent…

Sustainability hits the streets on July 18

The opportunities to get involved in guiding Wellesley to greater sustainability are aplenty, but oftentimes residents have difficulty fitting in grassroots work into their busy lives.  For the average overwhelmed resident, an easy way to show their support for local sustainability with minimal time commitment is right around the corner; simply stop by Saturday’s July…

OPINION: The real cause for “alarm”

A very alarming, yet unfortunately prevalent expression of the opinion that man-made climate change is a hoax was recently published on WickedLocal.com in a letter to the editor.  Beliefs like this, beyond being simply alarming, are dangerous.  It is completely unacceptable that in 2015, so many in this country remain in denial of the incontrovertible…

Milkweed is vital to monarch butterflies' survival and grows wild throughout town.

Wellesley residents fight for butteflies

Monarch butterflies, for their role as pollinators, are one of the most vital species to North American ecosystems. However, they are reported as one of the most threatened species, with a 90 percent decrease in population size over the past few years, as reported by The Boston Globe. This decline is due to deforestation of…

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…