Wellesley's Week in Review, Aug. 1-7
Work began at the Grossman's site, town officials lifted the water ban, and local Little Leaguers earned some hardware.
The week began with a story about Charles Rudnick, the Democrat challenging fellow party member State Sen. Cynthia Creem, for the First Middlesex and Norfolk district seat (including Newton, Brookline and Wellesley precincts A, C, D and E ) Sept. 14. Rudnick has been campaigning door-to-door throughout the district, including here in Wellesley.
Also Sunday, we profiled youth baseball standout Ghi Ho Chim, who after suffering a disappointing early elimination in the Williamsport Little League Baseball Tournament with the Wellesley North All Stars, didn't put down his bat or glove. The multi-talented young pitcher, catcher, first baseman and designated hitter has been doing it all for multiple teams, including Wellesley's 13-year-old entry in the Lou Tompkins League as well as a couple elite AAU baseball programs.
Monday brought news of plans to turn the Grossman's site into a 138-unit luxury living facility for seniors. Wellesley Building Inspector Michael Grant said the owner of the property, National Development of Newton, has filed for both a building and demolition permit for the site. While the building permit is approved, and site work can begin, the developer still needs the demolition permit in place to begin work in earnest.
The same day town officials lifted a water ban, which was put in place July 21, when a water main burst along Rte. 9. Local water supplies aren't back to normal yet, and the town still has a water watch in effect, asking residents to limit outdoor water use.
Tuesday's weekly police report included the arrest of Timothy Bullock of 64 Winter St., Wrentham, who was charged with two counts of possession of class B substances, possession with intent to distribute a class D substance, and driving with an expired inspection sticker. Bullock was found with several bags of marijuana leaves, a glass pipe, cocaine powder, and a single oxycodone pill.
Wednesday morning, the Middle School Building Committee met and focused on four classroom expansion options of the eight outlined earlier this year. Pip Lewis, principal for HMFH Architects of Cambridge, reviewed the options, which the committee has been considering in response to an anticipated increase in student enrollment. The new classrooms will be needed by 2013, when student enrollment is expected to increase from 1,130 to 1, 224 students.
Thursday featured a report about the previous night's edition of the Recreation Department's summer concert series, which schedules local performances at Town Hall every Wednesday night. The Glamour Girls played this week to a big crowd. Couples and families set up blankets and lawn chairs on the hill, and children ran and danced at the bottom, in front of the band as it played retro pop and rock.
The day also included a warning from Wellesley Police Sgt. Glen Gerrans, who said a resident called in late last week to check up on a phone solicitor who said he was working with the Wellesley Superior Officer's Association. The resident said the solicitor asked for a donation, promising sports tickets and other prizes depending on the amount donated. So, Garrows said, the resident called the police to make sure the donation call was legitimate. "It's not. We don't do solicitation by phone," Garrows said.
Friday was headlined by news that the Wellesley Raiders 9-year-old Little League all-star team had recorded its third straight come-from-behind win to capture the Suburban Youth Baseball League championship, defeating Hanson 15-13 in extra innings and capping an undefeated, 13-0 season.
Also Friday, we reported Wellesley's Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has sent a letter to about 550 neighbors of Fuller Brook Park informing them of an initiative to improve the public recreation area and asking for their comments.
And Saturday featured a list of awards given to underclass students at Wellesley High School torecognize "the talents and commitment of students who have excelled in a special way." The awards program cites studentsʼ achievements in academics, the arts, physical fitness and community values.