The week began Sunday with word that the Health Department had cleared the Wellesley Community Center for food service again. Food serving was suspended at the building Aug. 20 after an inspection from town facilities workers and a Wellesley Health Department inspector found evidence of mice in the building.
On Monday, the talk around town was about a video of middle school students on a field trip praying at a mosque, which garnered widespread media attention throughout the week. Charles Jacobs, head of Americans For Peace And Tolerance, made a complaint on behalf of an anonymous Wellesley parent, but other parents have been quick to defend the value of the field trip.
In other school news Monday, Superintendent Bella T. Wong outlined measures to close the achievement gap between those at the top of the class and those who lag behind because of various factors including race and ethnicity, disabilities and socio-economic factors.
On Tuesday, we learned the Middle School Building Committee had narrowed the school's expansion options to three and is aiming for December town meeting approval so preliminary work can begin in January. The school needs more classrooms to accommodate an enrollment hike that will cause overcrowding next year and peak during the next three to four.
Also, selectmen were down to two options for keeping senior services at the Wellesley Community Center. Both options involve knocking down the 219 Washington St. building and doing and a re-build: a complete town takeover or shared ownership of a new building between the town and the Community Center board.
The mosque visit resurfaces Wednesday, as Wong confirmed that an attorney has contacted the town on behalf of the unnamed woman who videotaped the sixth-grade trip to a Boston mosque last May.
Framingham Attorney Rob Meltzer, who represents the woman who continues to insist on anonymity, told FOX News Radio that he was appalled by the students' visit.
On Thursday, we recapped a big win by the Wellesley High girls' volleyball team over rival Needham. The Raiders swept the Rockets, 3-0, but even in victory, head coach Wayne Lem insisted his squad has a lot of work to do.
Friday brought the latest news about the proposed CVS on Worcester Street, as the the Zoning Board of Appeals heard from project supervisors. Along with the construction of a CVS, and considerable landscaping, the project also would provide for the removal of dumped car parts and other trash in the wetlands area.
Also Friday, police spokeswoman Lt. Marie Cleary helped shared insight about a quartet of new radar speed monitors on Weston Road. The Engineering Division recently installed two solar-powered trackers on either side of the road, where Weston curves near Strathmore and Willow roads, as a sort-of final touch on this summer's repavement project.
Saturday also featured encouraging news from the gridiron. After losing their senior quarterback and captain Adam Farina to a season-ending injury last week, the Raiders showed their resiliency in a 33-2 home win over Newton North.