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  1. Construction worker rescues dog from icy Charles River in WellesleyRead the original story

    17 hrs ago | The Swellesley Report

    This morning, while out on a walk with her owner, K9 Leika fell into the Charles River near Route 9/Route 128 on the Needham side of the river. The owner tried to rescue her, but also fell in the water because of the thin ice near the shoreline.

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  2. Wellesley's McCoy to be honored at Charles River Center galaRead the original story

    Saturday Mar 25 | The Swellesley Report

    The Charles River Center, which serves over 950 children and adults with developmental disabilities, will honor Wellesley's Tim McCoy at its annual Building a Dream benefit gala at McCoy, who owns and operates a franchise that owns several McDonald's restaurants in the Boston area, will be presented with the Maria McTernan Leadership Award. The story of Freia David, a Charles River Center participant who retired after working for 32 years at McCoy's McDonald's in Needham, gained national attention.

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  3. Wellesley Hills real estate ain't cheap, survey from Capt. Obvious findsRead the original story

    Feb 23, 2017 | The Swellesley Report

    Wellesley Hills is the third most expensive zip code in Massachusetts in which to buy a home, according to the latest in an endless stream of such surveys. The PropertyShark survey ranked Wellesley Hills, with a $1.268M median sale price, only behind a couple of downtown Boston zip codes .

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  4. Wellesley's Linden Square is getting closer to making huge changes - hello, SweetgreenRead the original story

    Feb 13, 2017 | The Swellesley Report

    Federal Realty Investment Trust - the folks who brought you Linden Square - wants to make some big changes to the shopping area, as their representatives have told the Board of Selectmen. Over the past year, they've drawn up plans detailing the way they want to significantly upgrade the retail area, particularly the south side , which currently is not nearly as inviting as the north side.

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  5. Wellesley's HHU Plan - big schools idea bootedRead the original story

    Feb 7, 2017 | The Swellesley Report

    The Hardy, Hunnewell, Upham Master Plan Committee is reaching the end of its nearly year-long process and is preparing to make its formal recommendation to the School Committee on March 2. The MPC is the group that has been tasked with making a recommendation to the Town for the renovation and/or replacement of the Hardy, Hunnewell, and Upham schools. MPC members have worked to commission new research and to understand the space needs of the Wellesley educational program.

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  6. We chat with Wellesley resident and Needham Bank CEO Joe CampanelliRead the original story

    Jan 19, 2017 | The Swellesley Report

    I recently sat down with Wellesley resident and Needham Bank president Joe Campanelli, who's been on the job for all of two weeks. He arrived at Needham Bank via New England Community Financial, and has also worked as the Chief Executive at Flag Star Corporation and, a bit further back, as President of Sovereign Bank Corp. We bonded over our shared Connecticut roots, but the similarities ended fast.

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  7. Wellesley compliant with Public Records law changesRead the original story

    Jan 8, 2017 | The Swellesley Report

    On June 3, 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act to Improve Public Records into law . This act requires municipalities to designate 1 or more Records Access Officers , who shall be responsible for: To become compliant with this law, at its December 12, 2016 regular meeting, the Wellesley Board of Selectmen appointed the following individuals as Wellesley RAOs: We wondered what this improved access meant for seekers of information, so we poked around a little.

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  8. Engel & Volkers real estate sets up house in Wellesley SquareRead the original story

    Dec 15, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Engel & VA lkers real estate firm has opened an office in Wellesley Square at 1 Abbot St. in the former Alex and Ani space, near Bocado. Dean Poritzky, Sharon Mendosa and Kevin Balboni are partners of the new-to-Wellesley firm and they are apparently no slouches at selling high-end real estate, averaging $80 million in sales annually.

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  9. Mass Hort's Festival of Trees all a-sparkle in WellesleyRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society's 8th annual Festival of Trees is in full swing and is ready seekers of a little holiday spirit between now and , at Mass Hort's Elm Bank property , 900 Washington Street, Wellesley. The festival showcases over 65 Christmas trees in the Hunnewell Building and features Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village collection, located in the Education Building.

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  10. Wellesley High football feasts on Needham for Thanksgiving Day victoryRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 24, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    The Wellesley High School Raiders completed one of their finest seasons on Thanksgiving Day, defeating Needham by a 34-14 score and finishing the season 10-1. Senior Grant Chryssicas, the best offensive and defensive player I've seen on the field in the couple of games I've attended over the past two seasons, had a day he'll never forget by scoring 4 touchdowns.

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  11. Wellesley and Needham High renew Powder Puff rivalryRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 23, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    When I saw an email alert from Wellesley High about Wednesday's "Power Puff" game earlier this week, I figured the "d" had been dropped from "Powder" on purpose to make the flag football contest sound less girly. But now I realize why the "d" was really dropped, after the Raider senior girls gave up almost three dozen points in falling 35-6 to Needham High in the annual pre-Thanksgiving game.

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  12. Mass Hort's Festival of Trees tradition returning to Elm BankRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 18, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    The festival will showcase over 65 trees and feature Snow Village, an extensive model train and holiday village collection. The Festival of Trees, in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and individuals.

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  13. Wellesley fall road race line-up taking shapeRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Sixth annual event technically starts and ends in Needham, but the race course is largely through Wellesley, in the Babson College area. Starts at 11am, costs $30 for ages 12+ and $15 for youths and $25 for walkers before Sept.

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  14. Greed & goodwill at the Wellesley dumpRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Every now and then we've heard the rumors: there are certain volunteers at the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility's Reusables Area who are practically making a living by scooping up and spiriting away all the good stuff that gets dropped off before anyone else can get to it, and selling it on Craigslist, Ebay, and at flea markets. Recently, the hubbub has ratcheted up a notch with a casual comment on a closed Facebook page: "Anyone else notice that there never seems to be anything decent at the dump's Take-and-Leave anymore?" And the conversation and the accusations were off and running.

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  15. Turnabout is fair play in Wellesley: Closet Exchange replacing Turnabout ShoppeRead the original story

    Aug 17, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Closet Exchange , a consignment business with four shops in Needham along Great Plain Avenue, will soon be opening a location at 30 Grove St., in Wellesley, replacing the Turnabout Shoppe. "We are so excited about it and expect to be open in October!", Closet Exchange relayed via Twitter.

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  16. Wellesley gearing up to host Pan Mass Challenge cyclists this weekendRead the original story

    Aug 4, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Get ready to make way as hundreds of cyclists this weekend whiz through Wellesley in a bid to raise money for cancer research and treatment for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Aug. 6 - 7 Pan-Mass Challenge annual cycling event is one that attracts thousands of riders every year who train for months and tirelessly fundraise to support the fight against cancer in kids and adults.

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  17. Turnabout Shoppe in Wellesley closing after 25 years of dressing the fashionably turned outRead the original story

    Jul 27, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    For the past 25 years, the style-conscious of Wellesley have been turning to The Turnabout Shoppe, the high-end consignment boutique located at 30 Grove St. in one of Wellesley's historic buildings that dates from 1869. There, owners Herb Kutzman and Elaine Sugarman kept the shelves stocked with Chanel bags, Prada shoes, Sonya Rykiel dresses and more, all in impeccable condition, all carrying the cachet of luxury.

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  18. Hunnewell Estate to welcome the masses for Garden Conservancy Open Days programRead the original story

    Jul 26, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    In a rare opportunity for garden lovers and general snoops who have always wondered what it would be like to tour the exterior of Wellesley's most iconic property, The Hunnewell Estate in Wellesley will be open to the public through the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program on Saturday, August 13, 10am - 2pm. This is an event that I absolutely will not miss, and thanks to the blog Landscape Notes I got a sneak preview filled with drop-dead gorgeous shots of the property at angles from which I've only dreamed of aiming.

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  19. This really stinks: Wellesley neighbor Volante Farms closed temporarily due to maintenance issueRead the original story

    Jul 7, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    Volante Farms, located just over the Wellesley town line in Needham, has been hit with some tough luck to start July. The family business tried to take advantage of the holiday break by having a sealant applied to its retail floor and then venting it, but despite assurances from the outfit that applied it, fumes and a strong odor have stuck around.

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  20. Latest stunning Wellesley teardown: 1 Kenilworth Rd.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 1, 2016 | The Swellesley Report

    The Wellesley Historical Commission is lamenting one of the town's latest and most stunning teardowns: a 1929 Tudor Revival at 1 Kenilworth Rd., originally built for a cousin of Babson College's founder and sold last October for more than $3.7M. Reportedly, the 4,800 sq.

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