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See YOU Saturday at Wellesley MarketPlace

Get a gift wrapped in beautiful Japanese Furoshiki wraps at no cost this Saturday at the Wellesley Marketplace. We are encouraging reusability while offering this service to the community so swing by our table on the first floor, under the stairs near the entrance. Also, be sure to swing by some of the artisans at the event: Take Sustainable Wellesley’s wrapping idea to the next level and check out the Rapt booth for sustainable, reusable gift wrap made here in Massachusetts. Get 3 sheets: small, medium and large for wrapping gifts of all sizes. Easy, elegant and eco-friendly. There is no need for scissors, tape or ribbon! We love their slogan, “Your present. Our future.” I heart Arm Warmers has upcycled cashmere accessories and clothing for women and kids. All products are handmade locally and include: arm warmers, hats, scarves, and dresses. Great holiday gifts! Wonders From The Waves creates artwork using sea glass and upcycled antique glass. Luksin Designs has clothing and accessories for women and men, made in small batches on the coast of Maine from sustainable materials. Tiebreaker Bow Ties offers products that combine vintage design and unique textiles with a focus on upholding sustainable fashion practices. Their bow ties, ties, pocket squares, and other accessories are crafted from responsibly sourced materials including vintage fabrics and salvaged textile waste. BENT&BREE is an earth-friendly and sustainable luxury brand of vegan bags and accessories made of genuine cork. They design and create pieces that reveal comfort, function and style.

Are You Ready To Run? Learn How To Run For a Town Office Position

In the 2018 midterms, a record number of first-time candidates ran for office. Is it your turn? Are you curious, concerned or interested in following the direction of Wellesley’s current projects? Now’s the time to consider becoming more directly involved in your community by running for Town Meeting member or for an elected board position. The League of Women Voters of Wellesley invites you to come learn all about it! How to Run for Public Office November 28, 2018, 7:30 PM Room 008, Department of Recreation Warren Building 90 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02481 Featured speakers KC Kato, Town Clerk, and Don McCauley, Town Moderator, will present: -How Wellesley’s Town Government works -Offices on the March 2019 town election ballot -Pragmatic nuts and bolts of running a campaign Attendees will receive a copy of the Town of Wellesley 2019 Election Candidate’s Handbook. Nomination papers will be available from the Town Clerk on December 5th, 2018 and light refreshments will be served.

Mother Nature Says Please “COME PICK UP YOUR MILKWEED”

Its will be getting cold out there and a few of you that ordered milkweed have yet to pick it up. Please reach out to Laurel here at laurellanders2003@yahoo.com and let her know what time this week you will come by to pick them up. Many thanks from the monarch population!

Styrofoam Collection Sat. Nov. 17th

Sustainable SUDBURY is holding a styrofoam collection on Saturday, November 17th from 9am-12pm at the Department of Public Works at 275 Old Lancaster Rd in SUDBURY. They are collecting hard packing styrofoam and LDPE #4 spongy foam only. There is a $5 drop off fee for non Sudbury members.

Last Chance To RSVP For Fall Party

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Fall Fundraising Party for Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) on Saturday, November 17, 6 to 9 pm! Please join us for an evening of live music and delicious food and wine as we celebrate MCAN’s important role in supporting state and local action on climate change. Sustainable Wellesley is a member of MCAN and we hope you will help us support their work. This year, Sustainable Wellesley has participated in MCAN’s effort to connect clean energy advocates in the 52 towns in Massachusetts whose electricity comes from municipal light plants — including Wellesley! Sustainable Wellesley members have attended MCAN’s summit meetings, webinars, and roundtables, learning from energy experts and sharing experiences with folks across Massachusetts. Come support MCAN at this fun and festive evening! Details are below: MCAN Fall Fundraising Party Saturday, November 17th, 6:30 pm Home of Lise Olney & Tim Fulham, 15 Windsor Road, Wellesley RSVP  HERE. If you aren’t able to attend, we hope you will consider making a donation to support MCAN!

Bring the Family for Hot Cider & Donuts In Wildflower Garden

The Wellesley Conservation Council invites you to join your neighbors for hot cider and donuts on Sunday, November 25th at 3 PM at Cronk’s Rocky Woodland (18 Crown Ridge Road).   Come enjoy an open fire, holiday crafts, explore the charming Hansel and Gretel cottage, and learn and learn about the wildflower garden that Gertrude Cronk established in the 1930s for all our neighborhoods to enjoy in perpetuity. The Wellesley Conservation Council is our local 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust that protects 14 sanctuaries across more than 45 acres of natural land in Wellesley and bordering lands in Needham and Weston. More information about their mission, the sanctuaries and membership can be found at www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.

Home Energy Savings Seminars – Tomorrow and Dec. 19th

Winter heating costs have you worried? Want to cut your utility bills? Learn ways to reduce your energy usage and make your home more comfortable and efficient. The seminar will review available programs that help you reduce energy usage. The 2018 Town Wide Energy Assessment Campaign sponsored by the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant and National Grid is offering no-cost energy audits, free light bulbs and significant rebates and assistance on insulation, heating equipment and appliances. The seminar will familiarize you with the audit process. You are encouraged to bring your oil, gas and electric bills with you. Volunteers will help you determine your benchmark energy rating and assist with the audit process. The seminars will be held Wednesday November 14 th at 1 PM and Wednesday December 19th at 1 PM at the Tolles-Parsons Center, 500 Washington St. Wellesley. Sign-up with the COA 781-235-3961. Walk-ins are welcome. This program is sponsored by the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee.

Polls Open 7am – 8pm TUESDAY Nov. 6th

Your vote matters! Make a plan to vote Tuesday, between 7 AM–8 PM at your polling place. Read up on who is running and vote for candidates that share your values. Click Here to Learn Who Is Running & What They Stand For. Use this independent source to view the state-wide races.  Bring family and friends. Remind neighbors, classmates and colleagues as well.

TAKE ACTION on Tuesday, October 30!

TAKE ACTION on Tuesday, October 30! Tell Gov. Baker and the Department of Public Utilities to PROTECT OUR SAFETY! Sustainable Wellesley wants to make sure you know about important actions taking place tomorrow to call on Governor Baker and his Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to protect public safety from dangerous gas infrastructure. The gas pipes under our streets are leaking and neglected—putting us in danger, costing us money, harming our health, and damaging our climate. Our government is failing to ensure our safety. Gov. Baker has appointed commissioners to head the the DPU— the state agency that regulates and oversees utilities—who are not doing their job. We need to hold Gov. Baker and his DPU accountable. We need inspectors: Utilities have operating and maintenance plans that are not being followed, risking our safety. We need action: Governor Baker and his DPU need to pressure National Grid to end the lockout of union workers and fine the company for documented safety violations. We need regulations: Gas leaks laws from 2014 and 2016 are not being enforced, leaving the largest leaks to spew gas 24/7 for years. We need a Department of Public Utilities focused on PUBLIC safety. Where are you, Governor Baker? TWO WAYS TO TAKE ACTION ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30: HELP FILL THE ROOM ON OCTOBER 30 at Boston’s Gas Safety Hearing at 11 am at Boston City Hall. JOIN OUR SOCIAL MEDIA SUPERSTORM ON OCTOBER 30, 11 am to 2 pm, targeting Gov. Baker’s Department of Public Utilities. LET’S TREND! To get the most attention, we’ll all send our messages from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, October 30, using the hashtag: #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU. QUICK PREP STEPS: Take a picture of yourself, your family, etc., to post OR post the link to the map of Wellesley gas leaks: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10383/Gas-Leaks-reported-by-National-Grid-as-of-2017-and-leak-data-from-2017-independent-study?bidId=  OR just post a message without an image.  THEN POST AND TWEET ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, between 11 am and 2 pm. You can post on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram. Sample posts are below. Ask followers and friends to share, retweet, and resend your post. ONLY post on October 30, not before. EVERY TWEET AND POST SHOULD INCLUDE: @massgovernor #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU and @SustWellesley. On FACEBOOK, make your post “Public” so others can share it. Use the drop-down menu directly to the left of the Post button. SAMPLE POSTS: Joining @SustWellesley to ask, are ALL these leaks safe @MassGovernor? #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @Heet_MA #mapoli https://www.wellesleyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10383/Gas-Leaks-reported-by-National-Grid-as-of-2017-and-leak-data-from-2017-independent-study?bidId= Join @SustWellesley and me in asking @MassGovernor & his Department of PUBLIC Utilities to #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU and act on Gas Leak Laws! Please RT in support! #mapoli @loriehrlich Our safety is on the line. #MVGasFires should never happen again. @MassGovernor #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU. Protect our communities from gas explosions & climate change. @SustWellesley Has @MassGovernor put the fox in charge of the henhouse? Where is our #departmentofPUBLICutilities? #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @SustWellesley #BakersDPU – Please do safety inspections and enact regulations. We need your help! #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @MassGovernor @SustWellesley #BakersDPU – Your middle name is PUBLIC. Please stop working for the utilities and start working for us. #ProtectPublicSafetyDPU @MassGovernor @SustWellesley THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION TO KEEP US ALL SAFE!

Drop Off Your Treasures & Get New Ones

Renew & Reuse – Drop Off Your Treasures & Get New Ones At Rummage Sale Clean out your closets and bring your gently-used treasures to the Village Church until Wednesday, Oct. 31st at 2 Central Street in Wellesley. Use the driveway on Church Street between church and cemetery for drop offs. They accept most items in good, clean, working condition with the exception of large furniture, sporting equipment, computers, televisions and large appliances, stuffed animals, bed pillows and large toys. Then join them for the 77th Annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, Nov. 3. Shop the “pop-up” shops from 9am – 1pm.

3 Things You Can Do

Go pesticide free!

Take the pledge not to poison your yard, and put your pin on the map of pesticide-free homes HERE

Get clean electricity!

Wellesley residents can get clean, renewable electricity through our Municipal Light Plant with the same great service. Find out how HERE

Find and fix gas leaks!

There are over 200 ‘natural gas’ leaks all over Wellesley. Find where the nearest leaks to you are and what you can do about them HERE