Phyllis Theermann

March with us in Wellesley’s 2018 Veterans’ Parade!

This year, we’re celebrating the legacy of environmental champion Rachel Carson, by encouraging our community to stop using pesticides on their lawns. The parade is a great opportunity to meet new folks and enjoy a stroll through town supporting a cause you care about. Plus it is fun – simply show up, smile, and wave!

New Date– Sunday, June 3rd
New location –See you near the intersection of Oakland and Washington St. @ Pole # 5, look for our signs.

Looks like the weather will be lovely for a walk through our town!

Please meet us at 12:30, the parade gets underway at 1:00.

We have a fabulous float this year thanks so very much to Scott Bender for his work and enthusiasm!  The theme is Healthy Lawns = Healthy Kids!

Please come and see the float and march with us! Bring the kids, bring the neighbors!

We’ll provide signage or you can bring your own. Parade route is approximately 2 miles.

Parking: at the Wellesley Public Works yard – entrance is off of Woodlawn Ave.
Shuttle Bus: a big yellow school bus will be at the Crest Road Bridge (end of the parade route) to take folks back to the Wellesley Community Center. (Near the Public Works lot) Or you could leave a vehicle at the Wellesley train station parking lot.

Please contact Laurel at if you, your neighbors, family and friends are interested.


The 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop at Hunnewell challenges the community to a plastic water bottle free weekend, April 27-29, 2018.  This weekend is chosen in honor of Earth Day, a celebration of nature.  On this weekend, they ask you to plan ahead and bring a reusable water bottle to school, sports and activities.

This video will encourage you to sign their pledge and adhere to do your best to ditch disposable water bottles and go reusable instead.  Some suggestions they offer to make the change include:

Be prepared
Try to remember to keep your reusable water bottle filled and ready to go for school, practice, rehearsal, on car trips, walks etc.

Doing so will allow you to take action to help the earth, keep our environment cleaner, and to save money.

They encourage you to lead by example and spread awareness so others will choose to go reusable too!

If you can do it for a weekend, you will see how easy it is to make the change forever.

Give it a try.

Thanks for the inspiration Hunnewell Troop 78199!


The League of Women Voters Wellesley and the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission (NRC) are proud to present “Speaking for Our Trees: A Conversation about Wellesley’s Leafy Infrastructure,” featuring Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest on Monday April 30, 7:00 pm at the Wellesley Free Library.

Dr. Foster will discuss the “The History and Future of the New England Landscape.” An ecologist, author and Harvard University professor, Dr. Foster’s work focuses on understanding the changes in forest ecosystems that result from human and natural disturbance and applying these results to the conservation and management of natural and cultural landscapes. The Harvard Forest is the University’s 4000-acre ecological laboratory and classroom in Petersham, Massachusetts.

As our town considers a stewardship plan for our Town Forest and begins planning for the North 40, come learn why urban forests are so vital to our well-being and how to protect them. For more information contact:

On Sunday, April 29, the NRC is also hosting a companion event to Speaking for Our Trees, inviting residents to walk through Wellesley’s Town Forest to learn more about how to protect this valuable natural resource.

Meet at the Longfellow Pond parking lot at 2:00pm for a guided walk through the Wellesley Town Forest with Forester Phil Benjamin, a consultant on the NRC’s forest stewardship plan. Our Town Forest protects much of our town’s drinking water – come learn more about how we can best manage and provide stewardship of this critical woodland.

Both events are free and open to the public.