Another Gas Release in Wellesley is scheduled for October 8.

The Town has been advised that there will be another release of gas from the valve site near 68 Walnut Street in Wellesley on Tuesday, October 8 between 7 am and 7 pm. This gas is being released from the Algonquin pipeline, the main gas distribution line for the northeast. A segment of the pipeline runs through Wellesley.

Algonquin Gas said it will be releasing odorized natural gas due to planned maintenance work, but did not give more details for this gas release, or for the two releases that took place on August 16 and 27.

Please note that very high levels of methane were recorded in the area by Dr. Nathan Phillips of Boston University during the August releases. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to the devastating effects of global warming. Methane is also known to have a negative effect on human health.


The MASS STEM Week Challenge is on!

All Massachusetts students have the opportunity to tackle real-world sustainability problems by participating in the Mass STEM Week Zero Waste challenge. Send us pictures of your ideas and accomplishments info@sustainablewellesley.com.

Wellesley’s MASS STEM week free activities include:

– “Picturing Yourself in Science”
Museum Curator, Professor at the Richard Glider Graduate School at the American Museum
of Natural History (amnh.org), Explorer and Researcher, Dr. Mark Siddall will be sharing his passion for scientific learning and the power of images with students of all ages throughout the district.

– STEM Week Lawn Sign
Host one of the many inspirational STEM sign quotes in your yard to support STEM week. We especially appreciate the earth/climate action signs. Order them here by October 11.

– October 21, 6-8 pm WHS Library, 3rd Floor
Women in STEM Organized by WHS students
All are welcome to join Marina Hatsopoulos, an entrepreneur, director and angel investor, to hear her share her experiences as Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, and Director of Cynosure.

– Oct. 24, 7 pm WHS Library, 3rd Floor
Career Discussion: Paging All Aspiring Doctors…
Join Jason Kim PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine at UMass Medical School as he shares his insights from having served on the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. He will offer advice and
discuss how to prepare for a career in medicine as a high school student and as a college student. Register here.

– October 23
Beautiful Patterns
Identifying patterns is one skill that builds the foundation of the computational process. Practice hands-on activities around fun themes like How to choose a BFF or How to pack a suitcase that are tied by concept to the sorting and searching algorithms of computer literacy. In school field trip for select students.

– October 19, 3-4 pm
October 26, 9-10 am
iCode Wellesley Campus, 73 Central Street
Robotics Workshop
Students aged 6-8 will work on Lego WeDo with Scratch, and students aged 9-12 will focus on Lego MindStorms EV3 and Sphero.

Phyllis Theermann

Join this Fun, Town-Wide Project

Crafty Wellesley children and adults; sewers: novice to expert; anyone looking for a fun and easy community project, Sustainable Wellesley is looking for your talent.

Once again, Sustainable Wellesley is creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths to wrap gifts with for free at the Wellesley Marketplace in November.

Here are the details:

Sew Furoshiki Cloths:
Cut a square piece of fabric a little larger than your desired size. 20″ and 28”  are standard finished sizes, but in general any square that’s about 3x larger than the object being wrapped works well.  Fold in each of the edges a quarter inch and iron; fold again and iron. Find instructions online for sewing mitered corners, follow and then sew around the perimeter of your prepared cloth in the middle of the fold. Flexible fabrics like thin cotton work best for tying.  For instructions on hemming and three different corner options, click here.

Please e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com when you have completed some and Sustainable Wellesley will make plans to collect your cloths. Be sure to save wraps for yourself. To learn how to fold furoshiki gift wrap, click here.

Not crafty but willing to organize this initiative? Please email info@sustainablewellesley.com

Have fabric to donate?

Flexible fabrics are ideal! Stiff fabrics are hard to tie furoshiki style
– Fabric remnants measuring at least 20″ square work best
– e-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com to make a fabric donation

Sustainable Wellesley organizes this event as another simple act that makes a difference.  Every year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide. Un-recycled bags plague the environment, greatly damaging the ocean as well as many other complex ecosystems. Since plastics take an average of 1,000 years to decompose, our waste isn’t going anywhere fast, so it’s up to us to help minimize our negative impact on the planet.

Plus, the activity is relaxing, easy, and fun! Questions? E-mail info@sustainablewellesley.com.