The Wellesley Police Department and Sustainable Wellesley are teaming up to raise money for a community bike maintenance station and tire pump, in an effort to make Wellesley even more bicycle friendly.

A permanent community bike maintenance station and tire pump will encourage bicycle safety and reduce traffic, and ensure that everyone has access to the tools they need to maintain their bikes.

The Wellesley Police Department, lauded state-wide for their pedestrian and bicycle safety education work, has offered an easily accessible spot outside the police station. This will create a gathering space for repair classes, bicycle safety classes, bicycle rides, and more.

“The bicycle maintenance and tire repair station will make Wellesley even more welcoming for bicyclists of all ages and abilities,” said Wellesley Police Chief Pilecki. “With this station, the public will have free access to the most commonly used bike repair tools,” Pilecki said.

“Our community is a wonderful place to walk and bike,” said Quentin Prideaux, President of Sustainable Wellesley. “Many trips in town are less than a mile or two and as fast, if not faster, by bike. To see an example of the station, please click here,” Prideaux said.

Donations can be made on the Sustainable Wellesley’s website, Facebook page, or by check — made payable to Sustainable Wellesley and sent to 5 Hilltop Road, Wellesley, MA 02482.  Click here to donate and help reach the $2000 goal.  Sustainable Wellesley is a 501c3 non-profit. Donations are tax-deductible and eligible for work-match funding.

Phyllis Theermann

The EPA New England awarded a 2018 Environmental Merit Award to Wellesley’s 3R Working Group and Food for Free for their efforts in food rescue: wholesome, edible surplus food generated at schools, colleges and universities was donated to people in need. This award was given as the effort feeds many, and keeps food waste out of landfills.

In September, 2017, schools and colleges in the Metro-west area committed to this Food Rescue Initiative. Together they donated about 20,000 meals annually to the Food for Free Family Meals Program.  Wellesley Public Schools, Babson College, Bentley University, Olin College of Engineering and Wellesley College, as well as their food service providers were part of this initiative.

Now that the program has reached a critical mass and is cost effective, other local institutions with leftover food are being recruited.

MassBay Community College is one of the recipients of this program, enabling students to have more reliable access to nutritious food. Food insecurity in New England ranges from 9 to 13.8 percent of the population, so this is a valuable program to replicate. The EPA New England is now working in Rhode Island on a similar collaboration.

This is an excellent example of collaboration and we congratulate the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee, Public Works Department, Natural Resources Commission, Public Schools, Facilities Management Department, Health Department, Wellesley Green Schools and of course local colleges and universities and their food service vendors who collect leftover food and donate it to the Cambridge nonprofit Food for Free to be repackaged into single-serve meals to distribute through its Family Meals program.

Phyllis Theermann

Wellesley Council on Aging hosted the first sewing Bee to launch the Town-Wide Craft Project last week. An enthusiastic group created beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and discussed how to make reusable bags.

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.  Less crafty folks are welcome to rummage through their closets and donate fabrics, bandanas, and scarves and/or join us to help cut fabric. This is a great relaxing summer activity for all.

“We are creating beautiful, Japanese Furoshiki style cloths and reusable bags for a future, community gift wrapping event,” said Kelly Caiazzo, one of the organizers of the town-wide project. 

Here are the details:

1. Donate Fabric

  • 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

2. 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.

3. Sew Bags:
For a nice complement to Furoshiki (and one that doesn’t require any explanation for re-using!) the community will  also be making Boomerang cloth bags. Check out the free pattern online here. Once you have created some for personal use, and some for the community, simply email Sustainable Wellesley to collect your the bags.

4. Email info@sustainablewellesley.com to organize or attend a sewing event.