Phyllis Theermann

It has happened to all of us. You are home and in need of something but don’t really want to spend money on it, or go out and find one.

Did you know you can borrow things easily from the Wellesley Free Library’s Library of Things? They have a wide collection of non-traditional library items and the collection is ever-expanding. See full list here.

Imagine, with the power of your library card you can borrow these and 100+ other items!

Adapters of all kinds
Binocular
Birding kit
Cake Pan
Electronic Keyboard
Games
International Plugs
Karaoke Machine
Laptops
Luggage Scale
Save Memories Kit
Tape to Digital Converter
Tool kits and more!

Phyllis Theermann

Idling  Is Against the Law
Has Costs & is
Unhealthy!

Town departments across Wellesley, Girl Scout Troop 73505 and Wellesley Green Schools are proud to launch the Earth Day 2019 No Idling Campaign.

Commencing on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, Girl Scouts have been out at a variety of schools thanking drivers for NOT IDLING with handmade car fresheners with a no idling message.

The Girl Scouts are sharing the message that not only is idling against the law and there are costs associated with idling, but it’s unhealthy, especially for children around school car lines.

Thanks to a coordinated campaign with Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen, Health, Police, Public Works, Recreation, and School Departments, as well as Wellesley’s Housing Authority,  Natural Resources Commission, the Municipal Light Plant, Sustainable Energy Committee, Trails Committee, Wellesley Free Library, and Youth Commission, in conjunction with Dana Hall School, Friends of Brookside, Friends of Morses Pond, Sustainable Wellesley, Temple Beth Elohim Green Team,  UU Wellesley, Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project, Wellesley Village Church, Wellesley Conservation Council, Wellesley Council on Aging, Wellesley Green Schools, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Wellesley United Soccer Club, Wellesley Weston Chabad House, Wellesley Youth Baseball & Softball, Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club, and the inspirational Girl Scout Troop 73505, it will be hard to ignore the town-wide no idling messaging.  

Look for IT’S VITAL NOT TO IDLE signs at schools as well as at the RDF, at Longfellow Pond and other areas around Wellesley. There are MANY good reasons not to idle.

Did you know?

 

  • 40+ hazardous air pollutants are emitted from engine exhaust

  • 10 seconds of idling wastes more fuel than restarting the engine

  • Driving warms up your car 2 times faster than idling on a cold day

  • 5 minutes is the legal limit before violating Massachusetts State Law

  • Penalties for the first offense is $100 and the second and subsequent are $500

  • Children have developing respiratory systems, breathe 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults, and are closer to exhaust pipes

  • Outdoor air pollution is one of the 8 leading triggers for asthma attacks

  • 1 gallon of gas produces 17lbs of CO 2 – a contributor to greenhouse gases

  • 2 minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling 1 mile

Consider turning your engine off the next time you are waiting in the car. It can improve public health, protect the environment and enhance the quality of life.

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Wellesley Conservation Council’s Spring Lecture is co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Commission and the Wellesley Free Library

Monday, April 22nd, 2019 – 7:00pm

Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

Dr. Spencer Meyer, Sr. Conservationist from Highstead Foundation and the Harvard Forest will discuss how local conservation is a key component of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision for the future of New England. He will share lessons from successful conservation collaboratives around New England and talk about new research showing that protected open space not only preserves critical ecosystems, but also provides health, climate, and economic benefits to our communities.

There will be ample time to discuss current conservation efforts in Wellesley, how our community can expand our initiatives, and how our work fits into a larger connected landscape.

This event kicks off a series of local conservation activities this spring including Wellesley’s own City Nature Challenge April 26-29th. See wellesleyconservationcouncil.org/upcoming-events

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The Wellesley Conservation Council, Wellesley’s 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust, protects 14 sanctuaries across more than 45 acres of natural land in Wellesley and bordering lands in Needham and Weston. More information about our mission, the sanctuaries, and membership can be found: www.wellesleyconservationcouncil.org and info@wellesleyconservationcouncil.org.