WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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1950 1957 Weston High School (now Field School) opens Mass Pike Completed from New York state line to Weston tolls 1956 266. A spectacular April fire at Weston High School in 1948 destroyed the roof and gutted the interior. The building was reconstructed with a flat roof and used as an elementary school. 267. The Friendly Society Performs "All Kidding Aside" After the fire, school officials took plans already under development for a new elementary school and made changes to suit high school students. The new Weston High School (now Field School) opened in January 1950. 268. 269. The Weston 4-H Horse Club, founded in 1949, was the oldest 4-H club The 4-H Riding Ring off Concord Road was dedicated in 1963 to the memory of Ruth Dickson, an avid rider and horse breeder. in the state. 270. In 1949, Ward Carter was appointed to the newly created position of executive secretary to the board of selectmen and town accountant. He served as town administrator for 52 years, until 2001. 271. In 1950, the town had 1,200 registered Republicans and 66 registered Democrats. 272. The Kendal Common neighborhood was organized in 1948 as a semi- cooperative. Prospective buyers had to agree to use certain architects and build in the Modern style. 273. The Weston section of Route 128 involved a taking of 41 acres. When it opened in 1951, some called it "The Road to Nowhere." 274. The dust had barely settled when the town learned of the proposed east-west toll road. Weston lost about one percent of taxable property valuation in the building of the Mass Pike. 275. Memorial Pool, which opened in 1951, was originally a natural spring- fed pond. Algae could be quite thick. When state regulations required visibility We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 of four feet, the town approved construction of a concrete pool. 276. In 1953, the newly formed Town Forest Committee made its first pur- chase: 147 acres of Paine land east of Highland Street. 277. Weston Forest and Trail Association, founded in 1955, was one of the pioneer organizations in Massachusetts dedicated to land conservation. 78

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