WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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editor's letter keeping the content of WellesleyWeston Magazine fresh, relevant, timely, and interesting is the most important part of my job. That's why I always enjoy hearing from readers about how I can do my job better, and I take your comments and suggestions to heart. Readers have also been instrumental in providing story ideas over the years, and I encourage you to let me know what's on your mind. In our next issue, we will be profiling extraordinary volunteers in our towns. People who make things happen, often behind the scenes. If you have a friend or neighbor who fits into this category, I'd love to hear from you. Please send me an e-mail at jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. C A R O LY N R O S S Every so often, a particular article really hits home with our readers and that was certainly the case with "Type 1 Diabetes in Our Towns" that appeared in the Winter 2009/10 issue, and the follow-up article "Type 1 Diabetes Update" in the most recent summer issue. Steve Maas did an excellent job interviewing and compiling facts to provide us with a clearer look at this very complex subject. I heard from many readers about this JILL NILSEN article, and I'd like to share two of the letters I received. jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com Many thanks for including "Type 1 Diabetes Update" in I'd like to thank WellesleyWeston Magazine for your contin- your Summer 2013 issue. Once again, Steve Maas did a uing coverage of the Type 1 diabetes cluster in our local tremendous job, because he makes every effort to under- community. On Friday, February 25, 2011, at 6:00 pm I stand his topic and subjects. It's a complex disease with learned that my husband was on his way to Children's complex ramifications, but Steve guides readers through Hospital in Boston with my younger son. Type 1 diabetes it smoothly. had struck him from seemingly out of the blue. And then I The timing of your release happened to be perfect; remembered your magazine. Through my tears and disbe- this week, our parents used the article to help our state lief, I rummaged through a basket of past issues and found senators understand why it is so important that they the article [from the 2009/10 Winter issue]. Reality set in. restore funding to the environmental health account, at the We were part of the cluster. We were the "other people." level Governor Patrick had proposed. Parents contacted In learning all we could about this disease, it was com- their legislators on Tuesday, preceding the start of the forting to know there was a strong community of Type 1 budget debate on Wednesday. We appreciated having the families, led by the indomitable Ann Marie Kreft. This com- recent publication to use as a reference. munity was there for us in our time of need and continues Ann Marie Kreft Weston to advocate for our children. Thank you Steve Maas and WellesleyWeston Magazine for reporting on our Type 1 diabetes cluster in a publication that derives so much advertising revenue from local realtors, architects, landscape designers, and builders. I appreciate the dissonance between this story and the picture-perfect homes that so beautifully grace your magazine. We hope to have a better understanding some day of the root cause of the high prevalence of Type 1 diabetes We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 in three contiguous U.S. Census tracts in Wellesley and Weston. In the meantime, we're planning to be here for the long haul. My now 12-year old son, whose courage inspires us all, once said, "I'd rather have diabetes than not live in Wellesley." Maria Ashbrook Wellesley 16

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