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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an interview with joe avellone One of his biggest supporters says Avellone has the unusual quality negotiations over ambulance service, and the town's crash course in of being decisive but not dictatorial. "What I recall most about Joe is racial relations. That third matter put Wellesley in the national spot- his calm, quiet leadership," says Massachusetts State Representative light after police mistook Dee Brown – then new to the Celtics and to Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), who served in town government the town – for a bank robbery suspect, forcing the basketball player to when Avellone was a selectman from 1990 to 1996. "This isn't some- the ground. one who gets up and makes a fiery speech or is browbeating someone Avellone knew something about diversity from attending Cleveland's into agreement. It's just a calm persuasion based on the facts." Peisch is Saint Ignatius High School, where fellow students came "from all areas co-chairing the campaign with her husband, Thomas, who attended and all walks of life." He commuted to the school, which was also his Dartmouth with Avellone. father's alma mater, from Lakewood, a suburb just west of the city. The rookie gubernatorial candidate has a long track record behind the scenes in politics. Avellone worked on the presidential campaigns of the late Edward M. Kennedy (1980), Gary Hart (1984), the late Paul Tsongas (1992), and John Kerry (2004). During his two terms with the selectmen, including a stint as chair, 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 Avellone helped oversee the remaking of Washington Street, thorny 64 My interest is health policy, public policy. I wasn't so enthralled in just chasing market share.

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