WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

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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families attend. "The grills are stoked up and everyone brings something to barbecue and something for the community table — drinks, snacks, and desserts. There's usually way too much food," says Paster. As someone who runs her own profes- sional organizing business, It's About Time… Professional Organizing Services, it's in Paster's nature to organize things. "We don't have formal activities at our block party," she says. "There's usually face painting, a hook and ladder from the fire department, and a police cruiser with its blinking lights and siren. It's a relatively low-key, fun gathering." When a house sells in the neighborhood, Paster makes an effort to contact the realtor so she can invite the new owners. "We have lots of kids on our street," says Paster. "The new babies come out and we see who's gone off to college. We've always been a caring, cohesive neighborhood. People aren't intrusive, but they check up on each other. That's a feeling that we all want to preserve." Poets' Corner Neighborhood For nearly two decades, the Poets' Corner neighborhood (named for the streets that are graced with the surnames of poets) has come together for a progressive dinner every year. For the past nine years, Laurel Lyle, Director of Fundraising Programs at Cure Alzheimer's Fund by day, and mother of two, has been organizing the event, along with three neigh- borhood friends. "The dinner averages about 177 s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e 170-179_WWMb14_foodwine_block parties_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:24 PM Page 177

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