WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

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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thinks it is, so failure is more often the result of negative thoughts rather than lack of physical ability. That's why working out with a supportive group like Night's Watch can be so transformative. "On those days when you're not at your strongest, it's okay to let others carry you," Cavallerano says, "then step up and help someone else." Cavallerano believes that there is no greater example of this type of selflessness than in the commitment and sacrifice of those serving in the armed forces. Hanging from the rafters at the gym is a Rangers flag, a gift from Ret. Army Ranger Major Robert Kinder of Weston, the honorary leader of Night's Watch. Kinder was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and served with Sgt. Blessing. Kinder talked about Blessing's sacrifice prior to the workout last November, reminding each man to extend a hand to the brother who may be struggling. "You are never alone," Kinder said before donning 20 pounds of body armor and joining in the morning's workout. Adding a weight vest to an already grueling workout fits the group's ethos of doing more than is asked of you. Guido Buchbinder, one of the younger members of Night's Watch, also donned a weight vest. Buchbinder is known for completing his run and then doubling back to go stride for stride with a newcomer who may be struggling to finish. But if you ask Buchbinder about how he's improved in strength and stamina, he'll laugh and say his accomplishments pale in comparison to Vikram Malaiya. "Vik's a beast," Buchbinder says, slapping his friend on the back. Malaiya shook off the compliment, saying he couldn't even do a pull-up when he started. Yet, after just a few months of training, he was able to join five of his teammates for the Spartan challenge in South Carolina last October. "I never thought I could do it," Malaiya says, "but they've made a man out of me." 126 Night's Watch W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 left to right: Obstacles tackled during the Tough Mudder included: "Funky Monkey," "Walk the Plank," and the "Log Carry." Written in thick marker under the mud on Atallah's forearms (far right) are the words Love, Davis, Brooke, and Tess. P H O T O S B Y H E A T H E R S H A N A H A N

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