WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 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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77 s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e David First, who works in organizational develop- ment for TripAdvisor, was struck by what he saw in sports. As the boy's high school basketball head coach, he remembers coming home after the first practice and telling his wife how thoughtful and well-mannered the kids were. "I told Kelly that I was so glad that we made the decision to be in Weston," says First, father of six-year-old twins Lilly and Oliver. "These are the kids you want your kids to be around." First, WHS class of '82, believes that, looking in the rearview, he was lucky to have lived in Weston growing up and to have gone through the public schools. "I taught in private schools for 15 years and saw what was missing was the community. Weston has outstanding schools and you're still a part of the town. Not a lot of towns offer that type of outstanding education where kids are able to live at home or go to school where they live." For others, like Caroline Balz, a psychotherapist and fourth generation Weston resident, mov- ing back was influenced by instinct. "There was this pull inside me bringing me back," Balz explains. She, along with her husband and two toddlers, had moved from Boston to Newton and bought their "forever" house. "I found myself bringing my two boys to Weston because it was familiar, accessible, and close to my parents (who still live in town). The Village Barber, Tavernside, and sledding on the Town Green were all indications I was voting with my feet." When her oldest son turned five and it was time to enroll him in kindergarten, that's when Balz, a former student of Dr. Maloney, felt "the rubber really hit the road". As she envisioned her son in kindergarten, she realized that a small community with a small centralized school system was important, as well as one that understood the unique developmental needs of pre-adoles- cence by way of one school for fourth and fifth graders. "After talking with friends who lived in Weston and touring Woodland School, I was flooded with memories and knew it was time to move back. I still feel it was the single best, lifestyle deci- sion we have made. I am thrilled with the education and community," recounts Balz. An empty-nester with two adult children, Dr. Maloney will enjoy some time contemplating her next move, be it an historical fiction novel or the novelty of spontaneous singing. "President Theodore Roosevelt once said, 'Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.' After 30 years of working with and for students in the Weston Public Schools, I believe I won that prize," admits Dr. Maloney. "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." – P r e s i d e n t T h e o d o r e R o o s e v e l t

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