WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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Educator /Student Cathi Gordon and Jania Blidgen Jania Blidgen was 12 and in sixth grade when she met Cathi Gordon, assistant principal of the Wellesley Middle School. "We started a mentor- ing program for our Boston students," says Cathi. "It was very popular— many people signed up, from secretaries to administrators. I got very lucky and got matched with Jania." Within weeks, it was clear there was an immediate connection. "Right away, I knew she was genuine," says Jania. "I knew if I was struggling, I could go to her for help." In the beginning, the relationship focused on academics, but soon it deepened into something more meaningful. "We did a lot of studying and work on projects but the bond developed into something more," says Cathi. Jania knew that she had found someone who was going to support her well beyond the school walls. "I am so appreciative of her," she says. "I knew if I could open up to her about academics, I could open up to her about other things, too." Their friendship goes beyond the aca- demic calendar into summer and after school hours. "We'll go to the movies or grab something to eat. We always have fun," says Jania. Cathi returns the compliment. "I think of her as part of my family," she says. What happened when Jania's "second mom" learned that Jania was heading off to college in Virginia? "I cried, of course! I was so proud," says Cathi. Both say that if life gets busy and they slip out of contact for a little too long, one of them will shoot the other a text that simply says, "What's up? How are you doing?" Family to Family The Cobb and Tetel Families "We call them 'Ronnie Wednesdays'," says Carly Tetel of the nights that Ronnie Cobb stays over in Wellesley. Ronnie has been spending at least one night a week with the Tetel family since second grade. The reason? "My son Isaac and Ronnie are best friends," says Marc Tetel. Matched in kindergarten, Isaac and Ronnie have been fused at the hip through elementary school. Ronnie has his own drawers and his own closet at 126 We Are Family W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Isaac Tetel (left) and Ronnie Cobb Jania Blidgen (left) and Cathi Gordon

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