WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

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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letter publisher's in 2009,Forbes magazine named Wellesley the second most educated small town in America. With Wellesley College, Babson College, and Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, and Regis College in BETH FURMAN beth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com Weston, as well as two of the best public school systems in the state and highly regarded private schools in our midst, it's easy to see why Wellesley was chosen for such an honor. Whether attending a lecture on one of the campuses, auditing a class, seeing a theatrical production or a movie, visiting an art gallery, or just taking a walk on the beautiful grounds of these schools and universities, the advantages to living in "smart" towns like ours are numerous indeed. In the "Brain Trust" article, you'll meet some of the esteemed educators and researchers who are known not only on campus but nationally and internationally for their ground-breaking research and published works. You'll meet a Wellesley College professor who served on the Council of Economic Advisors during the Clinton Administration, a Regis College professor who was President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and a Babson College professor who is the National Academic Director for Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, to name but a few who are featured. The faculty and students at our area colleges are all proud of the fact that they enrich our community in many ways through their outreach and support of local initiatives. Education plays a major role in our fall issue, with a look at the new Wellesley High School building and profiles of innovative programs that are changing the way we learn from one another. In "Nonjudgmental Magic," you'll meet Luna, Katie Bear, Thabo, Mariah, and Mira, trained and certified Therapy Dogs who visit the Wellesley Free Library as part of its Read to a Dog program. These patient, adorable, and calm canines serve as the impetus for young people to become readers where they otherwise might not, and make visiting the library even more fun. In "Sages & Seekers," older members of our community share their life experi- ences with high school sophomores. As a result, both parties benefit in ways that are truly inspirational. I hope you find this issue educational, entertaining, and enriching. If you have ideas that you think our readers would like to learn more about, please send them to jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. And be sure to check our blog, wwmblog.com, often for our calendar events and up-to-the-minute news items. Our entire fall issue is available for your online reading pleasure at www.wellesleywestonmagazine.com. And don't forget to follow and "Like" us on Facebook. Enjoy a fabulous fall season! WellesleyWeston Magazine's blog is the talk of the towns with the latest event photos, calendar listings, and conversations for the people who make things happen in Wellesley and Weston. Log on today and you might see yourself in our expanded About Town and Inbox section. Post a comment by going directly to wwmblog.com or visit our Web site at www.wellesleywestonmagazine.com and click on About Town or wwmblog. 14 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012 CAROLY N ROSS

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