WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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i didn't want to attend my high school class reunion, but my husband encouraged me to go. He even volunteered to come along. Only one of my really close high school friends would be attending, and I hadn't seen many of my former classmates since graduating many (number too big to mention) years ago. But I wanted to visit my parents in Ohio anyway. So I sent in our RSVP and forgot about it until the day before the reunion, when I actually became nervous as if tomorrow was the first day of school. What am I going to wear? Will my classmates recognize me? Will they like me? What will we talk about? I must admit I had a pretty good time pretending to be 17 again and discovered that even though hairstyles are different, and yes, we have all aged, many of the personalities were still the same. The girl who was voted "Best School Spirit" and organized everything, was still at it getting groups together for photos and being the first one to post on social media. The boy from sixth grade who was known as the smartest kid in the class presented himself as the most intelligent man in the room. And my dear friend, Karie, can still make me burst into hysterical laughter with just a look or passing comment, as she did in fifth grade when our exasperated moms were our Girl Scout leaders. The beginning of fall is a reunion of sorts for all of us as we return from summer vacations and catch up with friends who have been away. As unstructured days give way to busy routines and the first day of school approaches, many of our children may also be feeling a bit apprehensive, especially those who will be attending new schools. I hope the articles in this issue will help with your transition to fall. In our Education article, we discuss the use of laptop computers in the classrooms at Weston and Wellesley High Schools. If you're worried about your little one spending too much time in front of a screen, our Family Matters department offers helpful advice on how to set limits. Maybe you'll want to think about hockey for your daughter after reading "Girl Power," about the Wellesley team who won the state championship last year. Before school starts, be sure to read "The Times They Are A-Changin,'" an important, informative article that provides an in-depth look at how the new attitudes and laws regarding marijuana affect our youth. The article also includes valuable insight from experts about how pot affects the adolescent brain. In the meantime, have fun this fall reuniting with old friends and making new ones. J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S editor's letter 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 website at www.wellesleywestonmagazine.com and click on About Town or wwmblog. 16 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 7

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