WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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As members of the Wellesley Jaycees (a civic group for young busi- ness and community leaders) in the early 1970s, Joe Grignaffini and Charlie Hoffman were determined to find a place for the town's youth to hang out. There was a spot in the old middle school but it was too small to keep teens occupied for long, Grignaffini said in a recent inter- view. Grignaffini — who ran a construction company with his brother Louis — and Hoffman — the longtime CEO of the family-run Hoffman Insurance — started scouting locations for a youth center, but kept get- ting rejected by property owners. In the mid-1970s, Grignaffini and Hoffman had to leave the Jaycees because they had reached the organization's age cutoff, and the youth center search was lagging. Hoffman, then a new member of Wellesley Rotary, and Grignaffini, a new member Wellesley Kiwanis Club, were thus prompted to take a new approach. "That's when we went to Wellesley Friendly Aid about having "We're in a good place," said Sandy Joseph, a member of Wellesley Community Center's board of directors. "We originally were hoping we could accom- modate the larger senior center, but we're moving forward. We're very useful, and I think there is always a need in Wellesley for the Community Center." It Started as a Hang-out for Wellesley's Youth By the 1970s, it was evident that Wellesley's population wouldn't abate. Between 1930 and 1970, the population increased from more than 11,000 to more than 28,000. As a desirable place to live west of Boston, Wellesley was also undeniably a desirable place to get involved, to take part in activities beyond work, school, and home. GEOME with Stacie Meeker and Jackie Colognesi Joe Grignaffini 90 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 7 / 2 0 1 8 The Place Where Wellesley Meets

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