WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 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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impromptu neighborhood gatherings and casual cookouts are great fun, aren't they? This past Father's Day, I was reminded of just how pleasurable these gatherings can be and how fortunate we are to live on a street with such warm and welcoming people. When we first moved here 23 years ago, we were the young couple on the block. We have now achieved the proud distinction of being the most senior residents, if you will. But similar to being a grandparent, it's fun to watch from the sidelines and still be a part of the cheerfully chaotic fun and sheer joy that families with young children bring to the table. On this particular evening, we gathered on the back deck of Navesh and Janet Perumal's home. The adults shared lots of laughs, delicious food, and conversation while the children played. Our newest neighbors, the Perumals grew up in Australia and spent a few years in Singapore before moving here last fall. You'll read about them in this issue's "Welcome Home" article, part three in our series about families settling in our towns from other countries. We all got a kick out of sampling Janet's favorite taste of home: Vegemite. (For those of you who don't know, Vegemite is a thick, dark brown spread made of brewer's yeast extract and spices.) We all agreed that it would taste great if paired with a sharp Cheddar cheese. But as much as I enjoyed my sample, I don't think I'll ever appreciate Vegemite as much as Janet does, who would love to indulge in it every day. No one wanted the evening to end, so we joked about adopting another Australian custom: celebrating Father's Day again on September 2 as they do in that country when they celebrate fathers and father figures on the first Sunday in September each year. I know you'll enjoy reading about the Weber family, too, in this final article of our series. Alain and Magali Weber moved to Weston eight years ago from southern France and have decided to stay and raise their family here. Elsewhere in this issue, we'll meet other interesting neighbors like Will Fahey, a sports enthusiast extraordi- naire who has never let his physical and cognitive challenges stop him from pursuing what he enjoys the most. You'll also meet a group of local teens who make our towns even better places to live through their service to others. I hope you enjoy this issue and welcome fall with a neighborhood gathering of your own. B E T H F U R M A N beth @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S publisher'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. 14 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 8

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