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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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granted water rights to Stony Brook and its tributaries to the City of Cambridge. Swimming and fishing were forbidden. The same is true today. 131. When the new post office on North Avenue needed a name in 1885, General James Marshall suggested Kendal Green. Kendal derived from his grandfather, Reverend Samuel Kendal, and Green derived from the green cloth known in England as Kendal Green. 132. The First Parish Friendly Society was formed in 1885 to help raise money to build a new church. 133. The first streetlights were erected by the Town Improvement Society in 1887. The oil lamps were lit each evening. 134. The Weston Board of Health was established in 1888. Its first annual report boasted: "Weston has always ranked as one of the healthiest towns in the state." 135. First Parish completed its handsome fieldstone church in 1888. Designed by eminent Boston architect Robert Peabody, it was inspired by small medieval country churches he had seen on travels to England. 136. Children gathered pebbles to ornament the vestibule of the new church. They reportedly gathered 25,000 in one outing to Nahant. 137. The Tiffany window at the southwest end of the stone church was installed in 1899. 138. Hook & Hastings Co., one of the most important 19th-century organ manufacturers, moved from Roxbury to Weston in the late 1880s. It was the town's largest employer. 139. Owner Francis Henry Hastings built the organ factory on family farmland in an era when there were no zoning regulations. The wooden factory had an 80-foot, four-story center section the deforested landscape. 140. An estimated 1,500 organs, including some of the most famous in the country, were constructed in Weston between 1889 and 1935, when the company closed. 67 s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e and two 100-foot wings. It was visible for miles in

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