WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

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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a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an "Inspirational Luncheon" and met Sukey Forbes, the author of The Angel in My Pocket. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day and after a delicious lunch enjoyed in a lovely Wellesley garden, a group of us gathered indoors to hear Sukey tell the heartbreak- ing story about the death of her daughter, Charlotte, and share her very personal journey that resulted in the writing of her book. Wellesley author Nichole Bernier (The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.) interviews Sukey in our Books section and I hope you'll be as moved by her honesty and courage as I was. This issue is filled with inspirational people, like Dr. David Mooney, who not only works tirelessly to help injured children as Trauma Medical Director at Boston Children's Hospital, but devotes his free time to travel to places like Haiti, where he was part of the first Disaster Medical Teams to arrive after the 2010 earth- quake. You'll also meet parents and troop leaders who volunteer their time so our children can enjoy the many benefits of the Girl and Boy Scouts. And the Partakers, who work to transform the lives of incarcerated individuals by helping them realize the dream of a college education. During this time of year when giving to others is on all of our minds, I'd like to thank those who practice this all year long and make Wellesley and Weston truly special places to live. Of course, our communities aren't perfect, and every now and then we publish an article that points out that we are not immune to the problems currently affecting the nation. In our fall issue, the article "Bad Habits" was the topic of much discussion, and I'd like to share a couple of the letters I received. 18 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 4 / 2 0 1 5 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S Kudos to you, and the staff of WellesleyWeston Magazine, for having the courage to write about the epidemic issue of substance abuse in "Bad Habits: The Rise of Opiate Use in Massachusetts." No town, no family, no school system is immune to the disease of addiction. I commend you for shining light on the topic. Lisa Keefe, B.S., R.N. Clinical Coordinator, Wellesley College Health Service I want to congratulate Allison for writing such a powerful article about an issue most would not like to acknowledge exists. Hopefully, this article will be well read and create an open discussion between parents and kids about drug use. Wellesley is so lucky to have a supportive police chief and hopefully school administration. The goal is not to arrest but to get those in need into treatment. Passage of the Good Samaritan Law was just the beginning — but I am pleased to see it has helped to open a dialogue and with the distribution of Narcan so many lives are now being saved. Parents need to be more aware, not be afraid to confront their child and get the necessary help. Thank you both for publishing this. Susan Sheehan If you have a subject you'd like us to cover, please email me at jill@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. In the meantime, I hope you and your family enjoy a holiday season filled with warmth and joy.

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