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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Members of the Weston Road Garden Club in Wellesley would seem to agree. Just ask Dorothy Cullinan. The Kirkland Circle resident waited six years for the right to cultivate, tend, and harvest a small plot of land in what is informally known as "the community gardens." She joins close to 300 town residents who work 55 plots comprising several acres of Wellesley College's celebrated "North 40" holdings. For Cullinan, watching her strawberries, squash, and Swiss chard emerge from the earth and mature was definitely worth working for and worth waiting for. "I put my name on the list in 2008," she says. "I'm here a lot. It's very peaceful for me. I actually lost my daughter in 2008, so this is really helpful for me to come over here and be with her. She enjoyed gardens." Wellesley College's North 40 acres (46.77 acres to be exact) have, of course, been the center of much lively discussion and debate about town since last April. At that time, the college announced its intention after 141 years to sell or lease a portion of its campus – a triangle of land located north of the commuter rail tracks, transected by an aque- duct, and bounded on the other two sides by Weston and Turner Roads. Following an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court which lifted academic restrictions on the acreage, College President H. Kim Bottomly explained the decision: "By selling this property…Wellesley will gain additional financial resources to support our campus renewal plan. The College is committed to conducting a process that is respect- ful of our surrounding community and acknowledges any potential concerns." Committees created by both the college and the town – as well as town boards and citizens' grass-roots groups – have been busy these months addressing the pros and cons of this once-in-a-lifetime 81 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e " North 40 " in a classic line from the 20th-century cinema archive, Gerald O'Hara chides his daughter for her disinterest in their land: "Do you mean to tell me, Katie Scarlett, that land doesn't mean anything to you? Why, land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it's the only thing that lasts." developers, and townspeople have all vied for this small patch of earth D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T writer E R I C B A R R Y

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