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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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opposite the ledges it was felt that the street railway project would be blocked." The Central Fire Station, constructed in 1914, allowed the town to purchase its first motorized fire truck. Other milestones in the history of the Weston Fire Department include the construction of the South Avenue Station in 1966 and enlargement of the Central Station in 1986-88. In 1975, the fire department took over the task of providing ambulance service. In 2013 the department responded to 2,183 incidents, approximately equally divided between fire and ambulance. Unlike the fire and police departments, many of the functions of today's Department of Public Works were always considered a necessary part of local government, to be paid for with taxes. The DPW includes Park & Cemetery, Highway, Water, and Solid Waste divisions. To begin with the oldest example, the Farmer's Burying Ground was established in 1703, before Weston was even incorporated as a town. Additional cemeteries have been created and maintained at public expense. Road construction and maintenance were also considered an expense that could not be done by volunteers. In the 19th century, the town was divided into six road districts administered by three road commissioners, who were usually well-known farmers. They used their own team of horses to grade, scrape, and plow the old dirt roads and side- walks. In winter, they rolled the snow to create 85 s u m m e r 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

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