WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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on the first floor will be used for "dry" activities and on the lower floor for "wet" classes like painting. To make these plans a reality, voters will be asked to approve con- struction funds at the November 2017 Special Town Meeting. Because the Old Library is a historic building, Community Preservation Funds can be used for the basic work of renovation. Money for furnishings, equipment, supplies, and special programs will come from private funds raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Advisory Board member Adam Wisnia and his WAIC Up Weston team will be in charge of fundraising. The center will have a full-time assistant director who reports to the Weston Public Library Director, as well as a half-time staff member/ grant writer. Instructors will also be paid. Town funds will not be used for the operations at the WAIC. In addition to fundraising, the esti- mated $300,000 a year in expenses will come from program fees, facility rentals, memberships, and grants. The WAIC is expected to open at 10:00 a.m.to avoid morning traffic and to run daytime and evening classes as well as special programs off site. The center will collaborate with the Recreation Department, Council on Aging, Land's Sake, and public and private schools to avoid duplication of efforts. Additional information about the WAIC is available on its website www.westonaic.org. Interested persons are invited to subscribe to the email newsletter of upcoming classes and events. If the plan is approved, soon it won't be the "Old Library" any more, observes Cecily Cassum, secretary and treasurer of the WAIC Advisory Board. Along with an adjacent, revitalized Josiah Smith Tavern, the "New Old Library" will build community and bring life to Weston's town center. 110 Imagine the Possibilities 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 7

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