WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2017/2018

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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one of my oldest and fondest memories begins with a train ride. I must have been about four years old when my grandmother and I traveled by train from her home in northeast Ohio to the "big city" of Cleveland, where we were going to see Santa and holiday shop. I was wearing my new red winter dress coat and hat, and I'll never forget my nervous apprehension as I sat on the train watching the blur of the wintry landscape whiz by. What in the world was I going to tell Santa? Meeting Santa was a highlight of the day, as was shopping at the kids-only Twigbee Shop on the tenth floor of Higbee's department store, filled with budget-friendly gifts that I could buy for my mom, dad, and little brother. But what I remember most about the day was the dazzling window display that greeted us at Higbee's. It was an amazing spectacle with a Lionel train running through an enchanted holiday village filled with moving toys, colorful ornaments, sparkling lights, and all of the fantastic things that bring smiles to people young and old. You may also feel nostalgic after reading "Snow Village," the story of how William Meagher created his labor of love. With 325 buildings, five train lines, an aerial gondola, and even a miniature Fenway Park, Snow Village is a delightful display and a special treat for all to enjoy. You can see it for yourself this holiday season at the Festival of Trees at Elm Bank Reservation. In "From Poland with Honor," we also travel back in time to the battlegrounds of World War II, where you'll meet General Wladyslaw Anders, the father of former Wellesley resident Anna Maria Anders Costa; and Julian Bussgang, the father of Wellesley resident Jessica Bussgang Rosenbloom. The story begins in Europe, continues in Wellesley, and returns overseas with an incredible memorial event. I know you'll enjoy reading about these remarkable men and their connection to our town. Amidst all of the holiday festivities, we are reminded that this has been a very tough year with lives devas- tated by hurricanes, gun violence, forest fires, earthquakes, and other disasters. It is my sincere wish that we can all do what we can to help those who are suffering this holiday season and throughout the New Year. J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S editor's letter 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 7 / 2 0 1 8

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