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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a combination youth center and Council of Aging," Grignaffini said. "We figured if they leased us the land, we would raise the money to build the center. We figured it would finally take off because it would be open to all organizations across town." The Council of Aging agreed, and the much-talked-about youth center finally had a future home, albeit shared, near the intersection of Routes 9 and 16. What was needed next was money: $500,000 for a building to adjoin the Council of Aging's home. Grignaffini, Hoffman, and others set out to raise funds, and got just about halfway there before it all stopped. People stopped giving. "We had to make a decision," Grignaffini said. "We asked ourselves, 'Do we return the money?' It didn't look like it was going go to be feasible. So I said to the board (that oversaw fundraising and building), 'People are skep- tical this is ever going to get done. Why don't we start building it? Once they start to see progress, they'll feel good about it and the funds will come in.'" Ground was broken in spring 1977, Grignaffini Construction built at cost, and townspeople again opened their wallets. The Community Center opened its doors in fall that year, and at a lower-than-expected cost. It didn't exactly go according to plan, but the town finally had a recreation center for the youth and a meeting place for seniors. Yet, it didn't take Society of Young Magicians with David Oliver 92 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 The Place Where Wellesley Meets

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