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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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continuous operation for 342 years. The school is named for John Eliot, who donated land for the school on the condition that it would accept Native American and African American students without prejudice. The Eliot School educated JP's children well into the late 19th century. Today, it offers courses in woodworking, painting, fiber arts, and other crafts. A few steps further, at 32 Eliot Street, is the home of ELLEN SWALLOW RICHARDS, a pioneer in environmental engineering and MIT's first female graduate and first female instructor. You'll find the JAMES MICHAEL CURLEY HOME a few streets away at 350 Jamaicaway. Curley served one term as governor, two terms in Congress, and four terms as mayor of Boston — and five months in federal prison for mail fraud. The shamrocks incised on the shutters of his Georgian Revival home proudly display Curley's Irish heritage and the growing diversity of JP. JP's Abundant Green Space In 1878, Frederick Law Olmsted began working on Boston's Emerald Necklace, often referred to as the "Eden of America," a chain of green spaces that would extend from the Boston Common to Franklin Park. JP is home to several of the green emerald links in this necklace. OLMSTED PARK, located at Perkins and the Jamaicaway, is known for its winding paths, quaint pedestrian bridges that span the Muddy River, and the contrast of heavily wooded areas with open spaces. A peaceful and quiet spot, today Olmsted Park is great place for walking, Eating Out in JP JP specializes is small, homegrown restaurants, ranging from intimate upscale restaurants to quick and casual venues. You can taste your way through the neighborhood's offerings at the annual TASTE OF JAMAICA PLAIN held every September. But in the mean time … VEE VEE is the spot for a quiet conversation, delicious food, and lovely ambiance. Enjoy $1 Oyster Sundays and Pasta Thursdays at TEN TABLES, a lovely candle-lit neighborhood bar and farm-to-table restaurant. TRES GATOS was founded on the belief that sharing food, music, and books is essential to a happy life. That's why they offer delicious tapas, innovative cock- tails, vinyl records, concerts, book readings, and even a book club to their guests. The folks behind Tres Gatos created CENTRE STREET CAFÉ, where you can enjoy excellent pasta, local veggies, and one of the best brunches in Boston. For casual eats consider CHILACATES, which has the best burritos north of the border. PURPLE CACTUS serves up sandwiches, wraps, and salads. Look for NIELI'KA, a brightly colored mural that depicts images of Jamaica Pond in the rain on its outside wall. You can get tacos, tortas, and chili lime fries at CASA VERDE, Pho at NOODLE BARN, and deli sandwiches at CITY FEED AND SUPPLY. For an amazing burger and fries, go to GRASS FED, which serves, you guessed it, 100 percent grass-fed meat. If you are craving Ropa Vieja, fried yucca, flan, and Cuban coffee, and/or creative tropical fruit drinks, head over to EL ORIENTAL DE CUBA, which serves up authentic Cuban food. Locals will tell you that the best way to start your day is at SORELLA'S, where you can get home-baked goods, French toast and pancakes, crepes and exotic omelets, and fresh-squeezed O.J. Bring cash — they don't take plastic. FIORE'S BAKERY has delicious breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, and salads that never disappoint. For delicious cookies, muffins, and artisan breads, stop by WHEN PIGS FLY. Be sure to try their daily samples! For ice cream, it's hard to beat JP LICKS. They make their own creamy cold stuff and are located in the old Boston Firehouse. FOMU creates small batch ice cream and desserts from scratch using natural, plant-based, and kosher ingredients. Vee Vee Eliot School P H O T O S B Y B E T H F U R M A N excursions "growing diversity" W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 202

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