The Wellesley Middle School used to have 7th-9th graders. Now it has 6th-8th graders.
Wellesley Middle School
Image from the Swellesley Report
I always wondered why the brick building adjacent to Bertucci's was called the Playhouse. Then I learned from Mr. Martin that it used to be a movie theater. The fee to see a movie was between $1-$1.50, but a solid silver quarter was also accepted.
Image from Cinema Treasures
This is what the playhouse used to look like, when it was a movie theater.
The Police Department
Chief Pilecki had grown up in Framingham, and in sixth grade had gone to Sprague Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School. He spent much of his childhood in Wellesley. When he went to Sprague, the building was much smaller with one class for each grade.
Chief Pilecki had wanted to be a police officer as a child. He liked the "feeling of happiness and joy when you help somebody."
He later became an officer, then lieutenant, then deputy chief, then chief, all of which made him proud. It took him 34 years.
I asked him what he learned, and he said, "Treat others the way you would like your family treated."
The Fire Department
Mr. Corda grew up in Wellesley, and went through school there. He wanted to become a firefighter, like his father-in-law and his wife's grandfather.
He did training at the Massachusetts Fire Academy for around twelve weeks, and learned how to put out fires and rescue people. The proudest moment of his career was being promoted from firefighter to lieutenant.
During Mr. Corda's career, fire incidents in Wellesley decreased. Most emergencies are car fires and house fires confined to one room. The most common time for emergencies was late afternoon.
One unusual event occurred six months into his job. It was a warm summer day, and quite calm. Suddenly, a gray station wagon screeched to a stop. A woman stepped out of the car and said her tan labradoodle had puppies. She was missing a puppy, but she could hear it barking. In the end, the puppy was in the pocket of the car's door.
The Wellesley Dump
Image from The Swellesley Report
Recycling at the dump, it was developed around 30 years ago.
Image from The Wellesley Townsman
The dump used to have incinerators, where the books are currently. Some boys would climb the 100 foot tall towers of the incinerators.
Later on, the town leased the incinerators. Fifteen years ago, the take-and-leave section was developed, for toys, electronics, or other objects.
The North 40
Mr. Martin loves gardening. He used to grow carrots as a boy near his house, and his mother would pay market price for them during the war.
Now, he enjoys fruits and vegetables in the North 40, a triangular tract of land surrounded by trees around the size of a football field.
Captain Marden's Seafoods
Everyone knows where to get incredibly fresh seafood in Wellesley: Captain Marden's.
It opened in 1945, and is a family business.
Mr. Marden, the second-generation owner, prides himself in his kind treatment of customers and employees, the quality of his seafood, and knowing and befriending many Wellesley residents.
Image from captainmardens.com