Weston Public Schools Announce the Field School’s “Topping Off” Ceremony

Posted on June 19, 2013

Mark your calendars for Friday, June 21 at 9 a.m. when the Weston Public Schools hold a “Topping Off” Ceremony for the new Field School at 16 Alphabet Lane in Weston, MA. The ceremony is a traditional raising of a top steel beam for the new Field School (pictured right as of today and below as a rendering), which is expected to be completed in September 2014. Refreshments will follow at Case House, 89 Wellesley Street in Weston. Earlier this week, another milestone known as “the completion of foundations” was reached.

The Project Manager for the development is Compass Project Management, the architect is Jonathan Levi Architects, and the general contractor is Colantonio Inc.

Field Elementary School houses students in the fourth and fifth grades, and the existing structure (pictured right) was built in 1950. Click here for news and updates on the development from the Field School Project Committee.

For more information on this or on the real estate market in Weston, Wellesley, Wayland and the surrounding towns, please contact me, Lisa Curlett (781-267-2844 or www.homesalesbylisa.com), to answer any questions or for a complimentary home appraisal.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Weston, MA

Posted on February 16, 2012

Are you familiar with US Weekly Magazine’s “25 Things You Don’t Know about Me,” which features celebrities getting personal and sharing some lesser known facts about themselves?  As I was reading last week’s segment on Madeleine Stowe, I thought it would be such a great idea to bring this same concept to Weston, MA….  I’m starting with just 10, and then I’ll continue with more fascinating fun facts over time….

So without further ado, here are 10 Things You Might Not Know About Weston, MA:

1. Weston is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2013.  According to Wikipedia, “The Town of Weston was originally established as the West Precinct of Watertown in 1698, and the town was separately incorporated as the town of Weston in 1713.”  Planning for the big celebration is just getting underway, and if you’re interested, you can request to be part of the Weston 300 Group on Facebook or email the group at Weston300@groups.facebook.com.

2. Weston has more than 2,000 acres of conservation land.  The Weston Forest & Trail Association owns 186 acres, and there are approximately 100 miles of trails.  Known for its rural feel, open space, trails, meadows and woods, Weston is conveniently located a mere 12* miles from Boston – it’s the best of both worlds.

3. Weston has two reservoirs: First, the Weston Reservoir, located off of Ash Street, is part of the greater Boston’s water supply and maintained by the MWRA (Massachusetts Water Resources Authority).  This is a popular spot for residents and visitors to walk their dogs, enjoy for exercise and simply just appreciate the beauty of it.  Second, the Norumbega Reservoir, located off of Glen Road and Oak Street, is a 125 million gallon water storage tank now used to hold water.  This reservoir was opened to the public a few years ago for recreational use.

4. Weston has a government comprised of the following – an Open Town Meeting, Board of Selectmen and Town Manager.  As delineated on the town’s website, “The Town Meeting is the legislative body and must approve all spending, changes in the Town By-laws and Zoning By-laws.  It is conducted by the elected Town Moderator.  Any citizen of Weston who is a registered voter may participate in Town Meeting.”

5. Weston just approved an override for a new Field School, the elementary school housing grades 4 and 5.  The new school is scheduled to open in September 2014.  Weston is also in the midst of constructing a new science wing for its high school, which is expected to open for the 2012-2013 school year.

6. Weston was Ranked #1 Best Public High School by Boston Magazine in 2010 and 2009.

7. Weston has a Recreation Department, which provides wonderful programs, classes and activities for all ages.  Here is the Spring/Summer 2012 Brochure so you can get a glimpse of what Weston Recreation is all about. In addition to the approximately 500 programs offered over the course of the year to more than 7,500 participants, the Recreation Department also manages Memorial Pool and coordinates the Concerts on the Town Green during the summer on Wednesday evenings.  The concerts are a great way for the entire family to have fun together, enjoy the music, dance, picnic and more.

8. Weston is and has been the home to many well-known figures, including David Ortiz, Jerry Remy, Bobby Orr, Jim Pallotta and Steve Pagliuca.

9. Weston is a somewhat dry town.  From 1838 to 2008, Weston was a dry town, but in 2008, the town voted that Omni Foods could sell wine in its supermarket.  The sale of beer and hard liquor are still prohibited, however.

10. Weston was briefly considered, in 1967, as a site for a stadium for the professional football team then known as the Boston Patriots.  As most of us know, the stadium was ultimately built in Foxborough, MA, and today it is known as Gillette Stadium.

These are just some of the fun facts about Weston, MA.  There are many more to come…so stay tuned.  But in the meantime, do you have any special Weston facts that you’d like to share? I can’t wait to hear….

* This mileage distance is per the town’s website found under the “About Weston” section. I have also seen other sources saying the distance between Weston and Boston is 15 miles.

Pinnacle Report for Weston, MA Real Estate 10/31/2011 – 11/13/2011

Posted on November 14, 2011

Before we get to the task at hand of reporting on the Weston, MA real estate activity over the last two weeks, I want to say three words to you – Field School Project.  Tonight (Monday, November 14, 2011) is an important evening for the Weston Public Schools – it’s a Special Town Meeting and the final vote for the Field School Project.  To give you some background, Field School is part of Weston’s elementary school system and houses grades 4 and 5.  The building, which was built in 1950 as the Weston High School, is in need of significant structural repair, and as Wicked Local summarizes the situation, “After years of study and deliberation, the Weston Public Schools is requesting funds to construct a new school building to replace the existing two-story modern-style brick structure.”  The town voted on Saturday, November 12, 2011, for a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion to fund the Field School Project, and it passed 849 (yes) to 231 (No).  And although Saturday’s vote passed with a majority, there is still one more step in the process.  The Special Town Meeting is tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium, and according to the town, “The primary purpose for the Special Town Meeting will be to approve the construction of a new Field School, which must pass with two-thirds (2/3) majority in order for the project to move forward.”  Please support the Weston Public Schools, and vote tonight!  And for even more information on the process and project, click Important Information Regarding the Field School.

Now on to the real estate front…. Market activity was solid in the last two weeks in Weston. Six single-family homes came on the market, and four sold.* As a point of reference, our inventory (95) is consistent with where it was in my last report (96) as well as where it was this time last year (96). And despite our recent activity, Thanksgiving and the holidays are quickly approaching, which usually means a bit of a slowdown in the real estate market, and so it will be interesting to see what these next few weeks bring.

To fully enjoy all of the market stats, please click Weston Pinnacle Report 10-31-2011-11-13-2011 for the details.  And if you are considering putting your house on the market in the spring, please call me for a complimentary home appraisal or with questions about the market.

* Sold means “pending/under agreement” and not yet closed.