Wellesley Cancer Prevention Establishes Annual Scholarship Fund

On behalf of the WCPP Board of Directors and the Wellesley Scholarship Fund (WSF), we are pleased to announce our collaboration to establish our first annual WCPP Scholarship Award this year based on demonstrated stewardship to the environment and healthcare.

Our first recipient of this important scholarship that seeks to sustain healthy living through smart environmental choices goes to Troy Lindberg.  Troy actively demonstrates an interest in volunteerism as well as the environment and his community and will attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall.  He has a great interest in biology and hopes to pursue studies in wildlife or marine research, and working with animals.   Troy loves community service, and has found time to devote himself to his community in addition to continually holding paying jobs throughout high school since age 14.  Troy volunteered at the Audubon camp in Natick where he enjoyed helping educate young kids on the importance of respecting nature and animals along with living healthy lives to benefit ourselves and the planet.  Troy believes in volunteering at least 15 hours per month on issues and causes that matter to him.

Troy Lindberg’s selection to receive the WCPP Scholarship award for the next four years is a great match given the WCPP’s focus on environment, health and community and we congratulate Troy and we wish him the best at the University of Rhode Island and beyond.

Scholarship aid awards were presented to thirty WHS senior graduates. The highlight of the annual awards ceremony held on June 9th in the Great Hall in the Wellesley Town Hall was learning about the tremendous accomplishments of these students whom lead very active lives that include leadership roles and participation in sports, clubs, Student Congress, music ensembles and community service with local area nursing residences, the underprivileged and special needs children and coaching youth sports.  Student aspirations include: computer science, engineering, global politics, law enforcement, medicine, special education and theater arts. Next fall a sample of the colleges they will be attending are: Boston University, Bridgewater State College, Framingham State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hampshire College, Mass Bay Community College, St. Joseph’s University, Syracuse University, UMass-Amherst, UMass-Lowell, University of Rhode Island and Wellesley College.

The ceremony illuminated the deep historical traditions of providing for scholarship aid within the Town of Wellesley and named awards are in honor of respected Wellesley citizens, teachers, youth coaches, past WSF Board members and town residents, many of whom were also scholarship recipients themselves.   Read more here @ http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20140619/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/140615682

WCPP is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization that supports public health initiatives, and provides informational and educational resources to Wellesley and surrounding communities regarding environmental factors that impact our health with steps we can all take to improve our family’s health.

GLYPHOSATE: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Thursday May 8, 2014 – 7:00 PM - Wellesley Free Library Wakelin Room

According to researchers at MIT, the herbicide glyphosate ‘may be the most biological disruptive chemical in our environment.’ Yet, this chemical is routinely used on foods we eat, most notably corn and soy.

Come hear Dr. Seneff of MIT speak on this compelling subject. Sponsored by Wellesley Free Library and the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

Free and open to the public!

CELEBRATE SPRING!

Spring is finally here and it brings vernal pools, red-winged blackbirds, salamanders, and so much more that invites us to re-connect with the natural resources around us. The NRC and the Town’s residents have helped create a remarkable legacy: over 1,000 acres of land and water resources that are preserved for the lasting benefit of wildlife and future generations. Please explore these resources and learn how to help protect our environment.  A few events next week are listed below.  Learn more @ http://www.ci.wellesley.ma.us/Pages/WellesleyMA_NRC/index and on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/WellesleyNaturalResourcesCommission

With my thanks,

Janet Hartke Bowser, Esq. , Natural Resources Commission Director

BROOKSIDE AREA CLEAN-UP - SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH, 9AM - 11 AM

 Meet at Longfellow Pond parking lot. Sponsored by the Friends of Brookside. This year the Wellesley Mothers Forum and their children will also be joining the clean-up!

THE LIVING LAWN: SIMPLE STEPS TO ORGANIC LAWN CARE - APRIL 15TH, 7PM WELLESLEY FREE LIBRARY

Professional horticulturist Charles E. (Chip) Osborne will discuss the compelling reasons for considering a natural approach to lawn care. Public health, children’s health, stormwater runoff, and water quality are all reasons why we should reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens. 

This presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to maintain our public spaces in ways that reduce our use of synthetic products that have negative impacts on human health and the environment. 

The event is sponsored by the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project & the Wellesley Free Library.

Event is FREE and open to the public and will be held in the Wakelin Room at the Main Library at 530 Washington Street. For more information