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.


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!


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


 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!


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 

Needham Community Farm Online Auction Begins March 7

The Needham Community Farm will hold its third annual online auction from March 7 through March 20 to raise funds for the organization, according to an announcement from farm leaders.

Items up for bid this year include gift cards to popular local eateries and shops, such as Whole Foods and Walnut Grille.

Proceeds from the auction allow the farm give back to the community, such as growing produce for the Needham Community Council Food Pantry, teaching Needham students about farming and agriculture, and offering programs for free to low-income residents.

For more information, visit the farm’s official website or browse items up for bid.

The Living Lawn, “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©

Tuesday April 15th at 7 p.m., Wellesley Free Library

Come learn about how to have a great lawn and stay healthy too…

Chip Osborne will discuss some compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn care.  Public health, children’s health, storm-water runoff, and water quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns and gardens.

Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Free and Open to the Public
Presented by The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCCP) & Wellesley Free Library

Charles E. (“Chip”) Osborne is a professional horticulturist with 35 years experience in the green industry. He has attended the University of Massachusetts Green School and is a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional. He has been an elected member of the Town of Marblehead Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Commission for the past 12 years and currently serves as chair.

In 2008 he founded Osborne Organics, a company that provides natural turf consulting services to business, municipal, and institutional clients.  A major focus of the business is providing education in the area of natural turf management.  Chip developed A Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™ as a method of maintaining turf without the use of toxic chemicals.

Chip’s approach will be to share the mission of pesticide reduction and elimination through an “Awareness Through Education” program.  Armed with sound information about these products, we can then make informed decisions about how we choose to take care of our properties.

Chip will then present “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care”©, a detailed approach to a natural lawn care program. Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a common sense approach.

The presentation will also address what we can do at the municipal level to reduce our negative impact on human health and the environment by the continued use of synthetic products to maintain our public spaces.



Natural Medicine: The Wellness Medicine Approach, Wellesley Free Library October 10th, 7 pm

Dr Jim Anderson
Dr Jim Anderson
You have carefully chosen cleaning products and personal care products that minimize your family’s exposure to chemicals.  You focus on a plant-based diet that increases the amount of natural fruits, grains, and vegetables your family consumes.  Have you considered wellness medicine that complements standard western medical care with the use of acupuncture?  The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCPP) and The Wellesley Free Library invite you to attend a workshop by Jim Anderson, founder of East West Balance Acupuncture.

Jim Anderson, has a Masters Degrees in both Chinese and Japanese style
Acupuncture.  Licensed by Massachusetts Board of Medicine, National Board certified by NCCOAM, and Certified through Memorial Sloan Cancer Center, Jim has provided preventative and supportive care for patients for over more than 20 years and is a
specialist in oncology treatments.

East West Balance Acupuncture, located in Natick, offers natural healing for pain
management, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel and
other ailments.

Exciting Things @ Needham Community Farm!!

There are three exciting things happening right now…..
1WIN A PIZZA PARTY: Every month of the Needham Farmers Market (June-Oct) you can win a pizza party from Stone Hearth Pizza. You can access a link to the Free Pizza Party Sweepstakes at bit.ly/needhamfarm. The link will direct you to first “like” the link on FB and then you will be prompted to type your email address to enter the sweepstakes.
2. MATCHING GIFTS: Dedham Savings has offered to match all donations made to the Farm in June and July. The information about the Dedham Savings matching program is on our blog located at http://needhamfarm.org/2013/06/04/spotlight-on-dedham-savings/. It is easy to share via email and social media directly from the blog post using the “share” button at the bottom of the post.
3. 4TH OF JULY PARADE: The Farm is participating in the 4th of July parade again this year with a “50 gardens in 50 states” theme. Last year was a lot of fun. We are looking for people who would like to walk in the parade and carry a cutout of a state with that state’s crop. Click here to learn more and to sign up. If you have questions, contact Lori Hall at lhall172@gmail.com.
Did you know that our produce is donated to the Needham Community Council Food Pantry. Your support is what enables us to do this. 

Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner accepts Annual WCPP Recognition Award

WCPP’s Annual Recognition Award winner Massachusetts General Professor of Surgery (biomedical engineering) Dr. Mehmet Toner holds up the business-card-size smart chip detector that his StandUpToCancer-backed team designed and built to trap circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a blood sample.

The device uses antibodies that bind to certain cell proteins to isolate and capture the CTCs. Many tumors release cells into the bloodstream; if a CTC finds purchase in another organ and starts to grow, that is metastasis. The breakaway cells are not easy to spot — there are a billion blood cells for every one of them — but detecting their presence is critical to stopping their spread.

Read more about it here @

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts WCPP Recognition Award

Dr. Julia Brody of The Silent Spring Institute accepts Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project Recognition Award for work focused on the connection between environmental pollutants and breast cancer.

Dr. Brody led a two-year review of scientific evidence on animal mammary gland carcinogens and epidemiologic studies of breast cancer and environmental pollutants, diet, body size, and physical activity, which was published in a special supplement to the American Cancer Society peer-reviewed journal, Cancer.

Brody’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the New York Community Trust, and the Avon Foundation, among others. Her research collaborators include investigators at Harvard and Brown universities, the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized her research with an Environmental Merit Award in 2000, and she has been honored by the Heroes Tribute of the Breast Cancer Fund. She presented one of the Distinguished Lectures at the National Cancer Institute in 2002 and the Keystone Science Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2009. She serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and she is as an advisor to the California Breast Cancer Research Program and breast cancer activist organizations.

Dr. Brody is an adjunct assistant professor at the Brown University School of Medicine. She earned her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and her AB at Harvard University.

Read more about this important research here @ http://silentspring.org/