Come Learn About Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife!

Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife



Are you intrigued by wildlife and how it changes over time? If so, you should consider attending “Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife“, hosted by Peter Alden, who has written 15 books including the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7pm
Where: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Price: Free, and open to the general public

Alden will discuss how climate, habitat, hunting and invasives are changing the birds and mammals in Wellesley. Mainly as a result of climate change, we are experiencing a shift of species from south moving northwards, causing an interesting change in species that we are seeing on a regular basis! This session will teach you about how these new species are affecting our backyards and wild lands.

According to the Wellesley Conservation Council, “Climate change is upon us and there is a shift of southern species northwards already happening. Invasive alien plants from other continents escaping from horticulture and our gardens are impacting many habitats. Birds from overseas are competing with native species. Learn about these newcomers and how they are affecting our backyards and wild lands.”

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, learn more here! Or, check out the event on Facebook.

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Wellesley Public Schools Among Top 25 Districts in the Nation

Wellesley Public Schools Ranked #2 in Massachusetts


If you are from Massachusetts, it’s likely you’ve heard Wellesley Public Schools are some of the best in the state. However, the town has recently been recognized as one of the best in the country! Niche ranked Wellesley Public Schools as #23 on the list of top school districts in the entire nation. Out of schools in Massachusetts, Wellesley is the second one to make the top 25, after Lexington who was ranked as #9.

According to Wellesley Patch, “Overall, Wellesley received a Niche grade of A+, with A+ ratings in academics, teachers, college readiness and health and safety. You can view Wellesley’s full ratings here.

Impressively enough, Wellesley has a 97 percent graduation rate. The town has an average SAT score of 1320, with the state average being 1044! According to, the ranking is “based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, student and parent reviews, and more.”

Congratulations and great job, Wellesley Public Schools!

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Record supermoon on November 14th!

Hello, supermoon!

The moon is about to be the closest its been to Earth since January of 1948!


On Monday, November 14, the Moon will be roughly 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than it normally is. According to, the moon will turn precisely full on November 14 at 1:52 p.m. or UTC, or 8:52 a.m. ET. The next time the Moon and Earth will be this close in November 25, 2034, so make sure you see this one!

With regards to how a supermoon happens in the first place, NASA explains:
“Since the moon’s orbit is elliptical, one side (perigee) is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other (apogee). The word syzygy, in addition to being useful in word games, is the scientific name for when the Earth, sun, and moon line up as the moon orbits Earth. When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a perigee moon or more commonly, a supermoon!”

There was also a supermoon on October 16, however the one in November is much larger and brighter!

Supermoons are incredibly beautiful, and we are lucky to have two left in 2016 so be sure to mark your calendars for November 14th and December 14!

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month


October is observed as Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Of course, the most fitting way to celebrate would be to actually adopt a shelter dog, but that isn’t always feasible! Don’t worry though, if you can’t physically adopt a dog there are other ways you can help out.

  1. Tweet or re-tweet messages that send people to shelter animal websites
  2. Update your Facebook status. For example: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog!”
  3. Sign up to be a foster parent or shelter volunteer, or contact your local shelter or rescue group and find out ways you can help.
  4. Discuss the importance of pet adoption to your children and how helpful adopting animals is beneficial for both their lives and your own
  5. Write an ad in your local paper about the importance of adopting shelter animals

According to a poll by Edge Research, those who adopt a dog from a shelter are much more likely to feel positive about their experience, as opposed to someone who purchased a dog from a pet store.

Check out this information about pet adoption, provided by Rachel Ray:


Now, go out and adopt a shelter animal! Just kidding. But we hope this helps understand how much you are helping when you do adopt an animal.

Are you a pet owner and interested in saving 25% off every trip to the vet? Our Veterinary Discount Plan guarantees savings on your pets’ healthcare at every participating location!

As always, do not hesitate to contact an agent at Cochrane & Porter for any of your insurance needs! 781-943-1555 or

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Did you know breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women? Every October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

There are several different symptoms of breast cancer – sometimes people have no symptoms at all. Some include a change in the size or shape of the breast, a new lump in the breast or underarm, or new pain in any area of the breast. The good news about breast cancer is that many women survive, especially if it’s found early and treated immediately. A mammogram can help detect breast cancer at an early phase.

The American Cancer Society recommends women start annual mammograms between ages 40 and 44. The American Cancer Society explains, “Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRIs along with mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is very small.) Talk with a health care provider about your risk for breast cancer and the best screening plan for you.”

Follow the National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation on social media: Facebook | Instagram  | Twitter | Pinterest

Looking to help?
Host an in-person or virtual fundraiser
Make a one-time or ongoing donation

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s HopeWalks event

HopeWalks: Wellesley-Newton Hospital’s 7th Annual Charitable event


On Sunday, October 2, the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation will hold it’s 7th Annual HopeWalks event; a 3.3 mile walk that benefits cancer patients and their families. The event supports the Integrative Support Services offered at the Vernon Cancer Center . These services are meant to optimize healing and comfort to patients throughout treatment.

Joan Archer, president of Newton-Wellesley Charitable Foundation says, “HopeWalks has become such a wonderful community event, and we look forward to coming together once again for our 7th HopeWalks to benefit the Vernon Cancer Center.” Supporting HopeWalks by walking or donating really does give hope to all our cancer patients and their families.”

The online registration fee is $25 per walker. For those who register on the day of the event or by paper, the registration fee is $35. Childen 10 and under are free!

Additional information:

  • The walk will begin and end at Wellesley-Newton Hospital.
  • Check-in will start at 9:00AM
  • Opening ceremonies start at 9:30AM
  • Actual walk begins at 10:00AM

HopeWalks FAQ’s
HopeWalks Facebook page

For information about the event or corporate sponsorships, contact Maryann Zschau at 617-243-5915 or

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Fun Places To Go In Wellesley

Fun Things To Do In Wellesley, Massachusetts



As you may or may not know, Cochrane & Porter is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Wellesley is a quintessential New England town and is located about 15 miles outside of Boston. The town has a lot to offer including large, expensive homes, several excellent colleges, and nice restaurants. I decided to make a list of places to visit in Wellesley, whether you are a current resident or if you are visiting!

Lake Waban Path

lake waban

Located at 106 Central Street at Wellesley College, this path is typically used for hiking and walking, and is composed of beautiful wild flowers and pretty views. Dogs are allowed only when wearing a leash. Beginning at Route 16 will be a 3-mile walk, while starting at Wellesley College will be 2.4 miles. Especially if you enjoy nature, this is a must-see!

map of lake waban

Davis Museum


wellesley college

Located at 106 Central Street at Wellesley College, this museum has about 11,000 object ranging from antique to modern day. The museum also holds many special events, including outdoor film nights in the summertime. Learn more!

The Gardens at Elm Bank

garden at elm bank

Located on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, this site is comprised of wooded areas, gardens, fields and meadows, streams and pools, and more. Another beautiful place definitely worth checking out!

Joyful Kitchen


joyful kitchen

A place for cooking, baking, learning and feasting! Whether you want to attend a cooking glass, celebrate a special occasion,  get together with a group of friends or meet new people, this will be a memorable and enjoyable cooking experience!

These are just a few different places you can go in Wellesley. The town also has several awesome restaurants to eat at.

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Hawk Watching at Pack Monadnock – September 10th & 17th

This event is sponsored by Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 280 Eliot Street in Natick, Massachusetts.


Looking for something different and fun to do this weekend or the following weekend? Join the hawk watch at Pack Monadnock on both September 10, 2016 and September 17, 2016. This is one of the best hawk watching locations in New England!

Some birds often spotted include falcons, broad-winged hawks, and other raptors. Additionally, the group will be searching for cover bird identification, migration, and migrating birds.  This event requires pre-registration, and it is recommended for all to bring a lunch and water.

Event Details
Date: September 10 & September 17
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Pack Monadnock, Peterborough, NH
Instructor: Tom Warren, Birding Guide/Naturalist
Register by phone: 508-655-2296
Members: $20
Non-members: $25

Helpful links
Broadmoor Bird Checklist
Register online

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The Charles River Center Road Race – September 25th

The Charles River Center 6th Annual 5K Run/1-Mile Walk

5K-1MI Logo

Date: 9/25/2016
Time: 11:00AM
Location: The Charles River Center, Paul D. Merritt Building
59 East Militia Heights Road, Needham, MA 02492

The Charles River Center 5K Run/1-Mile Walk is a USA Track and Field-certified course. It’s meant to be a fun, family event that begins and ends at the Charles River Center, located at 59 East Militia Heights Drive in Needham, Massachusetts. The course will weave through scenic roads in Wellesley and Needham. Participants will be provided drinks, food, and other activities after the run.

In past years, there has been roughly 600 participants! The first 300 will receive free t-shirts. Supported by the Charles River Center, proceeds for this event will benefit over 950 adults and children who have developmental disabilities. Additionally, shuttle vans will be available to bring attendees from the parking locations from 9:00am-10:20am.

It’s important for attendees to check their email the morning of the race in the event that inclement weather occurs.

Helpful links
Learn more
Important race day information
Donate or volunteer

As always, for any insurance-related questions or concerns, contact an agent at Cochrane & Porter located in Wellesley. We are more than happy to serve you! 781-943-1555 or

Massachusetts Licenses To Have New Security Measures & Look

On Tuesday, July 26th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill that will bring Massachusetts identification cards up to federal standards. The act, called the Federal REAL ID Act, will ensure Massachusetts cards have the security measures necessary to keep people safe. Starting in the fall of 2017, the Massachusetts RMV will begin issuing new cards. If residents do not update their licenses, they may not be able to enter federal buildings or take domestic flights.

New features of identification cards include:
– Kinegram
– Laser Protection
– Tactile Features
– Laser Write
– Ultraviolet Ink
– Multiple Data Placements
– Barcodes

According to MassDOT, here are some things you should know:

  • Licenses will be phased in over a 5-year span
  • It won’t be mandatory for Massachusetts residents to do anything until their current license expires
  • REAL ID licenses will not be mandatory to board a plane or enter a federal government until October of 2020.

MassDOT states, “The new designs will include new security features better protecting the identity of customers and making Massachusetts one of the states with the most secure and technologically advanced cards in the country.”

Learn more
Gov. Baker Signed Real ID Law To Comply With Federal Standards
Massachusetts Struggles to Comply with Real ID
Who Needs a Massachusetts License?