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December 3, 2012



It is with profound sadness that we pass along news of the death of Pam Manikas Washek, the co-founder of Wayland Angels (now the Neighbor Brigade).  There will be calling hours on Wednesday (afternoon through evening) at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Weston, and a service on Thursday at the same location. When more details are available, they will be posted on WaylandeNews and our Facebook page.


Among charitable efforts underway:

The 49th Annual Santa's Ride will take place December 20-22.  For the ride schedule, click here.


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Ian Hecker, Editor-in-Chief
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In the News...

News from the past week  
  • Wayland School Committee: Examining school accounts. The Wayland School Committee submits this column as the first of a series of reports to the public on the status of matters pending before the committee. This report shall discuss the status of an audit-review of the school accounts that has been undertaken by the committee.

  • Wayland Among Most Expensive Housing Markets in the State, Country. Sit down before hearing this news. It's official: Homes in Wayland are expensive. In fact, their average cost is among the top 20 most expensive in the state of Massachusetts and among the top 100 in the entire country. In this year's edition of Coldwell Banker's national Home Listing Report, released Thursday, Nov. 29, the average price of a typical four bedroom, two bath home is listed at $292,152. When it comes to Wayland, however, that price jumps dramatically to 679,603, which makes it the 20th most expensive home market in the Commonwealth and the 85th most expensive in the country.

  • What's the Plan for Ice Rinks in Wayland This Winter?. Wayland volunteers turned out in force last year to build the foundations for two ice skating rinks at Cochituate Ball Field. And then Mother Nature let everyone down. In spite of last year's unusually warm winter (that was mostly uncondusive to ice rinks), two new tarps have been ordered and Wayland's Board of Public Works and Recreation Department are currently working out the details to give ice rinks new life in Wayland this winter.

  • Keep your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen at anytime during the year, but it is most prevalent during winter months when heating systems are turned on and not functioning as expected, or devices such as a generator or grills are used incorrectly inside the home, causing levels of carbon to increase and poison the individuals being exposed. Unless you have a carbon detector in your home, you or your family and friends are not safe from this danger.

  • Holliston man busted again. A Holliston man already facing charges he violated the restraining order his wife had filed against him earlier this month is again charged with violating the order in Natick on Wednesday, authorities said.

  • Wayland High School earns award for being green. Wayland High School was among nine schools in Massachusetts that earned CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) Verified status, an elite award for healthy, high performance green school buildings.

  • Wayland selectmen schedule Town Meeting dates. Annual Town Meeting will be held next year starting on Thursday, April 4, continuing on Sunday afternoon, April 7, to April 9 and 10, with the option of a fifth session on Thursday, April 11, if necessary. Town Election will take place on April 2. Nomination papers will be available from the town clerk's office beginning Monday, Jan. 7.

  • Wayland Above State Average in Graduation Rates. Massachusetts didn't make the top 10 high school graduation rates in the nation, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, but Wayland High School did have a higher graduation rate than the state average.

  • Successful opening weekend for Stop & Shop in Wayland. The opening weekend of Stop & Shop, the first establishment in the new Town Center to open for business, was brisk and successful, according to store manager Mike Bussell. "Although it will take us a little while to compile the exact figures, we had thousands of people from Wayland and the surrounding towns," he said. "And the pre-opening reception on Thursday night drew well over 700 partygoers."

  • Wayland wins behind powerful duo of Williamses. After running back Brian Garcia injured his ankle in Wayland's Thanksgiving Day game, Robert Williams, who splits totes with Garcia, knew he would need to carry the Warriors' ground game. The junior responded with a career game on Tuesday at Hollingsworth Field, rushing for 307 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Warriors (9-3) to a 36-14 win over Westwood and a trip to the Division 3 Super Bowl, where they'll face Sharon at Bentley University.

  • Wayland Fire Battles 'Suspicious' Brush Fire on Stonebridge. All off-duty Wayland firefighters were called in early Tuesday morning to support the on-duty crews as a blaze swept through two acres of brush on the south side of Stonebridge Road. It's the second brush fire in the area in four days. The first occurred Saturday morning, according to the Wayland Fire Log.

  • Police Log: Possible Gunshots, BB Gun Injury to Cat, and Harassing Phone Calls.

  • US Lacrosse 2012 High School Academic All-Americans. Isabel Schwartz '13, Grace Perkins '12 and Katie Terranova '12 were named 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All Americans. A US Lacrosse All-Academic team member is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom. This player should also have left her mark beyond the lacrosse field and the classroom by making significant contributions of service to the school and/or community.

  • Finnerty's Redevelopment 'Moving in the Right Direction' Even With Postponed Hearing. The continuation of the public hearing for the Finnerty's redevelopment has once again been postponed, this time until Tuesday, Dec. 4. Developers Matthew Levy and Jesse Adelman first met with the Planning Board of a public hearing on Sept. 4. The continuation of that hearing has since been postponed on several occasions. The delay in the hearing, however, doesn't mean that work hasn't continued.

  • Parmenter volunteers reveal their motivation. What motivates people to donate their time to a neighborhood nonprofit organization? Three longtime local residents recently discussed why they volunteer at Parmenter Community Health Care, a Wayland-based health agency offering visiting nurse and hospice services in Wayland, Weston, Sudbury and neighboring communities.

PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...      


Wayland Public Schools Foundation's "Hats Off" Campaign runs through December 18.  Looking for a way to acknowledge a special teacher or staff member?  WPSF "HATS Off" Winter Campaign Runs Through December 18.  For over 25 years, the Wayland Public Schools Foundation (WPSF) has supported teachers by funding classroom innovations and creative units of study not covered by the regular school budget.  Making a donation to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation is a perfect way to say "Thank You!" to that special teacher or staff member.  The WPSF encourages the ordering of HATS Off certificates through their website.  Certificate forms may also be downloaded from the website and mailed to P.O. Box 97, Wayland, MA  01778, along with a check made payable to the Wayland Public Schools Foundation.  Donations qualify for matching gifts at participating companies. A personalized certificate will be sent to the faculty member of your choice.  The donation amount will not be disclosed.  The deadline for HATS Off donations is Tuesday, December 18th.  Delivery of certificates cannot be guaranteed before school break for donations received after deadline. Questions?  Contact Jen Murray or Sue Mitrano.   

Concert Luncheon to Benefit Hospice, December 18.  Parmenter is pleased to announce the return of the annual Holiday Concert & Luncheon for Parmenter's Hospice program. This popular event is again being hosted at the beautiful Weston Golf Club, located at 275 Meadowbrook Road in Weston. This year the Concord Women's Chorus will perform many seasonal favorites at this holiday festivity. The Program will be held on December 18th, with check in 10:30 in the morning. A festive holiday luncheon will follow. Reservations are required. For information please contact Parmenter at 5O8-358-3OOO, ext. 44O. Parmenter is the local, nonprofit, independent home health, palliative and hospice care provider, serving area communities.  


Volunteer for the Salvation Army! Volunteer just one hour and make a difference! The Wayland Salvation Army Christmas kettles in front of the Stop and Shop and Donelan's need additional volunteers to ring the bell for just one hour at a time. Please call Nancy and Preston Keith (508-358-4318) or Sonja Strong (508-358-4623) to arrange an hour that fits your schedule. The Salvation Army is considered the most efficient of all charities as it provides services to those in need regardless of race or creed. Each year, Wayland bell ringers have enjoyed helping while greeting friends and neighbors as they shop. Have a good time while doing a good deed!


Help with Eagle Scout Project.  Kevin Ge is a Troop 1 Boy Scout working on his Eagle project, a town-wide food drive to help stock Parmenter's Food Pantry for the upcoming holiday season. Please come by Whole Foods on the evening of December 6 to donate your non-perishable food items. Donations bins are also located at the town building and the library until December 8. For more information, please feel free to email Kevin  or visit http://www.parmenter.org/foodpantry.asp.  Kevin Ge and Parmenter appreciate your support. 


Police collecting Toys for Tots. The Wayland Police Department in conjunction with the Massachusetts State Police and the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve is once again participating in the Toys for Tots program.  The Wayland Police Department will be collecting New, non-violent, un-wrapped toys for children of all ages newborn to 14 years old. The toys may be dropped off at the Wayland Police Department and the Wayland Town Hall. Both locations have toy bins you may place your donation into.  The last collection will be on December 17th, 2012. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact, Detective Sergeant Jamie D. Berger at 508-358-4721



SOAR 55 Volunteer Opportunities. This holiday season share your skills and experience, connect with others and make a difference through SOAR 55.  If you are 55 plus and interested in exploring how local volunteering can expand your world, SOAR 55 will provide you with a professional and personal volunteer search for an assignment that matches your skills, interests and schedule. Choose from many local volunteer opportunities: coordinate an employment program that creates sustainable career paths for economically disadvantaged individuals; help 12-14 year olds with their homework in one of the following subjects: math, language arts, science, social studies, Spanish, or French;  utilize grassroots marketing strategies and tactics to build much needed awareness and support to drive membership and volunteer drivers for an organization that provides critical transportation for seniors and the visually impaired; help children and families with early literacy training; assist military service members with areas of financial planning including budgeting, investing, improving credit and purchasing homes or help with legal issues; work one on one with pre-release inmates to prepare them for their GED (high school equivalency exam); develop or expand an organization's volunteer program as a Volunteer Coordinator; help a senior navigate the often confusing healthcare system by accompanying them to doctor's appointments and healthcare visits to insure they understand medical issues and follow-up instructions; plan and execute recruitment events for SOAR 55 and much more!   Please email Lois Levick at the Framingham Public Library (or call 508-532-5570, ext. 4353), and visit their website



Find Your Missing Child is holding an online auction. Meet your neighbors and reconnect with good friends while supporting a good cause. We are kicking off the holiday season by continuing our theme of fundraising BBQs. The FYMC Silent Auction and Open House will be held Saturday, December 8 from 2-10pm at 6 York Road in Wayland. The auction will be chock full of experiences-related items, such as behind the scenes tours of museums, special chef visits, family portraits in oil by a local artist and private video-gaming lessons. The silent auction will end at 7pm. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and by visiting the auction web page. Check back often as they will add new items nearly every day. If you have items to donate, or can help in anyway, please email to: info@findyourmissingchild.org.  


Holiday Cheer Project. The holidays are the perfect time to help a child who might otherwise not receive new clothes or toys this holiday season. For the next four weeks, Temple Shir Tikva will be distributing holiday wish lists from children who live in poverty in the Metrowest area. Individuals or families can sign up to sponsor one or more children and are asked to purchase three items from the wish list of each child they sponsor. Gift certificates are also welcome. The deadline for requesting a wish list is December 6. All gifts will be collected at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA, on Sunday, December 9 between 9 AM and 11:30 AM. Wrapping paper is always appreciated. This is a wonderful project for families to engage in together as they celebrate the good fortune of the season. For more information, please email Mimi Facher or call her at 781-893-1978.




Mahoney's "Trees for Troops" Christmas Tree Campaign has begun.  Members of the Military and their families make many sacrifices, especially during the holidays. Starting this Veteran's Day, November 11, show your support and appreciation to an active member and their family, by donating a Christmas tree through the "Trees for Troops" program. Mahoney's Garden Centers is again the host of the Trees for Troops program in Massachusetts. To participate in the program, visit any of Mahoney's eight locations in eastern Massachusetts beginning November 11, and purchase a Trees for Troops tree for $24.50. Special tree cards are available to write a note of thanks or holiday wishes to the family. Or, new this year, call the Mahoney's Trees for Troops hotline at (781) 721-4691 to purchase a tree over the phone. For complete details, click here


Wayland Community Emergency Response Team needs help.  Wayland Community Emergency Response Team needs help. The Wayland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is an all-volunteer group of residents who have been trained to support the town's public safety personnel in a time of emergency. CERT is now looking for local or nearby ham radio operators to join our team. Ham operators have become an important link when communicating during an emergency event, and serve a vital role on the team.  Details are online here.  



MeetingsUpcoming Meetings  
See the Town Website's Calendar online here.  Please check the online calendar for the latest updates, as meetings noted below could have been updated (change in date, time or location) since we captured them.  Also, some meetings could have been added since we collected the calendar information.

Preview of Board of Selectmen Meeting for Monday, December 3 from Town Administrator Fred Turkington:

The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Wayland Town Building.


After reviewing the agenda and receiving public comment, Selectmen will hear a presentation by Daniel Roche, a consulting actuary from The Segal Company. Mr. Roche will discuss the topic of other post-employment benefits (health insurance for retired town employees), best known by the acronym "OPEB", including the liabilities, obligation to fund, status of Wayland's funding efforts to date, and the ways future liabilities might be impacted by the cost of health care and the work of a special state commission studying the issue.


State Rep. Tom Conroy will also be present to contribute to the discussion.

After considering the consent calendar and reviewing correspondence, Selectmen will then listen to the report of the town administrator, which will include an update on the FY2014 capital budget and overall five-year capital improvement plan and an update on future meeting agenda items. During Selectmen's Reports and Concerns, the Board will discuss general items of concern and consider whether to schedule office hours in December.


The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room.

Meetings for the upcoming week.  Note: all meetings are scheduled for Town Building unless noted. 

Monday, December 3

Tuesday, December 4

Wednesday, December 5

  • No meetings currently scheduled 

Thursday, December 6

Friday, December 7

  • No meetings scheduled  


HOLIDAY HOURS.  The library will close at noon on December 24 and will be closed on December 25. We will close at 3 p.m. on December 31 and will be closed on January 1.


State Representative Conroy Announces Upcoming District Office Hours. Representative Tom Conroy is pleased to announce his local office hours in Marlborough, Sudbury, and Wayland for the month of December, 2012. Constituents are encouraged to come meet Tom, share their views on relevant topics, and bring important issues to the Representative's attention. No appointments are necessary and meetings are held on a first come, first serve basis. Office hours and locations for Friday, December 21 are 3-3:30 in Wayland at the Library.  


Support group who those who care for someone with memory loss. Offering a support group to anyone in our community who cares about someone who is experiencing memory loss. The facilitator is experienced and certified by the National Alzheimer's Association. These confidential meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19th. Hor's deuvers and drinks will be served. Please call Christina at (508) 652-6396 if you will be attending a meeting or have questions. The meetings will be held at Sunrise of Wayland, 285 Commonwealth Road (across from the Villa) and parking is available.


Help Wanted at Liberty's: delivery drivers and counter help. Apply in person. Liberty Pizza, 116 Main Street, Wayland, MA


Children's Poetry Workshop. Our next monthly poetry workshops for children ages eight and up will be on Wednesday, December 12, from 7-8 p.m. Children will listen to, read, and write poetry. Led by Children's Librarian Pam McCuen. 

Library Book Groups for Adults. The library has two book groups. The next meeting of our evening group, led by Andy Moore, will be on Monday, December 3, at 7 p.m. We will be discussing The Ask by Sam Lipsyte. Our Noontime Book Group will meet on Friday, December 14, at noon and will be discussing The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The noontime group is facilitated by Sandy Raymond. New members are welcome at these groups, and the book lists can be found in the "Readers's Corner" section of our website. For more information, call the library at 508-358-2311.

Parent/Child Book Group. We are excited about the response to our new parent-child library book group, which will have its third meeting on Monday, December 17, 2012, (7-8 p.m.). It's a group for children in 4th and 5th grade, with a parent, discusses a different book each month. Each month, the group decides together what next month's book will be. The book we'll be talking about this month is Popular Clone by M.E. Castle. Led by Children's Librarian Pam McCuen. For more information, call Pam at 508-358-2308.

Lego Club. The Lego Club will meet on Wednesday, December 5, from 3-4 p.m. Kids, come use your imagination to make fabulous Lego creations. For ages 6 and up. 


Holiday Shopping at the Wayland Depot.  The Wayland Depot is the perfect place for all your holiday shopping! Located in Wayland by the library on Route 27, the Depot is stocked with exquisite handcrafted gifts for the holiday season. Featured in this photo is a handsome necklace by Carole Cudmore of Wayland on a hand painted silk scarf by Terry Kessel Myers of Stow. Come in to see our creative scarf and jewelry displays, which are so beautiful. Another local jeweler, Christine Faucher of Sudbury, has a large selection of pretty earrings available for both teens and adults that have blown glass beads, Swarovski crystal, and sterling silver ear wires. We have reasonable prices for everything and plenty of parking. Please stop by soon to see our large assortment of many other types of gifts! The Depot is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm..


Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Real Christmas Tree from the Boy Scouts.  Each year the Wayland Boys Scouts herald the holiday season by selling Christmas trees and wreaths. Trees range from table tops to towering 10-plus-footers. All of the trees are fresh Balsam Firs from Nova Scotia. Wreaths can also be purchased in various diameters. Please stop by the Community United Methodist Church on Main Street, Cochituate and purchase a tree or wreath over the next two weekends - 12/7-12/9 and 12/14-12/16.   We will be open each Friday from 4-7pm, Saturday from 9 am-6 pm or Sunday from 12-6pm from November 30th - December 16th.  Thank you for supporting the Boy Scouts in Wayland.


Wayland 375th Anniversary Cookbook. The Wayland 375th Committee is publishing an anniversary cookbook,"375 Years and Still Cooking". This highly anticipated collection of recipes will be available late spring 2013. Proceeds of the sales will be used for events celebrating Wayland's 375th anniversary. We would like to include your recipe. Categories include: Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies & Candy, and This & That. Recipe forms with instructions and collection boxes are located at Middlesex Bank in Cochituate, the Council on Aging office in the Town Hall and the Wayland Public Library. You may also submit your recipe electronically to: www.typensave.com. User: wayland, Password: tomato828 Deadline for recipes is January 6, 2013. Questions? Contact Cyndi Miller 508-655-7718 All are welcome to submit recipes.


Art Exhibits at the Library:

  • ARTS/WAYLAND WINTER EXHIBIT. Members of Arts/Wayland will hold their annual Winter Exhibit in December and January in the Raytheon Room. Images in various media, including photography, will be displayed. There will be an artist reception, open to the public, on the afternoon of December 16.
  • FOYER EXHIBIT. Suzanne McMahon discovered her love of photography in high school where she learned to develop her own black & white and color prints. After attending Tufts University and Boston College, she began taking her hobby more seriously. Suzanne is now a part-time freelance photographer and shoots concert photos for the music website Twangville.com. She also enjoys taking photos on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod. She has won a Boston Globe photo contest and been published in Washingtonian Magazine and the Takoma Park Gazette in Maryland. By day, Suzanne is a social worker/school adjustment counselor.

ANNOUNCING: FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING NOW AVAILABLE AT PARMENTER. An important reminder, the Medicare Open Enrollment Period is Oct 15th - Dec 7th. Don't wait until it's too late! Questions about Medicare? 

  • "How and when should I sign up for Medicare?" 
  • "If I'm still working after I turn 65, do I still need Medicare?" 
  • "Does Medicare cover ALL my medical expenses?" 
  • "What is a Medicare 'supplement' and why do I need one?" 
  • "How do I choose the right drug plan (Part D plan) for me?" 

Ask a SHINE (Medicare) Counselor! The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) provides free and unbiased health insurance information and counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. This program is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and partners with senior centers throughout the state. To schedule an appointment with a SHINE Counselor at Parmenter, call 508-358-3000,extension 470. 


Senior Parent Seminar.  Please join us! Parents of seniors are invited to attend a series of facilitated discussions focused on helping you and your senior navigate this year's transition to post high school life. The meetings are relaxed and low key. We will address the needs of the attendees through didactic presentations, suggested readings, sharing experiences, and the opportunity to ask the "nuts and bolts" questions about post high school planning. Lynn Dowd, Psy.D., of Wayland Youth & Family Services will co-host the meetings with various WHS Guidance staff. The seminar will be held on the following Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 pm at WHS (space TBA): 11/5, 11/26, 12/10, and 1/7. Interested parents may wish to continue meeting monthly through April. Please email Lynn Dowd or call 508-358-4293 to register or for more information.


Wayland Children and Parents Association First Time Moms Group. Are you a first time mom or about to become one? Do you know any first time moms in Wayland looking to join a playgroup? The Wayland Children and Parents Association (WCPA) would like to start a group specifically for first time moms and babies. If you are interested or have any friends who are interested, please email Jodi Chase. The WCPA was founded in 1995 in order to provide our community with an organization that brings families with young children together for fun, education and support. The WCPA includes over 150 families and sponsors more than 75 programs and activities throughout the year. Whether you have just moved to Wayland, or have been here for a few years, we welcome you to participate in the fun by joining the WCPA.


Needlework/Handwork Group.  This fall our Needlework/Handwork group, facilitated by Ann Moses, will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30am in the Raytheon Room.  It's a group for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together.  Any adult who quilts, embroiders, knits, or does any type of hand work is welcome.  The point of the group is to share ideas and resources, as well as chat and socialize.  If anyone has questions concerning a type of needlework, we can usually head them in the right direction.  This would be a good time to start a new project or get back to one that's been sitting in your closet for years!  For more information, contact Ann Moses or 508-358-7113.  Dates for the rest of this year are: Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, and June 5. 


Walden Forum announces schedule for 2012-13. The schedule of discussions for the season is available online here.  


Fall Story & Mother Goose Times: Most Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children's Librarian Pam McCuen will be running "Mother Goose Time" for babies up to 2.5 years and their parents. It's a storytime for babies and toddlers filled with songs, rhymes, stories, and movement. On Tuesday mornings this fall, older preschoolers (2.5 to 5) can come to StoryVine. StoryVine introduces preschoolers to books and reading with engaging stories, songs and activities. Our interactive storytimes encourage language development, socialization and fun.

Save the Date


Wayland Children and Parents Association Holiday Cookie Decorating Party and Bake Sale.  Love the idea of letting the kids loose for cookie decorating, but don't want the mess? Join the Wayland Children and Parents Association for coffee and conversation for the grown-ups and cookie decorating for the kids at the WCPA annual Holiday Coffee Social and Cookie Party! Bring the kids to the Wayland Town Building (Large Hearing Room) on Tuesday, December 18 from 3:30-5pm for some supervised decorating while you socialize with other parents. You also won't want to miss a chance to take home some delicious homemade cookies and treats at the "cookie grab." The cost is $3 per child to decorate two cookies. Assorted cookies for the "grab" will be on sale - $10 for as many cookies as can fit in a medium size box.  As part of our holiday giving initiative, the WCPA invites you to donate a gift for Toys for Tots. A bin will be on display during the party. If you are interested in donating, please bring a new, unwrapped gift to the event. On behalf of Toys for Tots, we thank you for your support!  Please RSVP by December 13 to fundraising@waylandwcpa.org. This is a WCPA fundraising event. 


Personal Cloud Computing. Wayland librarian Matt Amory will give a program on Wednesday, December 19, from 7-9 p.m. talking about personal computing "in the cloud." Matt will also introduce the library's new Chromebooks, which can be checked out by the public for use in the library building. 


EventsEvents & Happenings 


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


Tuesday, December 4, Boston to Barcelona: A Family at Sea, Wayland Library, 7:30pm.  In 2005 Wayland resident Susie Klein, her husband, and their two sons, then aged 14 and 16, sailed their 41-foot sailboat across the Atlantic, stopping in the Azores, Gibraltar, Morocco, Spain and the Balearic Islands. The 65-day voyage was the prelude to a sabbatical year living and working in France. Susie's intent was to share her passion for adventure and the sea with her sons and bind the family closer by escaping hectic lives ashore. With seven years' hindsight, Susie will recount the adventure and its impact on her family. Come hear Susie tell about their exciting, and sometimes harrowing, adventures at sea. Susie's articles have been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, SAIL, Cruising World and The Wayland Town Crier. She recently returned to Wayland after two years of teaching English at universities in France and now teaches ESOL at Framingham State. Location: Raytheon Room.  


Wednesday, December 5, Children's Holiday Shoppe, Wayland Town Building, 2:30-5pm.  For Grades K-5. There will be Middle and High School students to help children with their shopping. Parents and caregivers will enjoy complimentary refreshments and boutique shopping in the "cafe" while they wait for their young shoppers. Gifts priced just right for a child's budget. Free gift wrapping!


Wednesday, December 5, Open Mic Night at the Chat, 8-11pm.  Come to play, come to listen! From Blue Grass to Jazz, Rock to Irish Traditionals, you never know what you'll hear!  Guitarist, singers, instrumentalists (solo or duo only without advance notice) are encouraged to attend and will have 20 minutes to perform to a very supportive audience! Everyone's musical tastes and abilities will be met with warm applause! Musicians may show up any time that evening and sign up for an available time block (or sign up in advance via e-mail). All are encouraged to come early, and stay late, to enjoy the great food and drink that The Dudley Chateau has to offer, and to hear talented musicians. Vocalists requesting accompaniment may send music in advance to same e-mail - guitar only. Microphones and PA will be set up. All musicians 16+ are welcome to perform. After 9pm all musicians must be 18+.  


Thursday, December 6, Walden Forum: Dan Kennedy on "Truth in Journalism: Whose Facts, Whose Reality?", First Parish Meeting House, 7:30pm.  Dan Kennedy - Author, Educator, Journalist, and an Award-Winning Media Analyst - to Speak in Wayland:  "Truth in Journalism: Whose Facts, Whose Reality?" Join us for a discussion with Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University. Kennedy will speak at the Walden Forum on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. Professor Kennedy teaches multimedia reporting, First Amendment law and other journalism courses. The Walden Forum is held at the First Parish Meeting House, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27 in Wayland, Mass.  For complete details, click here.   


Friday, December 7, Wayland Depot Open House, 8-11am. Hosted by Beth Barovick, Linda Hanifin, Nancy Osborn and Kim Robb. Avoid the hassles of mall shopping! Check out the Depot's unusual assortment for everyone on your list:

  • Husbands, brothers, uncles, in-laws, teachers, coaches: handmade wooden boxes, golf towels, books and bird houses
  • Hostesses: beaded serving utensils, glass bottle stops, dip mixes, holiday dish towels, stained glass ornaments
  • Wives, friends and sisters: elegant pottery, hats and scarves, mittens, jewelry, belts and handbags, hand-painted frames
  • Also, handmade gifts for babies and children, and Wayland Booster items.
Proceeds benefit Wayland charities. Bring a friend and come enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while you browse their wide selection of goodies.


Saturday, December 8, Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar (+ soup and bake sale), Good Shepherd Parish, 9:30am-6pm.   Come do some holiday shopping and support a good cause at once!  There will be vendors with fairly traded gifts from all around the world and delicious home-made treats.   At Good Shepherd Parish, St. Zepherin Parish Center, 99 Main St.


Sunday, December 9, Holiday Open House, Wayland Library et al. On Sunday, December 9, the Friends of the Library will provide refreshments in the library as part of the town center holiday celebrations. Children ages 4 and up are invited to drop in to make holiday crafts with Children's Librarian Elise Katz from 2:30-4:30pm that afternoon in the library's Raytheon Room.   


Monday, December 10, League of Women Voters Holiday Party, 69 Lincoln Rd., 11:30am-2pm.  Wayland Public Schools Update: School Superintendent Paul Stein will bring us up-to-date on our school system: reorganization of the elementary schools, computer per student program, achievement gaps, etc. There will be time for questions.  Ticket of Admission: Please bring one or two cans or packages of non-perishable food for the Parmenter Food Pantry (soups, stews and canned vegetables are especially welcome).  Desserts would be appreciated. If you can bring a "finger" dessert, please email Karen. We hope you will be able to come, meet old friends, and catch up on the exciting things happening in our schools. We wish everyone a joyous and healthy holiday season.  At the home of Karen Kavet.

Tuesday, December 11, Employment Workshops with Gary Gekow, Wayland Library.
 The Library's last two employment workshops with Gary Gekow have been scheduled. There will be a workshop on "Interviewing" on December 11 and one on "Salary and Benefits Negotiation" on December 18. Both workshops are in the library's Raytheon Room.  

Weekly Chuckle

Craig Ferguson  
"Rupert Murdoch is the guy whose tabloids hacked into people's phones in England. He's back in hot water today. The British parliamentary commission delivered its findings. The report assessed the standards and ethics of the British tabloids. Spoiler alert: They don't have any."

      -- Craig Ferguson



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