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Missing Cat
Newsletter 2012 04 30 Coco a calico missing from Pemberton Rd
Coco is a calico, somewhat overweight. She is missing from 26 Pemberton Rd in Cochituate. 

Phone 508-655-8334. She is often out overnight and has been away for as long as two days before. She is very sweet but also very savvy and can take care of herself. Perhaps someone took her in thinking she is a stray. 

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Any updates on Coco will be available online here.
In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Administrative Fee, Private Wells Hot Topics at Hearing. Wayland's Board of Public Works wants to offer plenty of opportunity for residents to have their say during the process of setting upcoming water rates. On Monday, the board held the first of what it expects to be several water rate hearings, and while the crowd wasn't extensive, it was vocal.

  • Board of Public Works holds first of several water rate hearings. The Board of Public Works held a public hearing Monday night on water rates slated to go into effect this September. "We wanted to do our analysis early this year," said board member Michael Wegerbauer, "and we expect to have several more of these meetings in the coming months." Input from Wayland residents came mostly from low-end users who felt the $112 annual administrative fee, which is the same for everyone, fell disproportionately on them.

  • Saving the American chestnut tree . If poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote "The Village Blacksmith" today, it would likely begin, "Under the scraggly, diseased and dying chestnut tree ... ." For more than a century, a relentless blight has decimated the American chestnut tree, driving the nation's once grandest hardwood to the edge of extinction.

  • Wayland and Weston students win National Merit Scholarship. Wayland High School students Ryan Budnick and Elena Drews earned $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

  • Earth Day Fair Offers Something for Everyone. Passionate environmentalists and curious community members alike came out to the courtyard of the Wayland Town Building April 29 for the third annual Earth Day fair sponsored by the Wayland Green Team and Transition Wayland. Event organizers estimate that about 400 people mingled in the courtyard on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, making this year's fair better attended than the past two years combined.

  • Senior Strings Players Taught Only By Susan Memoli Since 3rd Grade. There are lots of "firsts" in every child's life. This week 17 Wayland High School string orchestra players shared an important "one and only" event. With the annual Spring Orchestra Concert, these musicians celebrated having the same string instrument teacher, orchestra conductor, and mentor - Susan Memoli - since they started their public school music education in the third grade!

  • Patriot League announces Rowing Academic All-League Team, Scholar-Athlete. Senior Theresa Saxton-Fox, a rower from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won her second straight Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Thursday, while earning one of 11 spots on the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Saxton-Fox, who last season became the first student-athlete from MIT to win a Patriot League major award, is a mechanical engineering major with a 4.9/5.0 GPA (3.92/4.00).

  • Large turnout for Wayland Historical Society program. Current and former Wayland residents packed Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland on April 26 to view artifacts and memories from the Grout-Heard House Museum, the Wayland Archaeology Lab and private Wayland collections.

  • Wayland resident honored for 'Excellence in Education'. At the recent 22nd annual Goldin Foundation Educators Forum hosted by the Framingham Public Schools, Lowell Mazie of Wayland, executive director of the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation Mentoring Program at Framingham High School, was recognized for "Excellence in Education."

  • A Fenway Thank You 36 Years in the Making. Allan Dines' father helped his son land a coveted job in 1976. Thirty-six years later, Dines paid his father back for that "in" with a trip to Fenway Park for the historic park's 100th anniversary. And it was all possible because of that job in the 1970s.

  • Selectmen Elect Leaders through 2013 Annual Town Meeting. The Board of Selectmen held an organizational meeting on Monday, April 30, 2012 at which time John Bladon was elected chair and Steve Correia was elected vice-chair. The posts are held until the first meeting of the next Board of Selectmen when it convenes following adjournment of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting.

  • Wayland resident named 'Unsung Heroine'. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women announces its 2012 class of Unsung Heroines, including Kathy Hodge of Wayland. These women hail from cities and towns across the commonwealth and each will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their communities or organizations they serve.

  • Demonstrators Cause a Stir Outside Wayland Post Office. A small table set up alongside Boston Post Road in front of the U.S. Post Office drew honks, waves and comments Wednesday as demonstrators called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. The two demonstrators manning the table at about 11 a.m. explained that they were volunteers with the LaRouche Political Action Committee. Wayland wasn't specifically selected, but was merely a stop along their demonstration route that includes stops at post offices throughout New England.

  • Trial Date Set for Wayland Selectman. The court has set a trial date in the case of a Wayland selectman accused of twice violating a restraining order. During a pre-trial conference Tuesday at Framingham District Court, Joe Nolan learned he will be in court July 25 for trial.

  • Three Things You Missed at Monday's Selectmen Meeting. The first meeting for the new term of Wayland's Board of Selcetmen began Monday night with the most senior member, Joe Nolan, calling the meeting to order. Nolan acknowledged the service of Sue Pope and Tom Fay, who are no longer serving on the board, and welcomed the two new members, Ed Collins and Doug Leard.

  • Made-to-Order FroYo Creations Coming to Wayland. Just in time for summer, frozen yogurt is coming to Wayland. Wayland residents Lewis and Susan Cohn plan to open Frozen Yogurt Innovations (FYI) at 131 Main Street in Cochituate this month. Their website is online here.

PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     


New "Mass Central Rail Trail - Wayland" teeshirts are now on sale at the Wayland Depot. For $20 you can show your enthusiasm for the multi-use trail now being planned along the former right-of-way. Your entire contribution goes towards the ongoing volunteer work to improve the trail. Get yours now!





Flatbread Pizza donates to Guardian Angels Cat Rescue with your pizza purchases on Tuesday, May 8. Guardian Angels Cat Rescue will receive a donation of $3.50 from every large, and $1.75 from every small flatbread sold during this special evening. Dine-in or take-out! Flatbread Pizza Company is located at 213 Burlington Road Bedford, MA (Corner of Network Drive, 2 miles past Burlington Mall). The fundraiser is Tuesday, May 8, 5-9pm. Check out the menu at the Flatbread Pizza Company Website.


Next Planning Meeting for 375th Anniversary Committee May 23. The next meeting of the 375th Anniversary Planning Committee will be Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm in the Town Building. The focus of this meeting will be outdoor and environmental activities and events. We invite all sports and recreational groups, conservation, and 'green' organizations to attend the meeting to brainstorm and plan events for the year-long celebration. It will begin in mid-June of 2013 and end mid-June of 2014. If hiking, biking, kayaking, geocaching, swimming, gardening, or playing with a ball (or a curling stone) is your thing, please come and get involved in planning the party!


Host Families Needed. Wayland Parents: International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES) is looking for a few loving host families for students that will be attending Wayland High School in September for the academic year. The students will arrive in August 2012. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Shereen Russell-Ahmed at 617-515-3800. By May 19th


The Wayland Business Association (WBA) Annual FUNdraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 and will be held at Viva Mexican Grill and Tequileria. The evening promises to be a great time for all and will include food, entertainment and raffles. The WBA is more than just a business group. It is a part of the fiber of the community. It is also a well respected civic organization. As a civic organization, the WBA has made generous donations to local concerns including The Golden Tones, The Wellness Summit and the Wayland High School Scholarship Fund. For complete details, click here.


Shower for Shelters through May 7. The Sudbury, Wayland, and Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is sponsoring their yearly "Shower for Shelters" from Monday, April 23, through Monday, May 7. Families transitioning from a shelter appreciate your gift of new household items to help them establish their new homes. Unwrapped gifts (new items only, please) may be delivered to the Wayland Library. Particularly useful gifts include kitchen items, bathroom items, and bed linens. All items will be donated to clients of Reach, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence.  Click here for complete details. 


HRS will hold its Seventh Annual Arnold Kerzner Award Dinner and Auction to benefit The Human Relations Service on Tuesday, May 15 at 6pm at Hunnewell House at Elm Bank, Wellesley. Celebrity Chefs include: Geoff Gardner, Sel de la Terre; Mitchell Maxwell, Maxwell's 148; Derek Labounty, The Cottage Restaurant, and Richard Rayment, Seaport Boston Hotel. Celebrity Auctioneer will be Susan Wornick, WCVB-TV Boston. HRS will honor Dr. Cheryl Maloney, the Superintendent of Weston Public Schools. HRS has been an important partner in her educational work over the years. The Human Relations Service (HRS) is the non-profit community mental health agency serving Wellesley, Weston and Wayland. The funds raised at this annual event help ensure that HRS can keep providing the highest quality care to those in need and continue to support the well-being of our community. We hope you will join us for an evening of delicious food from local celebrity chefs, entertainment, fine wines and spirits, and an auction at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street. Wellesley. Tickets to the dinner are $250 per person. Many funding opportunities exist at all levels (ads, tributes, table hosting) within various levels of donations. For further information on the Arnold Kerzner Award Dinner and Auction event, please call Tara at KMC Productions, Inc. at 781-356-6616. To donate or learn more about HRS call Director of Development, Donna Poretsky at 781-235-4950.  For complete details, click here. 


Habitat Project location marked; Buy a Brick Fundraiser underway.  

At last, you can find the location of the soon-to-be-built Habitat houses in Wayland. The sign in the photograph is on Stonebridge Road, on land the town voted to donate to an affordable housing developer to build four units-two duplexes-of affordable housing. Josh Rose, a Wayland resident and member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester chapter, helped install the sign. The development will include 12 bedrooms on three acres of land. The project is going through the approval process now. Meanwhile the Local Project Committee is starting to raise funds to meet Habitat's requirement to have 30 percent of the budget in hand at the time of groundbreaking. Its first fundraiser is to sell 600 blocks that will form the foundation of the two duplexes. Those who purchase the blocks will be invited to place them in the foundations in the fall. If you are interested in buying a block (or ten blocks) at $75 for one and $125 for two, or if you would like to get involved in the project, please contact Mary Antes (508 358-2571) or Dan Sharry (508 358-3524).


Local businesses step forward to support Late Night 2012. The fundraising campaign for Late Night 2012 is off to a great start with an initial burst of extremely generous donations from local parents and businesses. Saturday, May 19 will be a big night for Wayland High School juniors - the night of the Junior Prom, where excitement is high and memories will be made that last a lifetime. Late Night is a 16-year Wayland tradition. Every year since 1997, Wayland High School parents and community businesses have contributed to create a fun, alcohol- and drug-free chaperoned party for the students to have fun together immediately afterthe Junior Prom. The event is produced with no charge to students to make attendance as easy as possible for this memorable night of entertainment, refreshments, activities and prizes. Because students are not charged to attend, Late Night is funded entirely by tax-deductible contributions from the community. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be sent by check payable to "Wayland PTO" to JoAnn Leavitt, 9 Woodridge Road, Wayland MA 01778. Or feel free to go online to make a secure online payment. Let's keep our kids off the roads and safe on prom night! The Late Night committee is also looking for volunteers. Anyone interested should contact Late Night 2012 Committee Chairs Deb Mead or Susan Longfritz.  


MeetingsUpcoming Meetings  
See the Town Website's Calendar online here.  Check there for the latest updates, as meetings noted below could have been updated since we captured them.  


Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  


Monday, May 7

  • Personnel Board, 7pm.  Agenda includes: Annual Town Meeting follow-up, veterans' agent - West Suburban Veterans' District
  • Board of Public Works, 7pm.  Agenda includes: water Abatements, Water Rate Hearing (continued), Conservation Incentives, Water billing for Public Service Activities, retaining consultant for water rates and financial oversight, Recreation's Priority List for FY'13, Traffic Calming Request Status
  • Finance Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes: ATM 2012 (debrief, discussion of budget and article processes, ways to improve for next year), FinCom projects: status report of open projects (including FAQs), ideas for new projects, assignments FY13 FinCom leadership - discussion, Board of Assessors Overlay policy, 4-24-12, Appointment to Senior Tax Relief Committee 
  • School Committee, 7pm.  Agenda include: School Choice Hearing, Reports on Goals (2012 Technology Report/Presentation, China Exchange Program Update
    8:15), Continued Discussion of Superintendent Evaluation Tool,
    Continued Discussion of Article 28 Follow-up, School Committee Report of Part II of Abrahams Group Report
  • Board of Assessors, 7pm.  Agenda includes FY12 abatement application review, Executive Session (pending ATB cases)
  • Historical Commission, 7:30pm. Agenda includes: review of monuments and signs, updates on:policy for monitoring of building sites prepared by Temporary Policy Committee, WMS ceremonial site, archaelogy, freight house and brush clearing, 375th celebration, document preservation, historic homes.
Tuesday, May 8
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 8:20pm.  Agenda includes: review of monuments and signs and CPC funds obtained for repairs of same, updates of: policy for monitoring of building sites, Wayland Middle School ceremonial site, archaeology, freight house and brush clearing, Wayland 375th, status of document preservation, Historic Homes

Wednesday, May 9

  • Permanent Municipal Building Committee, 6:30pm. Agenda includes review of Weston & Sampson scope of work for design development, construction documents and bidding discussion of schedule and value engineering.
  • Recreation Commission, 7pm.  Agenda includes Dudley Area Advisory Committee update, final draft of Wright's letter on Recreation Commission's authority, field discussion/DPW priority list, program coordinator update, policy on releasing recreation land, policy on replacing nets and consumables on fields
  • Wastewater Management District Commission, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes update on construction and transition to new WWTF, update on inspections, solving excess flow problem, Dudley Pond area for June meeting

Thursday, May 10

Monday, May 14

Thursday, May 17



Shop for Mother's Day at the Depot. There are wonderful gifts for mom at the Wayland Depot!  Consider the beautiful hand painted silk scarves by Terry Kessel Myers of Stow, featured in this photo. We also have greeting cards, pocketbooks, jewelry, placemats, pottery, and much more, all at reasonable prices. Select the perfect gift for Mother's Day at Wayland's only gift and consignment shop that features the work of local and regional artisans. The Depot is located on Route 27 near the Wayland Library, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. Mother's Day is May 13, so stop by soon!


Opportunities to Serve on Town Boards and Committees. Citizens interested in serving on a town board or committee should visit the list of vacancies posted here. The list will be expanded later this month to include vacancies that are created by the expiration of terms for a number of positions on June 30, 2012, so be sure to check back around Memorial Day for an updated list of opportunities.


Writing Workshop. Attention recreational writers. The library is considering hosting a self-directed memoir/short story writing group to meet either once or twice a month at the library, schedule permitting. The group could be as small as four or as large as eight. If you are interested in participating in this type of group, please contact Maxine Weintraub or the library. Happy writing!


Art Exhibits:

  • Brawerman Photos. The May exhibit in the library foyer features recent photographs by George and Ruth Brawerman. Their work includes pictures taken in the local area as well as on Cape Cod and in the Sarasota area of Florida. George and Ruth are particularly interested in summer and early fall shapes and colors.
  • Arts/Wayland Art Show. Arts/Wayland members will have an art show in the Raytheon Room during May. The public is invited to join members of Arts/Wayland for an artists' reception at the exhibit on Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm

Exhibitors Needed. Are you an artist or a photographer who enjoys sharing your work with others? If so, we have openings in our exhibit schedule for the Raytheon Room this summer during July and August. If you are interested in exhibiting your work there, please call Jim Zebrowski at the library at 508-358-0834.


Summer rate discount at Wayland Community Pool ends May 16. Now is your last chance to join the WCP this summer at our reduced summer rates! Both Summer and Yearly pool pass rates go up by $100 on May 16th and you don't want to miss out. If you buy before May 16th, you receive unlimited swimming at a reduced rate, $5 off beach passes to the Wayland Town Beach and 5 free guest passes to the WCP! Join us! You will not regret this decision. Visit wcpswim.org for registration and information about our programs and classes.


News and Events from the Council on Aging:

  • Healthy Back (starts Monday, May 7)
  • Zumba and Conditioning (starts Wednesday, May 9)
  • Brown Bag Seminar Series (Wednesday, May 9): speaker is researchers from MIT's Age Lab
  • "Cuba: Socialism with a Salsa Beat" with photojournalist Barry Pell, Thursday, May 10
  • Questions about Medicare, Wednesday, May 30
  • Wayland COA Cafe, Wednesday, June 6
  • Sudbury Valley New Horizons Jazz Band, June 14
For details, click here.


WSCP Programs Available for Viewing on WayCAM's Video on Demand. To view WSCP programs, click here, then go to "All Folders" at top of page and scroll down to "Pegasus Programs" or "WS BASE Programs." Now showing: Annual Variety Show and PSAs. WSCP and WayCAM - WayCAM's new studio in the Wayland High School Field House presents learning opportunities for students as well as adults in the Wayland community. BASE children have produced PSAs using the new virtual sets and teleprompter, and Pegasus will have TV Production for children in Grades 3 through 7. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, children gain confidence, poise, and enhanced competence through involvement in this creative and exciting pursuit. For more details, click here.


Needlework/Handiwork Group at the Library. Thursday, May 10, at 10am is the next time the Library's sewing group will be meeting. This group, facilitated by Ann Moses, is for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together. For more information, contact Ann Moses at 508-358-7113. 


State Representative Conroy Announces Upcoming District Office Hours in Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland for the month of May, 2012. Constituents are encouraged to come meet the Representative, 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, May 11 are as follows: 2:30-3pm at Lincoln Public Library, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln Historical Room;  3:30-4pm at Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Raytheon Room;  4:30-5pm at Goodnow Public Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury - Small meeting room, 2nd floor


Library Closure: The Library will be closed 9am-6pm on May 21 for long-term planning.  The Library will re-open that evening at 6pm. 


Arts/Wayland Spring Show. Please join Arts/Wayland at their Reception on Sunday, May 20, between 2 and 4pm. View works from their month-long exhibit, which runs from May 4th thru the 30th in the Wayland Library's Raytheon Room. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.artswayland.com 


Upcoming Book Groups at the Library. Our Evening Book Group will be discussing Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. The next meeting of the Noontime Book Group is at 12 noon on Friday, May 11, and the book to be discussed is City of Thieves by David Benioff. New members are welcome at both book groups.
Chinese Collection. Our entire Chinese collection-books and DVDS-is now all in one spot. You'll find it through the doorway in the Reference section, back by computer #5 and the study carrels.

Library Art Exhibits. During April, the Raytheon Room contains paintings by artist Jeremy Harrison that were inspired by his transarctic canoe journey. The foyer contains photographs and paintings by Murray and Trudy Drobnis. 


Shakespeare with Helen Whall. Professor Helen Whall has returned this spring for our annual Shakespeare Festival on Tuesdays this spring at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Following Falstaff." The next plays to be discussed will include are Henry the Fourth, Part II (5/8) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (5/22).


Making Music with Ellen Hoffman. Ellen Hoffman will be coming to the library in May to offer some of her popular "Making Music" programs. Ellen mixes rhythm and reading, instruments and imagination, and music, and movement for 45 minutes of musical fun! She'll be at the library on Thursday, May 3, at 10:30am for ages 2-3 and at 1pm for ages 3-5. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308. 


Board of Health Registers Residents for Hazardous Waste Day. The Wayland Board of Health is pre-registering Wayland residents for its next Household Hazardous Waste collection day to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The collection location will be at 195 Main Street on Route 27 at the parking lot of the Highway garage at the Wayland Middle School. For complete details, click here.


Jr. Tech of Cape Cod expands STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to Greater Boston families with CSI: MetroWest workshop.  Jr. Tech is introducing their first STEM workshop west of Boston with CSI:MetroWest for 5th-7th grade students.  The 6.5 hour, Massachusetts Curriculum Standards-based program will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 9:00 - 3:30 at Peace Lutheran Church, 107 Concord Road [Rte 126], Wayland. Click here for details.


Library on Your Cell Phone! Your smartphone just got smarter, thanks to Mobile MLN. It's our new, lean, stripped-down version of the Minuteman catalog specifically for mobile devices. No app to install; just go to the library online catalog as usual, and you'll be automatically directed to the new interface. Browse the stacks with the catalog in the palm of your hand. Find the closest library with the title you want while you're running errands. Check your account and renew a book during a long wait. With Mobile MLN, the library's with you wherever you go!


Storytimes. The Library is reconfiguring storytimes somewhat to address the widely divergent developmental needs of the youngest users. "Storyvine," on Tuesdays at 10:30am, will introduce preschoolers (ages 2.5 to 5 years) to books and reading with engaging stories, songs, and activities. "Mother Goose Time," on most Thursday mornings at 10:30am, will be a program for babies and toddlers filled with songs, rhymes, stories, and movement. All of our storytimes encourage language development, socialization, and fun and will take place in the Raytheon Room. We ask that parents and care givers participate in the storytime activities with their children. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.


Save the Date


5th Annual Boy Scout Troop 1 Cochituate Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, Monday, May 28. The 5th Annual Boy Scout Troop 1 Cochituate Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast will be held on Monday, May 28, 7:30-10am at St Zepherins Parish Hall. The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family. The menu is pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. This event is put on by the Boy Scouts and enjoyed by all. Come have breakfast and then watch the parade. Tickets can be purchased from Peg Straube 508-358-2639.


Diane MuffittRetirement Celebration for Diane Muffit, Saturday, June 2.  Diane Muffit, our extraordinary Band Director and General Music Teacher, is retiring after 32 years at Wayland Middle School. From present middle school, high school, and college students, to adults now in their twenties, thirties, and forties, all of Diane's former students are invited back to participate in our celebration --"The Diane Muffitt Alumni Band." Alumni will spend the morning of June 2 catching up with Diane and rehearsing selected musical pieces. At 1:30pm, Diane will conduct this amazing Alumni Band in concert on the Middle School stage, followed by a casual reception. Diane Muffitt, our extraordinary Band Director and General Music Teacher, is retiring after 32 years at Wayland Middle School. From present middle school, high school, and college students, to adults now in their twenties, thirties, and forties, all of Diane's former students are invited back to participate in our celebration --"The Diane Muffitt Alumni Band." Alumni will spend the morning of June 2 catching up with Diane and rehearsing selected musical pieces. At 1:30pm, Diane will conduct this amazing Alumni Band in concert on the Middle School stage, followed by a casual reception. Please click here to learn more and to RSVP.



Touch a Truck7th Annual Touch a Truck, Saturday, September 22 at Wayland Middle School. Touch a Truck returns! Little kids and big kids enjoy a morning of fun behind the steering wheel of a: big rig, front end loader, pickup truck, ambulance, fire engine, police cruiser, backhoe, and more. There will also be a dunk tank, moon bounce and other inflatables, snow cones, food, entertainment, face painter, balloons and the Roaming Railroad.. Look for more details in our fall brochure mailed in mid-August. Climb in and on town trucks while department employees explain the vehicles' "bells and whistles." Meet your friends and have fun. In past years, we have had 1,600 in attendance at our Touch a Truck events. If you would like to be a sponsor, or you are a community group that would like to get involved in the Fall 2010 event, please contact the Recreation office at 508-358-3660 or email vcomeau@wayland.ma.us. Other Activities: Moonbounce, Obstacle Courses, Entertainment, Roaming Railroad, Face Painting, Local Business tables, Free raffle, Food and drinks and Lots of vehicles.  

EventsEvents & Happenings 


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


Tuesday, May 8, Lennon: The Man, the Myth, and the Music, Weston Library, 7pm.  Join National Public Radio's music critic Tim Riley as he reads from his book "Lennon: The Man, the Myth, and the Music." Imagine ... an entertaining and informative talk! The presentation will include a question-and-answer session and book signing, with books available for purchase at the event courtesy of Wellesley Books. For details: click here.


Tuesday, May 8, LWV Annual Meeting and talk on Concentration Camp History, Wayland High School, 7:30pm. The League of Women Voters of Wayland is inviting the public to its annual in the lecture room (small amphitheater) in the high school (second floor, next to the library). The speaker will be Wayland High School social studies teacher Kevin Delaney, who will share his exciting discoveries about "Lt Col. Martin W. Joyce, Liberator of Dachau". As Delaney says "I made an amazing find while cleaning out the old history book room prior to the move [into the new high school building]. In the piles of old stuff was a briefcase filled with the entire collection of Lt. Col. Martin W. Joyce, who was in the 7th Army that liberated Dachau concentration camp. He was appointed Commander of the camp the day after its liberation, and there are about 1000 pages of Dachau records and personal items related to his time there. For anyone with even a passing interest in history, it's a fascinating collection---letters from survivors crediting Joyce with saving 32,000 prisoners, hospital records, photos... MY [United States History] classes are using them to write his e-biography etc." The LWV will hold its business meeting after Mr. Delaney's talk. Refreshments will be available before and after the talk.


Wednesday, May 9, Town Crier editor to speak at Historical Society meeting, Grout-Heard House Museum, 7:30pm. Town Crier editor Michael Wyner will be the guest speaker at the Wayland Historical Society's annual meeting. His presentation will follow the Historical Society's annual reports and election of officers. President Jan Dunn will preside. Wyner, who has been editor of The Wayland Town Crier for the past eight years, will be reading humorous columns written by the Town Crier's first editor, Don Willard. In the early days, Willard wrote a column for each issue. His columns were gentle spoofs on life in Wayland in the 1950s. He told about building a new Town Building ("Chester A. Arthur never had it so good"), about town meetings ("The only fight crowd that doesn't eat peanuts"), about the town's many organizations ("Oh, pioneers!") and much more. Refreshments will be served. Lynne Cribben will be hostess. The public is welcome at all Historical Society meetings.


Newsletter 2012 04 23Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12, Window Dance Performance, Wayland High School Main Stage Theater, 7:30pm.  Don't pass up the only performance this year of Wayland High School's own WINDOW Dance Troupe. Featuring original pieces written and performed by the 15-member troupe, it's a chance to see the extremely talented WHS student choreographers and dancers in action in the Main Stage Theater. Members of the group will choreograph and perform this year's show, "A Beautiful Mess", in a mixture of dance styles, including tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. You won't want to miss the only opportunity to see these talented dancers! 


Saturday May 12, Employment Workshops, Wayland Library, 10:30am-12:30pm. Interview Workshop: The third in a series of four employment workshops with Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow. This is an interactive and informal question and answer session where we role-play typical interview questions and how best to answer them. The seminar also includes ways to avoid job candidates' most common interview mistakes. Location: Raytheon Room


Saturday, May 12, The Annual Florence Adler Walk/Run, Wayland Middle School.  This annual event is in support of METCO. Registration 9-10:45 a.m. Race starts at 11:00 at Wayland Middle School.  Contact the METCO Office 358-3755 or register on line.  Please click here for all the necessary materials for participation.

Saturday, May 12, Fishing Derby, Mill Pond, 8-10am. Children through 8th grade. Bring rod, tackle, bait. Ribbons awarded. Breakfast foods for sale. No fee and no registration required. Fully sponsored by Carpentry by Tom Antonellis.


Saturday, May 12, Annual Fair and Silent Auction, Church of the Holy Spirit, 10am-3pm. Come to the Church of the Holy Spirit's Annual Fair and Silent Auction on Saturday, May 12, 10am-3pm. Grab a bite to eat while browsing the White Elephant, Jewelry, and Book areas. Find fantastic bargains at the Silent Auction! The Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 169 Rice Road in Wayland.


Saturday, May 12, Open Mic Encore Night, Dudley Chateau, 8pm. Open Mic Encore Night on May 12th Recognizes the Power of Music.  "You never know what you'll hear at Open Mic" is an apt description of Wayland's Open Mic at the Dudley Chateau. Musicians from the age of 10 to 75 have performed Jazz, rap, classic rock, Spanish guitar, Irish folk songs, a cappella, and country music, all to appreciative audiences. To celebrate the first year of Open Mic, The Dudley Chateau is hosting a special Encore Night on Saturday, May 12, starting at 8pm. A select roster of very talented musicians has been invited to perform their favorite songs. Many local Wayland, Natick and Framingham area favorites, and a few surprises, will be playing a variety of styles, including original music. In recognition of the power of music, donations will be accepted to Guitars For Vets, a very effective non-profit organization that enhances the lives of ailing and injured military veterans by providing them with guitars and music instruction. The Chateau is open all day and for dinner, and is located at 20 Crest Road in Wayland. More information on Open Mic at the Dudley Chateau can be located at www.facebook.com/groups/209659782384161/.


Tuesday, May 15, Social Host Laws Presentation, Wayland High School Lecture Hall (Room B222), 7:30pm. All adults and high school students are invited to attend an evening with Attorney John Scheft to learn about social host laws. Those who attended WaylandCares' panel presentation in March 2011 will remember Atty. Scheft for his entertaining and engaging presentation on marijuana laws. This is your opportunity to learn about social host laws and the implications of recent court rulings. Before you host your next party or gathering, whether it be for students or adults, this is the event for you. This program is sponsored by WaylandCares.


Tuesday, May 15, Helping to Heal through the Visual Arts, Wayland Library. 7:30-9pm.  Pamela Allara, Associate Professor emerita at Brandeis will talk about her work with the Paper Prayers program in Johannesburg. Her topic will be "Helping to Heal: Combatting HIV/AIDS Through the Visual Arts in South Africa." The AIDS pandemic has had a devastating effect on a generation of families throughout South Africa. Many local arts organizations have responded by using the visual arts to spread knowledge and to give voice to both fears and hope. This talk will look at the program's various efforts since 1997, and the moving prints, murals and embroideries that have resulted. Ms. Allara was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 2000-2001 and continues to write about and to curate exhibitions of contemporary South African art.


Saturday, May 19, Spring Fling Dance Party, Claypit Hill, 3:30-5:30pm Come out and have some family fun! The Wayland Children and Parents' Association invites all ages for an afternoon of dancing, refreshments, and prizes at the Claypit Hill Elementary Gymnasium on Saturday, May 19th from 3:30-5:30pm. Entertainment will be provided by House of Dance. Admission is $10 per WCPA members and $12 per non-member family. Please RSVP at www.bigtent.com under events or email social@waylandwcpa.org.


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Jimmy Fallon



"A new survey found that a third of Americans would not be able to pass the U.S. citizenship test. It's a real insult to our Founding Fathers -- Denzel Washington and George Jefferson."     

     -- Jimmy Fallon






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