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News from the past week 
  • SPOTLIGHT: My So-called Enemy . Youth is often a time of idealism and empathy with the other. But caught in the difficult struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians, idealism and reality knock heads, creating a vulnerability that can verge into hatred. Into this gap steps the program Building Bridges for Peace, which brings together Palestinian and Israel teenage girls for a joint leadership program in the United States, with a follow-up in their home communities two years later. Filmmaker (and Wayland native) Lisa Gossells, after her first, Emmy Award-winning film, The Children of Chabannes, wanted to make a film about conflict resolution and young people.

  • Emergency shelter allows safe place for Wayland residents. Wayland has a long tradition of "neighbor helping neighbor" and that was, again, apparent with the recent snowstorm. There were many who stayed with friends or family, people invited those without power over for dinner, etc. For those who needed a place to warm up or sleep until their power was restored, Wayland's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) opened the town's emergency shelter at the Middle School. On Sunday morning, Police Chief Robert Irving, acting as the town's emergency management director, asked CERT to open the Middle School as a "comfort station" for those who needed a place to stay warm or use the facilities. By late afternoon it was decided we needed more and the shelter was opened 24/7 for Wayland residents as well as others in the region. For three days the shelter was open to all who needed it. Dozens of people (and their pets!) came by to just get warm, take showers, charge their phones, get Internet access or stay the night.

  • Town Meeting voters stand by electronic voting. Voters at special Town Meeting last week agreed with proponents of electronic voting that the benefits of almost instant tabulation of votes beats the voice and standing counts used for the past 300 years. Privacy, speed and accuracy, said Alan Reiss and Dave Bernstein, lead petitioners of Article 1, are the key benefits of using electronic handsets to bring town meeting democracy into the 21st century.

  • 15 ways to support the Massachusetts economy with your holiday shopping. #7 is: Wayland-based Vers makes all kinds of nifty iPhone and iPad cases from sustainably-grown walnut and bamboo, as well as earphones and an iPod/iPhone docking system. Their wood case for the iPad 2 is $79.99.

  • Natick lawyer pleads not guilty to drunken driving in Wayland. A Natick defense lawyer who was charged with drunken driving Sunday after running her car into a ditch near the Wayland police station pleaded not guilty yesterday in Framingham District Court. Deborah J. Downs, 42, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, but she did not appear because she was in the hospital. A warrant was issued for her arrest, but she came to the court on her own yesterday.

  • Wayland High School junior collects gluten-free pies. Wayland High School junior Pierce Keegan, founder of "Pierce's Pantry: A Gluten-Free Food Bank," recently collected gluten-free pies donated by Gillian's Foods Inc., a manufacturer of gluten-free foods based in Lynn, Mass. Food pantry clients who suffer from celac disease or another form of gluten intolerance are unable to eat any of the regular pies or stuffing that would be part of a Thanksgiving meal. In addition to the pies, Gillian's also donated gluten-free stuffing. Pierce's Pantry now supplies gluten-free food to seven area food pantries throughout Massachusetts. Participating food pantries are located in Acton, Abington, Ashland, Wellelsey, Norwood and Worcester. For more information click here.

  • Wayland Police announce new Youth Officer. Chief Robert Irving is pleased to announce the assignment of Officer Shane Bowles as the police department's new Youth Officer.  Officer Bowles replaces longtime Youth Officer, Jim Forti, who retired in January.

  • Wayland's Generosity Called Upon to Rescue Fund for Needy. Look around Wayland. You'll see comfortable, even impressive homes, manicured lawns and families out and about. What you likely will not see are homeless people sleeping on park benches or a mile-long line outside a town soup kitchen. But just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. Wayland isn't immune to the economic troubles plaguing communities around the country. No one knows this better than the individuals at area religious organizations and at the Wayland Community Fund who receive requests for financial assistance. Those requests, they agree, have increased during the past couple of years. Contributions can be sent to the Wayland Community Fund c/o Treasurer/Collector's Office, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

  • Plans Moving Forward for Ice Rink at Wayland's Cochituate Field. Skating under the winter sky will return to Wayland this winter in the form of two outdoor ice rinks to be built at Cochituate Field. "That's the best spot," said Mike Wegerbauer, member of the Board of Public Works. "It's got lights, it's got restrooms, pizza, hot chocolate [and] coffee nearby. It's a visible location so it's easier to monitor." Wegerbauer said two ice rink kits have been ordered. One is rectangular at about 50x100 feet and the other is square at about 100x100. Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette suggested the possiblity of an outdoor ice rink last year, Wegerbauer said, but it was too late in the season to make it happen. This year, Wegerbauer brought it up sooner.

  • Wayland Represents at the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup. "Brooms up!" I don't think I'll ever get tired of hearing that phrase, and this sentiment was proved true last weekend at the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup when more than 200 quidditch matches were played at Randall's Island in New York. The weekend of Nov. 12-13, 94 dues-paying member teams traveled from across the United States, Canada and even Finland to participate in the historic event. Our dear town of Wayland was well-represented, as well. My three siblings (Caroline Stack WHS '08, Brendan Stack WHS '10 and Ian Stack WHS '11) participated as members of the Boston University quidditch team, and WHS '10 Hannah Mead played for Franklin and Marshall College.

  • Twenty Wayland sues Town and Wastewater Management District Commission. Twenty Wayland, LLC, the developers of the Town Center project under construction at 400-440 Boston Post Road, filed suit late last week against the Town and the Wastewater Management District Commission (WWMDC). The complaint alleges the Town and WWMDC have breached the contract between the parties by failing to provide 45,000 gallons per day (gpd) of wastewater treatment capacity to Twenty Wayland. The company charges the WWMDC with oversubscribing the wastewater treatment facility, allowing other parties to connect in excess of the capacity that remained for the town to allocate after the facility was acquired by the town in 1999. Twenty Wayland further alleges that the WWMDC has overcharged for sewer use based on capacity and flow since 2005 and seeks unspecified damages related to the sewer use charges and the impact on the marketability of the residential portion of the Town Center project.

  • Wayland Police say clerk stole $35K in lottery tickets. A Framingham woman is charged with stealing $35,000 worth of lottery tickets from a Wayland drugstore where she worked. Joanne Cook, 51, of 128 Cherry St., was arrested Friday at about 3 p.m. at Rite Aid on Main Street, police said. Police say Cook stole the tickets over three years. "That's what they say but I don't want to make any comment on anything," Cook said yesterday, when reached at home. Officers were called Friday afternoon to help Rite Aid loss prevention with an internal investigation into the theft, according to a Wayland Police press release.
Meetings/Upcoming 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 on November 25. 
Preview of the November 28 Board of Selectmen Meeting:
The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, November 28 in Town Building.   
After reviewing the agenda and receiving public comment, Selectmen will consider whether to authorize absent members of Town boards and commissions to participate in meetings remotely under certain circumstances.  Recently issued regulations by the Attorney General permit such activity if authorized by the Board of Selectmen. 
Next, the Selectmen will meet with Town Counsel Mark Lanza to review his legal opinion as to the jurisdiction of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Public Works regarding traffic control devices.  A recent discussion between the two boards left questions as to overlapping roles in placement of devices such as speed humps and tables and other physical alternations to roadways.
At approximately 8:00 p.m., the Board  plans an executive session with members of the Wastewater Management District Commission regarding the litigation recently filed by Twenty Wayland, LLC relative to wastewater treatment permit capacity and sewer user charges based on allocated capacity. 
After considering the consent calendar and reviewing correspondence, the Board will hear the weekly report of the Town Administrator featuring an update on pending projects and a preview of agenda topics for the next several meetings.  Selectmen will then offer their reports and concerns, including discussion regarding potential dates for the 2012 Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting and reducing the size of the DPW facility building committee from seven to five members.
The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room.

Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  [Note: all meetings are at Town Building unless otherwise noted.]


Monday, November 28

  • Board of Selectmen, 7pm.  Agenda includes: Authorize Remote Participation by Members of Boards, Committees and Commissions, Discussion with Town Counsel Relative to Legal Opinion on Jurisdiction of Placement of Traffic Control Devices Throughout Wayland and Executive Session on Strategy and Negotiations with Respect to Pending Litigation with Twenty Wayland, LLC
  • Wastewater Management District Commission, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes Executive session on 20W litigation and discussion of FY2013 budget 
  • Board of Health, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: VFW Property at 22-26 Pineridge Road (potential buyers seek change in use to a 4 bedroom house), 214 Glezen Lane and 22 Training Field.
Tuesday, November 29
  • Dudley Advisory Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes: discussion of Best Use Criteria, review of combined Plan that incorporates the similarities of each member's Charrette
Wednesday, November 30
Thursday, December 1
Monday, December 5
Tuesday, December 6
Thursday, December 8


PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...  


Wayland Police collecting Toys for Tots. The Wayland Police are collecting new, unused, unwrapped toys in the Wayland Police Department lobby.  If you have any questions, please contact Detective Jamie Berger




WPSF "HATS Off" Spring Campaign Runs Through December 19th 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". The WPSF is encouraging everyone to order 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 Monday, December 19th .  For late submissions, delivery of certificates cannot be guaranteed before the end of the school year. Questions?  Contact Jen Murray or Sue Mitrano.


Purchase a Trees for Troops tree at Mahoney's in Wayland. Members of the military and their families make many sacrifices, especially during the holidays. Starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, show your support and appreciation to an active member and their family, by donating a Christmas tree through the Trees for Troops program. To participate in the program, visit Mahoney locations at 115 Boston Post Road in Wayland, 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. The event ends on Sunday, Dec. 4. Mahoney's will collect all of the trees and notes, and prepare them for their journey. The Trees for Troops program, in coordination with FedEx, handles the rest.


Wayland Community Fund Resources Strained: Additional Support Needed to Provide Aid to Local Families. Since 1997, the Wayland Community Fund has been helping Wayland residents in need with utility payments, rent, food, medical bills, and other basic expenses, quietly and confidentially. "Due to the economic downturn and the resultant steady increase in requests for help, the Fund is in danger of running out of money long before the end of the fiscal year," says Chairman Michael Patterson. "So we are appealing to our fellow Wayland residents to help support our neighbors in need. Letters to all Wayland residents will go out this month, and we hope that the community will respond generously to assist those neighbors who are having a tough time." Started with a bequest from Suzanne Leavitt, and supported by contributions from Wayland residents, the non-profit Fund is staffed by five volunteers, has no administrative or overhead costs, and receives no tax revenues or public funds. It pays bills; it does not provide cash. Since its inception, the Wayland Community Fund has granted more than $330,000 in assistance. Contributions can be sent to the Wayland Community Fund c/o Treasurer/Collector's Office, Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778. More information is available online here. Click on Wayland Community Fund.


It's time once again for the 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 7. All gifts will be collected at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA, on Sunday, December 11 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 508-358-6088. 


SOAR55SOAR 55 Volunteer Opportunities.  SOAR 55 is a program of Newton Community Service Center, and part of a national network of volunteer agencies with a satellite office at the Framingham Public Library mobilizes adults age 55 and over to contribute their skills and experience to help strengthen and expand the capacity of local community service organizations in Newton and MetroWest. Listed here are some of SOAR 55's new and exciting volunteer opportunities: 

  • help local military families with tax preparation (one-day training for individuals with some financial or accounting aptitude or experience held between January 9 and 13 - location to be announced). 
  • assist a nonprofit organization in developing or expanding their volunteer program;
  • facilitate a cognitive skills workshop for incarcerated women; 
  • assist middle school students (grades 6 - 8) with their homework assignments in either mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, Spanish, or French;
  • design and deliver a training program to increase the sales skills of Board members and selected volunteers for an age in place program;
  • speak about your small business experience with pre-release inmates and parolees or edit curriculum; 
  • train to staff emergency shelters and other activities to prepare the Wayland community to respond to emergencies, 
  • and much more!

Please email Lois Levick (or call 508-532-5570, x4353) or at  for more information about these positions. For a complete listing of SOAR 55 volunteer opportunities and more information on our program, please visit their webpage


Support Wayland Football and the NE Patriots at the same time! The Wayland High School football team is holding a silent auction for four club seats with a parking pass for the Patriots v Dolphins game on December 24. The Silent Auction will be running from November 1-November 30. This Patriots package is worth over $1,500 and is a great way to kick off you holiday vacation with your family or friends. The bidding will begin at $1,000 and you can place your bid by emailing Scott Parseghian. Good Luck! And thank you for supporting Wayland Football!


Coats for Kids Drive. Each year, students from hundreds of elementary and middle schools in the Greater Boston area, collect winter coats which are cleaned and then donated to homeless families. As you go through your winter gear, please set aside any coats that your family has outgrown and donate them to a great cause. Coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies are needed. They must be of good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains - coats you would give a friend to wear. Coats only, they do not accept sweaters, fleeces or sweatshirts. Starting the first week of November there will be two donation boxes in the lobby at Claypit. The collection will be on-going through the first week of January. If you can help out by volunteering to bring coats to Anton's (Framingham and Natick locations) it would be greatly appreciated. Email Karen Montague with any questions or if you can help with driving the coats to Antons. You can get more information about the program at antons.com/cfk.


Jeff's Place Offers New Groups, Volunteer Training. Jeff's Place announces groups and training coming this fall and early next year. Jeff's Place is a community-based, family-focused program, that provides free peer support groups and services to children and teens, ages preschool through high school, and their caregivers coping with a significant death loss. They are running sessions to train Volunteer Facilitators, and they are starting a 10-week daytime support group for preschool/ kindergarten-aged children. For more information or to register for either the Volunteer Facilitator Training or our support groups, please email Jenny Kaplan (or call 508-276-3225). If you are interested in helping in another way, volunteers are always needed to assist with administrative/organizational tasks and with special events.


Upcoming Habitat Meeting - December 13. The next informational meeting about the Wayland Habitat Project is scheduled for Tuesday December 13 at the Wayland Town Building at 7:30pm. Come if you would like to learn more about the project and how you can get involved. At this point, we are looking for people interested in outreach to the community and fundraising. These are the two biggest needs and are vital to prepare for the actual construction, which will begin next spring. If lots of people do a little, we will reach our goal of building four units of housing! Please come and learn how you can participate in this exciting project.



Ski Swap & Sale, Saturday December 3 at Wayland High School. Bring used winter gear (skates, skis, snowboards) to Wayland High School Commons 8:30-10am. Shop used and new equipment 10am-2pm. Pick up your unsold items and earnings (80% of your sale) 2-3:30pm. A percentage of the profit will fund the Wayland High School Alpine and Nordic Racing Ski Team.


WayCAM moves into new facility - programming blackouts possible. The time has finally come. WayCAM, Wayland's Community Media Center, is moving into a newly built studio! While the new building and equipment are very exciting for everyone involved with WayCAM, channels 8 and 9 on Comcast and 37 and 38 on Verizon could go dead during the move. Comcast's estimated blackout dates are December 3rd through December 7th. Verizon plans for a possible blackout from December 1st through December 7th. Keep up to date with the move or any programming changes at WayCAM.tv or Facebook.com/WayCAM.


State Representative Conroy Announces Upcoming District Office Hours. Representative Tom Conroy is pleased to announce his local office hours in Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland for the month of December, 2011. 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 Monday, December 19 in Wayland are 3:30-4pm at the Wayland Public Library in the Raytheon Room. For hours in Lincoln or Sudbury, click here


The Children's Way Open House Scheduled for December 2. The Children's Way, the Wayland Public Schools early childhood program, is holding an open house Friday, December 2, 2011, for families interested in enrolling in the 2012-13 academic year. The session will be held from 8:45- 10am in the Selectmens Hearing Room on the first floor, Wayland Town Building. The open house is for adults and provides a chance for parents/guardians to meet Program Director Cheryl Fertig, learn about the programs, tour the rooms and have any questions answered. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 508-358-7072. For more details on Children's Way, click here.


Celebrate Wayland Events. Over the December school break, Wayland High School will close the doors of the old academic buildings, and open the doors of the two newly constructed buildings. To honor this important milestone, community groups came together to form Celebrate Wayland and to plan several exciting events, including:

  • The Wayland Historical Society in partnership with the Wayland Public Library will present "Wayland High School - Then (1855) and Now (2012)" on Sunday, January 22 in the new WHS lecture hall. The program will run 2-3:30pm and will cover the history of four high schools in Wayland, culminating in the opening of the fifth new Wayland High School. Tours of the new buildings will be offered from 1-3:45pm. For more information contact Jan Dunn at 508-655-9149 or Carol Repose at 508-358-0768.
  • On Wednesday, March 21st from 7-9pm, Wayland High School will welcome the Wayland Community to the Grand Open House.
It's not too late to get involved. For more information, or to participate in the planning, contact Cindy Lombardo, at 508-358-5958, or Lori Frieling, at 508-650-9463. For the complete posting, click here.


Public Forum on Middle School Athletic Field Project - November 30. The Recreation Commission will host a public forum on the proposed athletic fields at the Middle School. Representatives from Tighe and Bond will present their site assessment findings. The forum will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wayland Town Building. To review additional information on the project, click here.


Wayland Booster Store Holiday Open House, Thursday, December 1 at Loker School (Rooms 16 and 17 - enter by the gym), 1-8pm.  All are welcome! Be sure to come by and shop for the holidays, pick up coaches gifts, and more. We have several new items as well as old favorites. For a complete listing with prices, please visit the website, www.waylandboosters.org. Volunteers are needed for 1 1/2 - 2 hour shifts. If you are interested in helping us during the sale, please email Sue Williams (or call 508-358-4347) or Linda Hanifin (or call 508-358-2315).


Arts Wayland Exhibit.  In December Arts Wayland will hold its winter exhibit in the Raytheon Room. Members will display their artwork in a variety of media, including photography. A public reception, which will include discussions of the artwork on display, will be held on Sunday, December 11, from 2-4:30pm. 

Holiday Break Programs from Recreation. For parents who need activities to keep their children happy over the holidays, we have two offerings. Both run from Tuesday, December 27, to Friday, December 30.

  • Top Secret Science Camp is for children in grades 1-5. This program is taught by the popular Michael Bergen and runs from 9am to 3pm.  The price is $156 and it is held at the Wayland Art Center, 153 Main Street. 
  • Thundercat Dodgeball and other Sports for grades K - 5 takes place at the Town Building Gym, 41 Cochituate Rd.  In addition to dodgeball with gator skin safety balls,  kids will play basketball, soccer, and floor hockey.  The hours are 9am to noon ($110) or 9am to 3pm ($150). 

Details of the programs are at the Recreation Department website.  You may register on line or call us at  508-358-3660.


10th Annual Summer Camp Fair, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road, Sudbury, MA Sunday January 29, 2012, 11am-2pm.  80+ camps offering information on day, overnight and travel programs for students in grades K-12. Parents and students can meet and speak with representatives from these camps offering unique programs including travel, community service, arts, sports, academic enrichment and traditional camp options. Admission is FREE ~ Bring the Family For Additional information, visit www.sudburycampfair.org


News and Updates from the Council on Aging:

  • Jewelry Making Classes with Wayland Jeweler (November 30)
  • Luncheon with Shakespeare (November 30)
  • Annual Children's Holiday Shoppe (December 7)
  • COA Movie Matinee (Lovely Still on December 2, the Help on December 16)
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Reminder (ends December 7) 

Complete details online here


Sign up for Police Department's Emergency Notification System.  The recent October Nor'easter required the Wayland Public Safety Departments to utilize the Swiftreach Emergency Notification Services system several times.  Feedback from residents has been positive, however, not all residents received the calls.  To address this issue, a link has been added to the Police Department page of the town's website, which will allow residents to enter and edit their contact information.   We recommend that residents add a mobile phone or work number to the database.  To enter your information, go here, go to the bottom of the page, click on the Swiftreach 911 box and fill out all the required fields.   The information will then be reviewed and added to the system call list.  We will continue to update the system to provide the community the best possible emergency notification services. 


Ready for the Holidays? Wayland Business Association Members Can Help! Did you know:

  • if you spend $100 locally, $62 stays in the community
  • if you spend $100 in a national chain store, $42 stays in the community
  • if you spend $100 on-line, $0 is returned to the community

So, if you are hosting a holiday gathering, buy local and support your community.  Start with buying your food at Donelan's Supermarket or any last minute items from Wayland Variety & Deli.  Then pick up some fine wine or spirits from Lavin's or Post Road Liquors. Of course you will want some beautiful flowers for your table so visit Russell's or Mahoney's Garden Centers.  When the preparations are all done it's time to relax and beautify.  Visit In Vogue Spa or Libra Salon and you will be ready for your evening. Don't forget to capture special moments with a lasting photo.  The Robb's Photography will allow you to remember a wonderful time together.  The Wayland Business Association web site, waylandbusinessassociation.org,  lists all the members and many coupons available for you to print and use.  Support Wayland and our businesses.  Buy Local!


Sharing Artwork Online. Arts/Wayland member Pete Curran will present a hands-on technology workshop for sharing images on Flickr, Picasa, and Facebook on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30-8:00pm. Sponsored by Arts/Wayland and is open to all. For more information, contact artnews@artswayland.org.


Wayland Board of Health announces continued availability of free vaccines. Our Public Health Nurse is on duty to deliver Free flu vaccine which is still available through the Wayland Board of Health for those individuals that were unable to attend our recent flu clinics. Pneumonia vaccine is also available. Geared towards individuals aged 65 and older who have not yet received this vaccination, or individuals under age 65 with a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes, or a medical condition that lowers the body's resistance to infection, pneumonia vaccine is also recommended for those age 19-64 years who smoke. Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis/Whooping Cough) immunization is recommended for new parents, grandparents aged 64 or under, and child care providers. This vaccine protects the babies with whom they have contact and is a one-time adult booster. Please contact the Board of Health office at 508-358-3617 to make an appointment for these vaccines, or if you have any questions.


Spring 2012 Registration for Lacrosse is now available online. Wayland Youth Lacrosse is looking forward to the Spring 2012 season and the continued growth of this exciting sport within our town. We welcome players of all abilities and aim to develop both their skills and their love of the game. We hope that you will join us this spring (as a player, parent or coach) and participate in the rewarding experience of introducing young people to lacrosse. Registration fees for the 2012 season are $165 for grades 3 through 8 and $90 for grades 1 and 2. The registration fee does not include the cost of a uniform or the required membership with US Lacrosse. Timely registration is essential to our reporting of how many teams need to be enrolled in the Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League and Founders Girls Lacrosse League. Late registrations are the primary cause of larger than anticipated teams and can cause diminished playing time for all. To encourage on-time registration, a $45 late fee will be applied (grades 3-8) after November 30, 2011, but, please appreciate that it is our strong preference not to have to charge late fees... so register now! Please visit their website for information on registration, practice and game schedules, equipment and organization contacts.


Register now for Wayland Baseball & Softball. Registration required before December 31. Baseball and Softball programs are offered for players of all ages and abilities from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The WBSA has developed a unique blend of instructional programs and competitive games for all leagues with an emphasis on the skill development necessary to enhance the overall baseball and softball experience. Programs will incorporate the combination of fast paced drills using various stations. Instructional programs will be supplemented with controlled scrimmages to develop game situations and learning. This will all be coordinated with competitive games for certain grades, played with umpires, playoffs and championship We're looking forward to the 2012 season! Register online here. IMPORTANT DATES - (May be subject to change): Minor and Major League Evaluations - Sunday, February 12; Parade and Picnic (opening day) - Saturday, May 5.


Art at the Library:  

Watercolors by Molly Beard. Wayland artist Molly Beard will display watercolors in November in the library's Raytheon Room. Molly reports, "The great outdoors has been my biggest source of inspiration, recreation, and solace. Much of what I paint is the long view, which is what my husband and I have in Maine on Swans Island and Mt. Desert. Watercolors are a good challenge; it's all about light and that's what you DON'T paint. On goal for me is to accept and be creative with what happens unintentionally with the paint and the water." The show features paintings of reflections in Maine and scenes from abroad. 


Paintings by Celia Judge. Well-known local artist, Celia Judge, will exhibit some of her paintings in the library foyer during November. Celia is a Massachusetts-based impressionist-realist who paints the surrounding New England Landscape, Seascape and Cityscape. Her paintings reflect a traditional style of art emphasizing the romantic view of nature, children and life. She works mainly in oils but is an accomplished watercolorist and pastelist as well. Celia states that, "A clear moment of peace and beauty can help me to create the inexpressible joy of the unity of it all. Painting is my way of expressing this wonder and awe. I want my audience to see the simple play of nature's light reveal the complex and beautiful world surrounding us." Celia is a member of the Copley Society of Artists, the oldest art association in America, where she received the Yankee Sagendotph award. 


Magic Garden Children's Center Now Enrolling. Openings are currently available at Magic Garden Children's Center, a full-day, NAEYC-accredited program for toddlers and preschoolers. They are open year round, with standard hours from 8am-3pm and optional extended hours available from 7:30am-6pm. Their location in Lincoln makes us convenient for families in north Wayland and those commuting via Route 117 or Route 2. For more information, please contact their Director, Gail Eddy, at 781-259-8161, or visit their website.


EventsEvents & Happenings

View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


Monday, November 28, Pajama Story Time, Wayland Library, 6:30-7pm. A fun and cozy way to end the day! The Wayland Children and Parents Association and the Wayland Free Public Library invite you to bring your little ones to the library and listen to a WCPA dad read favorite stories to the group. Pajamas are optional and admission is free.


Tuesdays in November, Storytime, Wayland Library, 10:30am. Storytime introduces young children to books and reading with engaging stories, songs and activities. Our interactive storytimes encourage learning, socialization and fun. Registration is not required. We ask that parents and care givers participate in the storytime activities with their child or children. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 508-358-2308.   


Thursday, December 1, Kids and the Internet- Cyber Issues All Parents Should Know, Amy Potter Center, Weston Middle School, 456 Wellesley St, Weston, 7pm. Dr. Elizabeth Englander presents "Kids and the Internet - Cyber Issues All Parents Should Know." Dr. Englander will help demystify the on-line experience of our kids and discuss how we can help our children navigate the complexities of social media. The discussion will begin at 7pm and is appropriate and relevant for parents with school children of all ages (preschool-grade 12). Please contact Deb Sullivan (WCCA) at sullyweston@comcast.net or Heidi Moon (WCPA) at enrichment@waylandwcpa.org if you have any questions. This event is sponsored by the Weston PTO, Weston Community Children's Association (WCCA) and Wayland Children and Parents Association (WCPA).


Thursday, December 1, Walden Forum: Freedom to Learn: An Analysis of the Roles of Play and Curiosity in Children's Natural Ways of Learning, Wayland's First Parish Meeting House, 7:30pm. Dr. Peter Gray a research professor of psychology at Boston College, is a specialist in developmental and evolutionary psychology. His recent research and writing has focused on the value of play, including its educational value for children and it societal value in promoting peaceful, egalitarian ways of living. He will present evidence that children's playfulness and curiosity are powerful vehicles for education, but to allow them to function effectively we must create educational environments that foster rather than suppress these natural drives. In the discussion period, he will also be pleased to address questions concerning the value of play in adulthood. Click here to read the full story. This forum on play is sponsored in part by The Discovery Museums in Acton, whose mission is to promote play as crucial to childhood development.


newsletterFriday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, Weston Friendly Society presents The Music Man, Weston Town Hall. An affectionate paean to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Wilson's THE MUSIC MAN follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, THE MUSIC MAN is family entertainment at its best. You can see THE MUSIC MAN at the Weston Town Hall on the following dates: Saturday, November 26 at 2pm and 7:30pm, Sunday, November 27 at 2pm, Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 3 at 2pm and 7:30pm. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit their website.  You can also order tickets by calling 617-795-2195. 

Friday, December 2, Little Theater Concert Series: Hando Nahkur, piano, Wayland High School, 8pm.  The 47th season of the Little Theatre Concert Series is upon us. The brand new Wayland High School is nearing completion, so the December 2 concert will be our final event in the Little Theatre.  All of our concerts are free and open to all.  Mr. Nahkur's 2010 recording DeusExClavier received "CD of the year" honors from German newspaper Die Zeit. 


Saturday, December 3, Fall College A Cappella Concert, Wayland Middle School Auditorium, 7:30pm. What on earth is a chattertock? You will have to find out for yourself at this year's "Fall College A Cappella Concert". There will be real live Chattertocks at the concert! They hail from Brown University and have maintained a national reputation among female a cappella groups for over 60 years. These vocal young ladies will be joined by the all-male "Baker's Dozen" from Yale University (with WHS alum Bobby Dresser), and the co-ed "Chorallaries" from MIT. Wayland's own three high school a cappella groups -- the Muses, the Madrigals, and the Testostertones -- complete the program. Concert repertoire will range from Top 40 hits to jazz standards, bluegrass tunes to Beatles spoofs, R&B to indie rock, all showcased in complex, original arrangements. You can buy tickets for $15 each at Donelan's in Wayland, the Wayland High School main office, and Russell's Garden Center. The concert is sponsored by Wayland High School's Creative Arts Parents Association, Wayland's only parents organization designed exclusively to support the arts at the high school. All proceeds help support WHS Fine Arts Department programs. Get your tickets now, because this show tends to sell out fast! 


Tuesday, December 6, Ukulele Class, Wayland Library, 2:30-3:30pm. Teens, have you always wanted to play the ukulele? It takes just minutes to start learning to play the uke! Come to the library for a Teen Ukulele Class. Bring your own or borrow one from instructor Danno Sullivan. The class is part of the School and Public Libraries' Teen Advisory Board. We meet once a month and we're open to all teens ages 12 and up. Refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, December 6, Autism: A Medical Perspective, Wayland Library, 7:30pm. Ann Neumeyer, M.D., Medical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital's Lurie Center for Autism will describe the principal features of autism, as well as the number of medical and psychosocial challenges that attend this disorder.


Wednesday, December 7, 24th Annual Children's Holiday Shoppe, Wayland Town Building, Large Hearing Room, 2:30-5pm. For Grades K - 5. The Council on Aging in partnership with the Wayland Senior Citizens Club is hosting a giant craft and gift sale. This event is a chance for elementary school-aged children to buy reasonably-priced gifts for family and friends for the upcoming holidays! There will be Middle and High school volunteers to help children with their shopping. Parents and caregivers will enjoy complimentary refreshments and boutique shopping in the "Caf´┐Ż" while they wait for their young shoppers. ~ Gifts priced just right for a child's budget ~ Free gift wrapping!!! "Hey kids, don't forget your shopping list!" ~ A Council on Aging/Senior Club Program ~ All revenues from the Children's Holiday Shoppe benefit the Holiday Shoppe Community Fund supporting area non-profit organizations.


Thursday, December 8, Needlework/Handwork Group, Wayland Library, 10-11:30am. This is a group, facilitated by Ann Moses, that meets monthly in the library's Raytheon Room. It's for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together.


Friday, December 9, Great Decisions, Wayland Library, 9:15am. The next meeting of the Great Decisions group will be on Friday, December 9, at 9:15 a.m., and the topic under discussion will be Global Governance.


Friday, December 9, Noontime Book Group, Wayland Library, 12pm. The group will be reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.


Sunday, December 11, Arts Wayland Public Reception, Wayland Library, 2-4:30pm. In December Arts Wayland will hold its winter exhibit in the Raytheon Room. Members will display their artwork in a variety of media, including photography. A public reception, which will include discussions of the artwork on display, will be held on Sunday, December 11, from 2:00-4:30 p.m.


Monday, December 12, Evening Book Group, Wayland Library, 7pm. Our Evening Book Group will be discussing Blame by Michelle Huneven


Tuesday, December 13, The Ancient Silk Road-Journey Across Central Asia, Wayland Library, 7:30pm. The legendary Silk Road represents a vast network of ancient trade routes spreading westward across Asia through the Middle East, eventually reaching Europe. A conduit for the exchange of prized silks, spices and jewels as well as philosophies, cultures and religions, the Silk Road was a catalyst for the rise and fall of some of the greatest civilizations in history. Join us as lecturer and photojournalist Barry Pell, who lived in China for two years, takes us on a journey along the fabled and fabulous ancient Silk Road. The program will focus on the history of the Silk Road and its impact on architecture, religion, language, ceremonies, and food.


Wednesday, December 14, E-Reader E-vening, Wayland Library, 7pm. For our inaugural "E-reader E-vening" Matt Amory, computer specialist and reference librarian, will demonstrate locating, downloading, reading, listening to, and returning e-content on a variety of devices. Feel free to bring your own device, though we may not have time to work through all questions. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday, December 14, Poetry Workshop, Wayland Library, 2-4pm.


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