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by Kerry Emanuel


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by Mark Beckoff and Jessica Pierce  

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April 9, 2012



Town Meeting:  Town Meeting begins Monday, April 9.  You should have received your Annual Town Meeting Warrant in the mail last week.  It is also available online, along with a number of resources for more information.  


Click here-> Learn about the Warrant Articles 


We continue to  updating this page as we find more resources.  It contains links to documents and on-demand video from hearings and forums that are relevant for each article - all sorted by warrant article.  The links to the warrant all go directly to the relevant page in the warrant (on most browsers).


Visit the WaylandeNews Discussion Forum where there have been posts for and against the reduction in CPA rate (Article 6), electing the Finance Committee (Article 4) as well as discussion of a variety of other articles.  You can read the existing discussion without registering.  If you want to participate in the discussion, you might register to post.


A couple of current fundraisers:

Recreation has posted an updated list of summer job openings.  Click here for details.


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Sebastian is missing from W.Plain/Castlegate Rd. area


Missing from the West Plain and Castlegate area as of 3/30. Very sweet cat; he is missed by his family and his brother. Please call 617-833-0660 if you have seen him. His name is Sebastian.

Any updates about Sebastian will be posted here
Town Meeting


Town Meeting begins this evening, Monday, April 9.  It will continue as needed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 7:30pm each evening at the Wayland Middle School.


Please visit our Town Meeting pages on our website to get organized information about the warrant articles: 

  • Town Meeting Warrant Articles Page - this page has a table listing for each article a link to that article in the warrant, links to any supplementary information, news stories and information Town Board and Committee votes regarding the article  
The Latest Information on the Town regarding Town Meeting is available online here, and includes:

Town Meeting & Election news articles this week:

  • Warrant hearing wraps up quickly leading into Town Meeting. In anticipation of annual Town Meeting beginning on Monday, April 9 in the Middle School gym, the warrant hearing last week wrapped up fairly quickly.

  • Incumbent Selectman Out, Incumbent Rec Commissioners In. Incumbent Sue Pope lost her bid for another term on the Wayland Board of Selectmen as former selectman Doug Leard and local lawyer Ed Collins earned the most votes and captured the two seats up for grabs.

  • Wayland residents vote out incumbent selectman. Voters yesterday ousted selectman and former state representative Susan Pope from the Board of Selectmen, choosing newcomers Doug Leard and Edward Collins. In a four-way race, Leard led the pack with 1,048 votes, followed by Collins with 931. Pope garnered 885 votes and Chris Brown received 782. Turnout was modest: 1,948 voters, or 21 percent of the town's 9,008 registered voters, went to the polls.

  • By the numbers: Town elections. A graphic of eligible voters, votes cast and number of contested races in recent elections.
In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Book Review: 14 Minutes. Alberto Salazar was the last in a troika of American male distance runners-along with Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers-who ruled the roads in the decade from 1972 to 1982. Mr. Salazar, who had been a high-school champion, won his debut marathon in New York in 1980 while attending the University of Oregon; the next year he broke the marathon world record. A year after that, he was done. Plagued by injuries and illness, Mr. Salazar would never recover his earlier form. The dreams of U.S. distance running died with him. Since that time, no American man has been ranked first in the marathon or won an Olympic gold medal in any distance event.

  • Environmental activist speaks in Weston. Award-winning author and activist Bill McKibben spoke to approximately 450 people at Weston High School auditorium on March 25. Interspersed among the many townspeople gathered were representatives from over 20 different area environmental groups.

  • Wayland student with National High School Honors Orchestra. The National High School Honors Orchestra was held on March 20 to 23 in Atlanta, Ga. Students are selected for this ensemble based on recordings submitted at the state level. Every state may send up to 30 recordings to the national level. Massachusetts was one of the most highly represented states with 13 students selected for membership. Wayland High School junior Andrew Laven was among the Massachusetts participants.

  • Wayland resident named finalist for Student Leader of the Year. Kush Bhagat, a member of Wayland High School's Class of 2012, was one of the 24 student leaders from across the country who were the finalists for the Student Leader of the Year Award sponsored by the Student Leadership Training Program. Bhagat was recognized for his contributions to his school and to his community with a Student Leader of Merit Award, as well as a scholarship and special grants.

  • Goddard School in Wayland participates in Earth Hour 2012 . Over 100 children from The Goddard School in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment on March 30. As part of World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour 2012, children participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 45,000 Goddard School children across the country joined in.

  • Mosquito spraying program is canceled. Mother Nature is helping out with mosquito control this year. Citing abnormally dry conditions, the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project has canceled its annual spreading of the biological larvicide, Bti, for the first time since the program started in 1987. Crews traditionally drop ground-up corn cobs coated with the pesticide in mid-April from helicopters hovering over wetlands in Framingham, Sudbury, Wayland, Weston and other parts of the 25-city-and-town service district.

  • Community Emergency Response Team reacts to tornado. As part of the Wayland Community Emergency Response Team's (CERT) 10-week training program, the trainees participated in a simulated search and rescue event at the Public Safety Building. This was the second search and rescue exercise during the 10-week training program.

  • Dry conditions lead to brush fires in Wayland, Brimfield. Dry conditions are leading to dangerous situations all across the Bay State. In Wayland, firefighters were on the scene of a brush fire just north of Lake Cochituate on Stonebridge Road Thursday morning. A "red flag warning" was in effect until 7pm Thursday because of those dry conditions.

  • Mass. gal is the Lucky One. Growing up in West Roxbury and Wayland, Taylor Schilling never imagined she'd end up on the big screen smooching a tween idol. But that's Taylor, who previously starred in the NBC medical drama "Mercy," locking lips with Zac Efron in the big-screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "The Lucky One."

  • Wayland Tragedy Sparks Completion of Compassion Model. What if a culture of compassion could serve as a levy, lessening the waves of violence and abuse that crash over communities across Massachusetts and the country? It's a question that has intrigued University of Wisconsin professor John LeCapitaine for a decade, but it's one that took on new significance last summer when a graduate school friend, Malcolm Astley, suffered a heartbreaking tragedy.

  • Controlling invasive species in rivers . Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, towns along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) rivers can begin to control invasive plant species that threaten this important and ecologically rich watershed. The grant will support the work of the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA), a regional collaboration of federal, state, nonprofit, and municipal organizations formed to manage invasive species in the watershed.

  • State Battling Spreading Brush Fires. A military helicopter was brought in to help battle a large brush fire that broke out in Brimfield on Wednesday, and Wayland firefighters were on the scene of a blaze early Thursday as Massachusetts suffers from a lack of rain and dangerously dry conditions. Fire crews responded to a blaze in a wooded area off Stone Bridge Road in the Oak Hill section of Wayland.

  • PHOTOS: Reopening of Hannah Williams playground. In spite of early morning glum weather, a good turnout of children squealed with delight rushing onto the new equipment following a ribbon cutting ceremony reopening Wayland's Hannah Williams playground. Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette told the hearty crowd the parking area paving and the sand play area would be completed shortly. The new design unites what formerly were two parts, and adds a water fountain.

  • Hometown Hye-Lites: Sevan Sarian Finds Peace with Cello. If there is any correlation between the cello and tranquility, Sevan Sarian allows her instrument and thoughts to roam freely. The 29-year-old musician began playing in the fourth grade and hasn't stopped. She graduated from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in 2005 and has a master's degree in special education.

  • Community Emergency Response Team looks for new members. After a successful year in which Wayland's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) successfully assisted the town by opening an emergency shelter for three days in response to the October snowstorm, the group is now growing their ranks by training another group of volunteers.

  • Wayland Park Reopens to Applause, Praise. Under normal circumstances, cold drizzle on a cloudy day makes the average playground a lonely place. But Saturday wasn't normal and the new Hannah Williams Playground isn't average. On Saturday morning, under gray, wet skies, Wayland's Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette reopened Hannah Williams Playground after closing it in May 2011 for safety concerns and in anticipation of a redesign.

PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     



Puttin' on a little ritz"Puttin' On a Little Ritz", Golden Tones fundraiser, May 6 at Sandy Burr. You're invited to join us in "Puttin' On a Little Ritz", a FUNraiser to benefit Golden Tones chorus, Sunday, May 6th at 2pm at Sandy Burr Country Club, Wayland. Tickets: $25, available by calling 508-318-6318, emailing, or at the door.  Festivities will include:

  • Celebrity guest - curious? View our most recent newsletter at www.goldentones.org.
  • Vocal festival throughout the afternoon featuring 3 different singing groups
  • Dancing to Wayland's own Mid Life Crisis Band
  • Silent and live auctions (focused on EXPERIENCES and SERVICES)
  • 50/50 raffle (enter now; last year's prize was over $1,000!)
  • Raffle baskets and games - win a Bose Wave!
  • Gourmet refreshments and a cash bar.

Wayland's 375th anniversary celebration is getting closer! The next meeting of the planning committee will focus on the arts. We invite all groups and individuals interested in the arts-of any kind-to attend our next meeting on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7 pm in the Town Building. We would like to feature a series of concerts, art shows, plays, dances, films, and who know what else. Even if you don't want to take on a whole project by yourself, we need committee members, idea people, doers, organizers, and gofers. In other words we want lots of people in our community to help plan the party. Questions? Contact Mary Antes, 358-2571/mantes2@verizon.net.


Casa De FeCocktail Party/Fundraiser for La Casa de Fe, April 18. Wayland resident Marni Roitfarb is hosting a cocktail party/fundraiser for La Casa de Fe, an orphanage in rural Ecuador that cares abandoned and special needs children in the heart of the Amazon. Marni is a pediatrician who specializes in kids with complex needs, and has worked with Casa de Fe (CdF) for 5 years and has personally witnessed the miracles that the founder, Pattie Sue, and her staff create for these children. If not taken in by CdF, these children would either be killed by their communities (since children with special needs as seen an evil omen) or placed in jail since this rural area has no government programs (like Social Services) to care for such children. Instead these children are given a loving home, food, shelter, medical care and therapies far beyond local capacity, an education, and most of all HOPE. Please join Marni at a cocktail party at her house in Wayland with Founder and Director Pattie Sue Arnold on Wednesday April 18 starting at 6pm. Pattie Sue will talk about her work, tell stories about a few of the children and answer any questions. To RSVP, please contact Marni Roitfarb. For more details, click here.



Parmenter Community Health Care BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction. The online portion of Parmenter 2012 Auction is now open. The auction will run from April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012. Proceeds go to Parmenter Community Health Care in order to support visiting nurse services, rehabilitation care, palliative care, Hospice care and community services for the Metrowest area. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. We will be adding items as we receive them, so tell your friends, family, community to check the website more than once. Let the bidding begin!


Annual Bottle and Can Drive, Saturday, May 5. Wayland High School is getting ready for its annual Bottle and Can Drive. Held every year in the fall and spring, the Bottle and Can Drive offers an opportunity to go green - and to help the Creative Arts Parents Association, Wayland's only parents organization created exclusively to support the arts at the high school. Collection Day is on Saturday, May 5 from 10 AM - 2 PM in the WHS pool parking lot. 100% of the proceeds support arts programming at the high school. Help save the environment and support the arts at the same time!


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).


Be a bucket filler for tornado victims in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Beth Oleson, First Aid, CPR, Home Alone, and Babysitting Instructor for Wayland, and friend Jan Aarsheim, pilot, are flying much needed supplies to tornado victims in hard hit Jeffersonville, Indiana on April 15. Wayland Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are joining the cause, and are collecting gift buckets to help the tornado victims. Click here for more details, including lists of items needed.


Volunteers needed for Wayland Baseball & Softball. Volunteers are needed for the 2012 season and our Parade & Picnic. WBSA is planning for the 2012 season and need your assistance as we are in the process of setting up the leagues, coaches and key positions. We also need volunteers for our Annual Parade and Picnic on May 5. Sign up today online here.


The library needs your books! The book sale supports the library and allows it to offer many valuable programs such as our museum pass program and summer reading for kids. Donate your used books to the Friends of the WPL by bringing them to the lower lobby of the library and placing them in the designated bins.


Habitat for Humanity High Heels and Hard Hats Fundraiser. The High Heels and Hard Hats event will take place Sunday, April 29 at 5pm at the Neiman Marcus Court at Natick Mall. Tickets are $50 per person with group deals available.  Purchase tickets online here (choose Wayland Build from the "please direct my donation to" drop-down menu (or call the Habitat Office at 508-799-9259).  Click here for more information.


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. 


newsletterDomestic Violence Roundtable delivers Valentines gift bags. Each year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable sponsors a Valentine's Day gift bag drive to help make the day a little brighter for adults and children in local shelters. Consider attending their monthly public meetings on the second Tuesday of every month from September to June at 3 p.m. in the Wayland Public Safety Building at the intersection of routes 20 and 27. Find more information online.


Waylanders Running Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Team. Wayland residents Christopher Crowell, Steve Lesser and Lynda Nijensohn, of Wayland, Mass., will be running in the 116th Boston Marathon to help conquer cancer as members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. These Wayland residents, along with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, will run Massachusetts' historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a goal to raise $4.8 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, click here or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or via email. Follow DFMC on Facebook. 


ScrubaDub ~ A Great Car Wash 2012 FUNdraiser to Benefit WBSA now through April 11. Donate $10 to WBSA = receive ONE ScrubaDub Express Wash; donate $100, receive TEN ScrubaDub Express Washes. ScrubaDub is helping WBSA FUNdraise by creating a web page designed just for us. Simply go to WBSA Fundraising page and DONATE. WBSA unique donor page address is:online here.  With your donation, WBSA can keep adding development programs and improving our playing fields. Please forward The WBSA link and let's get your family, friends, neighbors and business associates to go online and DONATE and get a clean car.  Everybody washes their car & these make great gifts & WBSA receives $5 for every wash purchased. And, NO Expiration date. 


Wayland Resident Volunteers with American Cancer Society Key Gala. Wayland resident Cindy Lombardo is serving as a volunteer committee member to the American Cancer Society's seventh annual Key Gala. Lombardo is helping to coordinate and plan the Key Gala, which raises funds to benefit the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, a program of the American Cancer Society. The Key Gala begins at 6pm on Thursday, March 29, at Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Key Gala Late Night Party begins at 9pm, special priced tickets are available for the Late Night Party. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Melanie Barton or visit gala.acsevents.org/key.



newsletterYoga Reaches Out was founded in 2009 by Wayland resident Sarah Gardner. The Yoga Reaches Out 2012 Yogathon will benefit Children's Hospital Boston and Africa Yoga Project. It is a day long event at Gillette Stadium's Field House in Foxboro, MA on Sunday, May 6, 2012. Featured presenter will be the internationally known teacher and best-selling author Baron Baptiste along with many talented yoga teachers from all over New England. $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $250. All levels welcome! For details and more information, please visit: www.yogareachesout.org For questions or sponsorship information, please email laurin@yogareachesout.org. 



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.  

[Note: all meetings are at Town Building unless otherwise noted -- except meetings this week are all held pre-Town Meeting at the Middle School]


Monday, April 9

Tuesday, April 10

Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, April 12

Tuesday, April 17

Thursday, April 19



Library Holiday Hours:  The Library will be closed on Monday, April 16 for Patriots Day.


Got Drugs?Drug Disposal - National Take-Back Initiative, April 28 in Wayland, 10am-2pm at the Wayland Public Safety Building. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. For complete details, click here.


April Vacation Week Program Details Announced; Restaurant Tour, Storytelling, Carnival Fun, and Bowling Planned. A four-day April Vacation Week program is being offered by Wayland School Community Programs from Tuesday, April 17, through Friday, April 20, at the Loker School. The program for Wayland Public School children in Kindergarten through Grade 8 is open 8am-6pm for a daily fee of $80. Children may come for one, two, three, or four days. Enrollment is open to all students in the district. For details, click here.


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.


Wayland Community Pool Summer Sale Deadline is Approaching. The May 15th summer sale deadline is fast approaching. Pay only $395 for unlimited family swimming all summer. This deal includes five free guest passes and a reduced $20 rate for Wayland Town Beach tags. Check out our website, wcpswim.org, for more outrageous summer deals! Come to the pool on Sunday mornings (6:45am-8 or 8-9:15am) to try our Triathlon Training program. It's a fun way to improve your strokes. New sessions start Sunday, April 15th.


NSTAR doing Aerial Wire Inspections. Over the next few weeks NSTAR will be conducting inspections of our lines. Two types of inspections are being performed: Comprehensive Visual Inspections, and Aerial Infrared. Both are aerial inspections by helicopter. For complete details, click here.


Easter EggsEaster Gifts at The Wayland Depot. Plan to stop by the Wayland Depot to buy Easter gifts! Featured in this photo are Easter eggs with local scenes of Wayland and Sudbury painted by Marlborough artist Joan Morgello. We also have delightful Easter gifts for all ages at reasonable prices. All proceeds go to local charitable organizations and to the consignors, who bring their work in each Monday, so there are new spring items each week. You will find pottery, jewelry, scarves, greeting cards, baby clothing, and many other wondertful handcrafted items. Located on Route 27 near the Wayland Library, the Depot is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm. Please stop by to visit! For more information visit the Depot website.


Community input on Library's long-range plan. The library is starting the process of developing its next long-range plan and will be running some focus groups to assist us as we craft a plan for library service for the next three to five years. If you would be interested in attending a focus group about library service, please contact Library Director Ann Knight or by calling 508-358-2311.


Summer Job Openings from Recreation include head lifeguard and water safety instructor at the beach, director for Beach Buddies, Assistant Director, Art Specialist-PT, Sports Specialist, Nature/Science or Drama Specialist for Summer Adventure. For details, click here.


Students and adults can enjoy 'Books and Bonding' in Wayland. Jayme Nowland, a licensed social worker, and Rachel Gutner, a certified teacher, are offering an opportunity for a student and a special adult (mother, father, grandparent, etc.) to bond with each other through a shared reading experience. Their program, "Books and Bonding," will include relationship building exercises, discussion questions, and fun book-related activities. The cost is $48 per pair. Books will be provided on the first session - no need to purchase or read in advance.


Nominations sought for 10th Annual River Stewardship Award. The League of Women Voters and the Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Council are soliciting nominations for the tenth Annual River Stewardship Award. Send nominations by April 9 to Betsy Sluder, 63 Coppermine Road, Concord, MA 01742. Nomination forms are available at the Concord Town House, the Concord Natural Resources Commission office, both Concord libraries, or online at the Concord-Carlisle LWV website. Call Betsy Sluder, LWVCC River Awards Co-Chair, 978-369-1851, or Mary Antes with any questions. For complete details, please click here.





UMBRELLA Transgender/Genderqueer Youth Meeting.  

UMBRELLA meets at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St., Wellesley, on the third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30pm. Umbrella, a program of WAGLY (The West Suburban Alliance of GLBTQ Youth), is a peer-led, social support group for transgender and gender-variant high school youth from Wayland and other communities in MetroWest Boston.  The West Suburban Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth (WAGLY) meets at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, 309 Washington St., Wellesley, every Monday (except public holidays) from 7-8:30 pm. WAGLY provides weekly social and educational programs for GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) high school youth and straight allies from Wayland and 25 other communities across MetroWest Boston.  Information: www.WAGLY.org, info@WAGLY.org. 


 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.


Middlesex DA seeking teen-produced PSAs. Middlesex County middle and high school students, including those in Wayland, are invited to participate in the fourth annual PSA [Public Service Announcement] project. Participants this year are asked to focus on the importance of promoting healthy, substance-free relationships. Students, any enrolled in a middle or high school in Middlesex County, are asked to produce 30 to 60 second PSAs on the following suggested topic subsets: * Supporting friends and peers who encounter peer pressure; * Accepting peers for who they are; * Coping with peer pressure; * Appreciating self worth, as an anti-substance approach; * Demonstrating sound judgment and personal responsibility; *Avoiding over-the-counter products that pose health and safety risks; * Avoiding situations that promote substance abuse. The winning PSA will be professionally edited and submitted to local television stations. Entries are due the first week of May and should be submitted on DVD to the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth at 47 Thorndike St., Cambridge, MA 02141. The contest winner will be announced the week of May 28.


Nominations and applications sought for Annual High School Community Service Awards. Do you know high school students who deserve to be honored for their volunteer service? We are accepting nominations and applications for high school students who live in Wayland and/or attend school in Wayland. This includes Wayland students who attend independent schools as well as Wayland METCO students. Information packets and application forms are available in the high school guidance office, the Wayland Library, Wayland Youth and Family Services, or online here. April 9th, 2012 Deadline for all submissions. Please join us at the HS Community Service Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Wayland High School. Sponsored by Wayland High School and Wayland Youth and Family Services. Questions: Lynn Dowd, Wayland Youth & Family Services, 508-358-4293.


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.


Local Wayland Paddlers Among Early Entries in CRWA's Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race. Chris Chappell and Philip Schneider of Wayland, MA have registered for the Charles River Watershed Association's (CRWA) 30th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2012. The Race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,500 paddlers and thousands of spectators to enjoy a day on the river full of fun and festivities. Chappell is entered in the Open Category of the 6-Mile Race. Schneider is entered in the Mixed Category of the 9-Mile Race. Registration remains available up to and including race day, but it is recommended that racers register now to avoid late fees! For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, please call (508) 698-6810, e-mail rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org. For complete details, click here.


Rep. Conroy's Office Hours.  Representative Tom Conroy will hold his office hours from 3:30-4pm on Monday, April 9, in the library's Raytheon Room. 


Wayland Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Form 2012 -2013. Sign up between now and March 9 for Kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year. There two registration options: Traditional Half Day and Tuition Based Full Day. Enrollment in the Full Day Program will occur on a first come, first serve basis. Tuition for the Full Day program is $4,000.00. There is no cost for the Traditional Half Day program.


2012 Open Burning Permits now available on line at town's website. Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department. Open burning season runs from January 15 to May 1, 2012. A valid permit obtained from the local fire department is required. The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions. The Wayland Fire Department is now accepting open burning permit applications on line via the Town of Wayland website (click here). Residents will find a link to the registration page both on the Fire department page as well as the site's home page. There is no cost for the burn permit. After a successful first year of our online Burn Permit registration, we believe you will find the online system an easy way to obtain and use your open burning permit. The fire department will continue to offer the traditional walk-in registration for those that do not have computer access.


CPC Mainstone Appraisal documents available at the Library. The Community Preservation (CPC) recently had a firm do an appraisal of Mainstone Farm in connection with a proposed purchase of a conservation restriction on a large portion of the property. The appraisal is a substantial document that the Town has paid for with CPA funds. It is available in the Library for residents to review. 



newsletterPegasus Summer Program Announcements:  New Pool and New TV Studio in Town; Great Amenities for Pegasus 2012, Programming Dates Expanded to Seven Weeks in 2012.  Mark your calendars now for summer fun. Pegasus will start on Monday, June 25, and continue until Friday, August 10. That's seven weeks of a soaring summer experience for preschool through Entering Grade Seven children. This year's location is Happy Hollow School. We'll be swimming at the beautiful, new Wayland Community Pool just minutes away from Happy Hollow School.Registration information will be available in December and distributed to all families. Watch for programming details. New in 2012: a new specialty area for Grades 1 -5: "Web Design" For complete details, click here.    


Save the Date


The Annual Florence Adler Walk/Run in support of METCO will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Wayland Middle School.   


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. More details will follow soon, but for now please save the date and help us spread the word. Contact: Ramah Hawley



"The Right to Vote - Then and Now: Access to the Polls from the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to the Elections of 2012", April 25 at WHS. The Honorable Gordon A. Martin, Jr. will talk in the Wayland High School lecture room. This free lecture is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Wayland, Weston and Sudbury. For more details, click here.


Friends of the Library Spring Book and Bake Sale, April 27-29. The Friends of the Wayland Public Library will sponsor their Spring Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 28, 10am-4pm and Sunday, April 29, 12-4pm. There will also be a preview for members of the Friends on Friday, April 27, 6-9pm. Memberships will be available at the sale starting at 5:30 p.m. The sale will be held in the Large Hearing Room in the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road. No internet devices or cell phones will be permitted in the sale area. Donations of books will be accepted during set-up in the Large Hearing Room on Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26. Donations of baked goods will be accepted from Friday until the end of the sale on Sunday. For more information, contact Anne Heller at (508) 358-4515. 


WallyWally The Green Monster at WBSA Parade & Picnic. Join Wally the Green Monster at the WBSA Parade and Picnic on Saturday, May 5 10:30am-1:30pm. The event will kick off from the Middle School, and all players should report there at 10am in full uniform. Following the parade the players and their families are invited to Cochituate Field for the opening ceremonies, games, prizes and lunch! There is NO rain date for this event. All players will receive further information and a formal flyer from their coaches at the start of the season. Event Highlights: Wally the Green Monster, Fun Games, Moon bounce & more, DJ Jonah Camile, Delicious Liberty's Pizza and Prizes, Great Raffle - Win Red Sox box seats (3 sets), Wachusett Mountain season pass, Natick Outdoor, Dick's Sporting Goods, Karma Coffee, Below The Rim Camp, Mel's, NE Revolution tickets, Mahoney's Garden Center gift certificates and lots more. Visit www.waylandbsa.com for more info.


Shakespeare with Helen Whall. Professor Helen Whall will return this spring for our annual Shakespeare Festival. This year the theme will be "Following Falstaff," and the plays to be discussed will include Henry the Fourth, Part I, Henry the Fourth, Part II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Programs will be on these Tuesdays: April 24, May 8, and May 22, at 7:30pm in the Raytheon Room.


Employment Workshops. On four Saturday mornings this spring the library is sponsoring employment workshops with Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow to help people kick-start their job searches. The first workshop will be from 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday, April 28, and will be a "Resume Writing Review." On that date Gary will discuss resume writing in general, via a round table group format. Participants are encouraged to bring their existing resume for confidential one-on-one analysis as time permits. Subsequent workshops held on May 5, 12, and 26 will address cover and thank-you letters, interviewing, and salary and benefits negotiation.


EventsEvents & Happenings 


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


continuing Monday, April 9, Art Series at the Library, 1pm. Starting on Monday, April 2 and continuing for the following two weeks, (April 2, 9, and 23), Judy Schurgin will be back at the library to guide us through an exploration of three of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century-Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall.  


Wednesdays, April 11 and 18, SVT Woodcock Walks, Greenways Reservation, Wayland, 6:15-8:15pm. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology calls the American Woodcock a "superbly camouflaged bird." Weston Conservation Agent Michele Grzenda will lead two informative Woodcock Walks at Greenways Reservation in Wayland. Enjoy a beautiful spring sunset while listening and watching for the incredible woodcock flight at Greenways. Watch as male woodcocks fly in an upward spiral and make a distinctive call to attract a mate. There are two opportunities to participate in this Sudbury Valley Trustees sponsored activity: Wednesday, April 11 or Wednesday, April 18, both 6:15-8:15 pm. Don't let this wonderful spring experience pass you by. Members: Free, Non-Members: $10. Register online or call 978-443-5588. Further information on other outings and SVT properties are also available on SVT's website.


Thursday, April 12, Needlework/Handwork Group, Wayland Library, 10-11:30am.  This is a monthly group, facilitated by Ann Moses, that meets in the library's Raytheon Room. Bring your own needlework to work on while chatting and exchanging pointers. 


Friday, April 13, Noontime Book Group, Wayland Library, 12pm. The book to be discussed is The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. 

Tuesday, April 17, Tricksters and Noodleheads, Wayland Library, 2:30-3:15pm.
Sparky's Puppets will perform "Tricksters and Noodleheads." These silly folktales will delight children in preschool and the elementary grades.

Tuesday, April 17, "Celebrate National Volunteer Week with SOAR 55" , Wayland Library, 7-8:30pm.  Hear from a panel of SOAR 55 volunteers who are doing innovative things in our community including Wayland resident John Wilson, who is helping incarcerated women prepare for the entrance exam to Boston University's "College behind Bars" program at MCI, Framingham. Learn how volunteering can be a pathway to engagement in your community and a way to utilize expertise, learn new skills, make connections and new friendships and give back to the community. SOAR 55 provides a personalized, thoughtful and professional volunteer search with links to over 80 nonprofit and public organizations. With over 100 assignments, SOAR 55 can facilitate the best volunteer placement to meet your needs. For more information please call Karen Albert at 617-969-5906, ext. 351 or e-mail Karen Albert. Visit us on-line at www.ncscweb.org/programs/soar55

Friday, April 20, Great Decisions 2012, Wayland Library, 9:15-11:30am.  The topic is: Mexico.  Mexico's border with Central America, as well as the border it shares with the U.S., has been a pathway for people, goods, crime and contraband in both directions. How can Mexico address these transborder challenges? What is the future of Mexico's relations with its northern and southern neighbors? How will Mexico's foreign relations affect its domestic politics?  Location: Raytheon Room   

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