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In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Wayland voters approve land swap on Lakeshore Drive. After a year of efforts, the homeowners at 30 Lakeshore Drive overlooking Dudley Pond finally succeeded in convincing Town Meeting on Monday night to approve a compromise that paved the way to replace their aging septic system on two adjacent town-owned parcels of land totaling over 3,600 square feet.

  • Wayland Yogi Brings Gillette Stadium Dream to Life. On May 6, Wayland resident Sarah Gardner hopes to bring 1,000 people together for an all-day yogathon at Gillette Stadium. It's hard to believe Gardner, now a Lululemon ambassador, resisted even trying yoga about nine years ago when a friend presented it as an option. "At first, I was like, 'No way, I have to pound the pavement,'" said Gardner, a longtime runner who earned a Master's of Education in health and fitness and went right into personal training after graduate school. "It took me awhile to understand the benefits and joy that come from [yoga]. Now it is not what I do, but who I am. I love every aspect of it." But going from personally understanding the benefits of yoga to hosting a yoga fundraiser for 1,000 people at Gillette Stadium didn't happen overnight.

  • The Walls Do Talk at Northstar Photography. Think of the most famous person you have ever met. Now, multiply that experience by a few hundred introductions, throw in at least one trip to Sesame Street and you have a glimpse of Wayland resident Allan Dines' life. And he has the photographs to prove it.

  • Technology, Time, Preparation Hot Topics at Town Meeting Review. "Preparation" and "balance" emerged as the two words Wayland Town Moderator Dennis Berry said best applied to his feelings about Wayland's five-session, 16-hour 2012 Annual Town Meeting. Berry moderated a review of the annual meeting Wednesday night among about 25 residents and before some members of Wayland's Town Meeting Advisory Committee, Town Meeting Procedures Subcommittee and Town Meeting Facilities Subcommittee.

  • Confusing vote at Town Meeting leading up to school audit. At the fifth and final night of annual Town Meeting, Wayland voters opted for further scrutiny of Wayland Public Schools finances, with the approval of a recommendation to audit all of the district's fee-based accounts and programs, including associated checking accounts, for fiscal years 2007 to 2012. After passage of the original petitioners' article, presented by School Committee member Shawn Kinney, Finance Committee Chairwoman Cherry Karlson pointed out that motion contained two conflicting sources of funding - free cash and the school budget.

  • Wayland residents OK Town Meeting electronic voting. Town Meeting voters made local history Monday night by approving a petitioners' article in support of funding electronic voting through fiscal 2015.

  • Families attend pre-trial hearing for Wayland slaying. The families of a murdered Wayland teenager and her accused killer were in court for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. Nathaniel Fujita, 19, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Lauren Astley, last summer. Fujita did not appear in court on Tuesday because his attorney said it was only about legal technicalities and possible evidence.

  • Slain Teen's Dad Channels Pain Into Raising Awareness. The trial of a Wayland teenager accused of killing his former girlfriend last year is moving forward. Nine months after 18-year-old Lauren Astley's death, her dad sat in a courtroom Tuesday, listening intently as lawyers reached agreements on motions leading up to the trial.

  • Computer, Phone Records Part of Discovery Hearing in Murder Case. The case of the Commonwealth v Nathaniel Fujita took another step forward Tuesday as the prosecution and defense reach agreement on a number of motions related to evidence in the case. Fujita is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Lauren Astley, on July 3, 2011, and dumping her body in a Wayland marsh near the Sudbury town line. A passing bicyclist spotted Astley's body on July 4, and Wayland Police arrested Fujita the following day. A Middlesex County Grand Jury on Aug. 4 indicted Fujita on charges of first-degree murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery. During a discovery hearing on Tuesday at Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn, prosecutor Lisa McGovern and Fujita's attorney William Sullivan discussed multiple motions that outline the evidence each party must share with the other.

  • Community Emergency Response Team graduation. Graduation day for the new group of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members was March 26. Ten individuals from Wayland, Sudbury and Framingham completed the 10-week program, which makes them members of the President's Citizen Corps (part of Homeland Security), as well as part of the larger group of CERT members in town.

  • Wayland Middle School parent survey results. At the end of the 2010-11 school year, the Wayland Middle School administrators in consultation with our School Council created an online survey (adapted from the Wayland High School parent survey) to solicit parents' perspective about the year's Middle School experience. We had 154 respondents, representing 58 parents with students in grade 6, 40 parents with students in grade 7, and 56 parents with students in grade 8. The vast majority of the feedback was positive, but it also brought to light some areas that need our thought and attention. We used this feedback to frame our year with staff and consider how we as a teaching and learning community can go from "good to great."

  • Wayland residents approve audit of school fee-based programs. Wayland residents at the fifth - and final - night of this year's annual Town Meeting voted to approve a petitioners' article for an audit of school fee-based programs since fiscal 2007. [ed note: the sequence of votes described in this article differs from the actual session; for complete details of the proceedings, see this post from Wayland Patch

  • National Scholastic Press Association Contest Winners. Wayland Student Press wins "Best in Show" in the Publication Website Small School category at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, April 12-15, 2012, in Seattle

  • Road Construction is Coming to Wayland. Residents and passers-through can expect some road changes at and near one of Wayland's main intersections in the coming days. Director of Highway Operations Stephen Kadlik explained the following work is expected to take place between April 24 and May 4 near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 27. The work is in preparation of widening the intersection as planned in conjunction with the Wayland Town Center project.
PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     


Volunteer Brush Clearing at Wayland Depot. The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 11th annual volunteer Spring brush clearing weekend at the Wayland Depot (1 Cochituate Rd.) on Saturday, May 5 from 9am-4pm and Sunday May 6 from 1-4pm. Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines and undergrowth along the inactive railroad tracks near Wayland Depot and through Wayland. We will also continue to excavate the steam locomotive turntable pit to expose more of the circular granite walls, in addition to removing brush that has grown up along the tracks and the enginehouse site. Volunteers should bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and should wear work clothes and boots. In cooperation with Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail we will be clearing brush along the entire railroad line through Wayland. For more information call Rick Conard at (508) 358-4597 after 7 p.m. or by E-mail at RRConard@earthlink.net.


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.


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:

  • Meet Gail Huff, ABC News reporter, our celebrity guest! Read all about her support for our program in 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.


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. 


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).


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.  



newsletterYoga Reaches Out Fundraiser.  Yoga 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.  


Preview of Monday, April 30 Board of Selectmen Meeting from Town Administrator Fred Turkington:


The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, April 30, 2012 in Town Building. In accordance with Town bylaws, this meeting is the first of newly-elected board. The most senior serving Selectman, Joe Nolan, will convene the meeting. After reviewing the agenda, the Board will organize and elect from among the five members a chair and vice-chair/clerk for a one year period that expires at the first meeting of the Board of Selectmen immediately following the adjournment of the 2013 Annual Town Meeting.


At 7:15 and 7:30 p.m., Selectmen will conduct two public hearings. The first hearing is required by law for the installation of new utility poles on Boston Post Road near Winthrop Road and Pelham Island Road and on Old Sudbury Road near Bow Road. The second hearing is a liquor license hearing to amend the license of Wayland Country Club to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages from carts on the golf course during play. The Board granted a similar license to Sandy Burr Country Club earlier this year.


After receiving public comment, the Board will review the status of articles and follow-up action required by Town departments or committees to implement the votes taken at the 2012 Annual Town Meeting. Selectmen will also review the feedback provided by citizens to the Moderator on town meeting.


After considering the consent calendar and reviewing correspondence, Selectmen will hear the report of the Town Administrator, including the status of pending matters and a schedule of meeting dates and topics through June. The Board will then review a number of orientation materials, including a list of appointments expiring June 30, the list of vacancies on boards and committees, the current set of goals and objectives, and the updated FY2013 annual operating and capital budget. Selectmen will then discuss liaison roles and portfolio assignments.


During Selectmen's reports and concerns, members will consider extending the charge and appointment of the Operational Review Committee and the Dudley Area Advisory Committee. Chair Paul Grasso believes only one or two sessions are required to complete the ORC's review of the Abrahams Group report on the FY2011 budget restatement project, so an extension to June 13, 2012 is requested. The Dudley Area Advisory Committee is completing final review of options for use of the town-owned parcels, with a goal to produce a consensus article for the 2013 Annual Town Meeting. An extension to May 31, 2013 has been recommended. The Board will also discuss the Audit Committee and consider appointments to the Permanent Municipal Building Committee and the temporary Wayland Cares Sustainability Committee and Town Center Green Design Advisory Committee. Lastly, the Board will discuss concerns raised by George Harris relative to the distribution by email in advance of meetings documents and reports which may contain opinion. Mr. Harris considers such transmissions as impermissible deliberations under the state's Open Meeting Law, and has filed three separate complaints to the Attorney General on the topic.


The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room. 


Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  


Monday, April 30

Tuesday, May 1

  • Council on Aging, 7pm
  • School Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes report on Goal #5 (fiscal accountability and transparency), Town Meeting review and follow-up, preliminary discussion of Superintendent's Evaluation, request for additional Special Education/TA services, School Committee Report of Part II of Abrahams Group Report and School Committee website.
  • Public Ceremonies Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes LMC Presentation Barbra Sheffles with School Committee, 375th Update and finalize Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.
  • Electronic Voting Implementation Subcommittee, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: discuss electronic voting performance and suggested improvements, and discuss next steps.
  • Planning Board, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes Public Hearing Conservation Cluster Covered Bridge Special Permit, consultant review/Town Planner update on Urban and Landscape Design elements for Town Center


Monday, May 7

  • 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.

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


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.


A chance to try yoga: four classes for adults at Claypit Hill School. A series of four Yoga for Adults classes is starting next Monday, April 30, 2012, at Claypit Hill School from 4-5pm. Dates for the four classes are: April 30, May 14 and 21, and June 11. Community members are invited to participate. Nancy Wind, a Wayland resident, is the instructor. She has been teaching yoga in the MetroWest area since 2004 and has 25 years of experience as a special education teacher. Through the class, participants will develop greater clarity, find inner strength and discover yoga's many benefits. Wind integrates her studies, her own practice, and class experiences to develop Vinyasa Flow classes that unite posture, breath, and mindfulness. Minimum enrollment for the class is six students. Wayland School Community Programs, Community Education, is offering the class. The program fee is $52 for the four classes. Participants need to wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. To register, call 508-655-6403 or go to the website for a program description and registration/waiver form.


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.


Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting, Wednesday, May 2. On Wed May 2, our monthly meeting will feature Jennifer Fortunato, certified Usui Reiki Master and Teacher. She will share with us what Reiki is, how it works and how we can benefit from it. The Holistic Moms Network meets the first Wednesday of the month at First Parish in Wayland. It is a local chapter of Holistic Moms. Go to http://www.holisticmoms.org/ to find out more or you can email hmnmetrowestboston@gmail.com.


Sign up for spring and summer programs at the Wayland Community Pool. You don't want to miss registering for our fun and challenging summer programs for kids at wcpswim.org! Register for the Summer Jr. Warriors Swim Team starting Monday, May 9th! Jr. Warrior practices will begin June 21st and will run Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm. Register for Summer Swim Lessons in all levels starting the first week in June! Two separate sessions of summer lessons will run twice a week for 3 weeks in both July and August. We will also have a session with 6 Saturday lessons running July to mid-August. Visit wcpswim.org for information about pool programs, passes and more.


State Representative Conroy Announces Upcoming "Ask the Rep" Show. Representative Tom Conroy is pleased to announce the next broadcast of "Ask the Rep" on Tuesday, May 1 from 7:30-8pm. "Ask The Rep" is a live call-in show that provides constituents with the opportunity to ask questions on-air regarding local and state issues. This show will include special guest Representative Alice Peisch, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. Call in during the show at 508-358-3472 or email your questions before April 30. The show will broadcast on Comcast channel 8 and Verizon channel 37 for Wayland residents, and will be rebroadcast in all three towns.


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 Mary 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.


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.



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


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. 


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



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.


Helping to Heal through the Visual Arts. On Tuesday, May 15, 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.  

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Monday, April 30, Navigating the Path to Independence, Wayland Library, 7pm. In the next program in our series for adults with disabilities and their families, Gary Kracoff, R.Ph., N.M.D., talk about the art of combining Western medicine and complementary medicine. His program will take a look at nutrition and its role in maintaining balance between the physical and emotional aspects of our well-being. When we are stressed or anxious, we do not eat well, leading to nutrient deficiencies which can contribute to increased stress, anxiety and lowering of the immune system. Gary is a registered pharmacist with a doctorate in Naturopathic medicine. He currently provides in-depth consultations at Johnson Compounding and Wellness Center in Waltham, a leader throughout the area and nation-wide at integrating Western and complementary services. 


Monday, April 30, Walden Forum: Preventing Bullying Begins with Us, First Parish, 7:30pm. Join us for a discussion with Drs. Stephanie Jones and Richard Weissbourd, as they address the Walden Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30. The Walden Forum is held at the First Parish Meeting House, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27. On February 29, Weissbourd and Jones helped orchestrate the Harvard Graduate School of Education launch of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. The foundation has partnered with The Berkman Center at Harvard and other foundations to explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment.  It is their feeling that it is important for educators, parents, coaches and all in the community to address the issue of bullying . We must continue to raise awareness about its prevalence, and help our youth as well as our adult community understand its detrimental effects on all involved.   The Anti-Bullying Duo will discuss the various actions of bullies, the reasons for their actions, the effects of bullying, and possible responses for taking a stand against bullying. By raising awareness of bullying we can help decrease the behavior. How can we curb this problem once and for all? And how do we capitalize on all the attention focused on the subject now?   Click here for complete details. 


Tuesday, May 1, WHS Spring Orchestra Concert, Wayland High School, 7:30pm. The Wayland High School Orchestras will present their Spring Concert on the new WHS Auditorium "MainStage." Included will be works by Warlock, Mendelssohn, Britten, Berklee composer Elena R. Lucas, Saint Saens and a Beatles arrangement by Wayland's own Steve Laven. Admission is free. Reception to follow. Also, the Spring Art Exhibit with work by WHS students will be on display.


Wednesday, May 2, Children's Book Author Deborah Hartman, Wayland Library, 4pm.  Children's book author Deborah Hartman will read her picture books and talk to children about the process of making a children's book. We'll be doing a craft, too. For ages 4 to 8.


Wednesday, May 2, Annual Patriots/Boosters Basketball Game, Wednesday, May 2, WHS Field House, 7pm.  Fresh off their spectacular Super Bowl Season members of the New England Patriots will once again come to Wayland to match up against members of the community and several of this year's senior basketball players. The Patriots players will once again be available to sign autographs and have pictures taken. Every child will have a chance to meet the Patriots players on a One-on-One basis. The Booster Store will be open that night for your Wayland apparel needs. There will be a raffle and concessions available. There will be a limited number of complimentary tickets available at your schools. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Massicotte, Booster President.


Wednesday, May 2, Annual High School Community Service Awards Ceremony, Wayland High School Main Stage, 7pm. Please join us at the 7th Annual High School Community Service Awards Ceremony. Thirty-one students will be recognized for the substantial community service that they have performed over the past year. We will also be honoring the members of the High School Building Committee, for their years of service to the Town in guiding the high school reconstruction process. What better place to express our thanks than the beautiful new performance space in which we will host this event? Entertainment will be provided by the Wayland High School Honors Jazz Combo and there will be a slideshow depicting the 2012 nominees engaging in their community service activities. All are welcome to celebrate with us in honoring these deserving student and adult citizens. This event is sponsored by Wayland High School and Wayland Youth and Family Services.


Thursday, May 3, Intel-OARS Innovation Workshop, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 6-9pm.

Innovation is vital to our quality of life.  High school students - You are the innovators of the future!  Intel and OARS have teamed up to offer an exciting hands-on workshop that provides clear examples of innovation and a chance to experience the transformation of ideas into solutions. The workshop will focus on applying innovative ideas to solving real environmental challenges in the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord River Watersheds.

The same principles can be applied to problem-solving in general, a skill valued for college applications and career development.  The workshop also prepares students interested in entering the 2012/13 Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest.  Students participating in a workshop held in 2011 had this to say: "The workshop was interesting and kept everyone involved and thinking." "I liked the group activity part of the workshop because we had the opportunity to exchange ideas."  The Innovation Workshop was created and will be taught by professional innovators.   Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is located at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury.  Registration:  You must register by Thursday, April 26 by emailing education@oars3rivers.org or call 978-369-3956.  We will be serving a light pizza supper.  Space is limited.  This workshop is free and open to all grade 9-12 students in the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord watersheds (from Westborough to Lowell).  For more details, visit www.oars3rivers.org.


Friday, May 4, Family Science Night, Wayland High School Auditorium, 6:30-7:15pm.  Register now for our upcoming Family Science Night at Wayland High School! It's free but seating is limited, so be sure to register right away as you won't want to miss this show! Register online at www.wayland.ma.us or call the Recreation office at (508) 358-3660.  "Up, Up, & Away!" (FREE!), Sponsored by Wayland Cultural Council
Mad Science´┐Ż of Greater Boston will present a science show for children that highlights some of the best of Mad Science. Mad Science's high energy demonstrations are fun, spectacular and sure to leave the children with memories that last well beyond the grand finale. This spellbinding show illustrates the principles of air pressure. Children are amazed as a soda bottle is crushed by the atmosphere and will learn how the forces at work affect the world around us. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag, and the children will get the chance to watch a hovercraft in action.


Saturday, May 5, Employment Workshop, Wayland Library, 10:30am-12:30pm. On several Saturday mornings this spring the library will be sponsoring employment workshops with Senior Employment Specialist Gary Gekow to help people kick-start their job searches. This second workshop will focus on cover and thank-you letters. Workshops held on May 12 and 26 will address interviewing and salary/benefits negotiation.


WallySaturday, May 5, WBSA Parade & Picnic, starting at Wayland Middle School, 10:30am-1:30pm. 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. 


Saturday, May 5, Party For Parents Of Graduating Seniors, Sandy Burr Country Club, 8-11pm. This June not only marks a big step in a senior's life, but also in the life of their parents. Who says all the celebrating is the exclusive right of the graduates? For the past three years, Wayland parents have enjoyed their own Graduation Party, and this year is no exception. Parents of WHS seniors should mark their calendars for Saturday, May 5th, 8 - 11 PM at Sandy Burr for what has become a Wayland tradition. Hosted by Sandy Burr Country Club and Mid-Life Crisis Band (including two members with WHS graduates this year), this is a fun night to reacquaint yourself with other parents you may not have seen for years. In addition, parents who feel musically inclined are encouraged to join the band for a song (vocal or instrumental). $5 pp at the door. Cash bar.


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, 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/. 


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