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April 23, 2012



Town Meeting will resume on Monday, April 23 in the auditorium (not the gymnasium).  Please enter the building through the school's main entrance.  For details on the outcome of votes taken on the first 26 articles, click here.


Remaining articles to be debated are:

  • Article 27: Authorize Sale of Town-owned Land at 24 and 26 Lakeshore Drive
  • Article 28: Request Audit of School Fee-Based Programs Since FY2007
  • Article 29: Hear Reports
  • Article 30: Choose Town Officers
  • Article 31: Resolution in Support of Funding Electronic Voting through June 30, 2015  

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Town Meeting


Town Meeting continues (and should conclude) on Monday, April 23.  Please note: tonight's meeting will be held in the auditorium, not the gymnasium.  Please enter the building through the school's main entrance.


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 Moderator will holding a review of Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 25.  Attend to share your feedback and suggestions on the administration of electronic voting, use of the abbreviated presentation procedure, application of video technology to enhance article presentations, and general suggestions to improve the conduct of town meetings.  If you are unable to attend, share your comments with the Moderator by sending an email to selectmen@wayland.ma.us

The Latest Information on the Town regarding Town Meeting is available online here, and includes:
During Town Meeting, Wayland Patch maintains a "Live Blog" providing a summary of ongoing action.  We are live blogging at WaylandeNews, too, but we can't guarantee the completeness of the Patch's (access our liveblog on your mobile phone here). 
In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Residents, Officials Celebrate Wayland Town Center Groundbreaking. In the middle of piles of brown dirt studded with the tracks of heavy equipment, white tents shaded rows of chairs filled with members of the Wayland community excited to be a part of the official groundbreaking for Wayland Town Center.

  • Ground finally broken in Wayland Town Center project. After a painstaking six-year permitting process, ground was finally broken yesterday on the Wayland Town Center project which will bring shops and office space, as many as 100 housing units and creation of a 2-acre town green.

  • Breath of Fresh Aer: How a Boston Suburban Duo Checked My Chin. Upon tripping into a video for the Wayland, MA duo's video for "Feel I Bring" the skill they possessed became evident, as I sat in awe at how humbled these two extremely talented, regular-looking dudes had me feeling.

  • Learn about energy saving options at Earth Day in Wayland. In these days of rising gas prices and uncertainty about future oil supplies, you may be interested in learning more about energy saving cars and homes. If so, come talk to some early adopters of efficient technologies at Wayland's "Earth Day is Our Day" celebration. On Sunday, April 29 from 12-3pm at the Town Building, a number of Wayland citizens will be on hand to share their firsthand impressions of driving the Prius and/or Volt. There will also be individuals who live in homes powered by solar energy, one a designer of such homes.

  • Latest update on Pelham Island Bridge Work from resident Gary Slep.

  • Taylor Schilling Gets Lucky in New Nicholas Sparks Adaptation. If you're a regular watcher of hospital-based TV series or a fan of Ayn Rand, you'll already know about Taylor Schilling. She starred as a nurse in the short-lived TV show "Mercy," and as businesswoman Dagney Taggart in the movie "Atlas Shrugged: Part I." Schilling, 27, who spent her growing up years in both Wayland and West Roxbury after her parents split, now goes all lovey-dovey in the newest adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks book, "The Lucky One."

  • Wayland appraiser gets disciplinary action from board. The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers has announced disciplinary action against Dale K. Tapply of Wayland. The board imposed a six-month probation on Tapply's real estate appraiser license and fined him $1,000.

  • A complex path to condemning homes. Cities and towns have to enforce state building and health codes for homes, trying to keep citizens safe, sometimes from themselves. But safety concerns often aren't clear cut, and public employees must measure keeping residents safe with allowing them to live their lives, no matter how cluttered or odd their living situations might look from outside.
PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     


Tennis Fundraiser for Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund, Saturday, April 28. The wayland girls tennis team is hosting a round robin tennis tournament in memory of Lauren Astley. It will be held from 11-1 on Saturday April 28th, 2012. All ages and skill levels are welcome. There will be light refreshments and optional donations to the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund. Doubles teams are currently being accepted at: keeponsparklingtennis@gmail.com. If you are unable to attend but would still like to donate you can do so at, laurendunneastleymemorialfund.org


Newsletter 2012 04 16Friends of the Rail Trail meeting, Tuesday, April 24. The Friends of the Rail Trail monthly meeting is intended to inform, and drive progress with the trail. Wayland's progress, then open for questions. We will then discuss the action plan for both our short term objective (removing the tracks and creating a three mile soft surface path across Wayland), and our long term objective (a 26 mile hard surface trail). Our Meeting is Tuesday April 24 at 7:30pm in the Town Building. For complete details, click here.


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).


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.  



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.  


Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  


Monday, April 23 (all meetings this evening scheduled at Wayland Middle School)

Tuesday, April 24
  • Board of Assessors, 7pm.  Agenda includes Establishment of Overlay Policy, review of job description for Director of Assessing, FY12 Abatement Application Review.
  • Board of Health, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes Guest House permit for 67 Loker St., review and approval of AFSCME staff job descriptions, determination of number of bedrooms at 163 Main St., irrigation well variance request for 27 Woodland Rd.
  • Planning Board, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes public hearing for Conservation Cluster Covered Bridge Special Permit for proposed development off Rice Rd, and consultant review/town planner update on urban and landscape design elements for Town Center development.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals, 8:20pm.  Agenda includes cases at 9 Lake Road Terrace, 76 Oxbow Rd and 17 Rich Valley Rd.
Wednesday, April 25
Thursday, April 26
Monday, April 30


Latest programs and announcements from Wayland Soccer. Learn about skill clinics with PROformance in April and May for U9 and U10-U14 and events (upcoming on May 12 is WAYS Night at the Revs).  For complete details, visit www.waylandsoccer.org





Poetry Reading at the Library. The next meeting of the library's Poetry Workshop will be on Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm and the workshop's annual poetry reading will be Sunday, April 29, starting at 2:30pm.


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. Sign up for Spring Swimming Lessons starting the first week in May and please come check out our table at the town building Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 29. The May 15th deadline is fast approaching for great summer and year-round deals for family and senior pool passes and you don't want to miss out! 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.


The Photo Video Store in Wayland has been closed. The owners have been contacting customers in an attempt to return all processing and personal property. Please contact the owners at photovideostore@aol.com if you think you may have anything left at the store.


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


Full List and Measure Resumes in April. The Wayland Board of Assessors will be launching the second phase of its Full List and Measure effort in April in North Wayland. The Full List and Measure effort, approved by Town Meeting, involves inspecting every building to ensure that the assessors' data is correct. We would like to urge residents who may receive a letter to promptly schedule appointments at their convenience. Appraisers from Vision Appraisal, our contractor, will be available some evenings and weekends in an effort to accommodate residents' schedules. Homeowners will begin receiving letters this week and inspections begin in April 17th, weather permitting. For complete details, click here.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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


The Annual Florence Adler Walk/Run in support of METCO will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Wayland Middle School.    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 on the following link for all the necessary materials for participation. www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/m_e_t_c_o/news/


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


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




Wally 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. 


Party For Parents Of Graduating Seniors, May 5. 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.


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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concluding Monday, April 23, 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.


Starting Tuesday, April 24, Shakespeare with Helen Whall, Wayland Library, 7:30pm. 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 IHenry the Fourth, Part II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Programs will be on these Tuesdays: April 24, May 8, and May 22 in the Raytheon Room.


Wednesday, April 25, Traditions of Wayland: Resident Art Show & Open House, 10 Green Way, 4:30-7pm.  Enjoy the ambiance of our beautiful historic Mansion with wine and cheese. Browse works of art created by our residents throughout their lives; you may even meet the artist themselves!  Please RSVP by Friday, April 20 to leah.spada@traditionsofwayland.com or rob.backman@traditionsofwayland.com or (508) 358-0700.  Click here for the Event Flyer


Wednesday, April 25, "The Right to Vote - Then and Now: Access to the Polls from the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to the Elections of 2012", Wayland High School. 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.


Wednesday-Saturday, April 25-28, Wayland High School Theatre Ensemble presents Fame - the Musical, WHS Mainstage, 7:30pm.  Produced and performed by an ensemble cast and crew of over thirty members, the cast presents an energetic and inspiring story of a group of students who come together from different backgrounds to spend four years persevering through the combination of academic and artistic education that made up the curriculum of New York City's High School of the Performing Arts in the early 1980's. Under the direction of Richard Weingartner, who also serves as the school's drama teacher, the WHSTE performance of Fame - The Musical emotionally demonstrates the effect the journey through the High School of the Performing Arts had on the difficult choices made by the young people who followed that path.  Tickets: $12 adults; $8 (students and senior citizens) may be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by emailing events@whsarts.com


Thursday, April 26, Wayland's Past: Show & Tell, Trinitarian Congregational Church, 7-9pm.  The Wayland Historical Society and the Wayland Council on Aging will be co-sponsoring this event. Wayland residents will share memories and artifacts from the Grout-Heard House Museum, Wayland Archaeology lab and private collections. Admission is free. If you have anything you would like to exhibit please call Carol Repose 508-653-0768.


Thursday, April 26, Pamper Yourself Party, Sandy Burr Country Club, 7:30pm. You deserve a fun night out! Come treat yourself to some shopping, a cocktail, and pampering at Sandy Burr Country Club, 103 Cochituate Rd, Wayland. The Wayland Children and Parents Association has planned a special evening featuring raffles and local vendors and vendors from Etsy.com who will be offering unique clothing and jewelry, custom handbags, gourmet chocolate, handmade candles, high-end stationary and cards, and much more. In addition, guests can have a massage and sample spa treatments. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the Wayland Children and Parents Association's website


Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, Friends of the Library Spring Book and Bake Sale, Wayland Town Building. 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.  


Saturday, April 28, Employment Workshop, Wayland Library, 10:30am-12:30pm. 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.

Saturday, April 28, Barnbabies, Wayland Library, 3 and 3:30pm.  A traveling petting zoo will be at the library with a piglet, a goat, chicks, bunnies, and many more baby animals.  There are two half-hour sessions. Children of all ages are welcome, but registration is required.  Space is limited.  You may register online through our Event Calendar at waylandlibrary.org  or by calling the Children's Room at 508-358-2308.


Newsletter 2012 04 02Sunday, April 29, 
Sudbury Valley Trustees Earth Day Trail-a-Thon , Memorial Forest.  Earth Day is a day to celebrate the awesome natural world that surrounds us, and to question, as its guardians, how we can help protect it. Land trusts, with their contribution to open space, safe habitat, clean air and clean water are certainly a part of the solution. Your support of your local land trust is one way to show you care.

So please join SVT for its 1st Earth Day "Trail-a-Thon" on April 29, beginning at noon, at the GeneralFederation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest on Dutton Road in Sudbury. The walk will include a 10K (6.2 miles) route or a family-friendly 3K (under 2 miles) loop. Naturalists will be stationed along the trails to introduce walkers to the many habitats existing on the property. A scavenger hunt will be available for the younger participants- or the young-at-heart. Refreshments will be served. Patches will be awarded.  All adult walkers are encouraged to maximize sponsorship, but must be willing to commit to a $25 minimum contribution. All sponsors pledging $25 or more will receive a one-year membership to SVT, enabling them to learn more about the organization and its accomplishments.  As a walker, a sponsor, or a volunteer, your support will enable SVT to continue its mission of protecting land and wildlife habitat in the watershed of the Concord, Assabet and Sudbury rivers.
Please visit the SVT website to learn more about this event. 


Sunday, April 29, Wayland's Earth Day Celebration, Town Building Courtyard, 12-3pm.  Join us on Sunday, April 29, between noon and 3, in the Town Building Courtyard, for "Earth Day is Our Day," Wayland's celebration of Earth Day. There will be over 50 exhibitors, performances by the Muses and the newly renovated Diamond Jubilee Organ, many children's activities, mini workouts, art exhibits, lunch, a raffle, and much more. The Red Cross Donation Bus will be there from 10 am till 3 pm, taking donations. For a list of all exhibits, activities and raffle items, visit  http://www.waylandgreenteam.org/earth-day.


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 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.  


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.


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.

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