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Corporations are not People

by Jeffrey Clements


Deep Down True
by Wayland Resident Juliette Fay


by Bill McKibben 


A Thousand Acres

by Jane Smiley


Unaccustomed Earth

by Jhumpa Lahiri


What We Know About Climate Change

by Kerry Emanuel


Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals
by Mark Beckoff and Jessica Pierce 


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by Stephen King


Drunkard's Walk

by Leonard Mlodinow


In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larsen 


Moonwalking with Einstein

by Joshua Foer


Paul Revere's Ride
by David Hackett Fischer 


Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

by James W. Loewen 


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February 13, 2012



If you are interested in running for office in this spring's Town elections, nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk's Office, but you'd better hurry!  The deadline to submit signatures is tomorrow.  Details and a list of offices to be elected are available here. 


Also, the presidential primary in Massachusetts will be held on Tuesday, March 6. The deadline to register to vote or change party enrollment for this election is Wednesday, February 15. The town clerk's office will be open on that day until 8pm for voter registration. Also, absentee ballots are available there. 


We have had a report of a possible donation scam involving a veteran's group with past complaints.  If you receive a charity call that makes you feel at all suspicious, please check out the group before you donate.  GuideStar.org provides a good search engine for checking out charities.


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In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Eye-opening talk on navigating social media websites. With Facebook at 845 million users worldwide and undergoing one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history, the topic of social networking is certainly in the news. Some of the news is good; some is bad. And it's the latter that has parents in a state of near-paralysis. A recent forum on "Digital Relationships: Teens, Technology and ... Trouble?" drew a full crowd of concerned adults to the Goodnow Library in Sudbury for both morning and evening sessions. The event was sponsored by the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable. The presenters were a panel of three Wayland High School students, followed by Kelley Misata, an expert in digital media issues.

  • Different viewpoints on Wayland's water at League forum . Wayland's drinking water was subjected to intense scrutiny at a recent presentation at the Town Building sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wayland. The first two speakers discussing global and regional water issues were Janot Mendler de Suarez of Wayland, co-chair of the Global Oceans Forum working group on oceans and climate, and Alison Field-Juma, executive director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers. Next, Tom Sciacca of Wayland, a member of the now-disbanded Wellhead Protection Committee, declared the town "has a 50-year history of abusing its wells."

  • Wayland Police sergeant ready to move on. If community policing embodies high standards, then Sgt. Richard Manley, who recently retired from the Wayland Police Department after 34 years of service, embodied many of them.

  • Construction on Town Center begins. The process for building the Wayland Town Center has been one filled with much controversy and planning, but is now on a steady path towards completion. Demolition began at the intersection between Routes 20 and 27 in August and the first stores are expected to open in November, 2012. "The developer is building the retail portion in two phases, with the housing to follow. However, the residential real estate market is improving as evidenced by Wayland Commons, so the housing piece could be built sooner," said Wayland's Town Administrator, Fred Turkington. On top of lessening the tax burden on residents with increased taxes on the development, the center will span 155,000 square feet of retail stores. Among the stores being built includes a Stop & Shop, having signed a 20-year lease. Apartments will be built above the stores, and there is expected to be space for 100 condos and additional office space.

  • Upcoming Coordinated Program Review of Wayland schools. Superintendent Paul Stein was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this review, department staff will visit the district during the week of Feb. 27 to March 2. Such visits are routinely conducted by the department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the commonwealth. The Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs - special education, English language education and civil rights. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and School Committee, with detailed findings for each program.

  • Metco tour for Wayland and Weston legislators. A bus tour of the Wayland METCO program took place for state legislators on Jan. 30. The tour began at 7 a.m. in Boston at the Forest Hills MBTA station, the first stop of the Wayland METCO elementary bus. Later at Wayland High School, they were greeted by tour guides Narcissa Plummer and Misha McCoy, two Boston resident students who made a presentation about their experiences in the Wayland Public Schools. Finally the group went back to Boston for a tour of residential neighborhoods, and ended with a debriefing session at Darryl's Corner Restaurant.

  • Wayland Is Preparing for Four Elections in 2012. Wayland is scheduled to conduct four elections during 2012, and that's assuming there aren't any special elections scheduled later this year. That, in addition to the Annual Town Meeting in April and any special town meeting scheduled later, means that Town Clerk Lois Toombs has a busy year ahead.

  • Enhanced Financial Reports Posted on Finance Pages. In keeping with the commitment of the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee, enhanced financial reports have been posted on the Town website. By visiting the Finance Department page and clicking on the link for interim financial reports, you can review detailed revenue and ezxpenditure reports for FY2012 as of December 31, 2012. These reports will be updated quarterly. In addition, posted here are semi-annual reports on the status of all capital projects and every special revenue and revolving fund. These reports will be updated December 31 and June 30 each year. For complete details, click here.


  • Kenya Heard, WHS '12, wins InvestWrite essay contest. Massachusetts Financial Expert is a 12th Grader: SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite Competition Announces a Massachusetts State High School Winner. It's official! Kenya Heard, a 12th grade student at Wayland High School, in Wayland, MA, is a Massachusetts first place winner of the SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite� student essay competition, sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation and SIFMA member firms. Heard claims top prize for the high school division of the Fall 2011 Massachusetts competition. As a culminating activity for the country's 600,000 annual Stock Market Game™ participants, InvestWrite� challenges 4th-12th graders to analyze an investment scenario, think critically and write a long-term financial plan. Students address real-world economic factors and trends, better preparing for their own financial futures. Kenya Heard is one of 20,000 students each year across the nation who take the InvestWrite challenge.

  • Weston and Wayland residents performing in Family Concert. The youth percussion ensemble Marimba Magic joins Boston Musica Viva (BMV), Boston's first professional contemporary chamber music ensemble, for BMV's 19th annual Family Concert on Sunday, February 12 at 3pm at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave. This all-ages introduction to contemporary classical music includes a world premiere musical version of Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare"by Patrick Greene, and Michael Gandolfi's "The Piper's Tale." Both pieces will be narrated by New England Cable News anchor Steve Aveson. Among the performers with the Marimba Magic youth percussion ensemble are Claypit Hill School third-grader Mingle Li, Wayland seventh-grader Tamara Lord, and Wayland High School sophomore Stephanie Steltzer.

Lost & Found


Cat Missing from Draper/Glezen Area.   


Dawlish is a 4 year old, male, short hair tabby cat. He went missing from his Draper Rd residence near Glezen Ln on 1/5. He's very affectionate with his owner but scared of strangers so he may try to hide. He's generally better with women than men. He was wearing a blue collar with silver paws prints on it. We miss him very much. If you have any information please call Kathryn at 214-457-3925 (cell) or 508-358-1040 (home). For a larger image, click here or on the picture of the cat.


If there are any updates to this listing, they will be posted here.



PhilanthropyPhilanthropy, Fundraising & Volunteering

How you can help...     


Rail Trail Meeting, Wednesday, February 15 at Town Building 7:30-9pm.  The Friends of the Rail Trail monthly meeting is intended to inform, and drive progress with the trail.   We will start with an update on 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).    We recently received many offers of help.  


A short list of current projects: 
  • Improving safety, and developing a trail maintenance plan for the existing trail
  • Working with DCR to begin removal of tracks and ties
  • Planning events on the Wayland trail and visiting other rail trails
  • Working to improve the Friends website and overall communication

If you would like to help, but can't make this meeting, please email Larry Kiernan at larrykiernan04@gmail.com or call 508-358-2568.  You can sign up for their newsletter at www.waylandrailtrail.org


Sudbury Valley Trustees 18th Annual Benefit Saturday, March 10, 6-11pm at Framingham Sheraton.  Sudbury Valley Trustees' 40 miles of trails in 19 different towns are at center stage for SVT's 18th Annual Benefit, to be held Saturday March 10, 2012. This year's theme, "Hike on Down to the Trail Mixer" will celebrate the trail systems SVT members and the general public roam, ramble, and trek year round. SVT works to keep trails in safe and usable condition.  The evening's festivities will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dining, and dancing. A perennial favorite of the program is a lively silent auction, which is supported by local businesses and artisans. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, last year's auction raised over $24,000, which supports SVT's land conservation efforts. Area residents are invited to attend the benefit to support the land protection efforts of Sudbury Valley Trustees in our community. To purchase tickets, or to inquire about auction donations, corporate sponsorship, or hosting a table, please contact Nancy Hallen or Michael Sanders at 978-443-5588 or go to www.svtweb.org/benefit


Planning under way for Late Night 2012 at Wayland High. Planning under way for Late Night 2012 at Wayland High. 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 local businesses have contributed to create a fun, alcohol and drug-free chaperoned party for the Wayland High School juniors to be together immediately afterthe Junior Prom. All Wayland High School juniors are invited to this event, whether they attend the prom or not. 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. The Late Night committee is looking for volunteers - anyone interested should please contact Late Night 2012 Committee Chairs Deb Mead or Susan Longfritz. Tax-deductible donations are also welcome. Please send donations via check payable to Wayland PTO and send to JoAnn Leavitt, 9 Woodridge Road, Wayland MA 01778, or feel free to visit the Wayland PTO website to make an online donation.


WHS Sailing Team seeks boat trailer donation. The WHS Sailing Team is preparing for its second season on Lake Cochituate.  We are in need of a boat trailer in order to get the boats back to the water.  If you have an unused boat trailer that you are willing to donate, we would greatly appreciate it and will provide a tax donation receipt in return!  The trailer needs to have at least a 56' wheel base and be rated for 1500 pounds.  Contact Susan Memoli, WHS Sailing Team Faculty Advisor at 508-358-7746.


Selectmen seek volunteers for Substance Abuse Prevention Committee. The Wayland Board of Selectmen approved a resolution establishing a 5 person committee to report to the Town any action that should be taken with regard to the community's substance abuse prevention efforts through WaylandCares, and what steps it recommends the Town take to assure that this community-wide coalition work continue. The committee shall be comprised of FIVE (5) members appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Board of Selectmen for ten months, ending October 31, 2012 of with preference given to individuals with professional expertise in substance abuse prevention; social work; strategic planning; business and non-profit organization development and grant writing. If you or someone you know would like a position on this committee we urge you to contact us for more information about the work of this committee, or apply to the Board of Selectmen.


Apply now! Interviewing for SOAR 55 Nonprofit Management Consultant Spring Training. Training begins in March. SOAR 55 is currently accepting applications from former and current (part-time) executives/professionals with consulting expertise (marketing/development experience a plus) whose purpose is to provide management and capacity building assistance to nonprofits through the award winning SOAR 55 Nonprofit Management Consulting Group program, generously funded through the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. The group works in teams of 3 on assignments lasting 6-9 months and requires approximately 25 hours a month when on assignment. Qualified candidates will be interviewed and those selected will participate in a comprehensive 55-hour training program over a 10-week period beginning in March. Ongoing support is provided while on assignment. This is an opportunity to join a group of executive leaders who enjoy working as part of a team and are excited by bringing ideas to solving organizational problems. Use your skills, connect with others in purposeful endeavor and make a difference in your community. Please email Sharon Levinson or call 617-969-5906, ext. 356 . Please visit us at online here. Click here for details.


375th Celebration Committee invites involvement. Wayland is going to have a year-long celebration-a 375th birthday bash-and we need your help to plan the party! The 375th committee will host a year-long celebration for our town beginning in June 2013 and ending in June 2014. The committee will plan some major events and we invite all Wayland groups, organizations, and individuals to plan events for your own group or for the whole town related to the larger celebration. Some activities will be free while the cost of others will be paid by those attending the events. With the celebration beginning in about 18 months, it is time to shift to a higher gear. Each of our meetings for the next few months will focus on a specific theme of the celebration. We invite anyone or any organization interested in that area to come to that meeting to share your ideas. Click here to learn more about the themes and plans. We hope you will leave the meeting committed to carrying out an activity or event for the big celebration. All meetings are held in the Town Building at 7pm.


February is COA Food Drive Month for the Parmenter Food Pantry.  Please bring in any items you would like to donate and place them in the decorated box at the COA. Needed items include canned fruits, vegetables and soups. Also needed is cereal, tea, pasta, pasta sauce, canned tuna,  peanut butter, paper goods (including toilet paper and paper towels).  


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


Becoming a tutor of English. Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours. Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. Program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on February 29. The class will meet in the Raytheon Room at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 - 12:30. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20. For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can email Ginny Steel or call her at 508-358-7517.


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



MeetingsUpcoming Meetings  
See the Town Website's Calendar online here.  Check there for the latest updates, as meetings noted below could have been updated since we captured them on February 2. 


Preview of Board of Selectmen Meeting, Monday, February 13

The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, February 13 in Town Building.
The selectmen will convene briefly in the Selectmen's Meeting Room to review the agenda before recessing to attend the Finance Committee's proposed fiscal 2013 budget presentation. The FinCom will review slides covering the budget guidelines, budget review process, funding sources for operating and capital budgets, and steps leading to Town Meeting.

After the presentation, the board will return to receiving public comment and then consider and approve the consent calendar.

At approximately 8pm, Superintendent Ed Bouquillon and members of the Minuteman School Committee leadership will provide information about their academic and vocational-technical programs, review the proposed fiscal 2013 district budget, discuss enrollment trends, and scope of the future capital building project. The selectmen will also learn more about the article proposing the establishment of a stabilization fund for the school district for capital maintenance needs, and consider the appointment of a Wayland resident to serve on the Minuteman School Building Committee.

Later, the board will consider establishing a temporary advisory committee to make recommendations on amenities to the town green at Town Center; appoint a finance subcommittee to assist the 375th Anniversary Commemoration Committee; and approve a modification to the mission statement of the Cable Television Advisory Committee to clarify limits on responsibility for the MAN (the network connecting municipal and school buildings).

Next, the selectmen will review the status of various articles submitted for inclusion in the 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. It is customary that the text of some articles are modified to achieve stated goals and meet legal requirements during the vetting process that is ongoing through the printing of the warrant in mid-March. Petitioners advocating for a change in the mode of selecting the Finance Committee and to the budget preparation and review process will discuss potential amendments to the article. The board will consider the order of articles for the warrant.

The selectmen will then review correspondence before listening to the weekly report of Town Administrator Fred Turkington and previewing the schedule and agenda topics for the next several meetings. The selectmen will then offer their reports and concerns, including an update on continuing efforts to improve financial reporting and a discussion on possible modifications to the mitigation agreement for the Danforth Green housing project off Old Connecticut Path just over the town line in Framingham. Recent interest in reducing the size of the project and offering new benefits to both towns are tied to requests for changes in the mitigation plan.

The meeting begins at 7pm in the Selectmen's Meeting Room. 
Meetings for the upcoming weeks.  [Note: all meetings are at Town Building unless otherwise noted.]  

Monday, February 13

  • Operational Review Committee, 6pm.  Discuss and approve BASE/FDK expense reclassification and response to TAG, discuss and decide path forward regarding to TAG-recommended Revolving Fund entries, and also status of these entries re: the proposed 2007-12 Revolving Fund Audit Article, Discuss whether a report to ATM summarizing the restatement project is necessary, and whether another ORC meeting will be necessary prior to the expiration of the Charter.
  • Board of Selectmen, 7pm (see above)
  • Board of Public Works, 7pm.  (Attend the Finance Committee Meeting
    Note: No Board of Public Works items will be discussed at this meeting. This posting is simply to allow a quorum of Board of Public Works members to attend this meeting.)
  • Finance Committee, 7pm.  Presentation of FY2013 Proposed Budget, ATM 2012: discussion of warrant articles, vote FinCom positions, hear from petitioners on articles to amend code re: budget preparation and review and resolution to audit School fee based programs, FY2013 budget discussion (operating and capital) including general discussion of items and funding sources and vote, if necessary.
  • School Committee, 7pm
  • Board of Health, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: Joint meeting with the Finance Committee for the presentation of the draft FY2013 budget, discussion regarding Wayland Water Department proposed Network Meter Reading System
Tuesday, February 14
Wednesday, February 15
  • Design Working Group, 7:30am
  • Public Ceremonies Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes: discussion of 2011 LMC Award to Ms Barbra M. Sheffles, discussion and planning for 2012 LMC Award and Nominations, discussion of an appropriate memorial for George Dergalis and
    Jim Burkley at Veterans Memorial Garden.
Thursday, February 16
  • Wayland Housing Authority, 7pm
  • Conservation Commission, 7:30pm
  • Planning Board, 7:30pm.  Public Hearing RE: Zoning BY-LAW AMENDMENTS
    The Wayland Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 16,
    2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Planning Board Office, Wayland Town Building, 41
    Cochituate Road, Wayland, Massachusetts, 01778. The subject of this hearing will be proposed amendments to the Wayland Zoning Bylaw, which will be considered at the 2012 Wayland Annual Town Meeting on April 9, 2012.
  • Historic District Commission, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: Design Review Guidelines, update on Intersection Construction, 375th Anniversary Planning
Thursday, February 23
  • Town Meeting Procedures Subcommittee, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: Review of Moderator's Rules, general discussion of Town Meeting Procedures, discussion of Town Meeting venue and logistics.


News and Events from the Council on Aging, including:  

  • Friday Movie Matinee (2/24 Dolphin Tale, 2/29 (a Wednesday), Leap Year) 
  • $2 Warm Up Luncheon 
  • Vokes Theater Free Dress Rehearsal 
  • Wayland Community Pool Open House and Aqua Fit Class
  • What's In Your Attic? 
  • COA's Annual Wearing O' The Green 
  • Drive Through Free Recycling Event

Holiday Library Hours:  The Library will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Presidents' Day.  


Plan for summer at Wayland Community Pool.  Make your summer plans now! REDUCED SUMMER PRICES from now until May 15th. Swim all summer for one low price. Family rates as low as $395 and senior rates as low as $175. Visitwww.waylandcommunitypool.org for other specials and more information on spring swim lessons and spring swim team.   


Passport to Paris and Beyond: After-School Program Registering Now. An after-school program for Wayland Middle School students interested in cooking together and exploring French culture, music, and language is being offered once again for Grades 6, 7, and 8 students. The class - Passport to Paris and Beyond, An Exploration of Francophone Cuisine, Culture, and Language - debuted in the fall, and many of the students expressed interest in continuing. All new projects and recipes will be tried in the second round of classes set to begin Friday, March 2. Held in the Wayland Middle School from 3:15-4:30 pm, the class is led by Wabe Yurek, who is on staff at Loker School and with the BASE program. Prior to joining the Wayland school district, he taught French toseventh and eighth graders at the Lincoln School in Brookline. He has also taught English in France and Guadeloupe to Grades 3-12 students. The fee for the six classes is $90. Dates are March 2 through April 13, and the class is offered through Community Education, Wayland School Community Programs. Fall students are welcome to return since the program will be different from the recently completed one. Through the program, children have a chance to learn about a culture through its food. Those already studying French can expand their knowledge while newcomers can explore a new language. Preparing food and dining together as they explore new and different recipes offers many socialization opportunities for the middle school student as well. To register: Call 508-655-6403 or go to the website for forms. Registration forms are available online here.


Wayland Youth Soccer Registration for Spring 2012. Registration for the spring 2012 season is available on-line at http://www.waylandsoccer.org/ or can be picked up at the Recreation Department at the Town Building. Don't delay! We will be starting to form the intramural teams (K through 2) very soon. We expect to have teams this spring for all grade levels Kindergarten through the 12. Our emphasis at all levels is for kids to have fun learning to play soccer and to making new friends. And it is never too late to begin! For further information go to their website.


Wayland Police Offering 'Cop Cards' Again. "Cop Cards" are back. A new set of collectible trading cards featuring members of the Wayland Police Department are now available at Claypit Hill School, Happy Hollow School, Loker School, Liberty Pizza and The Public Safety Building.


Winter 2012 Bereavement Support from Parmenter. Parmenter is offering: Journaling Your Way Through Grief (February 11), Bereavement Group (eight week support group) and HEARTplay (for children age 3-12). All programs are held at Parmenter. Click here for more details.


WSCP Announces Special Events for Vacation Week Program. The four-day February Vacation Week program offered through Wayland School Community Programs at Loker School will feature a field trip or special event each day. The Schedule includes Big Joe, Ryan Family Amusement, Animal Adventures and Trombetta's Farm. For information, call 508-655-6403, email Rosemarie Teti, or check here for registration forms. The week's calendar is online here.


Business and Finance Information Survey Attention Wayland Library Business Collection users. We're trying to make the Business and Finance collection work better for you, and we're interested in what sources you use in print and electronically, and what sources and/or subjects you'd like us to develop further. It would really help us out if you would fill out our survey about this on Facebook. And while you're here, please like our Facebook page. We use the page to post items of interest and we wouldn't want you to miss out on programming, reader's advisory, or any odds and ends. To complete the survey, go to our Facebook page or follow the links on our website.


WaylandWells website introduced. The members of the former Wayland Wellhead Protection Committee announce the launching of their new website, WaylandWells.com, a comprehensive repository of information about Wayland's drinking water supply. Created in an effort to inform and energize the public to protect the town's most precious resource, the site provides access to hundreds of public documents, including a vast array of maps, pictures, reports, recommendations and links.


State Representative Conroy Announces Upcoming "Ask the Rep" Show on Local Cable. Representative Tom Conroy is pleased to announce the next broadcast of "Ask the Rep" on Wednesday, February 29 from 7:30 - 8:00 pm. "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. Call in during the show at 508-358-3472 or email your questions before February 28 to Thomas.Conroy@mahouse.gov. 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. Representative Tom Conroy is pleased to announce his local office hours in Lincoln, Sudbury, and Wayland for the month of February, 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 Tuesday, February 14 in Wayland are 3:30-4 at Wayland Library.


Library Art Exhibits:

  • Kazarian Photographs:  In February, the library foyer features the photographs of Ronna Horwitz Kazarian. Kazarian is a resident of Wayland whose interest in photography dates back to her college days. She has developed her photographic vision by combining photography with her yoga and meditation practice. She says that her focus is capturing that special moment, truly seeing, and being in the present. In 2011, Ronna embarked on a year-long project photographing daily: people, places, and the natural world.
  • Arts/Wayland Photographers: In February the Raytheon Room will contain the work of photographers who are members of Arts/Wayland. 

Wayland resident's photos on display in Cambridge. Rick Colson photographs secrets, unveiling our fears and fantasies in eerie intriguing images. The Wayland resident juxtaposes color photos of offbeat scenes from everyday life with ironic snippets of text that subvert viewers' expectations, leaving them to wonder what they're seeing and how they're supposed to feel about it.


Call for Nominations for 2012 Lydia Maria Childs Award. The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee has traditionally brought to the Town's Annual Meeting, under Article 1, the names of citizens and/or volunteer organizations to be recognized for their contributions to the Town's governance, to our community's quality of life, or to serving important needs among our townspeople. In 2009 this honor was named the Lydia Maria Child for outstanding citizenship. Maria was a national heroine for abolition, equality and human rights who resided in Wayland in the mid nineteenth century. In response to citizen request, any resident may submit nominations for this award. The candidate nominated may be a resident or local group, an organization or an employee of the town. The Public Ceremonies Committee invites all Wayland residents to offer nominations for this honor. Each candidate is given serious deliberation. For consideration this year a nomination must be received by March 1, 2012. 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.


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


Athletic Concussion Policy Under Review by School Committee. The Wayland School Committee is reviewing the Athletic Concussion Policy (JJIF). If you would like to review the current and proposed wording of this policy, the policy is posted online (or available from the Superintendent's office in the Wayland Town Building). Wayland residents and other interested parties are encouraged to offer oral and/or written comments and reactions to the School Committee regarding the proposed policy changes. At a future meeting, it is the intent of the School Committee to take action on Policy JJIF. All School Committee meetings begin at 7pm in the School Committee Room on the second floor of the Town Building and are open to the public. The School Committee reviews all of its policies annually and periodically writes new ones or revises existing ones. For more information concerning these changes call Superintendent Paul Stein at 508-358-3763.


Annual Town Meeting and Town Election Process.  Key dates include:

  • Tuesday, January 17 at 4:30pm - deadline for submission of articles at Selectmen's Office
  • Monday, January 23 at 7pm - Finance Committee article hearing, Town Building
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4pm - deadline for submission of sponsor's and petitioner's comments for publication in ATM Warrant
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 4pm - last day for candidates to submit nomination papers for offices contested at town election
  • Wednesday, February 15 at 4pm - deadline for submission of sponsor's and petitioner's comments for publication in ATM Warrant
  • Wednesday, March 14 - last day to register to vote in town election 
  • Tuesday, March 20 or Wednesday, March 21 - postal delivery of 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant
  • Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm - Annual Town Meeting Warrant Hearing, Large Hearing Room in Town Building
  • Tuesday, April 3 - Annual Town Election - polls open 7am-8pm. 
  • Monday, April 9 at 7:30pm - Annual Town Meeting begins, Middle School gymnasium
A complete schedule of Annual Town Meeting and Annual Town Election activities and events is posted online here. The Town will post town meeting-related documents as each becomes available. You can also find links and background information for major projects destined for this or future town meetings at the quick link on the left-hand side of the home page entitled Projects Destined for Town Meeting 



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


Wayland Wellness Summit, Sunday, March 18.  The first Wellness Summit is being planned for all adults and Middle and High School Students in the Wayland Community.  A variety of topics will be presented, including nutrition, concussion-related risks, sexuality, managing stress, preparing teens for college life, information regarding alcohol and marijuana, social host laws, marijuana legislation, in-control driving, and toxins in personal products, among others.  Complete details will be posted on WaylandCares' website, www.waylandcares.org, and registration will be open in January.  This program is sponsored by WaylandCares, The Friends of Wayland Youth and Family Services, Wayland Public Schools, and the Board of Health.


Frank Smith: Boccaccio and His Age: Thursday afternoon, March 1, will mark the start of a six-week course with Frank Smith. He will take us to Italy in the 1300's, the century of transition from the medieval era to the dawn of the Renaissance. Attendees are encouraged to read The Decameron by Boccaccio (Penguin Classics, 2nd edition, translated by G.H. McWilliams). You may sign up at Circulation Desk in February. 


Write to Remember: At the Library's next Great Presenters program on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30pm, Misha Chowdhury, a local artist and teacher, will lead us in an exploration about how we can begin to put ourselves and our communities back together through the act of writing. Misha describes himself as a queer Bengali poet, singer, and performer. He says that he received his mantra, "Story Comes First," in a Wayland High School theater rehearsal and has been living his responsibility to story ever since. Misha is a Kundiman Fellow, and he recently returned from a Fulbright Creative Writing Fellowship in Calcutta, his city of origin, resulting in a collection of new poems. He currently teaches humanities, music, and theater at Meridian Academy in Brookline.


Wading Through the Paper Mess. Are you drowning in catalogs, magazines, and other mail? Can you find the warrantee for your overflowing washer? Tax time is here-are your records in order? Learn a quick and easy system for reducing the height of your paper stacks, and preventing new ones, at this hands-on workshop, led by professional organizer Gail R. Shapiro. Bring a large pile of papers, which will be organized by the time you leave. Space is limited in the workshop, so please contact Gail Shapiro (508-655-4473 or gail@gailshapiro.com ) to register. Monday February 27, from 10-11:30 a.m.


Selling Your Home in Perilous Times. Local realtor Brian Cichella will present information on understanding the relationship between the assessed value of your home versus its current fair market value and pricing your home with full knowledge of the current housing market to realize the greatest return. He will also talk about things both large and small that you can do to prepare your home for sale at the highest amount possible. Wednesday, March 7, 7-8:30 p.m.

EventsEvents & Happenings


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


Most Tuesdays, Tuesday Morning Storytime, Wayland Library, 10:30-11am. Morning Storytimes continue most Tuesdays from 10:30-11 a.m. for ages 0-5. Our interactive program encourages learning, socialization, and fun. Registration is not required. 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.


Wednesday, February 15, Race to Nowhere screening and discussion, Wayland Town Building, 7pm. This free event is designed for parents of preschool-age children and is co-sponsored by two Wayland Center early childhood programs. Registration is required through this link. The Children's Way Director Cheryl Fertig and Wayland Creative Preschool Director Susanne Geiger are hoping the viewing and discussion will stimulate dialogue about child-rearing issues. For complete details, click here.


Wednesday, February 15, Open Mic Night at the Chat, Dudley Chateau, 8-11pm. Come to play, come to listen! From Blue Grass to Jazz, Rock to Irish Traditionals, you never know what you'll hear! Guitarist, singers, instrumentalists (solo or duo only without advance notice) are encouraged to attend and will have 20 minutes to perform to a very supportive audience! Everyone's musical tastes and abilities will be met with warm applause! Musicians may show up any time that evening and sign up for an available time block (or sign up in advance via e-mail to waylandopenmic@gmail.com). All are encouraged to come early, and stay late, to enjoy the great food and drink that The Dudley Chateau has to offer, and to hear talented musicians. Vocalists requesting accompaniment may send music in advance to same e-mail - guitar only. Microphones and PA will be set up. All musicians 16+ are welcome to perform. After 9pm all musicians must be 18+.


Thursday, February 16, SVT Book Club, Wolbach Farm. SVT invites you to participate in its book club. More information can be found online here. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 at Wolbach Farm, where the group will be discussing Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce. The authors have agreed to join this meeting on conference call. The SVT Book Club selections have been leaning towards the classic naturalists; however, the direction of the group is ever changing. The book club meets on Thursdays every six weeks. If you wish to join the group or learn more please email Doug Seale or call 508-481-2281.


Thursday, February 16, BEElieve Bee Enthusiasts Group, 7:30pm. Wayland BEElieve, organized by Transition Wayland, is a group of bee enthusiasts who want to support beginning and advanced beekeepers, help others in Wayland get started, exchange stories and experience, organize to educate the public about bees, and pool orders for bees and beekeeping supplies. Place TBA. For more info, email  kaat@transitionwayland.org or check the Transitions website.



Friday, February 17, Great Decisions, Wayland Library, 9:15am. The topic under discussion will be Middle East Realignment. The popular revolts and upheaval of the Arab Spring have radically changed the face of the Middle East. What lies ahead for the Middle East's transition to democracy? What are the prospects for the governments that have held out in this new order? With many longtime U.S. allies ousted, how will the U.S. recalibrate its relations with the new regimes?



Sunday, February 19, Spotlight on Wayland Police Department, Wayland Library, 2pm. In the library's Raytheon Room, Wayland Police Chief Bob Irving will give a presentation on the history of the Wayland Police Department. Sponsored by the Wayland Historical Society. 



Tuesday, February 21, Jimmy Tingle on "Using Humor to Participate in the National Conversation", First Parish Meeting House, 7:30pm. Join us for a discussion with political comedian Jimmy Tingle, as he addresses the Walden Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. The Walden Forum is held at the First Parish Meeting House, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27. For 30 years Jimmy Tingle has been writing, performing, booking, marketing, and producing his one-person comedy and theatrical shows for colleges, corporations, social groups, and audiences from America and Great Britain to Canada and Australia. He is one of the top social and political humorists in America and will discuss his career and the fact that comedians can sometimes drive political debate. They are doing the job in ways that journalists cannot. He also will talk to us about his bid for the Presidency of the United States of America. It is no joke, or is it? With the crazy spin cycle of news today can humor and satire be our real source for the facts? This will be a serious discussion about political humor today in Jimmy Tingle's unique and inimitable funny way. It's about the importance of humor in politics today from his perspective. Are comedians today truly driving political debate? Is it a sign of the times? For complete details, click here.


Wednesday, February 22, Toe Jam Puppet Band, Wayland Library, 3-4pm. The Youth Services Department will host the Toe Jam Puppet Band's Winter Variety Show, featuring an appearance from Vinny's extraordinary puppet creation who blows a snowstorm through its nose! The show also includes a Penguin Line Dance and a variety of Toe Jam's favorite interactive songs, dances and puppet shows. Ages 3 and up. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


Friday, February 24, Holiday Week Craft Program, Wayland Library, 1-3pm. Using paper, kids will create a winter scene, play with origami fortune tellers, make a room decoration, and more. This is a drop-in craft program for children ages 4 and up, with librarian Elise Katz. Children 8 and under must be attended by an adult.



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