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January 30, 2012



Update on Pelham Island Rd Bridge Project: Town officials received confirmation from state Department of Transportation project managers that the Pelham Island Road bridge will be closed on February 27, 2012. Detour signs will be posted on February 21. At that time, the contractor will begin constructing the temporary utility bridge before relocating the water and gas lines. It is estimated that this work will be complete on or about March 16, at which time the bridge will be temporarily reopened to traffic. On or about May 1, 2012, the roadway will be closed for the actual bridge construction. The project schedule calls for the new bridge to be completed by late November 2012.  For DPW documents on Pelham Island, click here.


If you're interested in running for office in this spring's Town elections, nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk's Office.  Details and a list of offices to be elected are available here.


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In the News...

News from the past week 
  • The long and winding journey to a new school. Walk into any room at the new Wayland High School and you can feel the personality of the place. It's not just the colorful tile or whimsical light fixtures, not the natural light that reaches even interior rooms through skylights, not the multi-hued theater seats or the inviting courtyard benches that make the campus radiate a comfortable liveliness. It's the personalities of the dozens and dozens of people who gave their best efforts to create a place designed to deliver quality education well into the 21st century. The fingerprints of school personnel from superintendent to janitor, townspeople and committee members, parents and students, are everywhere in the design. Together, over a period of a decade, they created a place where children can learn and a community can gather.

  • Wayland Police found a teen with candy-like Cheeba Chews, items sold as medical marijuana in Colorado. Articles on this story:

  • Packed house for Walden Forum on climate change. "People like to call us alarmists," said Kerry Emanuel, professor of atmospheric science at MIT, speaking to more than 150 audience members at First Parish Meeting House in Wayland Center last Thursday at the Walden Forum. "I would say that history shows the exact opposite. Not just in climate science, but across science, we tend to be conservative." Emanuel was pointing to a graph showing various projections of the rate at which arctic sea ice, already receding rapidly, will disappear in coming decades. He noted that even the most "liberal" (that is, alarming) predictions made by climate scientists are proving to be far too conservative.

  • Wayland officials hoping to move ahead on DPW facility. A new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility, an item on the town's capital plan for many years, may be on the road to reality if voters approve various articles at annual Town Meeting in April. The aging facility at 195 Main St. was a topic of discussion Monday night at the Finance Committee hearing on articles submitted for the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. The DPW garage was built in the late 1920s or early 1930s, when the site was also used as a burning landfill. "Its lifespan is expired," said Chris Brown, chairman of the Board of Public Works. Voters approved funding $175,000 at Town Meeting in 2011 to do site evaluation and schematic design for a new DPW garage.

  • A Veteran Wayland Selectmen Not Running for Re-election. Selectmen Tom Fay has announced that he will not be running for re-election this spring.

  • Eco-Art Comes to Wayland's Viva Mexican Grill. An effort that began many months ago is continuing to take shape for Fireseed, a local eco-art organization founded by Dan Balther and Peter Vazquez. On Thursday, Jan. 19, Viva Mexican Grill and Taquileria welcomed guests to an artists' reception and showcase of the new artwork that now brings color and movement to the restaurant's walls. As hungry patrons enjoyed their meal Thursday night, members of the business community and supporters of the arts mingled in the Viva dining room, admiring the art and, later in the night, enjoying live music. Vazquez plays in the band Los Sugar Kings. Paintings by Balter and fellow eco-artist Jason Parris Fitz-Gerald adorn the walls, while lightboxes created by Vazquez glow in the restaurant's entry. Each project looks, from a distance, to be a quality piece of artwork created by traditional means, but closer examination (or perhaps a conversation with the artists) reveals that each piece is created from recycled or repurposed "trash."

  • Budget Prep, Water Enterprise Fund Discussed at Warrant Hearing. Representatives of town boards and committees, lead petitioners and even a few representatives of lead petitioners took to the podium Monday night for the Wayland Finance Committee's 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant hearing. The hearing, held in the Large Hearing Room at Wayland Town Building, was intended to allow members of the Finance Committee and residents to learn more and ask questions about the articles, and was not designed as a time to debate the actual merits of each article.

  • Petitioners want to change budget process. Residents seeking lower taxes and more oversight of the budget proposed a number of annual Town Meeting articles during last night's warrant hearing. The articles follow the fall special Town Meeting when voters reduced taxes for the current fiscal year by $4 million. Now some residents are taking aim at the way the town prepares its operating budget.

  • Wayland native pursuing voice-over career. Ever wonder whose voice you hear when you call a company and get a recorded message like, "For Bob Smith, press one, for Susie Brown, press two?" Have you ever pondered what that person may look like? In today's society we are so used to hearing these voices that we never really stop to think who the person speaking to us is. Rachel Bass, who graduated from Wayland High School in 2002, is making a career out of being one of these voices.

  • Wayland native uses theater background every day. In his classroom at Meridian Academy in Brookline, Wayland native Misha Chowdhury channels lessons he learned from Wayland High School's drama program nearly every day. Chowdhury is a humanities and theater teacher at Meridian Academy, a small, independent school for students in grades 6 to 12, which incorporates progressive, traditional and experiential learning, problem solving and leadership opportunities. Founded in 2005 with a goal to grow to 100 students, Meridian Academy builds curriculum that is interdisciplinary and project-based. Chowdhury uses his love of ensemble theater, which was fostered at Wayland High School, to challenge students through work in humanities courses that combine history and literature.

  • Moody's Affirms Wayland's Aaa Bond Rating. Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aaa rating to the town's $2.51M bonds to be issued and sold on Thursday (January 26) to finance capital equipment and projects.  Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the Aaa rating assigned to the town's $77.4M of outstanding debt.  The Aaa rating reflects the town's continued financial strength, stable tax base containing wealth and income levels that exceed state medians, and a manageable debt position.  (See Moody's analysis here.)

  • Neighbor Brigade Adds Collins and Mavrikos to Its Board of Directors. Neighbor Brigade, a non-profit organization committed to delivering community-based support for neighbors when they need it most, today announced that Susan Collins and James (Jim) Mavrikos have joined its Board of Directors. Collins is an attorney in the real estate law firm of Collins & Collins in Wayland, Mass., and Mavrikos is a director and client advisor at Credit Suisse. They join four other board members, including Neighbor Brigade Co-Founder and Executive Director Pam Washek.

  • Wayland Food Pantry Receives Grant. The Celebration International Church Food Pantry in Wayland received a $1,500 grant from Foundation MetroWest. The grant was a portion of $55,000 awarded to food pantries throughout the MetroWest region from the Foundation's English Family Fund and Herbert and Esther Atkinson Fund.

  • Wayland native graduates from flight school. Wayland native Steven Kinney graduated from flight school in Fort Rucker, Ala., on Jan. 12. Kinney completed intensive training to become a helicopter pilot, piloting the Apache aircraft, which required one-and-a-half years of training and study. He also received his FAA commercial pilot's license giving him the ability to fly aircraft for commercial use.

  • New WayCAM studio open and operating Members of WayCAM's studio building committee met with officials of Middlesex Bank recently, to show off their new facilities. The studio is open and operating since mid-January. Middlesex Bank provided the financing for the project in keeping with its commitment to support community development.

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...     


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.


WayCo Announces 2011 Donations. With a new season just a few short months away, WayCo Amateur Sports Development, Inc., - whose cornerstone program is the WayCo Softball League - announces its recent charitable donations. The non-profit organization donated a total of $2,250 in 2011 to eight different recipients. Recipients in 2011 were: Daniel G. Burgess Memorial Scholarship at Good Shepherd Parish, the Wayland High School Football Program, Parmenter Food Pantry, Wayland Pop Warner Football, the Lauren Astley Memorial Fund, and the Wayland METCO Program. In addition, donations were also made to the Wayland High School Athletics Department and the James Griffin Family Fund. For complete details, click here. 


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. 



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


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 January 28. 


Preview of Board of Selectmen Meeting for Monday, January 30:


The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday, January 30, 2012 in Town Building.
After reviewing the agenda and receiving public comment. Selectmen will conduct a public hearing on the application of Sandy Burr Country Club to permit sale of beer on the golf course during tournaments.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Board will discuss 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. Input from several boards and citizens who participated in negotiations of the 2005 agreement will be heard.

Later, Selectmen will consider creating two temporary advisory committees. The first panel will review the proposed amenities and layout of the town green to be constructed at the Wayland Town Center development. The second group will include stakeholders involved with Wayland Cares program, reviewing programs to determine which might continue if no new grant funds are secured when the current funding expires in 2013.

The Board 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.

Selectmen will then consider the consent calendar and review correspondence before listening to the weekly report of the Town Administrator and previewing of the schedule and agenda topics for the next several meetings. Selectmen will then offer their reports and concerns, including an update on continuing efforts to improve financial reporting and discuss issues related to the construction of Town Center.

The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Selectmen's Meeting Room. 


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

Monday, January 30

  • Board of Selectmen, 7pm.  See above.
  • Board of Assessors, 7:15pm.  Among agenda items: FY12 Abatements (waterfront land discussioon), FY13 Interim (2011 Sales initial report), Full Measure and List.
Tuesday, January 31
  • Community Preservation Committee, 7:30pm.  Among agenda items: Discussion of a citizens' proposal to revoke or amend the CPA in Wayland; review of warrant articles submitted for Town Meeting; status of a proposed development on Town owned land along Rte 20 by the Wayland; Status of a proposal pertaining to housing on Stonebridge Rd by representatives of the Habitat for Humanity; an update on the valuation of the Lee Farm property located along Rte 20.
Thursday, February 2
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7


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.


Lifeguard Training and Scuba Diving at Wayland Community Pool.  The Wayland Community Pool announces Lifeguarding Training Courses and Scuba Diving Lessons.  See Programs and Classes at waylandcommunitypool.org for more info or to register!


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.


Arts/Wayland's Photos in Phebruary Exhibit. Arts/Wayland is happy to announce its second annual photography exhibit, Photos in Phebruary. The exhibit will run throughout the month of February, at the Wayland Library. The show's reception will be hosted on Sunday, February 12th, from 2pm to 4pm. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact artnews@artswayland.com or visit www.artswayland.com


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.


Council on Aging Newsletter.  Click here for information on:

  • Warm Up Wednesday Luncheons (January 25 and Feb 8).  These are followed by presentations (State Circuit Breaker and Property Tax Relief on January 25 and Creating a Novel with Julie Fay on February 8)
  • Friday Movie Matinee, 12:30.  Moneyball on January 27 and Crazy, Stupid Love on February 10.
  • COA Food Drive Month for Parmenter Food Pantry 

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.


Come swim at the Wayland Community Pool! Now offering...swimming and diving lessons, swim team, masters swimming, triathlon training, family and lap swim, water exersize and more... (Introduction to scuba coming soon!)  Year round and seasonal passes available.  Visit waylandcommunitypool.org for more details.


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 


Madhubani Painting Exhibit.  In January, the Raytheon Room contains an exhibit of paintings on fabric/paper by artist Sunanda Sahay based on an ancient Indian folk art tradition. 



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


Bee Enthusiasts to meet on February 16, 7:30-9pm. 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 website: http://www.transitionwayland.org/beelieve




Introduction to Jewish Prayer. Do you have questions about Jewish prayer? What is the prayer service all about? What is the meaning of the prayers? Why should we pray? What is the story behind the prayers? This seven-session class taught by Rabbi Katy Allen and beginning Monday, February 13 will address these and other questions about Jewish prayer. Each session will be devoted to three topics: learning prayerbook Hebrew, addressing the structure of the prayer service and the meaning and history of the fixed prayers, and discussing what prayer is, why we pray, what to expect (or not) from prayer, and how to approach prayer. The class will meet one to two times per month at a private home in Wayland. All are welcome. A donation is requested. For more information or to register, email Rabbi Katy Allen or call 508-358-5996.


Holiday Week Craft Program. 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. Friday, February 24, from 1-3 p.m. Children 8 and under must be attended by an adult.


Toe Jam Puppet Band. On Wednesday, February 22, from 3-4 p.m. 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.


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.


newsletterGreat Decisions
. The next meeting of the Great Decisions group will be on Friday, February 17, at 9:15am, and 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?  



Spotlight on Wayland Police Department: On Sunday, February 19, at 2 p.m. 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.

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. 

EventsEvents & Happenings


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Tuesdays in January, Tuesday Morning Storytime, Wayland Library, 10:30-11am. Morning storytimes continue most Tuesdays for ages 0-5. However Storytime will take a break over the last week of December and the first week of January. 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.  


Monday, January 30, Navigating the Path to Independence: A Speaker Series for Adults with Disabilities and Their Families -- How to Find Jobs that Work for People with Disabilities, Wayland Library, 7pm. Barbara Bissonnette, C.E.C. will explain how long-term vocational success for individuals with disabilities, particularly disabilities that are not obvious to others, requires an atypical approach to career research and employment preparation. Bissonnette, who specializes in career development coaching for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, as well as other disabilities. She will share examples from client cases that illustrate how careful career planning, self-awareness, and an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act can lead to sustained employment.  Seminars will run from 7-8:30 PM at the Library on the last Monday of each month. For information on the compete series, click here.

Wednesday, February 1, Health Care Forum, Sudbury Town Hall, 7pm. State Representative Tom Conroy invites area residents to join him for a Health Care Forum. The forum will provide participants an opportunity to learn about health care reform proposals being considered at the state level, as well as an opportunity to share their perspectives and ask questions. Topics to be covered include health care cost containment, single payer, quality enhancement, information management, prevention efforts, and national health care reform. As Vice Chair of the Health Care Financing Committee, Representative Conroy has been actively engaged in health care issues at the State House and is working with his colleagues in the legislature to create a new health care reform bill to reduce health care costs and improving quality of care. For more information, or to submit questions in advance, please email State Representative Tom Conroy (or phone: 617-722-2430). 


Wednesday, February 1, Wayland High School Solo and Chamber Concert, Wayland High School, 7:30pm. Please join us for the first performance on the new Wayland High School Auditorium's "Main Stage" on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 7:30pm. The annual WHS Solo and Chamber Concert will feature chamber ensembles including the Honors Concert Choir, Honors Sinfonia Orchestra with cello soloist, Andrew Laven, and many others. Free and open to the public. Come enjoy the new space and acoustics while selections are performed by some of Wayland's finest young talent!


Thursday, February 2, Transition 2.0, Wayland Senior Center, 7pm. Bring your favorite popcorn and celebrate the pre-premiere of the new movie In Transition 2.0. In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You'll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It's an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing salads in unexpected places. And the reason Transition Wayland gets to show the movie before it is released internationally, is that we are in it!  Free and for everyone. 

Saturday, February 4 (rescheduled from January 7), SVT Cross Country Ski outing around Memorial Forest in Sudbury, 11am-1pm.  Led by SVT Land Protection Specialist Susan Crane. (This is the same outing originally offered in early January and re-scheduled due to lack of snow). The extensive and varied trail system of old-woods roads through forests and wetlands at the Memorial Forest makes it accessible to all kinds of nature lovers with little impact on the natural resources. Bring your skis and get in some great outdoor winter exercise. This program is weather dependent - dependent on snow that is. This program is designed for experienced cross country skiers. Participants must provide their own equipment. Registration required. Members: Free, Non-Members: $10. Register at www.svtweb.org/events-calendar or call 978-443-5588. 


Monday February 6, Evening Book Group, Wayland Library, 7-9pm. This month's book is Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. For a description of this year's books, click here


Tuesday, February 7, Great Presenters Series: ACUPUNCTURE 101 - THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW, 7:30-9pm. With Janine Agoglia, L.Ac. People are turning to acupuncture more frequently to battle a whole host of acute and chronic health problems. But why? How can sticking needles in the body actually make someone feel better? Come find out the ins and outs of acupuncture, its basic theories and what happens in the body when the needles go in. Feel free to bring questions. For complete details (on this all events in the series), click here.


Thursday, February 9, Needlework/Handwork Group, Wayland Library, 10-11:30am. This is a group, facilitated by Ann Moses, that meets monthly in the library's Raytheon Room. The group is for people to work on needlework and handwork projects together.   


Friday, February 10, Noontime Book Group, Wayland Library.  The book to be discussed is A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. 


Friday, February 10, Little Theatre Concert Series, Wayland High School, 8pm. Luigi Boccia, tenor, Arthur McManus, piano. Mr. Boccia will present an all-Italian program that highlights the breadth and wealth of Italian vocal music from antiquity (arie antiche) through the 20th century. All of our concerts are free and open to all. You can always check the latest concert information at www.waylandconcerts.org.


Sunday, February 12, Photos in Phebruary Art Exhibit, Wayland Library, 2-4pm. Arts/Wayland is happy to announce its second annual photography exhibit, Photos in Phebruary. The exhibit will run throughout the month of February, at the Wayland Library. The show's reception will be hosted on Sunday, February 12th, from 2pm to 4pm. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please email artnews@artswayland.com or visit www.artswayland.com.

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"When you get wet, it usually means something good."  

    --Bill Belichick,
    on how he feels about Gatorade showers






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