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In the News...

News from the past week 
  • Selectmen Hear About New Plans for Old Housing Project. Wayland's Board of Selectmen Monday night learned about the current status of a project last in discussion several years ago. The Danforth Housing Project in Framingham, just over the Wayland line on Old Connecticut Path, is back under negotiation, with some changes, after having been tabled for a number of years. On Monday, Roy MacDowell, a representative with Baystone Development, met with selectmen, representatives from several other Wayland boards, and individuals familiar with the history of the project through their involvement several years ago. His company is in talks with both Framingham and Wayland to develop the project and has the land, adjacent to the Pod Meadow Conservation Area, under agreement.

  • A Conversation With Running Great Alberto Salazar. (with Audio) Alberto Salazar is one of the top distance runners in American sports history. He got his start at Wayland High School in Massachusetts, where he was a state cross country champion. He went on to earn All American status at the University of Oregon, won three straight New York City Marathons and also the 1982 Boston Marathon. He qualified for the Olympics twice and finished 15th in the marathon in the 1984 games in London. Today, Salazar runs the Nike Oregon Project, coaching some of the top runners in the nation, including Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein. Here and Now's Alex Ashlock spoke to Salazar this week in Boston, and asking him first about the marathon team the U.S. will send to London this summer.

  • Claypit Teacher Wins Johnson Travelship Award. Robbin Rossi's three children will get to see places of their birth this summer thanks to an award their mother, a Claypit Hill School first grade teacher, has received. Rossi, a 26-year Wayland Public Schools teacher, Monday afternoon accepted the 2012 Mary L. Johnson Travelship Award during a reception at the Wayland Town Building. The award is given annually to a Wayland Public Schools teacher who "loves children, respects them and helps them grow beyond themselves." It is awarded in memory of Mary Johnson, a Wayland High School graduate who died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988. The Johnson family established the Mary L. Johnson Travelship Award with the insurance money received after her death.

  • Fitness Challenge Means Early Mornings at Happy Hollow Gym. Happy Hollow physical education teacher John Berry doesn't mind a bit of early-morning rambunctiousness if it means teaching his students the importance of leading an active life. Tuesday and Thursday this week, Berry opened the gym at Happy Hollow School before classes started and invited students to start their day with some fun physical activity.

  • Wayland girls swim to DCL title. The unbeaten Wayland girls swimming and diving team secured its fifth straight Dual County League Meet championship before it even recorded a first-place finish. Before the meet's last two events last night at the Atkinson Pool, the Warriors had built a commanding 183-point lead. Only then, did the Warriors finish first in a race when freshman Molly Pierce won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.06. The Warriors then closed the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay with Pierce, her sister Megan, Hallie Cramer, and Saya Higano (who also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke) sealing the victory with a total of 630 points.

  • Destruction of old school continues (18 photos). Destruction of the old Wayland High School began as soon as students and teachers moved into the new buildings but is not expected to be fully completed until fall 2012. On Friday, February 3, 2012, the old Commons came down.

  • Wayland resident publishes first novel. Interviewed by the Town Crier in 2004 after winning the prestigious Stanley Drama Award for aspiring playwrights, Joseph Zaitchik of Wayland joked that "given the fact that he is well beyond the usual age for retirement, it would be more appropriate for him to be described as an expiring playwright." It turns out, however, that seven years later Zaitchik is still an aspiring writer. After a 50-year career as a professor of literature and humanities, for the most part at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and an author of plays, short stories, articles, book reviews and college textbooks, he has finally published his first novel. In the framework of a suspenseful murder mystery, "The Fitting" explores contemporary American values in conflict. Much of the action takes place in a town much like Wayland, where an octogenarian Russian tailor, who had fought at the battle of Stalingrad, is enlisted to help solve a crime.

  • Archdiocese asks Lincoln, Weston and Wayland to share resources. Two local Catholic churches, encompassing hundreds of families in Lincoln and Weston, would share resources and staff with another parish in Wayland under a proposal under consideration by the Archdiocese in Boston. The plan would create 127 so-called "pastoral collaboratives," linking the 290 parishes in the Archdiocese. A typical collaborative would encompass two or three parishes.

  • Hopkinton, Ashland consider merging fire departments amid ongoing budget crunch. Wayland is exploring how to locate a regional compressed natural gas fueling station in town that would also serve Framingham, Lincoln, Natick, and Sudbury.
  • Nothing Found after 'Low-Level Credibility Threat' at WMS. Massachusetts State Police dogs found nothing amiss during their sweep of Wayland Middle School Wednesday afternoon following a bomb threat. Wayland Police Officer Tyler Castagno said a call came into Wayland Middle School Wednesday afternoon just minutes before students were scheduled to dismiss. The caller, according to Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein, said he believed there might be a bomb in the building. Stein said the call had very low credibility, but "it's nonetheless a bomb threat," and it needed to be taken seriously.

  • And the Winner is.... January 20th was the presentation date to the winner of the 32" Panasonic LCD TV that was awarded by the Wayland Business Association (WBA) in support of WayCAM's "Get to Know WayCAM" promotion. Over 375 people participated in WayCAM's survey, and the lucky winner of the TV was Ann Knight, who many of you know is Director of the Wayland Free Public Library. Ann's name was randomly drawn at the WBA's annual Holiday Party in December. Ann is pictured here with Ken Isaacson, president of WayCAM (left), and Michael Abend, president of the Wayland Business Association. WayCAM will be holding a community-wide Open House in Spring 2012, to introduce its new facilities and course offerings. Interested residents of all ages and backgrounds should email Jim Mullane, Executive Director, or call (508) 358-5006. 
  • Selectmen Approve Committee to Study Future of WaylandCares. WaylandCares volunteer Jim Forti and Director Heidi Heilman along with Wayland Youth and Family Services Director Lynn Dowd asked selectmen Monday night to create a new advisory committee dedicated to studying the future of WaylandCares. Selectmen spoke positively about the work of WaylandCares and Joe Nolan added that he hoped the town could provide a "belt and suspenders" to the organization in case grant money did not come through. A unanimous vote in favor of forming the committee ended the discussion. The advisory committee will consist of five members that the Board of Selectmen will appoint and will exist until Oct. 31, 2012. The charge will be to review the accomplishments of WaylandCares as well as its value to the town; make recommendations about future funding structure and organization in order to ensure sustainability; and determine the cost to fund WaylandCares while exploring the possibility of acquiring 501c3 status.
  • Several vehicle burglaries in Wayland last Friday night. During the overnight hours of Friday, Jan. 27 into Saturday, Jan. 28, several burglaries occurred to unlocked motor vehicles, according to Wayland Police. Small electronics and coins were stolen. These burglaries occurred on Plain Road, Farmcrest Lane, Sears Road, Glezen Lane and Graybirch Road. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious persons or activity during the timeframe of these burglaries is asked to contact Detective Chris Cohen at 508-358-4721. Residents are also reminded to lock their motor vehicles.
  • Veteran Wayland Police Officer Retiring After 34 Years. Wayland Police Sgt. Richard Manley said the time has come to pursue a new challenge. Manley, who began serving with the Wayland Police Department as an intern in 1976, is retiring from the department. His last day will be Feb. 3. "I was always infatuated with police work," said Manley, who worked with the Wayland Police Department as part of an early police training program while he was still in high school.
  • Paul Stein: I always liked the values of the people that work here. Dr. Paul Stein has worked in various schools and communities throughout his career; this year, he became the Superintendent of the Wayland Public Schools. Stein started his job as the new superintendent of Wayland on July 1st, 2011, replacing Dr. Gary Burton, who had been the superintendent of Wayland for seventeen years. After attending Cornell University as a math major, Stein discovered where his interests intersected. "I really liked math, but I also felt the need to be with people, so I thought that being a math teacher combined my interests together," he said.
  • Selectmen Approve On-Course Alcohol Sales at Sandy Burr. Wayland's Board of Selectmen Monday night officially approved the sale of beer from mobile carts on the golf course at Sandy Burr Country Club. Sandy Burr General Manager Ken Munsey appeared before the board Jan. 30 for a public hearing as required by the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
  • Wayland selectmen OK serving alcohol at Sandy Burr CC. The Board of Selectmen voted to allow Sandy Burr Country Club to serve alcohol on the grounds of its golf course Monday night, giving official approval to a practice that's been going on for years.
  • Get healthy at upcoming Wellness Summit in Wayland. What is on your radar? That was the question posed to a variety of Wayland parents and students to determine what issues are important to them and what they would like to learn more about. Based on these conversations, WaylandCares and Friends of Wayland Youth and Family Services have designed a program that will address physical, mental and emotional health topics that affect youth and families in our community. All adults and middle school and high school students in the Wayland community are invited to attend. The Wellness Summit will take place on Sunday, March 18, 1-4pm at Wayland High School.
  • Schedule of dismantling old Wayland High School. The Wayland High School Building Committee (HSBC) is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee conference room in the Wayland Town Building. The project team met with neighbors to the High School last week to discuss the next phase of the building project - abatement and demolition of the old buildings. Abatement (removal of asbestos containing materials from the buildings) has been going on since early January and is now complete.
  • First person: Close encounters with monks in Bhutan. On each of my visits to Bhutan, I take many pictures. Photographing people here is a pleasure, as most everyone is a willing subject. Little kids often times clamor, "please take my picture," then act serious or ham it up for the camera. All they want is to see is their image at the back of your digital camera. Those very few people who shoot film always disappoint these young kids.
  • 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.
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.


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. A successful summer raffle and individual donations meant WayCo was able to top the previous three seasons in donations. Since its formation in 2008, WayCo has donated $6,275 to 12 different causes. Donations are made in honor of Daniel G. Burgess, one of four co-founders of the successful softball league. He passed away at age 20 in 2008, and the league is carried on in his memory. 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. Several of the donations were made with specific purposes identified. For example, the donation to the food pantry is used to purchase gift cards to a local grocery story; these are given to families during the holiday season. The high school athletic department was given money to help individual students needing anything from basketball shoes to hockey skates or to help with fees for camps or clinics. A donation to the METCO program was earmarked for families in need during the holidays. WayCo also chose to support the James Griffin Family Fund, which was established in support of late Wayland High School guidance counselor Jim Griffin, who was very special to so many of WayCo's players. WayCo's Board of Directors is especially thankful to Olivia Hanlon, Wayland High School 2011, and Maeve Moynihan, a current senior, for volunteering their time to sell raffle tickets at several venues throughout the summer.


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.


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. 



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

Monday, February 6

  • Board of Public Works, 7pm.  Agenda includes water abatements, irrigation system abatement policy, wireless meter reading program, wellhead protection plan, status of warrant articles, Open Meeting Law complaint filed by George Harris, public records requests.
  • Finance Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes: FY2013 Budget Discussion (operating and capital) including general discussion and vote, if necessary, funding sources, financial projections, discuss budget presentation on Feb 6th and review draft slides, ATM 2012: discussion of warrant articles, vote FinCom positions, hear from Jay Sherry, petitioner - article to revoke/reduce CPA percent.
  • School Committee, 7pm.  Agenda includes: School Committee agenda includes discussion of revolving accounts, outstanding checking accounts, school building use policies/fees, update re: China Exchange Program, FY13 budget book, district goals and future agenda items.

Tuesday, February 7

  • Recreation Commission, 7pm.  Agenda includes: Agenda includes discussion on Intermunicipal Agreement, lighting Cochituate Fields for ice skating, Loker Recreation Area, prioritizing field use masterplan, rail trail discussion.
  • Planning Board, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: discussion on Danforth Project, Town Center Project Site Plan, Rules and Regulations for Affordable Housing, discussion of TM Warrant and articles.
Wednesday, February 8
  • Electronic Voting Implementation Subcommittee, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: introduction of new member (Larry Krakauer), review responses to the Electronic Voting RFP, Discuss predicting the number of needed handsets and check-in stations.
  • Wastewater Management District Commission, 7:30pm.  Agenda includes: Hearing on next year's budget, construction update, letter to DEP: conservation measures and excess flow, capacity increase, leaching field (Town Building)
Monday, February 13
Thursday, February 16


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.


Come swim at the Wayland Community Pool! The Wayland Community Pool Announces: Discover Scuba Fundraiser, Parent/Toddler Swim Lessons and Spring Swim Team! More info and registration online here.


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.


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 Luncheon February 8).  Followed by Creating a Novel with Julie Fay.
  • Friday Movie Matinee, 12:30.  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.


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


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.


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


View our online calendar.

Upcoming Events: 


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


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.   


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.   


Thursday, February 9, Mid-Life Crisis Band to perform to benefit military veterans, The Bone (Framingham). Local band Mid-Life Crisis will be appearing at The Bone (formerly The Chicken Bone Saloon) on Waverly Street in Framingham. The band, which features tight harmonies backed up by strong instrumental work, will cover a variety of songs from the categories of Classic Rock, Rhythm and Blues, New Wave, Grunge, and Blues. A favorite in their home town of Wayland, the band has evolved over the past ten years of their existence, recently adding vocalist Gena Rider of Holliston and welcoming Tim Neves of Natick on harmonicas and vocals. Original members Charlie D'Ambrosio, Bob Lutz and Steve Robb were joined in 2008 by James Winokur. The band will donate all its tips to Guitars4Vets, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of ailing and injured military veterans by providing them with guitars and music instruction.


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.


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, BEElieve Bee Enthusiasts Group, 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 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. 


Weekly Chuckle

Jimmy Fallon




"Over the weekend, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted taking their kids to Cirque du Soleil. It's weird when they take their kids to the circus, because even the clowns are like, "That's a lot of people in one car!""

    --Jimmy Fallon







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