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Stephen Winthrop, Who Has ALS, Elected Chair of ALS Association Board of Trustees

ALS Association Blog 4/21/17: Stephen Winthrop, Who Has ALS, Elected Chair of ALS Association Board of Trustees. The ALS Association today announced the election of Stephen Winthrop as Chair of The ALS Association Board of Trustees. Stephen was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 and joined the Board in 2015. He replaces Doug Butcher, who will remain a member of the Board.

Wayland once again named a Best Community for Music

For the 8th year in a row, Wayland was selected as a “Best Community for Music” by NAMM Foundation. Wayland was one of 15 school districts in Massachusetts, and 527 selected nationwide.

5th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive, June 10

Leukemia is a blood cancer. During his illness, Eric needed many, many blood products–whole blood, packed red cells & platelets.

The past four years were a huge success with enough blood donated to help 1,200 people!

Sign Up for a time to Donate Blood online here

Wayland, Lincoln and Sudbury were accepted into the Solarize Mass program

This was made official on April 19.  Next is the selection and announcement of an Installer(s) for Solar PV and Solar Hot Water in June, at which point the six-month sign-up period will begin. If you haven’t yet, please fill in our survey (here). If you are a candidate for solar, leave your email address in the comment box at the end of the survey, or email Then you’ll be among the first to be contacted when we’re ready to go. More information online here.

Save A Dog’s 17th Annual Dog Walk: Paws in the Park 2017

Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm (Rain or Shine)
at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

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Come join us and many other dog lovers for a day filled with family and canine fun while helping us raise money for homeless dogs! We are thrilled to have Paws in the Park at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.

Some of the activities that will be running throughout the day include an Agility Try-out ring, A Parade of Adoptable Dogs, Doggie Games, face painting for the kids, a silent auction, food, exhibitors, and more.

Registration begins at 10:00am. Group Walk: 11:00am – 12:00pm.
Admission: $10 per adult, $5 for Children ages 5-12, free for Children under 5. (admission is waived if you have raised a comparable amount in pledges).

Plan Ahead for a Fun Day!

  • Rain or shine, dress for the weather!
  • Bring your dog if he/she will enjoy being around other people or dogs.
  • Keep your dog on a 6 ft. or shorter leash. For safety’s sake, please, no retractable leashes.
  • Be courteous and responsible – please clean up after your dog. Bags will be available.
  • Walk the course only if you and your dog are in adequate physical condition to walk 1 mile.
  • Water will be provided for both dogs and people at the walk mid-point. Even if you are not thirsty, be sure to let your dog have plenty of access to the provided water.

News and Events from the Wayland Library, April 21, 2017



The Friends of the Wayland Public Library will sponsor their Spring Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  There will also be a preview for members of the Friends on Friday, April 28, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Memberships will be available at the sale starting at 4:30 p.m.

Sale items include delicious baked goods and thousands of quality books in good condition for children and adults.  All proceeds go to support Library programs and services. The sale will be held in the Large Hearing Room in the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road. Donations of books will be accepted during set-up in the Large Hearing Room on Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27.  Donations of baked goods will be accepted from Friday until the end of the sale on Sunday. Internet book scanning devices are not permitted in the sale area. For more information, contact Anne Heller at (508) 358-4515.

BAKER’S NEEDED! The Friends of the Wayland Library are looking for bakers to contribute confections to the upcoming book sale.  Baked goods attract sweet lovers of all ages to the sale and add substantially to the bottom line.  The sale will be held on April 28-30, 2017.  If you’re interested, please contact Anne Heller at (508) 358-4515.


  • WAYLAND READS and continues through the late Spring! See our website for a full list of events at  and some upcoming events listed below.
    • WAYLAND READS –Art Talk with Judy Schurgin, Tuesday, May 2, 1:30-3:00pm. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was the vision of the fabled Mrs. Jack.  This fabulous museum contains one of the most unusual collections of art in the United States and includes treasures from antiquity to the early twentieth century.  Opened in 1903, the building is fashioned after a fifteenth century Venetian palace, with galleries surrounding a courtyard filled with gorgeous plants, flowers and antique sculpture.  Join us for the slide/lecture presentation which will focus on the life of this aristocratic, independent and flamboyant woman, as well as her fabulous art collection and the jewel of a museum which she created. (May 2 is the correct event date which has been changed from April 11)
    • WAYLAND READS –Book Discussion with Barbara Shapiro, Wednesday, May 3, 7:00-9:00pm. Join us for the author’s discussion of her book, The Art Forger.  The program will be followed by book-signing.  Books will be available for purchase. B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The MuralistThe Art ForgerThe Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes.  She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze.  The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists — including the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle — and has won many awards including The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction.  She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel.
    • WAYLAND READS –Tour of SoWa With Nasser K., Sunday, May 7, at 10:00am. SoWa is the leading art center of Boston, a community of artist studios, galleries, shops, restaurants, entrepreneurs, businesses and residences that believe in crafting quality, one-of-a-kind products and experiences.  Once known as a rundown warehouse district, the SoWa Art & Design district has experienced a renaissance, blossoming into a world-renowned retail and artist community in Boston’s South End. Because it is where the character in The Art Forger lives and works, we thought we would explore the neighborhood otherwise known as “South of Washington” during its annual art walk when we can visit artists in their studios. Wayland resident and acclaimed photographer, Nasser K, will serve as our tour guide.  This program is made available through WAYLAND READS SERIES of programs.  A transportation van will be made available for those who prefer to ride to the event rather than drive.  Details are available here from the Council on Aging’s newsletter:
  • Genealogy Program: Introduction to Swedish Genealogy Research, Saturday, May 14, 1:30-4:00pm.  The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists — Middlesex Chapter monthly meeting includes a business meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. Marilyn O’Brien will present Introduction to Swedish Genealogy Research.
  • Svaroopa – Yoga for Your Back, Monday, May 15, 11:00-Noon. Learn four simple poses you can do at home to ease back pain, gain flexibility and strength.  All you need is a chair!  Annette Biongiorno is a Certified Svaroopa Yoga Instructor teaching regular classes at Roots & Wings in Natick.  For more information, visit her website:
  • Lyme Disease – Could You Have It and Not Know?  Monday, May 15, 7:00-8:30pm. According to the Center for Disease Control, 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease are identified each year.  Robert Giguere and Doug Priest of Igenex Labs will discuss the complications with current testing methods and offer possibilities for alternatives while providing background to the current understanding of Lyme Disease
  • Poetry Workshop, The group meets two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginning and advanced poets welcome. The next two meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, April 20 and May 4, from 2:00-4:00pm.
  • Poetry Reading, Sunday, April 30, 2:30-4:30pm. All are welcome to an informal afternoon of poetry, where members of the Wayland Poetry Workshop will present their Twenty-first Annual Reading of original poems. The featured reader is Arlene Weiland of Wayland. Refreshments will be served.
  • English Conversation Group, Do you know someone who is learning basic English? This group is ideal for people who want to practice their English and learn about American culture. The Library’s English conversation group meets two Fridays each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The next session will be held on Friday, May 12 in The Raytheon Room.
  • Needlework/Handwork Group, The next two meetings for needlework group are May 3 and June 7 from 10:00 – 12 noon. All are welcome.
  • GREAT PRESENTER’S SERIES – Juan S. Montes: “EVEREST: THE CHALLENGE OF A DREAM”, Tuesday, May 2, 7:30-9:00pm.  Ordinary people can achieve extraordinary goals! Come listen to the fascinating story of Juan’s 1992 climb of Mount Everest from one of its most difficult and unexplored sides, the Kangshung Face. To date, only three expeditions have summited through this route. Juan Montes has led more than 30 expeditions to the Himalayas, Andes, Patagonia, Yosemite, and the Alps.

APRIL’S DATABASE OF THE MONTH: ANCESTRY.COM. offers unparalleled access to genealogical records. is brought to you by the Town of Wayland and the Wayland Free Public Library. The link for this resource is on the library’s online resources page at:

APRIL’S ART DISPLAY IN THE RAYTHEON ROOM. Students from Wayland High School’s 3D art courses Metals I, Advanced Metals, Ceramics I, and Advanced Ceramics  have photographs of their work displayed in the Raytheon Room this month.

UPCOMING APRIL BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR ADULTS.  The library runs several adult book groups, and new members are always welcome. For more information about any of the groups, call the library at 508-358-2311 or visit us online at

  • Evening Book Group: Monday, May 8, 7:00-8:30pm Join reference librarian Andy Moore in discussing, Ted Mooney’s, The Same River Twice. When Odile, a French clothing designer, agrees to help smuggle Communist folk art out of the former Soviet Union, she bargains only on cash payment and a few days’ inconvenience. But by the time she returns home and delivers the contraband to Turner, the scheme’s mastermind, her fellow courier has disappeared in transit, her apartment has been ransacked, and she has set in motion events that will endanger everyone she holds dear.
  • Armchair Travel Book Club:  Wednesday, May 10, 11:30am-1:00pm.  Join Rachel-Sideman Kurtz for a discussion on Where Am I Wearing:  A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes by Kelsey Timmerman, which intimately describes the connection between impoverished garment workers’ standards of living and the all-American material lifestyle.
  • Author Book Talk:  Wednesday, May 10, 7:00-8:30pm. Join us for a book talk with author Kathleen Rowe as she introduces her book, Exploring the Charles River. The book is a wonderful guide for enjoying the famous river’s sparkling vistas crossed by scenic bridges and canopied trees, discovering the rich history of greater Boston, and exploring delightful out-of-the-way places. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
  • Clean Eating Cookbook Club: Thursday, May 11, 6:00-7:30pm. Explore clean eating approaches potluck style!  Participants will make a recipe from a selected cookbook to share. While enjoying our homemade delights, we’ll discuss the book, its author, and what each has to offer. This month’s book:  Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin
  • Noontime Book Group:  Join Sandy Raymond on Friday, May 12,Noon-2:00pm.  This month’s book is Euphoria by Lily King .


  • Upcoming Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays April 27, May 18, 25 at 10:30am
  • Brain Building Storytime,  Monday, April 24, 10:30-11:00am.  Storytime, Parachute Play, and Brain Building Activity. Celebrate Brain Building week with this storytime led by Beverly Mobilia of the Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families.  For children ages 2.6 to 5 with a parent/caregiver.
  • Zumba Kids Jr.,  Tuesdays, April 25 and May 30, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Julia Walderzak of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio.
  • Mindfulness for Preschoolers, Wednesday, April 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sheryl White of BabyKneads will lead children in engaging activities that will help them be more aware of and in the present moment.  Caregivers can use these techniques at home to improve their child’s concentration and relationships with others. These techniques also help reduce stress. For children ages 2.5 and up with a caregiver.
  • Sing-along with Jeannie Mack, Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs geared for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver. Next session is Thursday, May 4, 10:30-11:15am
  • Storytime with a Dog! Thursday, May 11, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a special canine visitor! Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed, and her owner Helen will join us.  For ages 3 and up.


  • Make Your Own Masterpiece. Wednesday, April 26 3:00-4:30 p.m. Children are invited to make their own artwork in different media. The pieces will be placed in paper frames and hung throughout the library.  Children may attend one, two, or all three workshops. Librarian Elise Katz will lead these workshops. (Wayland Reads event.)
  • Book Discussion: Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, Thursday, April 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Join librarian Pam McCuen for a discussion of Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne.  This is Wayland Reads event.
  • Lego Club, Wednesday, May 3, 3:00pm-4:00 pm. Children will make creations out of Legos and share them with members of the club. For ages 5 and up.
  • Drop-in Craft: Make a Mother’s Day Card, Monday, May 8, 4-5pm. Make a Mother’s Day card with librarian Jen Smith. For ages 4 and up.
  • Book Buddies, Wednesday, May 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m. This parent/child book group is for children in grades K to 2 with a parent/caregiver. May’s book is Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman. We will read the book, enjoy a snack, and make a craft.  Copies of the book are available for checkout in the Children’s Room.  This program is co-run with the WCPA.
  • Parent/Child Book Club, Wednesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. This book discussion group is for 3rd and 4th graders with a parent.  May’s book is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien. This is our last meeting of this school year.
  • Maker Lab: Paint a Great Wave, Wednesday, May 17, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will learn about the Japanese artist Hokusai and paint a Great Wave of their own.  Workshop led by Giselle from The Learning Hub.


Preschool Parenting Group. Preschool parents are invited to come together on Tuesday, May 2, 9:15-10:15am with other parents to talk about the joys and challenges of parenting. Conversation facilitated by Dr. Dossie Kahn from Wayland Youth and Family Services. Infants and toddlers are welcome too! Please RSVP to


A Community Approach to Preventing Dating Violence: The Sudbury-Wayland- Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable and Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School’s MVP team hosts Escalation

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, there will be two screenings of Escalation – at Wayland High School at 3pm and at L-S High School at 7pm.

For the 7pm workshop, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will join with Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School’s Mentors in Violence Prevention team to invite members of our local communities – particularly parents – to join an Escalation Workshop which will be held at 7pm in the Lincoln-Sudbury High School Auditorium.

The One Love Foundation is an organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the consequences of relationship violence.  One Love produced the film and is collaborating with the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund in Massachusetts to promote the use of the video and workshop.

On May 3, 2010, University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love was found dead in her off-campus apartment, the victim of a brutal assault by her former boyfriend. The murder sent shockwaves throughout the campus, and was a wake-up call for the entire country about the horrific nature and prevalence of relationship and break up violence.

Yeardley’s mother, Sharon Love, has since pledged to bring meaning to the devastating loss of Yeardley by starting The One Love Foundation. The Foundation engages students in schools and on college campuses around the country through the film “Escalation,” which realistically tells the story of two college students who fall in love, but whose relationship ultimately turns violent. After a screening of the film, the students are encouraged to talk about relationship violence in a group conversation led by facilitators trained by One Love.

Over 100,000 young people have now taken part in the workshop nationally.  Responses regarding the film have been extraordinarily positive and, as part of the Lincoln-Sudbury RHS in-school Courage to Care Conference, 12th graders will have the opportunity to take part in an Escalation Workshop.  Seniors at Wayland High School will also take part in the Workshop this spring.

Wayland resident Lauren Dunne Astley, died on July 3, 2011 at the hands of her former boyfriend. Her father, Malcolm Astley, reminds us that it is estimated that there are 3 to 4 murders a day of girls and women by their largely male partners. “We need to reconsider carefully how our culture is grooming numbers of our males toward isolated and violent paths in relation to both females and each other. We also need to transform passive bystanders into active Upstanders to help prevent such violence. Together we can dismantle such violence and the harm and injustice involved, just as we have successfully addressed so many other similar forms in our society’s history.”

Event flyer: DVRMay2017Escalationflyer3