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Non-Profit Spotlight:
Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Class of 2019 Fundraisers for Prom

The Wayland Class of 2019 Executive Board is raising money for Prom! For the next 2 weeks, Wayland High School students will be selling Otis Spunkmeyer’s delicious cookie dough. The Executive Board is also running a Chipotle Fundraiser on March, 28th! Please share a meal with your family at Chipotle in Shopper’s World (1 Worcester Rd Set 5, Framingham, MA 01701) on March 28, 4-8pm. Make sure to mention that you’re with the Wayland High School Class of 2019 E-Board! We hope you will support the Class of 2019.

First Parish in Wayland Rummage Sale – April 28

From toys to antiques, you’ll find a bit of everything at the First Parish in Wayland rummage sale! Photo credit: Brad Keyes

Please join First Parish in Wayland for our 75th annual rummage sale on April 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 225 Boston Post Rd., at the intersections of Routes 20, 27 and 126.

You’ll find top-quality toys, antiques, books and clothing for all ages, furniture, jewelry, linens, kitchenware and housewares, lawn and garden, small appliances and sporting goods. In The Dollar Shop, nothing costs more than a dollar! The Bake Shop will offer coffee and baked goods to enjoy while you shop, plus homemade treats to take home.

The gates open at 9:00 a.m. — at the stroke of our Paul Revere bell — and the Sale closes at 1:00 p.m. Admission from 9-9:30 a.m. is $6 and then it’s reduced to $3. Children are free with an adult. Except for several handicap parking spots, parking is NOT available in the church parking lot. Please park in the public parking lot behind the Wayland Town Building. A police officer will help visitors cross the street to the Sale. Our buildings are fully accessible, with ramps to our side entrance and an elevator that provides access to both buildings.

Complete details online here:


First Parish in Wayland sponsoring free buses to “March for Our Lives” rally, March 24

First Parish In Wayland is sponsoring free buses to the “March For Our Lives” Boston rally against gun violence and school shootings on March 24.

Please sign-up here for a seat on the bus to Boston. Please be at First Parish in Wayland by 11am. We will meet to leave Boston at 3pm with the intention of returning to Wayland by 4pm.

All children and youth must be accompanied by an adult and submit a waiver with parental permission. The form is available online here:  Please print and bring with you.

For any questions, please contact Rev. Stephanie May at

Date: 03/24/2018 (Sat.)Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm EDTLocation: First Parish in Wayland, 225 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA

Event flyer online here


Spotlight on: the Finance Committee & the $30-Million-Plus proposed Capital Projects

That’s what we’ll be voting on, at the Polls on March 27, and at Annual Town Meeting in April.  All this year’s projects total over $30 million. What are the implications of approving so much new debt, do we have any options, and how can we afford to pay for these capital projects?  My guests this week are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, Dave Watkins and Carol Martin, and they’re going to speak to all this. Then they’ll be back on April 1, just before Town Meeting, to talk about the FY2019 budget. Join us for both.

The Buzz airs on Sundays and Tuesdays, at 10am and 6pm on your public cable channel (Comcast Ch. 8; Verizon Ch. 37).And Online On-Demand anytime at

Observe Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance

Credit: Nisan

Open Spirit and Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah will co-host an observation of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day through an evening of prayer, reflection, a discussion about the impact of collective trauma on future generations, and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

The discussion will include passages from Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, by Elizabeth Rosner, which highlights several traumatic events and their generational effects.* *Reading the book beforehand is suggested, but is not required for participation.

All are welcome to attend this interfaith remembrance.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Open Spirit’s Sue Dickerman Hall, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA 01701
Registration Requested at:
Please call Open Spirit at 508-877-8162 or email Rabbi Katy ( with any questions.

This program is generously being funded by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Metrowest Community Grant. Visit for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Proposed New Library

New Library Lobby

Submitted by the Board of Library Trustees

Why consider a new library building?
From staff experience and user surveys, we know that patrons want more space-especially for children, teens, quiet study, collaborative and small-group work, lectures and discussion groups, and universal access. Our current building is beautiful, but unfortunately does not support the services needed.

Where is the new location?
The new site is in the demographic center of town, at 195 Main Street, next to the Middle School and a Recreation parcel, within walking distance for many residents, and close to three other Wayland schools. It is on a main road, offering a smart reuse of town-owned land.

How was the size of the new building determined?
The size is based on patrons’ expressed needs, input from staff, library usage in nearby towns and in peer towns of similar sizes, national standards, and state guidelines. The plan also accommodates an anticipated increase in use by students from the Middle School.

What does this new library building offer?
The new library building offers many new features not possible in our current facility such as comfortable seating throughout, a large community room seating 100 and available for after-hours events, 7 small-group rooms, a teen room, an updated children’s room, a conference room, and a technology lab. The entire building will be fully accessible. There will be twice as many parking spots as we have at the current facility.

New Library Circulation and Adult Services

Has an expansion at 5 Concord Road been adequately studied?

The Board of Library Trustees has studied this question for almost two decades. Since 2001, library services and land use at 5 Concord Road have been diligently studied by 6 committees, comprising more than 70 elected, appointed, and volunteer citizens; 5 professional architecture and engineering firms; 4 independent library consultants; and 2 survey analysts. Along with input from 2,414 survey respondents, plus forum and focus-group attendees, these committees have produced 8 final reports on the issues at 5 Concord Road. More than $200,000 has been spent.

During the most recent study in 2015, the Trustees formed a citizen group, the Library Planning Committee, to research and advise on whether to explore an expansion of library services and whether to apply for a state library construction grant. In 2016, in collaboration with the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, the Trustees and the Library Planning Committee hired architects and other experts to examine suitable sites for expanded library services. After drawing up possible plans and examining the evidence from every angle, they determined that the current lot is too small for an adequate expansion and has environmental constraints that make it impossible to meet the 21st-century demand for library services, spaces, and parking.

What will happen to 5 Concord Road?
As part of a thoughtful and comprehensive process, the Board of Selectmen will consider uses that will allow the building to remain an important part of Wayland’s civic life. The Library Planning Committee suggests that a committee be appointed to gather and generate ideas.

How much will my taxes go up?
The Wayland Finance Committee estimates an average household tax increase of $6.01 a week, or $313 in the first year, and declining in the following years – with a total of $4,721 per household over the course of the twenty-year project.

People keep talking about $18M in cost. But the warrant says $28M. Why?
The total cost of the new library project is $28M, and the state strongly recommends that the town authorize the full amount of the project. However, the state has offered Wayland a one-time grant of $10,137,980 for this project and the Library Trustees are contributing an additional $750,000, leaving a net estimated maximum cost of $18,052,730 from taxpayers.

If the article doesn’t pass at the election and Town Meeting, can we vote again next year?
No. If the town does not fund the project with 2 actions — voting Yes on the ballot on March 27th to use a debt exclusion to pay for the library project and Yes again on the library article at Town Meeting on April 3rd for the new library, — the state grant will be offered to another town.
There are no current plans for another grant round.
The state deadline for these 2 affirmative votes is Wednesday, April 11th.

The Wayland Depot is Open

Shop local for wonderful, unique Mother’s Day, graduation, and spring occasion gifts at The Depot, now open Tuesday through Saturday10am to 4pm.
Volunteer staff are happy to help you select the perfect present for any event, or perhaps pick a creative piece of new jewelry for yourself.   Locally crafted wooden boxes, pottery pieces, handmade scarves along with Massachusetts maple products, books by local authors, and an assortment of Wayland Booster apparel can all be found at The Wayland Depot.
A portion of the proceeds are donated to Wayland charities each spring.  Last year $6,000 was contributed to the Wayland Community Fund, Wayland Neighbor Brigade, and the Parmenter Food Pantry.
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday10am  – 4pm
One Cochituate Road (Rte. 27)