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Yoga Reaches Out

Mission: to bring the yoga community together to create seva (selfless service). Through the gift of yoga, Yoga Reaches Out focuses on raising funds for organizations that impact the health, education, and well-being of children.

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Found: Black Cat on Decatur Lane

Missing a Black Cat? Since Friday, April 28, a black cat with no collar has been frequenting a yard on Decatur Lane. If you’re missing a cat that fits that description, contact Scott at 508-276-3221, and he can show you where the cat is hiding out.

Keeping Seniors Safe: a breakfast forum, Saturday, May 20

Saturday, May 20, 9-11am at Wayland High School. District Attorney Marian Ryan, Chief Robert Irving and the Wayland Police Association, along with local representatives from the banking community will speak to you on how to better identify “red flags” when it comes to scams, by way of calls, emails and solicitations.  They will offer tips and help you determine the best way to respond.

Register today.  Contact Detective Christoper D. Cohen at 508-358-1723 or via email at ccohen@wayland.ma.us

 

Wayland Resident Wins Scholarship for Promoting LGBTQ Inclusion and Acceptance in School

The following was submitted by Greater Boston PFLAG

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people) is pleased to announce that Wayland High School senior Abigail McCarthy was awarded the 2017 Elsie Frank Scholarship Award at Pride & Passion 2017, the organization’s annual benefit and auction held April 27 in Boston. The scholarship is awarded annually to high school students who have demonstrated leadership in improving their school climate for LGBTQ youth and their allies.

McCarthy led a successful campaign by students to create a gender-neutral bathroom at Wayland High School to ensure the safety of transgender and gender non-conforming students. McCarthy did outreach to teachers and administrators to explain how the facility would create a safer atmosphere at the school, educated classmates, and when a group of parents voiced opposition to the proposal, McCarthy penned an op-ed for the school newspaper reiterating the case for the transgender-friendly restroom.

“I recognized my privilege to use the bathroom in safety and I knew it was my responsibility to help others who lacked that privilege,” McCarthy wrote in a scholarship application essay.

McCarthy has been accepted to several colleges and intends to double major in English and Environmental Analysis. McCarthy would eventually like to work as an editor or publisher.

“We were pleased to honor Abby for working to create a safer environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students at Wayland High,” said Val Frias, Greater Boston PFLAG Executive Director. “Students learn best when they are acknowledged and accepted for who they are, and when they can safely access all school facilities in the same manner as their peers. We commend Abby for making LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance a priority at school, and we’re inspired by Abby’s leadership.”

Greater Boston PFLAG’s Elsie Frank Scholarship is named in honor of the late mother of former Massachusetts congressman and openly gay man Barney Frank. Mrs. Frank, who died in 2005, was a member of Greater Boston PFLAG’s Honorary Board and a lifelong advocate for the rights of marginalized people. The organization began awarding scholarships in 1998 and renamed them for Mrs. Frank in 2007. Greater Boston PFLAG annually awards a total of $15,000 to Massachusetts high school seniors for their education.

McCarthy was honored with three other Elsie Frank Scholarship recipients at the 15th annual Pride & Passion, which drew more than 1,000 attendees to the Boston Marriott Copley Place. At the event, Greater Boston PFLAG also honored Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, with its Cornerstone of Equality Award.

HRS Annual Fundraiser: “Healing Lives, Strengthening Community”, May 10

HRS Holds its Annual Fundraiser “Healing Lives, Strengthening Community”
Hunnewell House at Elm Bank of the Mass Horticultural Society, Wellesley, Wednesday, May 10 at 6pm  

HRS will hold its 12th Annual Dinner and Auction to benefit The Human Relations Service. The cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6pm, followed by dinner and live auction.  The Human Relations Service (HRS) is the non-profit community mental health agency serving Wellesley, Weston and Wayland.  Founded in 1948, HRS provides a wide variety of clinical, consultation, community education and employee assistance services.  Sliding-scale fees are available to residents who can’t afford the full cost of care. The funds raised at this annual event help ensure that HRS can keep providing the highest quality care to those in need and continue to support the well-being of our community.  We hope you will join us for an evening of delicious food from local celebrity chefs, full bar, fine wines and a silent and live auction at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, (business attire).  Sponsors include: Captain Marden’s Seafoods, Bokx 109, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Bocado Tapas Wine Bar, Oath Craft Pizza, The Cottage, Café Mangal, Seaport Hotel, RFK Kitchen, Wasik’s Cheese Shop, Lower Falls Wine Co., Treat Cupcakes and more. To purchase tickets or to donate to The Human Relations Service, please click here: http://www.hrshelps.org/Support-fundraiser.php.Thank you in advance for your support.

The Mary L. Johnson Travelship Award is unique among teacher honors

Mary’s father, Bob Johnson flanked by his son, Tom, and Superintendent Dr. Stein, with Richard Weingartner looking on.

The Mary L. Johnson Travelship Award is truly unique among awards honoring a Wayland teacher or, for that matter, among awards honoring any teacher anywhere.   The award is presented in memory of Wayland High School graduate Mary L. Johnson (WHS ‘81) who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.   The Johnson family established the Mary L. Johnson Travelship to honor annually a Wayland Public School teacher who “loves children, respects them, and helps them grow beyond themselves.”

Since 1990, the teachers selected have been career educators who “teach for teaching’s sake and have devoted their lives to sending Wayland’s youngsters off in new and exciting directions.” It affords teachers the opportunity to travel on journeys that might not otherwise be possible. The award plaque itself befittingly consists of an antique compass and lauds the recipient “for helping a generation of Wayland youngsters find their own true north.”

This year’s award, the 30th in its history, went to retiring Dramatic Arts teacher Richard Weingartner.  At the award ceremony, Superintendent Paul Stein started the meeting by talking about what is special about this award noting, “I’ve always thought it’s one of the most incredible professional honors that I’ve ever heard of.  It is truly a gift without strings, that just says we want to honor folks who very much have a passion for teaching, love kids, do the hard work of challenging and supporting them.”  He added, “Just to have this kind of gift that says:  Take it, do what you want with it.  The irony is that the specialness of what results ends up being much more valuable than just prescribing a certain kind of award.”

Mary’s father, Bob Johnson, and two of her siblings, Anne Johnson Evans and Tom Johnson, were there for the award presentation, with Tom awarding the plaque and conveying the family’s appreciation for Wayland’s teachers. Bob thanked the teachers and appreciated the thanks they have shown him, and noted that the one person who hasn’t been able to thank anyone is his daughter, Mary.  He proceeded to read a poem, to “say something that Mary might say” were she there:

To Mr, Sir, To Mrs, Miss, and Ma’am,
To each of you who always give a damn
Teach me, teach me, help me learn,
help me make the fires burn
Deep inside me
Help me know how to live and love and grow
Give me wisdom, strength and will,
I thank you then, I thank you still

As has become tradition, the room was filled with an all-star cast of 15 of the prior 29 winners, teachers whose careers spanned years from the 1960s to the present. Each of them spoke describing their travels; collectively these were trips which covered Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, Alaska, Hawaii, other locations in the United States, and even Disneyworld.  All expressed their gratitude and described the life-changing impact that their trips had for them.  One teacher talked about going to Lockerbie and seeing Mary there everywhere, finding her name remembered in memorials.

Dr. Stein spoke with wonder about the purpose of the award, noting that “it’s an affirmation because it really came out of a tragedy having to do with travel — and we are currently living in a time when travel, particularly to foreign countries, is no longer the safest thing to do anymore; it’s not carefree.  But this award, given where it started — and this hadn’t occurred to me in the past — really says, ‘You know what? I’m gonna stare you down in the face and we are going to make this award about travel.’  I think that’s incredible. And as I’ve said, given the times we are living in, it’s more important now than ever; I’m so appreciative of that element as well.”

Missing Cat: Dune is a light grey cat missing from Wayland home

Dune’s tracker last reported on Wednesday, April 19 near Brook Trail Rd before his tracker’s battery died. If you see Dune, please contact Stef at 916-316-7505

Wayland Police to offer RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program, class meets 4 times in June

The class will total 12 hours and be conducted in 4 sessions (June 6, 8, 13 and 15, 6-9pm) at Wayland High School (Wrestling Room). The class is free.

The class is for females who reside or work in Wayland. Class size is limited. Anyone interested, contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Berger at 508-358-1722 or email him.

The R.A.D. system was designed to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked. The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing onto the basics of hands-on self-defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.

Courses are taught by certified R.A.D. and instructors and consist of 12 hours of hands-on training. This is a no-nonsense practical self-defense program that offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the basic physical defense system. The Rape Aggression Defense System is the only program that offers a lifetime return and practice policy in the United States or Canada.