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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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Race honors Wayland resident’s memory, supports Neighbor Brigade

Wayland Town Crier 10/15/17: Race honors Wayland resident’s memory, supports Neighbor Brigade. Runners gathered at the Claypit Hill Elementary School Sunday to raise money for an organization that helps families facing sudden crisis. Hundreds participated in the 5th annual Pam’s Run, a combined 5-kilometer run/walk, 10K run and kids fun run. Proceeds benefit Neighbor Brigade, an organization that has its roots in a group founded in Wayland by the late Pam Manikas Washek, for whom the race is named.

3rd case of West Nile virus in a person confirmed

WCVB TV 10/13/17: 3rd case of West Nile virus in a person confirmed. A third case of West Nile virus in a person has been confirmed, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Friday. The patient is a resident of Middlesex County in her 60s, officials said. She was hospitalized, but has since returned home.

Carroll School Dedicates New Fish Center In Wayland

Wayland Patch 10/13/17: Carroll School Dedicates New Fish Center In Wayland. Carroll School recently held a ribbon cutting and building dedication of The Fish Center, new home to Carroll’s Upper School. The school, which has existing campuses in Waltham and Lincoln, held the ceremony on its new eleven-acre property located at 45 Waltham Road in Wayland.

Sudbury Valley Trustees Seeks Renewal of Land Trust Accreditation

The following was submitted by Sudbury Valley Trustees:

Since 1953, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) has been working to protect natural areas for people and wildlife. SVT cares for over 4200 acres of land and maintains over 55 miles of trails in a 36 community region that surrounds the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers. SVT is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). The accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

SVT is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation this fall. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The commission also seeks public input on how well an applicant complies with standards governing the operations of land trusts. The public comment period is now open.

Comments must relate to how SVT complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see resources/indicator-practices.

“Accreditation affirms that we are working to the highest standards and practices in land conservation,” says Lisa Vernegaard, Executive Director of SVT. “It is essential for any organization to periodically take stock of its own practices. This review ensures we are doing right by our members’ support. The process of accreditation also benefits SVT by keeping us on the leading edge of good conservation practices.”

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587- 3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Sudbury Valley Trustees’ application will be most useful by December 31, 2017.

State board grants extension for Wayland library project

Wayland Town Crier 10/8/17: State board grants extension for Wayland library project. The town has more time to secure local funding to build a new library. The state Board of Library Commissioners recently extended a deadline related to securing local funding from Jan. 12, 2018 into April 2018.

‘I’m alive’: Mass. company helping Puerto Ricans contact loved ones

Boston Globe 10/5/17: ‘I’m alive’: Mass. company helping Puerto Ricans contact loved ones. The phones started buzzing right after the system started working. After more than a week with only limited connections to the outside world, residents on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques were hearing news of their loved ones for the first time since Hurricane Maria hit. A system donated by the Lexington company Vanu, Inc. (founder: Vanu Bose, WHS ’83) had restored cell service to a hard-hit part of the US territory that continues to endure widespread utility outages more than two weeks after the deadly storm.

WBUR 10/5/17: Lexington Company Helps Restore Cell Service In Puerto Rico. As of Thursday, two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, only about 15 percent of the U.S. territory has cell service. That’s kept people all over the island isolated and unable to even tell family elsewhere that they’re OK. But thousands of Puerto Ricans are able to contact people by cellphone, thanks to the work of a Lexington company.

Q and A with Wayland’s new police chief

Wayland Town Crier 10/1/17: Q and A with Wayland’s new police chief. Patrick Swanick is new to the job of police chief, but he’s no stranger to Wayland. Swanick, 54, has worked for the Police Department for about three decades, including serving as lieutenant for about the past decade. He replaces Robert Irving, who retired.