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District Attorney: Man found dead on Fearing Street on Friday night

Amherst Wire 9/19/17: District Attorney: Man found dead on Fearing Street on Friday night. A college-age man was found dead over the weekend on Fearing Street, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office said on Monday.
Acquaintances and posts on social media confirmed Cameron Tredgett died sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning. [Cameron Tredgett was a member of the WHS Class of 2016.]

National recognition for two Wayland High School singers

Photo 1: Siddhanth Iyer, left, Zachary Knapp, right. Photo by Veronique Latimer

They’re off to join “the best of the best” of nationwide student musicians: Wayland High School’s Zachary Knapp and Siddhanth Iyer will sing in the 2017 All-National Honor Choir alongside top young talent from all 50 states. Knapp, a senior who sings bass, and Iyer, a junior tenor, were chosen for the choir through a rigorous audition process of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). They will sing alongside outstanding young contemporaries on Nov. 28, 2017, at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.  Conducting the choir will be the distinguished director and composer Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.

Both Knapp, 17, and Iyer, 16, are music students of Wayland High School teacher Rachel Carroll.

Knapp, who said he was “thrilled” at his acceptance into the nationals, began singing only during his freshman year. “I’m amazed that I have come this far in just three years,” he said.  “I’m very grateful to Mrs. Carroll for helping me improve over the years.  I hope that this year I can continue my success and not only have a fantastic concert at Nationals, but continue to be accepted to Senior District and All State.”

Iyer observed, “To me, it’s tough to process the scale of the event.  All State seems massive itself, considering that it brings kids together from all over an entire state.  Personally, I don’t think I will truly realize the magnitude of the Nationals event until I go there, introduce myself to others, and potentially hear that they live 3000 miles away from me.  However, I find it incredible that despite the vast geographical distances between us, we can all come together and share a true passion for singing and music.  I’m extremely excited to experience the event, and I’m especially thankful to the Wayland Music Program as a whole for helping me in reaching such a prestigious level.”

Rachel Carroll, Wayland High School Choral Arts teacher, said, “Zach and Sid have worked hard for this achievement, and I’m so proud of their incredible musicianship.  They deserve their place among the best young musicians in the country.”

Director of Fine Arts for the Wayland Public Schools, Susan Memoli, noted: “Achieving membership in this prestigious national ensemble is the culmination of years of time and effort by these students, their music teachers and their parents.  This exceptional achievement is a point of pride for the Wayland Fine Arts Department.  To be selected as two of 281 vocalists nationally from a highly competitive pool is a great honor.”

“Zach and Sid’s rare and memorable achievement makes us all so proud.  That they will be representing WHS on a national stage is thrilling!” remarked Allyson Mizoguchi, Principal of Wayland High School.

In order to reach the national level, students first must audition, be accepted, and participate in their District’s Senior Festival.  The highest scoring students are invited to audition for their state’s All State Music Festival. The students from the state ensembles then compete to advance to the national level. There they will work for several days with their respective conductor before the Florida All-National concerts.

Only 13 Massachusetts students were accepted for the All-National Honor Choir.

The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members, the organization is the national voice of music education in the United States.

Submitted by Rachel Carroll

 

New stuff for newborns

Wayland Town Crier 9/17/17: New stuff for newborns. Wayland native Josh Wiesman got his start developing child products early – he patented a pacifier during his sophomore year at Tulane University. Wiesman, who now lives in Weston, is using his experience in a new Wayland-based venture he co-founded, Smilo. The company, which designs and sells products for babies and children through its website, launched in August.

The Argument: Should Wayland impose a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana shops?

Boston Globe 9/15/17: The Argument: Should Wayland impose a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana shops? The Boston Globe provides arguments from two Wayland residents: moratorium proponent Sarah Greenaway (Chairman of Wayland Youth Advisory Council) and moratorium opponent James Winokur (CEO of CannaKorp, makers of vaporizer devices)

Q & A: Resident of Wayland’s Carriage House turns 100

Wayland Town Crier 9/16/17: Q & A: Resident of Wayland’s Carriage House turns 100. Lois Ray-Laird, a resident at Carriage House at Lee’s Farm who recently turned 100, shared some wisdom in our questionnaire.

Wayland board weighs in on Natick dog park

Wayland Town Crier 9/16/17: Wayland board weighs in on Natick dog park. Plans for a dog park near Lake Cochituate in Natick are sparking concerns across the town line in Wayland. The Wayland Surface Water Quality Committee wrote a recent letter to Natick’s Conservation Commission urging officials to find a new location. “A dog park should not be located next to South Pond of Lake Cochituate because of the potential for contamination of the lake from dog wastes containing E. Coli and weed/algae nutrients,” the committee wrote in the Sept. 12 letter.

‘It’s Time To Move’: Longtime Police Chief Robert Irving On His Retirement

Wayland Patch 9/12/17: ‘It’s Time To Move’: Longtime Police Chief Robert Irving On His Retirement. Last week, the Wayland Council on Aging held an official retirement party for Police Chief Robert Irving. The “sweet sendoff” marked 16 years with the Wayland Police Department. His last day as police chief is Sept. 19. It is time to move closer to my children and grandchildren who live in Connecticut and New Jersey,” Irving told Patch.