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The Town of Wayland wants you to volunteer

The town has a variety of volunteer opportunities that call for light, medium, or heavy time commitments and for specific skills or no particular skills at all, only an interest in the board’s work and willingness to learn.  We—the Board of Selectmen—are providing you with information that we hope will pique your interest.  This column focuses on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board that operates under the mandates of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A and the town’s bylaws.  The ZBA hears and decides applications for special permits, petitions for variances from the terms of the zoning bylaw, site plan approvals as mandated by the zoning bylaw, and appeals from decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Officer (Building Commissioner).

The board has five members and three associate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms.  Generally, five of the eight members are assigned to each case.  Currently, there are two openings for full membership.  The board generally meets twice a month, with more or fewer meetings as needed.

Why should you consider applying for a position on the ZBA?  Former member Jim Grumbach said, “I found the ZBA a great way to meet townspeople, learn about different neighborhoods, work collaboratively with other board members, and be part of the town’s decision-making.”  Maybe you will too!

Become a Tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on September 19. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 9:00. Class dates this fall are Sept. 19 and 26, October 10, 17 and 24. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at virginia@thesteels.com.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer to become involved and help your community, you may be interested in joining the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The MRC is a great group of people and we are always looking for more volunteers. You do not need to be in the medical field to join the MRC. For more information, or to fill out an application, please contact PHN/Nurse Leader Ruth Mori at rmori@wayland.ma.us

 

We’re hiring…volunteers!

Are you a lover of books, a fan of the Wayland Library, and have a spare hour or two per week to volunteer? The Friends of the Wayland Library are looking for a few more people to help with the good work being done in support of the library. Whether it’s taking a more active, ongoing, role in the book sale, or helping with discrete events, the options are varied both in areas of interest and amount of time required. Our next quarterly meeting is Friday, June 9 at 9:15am in the Raytheon Room at the library. We’d love your input and your talents. Please join us! Email Sarah Hubbell at svhubbell@gmail.com with any questions.

Wheels for the World wheelchair collection

On Saturday, June 17, Wheels for the World will be collecting wheelchairs, parts; and other mobility aides at Trinitarian Congregational Church; 53 Cochituate Rd from 10am-2pm. If you or someone you know has no longer used wheelchairs or canes, crutches, etc. Please bring them to Trinitarian and they will be taken and restored to new condition and brought to disabled children and adults around the world who cannot have access to “the gift of mobility” due to conditions in their countries. Donated wheelchairs will be receipted and are tax deductible.

Come help us give others around the world the freedoms we sometimes take for granted and give The Gift of Mobility. For more information call Cindy Leonard at 508-653-3743 or go to www.joniandfriends.org.

Volunteers are also needed in this area for ongoing help picking up donated wheelchairs and mobility aids and bringing them to our storage facility in Framingham. If you can help please contact Cindy Leonard.

Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers for Board and Committee Openings

The Board of Selectmen is beginning the process for filling volunteer openings on boards and committees.  These openings are the result of expired terms as of June 30, 2017, or vacancies due to early resignation.  Both reappointments and new appointments will be considered.  A complete list of open positions as of June 30, 2017, is posted on the Wayland town website here:  http://www.wayland.ma.us/Pages/WaylandMA_WebDocs/boardvacancies.

Applicants must be registered voters in the Town of Wayland.  Anyone interested in volunteering should submit a statement to the office of the Board of Selectmen, MaryAnn DiNapoli, atmdinapoli@wayland.ma.us.  Please describe your interest, background, and qualifications relevant to the opening being sought, and a résumé, if available.  Applicants are encouraged to attend at least one meeting of the committee to which they seek appointment and discuss the board’s function and responsibilities with a current member of the Board or the appropriate staff member before being considered for appointment.

If you have any questions, contact Town Administrator Nan Balmer at nbalmer@wayland.ma.us.

Wayland Rail Trail Brush Clearing and Turntable Excavation at Wayland Depot

Volunteer rail trail brush clearing and turntable excavation at the Wayland Depot.  Efforts will focus on clearing brush from the preserved track in the historic district so that it can be better appreciated by users of the trail and so that it will be an attractive part of the future Wayland railroad interpretive site alongside the trail. The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 16th annual volunteer Spring brush clearing at the Wayland Depot (1 Cochituate Rd.) on Saturday, May 6 (9am-4pm) and Sunday, May 7 (1-4pm). Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines, and undergrowth along the inactive railroad tracks alongside the rail trail near Wayland Depot. We will also continue to excavate the turntable pit to expose more of the circular granite walls in addition to removing brush that has grown up at the engine house and water tank sites. Volunteers should bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and should wear work clothes and boots. For more information call Rick Conard at (508) 358-4597 after 7pm or by email at RRConard@earthlink.net.  For the trail, there is some touching up needed on the trail edge, as well as removal of some trash.