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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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Volunteer for the SVT Buckthorn Pull at Memorial Forest, Sudbury

SUDBURY VALLEY TRUSTEES
Volunteer for the Buckthorn Pull at Memorial Forest, Sudbury
Saturday, October 21
9:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) is hosting a buckthorn pull and educational walk on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We need volunteers’ help to manually pull this invasive species at Memorial Forest, a beautiful and ecologically significant property. Afterwards, SVT staff will lead a 45-minute walking tour. Please wear long pants and bring water, sunscreen, and working gloves (if you have them).

Glossy buckthorn was introduced to North America as an ornamental plant, but its aggressive growth has created problems in many areas. Buckthorn produces its leaves earlier in the spring and retains them late into the fall, casting a dense shade that may prevent tree seedlings from establishing. Over time, buckthorn can completely eliminate native plant diversity in the understory.

Memorial Forest is part of the Desert Natural Area, a biologically rich area which SVT and its partners have been working to restore over the past two decades. This restoration has focused on the pitch pine-scrub oak barrens habitat, which is globally rare and provides home for declining species such as the whip-poor-will bird.

Learn how to register at SVT’s online calendar at www.svtweb.org/calendar. SVT and nearly 3000 members protect and care for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.

 

The Town of Wayland Wants You to Volunteer: Senior Tax Relief Committee

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 Senior Tax Relief Committee.

Senior Tax Relief Committee

The Tax Relief Committee is concerned with identifying, researching, developing, and promoting a variety of strategies designed to ease the property tax burden on Wayland residents age 65 and over.  This includes researching existing options for providing tax relief and informing citizens of their benefits and drawbacks, seeking alternative methods for easing the property tax burden, and working to gain support for changes to state legislation and local bylaws and practices.  It also includes working with similar committees in other communities and with state legislators to identify and file legislation.

The seven-member committee includes one member representing the Council on Aging, one member representing the Board of Assessors, one member representing the Finance Committee, two members representing the Board of Selectmen, and two members representing the community at large.  Members are appointed for three years with staggered terms.

The two at-large members are vacant.  One will expire June 30, 2019 and the second June 30, 2020.  The board meets on alternate months—only six times per year.  If you are concerned about not having enough time to serve on a town board or if you want to test the waters to see if volunteering is for you, this may be just the committee for you!

Lin Bradford, the acting co-chair, says that if even one person benefits from the work of this committee, it is worth the effort!  Won’t you help?

Free Flu Clinics Offered by the Wayland Health Department

COMMUNITY FLU CLINIC SCHEDULE

The Wayland Health Department along with our Wayland Resident Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers will be providing FREE Injectable Flu Vaccine Clinics for ALL interested individuals.   Flu clinics will be held at the Town Building Large Hearing Room on the following Wednesdays in October:

  • October 11          2-7pm
  • October 18          2-7pm
  • October 25          2-7pm

There is no out of pocket expense but insurance cards are necessary to provide for reimbursement so future vaccine may be purchased.

“Flu Mist” will NOT be available again this year as the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted last year not to recommend the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) “nasal spray”.  ACIP is a panel of immunization experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This ACIP vote is based on data they reviewed that showed poor or relatively lower effectiveness of “flu mist” from 2013-2016. ACIP continues to recommend the inactivated influenza vaccine (injectable) for everyone aged 6 months and older.

Injectable Seasonal Flu Vaccine will be available to everyone aged 6mos and older at our clinics. Limited doses of Pneumococcal, Prevnar and Tdap vaccine will be available at the Community Clinics for those individuals who meet the criteria set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) AND have reserved a dose by calling our FLU Hotline at 508-358-6805.

Join the MRC!

New Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers are always needed!  We have a great group of volunteers however we would love to recruit new members.  If you are interested in helping out your community and would like to volunteer please contact the Health Department at Health@wayland.ma.us.

 

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.