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Join Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team

This winter and spring, Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting training for those who are interested in becoming members of the CERT team. Training will take place on Monday evenings, 7-9pm, beginning March 6th at the Wayland Public Safety Building, at the intersection of Routes 27 and 20, and will run from 10-12 weeks.

In addition to this multi-week, comprehensive training course, CERT also conducts sessions on a variety of relevant topics throughout the year. As an example, on January 30th, CERT trained its members on how to set up and operate an emergency shelter.

CERT is comprised of volunteer residents of Wayland who are willing to assist the town in the event of any emergency that requires additional backup resources. CERT’s main responsibility is to operate and staff the town’s emergency shelter, located at the Wayland Middle School, in the event of a disaster caused by blizzards, hurricanes, or other situations forcing people to leave their homes to seek shelter.

CERT operates under the direction of Wayland’s Emergency Management Director (Police Chief Robert Irving) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

No special skills are required to join CERT. The standard FEMA training program offered covers such items as disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, disaster medical operations and psychology, light search and rescue operations, and terrorism. The CERT team is divided up into several sub-teams, including shelter, first aid, animal rescue and care, and general support.

Once trained, members participate when available and to the extent of their comfort level.

So please consider becoming a member of Wayland CERT and learn how to take care of yourself, family and neighbors in the event of an emergency! For more information, and to register for the upcoming training, please contact Joseph Gordon, Wayland CERT Coordinator, at (617) 835-3266 or via email at gordon@waylandcert.org.

PTO Seeking Volunteers for World’s Fair

Save the Date…The World’s Fair is Coming! PTO Seeking Volunteers
Loker School, Saturday, March 25th, 1:00 to 4:00 PM

The World’s Fair is coming to Loker School on Saturday, March 25th from 1pm-4pm! Created to celebrate Wayland’s cultural diversity, parents and students from the three elementary schools or groups of high school students work together to assemble booths representing the best of their culture or a culture they admire. To volunteer please click here. Contact Rebecca Lloyd at waylandworldfair@gmail.com with any questions. Thank you!

Becoming 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.

The Wayland Library sponsors an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program that serves a wide area around Wayland. Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled.

Program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on March 7. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Tuesday mornings, 9:30-12:30. 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.

Adult volunteers wanted to roll out Happy Hollow cafeteria lunch food composting program

green-team-compostingHappy Hollow is delighted to roll-out this new “green school” composting initiative and we are looking for adult volunteers to help train our students on how to properly sort and compost cafeteria food left overs. A Wayland School Cori must be on file prior to entering the building.
Everyone benefits from your involvement; the environment, our children, our recently upgraded garden and our community as a whole. Students have already started composting and just need some helpful reminders and instructions. We are looking for one to two parents per 11:30-1:30pm for two weeks beginning December 5th. We will have a quick training on December 2nd from 10-12pm (it will probably take under an hour, but this affords the opportunity to view the cafeteria if you are interested). Please register using the Volunteer link below – and thank you!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
  1. Click this link: http://signup.com/go/C7Ve9y
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Wayland resident elected to Human Relations Service board

Wayland Town Crier 11/10/16: Wayland resident elected to Human Relations Service board. Malcolm Astley, of Wayland, was elected to the board of trustees of The Human Relations Service, the private, nonprofit community mental health agency serving Wellesley, Weston and Wayland. Astley received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in teaching from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Education in human development and counseling from Boston University. He spent 37 years in public education as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal, working in the public schools in the Boston area. Astley has served as a trustee for local organizations, and he was recently designated as a White Ribbon Ambassador by Jane Doe Inc. in their campaign for Reimagining Manhood.

Wayland Conservation holding volunteer event for trail maintenance

trout-brook-conservation-areaThe Wayland Conservation Department will be holding a trail maintenance and invasive plant removal event at Trout Brook Conservation Area on Saturday October 22 from 11am-2pm (rain date October 29).

Trout Brook is a 50 acre area comprised of predominantly white pine forest surrounding a freshwater swamp. A mile and a half of trails run throughout the property.

Join us for a fun and rewarding day outdoors helping to maintain one of Wayland’s beautiful conservation areas! Any amount of time you can help is appreciated and useful, so come and stay as long as you want. All ages are welcome including children if accompanied by an adult. Please no dogs.

The entrance to Trout Brook is at 22 Campbell Rd. On-street parking is available across from the entrance. (Please do not park in front of the gate.)

Bring hand tools only (pruners, loppers, pruning saws etc.) for clearing the trails and removing invasive plants. Long Pants, long sleeves, gloves and sturdy solid footwear are highly suggested.

Please contact the Conservation office at 508-358-3669 or email Brian Harris for more information.

Sudbury Valley Trustees Seek Volunteers for Conservation Land Marking

signingSudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) seek new volunteers for boundary location and signing on its properties. SVT is a non-profit conservation organization that protects natural areas for wildlife and people. With the help of volunteers, SVT cares for over 4200 acres of land and maintains over 55 miles of trails in a 36-community region around the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers. Boundary volunteers should be comfortable working in the field, including bushwhacking through rough terrain. Orienteering and compass skills are a plus, although training will be provided. If you care about conservation, enjoy exploring the natural lands around you, or want to learn a new skill, attend the training session at Wolbach Farm at 18 Wolbach Road in Sudbury on October 5th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information or to register for the training, contact Lisa Long at 978-443-5588 X135.