The First Annual “Pam’s Run” has been scheduled for October 5, 2013. This road race will include both a three mile course and a five mile course and will happen right here in Wayland! The race will be open to runners from across Massachusetts and beyond. Committees are being formed right now to plan the run, from early publicity to the after-race party. We are looking for volunteers to help us organize this exciting event, so please contact me if you can serve on one of the race committees or would like to help on Race Day!
Wayland Town Crier 5/13/13: Volunteers help out at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. Fifth-grade students battled with invasive honeysuckle roots, teens fixed bridges and cleared trails of downed branches, and a group of retired men built stairs up a steep riverside slope. These were just a few of the many projects that Sudbury Valley Trustees organized for Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. By dusk on Saturday, April 27, over 128 volunteers contributed more than 375 hours of service to improve local conservation properties.
High School students cleaning up the rail trail in the town center for their service project.
In cooperation with Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail, the Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its annual Spring volunteer brush clearing along the abandoned railroad line in Wayland again, on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Times are Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm but feel free to come anytime for part of a day, whenever you may be available or depending upon the weather. Volunteers should bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and should wear work clothes and boots.
For more information contact Rick Conard via email
or call him at (508) 358-4597 after 7pm. Or call Larry Kiernan at 508 358 2568 or email him
If you can’t make it please come by and buy a Wayland Rail Trail T- Shirt at the Wayland Depot or donate. Send tax deductible checks to:
Town of Wayland
41 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778
Write “Rail Trail” in the memo section, this puts the money in the Rail Trail Account.
Thanks for your support!
Wayland will begin celebrating its 375th anniversary with special fun family activities on Saturday, June 15th. Cirque Passion is coming to town! Native American activities will take place in back of Station 2. Historical tours will take you to the original settlement in the Sudbury Plantation. You can square dance and watch a great bonfire by moonlight! We need all kinds of help: games, food, tickets sales, set-up and take down. Please volunteer two or three hours of your time on June 15th. Go to www.wayland375.com and click on VOLUNTEER at the bottom of the home page.
The Board of Selectmen has created a pair of temporary advisory study committees. The first group will re-visit the services provided and coordinated by the current Wayland Cares coalition. As voters may recall, funding for the program expires September 30, 2013 at the end of a five-year Federal grant. While the coalition has applied for the next round of funding, success is by no means assured, particularly in light of the sequestration of domestic Federal spending. The study group will be charged with responding to the near unanimous support by Town Meeting of services, but were uncomfortable with the organizational structure or the use of local tax dollars to continue to support the initiative by evaluating the program and recommending a service-delivery model by November 2013 for inclusion in the FY2015 annual operating budget.
The second panel will review Other Post-Employment Expenses (OPEB) – the investment of funds, the allocation of future funding requirements among budgets and fee-based programs, examining payments in prior years for fee-based program employees to assure taxpayer equity, and ways to reduce long-term liabilities. Recommendations to the Selectmen will be reflected in the FY2015 omnibus budget plan and in the separate funding article for OPEB expenses at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting.
Additional information about each of the temporary advisory study committees can be found at:
Citizens considering service on either of these two temporary advisory study committees or interested in filling vacancies on various boards and committees (visit the list of current vacancies that can be found in the links on the left-hand column of the home page) can express their interest by letter or email. The application process is easy. Simply send an email or mail a letter addressed to the Board of Selectmen or Town of Wayland, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778. The letter should include a statement of interest and provide information on your education and experience (professional or volunteer) relevant to the position you seek. Many citizens submit a resume or bulletized summary of this background information with the brief letter of interest. You are also encouraged to attend a meeting or to contact the chair of the board or committee in which you are interested. Information on meeting dates and contact information for the chair are generally provided on the committee page on this website.
Typically, the Board interviews candidates as part of a regular Selectmen’s meeting, usually at 7:15 p.m. in the Town Building. You will be contacted to schedule an interview. In order to be considered for appointment, you must be a registered voter in the Town of Wayland.
Have fun this summer doing community service with your peers. The High School Summer Community Service Program, which will be led by WMS teaching assistant Jennifer Parra, kicks off on Tuesday, July 2 and winds up on August 13, 2013. All students from entering freshmen to graduating seniors are welcome to participate. Students meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to plan projects; the community service takes place on weekdays, evenings, and some weekends. You may bring your own project ideas. Projects in the past have included:
- Gaining Ground-organic farming
- Cradles to Crayons
- Community Gardens
- Parmenter Food Pantry-packing and delivering food
- A Place to Turn-food drive
- Salvation Army-making sandwiches
- Assisting elderly residents-chores and yard work
- Wayland Conservation-trail maintenance
TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED BY STUDENTS AND PARENT DRIVERS.
PARENTS ARE NEEDED TO CHAPERONE AND DRIVE IN ORDER FOR THIS PROGRAM TO RUN. Please contact the recreation office at 508 358-3660 to request a CORI form.
For more information, contact Jennifer Parra
Jennifer is a teaching assistant at Wayland Middle School
The fee is $75 and registration is through the Recreation Department online
SOAR 55 offers a professional and personalized volunteer matching service that connects adults age 55 and over with multiple and varied opportunities to contribute their skills and experience in meaningful service activity that helps strengthen and expand the capacity of local nonprofit and public organizations. SOAR 55 has over 300 volunteers serving at 80 sites in assignments that range from tutoring children to working alongside nonprofit staff in leadership roles to providing nonprofit management consulting assistance.
Service opportunities include but are not limited to the following: coordinate and facilitate meetings engaging teens and seniors for an intergenerational program; assist a local nonprofit in developing or expanding their volunteer program; mentor a vulnerable teen who needs extra support; plan community events for a cultural arts museum; manage a drop-in computer help lab that provides the general public with computer-related assistance; help in a variety of ways with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve as it assists military service members find employment and support employers who hire them; work with culturally diverse families in early childhood literacy training; and much more.
All assignments offer a chance for volunteers to meet new people, learn new skills, share experience and connect with the community. Many assignments include orientation, training and support, are flexible and require approximately two hours (average) a week. For more information, contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or at email@example.com. For a complete listing of service opportunities or for more information about SOAR 55, visit the SOAR 55 website and find us on Facebook.
SOAR 55, Service Opportunities after Reaching 55, is a program of Newton Community Service Center and part of a national network of volunteer agencies that mobilizes adults 55 and over to contribute their skills and experience to help strengthen and expand the capacity of local community service organizations in Newton and MetroWest
Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air vacations. Opening up your home and neighborhood provides an enriching experience. This summer dates are July 19 – 26th. For more information locally please contact Penny Beer firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-358-4437. You can find more information about the fresh air organization online at www.freshair.org or call 1-800-367-0003.
The snows have finally melted, and OARS is setting up the water quality monitoring season and looking for volunteers! Email or call Suzanne Flint (978 email@example.com) to ask questions or let her know you’re interested. Volunteers are trained and monitoring is done one Sunday a month from May through September starting about 6 am on the Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury Rivers. On the Sudbury River, monitoring is done at Sherman’s Bridge, Route 27, Pelham Island, Hop Brook, and Saxonville. It takes two to three hours and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy.
If you haven’t volunteered before, you can find more information about volunteering online here. If you are a returning volunteer – “Thank you!” You make our monitoring program possible and provide the data that we use to understand and advocate for the rivers.
Training sessions for new and returning volunteers:
Sunday, May 5th, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Acton
Thursday, May 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Wayland
Sunday, May 12th, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. in Hudson
Directions to the training session are on Google maps at: http://goo.gl/maps/qigAh
You can volunteer for all six sampling dates or as few as three.
Sampling dates for 2013:
Sunday, May 19th
Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day)
Sunday, July 21st
Sunday, August 18th
Sunday, September 22nd
Sunday, November 10th