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Non-Profit Spotlight:
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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Toys for Tots Collection at Wayland Police Department

This year as in years past, the Wayland Police Department will be accepting NEW, UNWRAPPED, NON-VIOLENT TOYS for US Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program.

You can bring NEW, UNWRAPPED, NON-VIOLENT to the Wayland Police Department (38 Cochituate Rd. Wayland), Silk Veterinary (9 Pelham Island Rd, Wayland, Wayland Town Hall (41 Cochituate Rd, Wayland) and Ace Hardware (70 Andrew Ave. Wayland) by December 11, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact, Detective Sergeant Jamie D. Berger, Wayland PD, 508-358-1722 or

Source: WPD Facebook post

Wayland Center Holiday Open House, December 2

The annual Wayland Center Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, December 2, 2-5 p.m.  The Wayland Museum and Historical Society, the Wayland Free Public Library, First Parish in Wayland, and the Wayland Depot will all be open to the public. Come and enjoy music, activities for kids, caroling, refreshments, and inventive seasonal decorations.

Step inside the Wayland Museum decorated in holiday finery and enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment during your visit.  Aida Gennis and Kathy Heckscher, assisted by Sally Lamprey and Ginny Steel, chair the Wayland Museum and Historical Society Open House, and will be busy with many bakers and servers who will provide home baked cookies, tea and punch.

The Wayland Museum and Historical Society’s festive decorations, appropriate to the period of each of the Grout Heard House Museum’s rooms, are fashioned by the Wayland Garden Club.  Many volunteer Garden Club members decorate the House under the guidance of Gretchen Schuler and Lois Toombs.

Girl Scout troops from all over town are crafting handmade decorations for the tree in the alcove of the Stone Room illustrating this year’s theme, “Board Games.”  The Wayland Girl Scout efforts are under the direction of Elisa Scola.

The Wayland Depot, in our historic 1881 train station, will be open from 12-5 p.m., offering an array of handcrafted gifts and unique holiday items for sale, along with Wayland Booster apparel.  Refreshments and sweets will be served by volunteer members of the Depot.

As a part of the Wayland Center Holiday Open House, Ben Rudnick & Friends will perform a Holiday Concert for all ages at the Wayland Free Public Library, from 3-3:45 p.m. With seven Parent’s Choice awards to their credit, this tightly-honed string quartet with vocals is guaranteed to entertain the entire family.  Come and sing your favorite holiday songs and learn some new ones!  The performance will be upstairs in the round room.  Refreshments will be served.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Wayland Public Library.

At 4:30 in the afternoon, join in caroling on the steps of First Parish in Wayland, with lively music provided by members of the Sudbury Valley New Horizons Band.  Following the caroling, led by Rev. Maddie Sifantus, founder/director emerita of the Golden Tones, say hello to Santa in the vestry, and enjoy cocoa and cookies provided by the youth of the congregation. 

Enjoy opening the holiday season with your friends and neighbors in Wayland Center!


Wayland’s Railroad: Central Massachusetts Railroad

Sunday, November 18 ~ 2:30 pm Rick Conard, Wayland Historical Commission
Wayland Museum & Historical Society

Rick Conard has been interested in the history of the railroad in Wayland since his high school days in the late 1960s when he researched and wrote school papers on the railroad and rode and photographed trains in town.  As a member of the Wayland Historical Commission he has supported preserving railroad buildings and remaining foundations in Wayland Center as part of a railroad interpretive site.  His illustrated presentation will focus on Wayland as a railroad town on the Boston & Maine Railroad Central Massachusetts line.  For those interested in walking the length of the newly paved Wayside Rail Trail on a self-guided historical tour through Wayland and Weston, copies of the Spring 2018 Weston Historical Society Bulletin will be available for sale.

Refreshments follow in the Stone Room of the Grout Heard House.

Encore: The New Budget Process & Town Govt. Structure – are they right for Wayland?

Two years ago, the Town hired the Collins Center for Public Management to evaluate our financial and administrative operations, and recommend improvements to their efficiency and effectiveness. Find out what changes are being made to the structure of Wayland’s Town Government and our budgeting process. And why! Our guests are Lea Anderson, Chair of the Selectmen; and Brian Keveny, Wayland’s Finance Director. Please join us starting Sunday, Nov. 18th.

The Buzz airs on Sundays and Tuesdays, at 10am and 6pm on your Public cable channel (Comcast Ch. 8; Verizon Ch. 37), and online on-demand anytime at

Holiday Drive for Families Affected by Domestic Violence

Members of the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable display some of the 2017 holiday donations from the Roundtable. Pictured L to R are Malcolm Astley, George Connor, Diane Seligman, Ruth Backman, Joan Gaumnitz, Dossie Kahn and Fay Farber

Each year the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable sponsors a family for the holidays, and each year we invite our local communities to become involved in making the holidays brighter for families affected by domestic violence.

There are a number of ways that you can help. Sponsoring a family can be a wonderful way for you and your family to do something together to help others. You can also involve extended family, neighbors, and friends. Or perhaps your colleagues at work, your book club, scout troop, civic organization, or club would like to organize a collection.

For those who cannot sponsor a family, gift cards to retail stores for food, clothing, and other necessities are welcome. Popular stores include Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, CVS, Target, and Stop and Shop. Wrapping paper, ribbon, and tape are also needed. Whatever you can do to help is deeply appreciated.

Three local agencies offer services and programs for families affected by domestic violence. All of these programs conduct a Holiday Drive. Advocates from each agency sit with survivors and provide help with “wish lists” for them and their children.

For further information about how you might help, please contact:

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

Deborah Heimel 781-891-0724 X108
Deadline for delivering gifts is Dec. 8-11, 2018

The Second Step

Carole Thompson 617-965-2538

Support Project Pajama, November 21-December 12

“The children were nestled, all snug in their beds…”

Are you looking for a great way to get your kids involved in giving back this holiday season?

Please consider supporting two Wayland moms in providing pajamas for underserved children in Lowell, MA.

4th Annual Project Pajama

Kim Bruno and Giselle Shardlow founded Project Pajama after Kim learned that a high school classmate of hers, who is now a teacher in Lowell, needed help collecting pajamas for her students. Their aim is to provide 300 pairs of children’s pajamas to families in need. They hope to provide warmth and comfort to ensure a better night&#s sleep that will lead to a more healthy and productive life.
How to Help Kim and Giselle are collecting brand-new, unwrapped girls and boys pajamas, sizes 6 to16, from November 21st through December 12th. Please place donations of new pajamas in the holiday wrapped boxes outside of their homes. May we all be a bit warmer this season—whether it is because of a new pair of pajamas or because of doing a good deed.

Donation Locations

  • Kim Bruno: 1 Pheasant Run
  • Giselle Shardlow: 22 Shaw Drive

What the Children Say

  • “I have never slept in a pair of pajamas.” ~ Fourth-grade girl, jumping for joy over not having to sleep in her clothes again.
  • “Oh my, I’ve never won anything before. Can I try them on?” ~ Kindergarten boy upon receiving his pajamas.
  • “This is the best day of my life ever!” ~ Second grade girl after receiving her pajamas.

Our 2018 goal is to collect 300 pajamas. Feel free to forward on to anyone who might also be interested.

Thank you so much!
Giselle & Kim

Weston Friendly Society presents Annie, December 1, 2, 7 and 8

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the heartwarming tale of a young girl searching for family, home and love? Get your tickets now for Weston Friendly Society’s production of Annie! Performances will be on:

  • Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, December 7 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Weston Friendly’s New Seating Plan Offers More Choices!
Announcing exciting changes to our orchestra seating! Choose between our signature cabaret style seating or our newly added traditional theater row seating. And we still have our balcony seats available for all you balcony lovers. So go ahead – check out our new floor plan and make the choice that’s right for you!