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Disclosure: Waylandenews Executive Director Kim Reichelt is a member of the Wayland School Committee. Her work on this site, however, is as an individual, not as a member of the School Committee.

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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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Hike Wayland Family Challenge! Extended till May 4th

How many Wayland Family Hikes can your family do?

Here are the rules:

  1. Your whole family (if there’s just two of you) or at least 3 members of your family hike one of 19 locations in Wayland: The Rail Trail (obviously), The Aqueduct and the 17 Wayland Conservation Trails
  2. Take a group picture (proof) – from a recognizable spot- get creative if you like
  3. Submit your pictures to the Hike Wayland Family Challenge Facebook page each day or email them to larrykiernan04@gmail.com by April 7th.

If you’re concerned about not knowing the trails. Here is Wayland Conservations PDF Map or get the Maps.me app, which has all Wayland trails and nearly all hiking trails in the US. Follow social distancing guidelines when meeting others on the trail.

Like the Hike Wayland Family Challenge Facebook Page to help get the word out.

Wayland RN is collecting items for the ICU nurses at a major Boston hospital

From Wayland RN Joanne Burke:  Your kindness is amazing! Trying to brainstorm creative ways to keep spirits up and support for our nurses and staff.
Nurses love:
  • Food( individual wrapped like power or granola bars, snack bags )
  • Candy (individually wrapped )
  • Cheerful notes spreading sunshine
  • Self care items (lotions, lip balm …..)
Maybe our Wayland community would like to do something like that? I bring items / notes to my staff of 180 people almost daily. Items can be left on my front porch . I will put out bins today at  51 Maiden Lane, Wayland.  They will  go from there to support our cohort units and nurses that are floated to care for our patients.

News and Events from the Wayland Library, April 3, 2020

ADULT SERVICES

  • April Special: Digital Harry Potter. For this month only, the ebook of the first title in the series—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—is always available, in a multitude of languages.  That means no holds, no waiting.  Same for the e-audiobook, performed by the legendary Jim Dale.  Just go to the library’s Overdrive digital catalog (also accessible through the free Libby app) and look for the link.
  • Book Cover Challenge. Using whatever you have around the house for costume and props, recreate your favorite book cover, theme or character.  Submit your photos as a comment on our Facebook post or email them to us at cmichael@minlib.net and we’ll share them.  Take a log at our blog at waylandlibrary.org to see how some intrepid staff members have risen to the challenge.
  • Explore Cookbooks on Libby. Are you missing the library’s great selection of cookbooks?  Daily recipes getting boring when you can’t dine out?  Fear not!  The library’s Libby/Overdrive ebook catalog contains a fantastic variety of digital cookbooks available to you at the push of a button (or tap of a touch screen) under its “Cooking & Food” category.
  • Bonus Borrows on Hoopla. In order to provide relief to libraries and more content to patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla has created a Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and Hoopla favorites: ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, and more.  Now through April 30, you can borrow any of these always-available titles with no debit against your monthly limit of five.  To create an account, just go to waylandlibrary.org and click on the Hoopla logo.
  • New Remote Access to Ancestry. Ordinarily, you’d have to be in the library to use Ancestry.com, the most popular genealogy database.  But now you can log in from home just by entering your card number.  Then you’ll enjoy access to Ancestry’s vast trove of census records, birth and death records, military documents, and more.  This service is available to Wayland residents only.

YOUTH SERVICES MOVES ONLINE

  • Weekly Facebook Live Storytimes. Join Ms. Carly for a Facebook Live storytime on the Wayland Public Library’s facebook page. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements.  Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, 14, and 21 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Sing-alongs posted on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page for prerecorded sing-alongs and storytimes created by Ms. Carly, Ms. Laura, Ms. Janet, Ms. Pam and others on our Youth Services team. Check out our Facebook page on Fridays, April 10, April 17 and April 24 to see the new posts. (Or anytime to see what has already been posted.)
  • Weekly Craft programs posted on Facebook. Children’s Librarian Elise Katz will demonstrate easy crafts you can do at home with your children. These short videos will be posted on the Wayland Facebook page on Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22 and 29.
  • Parent/Child 4th and 5th grade Book Club Moves to Zoom. We will be discussing Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord. This book club is for 4th and 5th graders with a parent. If you would like to join our online meeting, contact pmccuen@minlib.net to join the Zoom Group. Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.
  • Daily Blog Post for Activity of the Day: A Little Something.  Check out the Wayland Library webpage every weekday for daily activities to do with your children during this extended at home time. You will find the blog on the scrolling feed on the front page of the Wayland Library webpage. Feel free to read past posts as well…there are many ideas up there for you.
  • Youth Online Resource Highlight of the Week: Hoopla for Teens. Teen readers looking for a new book can check out the offerings on Hoopla! Sign in using your library card and browse the “Young Adult” category to find awesome books for teens. Titles on Hoopla are instantly available for checkout.

Town seeks poll workers for Annual Town Election

If interested in working as a poll worker at the Annual Town Election, please contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (508) 358-3630. Poll workers are needed!

News and Updates from the Wayland Library, March 27, 2020

ADULT SERVICES

  • Bonus Borrows on Hoopla. In order to provide relief to libraries and more content to patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla has created a Bonus Borrows Collection with more than 1,100 top titles and Hoopla favorites: ebooks, e-audiobooks, movies, and more.  Now through April 30, you can borrow any of these always-available titles with no debit against your monthly limit of five.  To create an account, just go to waylandlibrary.org and click on the Hoopla logo.
  • New Remote Access to Ancestry. Ordinarily, you’d have to be in the library to use Ancestry.com, the most popular genealogy database.  But soon (probably by the time you read this) you’ll be able to log in from home just by entering your card number.  Then you’ll have access to Ancestry’s vast trove of census records, birth and death records, military documents, and more.  This service will be available to Wayland residents only.
  • Noon Zoom.  On Friday, April 10, the Noon Book Group will conduct its monthly session via Zoom, the online meeting app.  The book under discussion is Typical American by Gish Jen.  If you’d like to participate, email Andy Moore at amoore@minlib.net.

YOUTH SERVICES MOVES ONLINE

  • Weekly Facebook Live Storytimes. Join Ms. Carly for a Facebook Live storytime on the Wayland Public Library’s facebook page. Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements.  Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, 14, and 21 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Weekly Sing-alongs and programs posted on Facebook. Check out our Facebook page for prerecorded sing-alongs and storytimes created by Ms. Carly, Ms. Laura, Ms. Pam and others on our Youth Services team. (The first one has already been posted…search for Pop Goes the Weasel Sing along by Ms. Carly on our Facebook page). The next sing-along, created by Ms. Laura, will be posted on Friday, April 3.
  • Daily Blog Post for Activity of the Day: A Little Something. Check out the Wayland Library webpage every weekday for daily activities to do with your children during this extended at home time. You will find the blog on the scrolling feed on the front page of the Wayland Library webpage. Feel free to read past posts as well…there are many ideas up there for you.
  • Youth Online Resource Highlight of the Week: Libby. If you haven’t used Libby yet, now is the time! There are many youth e-books and e-audiobooks available for check out from Libby by Overdrive.  Just download the Libby app, confirm your library card status, then search for Wayland Library. Enter your Wayland Library card number and your pin. If you don’t have a pin, you can set one up via the Minuteman online catalog. Questions? Contact Pam McCuen, Head of Youth Services, at pmccuen@minlib.net

Wayland Community Fund Needs Your Help!  Please Donate!

We are expecting the Corona virus to present unusual challenges to our funding. With so many people out of work, it will become difficult for local residents to pay bills such as rent, utilities, and food purchases.

The Wayland Community Fund (WCF) continues to help families in need during the Coronavirus epidemic and we continue to need your support! Please Donate!

WCF provides short-term emergency financial assistance to Wayland residents who have lived in Wayland for at least one year. WCF provides funding for basic needs such as utilities, rent, food, medical bills, and other living expenses. The current epidemic has affected everyone in one way or another. Many of our neighbors have lost jobs, have no oil left in their tank, little food and/or are challenged with family care.

“Requests for help increased sharply this past year and donations continue to be down” according to Wayland Community Fund Chair, Lynn Dowd.

WCF receives no public funding. It relies primarily on contributions from Wayland residents and a few businesses, supplemented by a small trust fund created 20 years ago. Managed by five appointed volunteer professionals, it has no overhead or administrative expenses.

Please consider supporting this vital Wayland community organization by sending a charitable donation to: The Wayland Community Fund, ℅ Treasurers’ Office, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 or Donate online.

Residents must apply with a formal request for assistance and if eligible, payment is made directly to the vendor or supplier of service. If you know a Wayland resident who needs financial help, please ask them to call 508-358-3624.

More information can be found on the Town of Wayland website.

Town Services for Residents’ Needs

To: All Residents
From: Town Administrator and Health Director Date: March 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Re: Town Services for Residents’ Needs

While we all work to follow the Governor’s stay in place order and as the days progress, the Town recognizes that many of our residents may find that they need additional support or services. Please take time to read through the entire list.

Support services in place:

Health: The Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 508-358-6805 is for those experiencing symptoms, concerns about exposure and seeking information specific to the COVID-19 virus. The phone is being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Private Business Food Deliveries: The Health Department is visiting each restaurant and grocery store in Wayland on a daily basis to ensure each business continues to follow proper protocols for take-out and delivery services. This applies to brick and mortar businesses in Wayland.

Town: The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508- 358-7701. This phone is also being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Council on Aging (CoA): CoA staff have been in touch with their senior population on a regular and often daily basis through phone calls, emails, and robo calls. If you would like to be added to the CoA’s list for a friendly check in or other services, please call the CoA at 508-358-2990.

The Meals on Wheels program will continue next week and, at this time, will be conducted by BayPath Elder Services instead of Wayland volunteers.

Youth and Family Services: The staff of Youth and Family Services are available for phone counseling and outreach services to its existing clients. If you are seeking immediate mental health services, please call Psychiatric Emergency Services, in Framingham, at (800) 640-5432. For emotional support, call the state’s 211 to access “call to talk”.

Food Pantries: The Town Administrator’s Office, the CoA and the Health Department are working with the three known food pantries in Wayland: Parmenter Food Pantry, Celebration International Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church. The Health Department has reviewed safe delivery protocols with each group. The Town is working closely with the Celebration International Church and its affiliation with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food to Wayland residents.

Volunteers: The Town has become aware of residents asking in what way they can help their neighbors. The Town has established a list of residents who would like to volunteer in some way. To add your name to the volunteer list, please email the Town at COVIDvolunteer@wayland.ma.us. We will be in touch with every person indicating a desire to volunteer to get additional information about skills that may be needed in the future. At this time, because of the stay in place order and CDC guidelines, most of the volunteer opportunities will be friendly phone calls to neighbors.

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We continue to urge all residents to evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling any symptoms, we advise you to contact the Wayland Health Department at the Coronavirus Hotline 508-358-6805 and your primary care physician for guidance. If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home until you are feeling better and follow up with your primary care physician as needed.

The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508-358-7701.