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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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ESOL Tutor Training

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 February 26. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Monday 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 (later) 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

Vokes Players Announce its Production of Peter and the Starcatcher

The Vokes Players of Wayland present Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Katie Swimm. Performances will be held at Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre, Route 20 in Wayland, MA from February 21st through March 9th , Thursday-Saturday evenings at 8pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturdays, March 2 and 9. For tickets and information call 508-358-4034, or order online via the Vokes’ website Ticket prices are $23 for Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees; $28 for Friday & Saturday evenings.

By turns exhilarating and enchanting, silly and preposterous, this breathless, inventive theatrical experience utilizes a healthy dose of stage magic to help us locate our own individual imaginations. Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of three orphaned boys who are sold into slavery at the same time that a special assignment is being undertaken by Lord Aster and his daughter Molly for the Queen. Descriptive language and staging tell a story of two ships on the ocean, one carrying “star stuff,” the other carrying a young boy without a name, without a family, and without a purpose. When these ships and missions collide, this unnamed boy’s fate becomes entwined with magic, danger, a girl with special powers, an evil pirate captain, and yes, a crocodile. This is an origin story that will delight and surprise you. Its magic will lure you back to a time when you believed in Neverland, too.

The cast for the show includes: Lincoln Gray (Somerville), Megan McCormick (Somerville), AJ Lyman
(Malden), Shira Cahn-Lipman (Ashland), Dan Pickar (Malden), Tristyn Sepersky (Brighton), Kathleen
Comber (Roslindale), Josh Telepman (Northboro), Bob Mulloney (West Roxbury), Sally Reid (Marlboro),
Michael Jay (Needham), and Lisa Tierney (Sharon). The director, Katie Swimm, is from Jamaica Plain.

The historic Beatrice Herford’s Vokes Theatre in Wayland is one of the truly unique cultural and historical resources in Metrowest. The Vokes Players is a non-profit theatrical organization. Peter and the Starcatcher is the second production of our 2018-19 season. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about the Vokes Players, visit our website –

News and Events from the Wayland Library, January 19, 2018


  • Carl Hobert: How Rwanda Saved My Life. Wayland resident Hobert had been working for years to help the government of Rwanda with education reform and youth-focused conflict resolution.  Then, in March 2018, he was rescued from near-death in a Kigali hospital.  His is a story of medical collaboration, empathy, and miracles, told truly from the heart.  He is the author of Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet.  Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Cooking with Chocolate, Sweet and Savory. Chocolate is not just dessert; it’s everything you need! Join chef Liz Barbour and learn about the different types of chocolate, how to select a chocolate based on its fat and sugar content, and how to use chocolate as the main ingredient in recipes that are not just for dessert.  Enjoy a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes, and samples.  Registration is required.  Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Tech Help by Appointment. Did you get a new digital gizmo over the holidays and don’t know how to use it?  Do you have one already that you still can’t quite figure out?  Call or drop in to schedule a one-on-one Help session with a member of our crack reference staff.  We’ll do our best to get you up and running. 508-358-2311.
  • Art Reception Snow Date. If the library has closed on January 20 because of weather, the artist’s reception scheduled for that day will be held on Tuesday, January 29 from 6:30-7:30.



  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, 12, and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Inclusive Playgroup: Stories, Songs, and Sign. This interactive, inclusive music and literacy group is for young children at all levels of communication and ability. Facilitated by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages newborn to 3 years. Wednesday, Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and 27 at 11:15-12:00p.m.
  • Storytime at the Farmer’s Market. Join librarians from Wayland and Sudbury for storytime at the Wayland Winter Farmer’s  Market. Storytimes will be held on the second floor of Russell’s Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road. For ages babies to age 5, with caregiver. Saturdays, January 26, Feb. 2, 16 and 23 at 11:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Brain Building Storytime. Storytime, parachute play, and brain building activity. Program led by Beverly Mobilia of Wayland Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages 2 to 5, with parent/caregiver. Wednesdays, January 30, and Feb. 20 at 11:15a.m.-12:00p.m.
  • Zumba. Rhythm and dance program led by Hayley Chizinsky of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. For ages 2.5 to 4 years. Tuesday, January 29, at 10:30 a.m.


  • Drop-in Family Game Day. Spend quality time with your kids and play games at the library! We will have board games and card games set up to play. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver. Wednesday, January 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Let’s Build: Strongest Paper Bridge. Let’s Build is a hands-on building workshop for kids in grades 3-5. Each month will feature a different building challenge. This month’s challenge is to build a paper bridge that can hold the most coins. For kids in grades 3-5. Let’s Build workshops are run by Wayland High School Seniors Eileen Chau and Julia Treese. Wednesday, January 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Who Code for Grades 3 to 5. The Wayland Public Library is offering a Winter/Spring Girls Who Code club for girls in grades 3 to 5. This club will teach basic coding in an engaging and creative way to girls in the upper elementary grades. The club will meet every Monday, January 28 through April 8, (except for school holidays) and will be facilitated by a Wayland parent and other volunteers. The library will supply laptops for the girls to use during class. Girls who were in the fall session are welcome to register for the Winter/Spring club and new girls are welcome to join. Please register here or from the library’s online calendar. The mission of GWC is to help bridge the gender gap in technology fields. Questions? Email Youth Services librarian Pam McCuen at

FOR TEENS: Late Night Pizza Study Nights for Teens During Exam Week. January 22, 23, and 24. Wayland High School Students!  Feed your brain while studying with your friends at the library! Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m.  Snacks will be served throughout the evening. The library will stay open until 11 p.m. just for you.  We hope you ace your exams.


Seven Wayland HS Students Display Artwork In Boston

Wayland Patch 1/17/19: Seven Wayland HS Students Display Artwork In Boston. Students from Wayland High School under the direction of art teachers, Véronique Latimer and Amy O’Connell are representing the town in the Massachusetts Emerging Artists juried exhibit at the State Transportation Building.

Fire Department announces Open Burning Season

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Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department.  Open burning season runs from January 15th to May 1st.  A valid permit obtained from the local Fire Department is required.  The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.  The Fire Department will begin issuing open burning permits beginning on January 15th.  There is no cost for the burn permit.

Obtaining a Permit for Open Burning:

You can obtain your open burning permit by doing the following:

  • Obtain your open burning permit by filling out the Burning Permit Online Form.  To obtain your permit online, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations.  This permit will be valid through May 1st.  You will be assigned a permit number, which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.
  • You may call (508) 358-4747 and a Dispatcher will enter your information and issue you a permit number.  You MUST retain this number.  If you want to burn on a particular day and do not have your permit number, you will not be allowed to burn.
  • The Fire Department will continue to offer the traditional walk-in registration for those that do not have computer access or simply prefer to visit the station.

Daily Activation of Your Permit:

Each day you wish to burn, you must activate your permit by doing one the following:

  • Click on this Link: to activate your burn permit for the day.
  • You may contact Central Dispatch at (508) 358-4747.  You MUST have your permit number.  If you do not have your permit number, you will not be allowed to burn.

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable Valentine’s Day Gift Collection

Each year the Roundtable collects items for Valentine’s Day and fills gift bags for women, men and children temporarily living in local shelters. These bags are then given to three local shelters. Some examples of items are gift cards for CVS, Target, Friendly’s, grocery stores etc. For mothers in the shelters some items would include bath products, socks, cosmetics, nail polish, hair products, phone cards, journals, postage stamps etc. Items for children should be age appropriate from crayons, coloring books and non-violent toys to bath and hair products, to books and diaries. In past years the Roundtable has provided as many as 125 bags to the various shelters.

Suggested new items:

Adults and Teens: gift cards from CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, McDonald’s, AMC Theater, Target, and Walmart, iTunes cards, phone cards, chapsticks, chocolate, stationery, hair items, journals, paperback books, socks, small storage bins for their bedrooms, shower caddies to carry/store personal hygiene.

Children and Babies: candy, playing cards, flash cards, crayons, washable markers, coloring books, pencils, erasers, matchbox cars, costume jewelry, yo-yos, jacks, small stuffed animals, stickers, small musical instruments, trading cards, small cardboard books, diary, children’s bath products, bubbles, socks, children’s jewelry, small balls, baby items such as rattles, baby cup/spoon, baby socks/booties, bibs, baby lotion/shampoo

For more on the Roundtable and ways you can help, visit

Wayland High School Late Night 2019 seeks support

Wayland High School Late Night 2019
Help support a safe, fun night for our students!

Saturday, May 18 will be an exciting day for Wayland High School students – it is the evening of the Junior Prom. For the 21st year, Wayland High School parents and the local business community will come together to fund and support “Late Night,” a fun, supervised event for our Prom-goers and their guests immediately following the Prom. Late Night is a free, after-Prom celebration organized and chaperoned by our High School parents, designed to provide a safe and substance-free environment where classmates can be together and celebrate on Prom Night.

Late Night is 100% funded by our Wayland parents and the local business community. We keep this event FREE for the kids to make their attendance as easy as possible. All Juniors and their guests are encouraged to participate in this event, whether they attend the prom or not, so we need your financial support. Donations are needed to plan and secure the entertainment, food and activities that will ensure a fun and successful event. The cost to cover all of the event expenses is estimated to be $85 per person. Please help us make Late Night 2019 a memorable event by making as generous a donation as possible.

Tax-deductible donations can be made payable to the Wayland PTO and mailed to: LATE NIGHT 2019, c/o Elizabeth Shine, 29 Training Field Road, Wayland, MA 01778. Please provide your name, phone number, and email. Or you can go online and donations can be made at The Wayland PTO is a non-profit organization, Fed ID# 20-0141838.

Please contact Lana Murphy or Sandy O’Driscoll at if you have any questions or would like to learn more.

Let this be the ONLY Party in Town!