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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.

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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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

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Our COVID-19 Request: Stay Home

Stay at home   #flattenthecurve

We at WaylandeNews urge everyone to stay home to the greatest extent possible. This pandemic is unprecedented in our …

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Cancellations due to coronavirus

We will do our best to keep our calendar up to date.  General guidance would be to assume that pretty much anything you might be going to has been can…

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All Library Programs Cancelled and Library Public Meeting Room Closed

In response to the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration and recommendation that non- essential gatherings be canceled, we have canceled all libra…

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A Message from Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) regarding trail policies

While SVT properties remain open to the public, SVT has updated trail policies for the safety of all during this time of high use. Visit www.svtweb.org for a detailed outline of these policies.

  • Please comply with state and federal orders regarding public activities.
  • Maintain social/physical distancing on the trails.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Please park in designated parking areas. If our lots are full, do not park along the edge of the road.
  • Please do not use the map boxes at our kiosks. Download or print map from home to avoid having to touch the map boxes.

These guidelines will also be posted at our trail heads. Please remember that our natural areas are home to an amazing array of plants and animals. We are guests in their home. Please take care not to disturb it.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a nonprofit, member-supported land trust that protects natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the region surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

Please Donate to Keep Families Safe from Abuse

Recently, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable board voted to donate $20,000 to five area domestic violence agencies to support them in their efforts to keep survivors safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. While this time of social distancing is challenging for all of us, we know that for survivors, this crisis is being felt multi-fold and in some cases may be life threatening. We hope that many of you will join us to provide funds to keep victims safe. Our local programs are all continuing to provide support to survivors. Shelters and transitional living programs remain open, and community advocacy has shifted to a mostly phone/video call support system.

In addition to the safety risk that being confined to home has created, there are a plethora of other concerns. Right now, many survivors are facing lost wages due to workplaces closures. Food access is limited. Bills, rent, and utilities are likely not going to be able to be paid. Domestic violence agencies are already hearing increased needs for financial support from survivors, and they know this will only grow exponentially as this pandemic continues.

We know that we live in very generous communities, and we are asking those of you who are able to make an online financial donation. A financial donation gives the agencies the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of survivors stated above as well as possibly placing survivors in hotels as there is currently no shelter space available due to the pandemic. Our local agencies include:

Please join the Roundtable in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We appreciate your consideration of this request and thank you for your support.

Important Reminder for Families with Children eligible for Kindergarten 2020 

Families with children who will be 5 by August 31, 2020 must reserve their child’s place in Wayland’s kindergarten through the Intent To Attend portal on the WPS Kindergarten Webpage:  https://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/district_info/kindergarten_information

We are asking all families to complete this form as soon as possible for planning purposes.  We recognize that these are challenging times for all families and we appreciate your prompt response.

Families with questions regarding the process or who have determined that their age eligible child will not be attending WPS next year should contact Pam Sanderson, Early Childhood Coordinator, at Pamela_Sanderson@wayland.k12.ma.us.

Families interested in registering for BASE or Pegasus can find the link to these programs on the Kindergarten webpage.

Governor signs law enabling municipalities to postpone elections

The Governor has signed into law chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 “An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the Commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19,” which has an emergency preamble and thus takes effect immediately.  A link to this will be posted on the main page of the Office of the Town Clerk.

FAQ

How will I know when a new Annual Town Election date is set? Notice of new election date must be provided to the public in other ways reasonably calculated to enable eligible voters to learn of the rescheduled election date including using a “reverse-911” call, municipal list-serve notifications, advertisement on local cable television or issuance of a press release sent to local news media.

What happens to an incumbent elected official whose term would have expired at the Annual Town Election on March 31, 2020? The incumbent elected official shall continue to serve in the official’s position until a successor is elected and qualified (which is already set forth in section 107 of chapter 41 of the General Laws).

Is it too late to register to vote in the new Annual Town Election? No. There will be a new voter registration deadline set which will 10 days before the new election date from 2 PM to 4 PM and from 7PM to 8 PM.

Will new election ballots/materials be printed? No. Election materials from the original election date for the new election date, including all ballots — absentee and official, will have the date of the original election on them

If I already cast an absentee ballot for the March 31, 2020 Annual Town Election, will my ballot be counted for the new election date? Yes. However, a voter who wants to vote in person on the date of the new election if their absentee ballot has not yet been counted.

Am I eligible to apply for an absentee ballot application due to COVID-19? Eligibility for apply for an absentee ballot now also includes a physical disability prevent the voter from going to the polling place (only until June 30, 2020) to include any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority.

If I am not eligible to apply for absentee ballot are there other ways than appearing at the polls to vote? Yes. Early voting by mail is an option for any annual or special municipal or state election held on or before June 30, 2020.

How do I arrange to early vote (EV) by mail? Voters must submit a written request for an EV ballot which can be the application we’ve prepared or any form of written communication asking for an EV ballot. An Early Voting application will be posted on the Town Clerk website.

What’s the difference between early voting and absentee voting? Differences include application requirements, eligibility, method and timing of voting, applications made by family members, and once a ballot is cast. A chart (or further information) detailing the differences will be posted on the front page of the Office of the Town Clerk in the next day or two.

Can I vote in person at the new Annual Town Election? Yes.

What is the deadline to apply for an Early Voting application? Noon on the last business day before the new election date and the deadline for you to receive completed EV ballots as the close of polls on the new election date.

Are there any new deadlines for filing nomination papers for the Annual Town Election? No.

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!

Hike Wayland Family Challenge! March 17th – April 6th

Schools closed, gyms are closed, we all need to keep proper social distance, if you sit in the house you are going to drive each other crazy. Try the Hike Wayland Family Challenge!  Prizes and awards to be announced but will be based on the number/variety of hikes and picture categories such as funniest, most artistic, best dressed.

How many Wayland Family Hikes can your family do?

Here are the rules:

  1. Your whole family 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.

Sign up to receive town alerts

To receive Town of Wayland Urgent Alerts including all postings related to the Town’s COVID-19 response:

  1. Go to the Town of Wayland webpage (www.wayland.ma.us) and click on the “Subscribe to Alerts” button on the bottom right (or the direct link to the subscription page is online here)
  2. Enter your email address and click to check the first open box on the form (under Urgent Alert, choose Town Alerts).
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the form.
  4. Complete the “I am not a robot” section by checking the box
  5. Click the Subscribe Me button at the bottom of the page

If you have any trouble signing up, please email Cherry Karlson at ckarlson@wayland.ma.us and ask to be added to the list.

Foundation for Metrowest announces two new Emergency Funds

Dear Friends,

We hope that this message finds you healthy and safe. As the Community Foundation serving this region, the Foundation for MetroWest is announcing the launch of two new funds to further support all who live, learn, and work here.

In partnership with the City of Framingham, the Feed Framingham COVID-19 Fund has been created in order to send emergency funds to organizations working to facilitate direct access to hunger relief efforts in Framingham.

The MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund is a new fund of the Foundation for MetroWest.

This Fund will award one-time operating grants to non-profits addressing the most immediate needs or experiencing significant financial challenges due to closures during broad-based community emergencies, such as natural disasters, financial crises, and public health emergencies.

We know that our communities in MetroWest will face significant challenges over the next few months and beyond. A public health emergency such as the global COVID-19 pandemic illustrates how our lives and our communities are directly tied to one another, and we are committed to ensuring that our donors, nonprofits, and partners can work together to care for our most vulnerable neighbors.

We hope that other funders, businesses, and generous donors will join us to support the good work being done during these challenging and uncertain times through the Feed Framingham COVID-19 Fund and the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund.

Sincerely,
Judith G. Salerno, Executive Director
Jay Kim, Chief Operating Officer
and the Staff and Board of the Foundation for MetroWest
The Foundation expects to make an initial round of grants from the Emergency Relief Fund as soon as possible. Details on how nonprofit organizations can submit grant requests to the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund will be available shortly.
For general questions about the MetroWest Emergency Relief Fund, please send an email to info@foundationformetrowest.org.
For those philanthropic and business partners interested in supporting this effort, please contact Jay Kim.