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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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New Tutors Trained in Wayland Library’s ESOL Program

Immigrants in our area who want to improve their competency in English now have greater opportunities. Ten generous and enthusiastic people have recently completed a training course and are now certified to be tutors of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). These recent “graduates” include six from Wayland – Susan Crowley-Bechtel, Dan Eng, Doug Sacra, Jenny Silberman, Dianne Solomon and Alexandra VanRooyen; three from Sudbury – Dianne Cermak, Inna Poliakova and Kelly Sherrer; and one from Concord – Amy Simon. These new tutors, like those who were trained last spring, and others who have been tutoring for years, work one-to-one with learners who have signed up through the Wayland library. Learners currently being tutored have come from China, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Algeria, Brazil, Colombia, Korea, Egypt, Venezuela, Taiwan and Iran. Applications for tutoring are always welcome, and since Wayland is a “Welcoming Community,” participation in our program involves no risk to a learner’s immigration status.

As usual, we can put all possible tutors to work with waiting learners. The next tutor-training course will be offered on Monday afternoons in the winter, starting on February 24. Tutors do not need to know another language, nor do they need to know every detail of English grammar.

For more information contact Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or at

News and Events from the Wayland Library, November 1, 2019


  • Fall Book and Bake Sale. You can donate your books at the Town Hall Large Hearing Room on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14.  Baked goods will be accepted from Friday, November 15 until the end of the sale on Sunday.  Friday 5-8 p.m. is a preview for Friends of the Wayland Library.  The regular sale is November 16 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and November 17 12-4 p.m.  We would love your help (especially as a baker)!  Contact Carole Schneider (508-358-1012 or to volunteer for setup or work during the sale, and Jan Dunn (508-655-9149) about baking.  This fundraiser helps support many library programs, including museum passes.
  • Author Talk: Young Castro: the Making of a RevolutionaryThe first American historian in a generation allowed into the Fidel Castro archives in Havana, Jonathan Hansen was able to secure cooperation from Castro’s family and closest confidants, gaining access to hundreds of never-before-seen letters and to interviews with people he was the first to ask for their impressions of the man. The result is a nuanced and penetrating portrait of a figure who was determined to be a leader—a man at once brilliant, arrogant, bold, vulnerable, and all too human.  Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Backyard Astronomy with the New Library Telescope. Thanks to a generous, anonymous donor, we have a beautiful telescope ready to lend to anyone who wants to explore the cosmos.  A member of the Aldrich Astronomical Society, which maintains the telescope, will show how to use it with a technique called star-hopping.  There will be spacy door prizes for kids, and outside viewing for all, weather permitting.  To infinity, and beyond!  Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
  • The Cocoanut Grove Fire. On November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove—one of Boston’s most popular nightclubs—was packed beyond capacity when fire broke out, spreading panic throughout the entire gathering.  Nearly 500 people died and hundreds more were injured in what became the worst nightclub fire in U.S. history.  What caused it?  Who were the victims?  And what was its legacy?  Avid amateur historian Bob Begin explores these questions and more.  Wednesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Knitting 102: Purl Stitch. Participants should know how to cast on and basic knit stitch.  We will learn purl stitch and the patterns you can create with knit and purl, as well as binding off aka how to finish your project.  The library will provide a beginner set of knitting needles and a skein of yarn to practice with.  Or feel free to bring your own.  Registration is required, limit 12 people.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult willing to help.  Wednesday, November 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Ukulele Club Holiday Edition. The Wayland Ukulele Club is for any adult (ages 16+) who wants to have fun with music.  All skill levels are welcome.  We’ll learn non-denominational holiday tunes and perform them around town at venues to be determined.  BYOU and music stand.  The Library has four ukes available to borrow for three weeks at a time, but can’t guarantee availability.  Other local libraries lending ukuleles include Framingham, Weston and Wellesley.  Rehearsals:  Tuesday, November 19 and 26, and Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30.
  • Wanted: Art for Our Exhibition Spaces in December and January. Do you have work you’d like to show?  Or know someone who does?  Our foyer can accommodate a small number of pieces and the Raytheon Room has ample display space.  For information or an application, contact Elizabeth Bradley at the Library.


  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Nov 5, 12, and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Sing-along with Jeannie Mack. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver. Thursday, November 7, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Prewalkers Lapsit. Together we will learn fun and interactive ways to promote early brain development. Our group includes soft songs and lap bounces, which encourage early communication. Facilitated by Beverly Mobilia of Community Partnerships for Children and Families. For ages newborn to 1 year, or pre-walkers, with caregiver. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30-12 p.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, with caregiver. Wednesday, November 13, 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Storytime with Corbyn. Children will listen to dog stories and have a special canine visitor!  Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed, and his owner Helen will join us. For ages 3 and up. Thursday, November 14, 10:30 a.m.
  • Kids Yoga. Sonia Gomez from Serfi Yoga will give a yoga class for children, toddlers to age 5. Thursday, November 14, 1:30-2:15 p.m.
  • Family Storytime & Crafts. Join Ms. Laura for stories, songs, and rhymes! After storytime we will make crafts. For babies to age 5, with caregiver. Saturday, November 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Zumba. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Hayley Chizinksy of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Tuesday, November 26, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


  • STEAM TEAM: Mystery Bag Challenge. Children will complete fun design challenges using only the materials provided in a mystery bag! For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, November 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Family Ukulele Workshop with Julie Stepanek. Early Release Day Special! Come to the library and make some music! Join music educator Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You will learn how to tune, strum, and read chords. After a short lesson, you will be able to play songs.  No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. For children ages 5 and up, with caregiver.  Register online only if you need to borrow a ukulele. Wednesday, November 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in Thanksgiving Crafts. Get crafty and make decorations for the Thanksgiving table! For ages 4 and up. Wednesday, November 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m.


  • Teen Crafternoon. Teens! Drop by with some friends to this first teen crafternoon in the new Teen Loft. For teens in grades 6 and up. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • TAB Meeting: Make a Bagel Face. Teens! Come to our first Teen Advisory Board meeting of the year! Make a face from bagels, cream cheese, hummus, and veggies, and while you are munching let us know what kind of programs you would like at the Wayland Public Library. We want to hear from YOU! We will meet in the Teen Loft. (Gluten free options available.) For teens in grades 6 and up. Monday, November 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • YA Author talk: Judith Pratt. Judith Pratt will read from her latest novel, Siljeea Magic. For teens and adults. Friday, November 22, 4 p.m.

Rep. Carmine Gentile to Hold District Office Hours in Wayland on November 15

State Representative Carmine L. Gentile (D-Sudbury) will hold office hours at the following times on Friday November 15, 2019:

  • 9:00 – 10:00am Framingham Fire Station 2, 75 A Street, Framingham
  • 10:30 – 11:30am Wayland Town Building, Selectmen’s Meeting Room, 41 Cochituate Rd, Wayland

Residents of the 13th Middlesex District (Sudbury; Wayland: Precincts 1, 2, 3; Marlborough: Ward 1, Ward 2: Precinct 2, Ward 7: Precinct 1; Framingham: Precinct 3) are encouraged to meet with Rep. Gentile or a member of his staff at their convenience during the designated time on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary.

Rep. Gentile will also hold office hours on Friday December 6, 2019 at the following locations:

  • 10:00am – 11:00am        Sudbury Senior Center, Main Lobby, 40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm        Marlborough Senior Center, Main Lobby, 40 New Street, Marlborough

Any constituent who wishes to speak to Rep. Gentile or a member of his staff but is unable to attend the office hours may make an appointment for a more convenient time by calling 617-722-2810 or emailing


EEE risk remains “High” in Wayland as of November 1, 2019

An Update from the Health Department on Continued EEE Risk in Wayland

Wayland will remain designated by the state as a “HIGH” risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) until after the first hard frost and it is important for people to continue to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved bug spray, wearing long sleeves & pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, and staying indoors and cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

“We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Although mosquito populations are declining, some risk will continue until the first hard frost.”  October 11, 2019.

When temperatures between 27-29 degrees Fahrenheit have occurred over wide geographic areas, risk from mosquito-borne disease is considered to have ended inside that area. There have been several frosts so far this fall, but no hard frosts yet in Wayland or in many areas of the state (and not in the foreseeable future).  Areas that have had temperatures between 29-33 degrees Fahrenheit may still have some remaining risk from mosquito-borne disease and communities should continue to exercise judgement in rescheduling outdoor, evening activities.

The peak time for transmission of mosquito-borne illness extends through September in Massachusetts although the risk remains until the first hard frost.  The risk of EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses is diminishing as we get deeper into fall but, we still have to be conscious of it.  Mosquitoes are cold-blooded so they rely on a warm environment for heat, which means they become less active in the cold.  People should be aware that the times of dusk and dawn will change on November 3rd when clocks are turned back by one hour and dusk/dawn times will continue to change as we approach the winter solstice.

Residents should be aware that there are still many communities in Massachusetts at high and critical risk for EEE.  So if you travel outside of Wayland to an adjacent community, you should check the MDPH website for information on these towns and be aware of the risk of EEE.  If a community is at high or critical risk you should consider staying indoors during the dusk to dawn hours to reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Back in September, the state conducted helicopter spraying in certain identified towns to control mosquito-borne illness for EEE and reduce mosquito populations, however this does not eliminate the risk of EEE transmission.

The Health Department website includes information on EEE, ways to protect against mosquitoes, risk levels in communities and updates from MDPH:….

Protecting yourself from mosquito bites and preventing mosquito breeding in your yard

Please check your yards for items that can collect water and harbor mosquito breeding.  As outlined further below in this memo we have provided recommendations for avoiding mosquito bites (which can lead to mosquito-borne illness) and how to prevent your yard from becoming a mosquito breeding area.

What you should do to avoid mosquito bites

Residents should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Be aware of peak mosquito hours:

  • The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are more active in damp, shady areas, during cloudy humid days, and at night. Reschedule outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning and take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during peak mosquito hours.
  • Be aware that there are some emerging mosquito species that are out and active during the day. Be sure to protect yourself and family members during the day also.

Wear protective clothing:

  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. Baby carriages and playpens should be covered with mosquito netting.

Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors.

  • Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)].
  • DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentration of 30% or less on older children.
  • The Center for Disease Control has recently listed Oil of lemon eucalyptus as providing protection against mosquitoes; however, it should not be used on children under three years of age.
  • Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Protect pets and horses from mosquito bites.
  • Always follow the instructions on the label of any repellent.  More information on choosing and using repellents safely is listed below.

For further information on WNV or EEE, log unto the Massachusetts Department of Public Health web site at:

If residents have any questions about mosquitoes or how to control them: the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project can be reached at:

Choosing and using repellents safely:

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) toll free at 1-800-858-7378 or online at  If you can’t go online contact MDPH at (617)983-6800 for a hard copy of the fact sheet.

Julia Junghanns, R.S., C.H.O.

Director of Public Health

Have you been to The Wayland Depot lately? 

Dichroic glass by Jan Wilcox

The Wayland Depot – One Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Have you been to The Wayland Depot lately?  Restoration work on the historic 1881 train station is in progress thanks to Community Preservation Act funds.
And candy is back!  Fuel your rail trail excursion with a sweet treat.  Shop local and creative for ideal items for gift giving and enjoying.

Hate to trash food scraps but can’t compost yourself?

Want to reduce your household waste by up to 50%? Not have a smelly trash bin? Get quality compost? Reduce your ecological footprint? Save your septic? There are many reasons to sign up with Black Earth Compost for a reliable weekly curbside pickup service of all your organics, including newspaper, flower cuttings, meat, grease, cheese and even bones.

The starting price is $99.99 for 6 months ($3.85 per pickup). When we hit 300 Wayland subscribers, the price will go down to $69.99. At 600 signups it will only be $49.99, so tell your friends and neighbors!

Sign up on their site by following this link.

This is an initiative of Energize Wayland. Read more about it here.

Can You Drive A Senior to the Doctor?

Wayland’s FISH program — Friends in Service Helping — provides free rides to Wayland residents who have no other way to get to a medical appointment. Created nearly 30 years ago as a grass-roots community program, FISH is now managed by the Wayland Council on Aging.

Residents request rides by calling FISH (508-358-FISH), and administrators reach out to find a volunteer driver who is available. More than 90 percent of rides are in the MetroWest area. This is a flexible, “as-available” volunteer role, and vitally important to Wayland residents who face transportation challenges.

Give a neighbor a lift, and get one yourself, by helping to meet these important needs. When neighbors help neighbors, it knits our community together. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Ann Gordon at the Wayland Council on Aging, 508-358-2990, or download a volunteer application from the COA website.