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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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Wayland residents to perform in summer productions

Weston Drama Workshop, a youth theater organization in its 57th season, will stage five productions this July at Regis College, featuring participants between the ages of 10 and 23. All five casts have been hard at work rehearsing for these productions since early June, and in mid-July, will begin performances in the Fine Arts Center at Regis. With over 25 performances in the span of a jam-packed three weeks, Weston Drama Workshop continues its long-standing tradition of providing the MetroWest community and beyond with quality youth theater.

WDW’s younger ensemble will perform Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s Matilda, an inspiring and imaginative musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic book. Directed by Aidan O’Hara, this show features a cast of 60 young actors between the ages of 10 and 14. A smaller subset of this age group will also perform Disney’s Finding Nemo, Jr., a one-act musical based on the popular movie, with a score by Tony and Grammy award-winning song-writing team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Nemo is directed by Katie Brobst and Callie Llewellyn, and is a pilot production, meaning that WDW is the first to produce this version of the whimsical undersea tale. Wayland resident Anika Reichelt is Nemo’s production designer.

The program’s older ensemble, ages 14-23, will perform two main stage musicals and one black box play. Audiences will experience the trials and tribulations of young adulthood in Spring Awakening, an angsty rock musical directed by Chris Brindley; explore the world of an adolescent soccer team in the straight play The Wolves, directed by Stephanie Manning Recine; and witness the law school journey of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, directed by Skylar Grossman. Among the young actors performing in these five productions are Wayland residents Elena Beard, Marisa Beard, Reva Datar, Harrison Dietzius, Eva Marobella, Anika Reichelt, Rosalind Ross, Meredith Schuh, and Cassie Sophocles.

Ticket information is available at, and questions can be directed to the box office at 781-768-7070. Performances are held at Regis College’s Fine Arts Center in Weston.

The performance schedule is as follows:

  • Matilda: Saturday, July 20 at 10:30am; Monday, July 22 at 7pm; Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm; Thursday, July 25 at 10:30am; Saturday, July 27 at 10:30am
  • Finding Nemo, Jr.: Sunday, July 14 at 10:30am; Friday, July 19 at 5pm; Sunday, July 21 at 10:30am; Wednesday, July 24 at 5pm
  • Legally Blonde: Friday, July 19 at 8pm; Saturday, July 20 at 2pm; Sunday, July 21 at 7pm; Thursday, July 25 at 8pm; Saturday, July 27 at 8pm
  • Spring Awakening: Thursday, July 18 at 8pm; Saturday, July 20 at 8pm; Sunday, July 21 at 2pm; Friday, July 26 at 7pm; Saturday, July 27 at 2pm
  • The Wolves: Thursday, July 18 at 7pm; Saturday, July 20 at 2:30pm & 7pm; Sunday, July 21 at 7pm; Wednesday, July 24 at 9pm; Thursday, July 25 at 7pm; Friday, July 26 at 7pm; Saturday, July 27 at 5pm






Learn about Pollinators with Sudbury Valley Trustees

Pollinators play a key role behind the scenes in our natural ecosystems, keeping plant populations healthy, which in turn become the food sources for wildlife and people. In recent years, there has been a sharp decline in the population of native pollinators, due to habitat loss, pesticides, and competition from non-native honey bees.

In 2016, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) began a new project – Places for Pollinators  – to improve monarch butterfly and other native pollinator habitat along the Sudbury River. On local landscapes from Wayland and Framingham, to our headquarters at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, volunteers and staff have turned lawn areas and patches overgrown with invasives into thriving native plant habitats suitable for pollinators to rest and forage.

This summer, SVT is hosting opportunities for visitors to tour new pollinator habitats and learn more about the lifecycle and needs of these important insects. On July 9 and July 13, SVT Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei is offering Butterfly Forays, guided trail walks at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. On July 20, SVT Land Stewardship Coordinator/AmeriCorps member Trevor Nelson is offering a brief indoor presentation on the importance of native bees, and pollinator plantings that support thriving bee populations, followed by a tour of the pollinator meadow at Wolbach Farm. Space is limited, so visit for details and registration.

SVT is a member-supported non-profit organization that works to protect natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the 36 communities that surround the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. SVT, 18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.

White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action, Mondays starting September 16

First Parish in Wayland and the Wayland Community for Social Justice are collaborating to bring this 5-week workshop to Wayland. Individuals of all races are welcome in exploring the role of white people in dismantling racism.

Dates: Mondays 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Where: First Parish in Wayland, Stokey Library
Cost: $45

With a maximum of 15 participants, spots are reserved with payment. Attendance at all five dates is expected. Please do not sign up if you have a known conflict. Make checks payable to First Parish Wayland with WPCR in the memo and drop off or send to First Parish at 225 Boston Post Road. Because participation is on a first-come basis, let me Rachel know your check is on its way. If there is a waitlist or the dates don’t work for you, let her know your interest so that she can let you know of future workshops. This workshop is offered with generous support from the Lydia Maria Child Fund of First Parish in Wayland. Rachel can be reached at if you have questions or to let her know your check is on its way.
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Property Tax bills to go out this week, due August 1

First 1st quarter 2020 real estate and personal property bills will be going out in the mail the end of this week and will be due AUGUST 1st, 2019.

News and Events from the Wayland Library, June 23, 2019


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    New! Aquarium Passes for July & August. No more dry summers!  The library now has passes for the New England Aquarium for July and August.  And they’re a better deal than ever: instead of $10 off the admission price, they’re now good for 50% off.  Book now—they’ll go fast!

  • Ukulele Club with Mark and Zoe Hughes. Wayland Ukulele Club is for any adult (ages 16+) who wants to have fun with music.   Completely new to the uke?  No problem!  We’ll teach you some easy chords and start off with songs that are not too hard.  Been playing all your life?  That’s great, too!  We’ll learn and play songs together from across the spectrum, from oldies to modern pop.  Four sessions on Tuesday evenings:  July 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Combining rare audio, archival film, captivating stories, songs, and guided music-making, master percussionist, author, educator, and radio host Craig Harris will be leading a multimedia, participatory, and fun-filled 50th anniversary celebration of the culturally groundbreaking Woodstock Music and Art Festival.  Thursday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Take the Adult Summer Reading Challenge–Win Prizes!
    • Who: Any adult with a library card.
    • What: Earn raffle tickets for reading and for library-related activities.  Log your progress online, call, or stop by the Reference Desk to report your activities.
    • When: Tickets can be earned June 12th through August 29th.
    • Where: The Wayland Library and wherever you read.
    • Why: Dude–prizes!  Oh, and, of course, reading is good.  And so is supporting the Library.
  • Library Services for the Homebound. We provide home delivery of library items to Wayland residents of any age who are unable to visit the library due to a permanent or temporary disability or extended illness.  With this program, you can have full access to library services.  Call 508-358-2311 or fill out the form on our web site.


  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, June 27, July 11, 18, and 25 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. Wednesdays, July 10 and 24 at 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Make a Moonscape. Children will sculpt and decorate lunar sandcastles using moon sand! For ages 3 and up.  Thursday, July 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Sparky’s Puppets: Stories from Outer Space. Follow the adventures of a space traveler who makes a rocket ship and flies to the moon. Watch a performance of Aesop’s Fable The Sun and the Wind and find out which is stronger.  See what happens when a few colorful space aliens travel to Earth in their flying saucer. For ages 3 and up. Tuesday, July 16, 10:30-11:15 a.m.


  • Drop-in Craft: Kindness Rocks. Children are invited to decorate their own kindness rocks. Remember: there is only one you! Let’s make this world better, together. This project is inspired by Linda Kranz’s book Only One You. For ages 5 and up. Tuesday, July 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Moon Party. Let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing! There will be astronaut activities, lunar experiments, and galactic crafts. For ages 5 and up. Thursday, July 18, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Build a Rube Goldberg Machine with Jay Mankita. Chain reactions and creative contraptions! Playful Engineers teaching artist Jay Mankita will present a workshop in which participants will have a chance to design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines” and other chain reactions. Children will have the opportunity to build exploding popsicle stick snakes, ping pong ball direction changers, flying fantasticators, mini zip-lines, whiffle-whackers, and more! There will be plenty of opportunities for making connections between goofy play and serious science.  For ages 5 and up. Tuesday, July 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • 3D Printing: Rocketships. In this 3D design workshop, children will design their own rocket ships, using Blender. Since Blender is an advanced 3D design software, proficiency with a mouse and keyboard is recommended. For ages 9 and up. Parents of younger children (8 years) are welcome to register, but are encouraged to stay and design with their children. Led by librarian Tyler Kenney.  Registration required. Thursday, July 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m.


Song and Dance from Around the Planet. Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional and folk music from cultures around the world! International jazz musician Sagit Zilberman will play many instruments, including the Didgeridoo, Rainstick, Tongue drum, Handpan, and Saxophone, and will lead the audience in song. For all ages. Wednesday, July 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

The Wayland Library Girls Who Code Club is looking for volunteer facilitators for the 2019-2020 academic year. Affiliated with the national Girls Who Code organization ( and its mission of closing the gender gap in technology, the Wayland club brings together middle and high school girls for hands-on learning about code and technology. We also have a club for girls in grades 3 to 5. Enthusiasm for working with the girls is required; technical skill is helpful but not necessary, especially if you are willing to learn along with them. If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Head of Youth Services Pam McCuen at  If you want to be notified when registration starts for next year’s club, contact Pam as well.

Summer Reading! The Wayland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories has started!

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories starts on Wednesday, June 12, or any day thereafter. This summer we will Read to Bead.  When you sign up you will get a goodie bag, a brag tag, a necklace chain, and a paper log to keep track of your reading. The more you read, the more beads you earn to add to your brag tag necklace.  (You can also sign up online if you prefer, and get your brag tag and goodie bag when you come to the library.)

We are offering lots of entertaining programs throughout the summer, including a magic show, an indoor Planetarium, a puppet show, a musical performance celebrating folk music and instruments from around the world, a Moon Party, a Star Wars Day, a Rube Goldberg Machine workshop, craft programs and an Ice Cream Social.  All participants in the children’s summer reading program will be given a free book. The Summer Reading Club is funded by the Friends of the Wayland Library, the Wayland Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

The Wayland Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories has started!

Teens who register online and write at least one original book review will win a prize, and be entered into a raffle for a free Kindle Fire.  There will also be programs for teens this summer, including a comic book workshop, a cooking class, a movie night, and a pizza party.

MWRTA launches pilot commuter shuttle on Route 20

Learn more about the Commuter Shuttle on Route 20 by clicking on the links, below:


Information on Town Manager Special Act

The Town of Wayland posted the following regarding the Town Manager Special Act:

Town Manager Special Act

  • Working draft (June 19, 2019) (forthcoming)

Background Materials

  • Town of Wayland Charter Commission (forthcoming)
  • Wayland Buzz: Spotlight on Restructuring Town Government
    • Program #81 June 17, 2018