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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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News and Events from the Wayland Library, February 15, 2019


Wayland Reads: Live From Cairo. Every other year, Wayland Reads offers one book for the whole town to read to foster community through literature.  This time, we’re exploring immigration and the plight of refugees through Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte.  A Pen/Hemingway Award finalist and a Kirkus Book of the Year, this brilliant, fast-paced novel follows a group of Western relief workers and an Iranian woman desperate to be reunited with her husband in Massachusetts during the tumult of the Arab Spring.  Exciting, incisive, clear-eyed but compassionate, it’s a compelling tale for our times.

Here are just some of the events we’ve planned as part of the program:

  • Sunday, February 17 at 2:15 p.m.  Screening: The Square  This searing documentary follows a group of Egyptian activists as they battle leaders and regimes, and risk their lives to build a new society of conscience.
  • Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.  Screening: Frontline: Egypt in Crisisa DVD viewing and Q & A with journalist Charles M. Sennott.
  • Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.   Wayland residents tell their personal stories of immigration.
  • Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees: The Legal Challenges Attorneys Susan Cohen and Irene Freidel speak on the challenges and realities facing immigrants in Massachusetts, including how the ICE detention system and the pathways into and out of immigration custody affect our immigrant friends and neighbors.
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.   Look for the Helpers: Services for Refugees in the Boston Area Have you ever wondered what it’s like to flee your home and start life over in a new country? Panelists Robbie Adams of the Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights and Cheryl Hamilton of the International Institute of New England will discuss the diverse needs of immigrants, refugees and torture survivors living in Greater Boston.
  • Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.   Author Ian Bassingthwaighte reads from Live from Cairo

We’ll also have kids’ programs and book discussion groups—check our website for details.  Stop by the library for a copy of this terrific book!



  • The Great Presenters: Forbidden Love–Chinese and White Mixed Families in the 19th Century. When the first Chinese immigrants came to this country, some married American women and settled here.  Others returned to China.  What kind of obstacles and reception did they face in a time when interracial marriage was largely taboo, on both sides of the Pacific?  Presenter Emma J. Teng is the T.T. and Wei Fong Chao Professor of Asian Civilizations at MIT.  Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
  • New!  Stream Movies for Free with Kanopy.  Just click on the Kanopy logo at our website, or go to to set up an account.  Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 films, including documentaries, rare titles, film fest favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.  Films can be streamed on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.



  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Feb. 19, March 5, 12, and 19 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, March 14, 21, and 28 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, Feb. 27, March 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, Feb. 23, March 2 and 16 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, Feb. 20 and March 20 at 11:15a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Zumba. Rhythm and dance program led by Hayley Chizinksy of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. For ages 2.5 to 4 years. Tuesday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime with Corbyn the Dog. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation.  For ages 3 and up. Thursday, February 28 at10:30 a.m.
  • Sing-along with Jeannie Mack. Thursday, March 7, at 10:30 a.m. 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.


  • Brick Day: Lego Challenges. Children are invited to show off their building skills with our Lego Challenges. There will be prizes! For ages 5 and up. Tuesday, February 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Winter Origami. Children are invited to make winter-themed origami, including 3-D snowflakes and other winter creations. For ages 7 and up.  Limited to ten children. Please register in advance. Wednesday, February 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppets. Mr. Vinny will delight children with his interactive shadow puppet performance of The Twelve Lil’ Pigs and the Big Bad Pineapple and other silly tales. For ages 3 and up. Thursday, February 21, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
  • 3D Printing Workshops. Come learn how to design your own 3D-printed sliding box with Tinkercad on Thursday, Feb. 21 or a 3D-printed snowman with Sculptris on Thursday, Feb. 28. For ages 7 and up, with caregiver.  Both workshops run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. and registration is required.
  • Sensory Storytime. Children will sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. If your child has difficulty sitting through our other story times, this program might be for you. For ages 2 and up, with caregiver.  Friday, February 22, 11:00-11:30 am.


  • Let’s Build: Fastest Marble Run.  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 the fastest marble run. For kids in grades 3-5. Let’s Build workshops are run by Wayland High School Seniors Eileen Chau and Julia Treese. Wednesday, February 27, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Parent/Child Book Group. This book discussion group is for 4th and 5th graders with a parent. February’s book is Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. We will also choose the book for next month. For 4th and 5th graders with a parent. Wednesday, February 27, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Lego Club. Wednesday, March 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme: Ocean Adventure. For ages 5 and up.
  • What’s Your Story?: Stories of Home. Wednesday, March 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for a reading of two picture books about child refugees: The Treasure Box (by Margaret Wild) and The Map of Good Memories (by Fran Nuno).  Children will then make their own illustrated books about what home means to them. For children in grades 1 to 3, with caregiver. Led by librarian Elise Katz.  This is a Wayland Reads event.

March 7 at 7pm, Parent Information Exchange on Vaping

Attention All Community Members: Special meeting about Vaping, Don’t miss it!  
Thursday, March 7 ~ 7-8:30 p.m.
WHS Lecture Hall
Please do not miss our next Parent Information Exchange (PIE) meeting, on March 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the WHS Lecture Hall. We invite all (adult) community members to this special PIE meeting.  Jason Verhoosky of Wayland Cares will discuss the issue of vaping: breakdown current trends, vaping products and devices, vaping science, what to look for, health impact, and how to talk to your youth about vaping.
Discussions will include:
  • Vaping has quickly become a popular thing to do for both teens and adults. Vaping, Juuling, Cloud Chasing– what is it?
  • Is it healthier than smoking?
  • What’s in a vaping device?
  • How do they work?
  • What should I be concerned about?
Please join us for this informative presentation and discussion.

Call for Nominations 2019 Lydia Maria Child Award

The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee has traditionally brought to the Town’s Annual Meeting, makes the announcement of the names of citizens and/or volunteer organizations to be recognized for their contributions to the Town’s governance, to our community’s quality of life, or to serving important needs among our townspeople.

In 2009 this honor was named the Lydia Maria Child for outstanding citizenship.  Maria was a national heroine for abolition, equality and human rights who resided in Wayland in the mid nineteenth century.

In response to citizen request, any resident may submit nominations for this award. The candidate nominated may be a resident or local group, an organization or an employee of the town.

The Public Ceremonies Committee invites all Wayland residents to offer nominations for this honor. Each candidate is given serious deliberation. For consideration this year a nominations must be received by March 16, 2019. Prior nominations are carried forward and need not be resubmitted for reconsideration.

Please send the name of your nominee and your reason for nominating this candidate along with your contact information to:

Richard P. Turner, Chair
Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee
7 Nob Hill Road
Wayland, MA 01778-2216
Or: Email:

Protecting Our Immigrant Neighbors – A Conversation with Legislators

On February 26 at 7 p.m., First Parish in Wayland (225 Boston Post Rd.) will host a discussion on immigration with four local legislators: Sen. Jamie Eldridge (who represents Sudbury, Acton, and other neighboring towns), and Wayland’s three legislative representatives: State Sen. Becca Rausch and State Reps. Carmine Gentile and Alice Peisch. Executive Director of U.U. Mass Action Laura Wagner, an experienced immigration activist, will moderate.

As Wayland residents prepare to consider an immigration-related article during the April 29 Town Meeting, this event will focus on a statewide initiative called the Safe Communities Act now before the Massachusetts legislature. The panel will explain and discuss the Act and take questions.

The Safe Communities Act was introduced in the Massachusetts legislature in 2017 by Sen. Eldridge and co-sponsors to protect the civil rights of all state residents, particularly immigrants. In 2018 the State Senate passed four key provisions of the Act, but House leadership decided not to bring it to the floor for a vote. Sen. Eldridge and co-sponsors have filed the Act again in 2019, with some minor changes.

Join us for this rare opportunity to hear from four local legislators about immigration issues, the Safe Communities Act, and how you can support humane immigration policies. For more information on the Town Meeting article, visit the Facebook page, “Wayland Welcomes.”

Since 2006 U.U. Mass Action has been organizing and mobilizing the 20,000 Unitarian Universalists and 142 congregations in Massachusetts to confront oppression. The organization envisions a world where all people are honored and valued. To that end, it provides pathways towards justice and identifies opportunities in which Unitarian Universalists can live their values.

For more information, contact Rachel Sideman-Kurtz at or Ann Gordon at

Town Meeting article text posted

Town of Wayland 1/28/19: Text of 2019 Annual Town Meeting articles is online here.

RAD: Rape Aggression Defense course to run in March

The R.A.D. System was designed to develop and enhance the options of self- defense, so they become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.

The Rape Aggression Defense Systems is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing onto the basics of hands-on self-defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program.

Courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and consist of 12 hours of hands on training. This is a no nonsense, practical self-defense program that offers advanced self-defense courses that build upon the Basic Physical Defense System. The Rape Aggression Defense System is the only program that offers a LIFETIME return and practice policy anywhere in the United States or Canada.

When: The class will total 12 hours and be conducted in 4 sessions (March 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st, 6-9pm)

Where: Loker School Gym

Cost: The class is FREE

Who: Females who reside or work in Wayland, class size is limited!!

Anyone interested, contact Detective Sergeant Jamie Berger, 508-358-1722 or

Domestic Violence Roundtable Collects Valentine Donations for Families in Shelter

2018 Roundtable Valentines Day bags decorated by children at Sudbury Extended Day

Each February, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable collects items for Valentine’s Day and fills gift bags for women, men and children temporarily living in local domestic violence shelters and transitional housing programs: REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, The Second Step, and Voices Against Violence. The Valentine Bags are decorated by the children from Sudbury Extended Day.

Members of our local communities are cordially invited to participate in this collection and to help fill the bags at the Roundtable meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 3 PM at the Wayland Public Safety Building. This is a great opportunity for schools, scout groups, civic organizations, workplaces, families, friends, and neighbors to join the Roundtable in making lives brighter for families affected by domestic violence. Small gestures like the gift bags let families know they are supported in their decision to leave an abusive situation and brighten their day.

Some examples of needed items are gift cards for CVS, Target, grocery stores etc. For mothers in the shelters some items would include full size bath products, socks, cosmetics, nail polish, hair products, phone cards, journals, postage stamps etc. Items for teens and children should be age appropriate from crayons, coloring books, small stuffed animals, matchbox cars, stickers socks, and non-violent toys, to bath and hair products, books, diaries, movie passes, ITunes cards, and candy.

In past years the Roundtable has provided as many as 125 bags for families in shelter and transitional housing.

If you are interested in contributing to the Valentine’s Day collection, please contact the Roundtable at . A collection basket will be available in the lobby of the Wayland Public Safety Building located at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27 in Wayland from February 5-12, 2019.