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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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Winter College A Cappella Concert, February 1

Please join us this year to help support all the arts at Wayland High School!

The One and Only Winter College A Cappella Concert
Saturday, February 1 — 7:30pm, WHS Main Stage

A highlight of the Wayland winter season–the College A Cappella Concert–is almost here.  Wayland High School’s talented a cappella groups – the Muses, T-Tones and Madrigals – will appear in concert on Saturday, February 1 at 7:30pm in the Wayland High School Theater, along with three outstanding college groups — Berklee’s Pitch Slapped, Northeastern’s Pitch, Please!, and Middlebury’s Dissipated 8 (with alum Ben Slater).
Pitch Slapped is one of the world’s premier a cappella groups. Named in the top five a cappella groups by USA Today, the group has been crowned champions of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella twice, in 2011 and 2014. Pitch Slapped has enjoyed several national television appearances on NBC’s The Sing Off and America’s Got Talent, and can be seen in the movie, Daddy’s Home 2. The group loves to share their pop and R&B sound, traveling around the country and internationally, and most recently released their album “Sincerely,” streaming everywhere music is sold.
The Madrigals (Mads) are Wayland High School’s co-ed a cappella group being featured next week as well. Under the direction of seniors, Ciara Murphy and Jack Wuerfl, the Madrigals are 12 members strong and are the oldest a cappella group at Wayland High School.  They sing everything from pop covers to rock classics. Madrigals Director Ciara Murphy notes, “The upcoming College A Cappella concert is one of our favorite concerts to perform in. The concert highlights a cappella at both high school and collegiate levels, and the Madrigals are always excited to learn and watch the college groups. We are so excited to perform as we have four new members of our group and have been preparing since the fall.”
The college a cappella concert is a major fundraiser for the Creative Arts Parents Association (CAPA), the organization that supports all Wayland High School arts, music and theater programs. For more information, to join the mailing list, or to make a donation, visit www.whsarts.orgPriced at $20, tickets are available at Donelan’s, Russell’s Garden Center, and online at the WHS CAPA website, . Purchase early to guarantee a seat. 

Please feel free to contact the CAPA Board at:

Wayland to Celebrate Lunar New Year, Sunday February 9

Chinese culture will be on display in Wayland in February as dancers, singers, and drummers come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat.  Traditionally a multi-day celebration, Lunar New Year will be celebrated locally on Sunday, February at Wayland High School.

The program, co-sponsored by the Wayland Chinese-American Association, Arts Wayland, and the Wayland Free Public Library, will include performances by the Chinese Folk Art Workshop and Wayland students from 4:30 to 6pm in the high school auditorium.  At 6pm, activities shift to the Commons area for an Asian hors d’oeuvres reception and family-friendly activities.  Festivities wrap up at 7:30.

Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year with family reunions, special meals, and other activities.  It is akin to Thanksgiving or Christmas, said Nan Li, a past association president.  The Wayland Lunar New Year event attracts hundreds of people and is “a celebration of peace, love, and joy and all good work from all around the town,” she said.  Tickets are available at the door and cost $10 for adults or $5 for students, seniors, and Wayland Public Schools staff.  Children under 5 years old are free.  There is a $25 maximum cost per household ($20 maximum for Wayland Public Schools staff families).  Tickets are also available online at

In Wayland, students have an opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and language through activities such as Mandarin classes and a high school exchange program.

Viola and Piano Recital, January 31

Friday January 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Wayland High School
Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Joy Cline Phinney, piano

Seeking Sanctuary
Florence Price: Night
Adolphus Hailstork: Sanctum Rhapsody for Viola and Piano
Anthony R. Green: On Top of A Frosted Hill
Margaret Bonds: The Negro Speaks of River
George Walker: Cello Sonata

Free and open to all. For more info, visit

Domestic Violence Roundtable Collects Valentine Donations for Families in Shelter

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 11, 2020, 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 contribute to the Roundtable collection, and join us 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. Please donate and/or come to fill the bags with us. This is a great way to get involved with the Roundtable and learn more about other opportunities to help. High school students and scouts may earn community service credits by participating.

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 Donations may be left in the collection basket provided in the lobby of the Wayland Public Safety Building, 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland from February 6-11, 2020.

Missing Cat: Lena is missing from Dairy Farm Lane

Lena was last seen on Thursday, December 19 at her home on Dairy Farm Lane (off Pine Brook Rd, near Old Connecticut Path)  She is a calico, and is roughly one year old.  The cat escaped the house during the day and was last seen later that evening in the same area, but does not come when called. She can be very vocal and is not wearing tags.  If found please contact Beth Furlong at 617-594-6596

Wayland Community Fund Urgently Needs Your Help – Please Donate

The Wayland Community Fund (WCF) is experiencing heavy demand for help this year and we need your support! Donations are down by 50% while requests are up by 21%.

WCF provides short-term emergency financial assistance to Wayland residents for basic needs such as utilities, rent, food, medical bills, and other living expenses. These are our neighbors, who are struggling financially due to job loss, illness, death of a family member, or other financial crisis.  Some have no oil for winter, no electricity, little food or are threatened with eviction. Often these residents do not appear to be in financial difficulty and do their best to keep up appearances. They are however, in serious need.

“Requests for help increased sharply this past year and donations are significantly down” according to Wayland Community Fund Chair, Lynn Dowd. The committee has quietly been working to help Wayland residents for over 22 years.

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, WCF provided over $37,000 in assistance to Wayland residents (up 21% from 2017-18) with the payment of 66 bills including 29 utility payments, 11 rent payments, and 26 payments for other items including food and medical bills.

WCF receives no public funding. It relies primarily on contributions from Wayland residents and a few businesses, supplemented by a small trust fund created 20 years ago. Managed by five appointed volunteer professionals, it has no overhead or administrative expenses.

Please consider supporting this vital Wayland community organization by sending a charitable donation to: The Wayland Community Fund, ℅ Treasurers’ Office, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 or Donate online.

Residents must apply with a formal request for assistance and if eligible, payment is made directly to the vendor or supplier of service.  If you know a Wayland resident who needs financial help, please ask them to call 508-358-3624.

More information can be found on the Town of Wayland website.

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.