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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.

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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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Blood Drive in Wayland, July 27

Wayland High School’s Red Cross Club is giving back to the community with a blood drive! This event will take place on July 27th, 2020, at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland from 2-7 pm.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1(800)-733-2767 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and trauma victims. Donations are particularly crucial during this time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We urge eligible donors to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.

2020 Local Election Results and Ballot Question

Winners in contested races are as follows:

  • Board of Selectmen: Cherry Karlson and Dave Watkins
  • School Committee: Chris Ryan and Jeanne Downs
  • Recreation: Leanne Mason
  • Board of Public Works: Bob Goldsmith

The Loker Roof ballot question passed with 73% of the vote

Final official tallies are online here

[Original (unoffiical) results were posted on the Town Clerk’s website online here]

Missing Dog: Myko is missing from Rice Rd to Weston Estates area

Three year-old 10lb all black Maltipoo named Myko went missing last night (Wednesday, May 20) at approximate 9pm from his home on Covered Bridge Lane. His owner suspects he could be between Rice Rd and Weston Estates. He has a collar on with his owner’s phone number which is 508-259-6674. He is very gentle and may be timid but should respond to his name. Any help is so very appreciated.

Donate to the COVID-19 Relief Fund

Donate

  • Wayland COVID-19 Reflief Fund at wayland.ma.us/donate
    • Select “Wayland, MA” in the Municipality drop down menu
    • Click the gray “Click here to VIEW or PAY your bills” box
    • Select “Donation” in the left column
    • Complete the requested information
  • For more information about the fund, click here

For those who are in need of basic food resources, please call 508-358-7701.


Town of Wayland COVID-19 Relief Fund

There are Wayland residents who need our help. Wayland families are in need of food/grocery support during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Governor’s Stay at Home advisory now extends to May 4th, and some families find that they do not have sufficient food resources.
Residents may have a financial need, others may be uncomfortable leaving the house for the essential purpose of going to the grocery store, and some residents are themselves or have family members with compromised health and should not leave the house.

The Town of Wayland has established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to collect financial donations and will use the funds to purchase grocery items from Wayland’s Donelan’s and Stop & Shop. Weekly deliveries to residents start the week of April 6th. Any Wayland individual or family with a self-identified need will be included. The Town is also coordinating with the three food pantries in Wayland.

All donations made to the Town of Wayland are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law; funds will be held in a separate COVID-19 donation account established by Wayland’s Treasurer. At the end of the Town’s COVID-19 relief effort, any remaining funds will be shared equally between the Wayland Community Fund and The Friends of the Wayland Council On Aging.

Please call 508-358-3620 with any questions. Thank you to all for taking care of our Wayland community.

Town of Wayland COVID-19 Update: Wear Masks When Conducting Essential Business

To: All Residents
From: Board of Selectmen
Date: April 20, 2020 at 11:30 am
Re: COVID-19: Wear Masks When Conducting Essential Business

The Board of Selectmen joins the Board of Health in strongly recommending that residents wear facial coverings (e.g., mask, scarf, or bandana) when it is necessary to leave home and enter into areas where you may encounter other individuals, especially indoors (e.g., shopping areas and restaurants offering take-out service). On April 17, 2020, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support the Board of Health’s recommendation, which echoes the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health specifying that masks should be worn while conducting essential business such as grocery shopping and visiting the pharmacy. Wearing a facial covering is also an important reminder to maintain social distancing to reduce the chance of coming into contact with individuals who may be infected with COVID-19. It is critical to remember that not all people who are infected with the virus exhibit symptoms. We also strongly advise continued hand washing, using hand sanitizer, and avoiding touching your face. During this stay at home advisory, you should refrain from interacting in person with anyone who does not live within your own household.


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Health Department Coronavirus Hotline: (508) 358-6805
For residents experiencing symptoms, concerns about exposure and seeking health information specific to COVID-19.
The Wayland Board of Health (BOH) continues to urge all residents and businesses to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms to the Town and your primary care physician.
Such reporting is critically important to assist with the Town’s case tracing and to maintain awareness of all COVID-19 cases in Wayland, whether residents or business employees. The Health Department strictly maintains patient confidentiality on this and all health matters.

All residents should evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, “sniffles”, congestion, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. COVID-19’s symptoms mimic the seasonal flu or a bad cold. If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home and follow up with the Health Department and your primary care physician as needed.

For General Help & Town Information: (508) 358-7701
If you need help with basic life necessities such as obtaining food or medications, please call 508-358-7701. The Town will provide assistance.

Youth and Family Services provides help with emotional support or mental health services at 508-358- 4293.
For immediate mental health services, call Psychiatric Emergency Services, in Framingham, at (800) 640-5432

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Selectmen issue new temporary dog regulations

All dogs must be on a 6-foot leash when in public spaces in Wayland. Dogs must be licensed, wear the license tag and be properly vaccinated. Public spaces include sidewalks, streets, trails, Conservation areas, fields and parking lots. Improved signage has been posted at Conservation areas and other common dog walking areas.

Social distancing is important to controlling the spread of the COVID-19 virus; unleashed dogs can lead to unintended interactions with others using the same public spaces. Keeping dogs on leashes will also reduce the amount of unintended aggressive dog behavior. Found dogs not wearing tags will be quarantined.

These are temporary restrictions while we are in a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 virus.

Please pick up after your dog. With increased usage of all Conservation trails and areas and the Rail Trial, we all need to be considerate and pick up after our dogs. Again, the Town continues to receive complaints of dog droppings, particularly along the Rail Trail.

For the full memo on the new regulations, including the rationale behind it, click here

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

While we all work to follow the Governor’s stay in place order and as the days progress, the Town recognizes that many of our residents may find that they need additional support or services. Please take time to read through the entire list.

Support services in place:

Health: The Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 508-358-6805 is for those experiencing symptoms, concerns about exposure and seeking information specific to the COVID-19 virus. The phone is being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Private Business Food Deliveries: The Health Department is visiting each restaurant and grocery store in Wayland on a daily basis to ensure each business continues to follow proper protocols for take-out and delivery services. This applies to brick and mortar businesses in Wayland.

Town: The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508- 358-7701. This phone is also being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Council on Aging (CoA): CoA staff have been in touch with their senior population on a regular and often daily basis through phone calls, emails, and robo calls. If you would like to be added to the CoA’s list for a friendly check in or other services, please call the CoA at 508-358-2990.

The Meals on Wheels program will continue next week and, at this time, will be conducted by BayPath Elder Services instead of Wayland volunteers.

Youth and Family Services: The staff of Youth and Family Services are available for phone counseling and outreach services to its existing clients. If you are seeking immediate mental health services, please call Psychiatric Emergency Services, in Framingham, at (800) 640-5432. For emotional support, call the state’s 211 to access “call to talk”.

Food Pantries: The Town Administrator’s Office, the CoA and the Health Department are working with the three known food pantries in Wayland: Parmenter Food Pantry, Celebration International Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church. The Health Department has reviewed safe delivery protocols with each group. The Town is working closely with the Celebration International Church and its affiliation with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food to Wayland residents.

Volunteers: The Town has become aware of residents asking in what way they can help their neighbors. The Town has established a list of residents who would like to volunteer in some way. To add your name to the volunteer list, please email the Town at COVIDvolunteer@wayland.ma.us. We will be in touch with every person indicating a desire to volunteer to get additional information about skills that may be needed in the future. At this time, because of the stay in place order and CDC guidelines, most of the volunteer opportunities will be friendly phone calls to neighbors.

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We continue to urge all residents to evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling any symptoms, we advise you to contact the Wayland Health Department at the Coronavirus Hotline 508-358-6805 and your primary care physician for guidance. If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home until you are feeling better and follow up with your primary care physician as needed.

The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508-358-7701.