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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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Missing Cat: Kitty is missing from Lincoln Rd/Hazelbrook Rd area

Kitty has been missing from her home at the intersection of Lincoln road and Hazelbrook road area since the storm on Wednesday night.  She is wearing a flea collar, but no identification tags. She is usually shy with strangers and might run if you approach her. But, she may be hungry now and glad to see anyone with food!  If you have any information, please contact Peggy via phone at 540-958-0180 or email at peggymullen@hotmail.com

Status of Power Outages in Wayland – Public Safety Building Open 24 hrs/day

Town of Wayland 10/17/19: Status of Power Outages.

Due to the recent storm a number of residences are still without power and some roads are still closed.

Eversource responders are currently working to restore power on Claypit Hill Road, Sherman’s Bridge Road and Woodridge Road.  Eversource reports that Pinebrook Road may be closed for a couple of days.

The Public Safety Building will be open 24 hrs/day until power is fully restored.  Citizens may visit to use the rest rooms, obtain power for charging devices and obtain water.

Eversource power outage map online here

Eversource crews working to restore power to costumers in Wayland

Eversource power outage map online here   (Eversource’s map shows the number is down to 390 outages in Wayland as of 6:42am)

Report or check an outage online here

MISSING CAT: Sydney is a black cat last seen at Old Connecticut Path & Woodridge

Missing Cat posted on Helping Lost Pets: Sydney. Sydney is a small, female, adult black cat, last seen at Old Connecticut Path & Woodridge. She has a few white hairs under her chin. She is friendly, but skittish. She has been missing for over two weeks. Contact her owner via the Contact link on this page.

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.

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.

WCPA Trunk-Or-Treat and Monster Mash Halloween Party!

Join the WCPA for some Halloween fun!

TRUNK OR TREAT
4:00 – 5:00 | Claypit Hill Elementary Parking Lot
Dress up the kids, decorate your car, and bring treats (candy or non-candy) to share! Prizes awarded to top decorated trunks. For safety’s sake, please arrive by 4:00 pm. Open to all!

MONSTER MASH HALLOWEEN PARTY!
5:00 – 7:00 | Claypit Hill Elementary
Ghouls & Goblins, Witches on brooms. You are invited to a party under the moon! Activities include: music, dancing, and Halloween fun & games. Pizza, snacks, and water will be served. Join us after Trunk-or- Treat!
Admission: $5 per child ($15 max per family). Please note this is not a drop-off event. Open to all!

DCR issues advisory for blue green algae in Lake Cochituate

Based on DPH’s recommendation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has issued a cyanobacteria advisory for blue green algae identified in Lake Cochituate.

Signage is being posted at Wayland shore access areas and DCR will be posting signage at access points along its portion of the shore.

DPH will be coordinating with DCR to monitor and evaluate the bloom conditions, including laboratory testing once it starts to dissipate.  The Wayland Health Department will be included on any updates from the state and we will post information on our website: www.wayland.ma.us/health-department.

In the meantime, the state is recommending that we limit all recreational activities where there is a potential for contact with water in Lake Cochituate. DCR will be issuing that recommendation for state-owned access points.

The advisory was based on visual observations and photographs provided by state park officials that indicated cyanobacteria (algae) cells were present at Lake Cochituate at levels that may exceed the MDPH guidelines for recreational waterbodies in Massachusetts.

Accordingly, DPH recommended that a public advisory be issued and signage be posted at each lake access point to notify Lake Cochituate visitors.  MDPH recommends that the advisory be posted at each access point at the water body to warn against water contact.

DPH will coordinate with DCR to conduct follow-up sampling at the waterbody one week from today, provided that the bloom is no longer visibly present.  DPH recommends at least two samples, one week apart, to recommend rescinding the advisory.

DPH updates the listing of algae advisories on the website daily.  This advisory will be included on our list.  DPH is currently aware of 14 other advisories in the state.

GENERAL  BACKGROUND

Monitoring waterbodies for cyanobacteria (harmful algae) is important because these small cells can multiply quickly, and potentially make people sick.  In some circumstances, MDPH will evaluate monitoring data and recommend people and pets stay out of the water and that an advisory be issued.  Because risks to human health rise with cell counts, the goal is to take action before anyone becomes sick.

MDPH has worked with local health departments and other state agencies and developed guidelines and standard protocols for evaluating potential health concerns related to the presence of algae.  The MDPH guidelines for visual observations and laboratory analyses are consistent with other state and international recreational waterbody guidelines, and MDPH has used them to recommend over 200 waterbody specific advisories since 2008.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are Algae Blooms?

Algae blooms form in fresh water when cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) grow very quickly and form scums or mats in the water. Some blooms can produce toxins that are harmful to people and animals.  These blooms are most common in Massachusetts during the hotter months of summer and early fall.

How are they identified through visual observations?

Algae blooms can change the water’s appearance from slightly discolored to resembling pea soup or thick paint.  Blooms frequently appear blue or green but could be another color, such as brown or red.  Algae blooms can also give the water a bad odor or taste.

 

When does MDPH Issue an Advisory?

When a visible scum or mat layer is present or when a water analysis at a laboratory identifies either: (a) a cell count that exceeds 70,000 cells/milliliter of water; or (b) a toxin level that exceeds 8 parts per billion.

 

What causes them?

Certain environmental conditions, such as warm weather, sunlight, and excess nutrients help blue-green algae grow faster (or “bloom”).  The excess nutrients sometimes come from human-related sources (e.g., phosphorus and nitrogen in fertilizers, or human and animal waste).

What are the primary health concerns?

Health concerns of cyanobacteria and/or the toxins they produce vary depending on the type of exposure and the amount and types of toxin present.  In most circumstances, direct contact with algae causes skin and eye irritation, and ingesting or inhaling small amounts are likely to cause gastrointestinal symptoms. In some circumstances exposure to toxins has been reported to cause serious illness or in rare circumstances, death.  For example, drinking water contaminated with elevated concentrations of several different types of toxin (e.g., microcystin and cylindrospermopsin) could result in significant liver and kidney damage.

What should I do near a waterbody with a Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory present?

Avoid contact with the water and do not ingest the water.  Rinse off immediately if you or your dog comes into contact with the water.

Does MDPH have a website for additional information?

Yes, you may visit:  www.mass.gov/dph/algae