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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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Happy 101st birthday to Jean Pratt

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Wayland Town Crier 8/17/19 Happy 101st Birthday to Jean Pratt.  Warmest congratulations to Jean Bates Pratt who just turned 101 in Wayland where she has lived since 1954. Pratt, long active in Wayland town government and civic groups such as The League of Women Voters, lives in her own condo in a seniors residence in Wayland. Jean was honored earlier this year at the State House in Boston as one of the Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts.

News and Events from the Wayland Library, August 16, 2019


  • Whistleblower Wednesdays: A Film Series. The drama, the subterfuge, the moral dilemma….This summer, enjoy classic and modern movies about whistleblowers, showing on select Wednesdays at the library.  Movies start at 6:30 p.m.  Popcorn and lemonade provided.  August 28: The Fifth Estate (2013)
  • Introduction to Knitting. Learn the basics of knitting in this hands-on session.  Librarian Sarah Hogan will teach us how to cast on and knit. Participants will leave with a beginner set of knitting needles and a skein of yarn to practice with.  Registration is required, limit 12 people.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult willing to help.  Friday, August 30, 1-2:30 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.
  • One-On-One Genealogy Help. Just getting started and don’t know where to begin?  Having trouble organizing and confirming your genealogy finds?  Out on a limb on your family tree?  Get personal help from experienced genealogists.  Sign up by Sunday for a 15-minute session the following Thursday, then meet your genealogist at the Reference Desk. Every Thursday through August, 1-2 p.m. by appointment.
  • Pardon Our Plywood. Our beautiful big rotunda windows will be under repair this month, the panes removed and the frames refurbished.  (Fortunately, the plywood panels are being graced with paintings by George Dergalis, courtesy of his widow, Margaret.)  The work might well affect parking, and will probably take until after Labor Day to be finished.  Please bear with us until then.  Thank you.


  • Weekly Storytimes
    • Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10 and 17 at 10:30 a.m.
    • StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 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. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11:30-12:15 p.m.
  • Zumba. Rhythm and dance program for children ages 2.5 to 4 years old. Led by Hayley Chizinksy of H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Tuesday, August 27, 10:30-11:00 a.m.


  • Drop-in Legos. Build some lego creations and catch up with friends before school starts! For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, August 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Lego Club. Children will make fabulous creations out of legos. This month’s theme: wacky buildings. For ages 5 and up. Wednesday, September 4, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Rainforest Reptiles. Lizards, snakes, alligators and more! A herpetologist from Rainforest Reptiles will bring live reptiles to the library and teach children about these fascinating creatures, and how they have adapted to their natural habitats. This is an Early Release Day special event. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. For ages 4 and up.


  • Teen Movie Night: Into the Spider-VerseTeens! Meet up with your friends before school starts and watch Into the Spider-Verse. Snacks will be served. Running time 117 minutes. Rated PG. Thursday, August 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • SEEKING VOLUNTEER TO LEAD A CHESS CLUB FOR YOUTH We are seeking volunteers to lead a chess club for youth in the fall. The Chess Club would meet once a month after school. If interested please contact Youth Services librarian Pam McCuen at
  • WAYLAND SCHOOL BUS WILL HAVE A STOP AT THE LIBRARY THIS FALL! This year, a certain number of seats on Bus 3 will be allocated each day for middle and high school students who’d like to stop at the library after school.  This option is for students who are registered to ride the bus and have purchased a bus pass.





Wayland Citizens Police Academy, October 1 – November 19

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The Wayland Police Citizens Academy will offer an eight-week program with information and instruction designed to provide the public with knowledge and understanding of the Police Department’s personnel, policies, and practices. The program is comprehensive, covering different areas of the department’s services each week. Officers and supervisors conduct each informational session.

Topic areas are:

  • general introduction
  • patrol procedures
  • motor vehicle law
  • domestic violence
  • criminal investigation
  • criminal justice systems
  • specialized units
  • firearms safety
  • ride along program

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Jamie D. Berger, 508-358-1722 or


Music Exchange Listening Room @the W Gallery

at 57 Andrew Ave every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 7:30pm.  Coffee, teas, non-alcoholic drinks, food provided.

An Open Mics West event.  Visit, or email for more information

Upcoming dates:

  • August 13, 27
  • September 10, 24
  • October 8, 22
  • November 12, 26
  • December 10

Wayland Carnival Day in honor of Ellie and Annie Levine, September 15

The community of Wayland will be hosting a Carnival Day on September 15th (Noon to 4PM) at the Wayland Middle School for Ellie and Annie Levine.  Ellie is a five year old Wayland resident who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.  The carnival will allow the town of Wayland to show the Levine family the support they have from their fellow Waylanders.

Seeking Seniors to Share Life Lessons

The non-profit organization Sages & Seekers is recruiting older adults (62 and over) to participate in an eight-week intergenerational program with students at Wayland High School beginning October 1.

Sages & Seekers, a nationally acclaimed program, pairs older adults (Sages) with high school students (Seekers) for a series of guided conversations. Over the course of eight weekly meetings lasting 90 minutes each, Sages share their life experiences while Seekers develop interviewing, listening, writing and public speaking skills. Enriching relationships often develop along with these new skills.

During the 2018-19 school year, 25 pairs met at Wayland High School and completed the program together. Wayland resident Tonya Largy says it was a wonderful experience. “I really enjoyed it,” she says. “I was paired with a young man who lives near me. We learned a lot about each other’s lives.”

Largy says she enjoyed more than just the one-on-one interactions. “I loved being with all the young people,” she says. “I don’t get to be around that many young people. One of the students from the program works at Stop & Shop, and I see him there now, and we always say hello. ”

Learn more about Sages & Seekers during a presentation at the Wayland Council on Aging on September 4, 2019, at 1:15 p.m. The Council on Aging is located in the Wayland Town Building. You can also visit the Sages & Seekers website and watch a short video about the program.

The Sages & Seekers program at Wayland High School will run from October 1 through November 19, 2019. For more information, contact Wayland High School’s Sages & Seeker coordinator Janet Carmichael by email or phone at 508-397-3446.

Important Information About Mosquito Bites & Mosquito-borne Illnesses

The following was distributed by the Town of Wayland from Director of Public Health, Julia Junghanns, R.S., C.H.O., and is posted online here

It’s that time of year again–mosquito season.  With the expected hot weather and periodic heavy rain, there will be abundant mosquito breeding in the area.  The Wayland Health Department is advising people to check your yards for items that can collect water and harbor mosquito breeding.  As outlined further below in this memo we have provided recommendations for avoiding mosquito bites (which can lead to mosquito-borne illness) and how to prevent your yard from becoming a mosquito breeding area.

Catch basins have been treated for mosquitoes

The catch basins in town have been treated with Fourstar 90 day Briquets. This product has 1% Bti and 6% Bsph (Bacillus shpaericus).  The product is supplied by the Wayland Board of Health and distributed by the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project.  This treatment is done every year to control mosquito larvae to reduce mosquito-borne illness.  Fourstar is a larvicide in a briquet form that disrupts the normal growth pattern of immature mosquitoes in water and prevents them from becoming breeding, biting adults.  This product is a long-term (up to 90 days), cost-effective and environmentally responsible mosquito control larvicide.

The treated catch basins have been marked with a white dot.  The Town of Wayland contracts the services of the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project for mosquito control including helicopter spraying using BTI larvicide in the spring and catch basin treatments in the early summer.  Our program during mosquito season also includes mosquito trapping, identifying populations and surveillance for diseases and species.

Mosquito habitats and mosquito-borne illness

The “Culex” mosquito species is common in suburban communities such as Wayland.  This mosquito species prefers to breed/lay eggs in small artificial containers such as birdbaths, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters, and other standing water sources which can be found in people’s backyards and other similar areas of the suburbs (including catch basins).

Culex mosquitoes are the primary vectors of West Nile Virus.  West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness in people ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis.  WNV is most commonly spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito.  The Culex species are also known as “bridge” vectors that will feed on birds and people.  As the summer continues to progress, birds could be infected with West Nile Virus and the virus could be transmitted to a human when a mosquito bites a bird carrying the WNV virus and then subsequently bites a person.

The catch basin treatments using Fourstar Briquets will reduce the population of Culex mosquito larvae (and other mosquito larvae) that could be growing in catch basins (standing water environment), decreasing the risk of West Nile Virus infection in humans.

To prevent a yard from becoming a source for Culex mosquitoes and potentially invasive mosquito species, homeowners should make a thorough inspection of their property and remove, empty, cover or treat water-holding containers.  During the summer, mosquito larvae can complete their development in water within a week.

What to do in your yard to prevent mosquito breeding, West Nile Virus (WNV) and other Arboviral Diseases:

  • Mosquito proof your home and drain standing water in your yard
  • Containers where mosquitoes commonly lay eggs include neglected swimming pools, water in loose-fitting pool covers or tarps, unscreened rain barrels, rimless tires, and plastic toys, flower pots, trash barrels/containers. Check rain gutters, including all fittings and drains.
  • Tires should be disposed of properly or stored inside.
  • Rubbish barrels, wheelbarrows and small boats should be covered or stored upside down.
  • The water in wading pools and birdbaths should be changed weekly.
  • Infrequently used pools should be covered or properly maintained.
  • Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. Fix any holes in screens and screen doors and replace worn weather stripping.
  • Keep the grass in your yard cut short and shrubs trimmed.
  • Once a week empty and scrub, turn over, cover or throw out any items that hold water.
  • Rainwater or rain/collection barrels tips:
    • Always use a mosquito-proof screen to seal and cover the rain barrel or other water-saving container.  Mosquito-proof screen is a very fine mesh, usually 1/16 of an inch.  If the barrel is covered, this will reduce the likelihood of mosquitoes becoming a problem.
    • If the barrel is holding a lot of water consider mosquitofish, or consider treating with products containing Bti (always read the product label and use according to the instructions).
    • Keep the rain barrel lid and connectors sealed to help keep bugs out.
    • Be sure to always remove the water that pools at the top of the barrel at least once or twice a week.
    • If possible, place your barrel on a surface that will soak up any water that overflows so it doesn’t pool and create a mosquito habitat.
    • Regularly inspect your rain barrel system.  Check for cracks or leaks.  Be sure that all fittings and seals are intact and that no water accumulates on the ground around the barrel.
    • Clean the barrel on a regular basis.  Drain it completely and clean it out at least twice a year.

What you should do to avoid mosquito bites

At this time of year mosquito populations are on the rise and residents should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Be aware of peak mosquito hours:

  • The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are more active in damp, shady areas, during cloudy humid days, and at night. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Also, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
  • There are some emerging mosquito species that are out and active during the day.  Be sure to protect yourself and family members during the day also.

Wear protective clothing:

  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. Baby carriages and playpens should be covered with mosquito netting.

Apply insect repellent when you go outdoors.

  • Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)].
  • DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentration of 30% or less on older children.
  • The Center for Disease Control has recently listed Oil of lemon eucalyptus as providing protection against mosquitoes, however, it should not be used on children under three years of age.
  • Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to the skin.
  • Protect pets and horses from mosquito bites.
  • Always follow the instructions on the label of any repellent.  More information on choosing and using repellents safely is listed below.

For further information on WNV or EEE, log unto the Massachusetts Department of Public Health web site at:

If residents have any questions about mosquitoes or how to control them: the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project can be reached at:

Choosing and using repellents safely:

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) toll free at 1-800-858-7378 or online at  If you can’t go online contact MDPH at (617)983-6800 for a hard copy of the fact sheet.

MDPH 2017 Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Plan

MDPH Mosquito-borne Diseases