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Non-Profit Spotlight:
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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WCPA Trunk-Or-Treat and Monster Mash Halloween Party!

Join the WCPA for some Halloween fun!

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!

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!

Dignity Matters launches fall drive

Dignity Matters is a Framingham-based charity that supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to women and school-age girls living in homeless or low-income situations, to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.

There are over 22,000 homeless women and school-age girls in Massachusetts alone. Every month, they face the humiliating reality of limited or no access to tampons or pads. Food stamps do NOT cover these products, people rarely donate them to charities, and shelters and public schools, with their often-limited funding, cannot cope with the demand for them. Many women must choose between buying food or sanitary napkins.  Many women and girls are forced to miss work or school multiple days each month because they don’t have the protection they need.

Dignity Matters partners monthly with over 90 local nonprofits right here in our neighboring communities, including food pantries, medical clinics, homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, public schools, and after-school programs.  We currently support over 2500 women every single month.  In 2017, we collected more than 220,000 items and we doubled that in 2018, distributing over 500,000 products. But it’s still not enough to meet the demand. We need YOUR help!

During the month of October, you can support Dignity Matters and the thousands of women we support by bringing donations of pads, tampons, new underwear (with tags) and new or gently used bras to the following locations:

See our website at to make a financial donation or for more information. Questions? Contact Allison Kates at


Purple for Witness and Protest, Compassion and Courage

Plans are underway through the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, First Parish UU and other religious homes, and the to witness, protest, and raise awareness about domestic violence in October by lighting up religious and civic buildings and homes in purple for awareness, courage and compassion. About 160 more girls and women and minority genders have been killed by their largely male partners in Massachusetts since Lauren Dunne Astley was killed in 2011. About 70,000 will die in our country in our life times at this rate with similar numbers of perpetrators lost to prison, 70,000 being about the same number as American soldiers who died in World War I. We can do better with caring and justice, and also save money. If you would like to purchase purple bulbs at cost of $5.00 each, please let Malcolm Astley know, and we will work out delivery. Please be on the look out for announcements about this year’s October march and vigil. You can reach him at

Update from the Town of Wayland on EEE Spraying

Update on EEE spraying in Wayland 091619

We would like to update you regarding the Town of Wayland’s risk mitigation plan for the mosquito borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The MDPH and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources completed aerial spraying in Wayland as of September 15th.

Beginning, at dusk today, Monday September 16th through the 20th dependent on weather, the Town has arranged for The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project, a Massachusetts Trust Agency, to treat Wayland’s public roads via truck mounted spraying with Anvil 10+10 ULV, the same pesticide being used by the State. East Middlesex will also treat vegetated perimeter areas of playing fields via manual backpack spraying using the pesticide Mavrik Perimeter; those areas include Alpine, Town Building, Cochituate, Riverview and the Hannah Williams Playground, as well as the perimeter of fields/playgrounds at each of our five schools and The Children’s Way Preschool. Manual backpack spraying targets the perimeter areas of vegetation and wooded areas that surround the fields/playgrounds. Spraying onto fields and playgrounds will not be performed as mosquitoes do not reside in these open areas. There is no need for special precautions to be taken following spraying. However, we caution people to remain indoors during the evening/night when spraying is taking place. The field and school areas have been posted and will be posted for 72 hours after the treatments. Information about the products used can be found on the Town website.

Spraying will reduce the mosquito populations, and help reduce the risk of disease however, it does not eliminate the risk. The most effective way for individuals to reduce their risk of mosquito bites (and therefore exposure to EEE infected mosquitos) is to wear protective clothing and apply insect repellent at all times when outdoors, until there is a hard frost.

Avoid mosquito bites and check your yard:

During any outdoor activities, wear long sleeves, pants and socks. Insect repellent with DEET should be applied outdoors according to the product label. Applications vary by product but we encourage you to wear the product that requires the least amount of applications throughout the day. If participating in outdoor physical activities or if the weather is warm/hot additional applications may be required. Check your yard for items that may hold standing water and empty them out, take measures to prevent untreated pools from becoming a mosquito breeding area.

We advise that you limit or eliminate all outdoor activities between 6pm and 8am. These are times when the mosquito population is highest and most active and being indoors helps to reduce the risk of mosquito bites. Avoid areas where mosquitoes are abundant such as wooded places, wet areas, or areas with still water until after the first hard frost.

Additional information regarding the EEE risk in Wayland, the products being used in the spraying, and personal protection measures against mosquito bites can be found on the Town Health Department website at

Free Flu Clinics offered by the Wayland Health Department


The Wayland Health Department along with our Wayland Resident Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers will be providing FREE Injectable Flu Vaccine Clinics for ALL interested individuals. Flu clinics will be held at the Town Building Large Hearing Room on the following Wednesdays in October:

  • October 16,  2-7pm
  • October 23,  2-7pm
  • October 30,  2-7pm

There is no out of pocket expense but insurance cards are necessary to provide for reimbursement so future vaccine may be purchased.

Injectable Seasonal Quad Flu Vaccine and High Dose (ages 65 and older) will be available to everyone aged 6mos and older at our clinics (an appointment is not needed). Limited doses of Pneumococcal, Prevnar and Tdap vaccine will be available at the Community Clinics for those individuals who meet the criteria set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) AND have reserved a dose by calling our FLU Hotline at 508-358-6805.

Join the MRC! New Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers are always needed! We have a great group of volunteers, however, we would love to recruit new members. If you are interested in helping out your community and would like to volunteer please contact the Health Department at

CAPA Bottle & Can Drive, Saturday, October 19 at WHS

Wayland High School, Town Pool Parking Lot, Saturday, October 19, 10am-2pm

Time to donate your refundable bottles and cans– Please start saving them if you haven’t already! The CAPA Bottle and Can Drive is coming! This is a fun and high-spirited event and volunteers are always appreciated for their service! The Bottle and Can Drive is a significant fund-raiser for the Wayland High School visual and performing arts programs and CAPA needs your refundable cans and bottles more than ever! High School student volunteers will receive community service hours to use toward their graduation requirements. Contact CAPA at for more information on how to volunteer. Please help us to support the Arts in our schools!

New traffic patterns have developed with new school start times – how you can help…

Have you found yourself caught up in traffic you weren’t expecting this last week? Last fall, the School Committee decided after several years of study to move our system in line with the latest research on adolescent sleep needs and adjust the district’s start times. This fall, our new school start times have shifted some of our traffic patterns for residents on our local streets. 
You are seeing more traffic near roads leading to the elementary schools earlier than last year, primarily between 7:30 and 8am, and more on roads leading to the middle and high school later than last year, primarily between 8 and 8:30am.
If you have the flexibility to do so, consider some minor adjustments to your travel schedule to work around the patterns of buses and those driving to the schools.
As residents adjust their timing and road selection over the coming weeks, we expect many of these backups to alleviate themselves somewhat. But, as in prior years, traffic to the schools in the time before opening has always generated some delays. Please help yourselves and our traveling buses by adjusting as you can to avoid these times and places.
Arthur Unobskey
Superintendent, Wayland Schools