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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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Neil McPherson to step in as Wayland chief

Metrowest Daily News 4/3/19: Neil McPherson to step in as Wayland chief. Neil McPherson realized a dream three years ago of becoming a full-time firefighter when he joined the Wayland Fire Department. Now, McPherson is on the cusp of becoming the department’s chief.

Wayland Assistant Fire Chief a finalist for Chief job in Southborough 3/15/19:Selectmen unanimously select Steven Achilles as new Southborough Fire Chief. 3/6/19: Fire Chief finalists announced: Look for interviews later this month. Last night, the Fire Chief Screening Committee recommended two finalists for selectmen to interview. The Board of Selectmen will consider the Fire Chief from Portsmouth, NH and Assistant Chief from Wayland, MA.

Wayland Town Crier 3/6/19: Two finalists picked for Southborough fire chief. Two finalists are in the running to become the town’s next fire chief. On Tuesday night, the Fire Chief Screening Committee named Steve Achilles, fire chief in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Neil McPherson, assistant fire chief in Wayland, as finalists to be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen.

Fire department and ambulance service fees to increase April 1

Wayland Town Crier 3/4/19: Fire department and ambulance service fees to increase April 1. Residents and businesses will pay more, in some cases double, for some fire department and ambulance services. The increases takes effect April 1. Wayland falls roughly in the middle of the pack of 32 surrounding communities when it comes to fees charged, according to Fire Chief David Houghton.

Fire Chief David Houghton to retire June 30

Wayland Town Crier 1/21/19: Fire Chief David Houghton to retire June 30. Fire Chief David Houghton’s last day on the job will be June 30. “It’s time to go,” Houghton said of his decision to retire after 38 years with the department, the past four as chief. Houghton, 56, informed Town Administrator Louise Miller on Jan. 7 of his decision, saying serving as chief in the town where he grew up is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job that can sometimes be a grind.

Fire Department announces Open Burning Season

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Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department.  Open burning season runs from January 15th to May 1st.  A valid permit obtained from the local Fire Department is required.  The Fire Chief reserves the right to deny open burning on any day due to weather or environmental conditions.  The Fire Department will begin issuing open burning permits beginning on January 15th.  There is no cost for the burn permit.

Obtaining a Permit for Open Burning:

You can obtain your open burning permit by doing the following:

  • Obtain your open burning permit by filling out the Burning Permit Online Form.  To obtain your permit online, you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations.  This permit will be valid through May 1st.  You will be assigned a permit number, which will be required each time you activate it during the burning season.
  • You may call (508) 358-4747 and a Dispatcher will enter your information and issue you a permit number.  You MUST retain this number.  If you want to burn on a particular day and do not have your permit number, you will not be allowed to burn.
  • The Fire Department will continue to offer the traditional walk-in registration for those that do not have computer access or simply prefer to visit the station.

Daily Activation of Your Permit:

Each day you wish to burn, you must activate your permit by doing one the following:

  • Click on this Link: to activate your burn permit for the day.
  • You may contact Central Dispatch at (508) 358-4747.  You MUST have your permit number.  If you do not have your permit number, you will not be allowed to burn.

Expect the Unexpected: Weather, Flooding, Power Outages and More, October 17

Wednesday, October 17, 1:30pm at the Council on Aging

Residents in Lawrence were recently tested for their resilience in handling an unimaginable disaster. How prepared are you to handle a lengthy power outage, a fire, a microburst? If you have pets, where will they go if you must leave your home? What’s in your “go-bag” to help you weather life’s unexpected challenges?

1:30pm Meet Officers from Wayland Police and Wayland Fire

Wayland Fire Department: weather emergencies, WAY-SECURE, Generators, CO and Smoke Detectors, Lock Boxes, CPR Classes

Wayland Police Department: learn about and sign up for “Swift911” that notifies residents about emergencies like storms, missing persons, sightings of potentially dangerous wild animals, etc.

Receive updates on the latest telephone scame

2:00-2:30 Exhibit Area Open  Lots of useful information and take-aways

Visit vendor tables. View exhibits of helpful tools and gadgets to have for unexpected situations. Sign up for Way-Secure. Sign up for Swift 911

2:30pm John Paul, radio personality and AAA car doctor discusses: preparing you and your car for safe winter driving

Come for practical tips. Bring your winter car questions. John Paul knows cars! He is AAA’s car doctor and senior manager of traffic safety and public affairs for AAA Northeast. He writes new car reviews, feature articles and a Q&A column in AAA’s publication “Horizons”. He hosts the “Car Doctor” radio program Saturday mornings, 8:30-10am on WROL AM 950

The Evening “Expect the Unexpcted” on 10/17 at 7pm has been cancelled due to a speaker scheduling conflict

Flyer online here:  Expect the Unexpected

Wayland’s Winner wins fire educator of the year award

Wayland Town Crier 9/30/18: Wayland’s Winner wins fire educator of the year award. A veteran Wayland firefighter was honored Wednesday for his work educating people about fire safety. Firefighter Todd Winner received the 2018 Fire & Life Safety Educator of the Year Award at the 24th annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center.