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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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ESOL Tutor Training

Becoming a tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

The Wayland Library sponsors an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program that serves a wide area around Wayland. Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. Program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on February 26. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five consecutive Monday mornings, 9:30-12:30. No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook (later) for about $20.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at virginia@thesteels.com.

The Town of Wayland Wants You to Volunteer!

The town has a variety of volunteer opportunities that call for light, medium, or heavy time commitments and for specific skills or no particular skills at all, only an interest in the board’s work and willingness to learn. We—the Board of Selectmen—are providing you with information that we hope will pique your interest. This column focuses on the new Cable Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC has three principal responsibilities: 1) negotiate the terms of the renewal Cable TV licenses with Wayland’s service providers, Comcast and Verizon; 2) recommend that the Board of Selectmen grant these licenses; and 3) monitor the performance of the licensees during the ascertainment process to ensure compliance with the license terms and conditions. We expect that the five member committee will meet monthly or every other month beginning in 2019. Helpful—but not required—skills include negotiating experience, interest in or some knowledge of our local cable operations, ability to understand contracts, and common sense.

If you have questions or are interested in being considered to fill this or any town board position, please contact Teri Hegarty in the Selectmen’s office at thegarty@wayland.ma.us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Red Cross Blood Drive, December 11

Please help us celebrate the season of giving on Tuesday December 11th to donate blood for the American Red Cross. Donors are encouraged to preregister and make an appointment with the Red Cross by calling: 800.733.2767 and using the sponsor code CH01778.

Become a Tutor of English

Have you ever thought about tutoring someone in English? Most people who decide to become tutors are thinking of the good it can do, helping others become more proficient in English and better able to cope with employment, landlords, schools or the medical profession. But then they discover the rewards, the satisfaction that comes as progress is made and a relationship develops that enriches both learner and tutor. Tutors often speak of their pleasure in learning about another culture and their greater appreciation for the challenges facing those who are adapting to ours.

Because of the constant demand for tutoring, all available tutors are now working with students, and the next tutor-training course has been scheduled. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program director Ginny Steel is currently enrolling prospective tutors for the five-session course that starts on October 15. The class will meet at the Wayland Library on five Monday evenings 6:00 – 9:00. Class dates this fall are October 15, 22 and 29 and November 5 and 19 (not meeting on Veterans Day). No prior knowledge of a foreign language is needed, just an openness to other cultures and the desire to share your knowledge of English. The training is free, although it is necessary to purchase a textbook for about $20.

For more information or to enroll in the tutor-training course, you can phone Ginny Steel at 508-358-7517 or email her at virginia@thesteels.com.

Resources for ESL tutors and learners are available online here.

OARS River Cleanup, September 15

OARS will hold its 32nd Annual River Cleanup on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to noon. OARS volunteers will walk the banks and wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers to help restore our beautiful rivers for people, fish and wildlife. Trash, tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles – whatever we find that shouldn’t be there – will be collected for appropriate disposal.

This September morning of inspiring work has become a regional tradition for individuals and teams from local businesses, civic associations, scout troops, and high schools. We will be working this year in Westborough, Northborough, Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, Acton, Concord, and Billerica. The cleanup will be followed by a pizza lunch and celebration along the rivers

We hope you will join us. For more information and to volunteer please contact the OARS office at 978-369-3956 or office@oars3rivers.org. Visit us at www.oars3rivers.org.

OARS is the watershed organization working to protect, improve, and preserve the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers, their tributaries and watersheds for the purposes of public recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat.

Join Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team

CERT trainees practice moving and transporting an injury victim

This fall and early winter, Wayland’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be conducting training for those who are interested in becoming members of the CERT team. Training will take place on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning September 24th at the Wayland Public Safety Building, at the intersection of routes 27 and 20, and will run for 10 weeks.

In addition to this multi-week, comprehensive training course, CERT also conducts sessions on a variety of relevant topics throughout the year.

CERT is comprised of volunteer residents of Wayland who are willing to assist the town in the event of any emergency that requires additional backup resources. CERT’s main responsibility is to operate and staff the town’s emergency shelter, located at the Wayland Middle School, in the event of a disaster caused by blizzards, hurricanes, or other situations forcing people to leave their homes to seek shelter.

CERT operates under the direction of Wayland’s Emergency Management Director (Police Chief Robert Irving) and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

No special skills are required to join CERT. The standard FEMA training program offered covers such items as disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations including CPR and first aid, light search and rescue operations, CERT organization, and terrorism. In practice, the CERT team is divided up into several sub-teams, including shelter, first aid, animal rescue and care, and general support.

Once trained, members participate when available and to the extent of their comfort level.

So please consider becoming a member of Wayland CERT and learn how to take care of yourself, family and neighbors in the event of an emergency! For more information, and to register for the upcoming training, please contact Joseph Gordon, Wayland CERT Coordinator, via email at gordon@waylandcert.org, or Doug Leard, LEPC Chairman, at DJL@emergencypreparedness4all.com.

Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Needed

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 Health@wayland.ma.us.