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Wayland Weekly Flower

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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The Wayland Cultural Council is seeking new members!

If you support the existence of cultural activities in town, consider joining this appointed board and be involved in the process. As part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) program, the committee disburses state appropriated funds. Wayland is one of 329 such local councils supporting projects in the arts, humanities and sciences through a grant application process.

New members are welcome to join before the next granting cycle begins in the fall. Contact Co-chair Rachel Sideman-Kurtz at to learn more.

This year the council awarded $6,271 to 13 recipients including the upcoming performance “Unveiled,” at Congregation Or Atid and the performance “Isabella” at the Council on Aging (COA) both occurring this month. Awards also supported the Wayland Public Libray’s “Wayland Reads” and the Chinese American Association’s Lunar New Year Celebration earlier this year. Grants funded “Silent Night” by the Vokes Players as well as DeCordova’s EBT $1 Admission Program, the Discovery Museum’s “Free Friday Night Fun” program and forthcoming signage for heirloom trees at Heard Farm. Grants also supported the Control Freaks, Wayland High School’s Robotics Team and student participation in the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival hosted at the high school. In addition, grants were awarded for a performance of the Musicians of the Old Post Road, the library program, “A Universe of Stories” and the COA program “Songbirds of the Northeast.”

If you would like to have a role in bringing such programs to fruition, your interest and enthusiasm are welcome. You can learn more about the Wayland Cultural Council
and the Massachusetts Cultural Council at

The 7th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive is on Saturday June 8

The 7th Annual Eric Chase Memorial Blood Drive is on Saturday June 8 at Wayland High School, 8am-3pm. Team Eric, spearheaded by Mimi Licht, has again arranged for two Blood Mobiles from Dana Farber & Boston Children’s Hospital to arrive early that morning at Wayland High.

Sign up for a specific time to donate blood at:

Plan to Give the Gift of Life! Each pint of blood donated can help up to 3 patients in need. Thank You for donating blood in the past. Your willingness to roll up your sleeve and donate blood has helped over 1,500 patients!

Eric often donated blood until he was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and then he needed many blood products. Pay it Forward–Donate on June 8! Please help us spread the word by talking to your friends or forwarding this email. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday June 8.

Happy Mothers Day & Best wishes,
Don Chase & Nikki Fedele

Cradles to Crayons Collect & Sort

Gather your new or gently used kids’ clothes, shoes, small toys, books and clean diapers for our Wayland Cradles to Crayons Collect and
Sort Event taking place at Loker School on Saturday June 1 from 9-11am.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Beginning May 13, drop off items at Loker School (storage bin outside the school), Claypit Hill School, The Children’s Way, and the library. You can also bring your donations to the event on June 1.
  • Volunteer to sort donations at the event. Please email Meghan at to sign up for a volunteer shift. We need all hands on deck to make this event a success so please register!

This is a family event so bring your kids to give them the hands-on experience of doing something to help others. All donations go directly to children age 0-12 living in low income, homeless or emergency situations in MA. Check here for more information about what Cradles to Crayons accepts.  Questions? Email Allison Kates at

Volunteer for the 30th Annual Concord Museum Garden Tour

Do you love history and gardening? The Concord Museum Garden Tour Committee invites you to join and get involved in the 2019 event on May 31 and June 1, 2019. Seven of Concord’s most illustrious private gardens will be on the Tour which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. No garden experience necessary. If you are interested in a fun and exciting volunteer opportunity, please email or (978) 369-9763 ext. 216.



Wayland Depot Railroad Brush Clearing, May 4 & 5

The Wayland Historical Commission is sponsoring its 18th annual volunteer Spring Brush Clearing at the Wayland Depot, 1 Cochituate Road, Saturday, May 4 (9am – 4pm) and Sunday, May 5 (1pm – 4pm).

Volunteers are encouraged to come either day to help remove brush, vines and undergrowth along the inactive preserved railroad tracks alongside the Rail Trail west of Wayland Depot. We will also continue to clear the Turntable Pit, the Enginehouse Site, Water Tank Foundations and a side track to expose more of these historic artifacts for Trail users to see.

The Wayland Rail Trail between the Depot and Rte. 20 was built in December, 2016, and the trail east of the Depot was built in 2018. We will focus on clearing brush from the preserved track in the Historic District so that it can be better appreciated by users of the Trail, and so that it will be an attractive part of the future Wayland Railroad Interpretive Site alongside the Rail Trail.

Bring work gloves and pruning tools, shovels, and wear work clothes and boots. For more information, please contact Richard Conard.

SVT Announces Projects for National Volunteer Week

SVT volunteers helped build a trail at the Forty Caves Conservation Area in Berlin and Clinton during a past year’s National Volunteer Week.

Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a nonprofit land conservation organization, invites the public to participate in several volunteer projects during National Volunteer Week 2019, which is scheduled for April 7–13.

SVT conserves open spaces and working farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. SVT also works to improve the health of local forests and meadows, and the organization creates hiking trails so the public can explore and enjoy nature.

Projects and programs planned for National Volunteer Week include:

  • SVT Volunteer Orientation, Monday, April 8, 6:00–7:30 pm: Learn about year-round volunteer opportunities. Orientation will be held at the organization’s headquarters in Sudbury.
  • Office Volunteer Night, Thursday, April 11, 6:00–8:00 pm: Help SVT prepare a spring mailing in a collegial environment at the organization’s headquarters.
  • Trail Work, Saturday, April 13, 9:00 am–Noon: Join the effort to create a hiking trail at SVT’s newest property, the Smith Conservation Land in Littleton.
  • Buckthorn Pull, Saturday, April 13, 9:00–11:30 am: Help remove this non-native invasive plant from the lovely Memorial Forest in Sudbury. Appropriate for families.

To register for any of these events or the orientation, please contact Debbie Pullen at, 978-443-5588 x123. More information is available at


ABOUT SVT SVT is a member-supported nonprofit land trust that protects natural areas and farmland in a 36-community region surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. Founded in 1953, SVT is responsible for the care and protection of more than 5,000 acres of land on 170 properties and maintains more than 60 miles of trails.

Town Meeting Assistance Needed

Using a purpose-built “Wayland Town Meeting Recorder” application that runs on a laptop PC, Wayland has been capturing the speaker, duration, and purpose for every motion, amendment, pro comment, con comment, question, and vote in every session of Wayland’s Town Meetings. Analysis of the resulting data has revealed opportunities to improve Town Meeting’s efficiency, and has enabled the accurate assessment of proposed changes. We seek one or more volunteers willing to learn the “Wayland Town Meeting Recorder” and use it to record data during Town Meeting. Previous PC experience is helpful, but more important is a willingness to be attentive and present for the entire meeting. If interested, please contact Moderator Dennis Berry at 508-655-1497 or