Monday, November 12, 2012
The Cochituate Breakfast Club brings fathers together with their kids as part of a tradition at Mel's Commonwealth Cafe.
Sometimes there's not a better way to start your Wednesday than some conversation with your kid over a piping hot plate of bacon and eggs. Just ask the fathers who bring their kids to a pre-school day breakfast at Mel's Commonwealth Cafe each month for the father-son or father-daughter breakfasts known as the Cochituate Breakfast Club. On Oct. 17, the first father-daughter breakfast of the school year, 64 people filled the booths and tables at Mel's for some quality family time. Jeff Baron serves as the organizer for the father-daughter breakfasts and said it was the largest crowd he'd seen since he took over organizing four years ago. "There's so few opportunities to do something like this," Baron said, adding that the club has been …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
We explored the holiday decor lighting up the Wayland nights and brightening the days.
A nighttime drive around Wayland yields plenty to delight the eyes as homes glow with holiday lights in every color, configuration and scheme. Take a look at our holiday light show slideshow and feel free to add your own images. We just simply couldn't include them all.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Parents, former students and curious residents looked around the new high school Friday morning.
At 8:15 Friday morning, the common area in the north building, the Common Building, of the new Wayland High School filled, not with students, but with adults eager for a glimpse of the hallways and classrooms their tax dollars built and their children will soon fill. More than 80 people turned up for the tour that introduced guests to the Common Building and the Academic Building, both of which will officially become the home of Wayland High School when students return after December break. "There are things we'll be able to do in the first week over here, that we couldn't do in the old building," said Principal Pat Tutwiler. In particular, the new buildings feature technologies that are rare or nonexistent in the old buildings. Walking …
Ideas for finding the right gift AND supporting a cause.
At this point in December, you’re either near the end of your gift-buying spree or bracing yourself for a last-minute whirlwind. No matter which spot you’re in, you probably still need gift ideas – either to wrap up items for the hard-to-buy-for relatives, or to begin your list (not that we like to generalize, but hello men out there ...) Below are our ideas for how to find the gift you want AND experience the joy of giving back. Granted, your relatives may not appreciate a donation in their name to the charity of your choice, but most people do appreciate receiving a gift that has meaning. Since time is running short for shipping (although certainly still feasible), you may want to opt for visiting a store to support local business owners…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Local children give Old St. Nick some suggestions for presents for Christmas this year.
Santa visted Camp Sewataro, where children from Wayland and other communities had a chance to tell Santa their Christmas wishes.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Helping kids understand unique traditions and beliefs.
You can't walk outside this time of year without being bombarded -- either literally or figuratively -- with "HOLIDAY" in bright, flashing lights. For many, this is a time of year to commemorate signficant religious events. For others, it's a colorful, joyful, memorable opportunity to give gifts and gather with family. For still others, the December holidys mean having a couple of weeks off school, a few days off work and a chance to take a vacation or relax at home -- without all the hullabaloo of trees and candles and presents. Regardless of which group youf family falls into, your kids attend school and likely have friends who fall into different groups. How do you explain this time of year to your children? If you don't celebrate with …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Keeping a gardening journal is essential for healthy growing.
I’ve always kept a writing journal of some kind or other. When I was younger, in my teens, my journals were mostly filled with the writings of a young teenage girl. (Yikes!) As I got older my journal pages were filled with independent thinking, hopes and aspirations of great things to come. Later, came writings of love and family and all the highs and lows that come with growing up and responsibility. I’m glad I can look back and read the story of “me.” It’s helpful to have in writing what works and what doesn’t. It keeps me moving forward and growing. Keeping a garden journal is just as important and essential for growing. I keep a gardening journal that includes my planting and my growing calendar, Patch articles, my blogging and a list…
Friday, December 9, 2011
The selection process to replace Wayland Fire Chief Bob Loomer upon his retirement resulted in an internal promotion.
Deputy Chief Vincent J. Smith, a 33-year veteran firefighter, has been tapped to serve as Wayland's next fire chief upon the retirement of current chief Bob Loomer in early 2012. In September, Loomer alerted town officials of his intention to retire. According to a press release from the Town of Wayland, Smith will assume the role of Wayland fire chief on Feb. 25, 2012. Two individuals already with the Wayland Fire Department were tapped as "outstanding" candidates, according to the press release. Those two candidates, Smith and Capt. David Houghton, each took part in three interview panels, a written exercise and follow-up interviews. The press release states that the interview process began on Nov. 7 with an assessment panel of two fire …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The 24th Annual Children's Holiday Shoppe brought a crowd despite the rain.
A rainy cold afternoon didn't stop children from flocking to the Wayland Town Building Wednesday afternoon for the 24th Annual Children's Holiday Shoppe. Tables laden with ornaments, bath soaps and lotions, jewelry, cookie mix and more filled the Large Hearing Room as festively clad volunteers sold the wares to children eager to find the perfect gifts for family and friends. Proceeds from the sales go to supporing the Wayland Council on Aging. Once said gifts were in hand, the young shoppers headed to wrapping tables where still more volunteers helped cut, tape and label the packages for ready gift-giving.
The annual event involves an antique fire engine and the guest of honor ... Santa Claus.
It's a Santa Claus time of year, and no one knows that better than the Wayland Firefighters Association. Each year, Wayland revs up the antique fire engine and helps Santa visit various stops in town over the course of three days. This year's ride will take place on Dec. 20, 21 and 22. The schedule is below.