October 4, 2007
The state will begin feasibility studies for local school projects about a month earlier than anticipated, potentially allowing some projects to be ready for Town Meeting votes next spring, staff writer James Vaznis of the reports in the Globe's City & Region Section today.
On Nov. 2, the state School Building Authority will decide which school districts' proposed projects to study first. Other districts will be selected on a rolling basis after that.
Being selected for a feasibility study doesn't automatically guarantee construction funding, but it is a prerequisite. More than a dozen school districts west of Boston are among 161 districts statewide competing for about $500 million in construction funds this year, the first time in four years the state is doling out school construction money.
In choosing which feasibility studies to pursue first, the state has been dispatching inspection teams to analyze building conditions and enrollment trends, visiting 90 districts so far. Those districts include Berlin-Boylston, Franklin, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Nashoba, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Shrewsbury, Wayland, and Wellesley.
The resulting studies, which should be completed this winter, will give the state the first glimpse of how much it could potentially cost to do all the projects. In all, 161 districts have expressed interest in 422 school projects.
Posted by Ralph Ranalli at 09:51 AM
May 24, 2007
Needham High's new rallying cry: "We're No. 1,028!"
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)
Six schools in Globe West have made Newsweek’s newly released 2007 “America’s Best High Schools” list, including Dover-Sherborn High School, which ranked second highest in the state.
Of the over 1200 public schools on the list, Dover-Sherborn ranked 127th, Weston High School 186th, Wellesley High School 487th, Wayland High School 686th, Newton South High School 714th, and Needham High School 1028th. The state’s highest ranking school was Boston Latin School, which at 76th was the only Massachusetts school to make the top 100.
Rankings are based on only one factor: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2006 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Newsweek reports that while some critics consider the criteria too narrow, research studies have shown that passing scores on AP exams are a predictor of college success.
Scores from 27,000 public schools were reviewed, meaning schools included on the list are in the top 5% of public schools nationally. Three schools fell off the list from last year: Hopkinton High School, Newton North High School, and Holliston High School.
-- Denise Taylor
Posted by Ralph Ranalli at 06:46 AM
May 2, 2007
The Wayland Police Department has stepped up its presence at Wayland High School after a threatening message was painted at the nearby aqueduct this week.
A man walking his dog Monday noticed the words "5/12/07 Don't Go To School, Wayland High Must Die, Just Like V-Tech" had been spraypainted on the side of a Massachusetts Water Resource Authority building next to the school basketball courts.
Today more graffiti was discovered along the aqueduct, including the word "Die" painted on a tree, "Wayland sux" on a big rock and "Wayland dies" on another building.
Police Chief Robert Irving said police believe all the messages were painted at the same time. He said an officer would be stationed at the high school on May 12, a Saturday, when some extracurricular activities are planned at the school.
Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to call (508) 358-4721.
-- Kristen Green
Posted by Martin Finucane at 03:02 PM
February 23, 2007
A young man away from his Wayland home was seriously injured last week after his car went off a bridge and into a river, the Quinnipiac Chronicle reports.
Ben Shapiro, a senior at Quinnipiac, was driving his 2004 Mazda when the car jumped a bridge and fell into the Mill River in Hamden, Conn. The accident happened some time around 2 a.m. last Friday, the 16th.
Shapiro, who is studying media production and computer information systems, is at Yale-New Haven hospital.
-- Adam Sell
Posted by Martin Finucane at 07:05 AM
December 30, 2006
Customers arriving at Yankee Craftsman in Wayland had to choose between two doors at the point where the house ended and the shop began. Behind one door lay the antique lights the Sweeney family restored. The other led to Shirley Sweeney's kitchen.
"More often than not, they would go to the kitchen and see my mother first," said her daughter, Sally Foley. "She always took time to stop what she was doing, to sit down and visit. To her, the value of friendship meant more than any other task she had at hand."
Truth be told, though, most everyone who went to Yankee Craftsman paid a visit to Mrs. Sweeney before they left.
"You have to walk through her kitchen to get to the bathroom," said her son Scott. "We all visited with her every day."
Mrs. Sweeney, a Southerner by predilection whose Mississippi adolescence poured forth in the deep fried dough she served with powdered sugar and maple syrup each Sunday morning, died at home on Dec. 15. She was 77 and had been diagnosed with cancer a year ago, the Globe reports in an obituary today.
-- Brian Marquard
Posted by Martin Finucane at 02:16 PM
December 27, 2006
A Wayland man was given a citation by the Board of Selectmen earlier this month for his work rebuilding homes in hurricane-ravaged areas of Mississippi.
Peter Bachman led more than 30 people to Waveland, Miss., a town directly hit by Hurricane Katrina last August, over Columbus Day weekend.
The group helped construct an entire home from the ground up and helped restore two other homes.
The "Wayland to Waveland" committee, formed in fall 2005, continues to raise money for relief efforts in Waveland, Miss. For more information on the committee, visit waylandtowaveland.org.
-- Jennifer Nelson
Posted by Martin Finucane at 02:40 PM
December 20, 2006
Massachusetts' top securities regulator on Tuesday fined Wayland-based Investors Capital Corp. $500,000 for improperly steering elderly customers to unsuitable investments.
The company also must offer customers a chance to recover their money without penalty and with a minimum 3 percent interest if they were 75 or older when they bought the equity-indexed annuities between Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2005.
"This landmark agreement marks the first time a broker-dealer will refund equity-indexed annuities as a consequence of this form of financial elder abuse," Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin said in a statement.
Investors Capital Holdings, Ltd., ICC's parent company, also will hire an independent consultant to review and report on the company's corporate governance practices.
The administrative complaint, filed in November 2005, claimed the company used unregistered investment advisory services and did not properly supervise or audit its more than 400 sales representatives across Massachusetts.
In one case cited by Galvin's office, a registered Investors Capital agent sold a 71-year-old man more than $700,000 worth of annuities that carried a 25 percent surrender fee for withdrawing money within five years.
Investors Capital's general counsel, Steve Preskenis, said in a statement that the company was pleased to resolve the issue.
"We look forward to working further with the Secretary of State, the Division of Insurance and the Legislature to facilitate improved oversight, understanding and education of these financial products, especially with regard to elderly customers," Preskenis said.
Annuities offer periodic payments and are a popular way to save for retirement. Equity-indexed annuities earn interest based on the performance of stocks or another equity index.
Equity-indexed annuities are often high fee and high commission, Galvin said, and often have features that reduce the real rate of return. Some must be held as long as 15 years before the customer can withdraw money without a penalty, making them unsuitable for older people who are more likely to face financial or medical emergencies.
Investors Capital Holdings shares fell 19 cents to close at $4.90 Tuesday on the American Stock Exchange.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 01:22 PM
December 19, 2006
A Boy Scout troop in Wayland is expressing thanks to those who stepped up to help after some of the troop's Christmas trees were stolen recently.
Here's what the troop wrote in a letter to the Globe:
The Boy Scouts and parents of Troop One Cochituate are overwhelmed at the support we received after the theft of Christmas trees from our sole fundraiser. Thank you to the Sudbury Boy Scout Troops, Russell's Garden Center, Spence Farms, and Don Hall for donating trees and wreaths to make up for the loss. Thank you to the many people who donated to the troop and "bought a stolen tree."
We also appreciate the many notes received, some of which reminded the boys that there are good people in the world and that people value scouting. We especially enjoyed reading the letters that included scouting stories or photographs of family members, especially the scout at Camp Yawgoog from 1940. The Scout law states that "The Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, curteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."
Our conclusion from the tremendous outpouring of support from the community, even as far away as Los Angeles, is that there are many good Scouts in the world. The boys have learned a tremendous lesson from this experience. Thank you.
The Scouts and Parents of Troop One Cochituate
Posted by Martin Finucane at 01:42 PM
December 18, 2006
Tim Skehan, chief executive of Russell's Garden Center in Wayland, says that increasingly he doesn't feel like the competition is just Home Depot, Lowe's and other garden centers.
"I'm feeling like our competition is also Best Buy and Circuit City," he told Inc. magazine columnist Ted Hurlbut.
Skehan told Hurlbut that that the company's challenge is to bring in younger customers and introduce them to the joys of gardening. But those new customers have grown up on electronics and computers.
Hurlbut's piece jumps off from there into a discussion on how small retailers must change with the changing times.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 07:26 PM
December 14, 2006
Someone stole about 50 Christmas trees earlier this month from Boy Scouts who were selling them in Wayland. But Wayland isn't the only community where trees have been stolen this holiday season.
The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports that trees have been taken in Worcester, Leominster, and Lunenberg.
Authorities and sellers say it's just several isolated cases, not an epidemic of Grinchiness.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 03:30 PM
December 7, 2006
The Wayland Boy Scout troop that had as many as 50 Christmas trees stolen over the weekend has been promised more than twice as many by local businesses and other Boy Scout troops feeling the holiday spirit.
Three Sudbury Boy Scout troops delivered 30 trees Tuesday and a police officer from Newburyport who has a family tree business brought another 40 yesterday. Spence Farms in Woburn, where the Wayland troop buys its trees, promised 25, as did Russell's Garden Center in Wayland.
Peter Bachman, the assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1 Cochituate, said the boys know they are going to be selling a lot of trees this weekend.
"We're expecting quite a day on Saturday because of all the news we've been getting," he said.
He said as much as $5,000 has also been promised.
The trees were stolen from outside Community United Methodist Church, where they were stored. Police have no solid leads in the theft.
-- Kristen Green
Posted by Martin Finucane at 11:26 AM
December 5, 2006
Tied-down trees yesterday at the scene of the crime outside the church.
(Globe Photo by Wiqan Ang)
Offers of help are streaming in for a Wayland Boy Scout troop after a Grinch this weekend stole as many as 50 of the Christmas trees the scouts had hoped to sell.
The owner of Russell's Garden Center in Wayland called and offered to donate 25 trees to the boys, who sell them as an annual fundraiser. A Sudbury Boy Scout troop will give them another 30 trees. As of this morning, callers had also promised more than $4,000 in cash donations.
Marcia MacLeod, an administrative assistant at Community Methodist Church who has been fielding the calls all day, said it's been uplifting. She can't wait to tell the Boy Scouts not to cancel any of their plans because of a lack of funds.
Peter Bachman, the assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troup 1 Cochituate, said he still has 30 messages on his voice mail. "I'm overwhelmed," he said "It's amazing."
Wayland Police said they had no good leads in the theft, which the Boy Scouts discovered Sunday.
For more on the Wayland tree caper, read the story in today's City & Region section.
-- Kristen Green
Posted by Martin Finucane at 01:17 PM
December 5, 2006
Bryce Turner, 11, spent the weekend selling Christmas trees as part of the annual effort to raise money for his Boy Scout troop in Wayland.
As proud as he was to help raise about $500 selling nearly a dozen Boston firs, he and fellow tenderfeet were galled yesterday to learn that someone had stolen as many as 50 of the 200 trees they had had shipped from Nova Scotia and had arrayed beside a church.
"I was shocked," said Turner, grousing that the troop will have to cut some of their plans. "Who steals Christmas trees from Boy Scouts? I mean, how low can you get?"
Police said they are investigating the theft, but had no suspects last night. They believe the thieves struck after 8 p.m. Saturday.
"It's an unfortunate commentary on today's society," Sergeant Richard Manley of the Wayland Police Department, said in a story in today's City & Region section.
-- David Abel
Posted by Martin Finucane at 09:07 AM
December 4, 2006
Senior tailback Tony Torres finds himself momentarily alone -- with some running room -- in this picture taken by the Globe's Jim Davis during Wayland's Super Bowl game Saturday.
Torres scored two touchdowns as Wayland capped a perfect 13-0 season with a 28-0 win over Marshfield in the Division 1A Super Bowl Saturday in Quincy.
Other Globe West teams winning Super Bowls were: Medfield (Division 3), Milford (WMass/CMass Division 1A), St. John's of Shrewsbury (WMass/CMass Division 1AA), and Assabet (Vocational,small schools).
Posted by Martin Finucane at 01:40 PM
December 4, 2006
Mike Ripley of Wayland doesn't believe that LEGOs are just for kids. In fact, he is part of a larger group, the New England LEGO Users Group, which builds large-scale LEGO projects, such as a replica of the Zakim Bridge.
They are now working on the LEGO Millyard Project, a reproduction of Manchester's Amoskeag millyard during its heyday around 1915. The ambitious LEGO project occupies more than 2,000 square feet.
"Building something this big – that’s something you can’t do in your basement," said Ripley. He and the group were featured in the Nashua Telegraph recently.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 01:30 PM
November 28, 2006
Authorities filed homicide charges yesterday against the driver of a car that struck and killed a 13-year-old boy in Wayland last week, officials from the Wayland Police Department and the Middlesex district attorney's office said.
Sari Lelchook , 18, of Acton, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and with motor vehicle homicide.
Lelchook struck John Martin of Wayland at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday as he crossed Old Connecticut Path, police said. Officials did not have information last night on her court date.
-- Globe City & Region staff
Posted by Martin Finucane at 08:35 AM
November 24, 2006
John Martin's photo was placed at an impromptu memorial across from the Wayland Town Pool on Old Connecticut Path. (Globe Staff Photo by Essdras M. Suarez)
Wayland police are investigating an accident Wednesday that killed a teenager who was crossing Old Connecticut Path near Wayland High School.
John Martin, 13, was hit by a vehicle driven by Sari R. Lelchook, 18, of Acton.
Police Lt. Bruce Cook said an investigation into the accident is ongoing. He did not know whether charges would be brought against the driver, but he said there is no indication so far that speed was a factor in the accident.
-- Calvin Hennick
Posted by Martin Finucane at 03:56 PM
November 23, 2006
A 13-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured in Wayland yesterday, police said. The boy was crossing the street near Wayland High School on Old Connecticut Path when he was struck about 5:30 p.m.
He was taken to Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick with serious injuries. The vehicle that hit him was traveling northbound and driven by an 18-year-old female. The scene is under investigation by Wayland and State Police.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 09:45 AM
November 21, 2006
The picture above shows two Globe West football players five years ago -- when they were in seventh grade. This dynamic duo is now a pair of senior captains who have steamrolled over opponents this year.
Can you guess who they are?
Read the story of their friendship in Thursday's Globe West.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 07:30 PM
November 8, 2006
Republican Representative Susan Pope of Wayland narrowly lost her House seat in yesterday's elections to Democrat Thomas Conroy.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Pope had 49 percent of the vote compared to 51 percent for Conroy, the AP reported.
Pope's loss was part of a disappointing day for Massachusetts Republicans as a Democratic surge at the polls drove the GOP to a historic low on Beacon Hill.
-- Maria Cramer and John C. Drake
Posted by Martin Finucane at 11:37 AM
October 27, 2006
Wayland police have arrested one of the men suspected of robbing Donelan's Market early last month.
Following up on several leads, detectives arrested Derek Beverly, 22, of Roslindale. He has been charged with unarmed robbery, conspiracy and larceny over $250, according to a statement released by the Wayland Police Department.
Three others have been charged in connection with the robbery. Arrest warrants have been issued for two more individuals.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 11:43 AM
October 26, 2006
The Wayland Board of Health has postponed its two flu clinics scheduled for early next month, because it has not received its shipment of the influenza vaccine.
As of yesterday, the Board of Health had not received any vaccines from the state for its most at-risk residents. The vaccine is scheduled to arrive in late November and the Board of Health is planning to reschedule the clinics in December.
-- Kristen Green
Posted by Martin Finucane at 05:30 PM
October 18, 2006
The Wayland School Committee’s blog, which explained the committee’s decisions and critiqued media coverage of the board, has been moved off the committee’s website after a 3-2 vote.
The committee’s former chair, Jeff Dieffenbach, started the blog in 2004, making the School Committee one of the first public boards in the western suburbs to host a blog.
It was intended to be a platform for the entire board, Dieffenbach said, but he was its primary user, and some board members suggested it didn’t reflect the feelings of all members.
The blog is now on Dieffenbach’s webpage where he critiques local media coverage of the blog’s move.
-– Kristen Green
Posted by Martin Finucane at 02:41 PM
October 10, 2006
Susan Donelan, a Wayland resident who was assistant dean for administration at Boston College's Connell School of Nursing, died Oct. 1 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She was 51.
Dr. Donelan will be remembered for her compassion and courage. She fought breast cancer for three years, but her main goal was to help others, according to an obituary in the Globe today.
She opened her home to her sister's family after her nephew was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 5, so they wouldn't have to commute from western Massachusetts to hospitals in Boston.
"I think she always cared about others more than herself," said her sister Patty Fortier of Washington, Mass.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 09:56 AM
September 19, 2006
Late this afternoon Wayland voters were trickling in and out of the Town Building, one of two polling places in town.
By 4 p.m. 900 voters had cast ballots, which poll worker Marianne Marshall characterized as a “steady but not overwhelming” turnout.
The only sign holders outside the polling place were three Deval Patrick supporters. “He’s a breath of fresh air,” said Rodney Hager, who had been holding a Patrick sign since 7 a.m. and had the sunkissed face to prove it.
Hager said one woman had been holding signs for his rival Attorney General Tom Reilly earlier in the day. The two are facing off in a three-way race with Chris Gabrieli today in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
-– Lisa Kocian
Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West at 04:25 PM
September 18, 2006
Freelance writer June Lemen penned a column recently in the Nashua Telegraph telling the story of going to a wedding at a Unitarian church in Wayland.
She says it was the first time she's been to a wedding as a member of The Old Guard, but it's not so bad being a member of that group.
"The young people are celebrating the future and possibility. But they’re also nervous. Will their friends like their dates? How do they look? We, the middle-aged, have no nerves. We live in the now. We dance and we don’t care how foolish we look. We are celebrating that we are here, now, still having fun," she writes.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 10:15 PM
September 13, 2006
Check out this photo of some recent visitors to the Hillman home in Wayland.
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)
The Hillmans are a rare breed. While many suburbanites have a "take no prisoners" attitude in the turf war with mother nature, this family embraces wildlife, even in its most slithery form.
Read more about the Hillmans and the snakes in tomorrow's Globe West.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 04:43 PM
September 7, 2006
Wayland Police are looking for a man who robbed Donelan's Market on Route 30 Tuesday night.
Police said the suspect purchased a lottery ticket shortly after 7 p.m, then handed a note to the clerk instructing him to put money in a bag and meet the suspect outside. The note implied there was a "shooter" nearby.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Blackman at the Wayland Police Department. 508-358-4721.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 10:42 AM
August 25, 2006
Lawrence J. Krakauer offered some thoughts on religion in a Letter to the Editor today.
THE REV. John F. Hudson's Aug. 23 op-ed "And God sayeth unto man: I've had it!" calls to mind something that Bertrand Russell said:
``One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it."
LAWRENCE J. KRAKAUER
Posted by Martin Finucane at 11:35 AM
August 24, 2006
Betty Lowry, a Wayland-based freelance writer, recently took a trip to England to visit the "gallery" of David Hockney, radical artist and co-creator of Pop art.
Lowry had the chance to tour Hockney's textile-factory-turned-art-gallery in Bradford, where 300 of his works are currently being housed.
Lowry's story appeared in the Toronto Star today.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 04:10 PM
August 19, 2006
George Harrar of Wayland reacts in a Letter to the Editor today to a recent Globe story that the U.S. military is trying to learn from its mistakes in Iran and Afghanistan.
He says, "I'd be more comforted to open the paper and read that the Bush administration is trying to understand its strategic blunders with the goal of avoiding the next conflict, not merely fighting it better."
David L. Smith of Waltham also weighs in with a letter on the "political golden parachutes" given to exiting Massachusetts Turnpike officials.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 08:31 AM
July 27, 2006
Wayland police are seeking a fugitive - a large cat-like animal, possibly a mountain lion or a cougar - that was spotted near Dudley Pond yesterday morning.
Police Chief Bob Irving said that an employee of Wayland's Water Department saw the animal about 6:45 a.m. on Pine Ridge Road.
The man reported the sighting to police. A U.S. wildlife official came down to take a look and see if he could identify the animal. He could not find it but said that it definitely looked like a large animal had been in the area.
The police urge residents to contact either the Wayland Police Department or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if they see the cat, and to remain cautious until police find out what exactly it is that's on the loose.
-- Erica Tochin
Posted by Martin Finucane at 02:34 PM
July 23, 2006
Is there a glass ceiling for women who are lawyers?
A Wayland woman who is a partner in a law firm argues that there is -- and says there's a strong argument that changes should be made.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, a partner who works at Bowditch & Dewey's Framingham office, has written a book titled, “Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law.”
She tells the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester that law firms can't continue the way they've been going because it's too costly for them to keep hiring, losing and replacing bright workers.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 10:11 AM
July 22, 2006
The conflict in the Middle East has put a strain on efforts to promote understanding between Jews and Muslims in Boston's western suburbs -- and across the United States, Religion News Service reports today.
Malik Khan, president of the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, which has carried on a successful interfaith partnership with nearby Temple Shir Tikva, says it's been a strain "but our effort is to build bridges and strengthen those bonds."
The article also looks at the dialogue taking place between the Islamic Masumeen Center in Hopkinton, Mass., and the American Jewish Committee.
Posted by Martin Finucane at 10:27 AM
July 12, 2006
A local group is heading to Waveland, Miss. in October to help build or rebuild three houses damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
The Wayland to Waveland relief organization is recruiting volunteers to help local builder Peter Bachman of Creative Designs Inc., who has pledged to rebuild the homes.
Volunteers will have to pay their own way to and from Waveland, a town of about 7,000 and Wayland’s sister community, and pay for housing and meals, according to a news release.
-- Lisa Kocian
Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West at 04:36 PM