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Executive Producer: Ken Isaacson

Co-Producers: Frank Fuller & Susan Wagner

Contact us at waylandweeklybuzz@gmail.com - or leave a message: (508)653-8710

Program Schedule:
Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am & 6pm (Public Channel: Comcast Ch.8 - Verizon Ch.37)
 and always On-line at WayCAM On-Demand

Spotlight on Committee Reports and Other Town News

As we work to get our sea legs under us again after the death of Executive Producer Ken Isaacson, this week our show will be devoted exclusively to Committee Reports and other town news. Please bear with us. We expect to re-launch the interview portion of our show within the month.

 

Highlights this week include:

 

  • School Committee releases metrics for openings and closings

  • Housing Production Plan (HPP) under discussion

  • Library adds more services

  • River’s Edge on target for building permit

  • Incorrect ballots possibly mailed to residents

  • Buzz still seeking co-producer

 

Meantime, remember that The Buzz airs on Sundays and Tuesdays, at 10 am and 6 pm on your public cable channel (Comcast Ch. 8; Verizon Ch. 37).  And Online On-Demand anytime at our website: WayCAM.tv/buzz

Help Wanted

The Wayland Weekly Buzz, a program on town news and politics on WayCAM-TV, is conducting a search for a third co-producer.  The Buzz conducts interviews with town officials and residents with views on important local topics.  In addition, The Buzz produces and airs weekly synopses of town committee meetings and other news items.  The show can be seen weekly on WayCAM-TV, and the committee reports and summaries of the interviews feature prominently in The Wayland Town Crier.  The Buzz has aired over 150 programs during the past five years, for an average of 30 shows per year.

The co-producer will share responsibilities with two seasoned co-producers, a production team, and WayCAM.  Joint responsibilities include:
 

  • Choosing interview topics, securing interview guests, and conducting interviews (about 15/year – one other co-producer will alternate)

  • Preparing and airing summary government committee and board reports using an efficient, well-honed process (about 15/year – one other co-producer will alternate)

  • Writing and send out short weekly press releases to several town outlets

The ideal co-producer should have: a nose for news; the ability to suss out good story ideas by reading town government documents and other media sources, as well as through their personal contacts; good existing relationships with town officials or the ability to build such connections over time; the knack of putting people at ease during an interview; respect for deadlines; and interest in the town and a strong sense of civic duty. 

This is a fun job, a volunteer job.  Typical weekly time commitment is about 10 hours.

Contact Susan Wagner (susanwgnr@gmail.com) or Frank Fuller (frankfuller@me.com) if interested in learning more.

 

Spotlight on Committee Reports and Other Town News

As we work to get our sea legs under us again after the death of Executive Producer Ken Isaacson, this week our show will be devoted exclusively to Committee Reports and other town news. Please bear with us. We expect to re-launch the interview portion of our show next week.

 

Meantime, remember that The Buzz airs on Sundays and Tuesdays, at 10 am and 6 pm on your public cable channel (Comcast Ch. 8; Verizon Ch. 37).  And Online On-Demand anytime at our website: WayCAM.tv/buzz

Spotlight On: ATM Articles

Program 153. Sept. 6, 2020. This week, The Wayland Weekly Buzz takes up five warrant articles to be presented, debated, and voted on at Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting starting on September 12. There are five separate interviews with, respectively, the sponsors or lead petitioners of each of the articles to provide background and details that will help inform voters and votes.

 

Due to the untimely death of Ken Isaacson, The  Buzz's executive producer and co-host,on August 30,  the show will be taking a break until we can sort out our staffing issues. We hope to see all of you again very soon. 

Spotlight on: Logistics for Annual Town Meeting

Program #152. Aug. 30, 2020. This week (at elapsed time 14:00) we present our second program about planning for Annual Town Meeting. This time the topic is logistics: the location, parking, seating, procedures, facilities, safety, and electronic voting. Explaining it all will be Town Administrator Louise Miller, Town Moderator Dennis Berry, Fire Chief Neil McPherson, and Facilities Director Ben Keefe. 

 

Plus these Town Government Reports:

> Final touches for ATM/STM
> Warrant Hearing Sept. 8th
> Finance Director provides previews budget changes
> Library seeks solutions to reopening obstacles 
> Gossels Fund will underwrite racial/social programs
> BoPW finalizes River’s Edge easement ahead of ATM
> Veterans assistance in Wayland
> Free vaccines at Health Department Sept 17 & 22
> Two new COVID-19 cases
> Town seeks members for racial justice committee
> Cable Committee Survey seeks resident response
> Netflix scam in Wayland

 

Links to items mentioned on the show:
Town Meeting Informational Flyer 082420

BoPW Motion on River’s Edge Easement 082520

Spotlight on: School Reopening Plan

Program #151. Aug. 23, 2020. This week our subject is the reopening of Wayland’s schools (at elapsed time 18:45). You may have heard by now that the school season will begin with remote learning for all grades, K through 12, with the possibility of in-school learning later in the fall. We’ll get the details from Superintendent Arthur Unobskey and School Committee Chair Jeanne Downs.

 

Plus these Town Government Reports:

> IT Status - 5 years after the intrusion
> Where we stand on the FY21 Budget
> Wayland getting into the testing business?
> DPW Old South Landfill
> Water rates will be explained
> BoPW on River’s Edge easement
> Route 27 Bridge repair plan
> Five Paths and 105 Plain Road subdivisions
> EDC on River’s Edge easement and 40B Safe Harbor
> Grant for piping to Town Center wastewater plant
> EDC efforts to support businesses in town
 

Links to items mentioned on the show:
Fall 2020 Wayland Return to School Plan 081920
IT Status Report & Plan 081720
Return Unused COA-CC Funds (STM WA)
River’s Edge Easement (STM WA)
River’s Edge Easement Diagram 081720
Route 27 Bridge Closure Diagram 081720
Ventilation Report – School Buildings 071520

Spotlight on: Town Meeting Rules & Warrant Articles

Changes for Annual Town Meeting
Program #150. Aug. 16, 2020. We begin our fall season with the first of three programs about Town Meeting. Today we talk about new rules, and the revised warrant articles (at elapsed time 15:01). Because of the special circumstances we face this year, Town Moderator Dennis Berry is putting in place new rules for conducting the meeting. And the Selectmen have reviewed the list of Warrant Articles, and reduced the number that will be presented in order to reduce the length of Town Meeting. Joining us to clarify what’s going to happen are Selectperson Cherry Karlson and Town Moderator Dennis Berry.

 

Plus these Town Government Reports:

> Plan for Reopening Schools

> River’s Edge Update

> Town’s Racism Statement

> Landfill across from River’s Edge
> Water rates floating upward
> Affordable Housing Lottery
> Bagels at Town Center
> Comcast Cable License up for renewal
> WayCAM seeks new funding
> Library revving up services
> Voting has begun

 

Links to items mentioned on the show:

Selectmen’s July 2020 minutes
Selectmen’s Statement on Racism
Moderator’s Rule Changes

Moderators Rule Changes Slides
Annual Town Meeting 2020 Warrant

ATM 2018 Article funding COA/CC design
List of Full- and Abbreviated Articles for ATM/STM

List of Pass-Over Articles for ATM

Spotlight on: Seating Our Elected Officials

Program #149. June 28, 2020. For our final program before our summer recess, our spotlight is on the recent town elections (at elapsed time 05:04). The candidates who won those elections have not yet taken their seats. Those newly elected to the Board of Selectmen, Assessors, Public Works; the School Committee, Recreation Commission, and Trust Fund haven’t been able to take their seats, because of a Town bylaw, passed in 2009. That bylaw states that those elected will take office after Annual Town Meeting. That’s usually about a week after elections. But this year our elections weren’t until June 9th. And the date for this year’s Annual Town Meeting isn’t even in sight yet. Our guests are two Wayland attorneys: Selectman Doug Levine, who happens to be the outgoing selectman this year, and Wayland resident and former selectman George Harris.

 

Links to topics discussed on the program:
Selectmen’s Goals FY20-21
Wayland COVID-19 update 061920

Election Bylaw 2009                   

Special Act 2009

Harris email on seating officials 061120

MA regulations on election replacements

How to Respond by Mail – 2020 Census
How to Respond by Phone – 2020 Census

How to Respond Online – 2020 Census

Spotlight on: Contact Tracing in Wayland

Program #148. June 21, 2020. Wayland has initiated its own effort, and we’ll find out how it works. We’ll also talk about testing, and what you should know about the process (at elapsed time 13:28). Our guests will be Wayland’s Public Health Nurse, Ruth Mori, and Noreen D’Amico, the School Nurse at Claypit Hill School.

 

Plus This Week’s Top Stories from Town Government:

> Restaurant openings begin
> Rethinking GPA’s of transcript calculations
> COVID-19 update
> Library continues increasing reopening services

> Library’s 3-D printers producing PPE’s 
> Library to organize programs on racism
> ConCom says ‘no’ to expanded hunting
> ConCom seeks volunteers
> Water restrictions are back
> Transfer Station now open Tuesdays
> Electees share thoughts
> Call to seat newly elected officers
> GoFundMe for popular teacher


Follow these links to items mentioned:
Contact Tracing Tool 050620
G.Harris letter on seating elected members 061120

Spotlight on: What Happened to Annual Town Meeting?

Progarm #147. June 14, 2020. It’s complicated. So, so this week, we discuss the status of Annual Town Meeting (at elapsed time (11:16). It’s been postponed twice because of COVID-19. Will it be held at all this year? If so, when, and where? Why has it taken so long to decide? If we hold it, what would it look like, and what are the conditions that would ensure public safety? Our guests are Selectperson Cherry Karlson and Town Moderator Dennis Berry.

Plus these top stories from Town Government:

> Election winners left standing

> Vote on Loker Roof
> Success for Town’s first mail-in voting
> George Floyd solidarity/Race Amity Day
> Limited reopening for Restaurants, outdoor, daycare
> Water ban imposed
> COA working its way through Covid-19
> Library ‘special delivery’


Follow these links to items related to this program:

Mail-in Voting Proposed Amendments
Moderator’s ATM 2020 Issues and Options

Race Amity Day Pledge
Re-opening Guide – phase 2

Water Ban Notice – June 1, 2020

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