The Town Common was filled with music, food, and folks this past Saturday for another Wrentham Day. As in years past, the day kicked off with the Wrentham Wroad Wrace which according to the Town's Recreation Director, Jeff Plympton, was a huge a success. The rest of the day saw family and friends visiting the various booths manned by politicians, businesses, and local organizations. Here are some of the sights.
This year’s 37th annual PMC will take place the first weekend in August. Hundreds of riders will be cycling through our neighborhoods raising funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
Every year the residents of Cherry Street in Wrentham celebrate these selfless individuals as they make their way down our street. They are greeted with cheers, flags, signs and smiles. In addition the King Philip Steel Drum Band and the Colonial Pipers Bagpipe Band of Norwood will be on hand to provide music throughout the morning. Many of the riders have told us they really look forward to the reception they receive on our street and that it’s the highlight of their journey.
Come join the fun on Saturday morning, August 6, 2016. The first group of cyclists to hit Cherry St is at approximately 8 a.m. and the last group around 11 a.m.
We hope that you’ll join us in supporting the riders in this year’s Pan Mass Challenge.
Submitted by: The Cherry St Committee for the PMC Judy & Rich Simonds Donna & Jim Dunn Pat & Michael Carroll Judy & Larry Adams
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued a Drought Advisory. This in combination to The Town of Wrentham’s MassDep Water Supplier’s Permit conditions require this action for public health and safety.
The following outdoor water uses are NOT allowed:
irrigation of lawns and landscaping via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety; and
washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
The following water uses are allowed:
watering gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose; and
irrigation of public parks and recreational fields by means of automatic sprinklers outside the hours of 9 am to 5 pm
Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators could be subject to fines up to $200 and discontinuation of their water service.
Private irrigation wells are not required to follow the water ban, however, please remember that irrigation wells are taking water from the same aquifer as Wrentham’s drinking water wells, so please water wisely.
For further information please contact the Department of Public Works, 508-384-5477.
(submitted by Wrentham Department of Public Works)
The new recycling bins are being delivered to eligible residences across town this week. The Town recommends residents contact the Department of Public Works at 508-384-5477 if they do not receive the 96 gallon recycling container by July 1. The week of July 4th, with a 1 day delay, will mark the start of the bi-weekly recycling schedule. Trash pickup with the new containers will start in August.
The new trash program will be delayed to August.The manufacturer of the new trash bins residents will use, delivered approximately five hundred 32 gallon rolling containers which is smaller than the Town required.
"About 500 were delivered before the Town discovered they did not meet our required specification of 35 gallon," says Department of Public Work's superintendent Michael Lavin.
The proper size carts need to be manufactured and have a delivery date of the middle of July. "For residents that received the incorrect cart, we are asking them to place the cart out on their normal trash day the first week of July," Lavin says. "It will be emptied and then collected."
Wrentham will start the new automated process in the first week of August. "Our new contractor, E.L. Harvey, will collect the trash manually for the month of July," Lavin says. "Residents may continue to utilize their current container until they receive the new cart."
The recycling carts will begin to be delivered Monday, June 27. If residents have not received a recycling cart by Friday, July 1, call the Public Works Department at 508-384-5477.
On Thursday night, Jake Layman will be home in Wrentham surrounded by his family and friends waiting to see where his talents will take him next. The former King Philip High School and University of Maryland basketball star hopes to hear his named called during the NBA draft, but until that once in a lifetime moments happens, he waits...nervously.
"I'm definitely very nervous," Layman says.
But listening to him, you couldn't tell. The 6'9" forward realizes, at this point, there is nothing more he can do. "I've learned to just control what I can control," he said a few days before the draft. "I have done all I can up to this point to put myself in the best position to get drafted. Now I have to wait until Thursday."
He is hoping to hear his name in the late first round or maybe the early second. And as far as who might call his name, that's anyone's guess. "In terms of knowing which team is going to draft you, it's really tough to tell up until draft night," he says. "That's what makes it so stressful."
Layman finished his college career helping to bring the Maryland Terrapins to a Sweet 16 berth in the NCAA tournament. It's the highest Maryland had finished in 13 years. Since the tournament, he has been preparing for his pre-draft workouts and interviews with NBA teams. In the past month, he met with 10 different teams. One of those teams, the first one he met with, happened also to be the team he grew up rooting for, the Boston Celtics. "I was very nervous. It was my first workout. I didn't know what to expect and, of course, it had to be for the team I grew up loving and watching play," Layman says. "Once you get in there, you realize how down to earth [Celtics General Manager] Danny Ainge is, walking around during the workout, coaching guys and telling them what to do. That put me at ease a little bit, and I got more comfortable out there. I was definitely not star struck. I was just so happy to be there because I grew up watching these guys play."
(Layman playing for KP in 2011. Photo courtsey of Doug Sprague of Gemini Photo Events)
The transition from Celtics fan to an NBA prospect started in Wrentham. Layman played in the MetroWest program and was even part of the after school basketball program at Wrentham Public Schools run by now retired teacher Tom Stone. During his KP High School years, he put the team on the map, leading the team back to the MIAA state tournament after a 15 year absence. His senior year, he would end up making a name for himself averaging 26 points, five blocks, and four assists per game.
What memory stands out from his time at KP? "I remember getting KP back to a point where basketball was relevant and people were looking forward to playing us and getting back to the state tournament, and winning a lot of games," Layman says.
At Maryland he was part of a resurgence with that program. During those years, he evolved as a player and become one of just 12 players in the school's history to record 1,400 points (1,436) and 600 rebounds (674). "I changed a lot. I'm still the same person, but I've improved a lot," Layman says. "I understand what kind of player I can be at the next level in the NBA. I've matured a lot and four years of college has definitely prepared me for that next step."
The thought of the next step, a career in the NBA, wasn't really on his mind until after his sophomore year of college. "I didn't really know going to college. The NBA wasn't a thought," he says. "I was hoping to play after college, but I didn't really know if I was going to be good enough to play in the NBA. But after my sophomore year, I definitely started to realize how good I could be and that the NBA was going to be an option."
Layman adds, "In high school your goal is to play at the highest level of college basketball and, once you get to college, your goal is to play at that next level."
Wherever he is drafted, he plans to always remember his roots. And the support he receives from the people of Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk is very much appreciated. "Growing up here has prepared me for college and the NBA," Layman says. "It's always awesome to get letters from Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk saying they watch my games and how much they're rooting for me. It is definitely special."
The NBA draft will be televised on ESPN with coverage starting at 7 p.m.
The new trash and recycling program kicks off July 1. Trash will be picked up on the regularly day for residents but recycling will now be bi-weekly. Both trash and recycling need to use the new containers provided by the town. Delivery of those containers are occurring this week and next. Here's a calendar for the next 12 months showing the recycling schedule as well as the weeks there is a delay in pick because of a holiday.