Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM

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Selectman Office Hours this Friday 9-10AM

My regular monthly selectman office hours are at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (this Friday).

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters. Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached via my cell phone at 508-359-9190 or my blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.

Tonight – Dale Street School Workshop

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Please Join the Town of Medfield, Medfield Public Schools and the Dale Street School Building Committee for a Community Educational Visioning Workshop Monday, December 9, 2019 6:00PM – 8:00PM Dale Street School Cafeteria, 45 Adams Street, Medfield, MA Come help us begin the Educational Programming Phase for the new Dale Street Elementary School. With the help of our Educational Planner, David Stephen of New Vista Design and Educational Planner, Emily Grandstaff-Rice of Arrowstreet, we as a community will collaborate, explore and shape Medfield’s educational vision for the new school. In turn, we will begin to define how to best manifest this vision into the architecture of the school. DALE STREET SCHOOL PROJECT Agenda:  MSBA Process and educational Visioning Overview  Priority Goals for the New or Renovation/ Addition School  21st Century Teaching and Learning  Design Patterns  Guiding Principles  Discussion of Options  Recording of the Dale Street School‘s Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities and Goals as Connected to the School’s Design Goals

Zullo Gallery

Original and future Zullo Gallery –

zullo original bld

zullo to be



is our official name – it means our primary purpose is focused on

serving the public interest – the common good

along those lines…we could use your help.




Dear Friend of the Zullo Gallery,

Who would have thought that when the Zullo Gallery was created 31 years ago to simply bring art into Medfield it would evolve from its humble beginnings into the arts center that it is today?

The success of the Gallery has been made possible because of generous support from thousands of individuals and organizations. Annual gifts from people like you are what allows the gallery to keep its doors open and to operate on a day-to-day basis. Here are just a few specific examples of how annual giving has had an impact on the gallery and art in our community over the past year:

* Five art exhibitions including our 25th Annual Juried Exhibition; a special one month Student-Faculty show; an exhibit centered around the very accomplished artist and Massachusetts College of Art and Design instructor, Irena Roman, and six of her most talented students titled The Ripple Effect; and, our very successful November-December Holiday Exhibit featuring more than 100 works from eleven artists priced at $375 or less.

* Live music performances, including resident trumpeter Tom Duprey; a Jazz Jam with Medfield HS alumni and former music director Doug Olsen; a Songwriters Festival; and, a Live Music Holiday Celebration show featuring a cappella, bluegrass, jazz, folk and acoustic musicians from Medfield and nearby towns.


* Hundreds of children and adults served by art classes taught by talented art instructors.

* Zullo First Thursday gatherings – our monthly celebration of the arts, and Summer Thursdays on the rooftop deck, that helped to create a sense of community.

The gallery has grown to become a home for the arts that works hard to support emerging and established artists, present live music performances, add cultural enrichment to the town, inspire youth and adults through art classes, and serve as a town wide gathering spot.

As we head into our 32nd year, we seek to further develop our programs, permanently expand our open hours, and make needed improvements to our facility – but we need your help!

Our work supporting and promoting the arts depends upon the financial support of many individuals.

Please consider making a donation to the non-profit Zullo Gallery Center For The Arts today.

We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Yours in art,

William F. Pope

Executive Director


The Zullo Gallery Center For The Arts Charitable Trust is a fully recognized tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code



Inaugural MFi Legacy Fund grant wins MCAP a huge Federal grant


The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Grant Presentation Ceremony
(Pictured from left to right) Todd Trehubenko, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair; Christian Donner, Friends of the Medfield Rail Trail; Dawn Alcott, Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP); Jean Mineo of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield; Chris Cahill, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Grant Pays Huge Dividends to Medfield

 When the Medfield Youth Outreach team from Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) submitted a grant request to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund team to hire Bright Solutions Consulting to review and assist with writing MCAP’s federal Drug Free Communities grant application, it seemed like a long shot. Those involved all believed that the goal of making Medfield a recognized Drug Free Community was worth pursuing.

The Legacy Fund team took a chance on MCAP and awarded it a $5,000 grant in November 2018 and MCAP immediately went to work with the consultant on their federal grant application. The grant request was submitted in early 2019 and the team waited for the big announcement. On November 6, 2019 it was announced that MCAP was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $625,000 paid over five years by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will allow the coalition to hire a full-time prevention coordinator who will carry out evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing youth substance use in the Medfield community, services that have been proven to reduce substance abuse in other towns.

“The MCAP coalition owes the success of the DFC grant application to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant, which allowed MCAP to hire an experienced grant writer,” said Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh LICSW, the Interim Director of Medfield Youth Outreach. “We are looking forward to launching a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease youth substance use and promote wellness in the community.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment established for the long-term benefit of the Medfield community which will also engage in annual grant-making to support community-driven projects. “This is exactly how we see the funds from the Legacy Fund being used to benefit Medfield,” said Todd Trehubenko, co-chair of the MFi Legacy Fund. “We think of the grants we can provide to be like an accelerant, helping add fuel to help grow programs and services that benefit Medfield residents.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s fundraising goal of $1,000,000 will enable the fund to grant annual funding requests. They are currently looking for founders/investors to help build the endowment which will enable this level of giving back to the community.


About Medfield Foundation

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2,300,000 (Yes, two million three hundred thousand dollars!) to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded based on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. You are urged to go to to learn more.


For more information please contact:


Todd Trehubenko, MFi Legacy Fund Co-Chair





Evan Weisenfeld, MFi President


give local

“Changing Lives campaign at NLHF

From Susan Maritan for New Life –

New Life Furniture Bank

“Shopping” at New Life Brings Clients Dignity and Delight

Medfield, Mass – November 14, 2019: What makes the place where you eat, sleep and live feel truly like a home? Some might say it’s the treasured items collected over a lifetime; others might say it’s attractive art, accent pillows or current paint colors that makes a dwelling a home. Rich Purnell, the Executive Director at New Life Furniture Bank of MA, would tell you that he and the others who work and volunteer at New Life have a different and more powerful answer to that question. They are witnesses to the importance and emotional impact of the furniture basics that many of us take for granted.

“When clients “shop” at New Life I see them breathe a sigh of relief,” shared Purnell. “At last their empty apartment will feel like a home. And what do they take delight in? It’s a few simple things. As one of our clients wrote, ‘I have been sleeping on the floor…. New Life is giving me the opportunity to offer my children a place to sleep, eat and sit without worrying about getting into more debt.’ ”

Because of the high demand for affordable housing in the Boston area, many of New Life’s clients have spent months or even years in homeless shelters. Once they get housing, the wait for furnishings can be as long as seven weeks, due to the high demand for New Life’s services. During that time they may be actually living – eating, sleeping, relaxing – on the floor. Kitchen tables, beds and couches bring clients dignity, and in turn, make an empty apartment a home. This is the concept behind New Life’s end-of-year fundraising campaign entitled Changing Lives.

The Changing Lives campaign has an ambitious goal of raising $115,000 by December 31. These funds will support New Life’s growth, specifically, serving more households – and to that end, renting more warehouse space, hiring additional staff and purchasing beds to supplement those that are donated.

New Life has grown tremendously in its first six years of operation. The organization is seen as an important contributor in the battle against homelessness in Massachusetts, and the campaign is critical to New Life’s continued growth. Since its inception, New Life has served over 2,400 households, and has gained a reputation across eastern Massachusetts as a reliable resource that provides those in need with quality, gently-used home.

Gifts may be made on the website,, or by check payable to New Life Furniture Bank of MA, sent to P.O. Box 573, Medfield, MA 02052.

BoS 12/3/2019

The back up materials can be found here –

BoS 11/26/19


                  TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED:




           MEETING                              TOWN CLERK


  Board of Selectmen  
                                   Board or Committee  


Town House, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 7:00 PM


Agenda (subject to change)

7:00 PM           Call to order

Disclosure of Video Recording

We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world


Tax Classification Public Hearing

Board of Assessors


Council on Aging

Discussion of proposed garage


FY21 Budget Meeting including Capital Budget Discussion

Warrant Committee, Town Departments


Citizen Comment


Action Items

  1. Vote to accept gift of land from Michael Taylor at 609R Main Street
  2. DPW Director, Maurice Goulet, requests the Board of Selectmen vote to approve the following:
    1. Contract with Eastern Minerals, Inc. and Champion Salt, LLC
    2. Recycling contract with E.L. Harvey &Sons, Inc.
  3. Principal Assessor, Yvonne Remillard, requests the Board of Selectmen approve contract with Patriot Properties for computer licensing and software support
  4. Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, requests the Board of Selectmen approve an award supplement for ZBA review of the Aura at Medfield
  5. MEMO requests Parade Permit for annual Holiday Parade, December 7, 2019 at 1:00PM.
  6. Vote to approve all Alcohol License and Common Vic Licenses
  7. Fire Chief, William Carrico, request the Board of Selectmen vote to sign
    1. HGAC Cooperative Purchasing Program Contract
    2. Mutual Aid Agreement with Norfolk County Control


Consent Calendar

  1. Request from Zelus Brewery for Ugly Sweater Run on December 15, 2019 at 3:00PM.
  2. Richard DeSorgher requests that the Town of Medfield Nomination for the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Notable Land Records, Volume III include Admiral Jeffrey Alan Cook, United States Navy



Special Town Meeting /Next steps for MSH


Town Administrator Update


Selectmen Reports


Approval of Minutes


Next Meetings


January 7, 2020



Colonial Water Company request that the BOS adopt zoning overlay district in ZONE II

DCAMM Letter to Enbridge regarding AUL

Conservation Commission Decisions

Verizon Pricing Information Increases

Comcast Pricing Information Increases

FIOS TV Programming Changes

Letter from Representative Joseph P. Kennedy, III notifying the Town of MCAP grant award

Letter from NRC regarding Revised Permanent Solution Statement with No Conditions for Marshalls, 242 Main Street






Medfield movie gets a rave review

Brush with Hollywood –

Filmed (partly) in Medfield – on Rte. 27, and they also stored their trailers at Medfield State Hospital –

Any way you slice it, ‘Knives Out’ is hilarious
Pound for pound, actor for actor, laugh for laugh, “Knives Out” may be the most entertaining movie of the year, writes Globe critic Ty Burr, who gives the movie four out of four stars.

It’s a gift and a skewering, a love letter and a pratfall — an old school murder mystery breathed into riotous new life by a young Jedi master of moviemaking, Rian Johnson. And it really deserves the establishment of a new Oscar category for Best Honey-Baked Ham, whose 2019 recipient could only be Daniel Craig.

Read the full review.