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.

TWMPC – Medfield Day handout

Save the date – Sunday, October 20, 5-7:30 public forum. Dine and plan. Mark you calendars.

This was the Townwide Master Planning Committee’s Medfield Day handout.



Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future Join us in a once in a generation opportunity…. To help shape the future of Our Town. YOU ARE INVITED… to the 1st Town-wide Master Planning Public Forum Join your friends and neighbors in crafting a vision and goals for Medfield’s future. Your input will be the basis upon which an Action Plan will be developed to guide future decision-making. WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM WHERE: Blake Middle School Dinner: available free of charge to all who attend. Free Raffle: All attendees are automatically entered. A Master Plan is an important opportunity to think about: How can we make Medfield an even better place to live, work and play? Join your neighbors in shaping the future of our Town! What is A Master Plan? • A basis for decisionmaking for future development • A process leading to a plan of action based on a town’s shared values and goals • A set of priorities for addressing the full range of issues facing a town Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future How can a master plan help increase a municipality’s financial efficiency? • Identify priorities • Identify potential funding opportunities • Master Plan makes municipality eligible for grants • Identify low-hanging fruit • Recommend public/private partnerships where relevant • Master plan process can lead to partnerships and resource sharing • Identifies opportunities for regionalization of services and/or facilities Why Plan? • Take stock, review objectives, direction and priorities • Examine resource allocation: existing and optimal • Last complete plan - 1997 • Be proactive and affect future decision making • Support eligibility for grant programs and public funds What to preserve? What to change? Concerns? Improvements? Ensure that Medfield’s desirable features are preserved and challenges are addressed. “But I like things the way they are… “ Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will change. For more information please see:

Happy news! – Honey Dew home!


(just like all the time on TV)

Happy Ending

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The dog missing for a week from the animal adoption facility on Adams Street was trapped in Deb’s and my trap this morning, according to the phone message from Dr. Joanne Wilkinson, who runs the animal adoption facility.

Yesterday afternoon, just moments after I mentioned to Deb, in response to the many signs around the area, that I feared the coyotes had gotten the dog, we saw the pup  along the side of West Mill Street.  I was out walking into the woods trying to catch it (before Deb read the fine print on the sign and called me off) when moments later Joanne appeared in response to a call from someone else.

We went home and returned to give Joanne two raccoon sized animal traps to use and a can of cat food (all we had).  This morning Joanne reported that while the dog was not there when they first checked the trap today, that the dog was trapped later this morning.  We told Joanne to keep the two traps for their next lost dog – sorry Jenny Cronin, but you had said you did not really need them.

MCSP stop suicide installation at Straw Hat Park


The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP)’s stop suicide installation, Yarn4hope, is now life at Straw Hat Park.

For more information go to

BoS 9/17






MEETING NOTICE                              TOWN CLERK
                         Board of Selectmen   DRAFT  
   Board or Committee               


Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday September 17, 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


Citizen Comment



Dr. Jeffery Marsden, School Superintendent; discuss parking of school buses

Richard Mastronardi; discuss lawn mowing at the Unitarian Church grounds

Medfield Youth Outreach

Greg Bonnette; discuss plans for the 2nd Annual Cyclocross Race proposed for December 14, 2019 at the state hospital site

Jean Mineo; discuss MSH Chapel lease


Action Items

Medfield Energy Committee, Fred Davis Chair, requests the Selectmen to vote to appoint Jim Nail, David Stephenson, Alec Stevens and Tricia Pembroke to the Energy Committee


DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen to vote to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement Request for project stone seal on various streets in the amount of $111,510.00


Town Planner Sarah Raposa requests the Selectmen to vote to sign Adoption of the Town of Medfield Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for 2019


Selectmen are requested to vote to appoint Melissa Coughlin to the Board of Health


Vote to call November 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting for Medfield State Hospital Zoning


Discussion Items




Town Administrator Update

Preliminary Budget Discussions


Board of Selectmen Action List


Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee requests permission to post signs from October 4 to October 18 promoting October is Green Month in Medfield


Medfield Lions Club, Barbara Gips member, requests a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for the Lions Senior Luncheon at St Edward’s Church Hall 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday December 14, 2019


Medfield Lions Club requests permission to post signs October 19 to November 2nd announcing the annual Chowderfest to be held November 2, 2019 at The CENTER


Medfield High School Swim and Dive Team requests permission to hold a fundraising car wash behind Town Hall on Saturday October 6, 2019 9:00 AM to Noon


Medfield Garden Club requests permission to place signs announcing annual Holiday Greens Sale to be held Saturday December 7, 2019; signs in place one week prior to the event.


Acceptance/Correction of Meeting Minutes

November 27, 2018; December 11, 2018; December 18, 2018; January 8, 2019; May 28, 2019, September 3, 2019


Selectmen Report



SEB Housing LLC announces Hillside Village October 1, 2019 public information session; Lottery November 26, 2019

Notice from MMA announcing Legislative Breakfast meetings

Board of Appeals Decision No.1371

Medfield Conservation Commission issues Emergency Certification Form pertaining to necessary repair work to a portion of the stone wall at Baker’s Pond

Medfield Foundation announces the annual Angel Run will be held on Sunday December 8, 2019



Next meeting dates

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019











Logo for Townwide Master Planning Committee

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Townwide Master Planning  Committee picks logo

The Townwide Master Planning  Committee will be working over the next year to do master planning for the Town of Medfield, and has chosen the logo above to brand all its work.  Look for the logo, and then join in the master planning efforts.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Medfield

Alert from the Town of Medfield  –


September 10, 2019 1:56 PM

Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Medfield

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that it will conduct aerial mosquito spraying in Massachusetts, including Medfield. Spraying will take place after dusk and overnight, beginning September 10, 2019

DPH has not announced the specific night that Medfield will be sprayed, but has announced that no precautions are necessary for the aerial spraying. Spraying will take place in the evening and overnight, beginning at 7:15 pm.

Residents are asked to continue to take caution. Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, avoid the hours when mosquitoes are most active (dusk through dawn), wear insect repellent, and mosquito-proof your home by limiting the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by draining or discarding items that hold water.

DPH has posted additional information about spraying here:

Additional information about EEE here:

As we previously announced, a Medfield horse contracted and died from EEE. Town and school outdoor activities now end at dusk. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District conducted town-wide spraying and are continuing to spray Medfield on Tuesday nights. Visit their website for more information:

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden

From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden Dedicated

On Friday, September 6, the Medfield Garden Club dedicated a new civic planting in Medfield, the Pinky Meader Memorial Garden, affectionately known as Pinky’s Garden. Members of the garden club and Pinky’s family gathered behind the Unitarian Church in Medfield overlooking Meetinghouse Pond and the Dwight Derby House to dedicate the granite-inscribed bench and the new garden to a dear friend, gardening colleague, mentor and long-time Medfield volunteer who passed away and left a deep legacy of horticultural knowledge and civic beautification to the Town of Medfield and members of the Medfield Garden Club.

We invite the community to visit our lovely new site on the Unitarian Church lawn at 26 North Street and to enjoy some repose in one of the most beautiful settings in Medfield.