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.

SJC on racism

Seal of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
June 3, 2020
Dear Members of the Judiciary and the Bar:
The events of the last few months have reminded us of what African-Americans know all too well: that too often, by too many, black lives are not treated with the dignity and respect accorded to white lives. As judges and as lawyers, we are both saddened and angry at the confluence of recent events that have revealed how much more we need to do to create a just, fair, and peaceful society.
But we must do more than express our feelings of sadness and anger.
As judges, we must look afresh at what we are doing, or failing to do, to root out any conscious and unconscious bias in our courtrooms; to ensure that the justice provided to African-Americans is the same that is provided to white Americans; to create in our courtrooms, our corner of the world, a place where all are truly equal.
As lawyers, we must also look at what we are doing, or failing to do, to provide legal assistance to those who cannot afford it; to diminish the economic and environmental inequalities arising from race; and to ensure that our law offices not only hire attorneys of color but also truly welcome them into the legal community.
And as members of the legal community, we need to reexamine why, too often, our criminal justice system fails to treat African-Americans the same as white Americans, and recommit ourselves to the systemic change needed to make equality under the law an enduring reality for all. This must be a time not just of reflection but of action.
There is nothing easy about any of this. It will be uncomfortable: difficult conversations, challenging introspection, hard decisions. We must recognize and address our own biases, conscious and unconscious. We must recognize and condemn racism when we see it in our daily lives.
We must recognize and confront the inequity and injustice that is the legacy of slavery, of Jim Crow, and of the disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans, and challenge the untruths and unfair stereotypes about African-Americans that have been used to justify or rationalize their repression. And we must examine the underlying reasons why African-Americans have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic, both in terms of the number of deaths and the extent of economic hardship it has caused, and, where possible, address the causes of those disparities.
Perhaps most importantly, it is a time for solidarity and fellowship with African-American judges and attorneys, to acknowledge their pain, to hear about the conversations they now have with their children, and to stand together when others may try to divide us. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a Birmingham jail:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Sincerely,
Ralph D. Gants
Chief Justice
Frank M. Gaziano
Associate Justice
Kimberly S. Budd
Associate Justice
Scott L. Kafker
Associate Justice
Barbara A. Lenk
Associate Justice
David A. Lowy
Associate Justice
Elspeth B. Cypher
Associate Justice

MMA & NLC on institutional racism

Gus and I heard a presentation on institutional racism by Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities in January 2020 at the Massachusetts Municipal Association annual meeting.  I recommend that one clicks on the this link https://youtu.be/ERnSi8s3Oyk, and listen to Tim Wise explain institutional racism in three minutes (starts at about 10:50).  The email below came today – 

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Dear MMA Members,

 

We are sharing a special message from Clarence Anthony, the CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities, providing support for municipal leaders through the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Program. This important initiative was highlighted at our Annual Meeting in January, and is more valuable than ever as a resource for cities and towns, here and across the nation.

Dear NLC Members,

 

I write to you today as the CEO of the National League of Cities, as your colleague, and as your friend.

 

As CEO, I want you to know that the National League of Cities is here to support you during this challenging time. As your colleague, I want you to know that I am acutely aware of the leadership demands you are facing right now. As your friend, I want you to know that I am tired of violence towards African Americans by members of law enforcement. I am tired of implicit and explicit racial biases that permeate our society. And I am tired of the inequities in healthcare, finances, education, housing, nutrition and other basic needs.

 

We have a crisis of humanity in this country, and we’re seeing this crisis reach its boiling point right now. The current situation in America is not just about the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. This is about communities that have been left behind for hundreds of years.

 

This is about the communities that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is about a lack of hope and a lack of agency that is felt throughout the Black community. In the words of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” – that is the feeling of many African Americans in our nation.

 

You ran for office and work in local government to make a difference in your community. Now, your residents are looking to you for answers, guidance and support.

 

You have a great power and a great responsibility that no one else in this nation has. You, as the person elected by your neighbors and community members, can make a real difference right now – and your residents are looking to you right now for leadership.

 

I challenge you to use the power of the pulpit to heal your community and chart a path forward that prioritizes equity and humanity. I challenge you to look to your colleagues in other cities for support and unity. I challenge you to educate yourself on the history of race in your own community and state, because it affects more than the African American communities, it affects all communities of color. And I challenge you to advance policies and programs that will make a difference in the lives of every person of color that rely on you to lead.

 

In 2014, the National League of Cities created our Race, Equity and Leadership department to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities and divisions and to build more equitable communities. It has been an honor to work with many of you over the past six years to advance this mission in your cities.

 

In the coming days and weeks, we are continuing this work and are working to provide you with the support you need. I encourage you to read and share the resources enclosed below. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at real@nlc.org.

 

Things will get better. However it is up to us to ensure that we make it better by working together.

 

In solidarity,

 

 

 

 

 

Clarence E. Anthony

 

CEO and Executive Director

 

RACE, EQUITY AND LEADERSHIP RESOURCES

 

Responding to Racial Tension in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide

A guide that includes important contextual and tactical information to support your municipality’s efforts to respond effectively. LEARN MORE

 

Advancing Racial Equity in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide

Compiles six immediate steps for improving outcomes for all residents. LEARN MORE

 

Repository of City Racial Equity Policies and Decisions

Review examples of concrete policy and budgetary changes local elected officials have made to prioritize racial equity in their cities, towns, and villages. LEARN MORE

 

My Brother’s Keeper Landscape

City leaders respond the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge by tackling the disparities that face our nation’s boys and young men of color (BYMoC). LEARN MORE

 

City Profiles

Learn how 12 cities and their elected leaders around the country are advancing racial equity in their communities. LEARN MORE

The Trustees re-opening Rocky Woods & Fork Factory Brook tomorrow

Email last night from the The Trustees of the Reservation –

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Hi Everyone.
I hope you all are enjoying this gorgeous late spring weather and staying safe.

 

On Thursday June 4, The Trustees will be re-opening Rocky Woods and Fork Factory Brook reservations in Medfield.

 

The property parking lots will be open for vehicle use.  We will post signs reminding visitors to follow COVID protocols and to safely socially distance when using the trails.  We are hopeful visitors will adhere to the Governor’s guidance to weak masks when not able to social distance and not gather in groups of more than ten people.  As well, we will post signs asking visitors to come back at another time if the parking lot is full.

 

Rocky Woods will be staffed by a ranger stationed at the entrance to the main parking lot all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

We continue to be very appreciative of our partnership with the Town of Medfield and in particular the Police Department.

 

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Many thanks and best.

 

 

 

D.A. Hayden

Director – Charles River Valley Portfolio

 

Trustees  |  Powisset Farm

37 Powisset Street  |  Dover, MA 02030

dhayden@thetrustees.org  |  508.785.0339 x4

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Chief Guerette’s statement

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Budget sheets for tonight

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35 cases confirmed 33 recovered

COVID-19

June 01, 2020 04:41 PM

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 35 cases confirmed 33 recovered Read on

Click here for our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.

Phase 2 businesses

Email from the Massachusetts Municipal Association just now this morning –

Breaking News from the MMA

Executive orders allow preparations for reopening outdoor dining, child care, retail, sports

Yesterday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker issued an executive order that allows Phase 2 businesses to immediately reopen their physical workplaces to workers in order to conduct preparations for a safe reopening.

Preparations include, but are not limited to, completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.

The order also details further requirements for the safe resumption of outdoor dining and amateur youth and adult sports. …