Monthly Archives: February 2014

Medfield – tree city

Email from Kristine Trierweiller this morning sharing that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) approved the town’s application to become a tree city –

February 13, 2014
Dear Tree City USA Applicant:
Thank you for submitting an application for Tree City USA
Tree City USA Growth Award
We have received your application for the community of Medfield.
The application appears to be complete and we anticipate recommending your application to the National Arbor Day Foundation. Thank you!

Mollie Freilicher
Community Action Forester

Department of Conservation and Recreation
40 Cold Storage Drive, PO Box 484
Amherst, MA 01004
413-545-5993 413-545-5995 Fax

Council on Aging website

I needed to get the street address for The Center and so I just looked for it at the town’s website.  What I discovered was that the Council on Aging has its own really good website to which one links from the town’s website.  I like the functionality of the Council on Aging’s website much better than the town’s website – I find the town website’s structure both difficult to use and to find what I am looking to learn.

Pocket park name

This press release from the Pocket Park Committee –

 Park Naming Contest Winner Announced

Medfield, MA: The Steering Committee responsible for the public process to design and name the town owned parcel between Zebra’s and Starbucks is pleased to announce the winning name of Straw Hat Park.

Chair Jean Mineo said the Committee would have been happy with either name. “But Straw Hat Park references a history rich in imagery and materials we hope to incorporate into the park design to connect people to the past in a meaningful and fun way.”

The Straw Hat Park name was overwhelmingly selected by 65% of the voters over Isaac Fiske Park which received 35% of the votes.” Mineo notes, “We were thrilled that 284 people cast a vote in the second round, indicating strong interest in the park and the process. Our sincere thanks to everyone who took time to read about the history of the park area and vote.”

Voting was conducted through an on-line survey and promoted in the press, social media, an email campaign, and in blogs through town leadership. In the first round, voters were asked to select a name or write in a suggestion of their own. The Committee launched a second round of voting for the two most popular names as a result. The Straw Hat Park name will appear as part of the Warrant Article for approval by residents at Town Meeting on April 28, 2014.

In addition to the naming contest, the Steering Committee has been working to develop a preliminary budget for the park and expects to complete the design concept this summer and begin work and plantings later this fall. For more information, contact

Andrea Nevins – MFi youth volunteer of the year

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The Medfield Foundation proudly recognizes Andrea Nevins as its 2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her initiation of the Miss Amazing Massachusetts event this past year.

Other organizations where Andrea volunteers:

  • Medfield High School Student Council
  • Governor Patrick’s Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council
  • Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council
  • Best Buddies
  • Special Olympics
  • Nashoba Valley Adaptive skiing volunteer instructor

The Miss Amazing is a national celebration of girls and  young women with disabilities, conducted in twenty-five states, which provides an opportunity to demonstrate the participants’ confidence and self-esteem in a safe and supporting environment.  Participants spent the day in fun activities, conducted interviews with event moderators and spent the evening providing introductions of themselves, performing a special talent and crossing the stage with a volunteer escort.  Andrea initiated bringing the inaugural Miss Amazing Massachusetts event to the Blake Middle School.  Andrea recruited members to and also co-chaired each subcommittee of the event including:

  • contestant sign-up, where she presented to numerous organizations (SEPAC’s ARC’s, Best Buddies) about the Miss Amazing pageant to encourage participation;
  • fundraising, where she directly and successfully solicited support among the corporate, foundation, and Medfield community;
  • publicity, where coverage was provided by Medfield Hometown Weekly, Medfield.TV, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Fox-25 News, and participants’ local papers;
  • facilities and operations, where she worked with individuals at the Town House and Blake Middle School to provide the venue and logistics for the event; and
  • volunteers, where ultimately over 60 individuals participated in a meaningful way during the event.

Elements of the inaugural Massachusetts event are being used as models for other states that are launching a pageant and the Massachusetts event already inspired one in Connecticut.

Andrea’s earliest volunteering started at age 12 with Boston Cares, where she cleaned public parks and schools, participated in youth programs at local Boy & Girls Clubs chapters, and assembled kits for the homeless.  Later, Andrea was instrumental in bringing the “Putting for Patients” fundraising program supporting Dana Farber to Medfield and spearheaded with another the “Spread the word to end the R Word” initiative to Blake Middle School.

Andrea Nevins and all the other extraordinary volunteers will be feted at the MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23 at The Center at Medfield, at which all are welcome.  The seventh annual MFi volunteer awards are again sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, for the third year.

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Saw a tanker truck and people treating the VOC contamination at the Medfield State Hospital during my  morning run.  The man I queried said it would take about two weeks. 

They get rid of the VOC by pumping a chemical into the ground to react with the VOC and render it inert.  I am told that this is routine and will work well.

Once this is finished the only remaining clean up at the MSH will be the mediated fix to the C&D area, which should also be accomplished this year.

It is good that Medfield will be offered the opportunity to buy a basically clean site.

Water tower legislation expected to pass by Thursday

John Harney, a member of the State Hospital Advisory Committee’s legislation subcommittee and also a close friend of Senator Timilty, reports that the Senator expects the Medfield State Hospital water tower and well fields legislation to finally be passed by next Thursday.  Under the terms of the mediated clean up settlement, DCAMM agreed that the town should get at no cost land at the MSH site on which to construct a replacement water tower, and the former tubular well fields off Colonial Road.

This emailed update from John this afternoon:

Thank you for the accurate summary of the points you made at Tuesday’s meeting.  I did, notwithstanding the CANCELLED notice on the web, watch the [Board of Selectmen] meeting.
I had another long talk with Senator Timilty last evening.  He is, like we are, frustrated by the “one more inquiry” tact that is apparently being taken on the water tower and well-field legislation but is determined to see it through all the hurdles including engrossment and enactment in both chambers and signed by the Governor before 3/10.  He now looks to action in the Senate on Tuesday and in the House on Thursday.  Let us devoutly trust that matters so work out.
It is good that you are keeping a very sharp eye on all that is involved.

John Thompson MFi volunteer of the year


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John Thompson

The Medfield Foundation proudly recognizes John Thompson as its 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee

Other organizations where John has volunteered:

  • State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERC), Chair for three years
  • Medfield Archeology Advisory Committee, Chair for ten years
  • Friends of Dwight Derby House, past president for three years
  • Vine Lake Preservation Trust
  • Medfield Conservation Commission, seven years and past chair
  • Port of Galilee Advisory Committee, Narragansett RI Town Council

Professionally, John is an environmental engineer and Licensed Site Professional (LSP) at Woodard & Curran.  John added his professional and personal concerns over the inadequate and inappropriate remediation originally being proposed by the state at the former Medfield State Hospital site along and in the Charles River, and below groundwater in the zone of influence surrounding the town’s most productive well.  Under John’s leadership SHERC directed the town’s outside environmental  consultants in their review of DCAMM’s reports and proposed remediation plans.  After two years with the state and town getting no closer to agreement on the clean up, John proposed mediation, and DCAMM accepted.  After a year and more than twenty mediation sessions, a Settlement Agreement was signed with DCAMM.  John spent 500 to 1,000 hours a year for several years on these efforts, to protect the town and its environment.  Town expenditures for outside consultants were significantly reduced both as a result of John’s own environmental qualifications and experience, and also as a result of the direction he provided.

The Settlement Agreement negotiated under John’s guidance will result in a remediation at the former riverside waste site that is significantly more protective of the town’s principal water supply, more protective of public health, will restore five million gallons of flood storage, and will improve public access to the Charles River.  The planned restoration of the riverside area to its historic conditions will enhance the value and marketability of the adjoining Hospital property in any future reuse scenario.

While current residents and future generations will certainly benefit from the improved  cleanup brought about by John’s efforts, his management of the Medfield delegation in the mediation sessions also contributed significantly to establishing today’s atmosphere of cooperation between the town and DCAMM, which is expected to positively influence that relationship as the remediation is completed, as the long-term monitoring and maintenance period begins, and as the Town pursues with DCAMM the possible purchase of the Medfield State Hospital property from the state.

John Thompson combines the best of human qualities with professional expertise all in extraordinary service to the Town of Medfield.  He is patient with those who are uninformed
in matters he knows thoroughly, skilled in conveying his always accurate positions, and incredibly generous in his gift of time to the common good.   His time, knowledge, and professional demeanor were the catalyst that achieved the town’s cleanup goals.

In addition to these Hospital related activities, John organized fund raising events and secured grants for the restoration of the Dwight Derby House, gave talks at the Middle School on geology, and performed historical investigations and cleaned gravestones  for the Vine Lake Preservation Trust.

John Thompson and all the other extraordinary volunteers will be feted at the MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23 at The Center at Medfield  – all are welcome.  Thsee seventh annual MFi volunteer awards are again sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, for the third year.

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