Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hospital Question Passed

Email from our man at the polls,Bill Massaro, with the results of the MSH vote today.

Election today on MSH purchase

Today is the election on whether to buy the Medfield State Hospital site. When I voted at 8 AM I was the 26th in my precinct to cast a ballot, so maybe 100 voters town wide.   I hope people will take the time to register an opinion on what is a historic decision for the town.  Polls are open until 8 PM.

There are no contested elections for the town officials on the ballot.

BoS agenda for 4/1

Tuesday April 1, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

7:00 PM Representative Shawn Dooley
Discussion regarding state budget; local aid

7:15 PM Rob Gregg, Cemetery Commissioner
Cemetery report


Board of Water & Sewerage Commissioner Willis Peligian requests status change from full member to associate. William Harvey Associate member requests appointment as full member of the Board and requests appointment to the Enterprise Fund Committee


Medfield Youth Baseball & Softball announce Opening Day festivities on Sunday May 4, 2014; request a parade permit and request permission to place signs announcing the event

The Gazebo Players of Medfield request permission to perform their 13th annual Shakespeare in the Park production of The Winter’s Tale July 19 and 20 at 5:00 PM in the Gazebo Park. Also request permission to postsigns two weeks prior to advertise the event


MBTA letter for removal of tracks on Harding and Farm Streets

Park Street signage

140 – 0 in House

The Medfield State Hospital water tower and well field legislation passed 3/26/14 in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.   It still needs to be passed by the Massachusetts Senate.  This email from Representative Denise Garlick –

Dear Mike,

I am pleased to announce that the House of Representatives enacted the Medfield well field and water tower bill (S1889) yesterday in formal session.

State House News reported:

MEDFIELD: Question came on enacting S 1889 directing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to transfer certain parcels of land in the town of Medfield. A roll call is required.


The bill will now move back to the Senate for enactment and onto the Governor!. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Think Spring!

Yours in service,

Denise C. Garlick

State Representative

13th Norfolk District
Needham, Dover and Medfield

Telephone: 617-722-2070


Assisted Living Not Always Safe

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Taking Care of Mom and Dad

Advertising for assisted living paints a glorious picture for seniors: “Enjoy your golden years in bright, polished, independent communities while licensed medical professionals monitor your every need.”

Reality can be a different story. As the baby boomer generation ages, assisted living has become a big business – and for too many residents and their families, a big problem. Uneven regulation has created a dangerous situation where some facilities are not properly equipped or staffed to care for an increasingly ill population. Before you check in your loved one, you should know how to find quality assisted living.

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There are 750,000 Americans living in assisted-living facilities. And as baby boomers age, that number is expected to grow.

Source: A Starter Guide for Assisted Living, Next Avenue

Per Month
The average cost for a private, one-bedroom apartment in an assisted-living residence averaged $3,450 per month in 2013 – nearly 5 percent more than in 2012.

Source: 2013 Cost of Care Survey, Genworth

Years Old
The minimum age for assisted-living caregivers in some states is just 16. Facility administrators aren’t required to have a high school diploma in 14 states.

Source: Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected, ProPublica


Resources for Residents, Families, Caregivers

Search for quality assisted living in your community with links and resources from the Administration for Community Living.

ProPublica and PBS Frontline Fight for Rights of Seniors

ProPublica and PBS “Frontline” have teamed up to investigate and highlight the loose regulations and increased risks to seniors in assisted living.

Service Rates Assisted-Living Facilities in All 50 States

Personalized help finding the right assisted-living facility is available through Compare costs, learn about ratings and read reviews of different facilities in your state.

MCAP’s parent info night

The Medfield Press reports on the Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ( parent information evening at Medfield High Schoola week ago.  Be a Parent Not a Pal

For me the major take away facts I have learned at MCAP are

  • how much more likely our kids are to have later in life substance abuse problems, the younger they are when they start to use alcohol or marijuana, and
  • that human brain development is not completed until the mid-twenties, and both alcohol and marijuana use can have disproportionately detrimental effects on those not fully formed brains.

GCA forum 4/3

This from Fred Bunger of the Medfield Energy Committee –

Green Community Public Forum Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7PM
Town House – Chenery Room

Here’s an opportunity to learn about the Green Communities Act and the two articles on the Warrant in advance of the April 28 Annual Town Meeting. Voters will consider Article 34: Adopt Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Facilities Overlay District (POVD) Bylaw and Article 35: Adopt Stretch Energy Code. The Medfield Energy Committee and Town representatives will make brief presentations followed by a question and answer session. The agenda and related information is included below.

Adopting Articles 34 and 35 at Town Meeting are two of the requirements to become a Green Community through the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). The Board of Selectmen voted in March to support the Medfield Energy Committee recommendation to pursue a Green Community designation to qualify for a base grant of approximately $148,000, with additional opportunities available for competitive grants.

7:00 – 7:05 Introductions
7:05 – 7:15 Overview of Green Communities Program
7:15 – 7:45 Overview Solar Photovoltaic By-Law
7:45 – 8:00 Overview of Stretch Energy Code
8:00 – 9:00 Facilitated Questions and Answers Session
8:55 – 9:00 Meeting Conclusion