Monthly Archives: October 2014

Garage’s energy efficient incentives

From Mike Sullivan this afternoon, the NSTAR mailings about its $10,630 of energy efficient incentives being paid to the town related to the construction of the new Highway Garage.  $8,400 was for the variable speed drives estimated to save 43,302 kWH/year, and $2,230 was for the commercial lighting estimated to save 29,116 kWH/year.   This email from Mike –


Energy incentive payment on town garage electricity attached. This is similar amount to the gas incentive rebate on the town garage project. Mike Sullivan


Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:19 AM
To: Mike Sullivan
Subject: RE: Project Number: NC140354 – TOWN OF MEDFIELD GARAGE

Thank you for participating in NSTAR’s Energy Efficiency Programs. An incentive payment has just been approved for your project. Please view the attached documentation for important details about this payment. Should you have any questions, please contact the program manager listed on the attached documentation. Again, thank you for including energy efficiency into your project.

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

Please do not reply to this automated email address.


October 28, 2014




RE: Project Number: NC140354 – TOWN OF MEDFIELD GARAGE


I am pleased to inform you that your energy efficiency incentive in the amount of $10,630.00 has been approved for payment, which will be in the form of a check paid to the order of TOWN OF MEDFIELD. The mailing address is 55 NORTH MEADOWS RD, MEDFIELD, MA 02052. Please allow approximately 30 days for the payment to be processed and delivered.

For additional project details, please see the attached customer report. Thank you for participating in NSTAR’s New Construction Program.

At NSTAR, we’re committed to delivering great service. You may be receiving a survey asking you to evaluate your experience with this program. I hope that you will take the time to complete it so that we may use your feedback to continuously improve our programs. If you have questions regarding this incentive, please call me at 781-441-3733.


Kathy Wislocky
Program Manager, Energy Efficiency Services
CC: Mark Rooney



BoS agenda for 11/4 – Budget Meeting

Tuesday November 4, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

The Board of Selectmen needs to meet in Executive Session (closed session) at the close of business for the purpose of discussing state hospital negotiations

7:30 PM Warrant Committee, Town Departments, Boards, Committees, Commissions Initial budget meeting for FY 2016

Church of the Advent requests permission to post signs promoting the annual Advent Holiday Bazaar to be held November 22, 2014

Medfield Music Association requests permission to post signs promoting the annual Spaghetti with Santa (now in its 41’1year) to be held December 10, 2014 at the high school cafeteria

William Pope Director Zullo Gallery requests a one day permit for event on Saturday November 15.   Jazz band Tickle Juice will be performing

Other business that may arise

Boys State & Girls State

20141030-legion-boys & girls state At the Legion last night twelve of the seventeen MHS seniors who spent a week last summer at the Legion run Boys State and Girls State, held at Stonehill College in Easton, recounted their experiences to the crowd of over a hundred in attendance at the Legion’s monthly dinner meeting. Each of the dozen students spoke about what the experience had meant to them, and each was remarkably eloquent, poignant, or in turn funny.  The experience had clearly made strong positive impressions on each student, and for some it had been life changing.  More than one student recounted the benefits to them from meeting others from backgrounds so disparate from what they have know in Medfield.

Boys State and Girls State are the Legion run opportunity for high school students to learn about the American political and governing processes by actually taking part in mock government elections and functions, as well as taking courses.  The students are divided amongst separate towns, elect their own leaders from amongst their own members, and deal with legislation.

20141039-Legion-Boys & Girls State-2Last summer the students also got to participate in the actual political process, as some researched and took a position against the then pending legislation in the Massachusetts legislature that would have allowed cell antennae to be located virtually anywhere regardless of local zoning.  The students submitted letters against the legislation to the legislature that Representative Shawn Dooley said last night helped to put a face on the opposition and to defeat that legislation.

Medfield’s Legion sends more students to Boys State and Girls State than any other city or town in the state.    Around 700 students in all participate.  Karl Schwartz, past Legion Commander, recounted that when he took the program on 17 years ago no students were being sent by the Legion to participate, and that the program has been gradually built up over the years.  Today the students compete for the slots, as the demand to participate exceeds the monies  available to send students. 20141039-Legion-Boys & Girls State-3

Veterans Day luminaries at 5PM

The American Legion Auxiliary is selling candle lit luminary bags to honor living veterans and in memory of those veterans who have passed away. The bags will be displayed in Baxter Park on Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11, 2014) and lit at 5pm along with a short ceremony. [Bags will be displayed at Noon, lit at 5pm and removed after 9pm]
All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support Auxiliary program for veterans and their families, the Stephen Hinkley award, and Girls State program. Some veteran programs we support annually are Christmas Gift Shop at West Roxbury VA (give wrapped gifts to veteran patients that they can give them to their family and a gift for the Veteran, Coffee hour at VA (free coffee and treats on a Wednesday morning), HomeStart (Homeless Veterans transitioning into homes).

Please forward the bag inscription and payment to American Legion Auxiliary, c/o Michelle Doucette, 17 Pleasant St, Medfield, MA 02052. Bags are $6 each or 2 for $10. Checks can be made out to ALA 110. Luminaries can also be purchased at the American Legion. Please order bags by November 8th – after that date please call 508-359-2290 for availability

Swap needs help Friday

From Nancy Irwin –

Hi, All,   Many helpers came down to SWAP on Weds., and it was a beautiful day, and much was accomplished.  Most of the rolling carts, most of the covered bins, 6 ski-signs and 3 umbrellas were packed up and went into Winter Storage.  In addition,  MANY boxes were wrapped up and sent to Goodwill and much fabric was sent to Schools and other charity.  WE STILL HAVE LOTS TO DO.   Please come on Friday, and Sat. and Sunday, anytime from 9-4.   Tents will be taken down and sent to storage, most likely large tent on Friday and small tent on Sunday.  Thus, all items need to be removed from tents, much more needs to be wrapped and sent to Goodwill, and shelves need to be decluttered.  If you could bring any cardboard boxes to SWAP, that would be helpful. We also need to trash the display tables, so we need muscles. Of course, new items keep arriving daily, so no telling how much work there really will be. It’s Halloween, so dress appropriately!   See you tomorrow!   Nancy

Mini-town hall in Newton

The Newton mayor does his community outreach sort of like we do, except that

  1. he brings along all his department heads,
  2. invites the whole city,
  3. hold it at a bank,
  4. records it on TV,
  5. computer monitor brought along that was larger than my home TV,
  6. professionally produced sign on a sandwich board out front, and
  7. police cruiser with flashing lights out front.

Lots more staff in a big city and it all seems to end up having to come along.  Looks like 25 people.

This was next to my office, so easy to check out – curiosity satisfied.

This was the emailed invitation –

“Newton Leads: Ideas and Action”
Village & Virtual Meet-up Tonight


Dear Resident,   

In August, we launched a new initiative to actively engage and partner with Newton residents and businesses to help create a more livable, sustainable city. The new initiative, “Newton Leads: Ideas and Action” consists of a new web platform that allows residents and businesses to connect with City Hall and monthly village meet-up where City Department Heads and I will be available to hear from the community in a casual, drop-in format.



The next village meet-up is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, October 29th in Nonantum at Metro Credit Union located at 334 Watertown Street beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Mayor Warren and City Department Heads will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback and ideas in a casual, drop-in format.


We will also host a virtual meet-up online tonight at 7:00 p.m. for anyone who was unable to attend the meet-up.  Residents will be able to stream the conversation from their computers and participate by asking questions and sharing ideas online.  If you would like to submit a question or idea, you can do so by clicking here, any time before or during the virtual meet-up. You can stream the conversation beginning at 7pm from the same web address.


For more information on “Newton Leads: Ideas & Action” and sign up for alerts and updates, please click here.





Setti D. Warren






LWV’s candidate guide

This from the League of Women Voters about its candidates’ guide –






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            Contact: Meryl Kessler, Executive Director




10/28/14 BOSTON — For all those voters still undecided, the League of Women Voters’ online election guide to candidates for statewide office provides an easy and impartial way to compare the candidates’ stands on issues.


All 21 candidates for statewide offices on the November ballot have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Their responses are presented in a Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices on the League’s website,


The five candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care. Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.


Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question.


“We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Nov. 4,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”


The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.


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Parc at Medfield breaking ground tomorrow

Selectmen have been regularly assured that the Parc at Medfield was continuing and that the developer, Gatehouse, was actively working on getting all its ducks in a row.   Per an email from Kris this afternoon, Gatehouse is moving forward tomorrow.


10/29/2014 1:44PM
Parc at Medfield Update
Trierweiler, Kristine
‘Osler L. Peterson’; ‘Richard DeSorgher’; ‘Mark Fisher’, ,
The erosion control measures are in place and the clearing of vegetation will
start tomorrow. Everything has been approved and inspected by the Conservation Agent.

Kristine Trierweiler
Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
508 906 3011 (p)
508 359 6182 (f)

MFi Volunteer Awards nominations are open



2014 MFi volunteers of the year, Andrea Nevins, John Thompson, and Barbara Gips for her father John Thompson.  Photo by Colleen Sullivan.

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) annually fetes at its Volunteer Awards those individuals, suggested by fellow residents, whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield.  At a reception on March 22  the town will celebrate all the nominated individuals, and the MFi names its Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2015.

The Volunteers Awards are based entirely on nominations submitted by the public, and solely on the information submitted.  Give recognition to your special volunteer on the form at

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation generously sponsors the MFi Volunteer Awards.

BoS tonight, updated

Board of Selectmen
Agenda  October 28, 2014

Announce: We want to take a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and women serving around the world. This meeting is being recorded

If necessary the Medfield Board of Selectmen will meet in Executive Session (closed session) at the close of business for the purpose of discussing state hospital negotiations (NB – this will not happen)

7:00 PM Bay Colony Rail Trail Study Committee, Christian Donner Chair Provide update on status of

7:15 PM  Animal Control Officer, Jenny Cronin Update on activities

Review Annual Appointments