Monthly Archives: January 2015

NYT article correction

This email to the editor of the New York Times about its article this week about Pete Carroll, notes that he was not involved with the evergreen field at MHS. Tim Nugent and Steve McCormack were the primary people who reportedly made it happen.

From: abby marble
Date: January 30, 2015 at 11:29:45 AM EST
To: “” <>
Subject: correction

A correction should be made to yesterday’s article about Pete Carroll and his
connections to Medfield, MA written by PETER MAY.
Pete Carroll was long gone from Medfield when the Evergrass turf field began
looking for funding.  The first dollar deposited toward the field was on 5/5/04.  I
have a list of every single contributor and neither Pete Carroll or Drew Bledsloe
had a part in the field. It was a grass roots effort by the wonderful Medfield
residents.  Please contact me if you need more information.
Abby Marble

I have been a Medfield resident since 1989 and Treasurer of the Medfield
Foundation since its incorporation in 2001.
FYI — Medfield Foundation was the 501 (c) 3 used to facilitate the raising of
the money for the field.

BoS on 2/3

Tuesday February 3, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

7:00 PM Gus Murby, Medfield’s Representative to the Town Sharing Committee Update on Committee’s proposal

7:10 PM FYl 6 budget review/ Conservation

7:20 PM Jean Mineo, Cultural Council
Discuss warrant article for pocket park

7:30 PM Attorney Ted Canon and representatives from LCB Senior Living of Norwood

Informational presentation for proposed assisted living facility on land behind the Peak House


Vote to call Special Town Meeting for March 23, 2015

Vote to open Special Town Meeting Warrant; (Warrant will close on February 17, 2015)

Vote to close 2015 Annual Meeting Warrant at close of Selectmen’s meeting

Other business that may arise

Medfield’s place in the Super Bowl per NYT

In the New York Time today –

A Pete Carroll Fan Club Deep in Patriots Territory

New York Times

MEDFIELD, Mass. — Pete Carroll left this town in 2000 and says he cannot remember ever coming back. He need not worry. His sterling reputation …

School budget & OPEB

This exchange took place under the comments to the post about the MMA annual meeting, and are worthy of more people seeing them –

  1. Pete-

    I find it absolutely stunning that there is no coverage of school budgets, in particular the relationship of cost to rising and falling student populations. School spending represents, far and away, the largest item in any town or city budget, yet no one seems to want to deal with the issue. Also, I see nothing on the agenda that addresses the massive shortfall in the funding of employee benefits. I note that there’s a session on “Lessons and land mines”. Is this a tutorial to help public officials avoid facing the really important fiscal issues? Very disappointing.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Selectman Osler “Pete” Peterson

    Thanks for your comments. i am catching up,so please excuse my delay.

    First, town officials have absolutely no say or control over school budgets, so I would guess that is the reason that there are no MMA seminars on school budgets. The town as a whole can only approve or not the total school budget at the town meeting, but once a budget amount is approved by the town meeting it is then up to the superintendent as to how those monies get spent. While I am exceedingly interested in the school budget issues you raise, please know that i already probably spend about 20 hours a week already just trying to do my volunteer job as a selectman (and i also have a full time job as an attorney), so I have yet to find the extra time to study the school budget issues. Also, those issues really are the purview of the school committee, not the selectmen, despite my interest.

    I see that the school committee meeting to discuss the budget got postponed by the storm, and so i encourage you to go to the re-scheduled meeting to raise your school budget issues with them.

    Second, I certainly did hear about OPEB liabilities again this year at the MMA annual meeting, although I did hear more about it last year. The MMA is seeking to be part of the solution, crafting legislation to improve the OPEB situation. Governor Patrick’s commission on the OPEB issue made recommendations over a year ago, but the MMA opposed them on the basis that they both did not do enough and also what id did do would make things worse for towns. Look at the MMA’s website ( and you should find the action item that the membership voted on this past Saturday morning to ask the legislature to enact OPEB reforms.


CPA – Medfield is missing out

This week I got the letter below from the Register of Deeds, Bill O’Donnell, which highlights how Medfield loses twice by not having adopted the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA):

  • first because our residents paid $45,290 in 2014 in Registry of Deeds surcharges to support the CPA, money that then got distributed to other towns, and, then
  • second because Medfield has not adopted the CPA it does not share in the matching state monies given to communities that do participate.

The CPA is akin to a town savings account for three specified areas:

  • historic preservation,
  • affordable housing, and
  • open spaces or recreational uses.

Once a town adopts the CPA, it taxes itself 1-3% extra each year, and the state provides matching monies.  The match started at 100%, but as more towns opted in the match has dropped to around 30% – still free state monies.  A town committee would decide on what to spend the CPA monies.  I heard about lots of uses for CPA funds in other towns at the MMA annual meeting last weekend

For me it is crazy not to pick up the free state monies, if we think/know that we will be spending monies on the three covered areas any time in the future.  It is one clear way to save on our property taxes. The only reason for someone not to want to adopt the CPA is if they do not intend to continue living in Medfield.

Therefore, I will ask that a warrant article be placed on the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting about adopting the CPA.

For more information on the CPA click through to


January 2015

Medfield Board of Selectmen Osier L. Peterson 10 Copperwood Rd. Medfield, MA 02052

Dear Selectman Peterson.

As Register of the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. I thought the reverse side chart that illustrates the amount of funds generated from the Community Preservation Act (CPA) would be of interest to you. This revenue is based on recorded real estate filings from your community in calendar year 2014.

The Registry, at no cost to the Commonwealth or local communities, collects these revenues for the state when a document is recorded. These monies are then forwarded to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on a monthly basis. The funds collected by the Commonwealth are then redistributed to communities that have adopted the CPA through a variety of formulas.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds which is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners. mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. For assistance please contact our Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. or visit our website at

I hope you find this information informative and useful. If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-461-6116 or by email at

Sincerely yours.
William P. O’Donnell
Norfolk County Register of Deeds
649 HIGH STREET. DEDHAM. MASSACHUSETTS 02026 TELEPHONE: 781-461-6116 FAX: 781-326-4246
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AVON $14,950.00
BELUNGHAM $58,070.00
BRAINTREE $116,160.00
BROOEUNE $163,040.00
CANTON $83,640.00
COHASSET $38,980.00
DEDHAM $80,070.00
DOVER $26,170.00
FOXBOROUGH $53,420.00
FRANKLIN $101,410.00
HOLBROOK $37,250.00
MEDFIELD $45,290.00
MEDWAY $44,910.00
MTU IS $26,370.00
MILTON $85,270.00
NEEDHAM $109,060.00
NORFOLK $39,010.00
NORWOOD $79,800.00
PIATNVILLE $26,610.00
QUINCY $244,340.00
RANDOLPH $90,080.00
SHARON $59,550.00
STOUGHTON $94,330.00
WALPOLE $81,880.00
WELLESELY $95,300.00
WESTWOOD $53,710.00
WEYMOUTH $172,260.00
WRENTHAM $44,500.00


Visual budgets

At the Mass. Municipal Association annual meeting last weekend, I saw and heard presentations of an open source software product developed for the Town of Arlington by programers who live in Arlington, to show the town budget in a highly visual format. One merely clicks on the blocks to drill further down into the details.

Since it is open source, Medfield could implement it at no cost if we have someone who knows how to do so.  If we hire the company that is managing the software, they would charge us $3,000.

I recommend that we employ this software, and that the town also employ software to put the town checkbook on-line, as the state has already done.

No school announcement

Thanks to Shawn Collins for this fun NO SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT.

MFi volunteer nominations due 1/31

Nominate YOUR extraordinary volunteer
by January 31!

Now is your chance to recognize an extraordinary Medfield volunteer who has dedicated countless time and energy to our community. Give him or her for the recognition they deserve.

Nominate your volunteer for one of the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards. Then join the fun at the recognition reception at 3:00 PM on March 22, when you can personally fete your nominee before fellow residents (and the whole world, since Medfield.TV puts the reception on-line).

All Nominees - Colleen Sullivan


Photo by Coleen Sullivan


There are three categories: 

  • Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement

It is easy to submit a nomination. Just follow these three steps:

  1. Click here — this will lead you to Medfield Foundation Website and the official nomination form.
  2. Download the nomination form from the Website.
  3. Complete the nomination form and e-mail it to by January 31.

Don’t have access to a computer? Please don’t let that stop you! Just contact the award team at the e-mail address for guidance.



Inspiration from last year

To help you think of a Medfield volunteer you might want to nominate, below is the list of Medfield residents suggested for recognition last year, and what they were doing:

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Andrea Nevins was the 2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her work initiating the Miss Amazing Massachusetts event, and for volunteering with the Medfield High School Student Council, Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council, Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council, Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and as a Adaptive skiing volunteer instructor.

Wesley, Corey, & Aaron Dron for being great and caring neighbors to a couple needing assistance.

Siddharth Arun for starting and running the Chess Club at the Library, and also for volunteering at Norwood Hospital, and teaching chess in other places.

Dina Roche for running food drives to benefit the Medfield Food Cupboard at the Montrose School for the past five years.

Volunteer of the Year

John Thompson was the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee, and also for the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee, Medfield Archeology Advisory Committee, Medfield Conservation Commission, Friends of the Dwight Derby House, and Vine Lake Preservation Trust.

Sonja Johanson for her work with the Victory Garden at the Wheelock School, and also the Wheelock School Site Council, the  Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the  Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Kim Price for her work with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, and also for the Medfield Kids PMC, and Dale St. School CSA.

Lifetime Achievement

Andy Thompson received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Little League, Soccer, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Boy Scouts, Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, operating the football scoreboard for 47 years, Medfield Physical Fitness Association for 48 years, The Center, the American Legion, and MPRC activities on Medfield Day.

School Committee cancelled tonight

This from the Superintendent –

Tonight’s School Committee meeting scheduled for 7:30 has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, February 3rd  at 7:30 in the Lowell Mason Auditorium located at MHS. The 2015-2016 Budget Hearing will take place during this meeting.


Jeff Marsden

Mike Sullivan just called and got my vote to declare an emergency, which allows departments to spend in excess of their budgets he tells me.

Storm shut downs

Mike Sullivan just called to update me on town plans in light of the storm and their conference call this morning with MEMA, and reports the following:

  • MEMA counseled that the strong winds are likely to be the major problem, as wind gusts are predicted to get reach 70 MPH, and with light fluffy snow there will be lots of drifting
  • NSTAR counsels that power outages should be reported to them, not the town, as calls to NSTAR are logged by its computer systems and algorithms to make its lists of what to fix first
  • Council on Aging, Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, and the Medfield Memorial Library have already announced that they will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday
  • the schools will be letting people know their decision soon
  • we agreed to cancel the Board of Selectmen meeting for tomorrow evening

Please hunker down for the storm and keep safe.