Monthly Archives: January 2015

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.

Baker to MMA

The State House News Service got the quote from Governor Baker more accurately than I did on Friday.  It is encouraging that the Gov seems so focused on making the state-town relationship work better.  I am looking forward to learning more about the “community compacts.” –


[Story Developing] After pledging on the campaign trail to boost local aid in lockstep with growing state revenues, Gov. Charlie Baker told local officials Friday in a major address that he’s creating a community compact cabinet.

The cabinet and the new position, located within the Department of Revenue, was created through the first executive order of Baker’s new administration.

The cabinet, headed by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, will “reduce red tape” and lead to “community compacts,” Baker said in a speech to 900 members of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. “These compacts will create clear mutual standards, expectations and accountability,” he said.

On the campaign trail, Baker pledged to boost local aid in lockstep with growing state revenues. He is due to file his first budget for fiscal year 2016 by early March.

Baker on Friday noted the deficit in the fiscal 2015 budget, which he has estimated at $765 million.

“I would call it challenging, I don’t think it’s any more than that,” Baker said, adding that in 1991 while coming into government as a part of Gov. William Weld’s administration, “We faced a similar budget deficit on a more smaller budget overall and worked our way through that.” – Gintautas Dumcius/SHNS

BoS tomorrow PM

This is what the selectmen meeting would have been if it were to happen, which seems unlikely (but it has not yet been called off) –

Tuesday January 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

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

7:10 PM  Senator Timilty, Representative Garlick, Representative Dooley Discuss state budget and
other matters

8:00 PM  Jean Mineo, Cultural Council
Discuss warrant article for pocket park

Model T

Took a turn with this Model T at MMA meeting. The owner offered to find one for me. Apparently so many were made that there are many around. First time I have been in one. It dropped down a lot when I stepped onto the running board, much to my surprise, as my Altima does not do that. Lots of changes for the better in 100 years.

MMA scheduling

Just learned that the MMA annual meeting is scheduled around the NFL playoff schedule. Thank you MMA.

The MMA business meeting just passed three resolutions:

First to ask state to properly fund cites and towns.

Second to have the state and federal governments fund capital projects. The list includes roads, clean water, unfunded mandates, and others items.

Third to deal with OPEB and other personnel issues.

Full details are available at MMA website.