Monthly Archives: October 2015

Gateway opening


This morning was the official ribbon cutting and opening of the new Charles River overlook dubbed the Gateway at Medfield.  Over one hundred people gathered in the strong fall winds at Medfield’s newest jewel, high above the Charles –  some walked, some rode bikes, and some came on horses.  Richared DeSorgher officiated with a loud speaker’s voice honed by years in the classroom.

Richard declared it Arbor Day in town, reading the proclamation citing teh 55 trees planted at the site, and then introduced the series of speakers:

  • Carol Gladstone, DCAMM Commissioner
  • Carol I. Sanchez, DCR Commissioner (see photo below)
  • Mike Francis, TTOR Superintendent
  • Bob Zimmerman, CRWA Executive Director


Bill Massaro, John Thompson, and John Harney were signaled out repeatedly for their efforts that turned the ship of the Massachusetts state away from its less expensive, simplistic, but legally sufficient cap and cover formulaic clean up, to the result that has created the state’s newest park, with dramatic views down to the Charles River below and the largest recreated wetlands in the history of the river.

Even the ruins of the old pump house has been made interesting –

MSH-pump house after

BoS agenda for 11/3


Tuesday November 3, 2015@ 7:00 PM

7:00 PM Cemetery Commissioners, Thomas Sweeney Chair
Request Selectmen vote to approve revised Vine Lake Cemetery Regulations

7:30 PM Annual Budget Meeting with Warrant Committee, Departments, Boards, Commissions
Discuss FY 2017 budgets

Other business that may arise

Met with MA Secretary of Housing & Economic Development

Jay Ash

Yesterday morning Mike Sullivan, Richard DeSorgher and I met with Jay Ash, the Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development to learn what the state can do to assist Medfield with our economic development and housing issues (see photo above).

After that four town meeting (Wrentham, Norfolk, Walpole, and Medfield) at the Wrentham Town Hall, Medfield showed the Secretary the former Medfield State Hospital site (see photo below).

Jay Ash at MSH

My main take aways:

  • the opportunities to get the MSH site listed as ready for development on the MassEcon 100,
  • to have the man who talks to more developers than any one else in the state be able to talk up our site, and
  • to just have the man who administers all state economic development and housing monies know about the MSH site and its expected development so he can help get the word out and be knowledgeable if and when grant applications are made.

Interesting tidbits learned during the discussions:

  • Electric Time reportedly could not complete on price with what The Parc was willing to pay for that site, so an industrial site became a residential site, and
  • Walpole is negotiating with an international company to site a facility that will provide 600 jobs – company is looking for 90% reduction in its taxes.

Angel Run – signing up & volunteering

Angel Run

Medfield Foundation Angel Run is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The race will take place on Sunday, December 6th at 2PM. If you register by October 31st you will save $5 (early registration is $25 and race day registration is $30) AND you will receive the always popular Angel Run T-Shirt.  This year 10th anniversary keepsakes can also be purchased through online registration (they will be available at Park St. Books after on-line registration closes 10/31).  You can register at


We are currently looking for volunteers to help us make this year another big success.  We would appreciate it if you would review the volunteer opportunities available on the link below and sign up to help us make it happen.


Please note my fellow committee chairs will also be sending similar emails out.  It is possible you will receive more than one email requesting your assistance.  Please excuse the inconvenience.  It would also be great if you could share this email with your network to help recruit both participants and volunteers. The Angel Run is all about helping Medfield residents in need and the Medfield Foundation motto is “Building Community” and we can’t do that without you.

Thank you in advance for your help!


Styrofoam Saturday 9-1

This from Medfield Green –



This Saturday is Week 5 of Medfield Green Month

9-1 at the Transfer Station

It’s the final week of MGM in October! 

Are you a darker shade of green

because you have been recycling all month?

 Refoam-it will be collecting Styrofoam to be recycled.  Foam items DO NOT have to display the recycling symbol 6 in the triangle with the PS underneath it, but do need to be cleaned and rinsed.  Refoamit will accept packing blocks, produce and meat trays, take out containers (please rinse), hot cups such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Honey Dew and Cumberland Farms (without paper or cardboard infused), foam egg cartons, trays, white insulation sheets, #4 PE Polyethylene foam,  bubble wrap and packing peanuts (bagged separately from your foam). 

THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT:  plastic utensils, foam cups infused with cardboard or paper such as McDonald’s, Newman and Burger King (ice tea cup), biodegradable meat trays for example GenPak without the recycling symbol, cardboard egg cartons, soft foam pads, food containers with plastic film attached (some ground turkey comes in these containers), blue or pink insulation sheets. (Refoamit will also be doing a collection, which is open to the public, at the Christ Lutheran Church of Natick, 113 Union St., Sat. Nov 7th 9-12, if you can’t make it to the transfer station this Sat).
The next Styrofoam collection in Medfield

will be January 2, 2016 at the Transfer Station! 

 The discounted backyard compost bins were so popular that we sold out of our stock!  We will continue to take orders (only for compost bins, not the kits with the kitchen buckets and liners) this Saturday from 9-1 at the Transfer Station.  The bins will be available for pick up in a few weeks.  See attached order form.  Checks made out to Town of Medfield
This is the last Saturday for the Swap.   
Last day for drop offs is Friday, October 30th. It closes for the season on Saturday, October 31st at noon and volunteers will pack up from 12-3. If you wish to help pack up, let us know by calling 359-7251. BOXES NEEDED!   Thanks!

Thanks to all of the volunteers who spend many, many hours at the Swap!  It is a great example of the purpose of Medfield Green Month –  Donation, Reuse and Recycling and it is open May-October during Transfer Station hours.

Hope to see you at the Transfer Station
the place to be in October!

 Next Medfield Green Month will be in May, 2016!


Solar PV begun at WWTP

The construction of the town’s solar photovoltaic installation at the Waste Water Treatment Plant began today.  This email below about it this afternoon –solar pv


I am pleased to announce that site work has started this morning.  Local contractor Angelo Santucci Landscaping has begun clearing the site of vegetation.  Tree removal will begin next week along with grading and seeding.  If all goes well and the weather cooperates, they expect to be done by the end of next week.

As of now the structural post installation will begin November 23, with panel installation to begin early-mid December.  We are still on schedule for system start-up in mid-January.

I’ll keep you all updated on the progress!


Andrew Seaman

Energy and Facilities Manager

Town of Medfield

Angel Run – register by Saturday


Angel Run 2007 HTW

Register by Saturday at midnight for the MFi Angel Run


There is not much time left to register for the MFi Angel Run. This year’s race on Sunday, December 6th will be the 10th running of the much loved family run/walk through the winding 5k route around South, Elm and Philip streets and surrounding neighborhoods. Registration is exclusively online at the Medfield Foundation’s website, Register by the October 31st midnight deadline for early bird pricing and the ever-popular commemorative t-shirt. New this year is an opportunity to purchase a 10th anniversary keepsake when you register.


“We are pleased to introduce bib chip timing for the race in 2015. The timing chips which are embedded into the runners’ bibs will give participants highly accurate finish times and alleviate some of the finish line congestion, ” said Rose Colleran, event co-chair.


As always the MFi Angel Run is a family friendly community event and participants of all paces are welcome including strollers and dog walkers. Local businesses have been quick to sign on with sponsorship and in kind donations.


“It really is an opportunity to ‘Give Where You Live’ here in Medfield,” said Evan Weisenfeld, Medfield Foundation president echoing the organization’s mission statement of Building A Stronger Medfield. All proceeds from the MFi Angel Run are used to help Medfield residents in need.


After October 31st registration for the Sunday, December 6th 2pm run/walk will only be available on race day with no option for a t-shirt purchase. Visit the Medfield Foundation website at to be part of the tradition.

Angel Run chairs

Angel Run chairs


More Vic Cevoli photos

Photographer Victor Cevoli has been sharing with me his photos of the former Medfield State Hospital site, and these were from last weekend –

MSH-blue railing-20151026 MSH-VC-side door_c-20151025 MSH-VC-stairs and 2 buildings_c-20151025 MSH-VC-three buildings-20151026

BoS – 10/27


7:00 PM Solid Waste Study Committee, Meaghan Sullivan Chair
Discuss recycling program, renewal of recycling contract (expires December 30, 2015); organic food waste recycling; report on SW AP area

Vote to sign Arbor Day Proclamation

The Planning Board recommends the appointment of Greg Sullivan as Associate Member of their Board ,

Vote to sign Eversource pole location permit for Green Street

In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture
that a special day be set aside for the planning of trees, and
the holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of
more than a million trees in Nebraska, and
Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and
trees can reduce the erosion on our precious topsoil by wind and water,
lower our hearing and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the
air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and,
trees are a renewable source giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for
our fires, and countless other wood products, and
trees in our own town increase property values, enhance the economic
vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and
trees wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal,
a total of fifty five trees of twelve different varieties were planted at the
Medfield Charles River Gateway

NOW, THEREFORE, we the Medfield Board of Selectmen, do hereby proclaim Friday, October 30, 2015 as ARBOR DAY
In the Town of Medfield, and I urge all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, and Further, I urge all citizens to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the wellbeing of this and future generations.

Dated this TWENTY SEVENTH, day of OCTOBER, in the year 2015.


To: Richard DeSorgher, Chair, Board of Selectmen
CC: Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator
From: Sarah Raposa, Town Planner

Date: October 20, 2015

Re: Planning Board Associate
At their duly posted meeting on October 19, 2015, the Planning Board unanimously recommended appointment of Greg Sullivan as Associate Member of the Planning Board.

His letter of interest is attached for your consideration.

Town of Medfield 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052
(508) 906-3027

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

September 29, 2015

Evelyn Clarke
Town of Medfield
Town House
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

Re.: Town Planning Board Associate Member position

Dear Ms. Clarke:

This is a letter of interest in the Associate Member position on the Medfield
Planning Board.

I have been a Medfield resident for over thirteen years and have served
on the Town’s Warrant Committee the last five years and will finish my sixth
and final year in 2016. My experience on the Warrant Committee has
given me an understanding of how many things are accomplished in
town and the politics behind these accomplishments. I have reviewed
many Zoning Bylaw changes as part of my Warrant Committee
responsiblities and understand that public education and clearly
articulating the intent and consequences of Zoning Bylaw changes is
critical in getting such changes approved by the residents. Sitting on the
Warrant Committee I have learned that our recommendations, no matter
how well intentioned and based on in the best interest of the town, can
still lead to controversy. I have also come to understand the residents of
Medfield’s general libertarian leanings that they don’t want government
telling them what they can and cannot do, especially when it concerns
their property. A very compelling reason is required for them to allow such

I am registered architect with almost 30 years of experience ranging from
single family residential projects to large office buildings. I have had
experience presenting projects to various Planning Boards, Zoning Boards
of Appeals, and Historic Commissions over my career. Through my
education and experience as an architect I know how important Planning
Boards are to a town and how it can shape a town’s built enviroment
both for good and the bad. I know that the qualities of the built
enviroment is integral to a vibrant and well functioning town.

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

I understand how critical this particular time in the town’s history is with the
future development of the Medfield Hospital site. The Medfield Hospital
development will impact the town like no other project has or will in the
foreseeable future. The town has a unique and historic chance to create
something special that will be jewel in our crown for many decades or
something that can be a burden on the town for just as long. The
Planning Board will play an important part in shaping and steering of the
development of the Hospital site.

The Planning Board is also a big part of the stratagies to address the 40B
issues that are on every citizens mind now adays. I think that this issue
cannot and should not be solved with one large project in a single
location. I believe that this could create more problems than they were
meant to solve. I think that the solution to this challenge is to spread
smaller projects around in strategic locations that add to our affordable
housing stock throughout the town based on the content and density of
each particular project.

Medfield is no longer the sleepy rural community it was fifty or more years
ago. The Town of Medfield is also not just a suburban bedroom
community that is totally dependent on the Metro-Boston area but is and
should be town with a center that is thriving and independent. The town
should have both commerical and residential uses that complement
each other instead of competing against each other. The density of
Medfield will only increase and it is imparative to manage this growth such
that we are able to preserve some of the rural and open parts of the town
as well as the remaining historic structures while creating a vibriant and
lively town center that is a magnet for not only Medfield town residents
but those of the surrounding towns. I think that there are types of
development such as small Mixed Use projects the town can use to
create such places. Mixed Use projects can be things such as live/work
projects and retail/housing projects that would enliven the town and even
help with the 40B issues. I also think that a comprehensive look at parking
issues in the commercial districts is an important part of managing the
growth of the town and that the Planning Board should be a leader in the
planning and management of this endevor.

Gregory C. Sullivan, Architect
122 Green Street • Medfield, MA 02052
p 857.719.3147 •

I know that the Planning Board is a instrument to control and manage the
growth of the community it serves. It can also be an organization that
can lead in the creation of an enviroment that will promote and
encourage the types of development that are beneficial to the town and
that creates a community that we are all proud to be a part of.
I am very interested in being part of the Planning Board. I believe that I
can be a benefit to the town in this capacity during this exciting time of
changes and the growth of the Town of Medfield.

Gregory C. Sullivan

Friends of Library this Saturday events

Medfield Public Library Friends

The Friends of the Medfield Library invite you to stop by the library on Saturday, October 24th any time between 10:00 and 5:00 to join in the fun.

Buy a bag (or many) of books for only $5.00 each.

Join the Friends for 2016 and receive a surprise gift (generously sponsored by MEMO).

Enjoy an amazing balloon animal artist & magician from 11:00 – 12:30.

Enter a raffle to win a basket full of surprises, including gifts from our sponsors, Park Street Books, Sluggers Academy and Butterfly Tree, among others.

Sample refreshments, courtesy of Blue Moon Bagel Cafe.

Thanks to funds raised from book sales and the annual membership drive, the Friends contribute more than $20,000 annually to support library programs, services, and materials.

Join the Friends and support your library!