Monthly Archives: April 2018

Globe vouchers for the MFi

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Please consider submitting your Boston Globe voucher that was emailed to you this morning for the Medfield Foundation ( (a copy of my email appears below).

The MFi has already raised over $2m. in private monies since 2001 for public purpose in the Town of Medfield, and is now creating an endowment for our town’s future (the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund).


Use this $100 GRANT voucher to support your favorite non-profit.


The Boston Globe is proud to announce the return of GRANT (Globe Readers And Non-profits Together), a community initiative that allows subscribers like you to help deserving non-profits earn free advertising space in The Globe.

As a 7-Day subscriber, you have $100 in a GRANT voucher to allocate to the certified 501(c)(3) of your choice.

Submitting your GRANT voucher is easy — just click the button below and enter the name of the organization you’d like to support. The non-profit you select can later redeem the GRANT vouchers it has accumulated for free advertising space in the Globe. The more GRANT vouchers earned, the larger the advertising space provided. Submission deadline is July 31, 2018.

Submit your voucher »

Thousands of Globe subscribers participated in GRANT last year, and over 3,000 organizations were recognized. Altogether, more than $3 million in advertising space was donated at no cost to our subscribers or to the groups selected.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on subscriber contributions, go to

Thank you for subscribing to The Boston Globe and joining us in supporting our remarkable community.

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New Fire Chief William Carrico

The Sandwich Enterprise ran an interesting, well written article on Medfield’s new Fire Chief (a copy of the article appears below), leaving his job in Sandwich to become Medfield’s new Fire Chief –


Fire Chief Carrico Leaving For Medfield

Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico
Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico


Fire Chief William C. Carrico II will be leaving his Sandwich post next week to become the Medfield fire chief.

Chief Carrico did not respond to a request this week to explain why he wants to leave Sandwich and what he views as his top accomplishments during his four years with the town.

He did, however, discuss those topics with the Medfield Board of Selectmen during a televised meeting earlier this month.

He said that he had met the top challenges in Sandwich—building up staffing levels; ensuring that the firefighters and paramedics have safe, new quarters; and bringing professionalism to the department.

“I am ready to take on the unique challenges of Medfield,” Chief Carrico told the selectmen. He added that he wanted to come to the Medfield area for “personal reasons.”

Sandwich Town Manager George H. (Bud) Dunham said he was saddened by the news that the chief was leaving.

“I knew he was a finalist in Medfield and have been contacted by various people doing reference checks on him over the last few weeks, which led me to believe he was their primary candidate,” Mr. Dunham said in an e-mail on Tuesday, April 24. “It’s a huge loss to the fire department and the town.”

Chief Carrico helped the town secure a $1.2 million federal grant that enabled the East Sandwich fire station to be renovated and fully staffed.

“Staffing this station will reduce response times to East Sandwich and provide proper response times for fire and EMS calls,” Chief Carrico said at the time. “The FEMA grants are extremely competitive; to be awarded a grant of this size is a game-changer for the community.”

The grant came from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Dunham said at the time that the two-year grant would allow the town to hire firefighter/paramedics, and move ahead with its public safety plan, despite conflicting messages from voters.

At the 2016 Town Meeting, Sandwich residents overwhelmingly approved a $17 million plan to build a public safety complex in South Sandwich, and renovate the East Sandwich station—adding dormitories and other amenities. At that meeting, residents also approved a separate $750,000 allocation to hire eight firefighters/emergency service personnel.

But the $750,000 measure—technically called a Proposition 2 1⁄2 override—also required a majority vote during a regular election three days later. The override failed, narrowly, when voters went to the polls.

In the days before that Town Meeting and election, Mr. Dunham said that if the override failed, the East Sandwich renovations would be scrapped because the town could not afford to staff the improved facilities.

The $1.2 million grant changed all that.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants were created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, frontline firefighters available in their communities, according to the FEMA website.

Chief Carrico also helped negotiate for administrative offices to be added to the $17 million public safety complex now under construction at Cotuit and Quaker Meetinghouse roads. The complex will house a new police headquarters building and a fire substation.

“Receiving the award provides a sense of accomplishment because it is very competitive,” the chief said at the time. “My goal for Sandwich is to create a response structure that increases the safety of the citizens, the safety of the firefighters and, most importantly, decreases response times.”

Chief Carrico told the Medfield selectmen he had similar goals for that town. He also wants to add paramedics and ambulance service to the department.

Medfield Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said on Thursday that Chief Carrico’s salary has not yet been made public because contract details are still being worked out. The previous chief’s annual salary was $136,000, Mr. Sullivan said.

Medfield, southwest of Boston, encompasses about 14.5 square miles. The town, which has a population of about 12,000, has been searching for a new chief since last June, when William Kingsbury announced his retirement after nearly 30 years as chief.

Shortly thereafter, the town appointed retired Hull Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead as interim chief.

“He’s the right man for the job,” Mr. Hollingshead said of Chief Carrico when introducing him to the Medfield selectmen.

Mr. Carrico served as chief of the Halifax and Duxbury fire departments before coming to Sandwich. He believes in beginning cadet programs and talking with high school students to encourage them to consider careers in emergency services.

“I like coming in and seeing what I can do to make things better,” Mr. Carrico told the Medfield selectmen. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Become the Angel Run Treasurer or Sponsorship Coordinator


Volunteer Treasurer and Sponsorship Coordinator Opportunities

Medfield’s number one family fun event since 2006, the Medfield Foundation Angel Run, has two openings for organized and motivated individuals to fill the roles of:

  • Treasurer
  • Sponsorships

The treasurer is the bigger role – experience is helpful, but really just need people who are detail-oriented and willing to help out. The Angel Run is held annually at the beginning of December, attracts 1500 participants, and raises money for Medfield families in need.

Interested parties can contact Medfield Foundation President, Evan Weisenfeld at or 508-740-4367.

New Fire Chief William Carrico

From Wickedlocal for Sandwich –

Fire chief to leave Sandwich for Medfield

Sandwich Fire Chief William Carrico has resigned from his post after four years leading the department.

Town Manager Bud Dunham advised selectmen April 26, that Carrico has submitted his letter of resignation in order to become the new fire chief in Medfield.

Carrico’s last day is May 4. Dunham said he is poised to appoint Sandwich Deputy Chief John J. Burke as acting fire chief.

Dunham praised Carrico and his tenure in Sandwich.

“He’s a true leader in my opinion,” Dunham said. “He’s been great to work with. On many issues. A great sense of humor.”

Run Registration Closes 5/3

From Susan Maritan –


New Life 5k

ATTENTION!  There are only 8 days left to register on-line for the New Life 5k!

Do you LOVE the Angel Run? Then we think you’re going to LOVE New Life Furniture Bank’s “1st Annual New Life 5k Trail Run”.

This fundraising event will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 5th at the scenic Medfield State Hospital grounds. The event is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to RUN, JOG OR WALK in this family-friendly event.

To register or for additional information, go to

ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 3RD. Last minute registration WILL BE open on the morning of the event.

School Committee office hours 7PM tomorrow

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

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Because of the upcoming override and the questions that the citizens of Medfield may have, we are offering another option for School Committee Office Hours this week:
– Newly added: Tuesday, April 24 from 7-8pm in the conference room at the Medfield Public Library
Wednesday, April 25 from 9-10am at Dale Street School

Conference room available

Medfield office

CONFERENCE ROOM (hourly, per diem)

Deb has a first floor conference room/reception area available on an hourly or per diem basis for those in need of a private meeting/work space in downtown Medfield.  Rates are negotiable. Second floor space suitable for an office/conference room may also be available.   Call Deb at 508 269 9364.