Monthly Archives: January 2019

Denise Garlick”s report to the town

Representative Denise Garlick is providing her report to the town this evening at the public safety building.

MFi Volunteer Awards deadline is 1/31

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Nominate YOUR extraordinary volunteer by January 31!

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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 31 at The Center, when you can personally celebrate your nominee with fellow residents (and the whole world, since Medfield.TV puts the reception on-line).


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 steps:

  1. Click here — this will lead you to Medfield Foundation Website and the official nomination form. 
  2. Complete and submit the nomination form by January 31.


Inspiration from past years 



Photo by Coleen Sullivan

To help you think of a Medfield volunteer you might want to nominate this year, below is the list of Medfield residents suggested for recognition in 2014, and what they were doing:

Youth Volunteer of the YearAndrea Nevins-2
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.

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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

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 cancels Thursday office hours this week

Memorial School

The School Committee has canceled its office hours scheduled for tomorrow evening, as members are attending Representative Denis Garlick’s Report to Medfield.  The next office hours are Friday, Feb. 8 at 9-10 AM at Memorial.

See the email below:
Hi Pete,

Can you please spread the news that SC Office Hours scheduled for Thurs. Jan. 31 at 7pm at the high school is cancelled? Many of the school committee members will be attending Denise Garlick’s presentation.

However, luckily we have SC Office Hours scheduled for next week: Friday, Feb. 8 at 9-10am at Memorial.

Many thanks!!
Anna Mae

Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke
School Committee Chairperson

1/31 last day to nominate for 2019 MFi Volunteer Awards


2015 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards nominees.


The deadline to submit nominations for the 2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards is this Thursday, January 31. Nominations are made via the on-line form at

The recognition reception will be held at 3PM on Sunday, March 31 at The Center at Medfield, on Ice House Road, and all are welcome (and guaranteed to be inspired).


Brothers Marketplace and Roche Bros. sponsor the MFi Volunteer Awards

Mass. farm animal law survives

This is from my Route Fifty daily email. 

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges Over State Farm Animal Laws

Eggs laid by cage-free chickens sit in a holder after being sorted by Francis Blake on his organic farm, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, near Waukon, Iowa.

Eggs laid by cage-free chickens sit in a holder after being sorted by Francis Blake on his organic farm, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, near Waukon, Iowa. AP PHOTO/CHARLIE NEIBERGALL

California and Massachusetts standards for the confinement of livestock have drawn opposition from other states.

Two groups of state attorneys general were blocked Monday from bringing a challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court against California and Massachusetts laws that set standards for the treatment of farm animals raised to produce eggs and some meats sold in those states.

The attorneys general were asking the Supreme Court to allow their lawsuits to proceed directly to high court, without going through lower federal courts first.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill led a dozen other state officials at odds with the Massachusetts law. Most of the plaintiffs in that case were also involved in one that Missouri Attorney General Joshua Hawley spearheaded centering on similar California laws.

On Monday, the Supreme Court justices rejected their motions to file bills of complaint with the court, stopping the cases from moving forward. Justice Clarence Thomas indicated he would have granted the motions, according to court orders.

The Supreme Court can exercise “original jurisdiction” in legal disputes between states but has in the past opted to do so sparingly.

Massachusetts voters passed the law in question there more than two years ago.

Its intended purpose is to “prevent animal cruelty” by phasing out “extreme methods” of farm animal confinement, which could also pose consumer health threats or weigh on the state’s finances.

As written, the law will apply to the sale of shell eggs, veal and pork. It will prohibit the sale of these goods in the state if they come from animals that were confined in ways that kept them from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.

There are some exclusions for foods like pizzas, soups and sandwiches that include veal or pork products.

The law is set to go fully into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

California’s laws set similar standards for hens that produce eggs sold in the state. They took effect in 2015 and have withstood challenges in lower federal courts, including one brought in 2014 by Missouri that other states involved in Supreme Court action later joined.

The attorneys general behind the current cases suggest the California and Massachusetts laws run afoul of federal law and are in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which prohibits state laws that discriminate against, or significantly impede interstate commerce.

A brief filed by Hawley’s office says “California is disregarding federal law by imposing novel standards on agricultural production in other States, inflating prices for consumers nationwide,” and it argues the state’s egg laws are violating the federal Egg Products Inspection Act.

One of Hill’s filings contends that, in Massachusetts, “The Animal Law nominally targets in-state retail sales, but in effect regulates animal housing in other States.”

“If the Court does not intervene,” another brief from Hill’s office adds, the law “will require compliance by livestock farmers across the country on pain of losing access to the Massachusetts market.”

The other attorneys general seeking to challenge the California statute were from Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Those involved in the effort against the Massachusetts law were from mostly the same states. But South Carolina and West Virginia’s attorneys general also took part and Nevada and Iowa’s attorneys general did not. Except for Iowa’s Tom Miller, who is a Democrat, the rest of the attorneys general pursuing the cases were Republicans.

Massachusetts and California in their briefs cast doubt on the standing the states had to bring the cases against their laws, posited that the dispute did not warrant the Supreme Court exercising original jurisdiction, and argued the Commerce Clause claims lacked merit.

Similarly, the Trump Administration urged the Supreme Court to deny the motions by the states to proceed with the cases.

“This case does not present the rare circumstance in which the Court would exercise its original jurisdiction to resolve a Commerce Clause question,” said a brief U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s office filed for the U.S. government in the Massachusetts case.

A filing from the solicitor general in the California dispute mirrored that position. It also took the stance that the California laws are not preempted by the Egg Products Inspection Act, despite the claims to the contrary made by the states seeking to fight the laws.

And “in order to resolve plaintiffs’ Commerce Clause challenge, both on standing and the merits,” the brief from the solicitor general’s office in the California case adds, “it would be necessary to resolve complex factual disputes that are better suited to a district court.”

Budgets are now online


Proposed Town Budgets are Online

This email yesterday from new Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler:


Subject: Proposed FY20 Budget Online


The Proposed Budgets are now online


Kristine Trierweiler

Town Administrator
Town of Medfield

459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

BoS 1/29/19

Agenda and materials are here 20190129-selectmen packet

TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: TOMW KiJLERK . u:, •~ r MEETING NOTICE ZOl9 JAN 25 P 2: 01 POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SqqT~(j>~~lff~MENDED. row 1 f:LE RK Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 211 d floor Tuesday January 29, 2019@ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Citizen Comment Appointments 7:00 PM James Goldstein, Michael Taylor, Christian Donner Discuss Mass Trails Grant Program application Action Items Megan Sullivan, Chair of the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee requests the Selectmen vote to appoint Annette Wells to the Committee Selectman Marcucci recommends Laurel Scotti's appointment to the Town Wide Master Planning Committee I Discussion Items DPW Director Maurice Goulet to discuss DEP approval of Surface Water Discharge Permit Ongoing FY2020 Budget Review Vote to approve preliminary Town Budgets Public Works, Director Maurice Goulet Council on Aging, Director Roberta Lynch Police Department, Interim Chief John Wilhelmi Facilities Director, Amy Colleran Town Administrator six month goals Holiday Stroll budget update Regional 40B housing letter Pending Historical Society water bill Licenses and Permits (consent agenda) Hannah Adams Woman's Club requests a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for event on Thursday March 14, 2019 to be held at the Zullo Gallery Review Board of Selectmen Action List Selectmen Report Informational Letter from William O'Donnell, Norfolk County Register of Deeds regarding data on CPA Surcharges by Town Reports from Sovereign Consulting, Inc. regarding groundwater sampling for Irving Gas Station, Route 27 z:.QQ~ 1- "::20191029-agenda_page_2

MFi Volunteer Awards nominations due 1/31

2019 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards Deadline next Thursday

One more week to nominate that tireless Medfield volunteer you know for the recognition they so rightly deserve.  Use the form at the Medfield Foundation website.   Simple process – huge effect!

Everyone is invited to the reception to celebrate the extraordinary Medfield volunteers suggested for 2019 –

  • 3PM on Sunday, March 31 at The Center.

Below are the individuals suggested for recognition in 2014.



Mayor corrects election post

Colleen Sullivan (Patch Mayor) corrected my election post (Thanks Colleen!) –

see below:



  1. Colleen Sullivan 

    Hi Pete,Unfortunately, what you posted here “If I am interpreting Carol’s red check marks correctly, it looks like the whole School Committee, the whole Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, and all the Library Trustees are up for election.” (regarding Carol’s red check marks) is not correct…. I called Carol and I will be posting the brief descriptions of the following positions (which are the only ones up for election on March 25th. – Town Moderator (1 seat) – Board of Selectmen (1 seat) – Assessors (1 seat) – School Committee (2 seats) – Library Trustee (2 seats) – Planning Board (1 seat) – Park Commissioner (2 seats) – Trust Fund Commissioner (1 seat) Sending this along in case you want to modify what you posted so there is no confusion….. Best,Colleen

MCAP working on grant language

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) received one of the three Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund inaugural grants, one for $5,000, which MCAP will use to hire a grant writer so as to apply for the $625K five year federal grant ($125K/year) for substance abuse prevention staffing in town.

I represent the town government sector at MCAP, and at our meeting a week from tomorrow I will be trying to write that sector’s DFC grant action plan with Amanda Decker of Bright Solutions.  Below is part of what Dedham included in its grant application, which was taken from the grant language itself. Here is a link to the PDF:

If anyone wants to share their ideas, they would be welcome.

1 CADCA’s National Coalition Institute Seven Strategies for Creating Effective Community Change1 Identifying a comprehensive selection of evidence-based substance abuse prevention strategies/interventions is vital to implementing effective substance abuse prevention efforts in your community leading to positive change. It is equally vital to implement each of the evidence-based strategies/interventions you select in the most comprehensive manner possible. CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Creating Effective Community Change can assist your coalition or planning group with identifying appropriate and timely action steps to include in a comprehensive action plan for strategy/intervention implementation. 1. Providing Information Educational presentations, workshops or seminars or other presentations of data (e.g., public announcements, brochures, dissemination, billboards, community meetings, forums, web-based communication). 2. Enhancing Skills Workshops, seminars or other activities designed to increase the skills of participants, members and staff needed to achieve population level outcomes (e.g., training, technical assistance, distance learning, strategic planning retreats, curricula development). 3. Providing Support for Prevention Activities Creating opportunities to support people to participate in activities/strategies that reduce risk or enhance protection. 4. Enhancing Access/Reducing Barriers Improving systems and processes to increase the ease, ability and opportunity to utilize those systems and services (e.g., assuring healthcare, childcare, transportation, housing, justice, education, safety, special needs, cultural and language sensitivity). This can include identifying barriers and possible strategies to overcome. 5. Changing Consequences (Incentives/Disincentives) Increasing or decreasing the probability of a specific behavior that reduces risk or enhances protection by altering the consequences for performing that behavior (e.g., increasing public recognition for deserved behavior, individual and business rewards, taxes, citations, fines, revocations/loss of privileges). 6. Changing Physical Design/Making Environmental Changes Changing the physical design or structure of the environment to reduce risk or enhance protection (e.g., parks, landscapes, signage, lighting, outlet density). 7. Modifying/Changing/Developing Policies Formal change in written procedures, by-laws, proclamations, rules or laws with written documentation and/or voting procedures (e.g., workplace initiatives, law enforcement procedures and practices, public policy actions, systems change within government, communities and organizations). 1 Defining CADCA’s Seven Strategies for Community Change. Retrieved from: \nd.govdhsStateOfficeDHSDF-MHSAProgramsAOD__PreventionTechnical AssistanceSevenStrategies4CommunityChange (1).pdf