Monthly Archives: May 2019

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BoS 6/4

The agenda and backup materials are available here

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: . _c..~i:.l1[.U _ ;,, .J•~ i-~EOFIELO. MASS MEETING NOTICE Zii19 l1A I 3 0 P ij: tQWN CLERK POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday June 4, 2019@ 7:00PM AGENDA (Subject to change) Executive Session at close of meeting to conduct strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel and to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining 7:00PM 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 Appointments Sally Bangoura I request common victualler license for new restaurant at 26 Park Street; license name Spice Queens Sarah Raposa and Jean Mineo I discuss cultural programs at the state hospital site Fire Chief William Carrico I request Selectmen vote to appoint Medical Director Rob Gregg I discuss parking at the Peak House Citizen Comment Action Items Town Accountant Joy Ricciuto requests Selectmen vote to authorize Chairman Murby to sign Engagement Letter for Actuarial Consulting Services with Stone Consulting, Inc. Facilities Director Amy Colleran requests the Selectmen vote to sign two on-call roofing contracts for services at the Medfield State Hospital; contractors Almar LLC, Medfield and Caffrey Roofing and Painting Co. Milford Discuss letter from Copperwood Road residents to Appalachian Mountain Club regarding Bay Circuit Trail Charles River Watershed Association requests Medfield consider joining the Charles River Climate Compact Residents Laurel Scotti and Christa Thompson request Selectmen to vote to declare June 10 as Eve Potts Day in Medfield and vote to sign citation in honor of her 90th birthday Vote to sign Eagle Scout certificates for Ross P. Johnson and Gabriel Muir Springer, Troop 10. Court of Honor Saturday June 8, 2019 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 11 :00 AM Discussion of process for review of Town Administrator and development of Town Administrator goals for FY2020 Town Administrator Update Budget timeline discussion Review Board of Selectmen Action list Selectmen Report Informational Copy of Town Counsel letter to Norfolk Superior Court regarding resident Goldman v. Medfield Conservation Commission Information letter regarding changes to Xfinity TV Services .-. ,_ ..:;-_.--, ~:·' -< ....,.. , .. L:._) rt1 c-. 0 CJ:-< '"':1- l] ;-;;~~ rc: C) -F. ::J;: ~ .. (j") w (I)20190604-agenda_Page_2

Feres Doctrine – bars servicemembers from justice against the U.S. government when injured

From my American Association for Justice –


This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied two petitions involving the Feres Doctrine, a long-standing precedent initially established by the high court, which bars active duty servicemembers from taking legal action and seeking justice against the U.S. government when they are injured or harmed incidental to military service.


Granting the petitions would have allowed the Court a chance to overturn the Feres Doctrine, which has systemically shut out claims, such as negligence and medical malpractice, brought by servicemembers for decades.


Notably, both Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the Court’s decision to deny the petitions:


Such unfortunate repercussions—denial of relief to military personnel and distortions of other areas of law to compensate—will continue to ripple through our jurisprudence as long as the Court refuses to reconsider Feres,” Justice Thomas wrote.


Now more than ever, we need Congress to step up and take action to right this wrong. New, bipartisan legislation seeks to amend existing legislation, so that servicemembers can take rightful action and seek accountability when they are wronged. The Feres Doctrine undermines the rights of the men and women who serve and is affront to all Americans.


You can help by contacting your member of Congress and telling them to support the Sfc. Richard Stayskal Military Medical Accountability Act of 2019. It’s time we start protecting the rights of those fighting for ours.


Chief Guerette sworn in last night

Chief Michelle Guerette was hired and officially started work the day of the annual town meeting (ATM), however, last night at the Board of Selectmen meeting there was a ceremonial swearing in by Town Clerk, Carol Mayer, and the Chief also received a heart medal from her youngest child, Murphy, who also marched with the Chief in the town’s Memorial Day parade the day before.

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Brass band and family activities at MSH – 6/15

From Jean Mineo, President, Cultural Alliance of Medfield,


Dad’s Brass Band tubist Don Rankin joins Tom Duprey on trumpet for a recent taping at Medfield TV.

Brass band and family activities offered June 15 at Medfield State Hospital


Families looking for a fun, free activity on Father’s Day weekend can head to the Lee Chapel grounds at the Medfield State Hospital (45 Hospital Road) from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 15, to catch “Dad’s Brass Band” from 2-4 p.m., as well as lawn games that will kick off at 1:30 p.m.


In addition to the band performance and games, other featured activities include a community art project with Kurt Jackson and hands-on papermaking with artist May Babcock. Ruby’s Ice Cream Truck will also be on hand to sell treats.


Organized by the Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM), the afternoon event is a way to bring community members together to enjoy the property, and see the potential for future arts and cultural activities on the picturesque grounds. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, music and activities will take place inside the Lee Chapel.


Performers in the “Dad’s Brass Band” include Medfield residents Don Rankin on tuba, and Tom Duprey on trumpet. Rankin is principal tubist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Boston Ballet Orchestra; Duprey performs in a number of ensembles, and teaches music in Dover-Sherborn schools and at the college level.


May Babcock is a Rhode Island artist who works in papermaking, printmaking, book arts and art installations. She is known for incorporating materials from a given environment into her projects.


Look for further details on the CAM website, and be sure to check out the Medfield TV promotional video on its YouTube Channel

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BoS 5/28

The agenda and materials are available here 20190528-agenda &amp; materials


  1. Medfield State Hospital discussions with Development Committee
  2. John Wilhelmi retires from Medfield Police Department
  3. Medfield Hazard Mitigation Plan – our response to the coming climate changes in town
  4. lots of minutes


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Thanks Moe!

The Medfield Community Clean Up Day was a great idea!!!

And thanks to Bobby for sending me to “the pit!”  At least I now know where it is.

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New Life 5k Trail Run 2019

From Tod Dimmick –

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Dear Medfield Community,

The members of the New Life 5k Trail Run Committee would like to thank our community for their continuing support of the New Life 5k Trail Run, now in its 2nd year.

Saturday, May 11th, featured perfect weather, an enthusiastic turnout, and impressive fund-raising. The Trail Run took a winding route through and between the historic Medfield State Hospital buildings, across verdant fields, through the woods, down along the scenic Charles River and back up to the hospital grounds. The event raised funds and awareness for New Life Furniture Bank of MA. RaceWire (an online race registration and race timing company) provided participants with official times and finish-line photos. We give special thanks to our lead sponsors: Eastern Bank, New Balance, and Hometown Weekly; our Chip Timing Sponsors: Choate, Frank Webb Home, Rich & Susan Holbrook, and the Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation; as well as many other generous sponsors and in-kind donors. We greatly appreciate their support.  Hard-working volunteers helped make the entire event run smoothly. Close to 300 runners and walkers participated, including individuals and teams. Music and outdoor games entertained all. We are very grateful to the Town of Medfield for the use of such an idyllic setting.

Carmen Luisi was the overall winner for the females and Andy Gardiner was the winner for the males. Visit to view images of the race which capture the spirit of this fun event and its unique setting.

Executive Director Rich Purnell noted that these are exciting times at New Life. “We are growing quickly, and becoming an essential part of helping families transition out of homelessness or other forms of displacement,” he said. “The Trail Run was a great success. We raised funds to help us continue our mission and shared our organization with a wonderful group of people. We are so grateful to our sponsors and to those who participated.”

At New Life Furniture Bank of MA, we are proud to have served almost 1,900 households since our founding five years ago. Over this time period, we have provided not just 23,000 pieces of furniture, but helped to create a stable home for our clients and kept these items out of landfills. All of this has been made possible by the 800 volunteers who contributed 24,000 hours of their time and energy. Our Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property. Learn more about supporting, donating to, or volunteering for New Life Furniture Bank at

Thank you for being part of the New Life 5k Trail Run, an event we hope will become a growing community tradition. Stay tuned for updates next fall on the Third Annual 5k!


The New Life Trail Run Committee

MPD at MSH tomorrow

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From Chief Guerette:

The Police Department will be conducting a multi-agency training event at the State Hospital grounds on Wednesday, May 22 from 8-3. Do not be alarmed at the increased police activity. If you would like to come to say hello, please remain outside of the designated training area for your safety

June 21 (not 31) & July 12

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Error – 6/21, not 6/31

I should have proof read before hitting “publish,” not after.


Office hours will be 6/21 & 7/12

A scheduled trial and the July 4th have caused June and July office hours to be re-scheduled to 9-10 AM on June 21 and July 12 at The Center.