Monthly Archives: September 2019

The Climate Issue: Less Inconvenient, Not Impossible

Fred Davis chairs the Medfield Energy Committee and his “guest column” that follows appeared in the Medfield Press

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Medfield Guest Column: The Climate Issue: Less Inconvenient, Not Impossible

By Fred Davis

Medfielders can appreciate the difficult questions young people here and everywhere are asking: Why aren’t adults responding adequately to the climate emergency?

On Friday, Sept. 20, the Global Strike will involve millions of people worldwide; perhaps you or your child will be walking out of school or work.

For decades to come, there will be no answers that can entirely satisfy the accusations. But right now, a starting point should be an honest recognition that all carbon pollution in the world is an accumulation of all individual carbon footprints. Virtually every person in Medfield shares a significant responsibility in the cause, and therefore, also in the cure.

“Inconvenient” was how Al Gore shrewdly characterized this problem 13 years ago. Developments since then have made de-carbonizing more and more achievable, especially here in Massachusetts, the number one state in the country in energy efficiency (for eight years running, ACEEE).

A consensus has now crystallized among professionals as to what the necessary path looks like. Most if not all steps on the path are available right now, and are usually profitable. Drivers must drive electric. Available roofs must be solarized. Building owners must seal/insulate (to “passive house” standards), and upgrade lighting (to highest efficiency LED with controls). These steps are a whole lot less inconvenient than even a couple of years ago.

Most impactful is to “electrify” existing heating systems: replacing gas and oil boilers and furnaces with high-efficiency electric heat-pumps. Also, any new construction / rehab today must have a carbon footprint that is at least net-zero.

The bottom line is that steps necessary on the path to respond adequately to the climate crisis are, here and now, the responsibility of everyone who drives or lives or works in our town.

Davis is a 40-year veteran of the energy efficiency field. He is the new chairman of the Medfield Energy Committee, which over 10 years had reduced municipal energy use by 44 percent. All views are his own.

Yoga on the Turf 9/22

Sponsored by the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Tracy Buckley of Medfield Yoga Studio is kindly teaching the class.

Sunday, Sept. 22 from 12-1pm:

Community YOGA on the Medfield High School Turf

  • ALL WELCOME: all ages and all levels!
  • Bring your own mat or towel
  • Free class, however donations supporting our MedfieldCSP efforts will be happily and gratefully accepted!

PLEASE pass on the attached flyer to your network of people…should be a gorgeous day!

Many thanks!!!

Anna Mae

YOGA ON THE TURF S u n d a y , S e p t e m b e r 2 2 M e d f i e l d H i g h S c h o o l T u r f 1 2 : 0 0 p m - 1 : 0 0 p m F r e e C l a s s ! ( D o n a t i o n s a p p r e c i a t e d t o b e n e f i t M e d f i e l d C S P . o r g ) B r i n g y o u r o w n m a t / t o w e l A l l a g e s a n d a l l l e v e l s w e l c o m e ! H o s t e d b y t h e M e d f i e l d C o a l i t i o n f o r S u i c i d e P r e v e n t i o n a n d M e d f i e l d Y o g a S t u d i o V i s i t w w w . m e d f i e l d c s p . o r g f o r m o r e i n f o . SUPPORT THE MEDFIELD COALITION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

TWMPC – Medfield Day handout

Save the date – Sunday, October 20, 5-7:30 public forum. Dine and plan. Mark you calendars.

This was the Townwide Master Planning Committee’s Medfield Day handout.



Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future Join us in a once in a generation opportunity…. To help shape the future of Our Town. YOU ARE INVITED… to the 1st Town-wide Master Planning Public Forum Join your friends and neighbors in crafting a vision and goals for Medfield’s future. Your input will be the basis upon which an Action Plan will be developed to guide future decision-making. WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM WHERE: Blake Middle School Dinner: available free of charge to all who attend. Free Raffle: All attendees are automatically entered. A Master Plan is an important opportunity to think about: How can we make Medfield an even better place to live, work and play? Join your neighbors in shaping the future of our Town! What is A Master Plan? • A basis for decisionmaking for future development • A process leading to a plan of action based on a town’s shared values and goals • A set of priorities for addressing the full range of issues facing a town Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future How can a master plan help increase a municipality’s financial efficiency? • Identify priorities • Identify potential funding opportunities • Master Plan makes municipality eligible for grants • Identify low-hanging fruit • Recommend public/private partnerships where relevant • Master plan process can lead to partnerships and resource sharing • Identifies opportunities for regionalization of services and/or facilities Why Plan? • Take stock, review objectives, direction and priorities • Examine resource allocation: existing and optimal • Last complete plan - 1997 • Be proactive and affect future decision making • Support eligibility for grant programs and public funds What to preserve? What to change? Concerns? Improvements? Ensure that Medfield’s desirable features are preserved and challenges are addressed. “But I like things the way they are… “ Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will change. For more information please see:

Happy news! – Honey Dew home!


(just like all the time on TV)

Happy Ending

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The dog missing for a week from the animal adoption facility on Adams Street was trapped in Deb’s and my trap this morning, according to the phone message from Dr. Joanne Wilkinson, who runs the animal adoption facility.

Yesterday afternoon, just moments after I mentioned to Deb, in response to the many signs around the area, that I feared the coyotes had gotten the dog, we saw the pup  along the side of West Mill Street.  I was out walking into the woods trying to catch it (before Deb read the fine print on the sign and called me off) when moments later Joanne appeared in response to a call from someone else.

We went home and returned to give Joanne two raccoon sized animal traps to use and a can of cat food (all we had).  This morning Joanne reported that while the dog was not there when they first checked the trap today, that the dog was trapped later this morning.  We told Joanne to keep the two traps for their next lost dog – sorry Jenny Cronin, but you had said you did not really need them.

MCSP stop suicide installation at Straw Hat Park


The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP)’s stop suicide installation, Yarn4hope, is now life at Straw Hat Park.

For more information go to

BoS 9/17






MEETING NOTICE                              TOWN CLERK
                         Board of Selectmen   DRAFT  
   Board or Committee               


Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd floor Tuesday September 17, 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



Dr. Jeffery Marsden, School Superintendent; discuss parking of school buses

Richard Mastronardi; discuss lawn mowing at the Unitarian Church grounds

Medfield Youth Outreach

Greg Bonnette; discuss plans for the 2nd Annual Cyclocross Race proposed for December 14, 2019 at the state hospital site

Jean Mineo; discuss MSH Chapel lease


Action Items

Medfield Energy Committee, Fred Davis Chair, requests the Selectmen to vote to appoint Jim Nail, David Stephenson, Alec Stevens and Tricia Pembroke to the Energy Committee


DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Selectmen to vote to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement Request for project stone seal on various streets in the amount of $111,510.00


Town Planner Sarah Raposa requests the Selectmen to vote to sign Adoption of the Town of Medfield Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for 2019


Selectmen are requested to vote to appoint Melissa Coughlin to the Board of Health


Vote to call November 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting for Medfield State Hospital Zoning


Discussion Items




Town Administrator Update

Preliminary Budget Discussions


Board of Selectmen Action List


Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda)

Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee requests permission to post signs from October 4 to October 18 promoting October is Green Month in Medfield


Medfield Lions Club, Barbara Gips member, requests a one-day wine and malt beverage permit for the Lions Senior Luncheon at St Edward’s Church Hall 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Saturday December 14, 2019


Medfield Lions Club requests permission to post signs October 19 to November 2nd announcing the annual Chowderfest to be held November 2, 2019 at The CENTER


Medfield High School Swim and Dive Team requests permission to hold a fundraising car wash behind Town Hall on Saturday October 6, 2019 9:00 AM to Noon


Medfield Garden Club requests permission to place signs announcing annual Holiday Greens Sale to be held Saturday December 7, 2019; signs in place one week prior to the event.


Acceptance/Correction of Meeting Minutes

November 27, 2018; December 11, 2018; December 18, 2018; January 8, 2019; May 28, 2019, September 3, 2019


Selectmen Report



SEB Housing LLC announces Hillside Village October 1, 2019 public information session; Lottery November 26, 2019

Notice from MMA announcing Legislative Breakfast meetings

Board of Appeals Decision No.1371

Medfield Conservation Commission issues Emergency Certification Form pertaining to necessary repair work to a portion of the stone wall at Baker’s Pond

Medfield Foundation announces the annual Angel Run will be held on Sunday December 8, 2019



Next meeting dates

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019











Logo for Townwide Master Planning Committee

twmpc logo

Townwide Master Planning  Committee picks logo

The Townwide Master Planning  Committee will be working over the next year to do master planning for the Town of Medfield, and has chosen the logo above to brand all its work.  Look for the logo, and then join in the master planning efforts.