Monthly Archives: September 2019

Happy news! – Honey Dew home!


(just like all the time on TV)

Happy Ending

honey dew

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.

Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Medfield

Alert from the Town of Medfield  –


September 10, 2019 1:56 PM

Aerial Mosquito Spraying in Medfield

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that it will conduct aerial mosquito spraying in Massachusetts, including Medfield. Spraying will take place after dusk and overnight, beginning September 10, 2019

DPH has not announced the specific night that Medfield will be sprayed, but has announced that no precautions are necessary for the aerial spraying. Spraying will take place in the evening and overnight, beginning at 7:15 pm.

Residents are asked to continue to take caution. Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants, avoid the hours when mosquitoes are most active (dusk through dawn), wear insect repellent, and mosquito-proof your home by limiting the number of places for mosquitoes to breed by draining or discarding items that hold water.

DPH has posted additional information about spraying here:

Additional information about EEE here:

As we previously announced, a Medfield horse contracted and died from EEE. Town and school outdoor activities now end at dusk. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District conducted town-wide spraying and are continuing to spray Medfield on Tuesday nights. Visit their website for more information:

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden

From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden Dedicated

On Friday, September 6, the Medfield Garden Club dedicated a new civic planting in Medfield, the Pinky Meader Memorial Garden, affectionately known as Pinky’s Garden. Members of the garden club and Pinky’s family gathered behind the Unitarian Church in Medfield overlooking Meetinghouse Pond and the Dwight Derby House to dedicate the granite-inscribed bench and the new garden to a dear friend, gardening colleague, mentor and long-time Medfield volunteer who passed away and left a deep legacy of horticultural knowledge and civic beautification to the Town of Medfield and members of the Medfield Garden Club.

We invite the community to visit our lovely new site on the Unitarian Church lawn at 26 North Street and to enjoy some repose in one of the most beautiful settings in Medfield.


Upcoming Lottery for Affordable Rental Apts at Hillside Village


Affordable Housing Lottery Open – Hillside Village

Hillside Village is a 16-unit rental apartment community located in Medfield on 80 North Meadows Road. There will be 4 affordable apartments ready for occupancy starting in Fall 2019. All affordable apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income through this application process. Units feature Energy-Efficient Appliances, Cabinets with Granite Countertops, Central Air Conditioning and an in-Unit Washer and Dryer. One parking space is included with the rent. No smoking or pets allowed at the property.

MAXIMUM Household Income Limits:

  • $62,450 (1 person)
  • $71,400 (2 people)
  • $80,300 (3 people),
  • $89,200 (4 people)
  • $96,350 (5 people)
  • $103,500 (6 people)

A Public Info Session will be held on October 1st, 2019, at 6:15 pm in the Meeting Room at the Medfield Public Library, 468 Main St, Medfield, MA 02052

Completed Applications must be delivered, or postmarked, by 2 pm on November 6th, 2019. Applications postmarked by the deadline must be received no later than 5 business days from the deadline.

The Lottery for eligible households will be held on November 26th, 2019, at 6 pm in the Meeting Room at the Medfield Public Library, 468 Main St, Medfield, MA 02052

For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to or call (617) 782-6900×1 and leave a message or postal mail SEB Housing, 257 Hillside Ave, Needham MA 02494. For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available. Traducción gratuita disponible.

Applications also available at Medfield Public Library on 468 Main St. (Mon, Wed and Fri 10am-6pm, Tues and Thurs 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun closed)



Information Packet



Sarah Raposa, AICP

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

Town Hall Hours: 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

10/3 PB hearing on zoning for MSH

msh-phil tuths-buildings

Photo by Phil Tuths

Posted on: September 6, 2019

MSH Rezoning – Planning Board Public Hearing 10/03/19

Pursuant to the provisions of MGL ch. 40A §5, the Medfield Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at the Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, for the purpose of accepting public comments on the following proposed amendments to the Town of Medfield Zoning By-laws:

Item 1: Article ## To see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Article 300 Zoning by adding a new section known as Article 300-20 to create a new “Medfield State Hospital District” seeking to:

  • promote the reuse of the former Medfield State Hospital property and certain nearby properties by encouraging a balanced, mixed-use approach with housing, educational, recreational, cultural and commercial uses, with open space and with public access;
  • implement the goals and objectives of the Strategic Reuse Master Plan for Medfield State Hospital;
  • promote the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging diversity of housing opportunities;
  • increase the availability of affordable housing by creating a range of housing choices for households of all incomes, ages, and sizes, and meet the existing and anticipated housing needs of the Town, as identified in the Medfield Housing Production Plan (2016);
  • ensure high quality site reuse and redevelopment planning, architecture and landscape design that enhance the distinct visual character and identity of the Medfield State Hospital area and provide a safe environment with appropriate amenities;
  • encourage preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings;
  • encourage the adoption of energy and water-efficient practices and sustainability;
  • establish design principles and guidelines and ensure predictable, fair and cost-effective development review and permitting.

Full text of the proposal is on file with the Town Clerk and the Planning Department and may be inspected during regular business hours, as well as on the Town’s website at All interested persons should attend the public hearing.

Item 2: Article ## To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to create a new zoning district consisting of the following parcels as shown on the map titled “Proposed Medfield State Hospital District (MSHD)” dated 08/17/18 which is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department (71-001/Core Campus, 71-020/Laundry Parcel, 71-017/Water Tower, 63-004/Sledding Hill) for the purpose of creating a new zoning map district that enables the uses, dimensional requirements, permitting processes etc. of the proposed Medfield State Hospital District all as set forth in the document entitled “Notice of Planning Board Hearing Relative to Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendments Pursuant to M.G.L c. 40A, § 5 Scheduled for October 3, 2019” on file in the office of the Town Clerk. Full text of the proposals is on file with the Town Clerk and the Planning Department and may be inspected during regular business hours, as well as on the Town’s website at All interested persons should attend the public hearing.




  • September 13, 2019
  • September 20, 2019



Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner

Office Hours Tomorrow

office hours sign

Selectman Office Hours this Friday

I hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, and will be there tomorrow.

Residents are welcome to stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on). Peterson can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted

ISO rating upped


Town ISO rating upped

This email this past week from Fire Chief/EMD, William C. Carrico II


I am pleased to announce that the Town of Medfield ISO rating for structural fire suppression has changed from Public Protection Class 4 to Public Protection Class 3.  The ISO Public Protection Classification program plays an important role in the underwriting of insurance companies when dealing with personnel or commercial property insurance.  The lower the rating the better the delivery of services.  The new rating was made possible by the hard work of the Medfield Fire Department firefighters and fire officers.

William C. Carrico II

Fire Chief/EMD

Medfield Fire