Monthly Archives: October 2019

OFFICE HOURS 11/8, not tomorrow

Do not come tomorrow, come a week from tomorrow.

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OFFICE HOURS POSTPONED TO 11/8

My monthly select board office hours (usually the first Friday of the month from 9-10 AM at The Center) will be postponed from this coming Friday, November 1, to Friday, November 8, due to a professional conflict.

The office hours on 11/8 will run from 9-10 AM at The Center.

MCAP gets $625K Federal grant

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Chelsea Goldstein-WalshChelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Interim Director of Medfield Youth Outreach announced this afternoon that Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) (www.MedfieldCares.org) was today awarded a Drug-Free Communities grant of $625,000, to fund a Substance Use Prevention Coordinator who will run MCAP’s  prevention efforts.  The Federal grant will pay MCAP $125,000 per year for five years,  with the hope that the Substance Use Prevention Coordinator position will become permanent after five years.  About 150 DFC grants nation wide were awarded this year.  Towns that have received past DFC grants have seen a statistical decrease is substance abuse.

Medfield Youth Outreach, first through Dawn Alcott and now Chelsea, initiated, oversee, and manage the MCAP coalition.  MCAP had come exceedingly close to getting the Federal grant in prior years it applied. 

This year, however, MCAP had the added benefit of having received a $5,000 grant from the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2018 inaugural round of grants, which monies MCAP used to hire a grant writer, thereby parlaying the Legacy Fund grant into the $625,000 of benefit for the Town of Medfield. 

 

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The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowment, created and being funded to make life better in Medfield.

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Above photo was from the inaugural Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grant awards celebration. From L to R are Todd Trehubenko, Christian Donner of the Medfield Rail Trail, Dawn Alcott of MCAP, Jean Mineo of the Cultural Alliance, and Chris Cahill (Todd and Chris are the Co-chairs of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s Community Board).

 

The following was Chelsea’s email announcing her good news to MCAP –

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I am happy to report that Medfield Cares About Prevention was selected as one of the Drug-Free Communities grant recipients for this funding cycle! Our town will receive $125,000 a year for 5 years ($625,000 total) to implement prevention strategies aimed at reducing youth substance use. You can see the list of recipients here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FY-2019-DFC-New-Grant-Award-Recipients-10.29.2019.pdf

Thank you all for your hard work in making our grant application a success! Our next step is to solidify the hiring process for a full-time coalition coordinator with the grant funding to help us implement this work. Our next MCAP meeting on Monday, November 4th at 11:30 am will largely be dedicated to coming up with a hiring plan. I’ve attached a copy of the job description for the coalition coordinator for your reference.

Congratulations to you all for this successful team effort!

Warmly,

Chelsea

Medfield Youth Outreach

 

 

 

BoS 10/31

The Select Board will meet this Thursday at 9AM –

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                  TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED:

 

 

 

           MEETING                              TOWN CLERK
             NOTICE  
 

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 House, Chenery Meeting Room, 2nd Floor

Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:00 AM

   

 

 

Agenda (subject to change)

 

 

9:00 AM           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

 

Discussion

Special Town Meeting Articles

  1. Cable 8 Appropriation
  2. Medfield State Hospital Zoning

 

Action Items

            Board of Selectmen to vote on the Special Town Meeting Articles

Board of Selectmen to vote to sign the Warrant for the Special Town Meeting, November 18, 2019                     

Hinkley land proposal

Hinkley RFP map

Hinkley land housing details – RFP is here 20191015-Hinkley RPF-agenda & materials

Hinkley land RFP

Good article in the Medfield Press this week on the next steps for the proposed senior housing on the former Hinkley land – it starts with a request for proposals (RFP) – see the full article here.

The town purchased about ten acres from the Hinkley family for $1.1 m. and is looking to have private developers bid to build moderately priced senior housing on about half of that land, the southern section abutting Lot 3 and The Center.  The balance of the town’s Hinkley land is off Harding Street is not included in this RFP.

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Medfield seeks Hinkley senior housing

MEDFIELD – The town is seeking developer proposals for senior housing on the Ice House Road land known as the Hinkley property.

The Board of Selectmen, at its Oct. 15 meeting, approved a request for proposals on the about 5.5-acre parcel, in the hopes of creating more affordable living options for the town’s seniors. The town had purchased the property in 2000 for $1.1 million.

Office hours postponed a week, to 11/8

office hours sign

OFFICE HOURS POSTPONED TO 11/8

My monthly select board office hours (usually the first Friday of the month from 9-10 AM at The Center) will be postponed from this coming Friday, November 1, to Friday, November 8, due to a professional conflict.

The office hours on 11/8 will run from 9-10 AM at The Center.

 

“The Open Door Policy”

Mike Sullivan

Medfield TV Documentary on Mike Sullivan

Friday evening I was fortunate to be invited a pre-release showing of the Medfield TV movie, “The Open Door Policy,” a documentary about Mike Sullivan at The Center.  The movie recounts Mike’s career as the long time Town Administrator by means of interviews with those with whom Mike worked.  Former selectman and current town historian, Richard DeSorgher was positioned as the de facto  narrator.  There were also clips of Mike at BoS meetings and at town meetings.

About sixty people attended, more than half were Mike’s family, including many nieces and nephews, and their families, as well as his brother Dennis Sullivan, who had flown up from Virginia to attend.  The balance in attendance were the town employees who had been interviewed for the movie and the Medfield TV staff who had distilled the hours of video interviews to create the movie.  I know that my interview lasted for about an hour, and accounted for only maybe two minutes in the movie.

The world premier of the movie will be this coming Friday at the Medfield High School auditorium.

It was nice to see that my neighbor, Olivia Deval, got credit in the movie for her production assistance work on it.  Olivia interned at Medfield TV while at MHS, graduated last June, and is now at Babson.