Monthly Archives: February 2020

TWMPC’s public forum #2 at 7PM, 3/26

TWMPC’s public forum #2 at 7PM on 3/26 at MHS gym

The Townwide Master Planning Committee is holding its public forum #2, your final chance to have input to your town’s master plan for its next twenty years and beyond at a public meeting, will take place 7-9:30 PM on Thursday, March 26 at the MHS gym.

See the event flyer below –


SB materials for 3/3


Materials for 3/3/20 Select Board meeting

Get the agenda and back up materials for the Select Board’s upcoming meeting on 3/3/2020 here

SB 3/3 – updated

town seal



7:00 PM  Call to Order

Disclosure of video recording

We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of our country


Executive Session at close of meeting: Exemption 6: consider lease of real property, Dwight-Derby House and Hinkley property; Exemption 3: to discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining, an open meeting may have a detrimental effect on the government’s bargaining position.


Citizen Comment



Medfield Energy Committee. Fred Davis Chair; update on energy operations, discuss proposed warrant articles and Green Communities Grant


Facilities Director Amy Colleran; approval for LED lighting change for DPW, Library, COA, Pfaff, Town House


Jean Mineo; discuss update and potential vote of lease agreement for MSH Chapel


Action Items

Selectmen are requested to vote to sign Warrant for March 30, 2020 Town Election


Selectmen are requested to vote to authorize Chairman Murby to sign Feasibility Study Agreement Budget

Revision regarding Dale Street School


Selectmen are requested to vote to sign Housing Choice Designation Application


Discussion Item

Hinkley property RFP


FY2021 Budget

Annual/Capital Budget

Annual Town Meeting Warrant Articles

Annual vote on the Municipal Buildings Stabilization Fund

Vote to close the 2020 Annual Town Meeting Warrant


Licenses and Permits (consent calendar)

Friends of the Dwight-Derby House request a one-day wine and beer permit for Art Show on March 20,

5-9PM at Medfield TV, North Meadows Road, featuring art work by Cheryl O’Malley


Richard DeSorgher, Chair High School 50th Reunion Committee, requests a one-day wine and beer

Permit for the Social Gathering on Friday September 25, 2020 8:00PM to 11:30PM in the vestry

of the First Parish Church, 26 North Street


First Parish Church Fund Drive Committee requests a one-day wine and beer permit for event Kick-Off

for the Fund Drive on March 14, 2020 6:00 to 10:00PM in the vestry of the church


Medfield Boy Scouts request use of MSH for their Fall 2020 Boy Scout Camporee to be held

October 16-18, 2020


Geoffrey Pedder, ZeLUS Beer Company, requests a one-day beer permit to sell and serve beer outdoors at the

Soles of Medfield 10K Race on Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00PM to 4:00PM


Town Administrator Update



February 4


Next Meeting Dates

March 17

March 24/Warrant Hearing

April 1/ joint meeting/School Committee; Dale Street School Building Committee; Warrant Committee and Board of Selectmen


Selectmen Report



Attorney General approves 11/18 Special Town Meeting Article 2

Copy of Planning Board Hearing April 6 Hearing Notice re: Citizen Petition for MSH parking requirement

Packet of information from ZBA

Packet of information from Conservation Commission


SB on 3/3

Medfield Community Garden’s 2020 Registration Now Open

From Neal Sanders –

Medfield Community Garden’s 2020 Registration Now Open

Is growing fresh vegetables something you would like to do?  Have you tried to grow them in your back yard, but found you had too much shade?  Do you live in a condo or apartment that has no space for gardens?  If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the town of Medfield has a possible solution for you: the Medfield Community Garden. 

Registration for spaces at the garden located on Plain Street off Route 27 is now open for the 2020 season, and ends when the last space is filled.  Plots are available on a first-request basis and usually go quickly.  A 300-square-foot plot provides ample room for a variety of different vegetables for most families. Approximately 12 plots are available for this season.

            Both novice or experienced gardeners will find the Community Garden offers a great opportunity to learn and grow.  The Garden is located on Conservation Commission land at the former Holmquist Farm on the south side of town.  The site provides all-day sun, a scarce commodity for many Medfield residents.

            Never had a vegetable garden, or feel you’d like a refresher course, or more information on growing in this area?  Master Gardener and lecturer Betty Sanders will offer a freshly updated program on planning, planting and growing a garden in this area.  The presentation will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the Medfield Library.

            Gardeners provide their own seeds or seedlings, agree to fence their plot, and keep it weed-free throughout the season.  The town provides a ready-to-plant site, wood chips for paths, and on-site-water.  Because the Community garden is on town-owned Conservation land, gardeners are not allowed to use any herbicides or inorganic insecticides.   

The Community Garden has now been on Plain Street for more than fifteen years.  As a result of good gardening practices, the site is rich in organic nutrients, eliminating the need for almost all fertilizers and additives.

Residents can apply for a plot by contacting garden co-manager Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453 or  Plots measuring 15 feet by 20 feet are $18, plus a one-time fee for joining the garden of $20.


MCSP Walk on May 3

MCSP is sponsoring walk & book discussions

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is:

  • holding a walk on Sunday May 3 from 1-3:00 PM at the Medfield High School track to raise awareness about suicide; and
  • holding discussion groups in the weeks prior to that walk about the book What Made Maddy Run.

Signs of spring

The bulbs are already up an inch in the sun pocket at my Newton office’s back door, and now this radar evidence of the bird migration having started over the Florida Keys:

bird migration

SB tonight

I just received the materials for the meeting tonight, which are  available here:

I especially recommend looking at:

  • RFP for the senior housing on the Hinkley land
  • the list of annual town meeting (ATM) warrant articles
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre’s proposal to show Shutter Island at the Medfield State Hospital in May

This was from the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s outdoor showing at Rocky Woods:

20200218-agenda & materials-movie pic-2

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has also shown outdoor movies on the Kennedy Greenway in Boston.


State Representative Shawn Dooley was formerly the Town Clerk in the Town of Norfolk, but is not any longer, and has not been for some years.  Carol Greene is the current Town Clerk in Norfolk and Anthony Turi is the current Assistant Town Clerk.

Thank you Eileen DeSorgher for knowing and sharing what I did not.