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Memorial Day – First Parish and Baptist church bells rung at noon
John Kraus shared his recording (below) of the church bells rung on Memorial Day. John made his recording in front of the Town House.
I observed Memorial Day by going to the former Medfield State Hospital to listen to the noon bell ringing at the Lee Chapel (the bell in the photo above, with the large sounding hammer showing to the right). John Thompson, Chair of the Medfield State Hospital Building and Grounds Committee and the Property Manager, shared that the bell is inscribed “1896,” that one rings it from the clock room that is on what would be the second story, and that the Lee Chapel was constructed around the bell, as the bell is too large to be remove.
RESOLUTION OF MEDFIELD ENERGY COMMITTEE RE DALE STREET SCHOOL ADOPTED 5/21/20
We highly recommend that the Dale Street Committee move forward to
make this project net zero carbon emissions.
Constructing a new building for zero fossil fuels must be done now, or
systems will have to be reconfigured at very high expense in the not too
distant future. Medfield is planning Dale Street for the town’s future so we
must incorporate a net zero goal at this time.
Governor Baker has committed to a close-to-net zero carbon emissions in
2050 for all of Massachusetts. The time is now to make this commitment in
Medfield and to design for the future.
By this document MEC is showing that other communities have made a
commitment to Net Zero buildings, and that many new schools are
explicitly modeling for this objective.
As options are reviewed with costs, financing, incentives, and energy
expenses projected, we are optimistic that, as has been demonstrated in
other towns, Medfield can construct a net zero building at a very reasonable net cost, or even net profit. This is an exciting time for
innovation in this field and making this happen will require many in the
community to learn about new technology. Doing this for this large and
important school construction project will allow Medfield to take a major
first step in moving toward a net zero footprint.
Please let us know where and when we can further discuss this topic and
when this commitment can be included in the planning for Dale Street and
how it will be evaluated.
The MEC stands ready to help research and support this component of the
From the emailed newsletter this afternoon from Division of Local Services (DLS) –
DESE Provides Guidance Related to High School Graduations Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Earlier today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released guidance concerning high school graduations. Please see below.
Between now and July 18, graduation should be held virtually or in limited circumstances following safety protocols, such as car parades.
Beginning July 19, graduation ceremonies can take place OUTSIDE under certain conditions, assuming the public health data supports continued opening of our state, at that time.
Any graduation ceremony must be held outside only in a large venue to accommodate social distancing of at least six feet if attendees are not from the same immediate household. Tents or other enclosures are not permitted.
Only immediate family of graduates can attend. Families must sign up in advance, and only those who have pre-registered may attend.
On Monday May 18th the department returned to normal staffing levels per the contract. The number of routine calls has dropped over the last two months, as many do not want to go to the hospital in fear of potential exposures. Since March 22, we have had 12 exposure forms completed due to flu like symptoms calls. Two members were tested and both were negative and we have had no lost time due to the virus. Surprisingly, we have had an increase in oven fires which is due to the increase in homeowners being at home due to the virus.
On March 1st, we began a special study at the request of the Fire Marshal. The special study looks at the impact of COVID-19 and all emergency responses. The data is based on entries into the department’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) software. The breakdown is as follows:
Study #Studies Percentage
COVID-19 Suspected 15 4.64%
COVID-19 Confirmed 2 0.62%
COVID-19 Not a factor 239 73.74%
Unknown 67 20.74%
On Thursday May 21, our inspectional program resumed on a limited basis. Inspections will not be conducted in any residence with occupants experiencing flu like symptoms.
We have been providing birthday drive-bys with Engine 2 over the last several weeks. Several members of the department have volunteered and we have not used on-duty staff.
The Fire Cadet Program started the end of January and was cut short due to the pandemic. High School seniors Liam Frazier and Jocelyn O’Toole participated in the program which lasted 6 weeks. Unfortunately, it was cut short before it could be completed.
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
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