Monthly Archives: May 2020

Virus risks to avoid


Good fact based description of the virus risks we all face from today’s email –

1 – UMass Dartmouth biologist becomes a blogging sensation with post on coronavirus risks


Erin S. Bromage, an associate professor of biology at UMass-Dartmouth, has become a sort of blogging star after he wrote an “impressively clear explanation” on how the coronavirus actually spreads, mostly via large crowds in confined spaces. The title of Bromage’s post: “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them.” It’s an impressively clear explanation indeed.

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

Chicken found at MSH

This friendly and happy chicken was found by Deb and Kristen near the Overlook at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon.  Call me at 508-359-9190 or email me at if it is yours.


Dale Street School survey

From town web site –

Posted on: May 20, 2020

Dale Street School Project Seeks Community Input

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The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is asking all Medfield residents for their input regarding the Dale Street School Building Project.  Renovating or replacing the existing 80 year old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the School District and Town for several years.

As a follow-up to the May 19 Community Forum, the School Building Committee is asking the community to provide additional feedback on the project by completing the Dale Street School Project Community Survey.  The survey is available to complete through May 27.  The School Building Committee is hoping for a strong response to the survey and is looking forward to your input.  The results of the survey will be shared with the community.  Please reach out to with any further questions.

Please take the following quick survey.  Thank you for your time!

Zoom yoga with Tracy Buckley

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, a a Medfield Foundation inititive, administered by Medfield Youth Outreach, invites you to join their 2020 Medfield Shows their Heart Campaign…

In the spirit of relaxation and free time enjoyment, we would like to invite you to a Zoom yoga session graciously hosted by Tracy Buckley, owner and instructor at Medfield Yoga, on Saturday, 5/30/2020, at 11am. Please sign up by emailing, and let us know if you would like to participate and we will send you the Zoom link. This is a very inclusive yoga session!

Together we can breathe deeply, stay calm, grounded and present! We are showing solidarity and togetherness, even as we remain physically distant.

Donations are welcome (online on the MFi website- follow the link below-right mouse click on Open Hyperlink or by mail), and please specify art class- Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

Medfield Foundation Donation Address


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Take the small business survey

From our Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

ATTENTION: Medfield Microenterprises The Town of Medfield has the opportunity to pursue funding in order to create a local microenterprise grant program. Microenterprises are businesses with 5 or fewer employees, one of which is the owner. In order to determine the amount of the prospective funding request and how the program will operate if funded, we need to know more about microenterprises in Medfield. Please take this short survey:

The Town of Medfield has the opportunity to pursue funding in order to create a local microenterprise grant program. Microenterprises are businesses with 5 or fewer employees, one of which is the owner. In order to determine the amount of the prospective funding request and how the program will operate if funded, we need to know more about microenterprises in Medfield. Please take this short survey:



Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner

PSB and MFC – food collection & fun this Saturday

Two of Medield’s best, Park Street Books and the Medfield Food Cupboard team up this Saturday  10-4 –

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Come see the Little Blue Truck and Donate Food

Stop by Medfield’s beloved Park Street Books on Saturday, May 23 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and take a photo with the adorable blue truck as described in the popular children’s book The Little Blue Truck — a story by Alice Schertle about friends helping friends. While stopping by for a fun photo, please consider bringing a bag of food to donate to the Medfield Food Cupboard. Requested kid-friendly food items include: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers, packets of oatmeal and cookies. Donors are encouraged to post their cute photos on Medfield Food Cupboard’s Facebook page. The rain date is set for Sunday, May 24.

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Mass fiscal situation

Senate Ways and Means Committee’s sobering data on our financial future (shared by Carol Read) –

05-05 Massachusetts Economic and Fiscal Outlook Caucus Presentation_Chairman Michael Rodrigues

05-05 Massachusetts Economic and Fiscal Outlook Caucus Presentation_Chairman Michael Rodrigues

Gov. Baker’s reopening plan

The Massachusetts Municipal Association explained the reopening as follows –


Baker-Polito Administration Releases State Reopening Plan

The Baker-Polito Administration today released the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, Reopening Massachusetts, which details a four-phased strategy to reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The state has launched a comprehensive website with detailed reopening information at


The Administration also released a new “Safer at Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19.


All businesses and expanded activities, including governmental services, will need to comply with mandatory safety standards for workplaces that were announced last week, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting. In addition, the state will be setting industry-specific safety requirements and guidance, if clearer or more stringent steps are necessary, as determined by public health officials.


The Administration’s COVID-19 Reopening Advisory Board finalized the specifics of the plan over the weekend. Today’s announcement was accompanied by an official report, specific industry guidance for those businesses/activities that will be permitted in Phase 1, materials for businesses to use for preparation and self-certification of their compliance with state-set health and safety requirements, and updated Executive Orders to implement the new phase.


Phase 1 of the Reopening (“Start”) Begins Today, May 18


Allowed Activity During Phase One

  • Gatherings will continue to be limited to a maximum of 10 people, unless otherwise provided in other orders and guidelines.
  • The state is eliminating the “Essential” and “Non-Essential” distinctions, and will authorize categories of businesses or industry segments to reopen following specific guidance and conditions that will be provided in advance of each phase.
  • For the Start phase, the state is allowing the following business activity as of May 18:
    • Essential Businesses that are operating now will remain open, and have until May 25 to implement the new mandatory workplace safety standards and other Phase 1 requirements for their industry sector.
    • Manufacturing and Construction, following specific industry workplace guidelines & standards (links to these requirements can be found below).
    • Houses of Worship, with only 40% of maximum capacity allowed and other safety requirements (a link to the requirements can be found below).
    • Gun Stores are open due to a federal court ruling.
    • Outdoor Recreation activities, including Beaches, Parks, Fishing, Hunting, and other activities, following guidelines published today by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (a link to these can be found below).
  • For the Start phase, the state is allowing the following business activity as of May 25:
    • Offices and Laboratories (June 1 for Boston), with a cap on occupancy at 25% and other requirements, and a very strong “Work From Home” advisory for all those who can operate remotely (links to the requirements can be found below).
    • Retail Establishments – Fulfillment and Curbside Only, with no indoor customer access during Phase One.
    • Hair Salons, Car Washes and Pet Grooming, following conditions and requirements established by the state (links to these can be found below).
    • Expanded Elective Medical Procedures could proceed, following state guidelines.
  • For Phase 2, the reopening plan expects to include the following: In-store retail, restaurants and lodging (the limitations are under review), additional personal services (nail salons or day spas, e.g.), campgrounds, playgrounds, public and community pools, athletic fields, limited youth sports (no games).
  • For Phase 3, the reopening plan expects to include the following: bars, gyms, museums, other arts & entertainment (other than nightclubs and large venues), youth sports with games and tournaments (with limited crowd sizes).


Enforcement Will be a Combination of Self-Certification and On-Site Inspections


In order to reopen, businesses must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Required materials are located on, and include detailed sector-specific circulars and checklists to facilitate compliance. Many of these links are listed below.

  • Rule-Making and Enforcement Roles – The Department of Public Health and the Department of Labor Standards is responsible for developing the health and safety standards for each industry sector, and enforcement will primarily occur through local Boards of Health.
  • Administration provides guidance document on municipal enforcement – the Baker-Polito Administration has provided a document outlining their guidance on municipal enforcement protocols and procedures as businesses begin to reopen. MMA is providing a link to the state’s guidance document here and below, and is reviewing the guidance with municipal officials.
  • Self-Attestation – All allowed businesses and activities would be required to download and sign an “Attestation Poster” from the state website to attest that they are in compliance with the mandatory safety standards announced last week and the supplemental industry-specific requirements published by the state.
  • Plans – All allowed businesses and activities would be required to develop their own plans on how to comply with the mandatory safety standards, with a sample template provided on the state website.
  • Posting – The attestations must be posted on site for employees and customers to see.

On-Site Records – The attestations and plans would be kept on site, and would not be filed with the Commonwealth or local government.


Access and Inspections – State and local enforcement agencies would have the authority to review the attestations and plans upon request and inspect to ensure compliance.


Additional Elements

  • The state is developing a series of guidelines and procedures for the Commonwealth’s own operations, and will be sharing those with municipalities, including human resources policies for state employees, the use and operation of public buildings (being developed by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance), and the delivery of public-facing services (being developed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles);
  • Future phases will progressively include additional activities and business operations (in-store retail operations, personal services, restaurants, bars, lodging, team sporting activities, large sporting and entertainment events, e.g.);
  • State officials will closely monitor key COVID-19 health metrics, and determine when it is safe to proceed to the next reopening phase, with at least three weeks needed in each stage before adequate information is available to assess public health outcomes and decide the timing of moving from Start to Cautious, and then to Vigilant and New Normal;
  • The state will continue to expand its testing and contact tracing capacity, with the intention of placing priority on high-density areas and hot spots;
  • The Administration projects that the childcare/daycare operations that are running now for emergency and healthcare workers have the capacity to serve families that need these services during Phase One; and
  • In the coming weeks, childcare/daycare and transportation, key enablers for reopening the economy will continue to be explored and expanded as possible within the realities of COVID-19, following strict health protocols to ensure public health and safety.
  • The Administration also reported that public health officials are currently drafting specific guidance on summer camps, and those recommendations will be forthcoming within the next couple of weeks – summer camps are not expected to begin until Phase 2 at the earliest.


Helpful Links to Reopening Documents and Materials


Link to the Reopening Massachusetts website:


Link to the Reopening Massachusetts Plan:


Link to the Mandatory Safety Standards for all workplaces:


Links to the sector specific requirements for what’s allowed to reopen on May 18:



Places of Worship


Links to the sector specific requirements for what is reopening on May 25:



Hair Salons & Barbershops

Car Washes

Pet Grooming


Links to the business compliance documents:

State guidance on municipal enforcement of COVID-19 orders

Compliance attestation poster

COVID-19 control plan template

Employer poster

Employee poster


Links to updated (May 18) state guidance on outdoor recreation, beaches, campgrounds, boating, hunting, fishing, campgrounds, facility restrooms and more:,-open-space,-and-outdoor-education-programs-


MMA Issues Key Recommendations to Support Municipalities During the Reopening Process


The MMA has developed a series of strong recommendations to address the needs of cities and towns during the reopening process, and presented those key priorities to the Reopening Advisory Board on May 13, urging their adoption in the Reopening Plan. Please Click this Link to Read the MMA’s 22-Page Reopening Presentation to the Administration.


The MMA is emphasizing four main action areas:

  1. Providing timely notice, guidance and information to municipalities in advance of each phase;
  2. Issuing strong and clear directives and standards in each phase, including specific guidance for delivering public-facing programs and services;
  3. Ensuring universal access to resources for all municipalities, including PPE, equipment, cleaning supplies, testing for municipal employees and the public, technical assistance and funding; and
  4. Affirming clear local enforcement authority.

MMA leaders are continuing to hold detailed and productive discussions on these priorities at the highest levels of the Administration, and we appreciate that this collaborative and open discussion will be ongoing throughout the entire reopening process, particularly on those items that were not fully reflected in the state’s reopening plan as announced on May 18. Many details and questions will emerge in the coming days and weeks, and MMA will continue to work on all of these issues.




The MMA will provide further updates and information on the state’s reopening process as details become available


Thank you!

TTOR opening Noon Hill & Shattuck Reservation tomorrow

Email today from the The Trustees of the Reservation –



We wanted to let you know, The Trustees will be opening Noon Hill and Shattuck Reservation in Medfield at some point tomorrow.  The parking lot will be open for vehicle use.  We will post signs reminding visitors to follow COVID protocols and to safely socially distance when using the trails.  We are hopeful visitors will adhere to the Governor’s guidance to wear masks when not able to social distance and not gather in groups of more than 10 people.

We have also communicated with Chief Guerette regarding the re-opening.

Please let us know if there is anything you will need from us.  We so appreciate our partnership with the Town of Medfield and the terrific work of the Medfield Police Department.

Many thanks and all best.


D.A. Hayden

Director – Charles River Valley Portfolio

Trustees  |  Powisset Farm

37 Powisset Street  |  Dover, MA 02030  |  508.785.0339 x4

Meetings, tonight & tomorrow night

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call. 1. To join online, use this link: a. Enter Password: 8HBdBF 2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833 a. Enter the Webinar ID: 963 5753 9062 b. Enter the password: 559007 Warrant Committee – Revised Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Remote Meeting held on Zoom Monday, May 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm Agenda (Subject to Change)  Call to Order  Review of Minutes  FY21 Operating Budget and Capital Budget with Board of Selectmen, School Committee Budget Subcommittee, and Superintendent Marsden  Discussion of impact of COVID-19 on FY21 Budget with Board of Selectmen, School Committee Budget Subcommittee, and Superintendent Marsden  Discussion of state aid and local receipt projections with Board of Selectmen, School Committee Budget Subcommittee, and Superintendent Marsden  Warrant Articles Posted: First posted, May 14, 2020 at 6:48 pm

PLEASE JOIN the Town of Medfield, Medfield Public Schools and the Dale Street School Building Committee for an Online Community Forum No. 4 Questions & Answers Session Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: Password: 0nJsaT Or join by phone: Dial: +1 (301) 715-8592 or +1 (312) 626-6799 or +1 (929) 436-2866 or +1 (253) 215-8782 or +1 (346) 248-7799 or +1 (669) 900-6833 Webinar ID: 929 9565 0528 Password: 461221 Dale Street School Site Wheelock School Site DALE STREET SCHOOL PROJECT Agenda Project Update • Where We Are Key Decisions Points for Discussion • Grade Configuration Choice for New School o Grades 3, 4 and 5 o Grades 4, and 5 • Site Selection o Dale Street School Site o Wheelock School Site Financial Impact • Conceptual Costs of the Various Decisions • Current Economic Environment & COVID-19  Submit Any Questions or Concerns about the Project to:  To receive more information on the Project and/or to support Planning & Communications, submit your contact information to:  For more information, visit the Dale Street School Project website.