Monthly Archives: July 2020

Barbara Leighton, and her legacy

From the Medfield Patch –

A 100 Year Life Well-Lived, Extraordinary Woman, Barbara Leighton

Leighton left a legacy of service to Medfield over her 100-year life, but also ensured her legacy will live on through her planned gift…

By Colleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User Badge
Jul 22, 2020 11:00 pm ET|Updated Jul 22, 2020 11:02 pm ET
  • Barbara Leighton (2016)Barbara Leighton (2016) (Courtesty Photo)

The following provided by the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill Committee and MFi.

Barbara Leighton: A 100 Year Life Well-Lived…One Extraordinary Woman

Medfield native Barbara Leighton was a woman before her time due to her interests and achievements over her long life. As reported last July when she celebrated her 100th birthday, Ms. Leighton grew up in Medfield doing the physical work of men such as chopping wood, tapping maple trees and clearing brush, plus she was an outdoors person who enjoyed fishing and hunting! In addition, Barbara’s love of Medfield and history collided to make her an unofficial historian for our town, holding archeological digs for middle school children at town historical sites for decades, donating 7.4 acres of conservation land in 1989, serving for years as both the curator of the Medfield Historical Society and caretaker of the Peak Househttps://4900f88a3514d9e2f0df188d4d007260.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

But Barbara really put her Medfield history interests and out-sized skills together at the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill where she worked for decades doing everything from scrambling up ladders to hammer roof shingles, to replacing and renovating windows and other elements, helping to make it another Medfield historical gem. Dick Judge, Chair of the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill Committee relayed, “As an original member of the Gristmill Committee, just one of the many projects Barbara undertook was about thirty or so years ago. She took apart a ruined fireplace brick by brick, cleaned the bricks, and then used them to build a brick floor in the Gristmill…that still exists today!”

Dick Judge further noted, “Without Barbara’s incredible decades of dedication to our circa 1718 grist mill, I fear not only would it literally have fallen to pieces, but she served as a constant reminder of how one person’s conviction and example can motivate so many of us to save and preserve such an important and beautiful Medfield historic site.”

Kingsbury Pond GristmillKingsbury Pond Gristmill (Courtesy Photo)

The Kingsbury Pond Gristmill Committee (KPGC), a Medfield Foundation Initiative, is a group of adult volunteers dedicated to preserving, maintaining and improving one of Medfield’s most visible historic buildings built around 1718 by Captain Joseph Clark. Located on Spring Street (Rt. 27S) at the serene Kingsbury Pond. The committee hopes to reopen the mill for people to see how milling has progressed through the years.

After Ms. Leighton passed away last August, she ensured her life’s work will continue because in her estate she left a significant planned gift to the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill Committee, through the Medfield Foundation, for the amazing work the team has done on the facility. Thus, Barbara Leighton’s unique legacy as an extraordinary woman whose influence and service-oriented life’s-work over an impressive 100 years in Medfield will extend for many years beyond what would have been her 101st year.

Medfield High School Class of 1936 in front of what is now the Pfaff Center. Barbara Leighton is the second from the left in the front row!Medfield High School Class of 1936 in front of what is now the Pfaff Center. Barbara Leighton is the second from the left in the front row! (Courtesy Photo)

Evan Weisenfeld, President of the Medfield Foundation, said, “This large planned gift from the estate of Barbara Leighton means generations of people in Medfield will continue to enjoy the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill, and volunteers now can continue its preservation.”

He continued, “Furthermore, the Medfield Foundation urges you to thoughtfully consider making gifts in your estate plans to support our town through the Medfield Foundation and its signature programs and community initiatives such as the Gristmill and other town landmark preservation efforts, the Legacy Fund, Public Need Fund, and many others, to ensure your unique legacy continues the work of ensuring Medfield is a great place to live now and in the future.”

In this time of change, when many people are revisiting their wills, please consider making provisions to better our town via planned giving to the Medfield Foundation, Inc. Residents considering planned donations in their estates to MFi can designate a specific initiative or sector of interest, or the Legacy Fund, an endowment fund that leaves a lasting legacy for our town’s future needs.

Barbara Leighton left a legacy of countless examples of service to Medfield over her 100-year life, but also ensured her legacy will live on through her planned gift to the Kingsbury Pond Gristmill through the Medfield Foundation.

Would you please consider leaving a lasting gift in your estate planning?

There are many ways to donate today, too! Just check out the website: https://www.medfieldfoundation.org. You will find a complete list of current campaigns such as the COVID-19 Support Fund and Summer Camp Fund, plus information about MFi, signature programs, community initiatives, and much more.Ring  |  Featured AdvertiserMichael Wondered How a Tree Got in His Yard, Ring Video Had the ClueWhen a downpour took his neighborhood by surprise, Michael was happy to have the Ring Video Doorbell in the eye of the storm.Watch Now

For information about Medfield Foundation planned gifts and more please email info@medfieldfoundation.org, phone (774) 469-0260, or mail Medfield Foundation, c/o Medfield Townhouse, 459 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052.

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate the raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield.

CCA vote at next town meeting

Thank you for your interest in our upcoming virtual forum on Community Choice Aggregation on Wed. July 22 nd 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.   You have been registered and will receive a link to the Zoom meeting on Wed morning and we look forward to “seeing” you on Wed evening at 7:30 p.m.  Attached is some information on CCA, Q & A and helpful websites.  Thanks again for taking the time to get informed!

Folks can sign up by sending an email to MEAMedfield@gmail.com

Helen Dewey
Medfield Environment Action

WARRANT ARTICLE
Community Choice Energy Aggregation (CCA)
A Good Choice for Medfield
Q: What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
A: CCA is a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents from an
alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility
provider (Eversource in Medfield). Nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns have engaged with CCA
programs since this was authorized by the Mass. Utility Restructuring Act (1997). Massachusetts was first,
but today, seven states have programs that serve more than five million customers nationwide.
Q: Why is CCA a good idea?
A: CCA is attractive for any community that wants more green power than is offered by default, more
supply options, and/or lower electricity prices. By aggregating, a community gains leverage to negotiate
better rates with competitive suppliers and to choose greener power sources. By choosing sources that are
greener-than-default (more Class I RECs), CCAs can help accelerate implementation of renewable power
sources in the state and region.
Q: What does approving this Article commit Medfield to?
A: With approval at Town Meeting, Medfield will be allowed to apply to become a municipal aggregator
and investigate alternative supply options. It does not commit the town to do anything besides this but is a
necessary step for the town to pursue and evaluate options. The Selectmen, for any reason, can later choose
to accept or to not move forward after receiving bids.
Q: What makes this a good choice for Medfield Residents?
A: This program can provide Medfielders more choice for electrical energy supply. Residents will have a
well-vetted supplier without having to research individually. Many towns have been able to increase their
green power content while offering rates comparable to or better than what is currently paid to Eversource.
This is dependent on market conditions. Residents may opt-out, reverting to the Eversource basic rate, at
any time, without penalty.
Q: What will the program cost?
A: The minimal cost of managing the program will be incorporated in the new negotiated rate. Medfield
will engage an energy broker to manage the process, logistics, and marketing. In many towns, the sourcing
and management cost has been substantially less than the savings generated by the programs, meaning net
savings for electrical consumers.
Q: What will be different for me?
A: Not much; the change will be mostly transparent to you. Eversource will bring electricity to your home/
business, service the lines as before, and send you a bill which looks substantially the same. Only the supplier
listed on your bill will change.
Q: What is the wording of this Warrant Article?
A: To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of seeking to aggregate
electrical load through a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA) and contract for Medfield residents
as authorized by M.G.L. 164, Section 134, and through CCA, decrease greenhouse emissions for the
town’s residents by pursuing a percentage of Class I designated renewable energy that is greater than that
required by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
For more information visit http://www.town.medfield.net/326/Medfield-Energy-Committee
Helpful Resources/Websites for Additional Info
on Community Choice Aggregation
The Green Energy Consumer Alliance: https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/
Offers programs/services on green energy choices, advocates for energy policies and educates
New England energy consumers
Green Energy Consumer Alliance on Community Aggregation
https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/aggregation
Massachusetts Climate Action Network MCAN: https://www.massclimateaction.org/
Mass Climate Action on Community Aggregation:
https://www.massclimateaction.org/community aggregation
Mass.gov information on Municipal Aggregation:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/01/mass-senate-introduces-climate-change-bills-calling-for-netzero-
emissions-by-2050-with-5-year-targets.html
From Energy News about the Success/Shattered Expectations of Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts:
https://energynews.us/2020/02/28/northeast/municipal-aggregation-savings-shattering-expectations-
in-massachusetts/
Towns with Approved Municipal Aggregations
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation#approved-municipal-aggregations-
List of Competitive Suppliers in Eastern Mass for personal homeowners to consider:
https://www.eversource.com/NSTAR/CustomerCare/residential/CompetitiveSupplierAdmin/Competitive-
SuppliersDisplay
WARRANT ARTICLE
Community Choice Energy Aggregation (CCA)
A Good Choice for Medfield
Q: What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)?
A: CCA is a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents from an
alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility
provider (Eversource in Medfield). Nearly half of Massachusetts cities and towns have engaged with CCA
programs since this was authorized by the Mass. Utility Restructuring Act (1997). Massachusetts was first,
but today, seven states have programs that serve more than five million customers nationwide.
Q: Why is CCA a good idea?
A: CCA is attractive for any community that wants more green power than is offered by default, more
supply options, and/or lower electricity prices. By aggregating, a community gains leverage to negotiate
better rates with competitive suppliers and to choose greener power sources. By choosing sources that are
greener-than-default (more Class I RECs), CCAs can help accelerate implementation of renewable power
sources in the state and region.
Q: What does approving this Article commit Medfield to?
A: With approval at Town Meeting, Medfield will be allowed to apply to become a municipal aggregator
and investigate alternative supply options. It does not commit the town to do anything besides this but is a
necessary step for the town to pursue and evaluate options. The Selectmen, for any reason, can later choose
to accept or to not move forward after receiving bids.
Q: What makes this a good choice for Medfield Residents?
A: This program can provide Medfielders more choice for electrical energy supply. Residents will have a
well-vetted supplier without having to research individually. Many towns have been able to increase their
green power content while offering rates comparable to or better than what is currently paid to Eversource.
This is dependent on market conditions. Residents may opt-out, reverting to the Eversource basic rate, at
any time, without penalty.
Q: What will the program cost?
A: The minimal cost of managing the program will be incorporated in the new negotiated rate. Medfield
will engage an energy broker to manage the process, logistics, and marketing. In many towns, the sourcing
and management cost has been substantially less than the savings generated by the programs, meaning net
savings for electrical consumers.
Q: What will be different for me?
A: Not much; the change will be mostly transparent to you. Eversource will bring electricity to your home/
business, service the lines as before, and send you a bill which looks substantially the same. Only the supplier
listed on your bill will change.
Q: What is the wording of this Warrant Article?
A: To see if the town will authorize the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of seeking to aggregate
electrical load through a Community Choice Aggregation Program (CCA) and contract for Medfield residents
as authorized by M.G.L. 164, Section 134, and through CCA, decrease greenhouse emissions for the
town’s residents by pursuing a percentage of Class I designated renewable energy that is greater than that
required by the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).
For more information visit http://www.town.medfield.net/326/Medfield-Energy-Committee
Helpful Resources/Websites for Additional Info
on Community Choice Aggregation
The Green Energy Consumer Alliance: https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/
Offers programs/services on green energy choices, advocates for energy policies and educates
New England energy consumers
Green Energy Consumer Alliance on Community Aggregation
https://www.greenenergyconsumers.org/aggregation
Massachusetts Climate Action Network MCAN: https://www.massclimateaction.org/
Mass Climate Action on Community Aggregation:
https://www.massclimateaction.org/community aggregation
Mass.gov information on Municipal Aggregation:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2020/01/mass-senate-introduces-climate-change-bills-calling-for-netzero-
emissions-by-2050-with-5-year-targets.html
From Energy News about the Success/Shattered Expectations of Municipal Aggregation in Massachusetts:
https://energynews.us/2020/02/28/northeast/municipal-aggregation-savings-shattering-expectations-
in-massachusetts/
Towns with Approved Municipal Aggregations
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/municipal-aggregation#approved-municipal-aggregations-
List of Competitive Suppliers in Eastern Mass for personal homeowners to consider:
https://www.eversource.com/NSTAR/CustomerCare/residential/CompetitiveSupplierAdmin/Competitive-
SuppliersDisplay

Community garden story

Shared courtesy of the self-described “Garden Ogre” –

Subject: A community garden story you will want to read, and what you can do with all the extra zucchini in your garden

Hi, everyone,

The attached photos shows the ‘before’ and final transformation of plot 48B that, just a week ago, had become unusable.  While this photo shows four individuals (Galyna Kryvanch, Cathy Summa, Jane Cobb, and Betty Sanders) at work, I am reliably told more than 20 gardeners pitched in over the course of seven days.  We should all stand up and take a bow.  This is what a Community Garden is supposed to be about.

Some stories, though, have terrific plot twists, and this is one of those.  On Friday, I heard from the gardener on whose behalf the work on 48B was being done: even with the reclamation, she would be unable to continue for this season.  That same day, though, I also received an email from one of our gardeners wondering if surplus vegetables might be collected for a group of two dozen food-insecure international students remaining on campus this summer at Wellesley College.  As the Medfield Food Cupboard is unable (because of Covid-19 restrictions) to accept donations of fresh produce, I said that not only could we put out bins bi-weekly for such a food drive, but we would also devote plot 48B to the effort.  

This morning brought the final plot twist.  As volunteers were putting the final touches on the garden, yet another of our members came by to help out.  When she heard about the Wellesley College students, she said she had just been made aware of a similar number of international students at Babson College who also face food insecurity until classes begin in September.  Then, half an hour later, Heidi Grof, who has long coordinated the Community Garden drive for the Medfield Food Cupboard, also dropped by and said, yes, the Food Cupboard bins are all available and will be in place for our use.

So, this coming Thursday, and every alternate Thursday until the end of the season, you’ll see bins and wheelbarrows at the front of the garden from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m..  Please contribute your garden’s surplus (as in the past, bagged or boxed) to this effort.  And, know that Plot 48B is going to be devoted to that very good cause.

It is events like these that make being a garden ogre a proud occupation.

Neal Sanders Garden Ogre

More on the status of Medfield’s affordable housing

Affordable Housing Trust Committe

Posted on: July 9, 2020

Affordable Housing & 40B News

40B Logo

NEW: Short-term Lottery Now Open for a 3 BR home at 4 John Crowder Road

Information

Application Application must be postmarked on or before 08/04/2020

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Housing Production Plan Safe Harbor Certification 

Valid through May 7, 2022 (Letter)

Hillside Village Rental Apartments

80 North Meadows Road

Contact: Alison Borrelli at 617-257-3012 or 

Link to photos: https://www.alisonborrelli.com/blank-page

HVA Hillside Village

Medfield Meadows Rental Apartments / Condos Under Construction (Coming Soon) 

Corner of North Meadows Road and Dale Street

Leasing Office: Paul McGovern paul@pgcminc.com

Affordable Units: SEB Housing at (617) 782-6900 (x1) and leave a message; https://sebhousing.com/property/medfield-meadows/

Rental Renders

⇐PreviousAffordable Home Ownership Lottery – 4 John Crowder Road (3BR Home)

Other News in Affordable Housing Trust Committe

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Affordable Home Ownership Lottery – 4 John Crowder Road (3BR Home)

Posted on: July 20, 2020

Lottery for Allendale 3BR house

 4 John Crowder Rd - Picture

July 20, 2020

Affordable Home Ownership Lottery – 4 John Crowder Road (3BR Home)

If you have any questions please contact Avi Glaser at aviglaser@comcast.net Omega Ventures Inc, 617-970-2403, www.myfirsthome.info… Read on

Medfield Day canceled

Colleen Sullivan’s Medfield Patch article

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CANCELED – Discover Medfield Day 2020

By Colleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User Badge
Jul 16, 2020 11:00 pm ET|Updated Jul 16, 2020 11:01 pm ET
(Colleen)

Discover Medfield Day 2020 CANCELED

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued Phase III, Step 1, guidelines for activities during this time of COVID-19 restrictions.

The CATEGORY of EVENTS which includes Discover Medfield Day – defined as, “large capacity event venues and activities organized to draw together large crowds” such as “street festivals and agricultural festivals” – will not be allowed until Phase IV. Phase IV is not likely to be open before September 26th.

Therefore, Discover Medfield Day is CANCELED for this year.

Exhibitors who have already paid their Booth Fees will be refunded.

Next year’s registration process will reset, using 2019 registrations for Exhibitor Invitations and the registration timetable.

Russ Hallisey, Chair – MEMO Discover Medfield Day 2020

39 confirmed; 2 active

Alert this afternoon –

UPDATEView all updates
July 15, 2020 02:35 PMThe Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 39 confirmed; 2 active Read onClick here for more information

MEA’s Forum on Community Choice Aggregation – 7PM, 7/22/20

Mayor, Colleeen Sullivan’s article in Medfield Patch – register via MEAMedfield@gmail.com

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Community Corner

Medfield – Community Choice Aggregation Info Forum, 7/22/20

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider questions like how does CCA work, etc?

(Colleen)

The following authored by Fritz Fleischmann, Medfield Environment Action member.

Join Us: Community Choice Aggregation: Informational Forum on July 22

Medfield has a new environmental group: Medfield Environment Action (MEA). Its mission statement declares:

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents. We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action. We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is for those informed citizens to support each other and work together for solutions.

MEA will work to:

  • initiate and support measures by our town and state governments that will positively impact our environment;
  • help reduce energy consumption and render the consumed energy renewable/sustainable;
  • reduce other environmental impacts in our community.

One of MEA’s first initiatives is to host two virtual forums, on July 22 and August 17, which will provide an opportunity to learn about two environmental choices for Medfield that will be voted on at the next Town Meeting: whether to embrace Community Choice Aggregation, and how to set Medfield’s climate goals.

The first virtual forum on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. will take up the question of Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is a method of buying renewable electricity in bulk for a town’s operations and for its residents. MCAN (the Massachusetts Climate Action Network) describes it as “a program towns and cities can use to switch everyone in the town who is on basic service over to cleaner energy. An energy broker helps the community purchase the amount of energy which best fits their needs. Residents may opt out at any time. The energy is still distributed and billed through the town’s original utility (i.e. Eversource or National Grid).” Voters in a growing number of towns in Massachusetts have either approved such a program (Melrose, Brookline, and Lexington were among the early adopters), or are the in various stages of adopting it.

In anticipation of the vote at the next Town Meeting, the July 22 virtual forum will consider such questions as: how does CCA work? What are the benefits (and are there any downsides)? Will residents save money? Can they opt out of it? Is it right for Medfield?

Interested residents can register for this forum by writing to MEAMedfield@gmail.com; once registered, they will receive an invitation with a link to the forum. Information about the second forum on August 17 will be published in due course.

Chipotle coming to Medfield Shops?

Per Town Planner Sarah Raposa, “A representative for the plaza will be going to the planning board for informal review on Monday, July 20th.”

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More on Medfield PPP loans

Medfield Patch article here –

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Medfield’s Smaller PPP Loans Totaled Over $9 Million

Nearly 1,000 jobs were retained due to the PPP loans that were under $150,000, according to data from the federal government.