Select Board Office Hours will be next Friday 8-9AM
This month’s Select Board office hours will be Friday January 8, 2021 from 8-9AM, due both to New Years Day being tomorrow and the Massachusetts Select Board Association holding its annual meeting next Friday at 9AM,
I usually hold regular monthly office hours at The Center on the first Friday of every month from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.
Residents are welcome to call me at that time at 508-359-9190 to talk about any town matters.
Below is the first ever Medfield Foundation annual appeal, that went to about 3,300 homes. If you want to donate for 2020, just date your check today, or contribute on-line at https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/give.
Some people may remember this group when it was called “Medfield Angels” then it was became “Medfield Neighbor Brigade” and now it is the “Medfield Lotsa Helping Hands”. For many years this group of volunteers has been making meals for Medfield families dealing with a temporary crisis.
Joining simply means that you will be on an email list and receive notifications of local needs. Once you receive an email, you will log into your account and if possible sign up to help make and deliver a meal (you choose the date) based on the Volunteer Calendar provided.
The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis and they support other Medfield volunteer organizations as well.
From: communityupdates <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 2:56 PM Subject: Eversource Storm Update- Southboro EOC- December 22nd, 2020 To:
Due to the forecast that calls for heavy rain and elevated wind gusts, Eversource will be declaring a Level 3 ERP on Thursday, December 24th. Please remember, safety to our crews is of the utmost importance. With expected wind gusts to be over 70mph, we cannot begin to assess damage and make repairs until the weather is safe for our crews.
A follow up email will be sent tomorrow afternoon with schedules of your dedicated Community Liaisons.
In the meantime, please continue to communicate with your Blue Sky Community Relations Specialist with any questions.
Dec 18, 2020 9:00 pm ET|Updated Dec 18, 2020 9:02 pm ET
Interface Referral and Resource Card. (Courtesy photo)
MCSP funds another year of Interface Referral Service
The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) is proud to announce successfully funding the renewal of Interface Referral Service for the Town of Medfield for 2020-2021. In a year as emotionally trying as 2020, MCSP hopes to increase the awareness of this valuable service for any resident of Medfield.
The William James INTERFACE Referral Service, offered through the Freedman Center, is a mental health and wellness referral Helpline available Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for residents of participating communities. Callers from these participating communities are matched with licensed mental health providers from an extensive database, on average, within 2 weeks of their call to INTERFACE. Each referral best meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.
MCSP would like to thank the following organizations for their support and generous contributions that allow for the continued service: Norwood Hospital/Steward Health Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, and CHNA7 – Community Health Coalition of Metrowest.
In addition to the aforementioned health partners, there are others to thank. Several local businesses and many community members have supported programming that raises funds for the coalition; others have shown their support by making donations. Special thanks to long time supporters: Tracy Buckley of Medfield Yoga Studio, Burning Wheel Yoga, and Karen Johnson.
MCSP is an initiative of Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization administered by Medfield Outreach. For more information, visit medfieldfoundation.org. To donate, visit the Medfield Foundation’s Network for Good page. When making a donation through Network for Good, please be sure to include the name of the coalition (Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention) in the designation of the online form.
Wheelock Neighborhood Traffic Questionnaire Now Open!
The School Building Committee has released a traffic questionnaire intended, but not limited to, the Wheelock School Neighborhood. The data from this questionnaire is anticipated to be used to fine tune existing traffic calculations and adjustments, to understand additional concerns other than traffic increases, and to most importantly focus on developing mitigation strategies that would best serve the neighborhood and the future school development.
Emails from Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler and Representative Denise Garlick this morning pushing for improvements to the electrical lines, given seven power outages in the last seven storms in the Main Street and Causeway Street areas, and an initial report –
I met with Eversource this AM, they have identified several issues including engineering and vegetation management. I have asked them to summarize the issues in a memo to me that I will share with the Board as soon as I have it. The engineering design change won’t happen until the first quarter of 2021, Chief Carrico and I requested that be moved up based on the past seven storm outages. I will update you as soon as I receive the memo from Eversource.
———- Forwarded message ——— From: Garlick, Denise – Rep. (HOU) <Denise.Garlick@mahouse.gov> Date: Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 10:36 AM Subject: Concerns About Medfield Power Outages and Tree Maintenance
The Office of State Representative Denise C. Garlick
Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means State House | Boston, MA 02133
As the State Delegation representing the town of Medfield, we are writing to express serious concerns about frequent power outages in Medfield as well as a lack of tree maintenance near power lines.
We are very worried that the Causeway/Main Street section of town has lost power in the last 7 out of 7 storms. We understand that in cases of major storms, power outages are inevitable, but to lose power during every single storm is unacceptable to the residents, business owners, town leaders, and to us. The timing could not be worse as so many are now home working remotely and/or have children and teenagers home trying to learn remotely. Reliable residential power is essential now more than ever.
We are also concerned over a lack of tree maintenance near power lines. There are branches and limbs hanging over and on wires which we believe has contributed to power outages in other neighborhoods over the past several months. This is a significant concern as we head into the winter months where heavy snow can bring those branches down and the power lines with it.
By December 20th, can you please send us Eversource’s Tree Maintenance Plan for Medfield? We would like to see that there is an adequate plan in place to trim branches and limbs before we start to feel the full impact of a New England winter. Also, can you provide us with plans for resolving the issue that is causing the power outages in the Causeway/Main Street section of town? We do not want our constituents to face any more time without power as the temperatures begin to drop.
Any correspondence can be directed to Representative Garlick at email@example.com, and it will be shared with the entire delegation. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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