Monthly Archives: February 2021

Tim & Linda Bonfatti – MFi Legacy Fund founders

We give to the Medfield Foundation
Legacy Fund because we believe
deeply in the local initiatives it
supports, like Medfield Outreach
and Medfield Cares About Prevention.
Having this strong community
charitable foundation helps make
Medfield a special place and is the
reason why we have lived here for
over 25 years. Linda & Tim Bonfatti
We invite you to join us.
To learn more, please visit:

If you too value what Medfield has meant to your family, invest in its future by becoming a Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund founder too.

MCPE looking for volunteers

From Clair Meehan –

Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) is looking for new board members, men and women from the Medfield community with various skill sets and interests who want to have a voice in the improvements that reach our classrooms!

Board members do not need to have kids currently in the school system—just a desire to support and enrich the Medfield Schools.   

This year, MCPE has specific needs for applicants with skills that would be an asset to our grant review team, graphic & web design, PR & publicity, and corporate partner fundraising. All skill sets are welcome, and we strive to have a board with diverse backgrounds.

Applications are due March 8, 2021. For more information, or to apply, please visit

March town election ballot set – school committee opening contested by 3

Email from Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler this morning forwarding the email below.

To the extent that no one contesting my re-election is an expression of contentment with the job I have been doing, I thank you.


From: Marion Bonoldi
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2021 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Ballot for March 29, 2021 Election-signatures verified
To: Kristine Trierweiler

Only contested race is the School Committee.  There will be a drawing on Friday, February 12 at 9:00 to determine how the school committee names will appear on the ballot per Town Charter.  Candidates have been notified. 


Osler Peterson 

Town Clerk

Marion Bonoldi


Scott McDermott


Michael Rose   

School Committee

Leo Brehm

Robert Worth  

Lauren Liljegren 

Library Trustee – Vote for two

Jessica Razza 

Kiersten Cole   

Park Commissioner

Robert Tatro

Housing Authority

Lisa Donovan  

Planning Board – 5 year

Sarah Lemke   

Planning Board – 2 year

Seth Meehan 

Trust Fund Commissioner

Michael Pastore 

Hope this helps. 

Marion Bonoldi

Assistant Town Clerk – Medfield 

Hurray Olivia Adams!

Article from PATCH about a software engineer on maternity leave creating the website the state had not – this is what we have all been looking for. This is from Olivia Adams’ site just now:

Gillette Stadium Foxborough

02/07/2021: 2 slots

02/08/2021: 385 slots

02/09/2021: 398 slots

02/10/2021: 43 slots

02/11/2021: 1546 slots

02/12/2021: 2048 slots

02/13/2021: 1618 slots

02/14/2021: 2092 slots


Website Showing Open Vaccine Slots In MA Created By Arlington Mom

Olivia Adams, a software engineer on maternity leave, created the site after seeing people struggle to find appointments.

Neal McNamara's profile pictureNeal McNamara, Patch StaffVerified Patch Staff BadgePosted Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:50 am ET|Updated Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 3:14 pm ET

A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29.
A man receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the Fenway Park mass vaccination site on Jan. 29. (Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, MA — An Arlington woman on maternity leave from her job as a software engineer has done what state officials have so far struggled to do: create an easy way for people to find COVID-19 vaccine appointments open in the state.

Olivia Adams launched the site this week. It features a list of vaccination sites around the state, and for each one a list of dates and the number of open slots. For example, the site showed 1,764 slots open on Feb. 12 at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield on Saturday morning.

Adams, who works for Athenahealth, has included vaccination sites from the state’s main vaccination map, as well as private sites run by pharmacies and other medical facilities. So far, she’s working alone, but is seeking help and donations to keep the project going.

The site was born out of the state’s rocky vaccine rollout. People over age 75 became eligible for the vaccine on Feb. 1, with more groups set to be eligible in the coming weeks.

“In January, during my maternity leave, I started working on creating [the website],” she wrote on a GoFundMe page. “My mother-in-law was having trouble booking an appointment for her vaccine, and then had the same trouble when she was trying to get her father vaccinated. I kept hearing the same frustrations over and over — from family, from friends, and on the news. The sign-up process was too confusing, too disjointed.” . . .

Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA)


  1. Richard DeSorgher (first),
  2. Norfolk Registrar of Deeds (second – Medfield paid in $166,440.00), and
  3. the Division of Local Services (DLS) newsletter this week –


From: Richard DeSorgher
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2021 5:03 PM
To: Osler Peterson
Subject: Community Preservation Funds

Hi Pete,

 Hope you are well and staying safe during this most trying of times, especially as a town selectmen. I know you and I talked about the importance and common sense tax-saving ability adopting the Community Preservation Act would be for Medfield, so I am attaching the notice sent to me from the Registry of Deeds about the land document surcharges Medfield has forwarded to the Community Preservation fund; that sadly Medfield is missing out on but of which 186 other communities are taking advantage.

I was appointed to the Historical Committee down here in Mashpee and I have seen the advantage of those funds. Mashpee originally contributed 3% to the CPC funds. We have since reduced it by one percent, having a one percent surcharge instead go towards waste-water treatment in the town.

 We have approved through the Community Preservation funds a new war memorial for the town veterans, a community garden, a playground,  a dog park, a pickleball court (a sport I had never heard of before moving here),funding for low-income housing, money to preserve the Mashpee Parsonage, one of the oldest structures in town, preserving early town records, purchasing conservation land (a former bog), just to name a few in the short time I have been down here.

 It is such an important and money saving act that the town has adapted. 

Towns, like Medfield, are contributing to the system but are not receiving any of the benefits and instead must fund town projects at 100% instead of having the CPC funds to help lessen the taxpayers’ load.

I know I am preaching to the choir but just wanted to send along the Registry of Deeds letter in case you did not receive one and to give some re-enforcing support now that I have actually seen it in action.

 Stay well and thanks for all you and the town government does for the citizens of Medfield.


Selectman Osler L. Peterson
Medfield Board of Selectmen
10 Copperwood Road
Medfield, MA 02052
Dear Selectman Peterson,
January 20, 2021
The fees for the Community Preservation Act are set by the State Legislature on land documents
recorded here at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. I thought the chart on the reverse side would be
of interest to you. It provides an illustration of the funds generated by the Community Preservation Act
(CPA) in your community based on recorded real estate filings during the 2020 calendar year.
The Community Preservation Act was signed into law on September 14, 2000. Today there are
186 Massachusetts communities that have adopted this act. 16 communities out of the 28 communities
that make up Norfolk County have adopted the law. As of December 31, 2019, fees collected for the
Community Preservation Act were increased to $50.00 for most land documents recorded and $30.00 for
municipal lien certificates. The Registry of Deeds, at no additional cost to the Commonwealth or local
communities, collects these revenues once a land document is recorded and forwards the monies to the
Massachusetts Department of Revenue on a monthly basis. The funds forwarded to the Commonwealth
are then redistributed back to the communities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act.
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds which is located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the
principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title
examiners, mortgage lenders, genealogists, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate,
accessible land record information. For assistance, please contact our Customer Service Center at (781)
461-6101 , or visit our website at www
1 hope you find this data to be informative and helpful. In the meantime, if I can be of assistance
to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-461-6116 or by email at 2020 was certainly a challenging year and one we will not soon
forget. I wish you a happy and healthy 2021. Be well. Be safe.
Sincerely yours,
William P. O'Donnell
Norfolk County Register of Deeds
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AVON $60,260.00
BELLINGHAM $219,660.00
BRAINTREE $400,235.00
BROOKLINE $478,050.00
CANTON $269,455.00
COHASSET $147,775.00
DEDHAM $288,320.00
DOVER $86,525.00
FOXBOROUGH $199,605.00
FRANKLIN $393,210.00
HOLBROOK $125,170.00
MEDFIELD $166,440.00
MEDWAY $158,550.00
MIUJS $117,615.00
MILTON $329,310.00
NEEDHAM $389,610.00
NORFOLK $155,295.00
NORWOOD $266,565.00
PIAINVILLE $102,095.00
QUINCY $731,850.00
RANDOLPH $279,160.00
SHARON $230,840.00
STOUGHTON $288,795.00
WALPOLE $314,670.00
WELLESLEY $312,495.00
WESTWOOD $189,110.00
WEYMOUTH $620,970.00
WRENTHAM $171,120.00


Ask DLS: Community Preservation Act – Part 8

This month’s Ask DLS features Part 8 of frequently asked questions concerning the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and CPA funding for eligible open space projects. Additional questions about the CPA will be featured in future editions of City & Town. For Part 7 of the series, see the January 7, 2021 edition of City & Town. For additional information on the Community Preservation Act see Informational Guideline Release (IGR) 19-14. Please let us know if you have other areas of interest or send a question to We would like to hear from you.

In general, what community preservation projects are eligible for funding under the CPA?

There are three community preservation project or asset categories: (1) open space (including land for recreational use); (2) historic resources; and (3) community housing. These FAQs will discuss CPA funding for projects relating to open space.

What is the definition of “open space?”

“Open space”  is defined in G.L. c. 44B, § 2 to “include, but not be limited to, land to protect existing and future well fields, aquifers and recharge areas, watershed land, agricultural land, grasslands, fields, forest land, fresh and salt water marshes and other wetlands, ocean, river, stream, lake and pond frontage, beaches, dunes and other coastal lands, lands to protect scenic vistas, land for wildlife or nature preserve and land for recreational use.”

For what purposes may CPA funds be spent regarding open space?

The CPA clarifies allowable community preservation project expenditures through its definitions which are found in G.L. c. 44B, § 2. As a result, the CPA definitions should always be reviewed when determining if an expenditure is allowable.

Acquisition, creation, and preservation – CPA funds may be spent for the acquisition, creation, and preservation of open space.

“Acquisition” is defined in G.L. c. 44B, § 2 as “obtain[ing] by gift, purchase, devise, grant, rental, rental purchase, lease or otherwise.” ”Acquire” does not include a taking by eminent domain, except as provided under c. 44B.

“Creation” – There is not a specific definition of “creation” under the CPA; however, “creation” was defined by the court for CPA purposes in the case of Seideman v. City of Newton, 452 Mass. 472 (2008) to mean “to bring into being or to cause to exist.”

“Preservation” is defined under G.L. c. 44B, § 2 as “protection of personal or real property from injury, harm or destruction.”

Rehabilitation or restoration of open space – CPA funds may also be spent for the rehabilitation or restoration of open space; provided the open space was acquired or created with community preservation funds.

”Rehabilitation” is defined under G.L. c. 44B, § 2 as “capital improvements, or the making of extraordinary repairs, to historic resources, open spaces, lands for recreational use and community housing for the purpose of making such historic resources, open spaces, lands for recreational use and community housing functional for their intended uses including, but not limited to, improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal, state or local building or access codes; provided, that with respect to historic resources, ”rehabilitation” shall comply with the Standards for Rehabilitation stated in the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties codified in 36 C.P.R. Part 68; and provided further, that with respect to land for recreational use, ”rehabilitation” shall include the replacement of playground equipment and other capital improvements to the land or the facilities thereon which make the land or the related facilities more functional for the intended recreational use.

“Restoration” is not defined under the CPA and we are not aware of any cases defining “restoration” in the CPA context. In the absence of such an interpretation, we look to the usual and generally understood meaning of words from sources known to the legislature, such as use in other legal contexts and dictionary definitions. See Seideman v. Newton, 452 Mass. 472, 477-478 (2008). At, “restoration” is defined as “the act of restoring or bringing back to a former place, station, or condition.”

What are some examples of allowable CPA open space projects?

Acquisition of open space – Acquisition of real property or an interest in real property is allowable for open space purposes, including the acquisition of agricultural land, grasslands, fields, forest land, watershed land, fresh and salt water marshes and other wetlands, ocean, river, stream, lake and pond frontage, beaches, dunes and other coastal lands, land to protect scenic vistas, land for wildlife or a nature preserve, land for recreational use and land to protect existing and future well fields, aquifers and recharge areas. Again, one must look to G.L. c. 44B, § 2, to determine the definitions of “real property” and “real property interest” for CPA expenditure purposes. Under G.L. c. 44B, § 5(f), the price of an acquisition must not exceed the value of the property as determined through “procedures customarily accepted by the appraising profession as valid.” And, under G.L. c. 44B, § 12,  real property interests financed in whole or in part with CP Fund monies must be bound by a permanent restriction which conforms to the requirements of G.L. c. 184, §§ 31-34 and the city or town must own any real property interest acquired with community preservation monies. Management of the properties may be delegated by the legislative body to the conservation commission, park commission or to a nonprofit corporation created under G.L. c. 180 or nonprofit trust created under G.L. c. 203.

Acquisition of open space – Appropriation of CP funds to a conservation fund established by G.L. c. 40 § 8C is allowable; however, any expenditure of such funds remains subject to the restrictions imposed by the CPA, including the requirement that any land acquired must be bound by the restriction described in G.L. c. 44B, § 12. Therefore, the conservation commission may spend CPA funds only for those purposes that are authorized by both G.L. c. 40 § 8C and the CPA, for example, acquisition of land for open space purposes. To ensure that these requirements are carried out, the CPC recommendation and any legislative body appropriation vote should expressly include these conditions.

Rehabilitation of open space – Expenditures for rehabilitation and restoration of open space (not including lands for recreational use) are not allowable unless the open space was acquired or created using CPA funds pursuant to G.L. c. 44B, § 5(b)(2). For example, funding is allowable for “rehabilitation” of municipal forest land only if the forest land was acquired with community preservation funds. CP funds cannot be used, however, to fund any expenditure that would fall within the CPA definition of “maintenance,” even if the expenditure is required by a forest management plan. G.L. c. 44B, §§ 2 and 5(b)(2). See Part 6 of these FAQs for more information on prohibited CPA expenditures, published in the December 3, 2020 edition of City & Town.

Stay tuned for next month’s City & Town for Part 9 in our FAQ series on the CPA when we will discuss allowable CPA land for recreational use projects. For more information, see Informational Guideline Release (IGR) 19-14.

Vaccines – call 2-1-1 for Mass. Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line

More detailed assistance this afternoon from Representative Denise Garlick –

Dear Friends and Neighbors,  

I have heard from many members of the Needham, Dover, and Medfield community on the challenges they are facing when registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. I share your anxiety, frustration, and anger with the present system because, as we know, there are many things the Commonwealth can and should do to improve the logistics of registering for the vaccine and because of an inadequate federal supply of vaccine, there may also be wait times.  

To address that many individuals do not have access or have difficulty accessing the internet, Massachusetts is launching the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line. Individuals ages 75 and older may call this line to receive assistance in scheduling an appointment. To reach this line, call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts to reach the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line.  

To help everyone prepare for when it is their time to register for an appointment, I am sharing information on the process you should follow to schedule an appointment online and resources for residents in each town regarding registering for the vaccine. Right now only individuals in phase one and individuals ages 75 and older are eligible for the vaccine at this time.
To register for the COVID-19 Vaccine online, please follow these steps:

Determine your eligibility by visiting the Massachusetts vaccine webpage and confirm your priority group may now register.

Find a location for you to make an appointment to receive your vaccine. To find a location use the map or search by zip code feature on the vaccine webpage.

Register for an appointment by following the instructions under sign up details at available vaccine locations you are able to travel to. If you are unable to find an appointment, check back regularly as appointments will continue to be added as more doses of the vaccine become available.

Prepare for your appointment by completing the COVID-19 Massachusetts Vaccination Attestation Form and confirming if your vaccination site requires additional documents.  

Local Resources

Council on Aging: Is providing support with registering for the vaccine to Needham residents 75 years of age or older. Individuals can call (781) 855-3629 or complete this COVID-19 Vaccine Help form to have a staff member call.
Needham Public Health: The Town will now begin offering additional public vaccination appointments. Because of the increase in available appointments, vaccine clinics will open on an ongoing basis as doses are available. Registration is available through this website.
Springwell, Inc: Is available to assist individuals 75 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. Individuals can call (617) 926-4100 to speak with someone at Springwell.
Trip Advisor Vaccination Site in Needham: Will be open to patients who have a primary care doctor with Mass General Brigham or have seen a Mass General Brigham specialist within the last two years. Providers will be contacting eligible patients directly.  

Council on Aging: Is offering support with registering for the vaccine to Medfield residents 75 years of age or older. You can contact the COA by calling (508) 359-3665.HESSCO Elder Services: Is available to assist individuals 75 and older with making an appointment for the vaccine. You can call (781) 784-4944 to speak with someone at HESSCCO.  

Nearby Sites

Mount Ida Campus Vaccination Site in Newton – Is offering appointments for all eligible individuals under the Massachusetts state guidelines. You may schedule an appointment here as they become available.

Former BSC Vaccination Site in Newton – Will be open to patients within the Beth Israel Lahey Health system. Providers will be contacting eligible patients directly.

Select Board 2/9/2021

Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
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:
b. Enter Password: 060672
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: 815 7734 2022
b. Enter the password: 060672
The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is located at this link:
Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
Remote Meeting held on Zoom
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
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
Appointments / Potential Votes
1. Todd Trehubenko, Medfield State Hospital Development Committee to discuss the Medfield State Hospital Request for Proposals
2. Melissa Coughlin to discuss the Floral Heart Project / National Day of Mourning for COVID-19 and request use of town property
Discussion (potential votes)
3. COVID-19 Status Update and CARES Funding Update
4. FY2022 Operating and Capital Budgets
5. 2021 Annual Town Meeting and Warrant Articles
Action Items
6. Committee Resignations
a. Accept the resignation of Eileen DeSorgher from the Board of Registrars
7. Vote to close the Annual Town Meeting warrant on February 16 at 5:00 PM
Consent Agenda
Citizen Comment
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
February 23, 2021
March 2, 2021
Selectmen Reports

65 cases over the last 14 days

Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/4/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 65 cases over the last 14 days.

UPDATEView all updates
February 05, 2021 08:23 AM
Medfield’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard has been updated with case and testing data as of 2/4/2021. Medfield remains in the yellow category and has a case count of 65… Read on
Click here to open the dashboard.

Vaccine sites

From Representative Denise Garlick’s The Garlick Press Statewide and Local Updates last night –


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last week I have heard from many members of the Needham, Dover, and Medfield communities about the difficulty of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. One of the many challenges faced by individuals is the limited availability for locations close to home and concerns over finding transportation for appointments that are further away. I wanted to share with you all that four new sites have been announced in Needham, Medfield, and Newton. Two of the four locations are open to all individuals eligible under state guidelines. More information on these sites will be released in the coming days, and information will be on the Massachusetts Vaccine webpage as it becomes available:

List of Newly Announced COVID-19 Vaccine Sites:

CVS Vaccine Location in Medfield

Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton

Trip Advisor Vaccine Location in Needham open for Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Mass General Brigham Patients

Former Boston Sports Club Vaccine Location in Newton open for Beth Israel Lahey Patients

Yours in Service,


Gillette Open for Vaccinations

From: William Carrico <>
Date: Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 2:52 PM
Subject: Gillette Open for Vaccinations

Anyone with a family member or if you know someone 75 or older, Gillette is now open for vaccinations. See the link below.

William C. Carrico IIFire Chief/EMDMedfield Fire
112 North StreetMedfield, MA 02052