Monthly Archives: February 2023

MEA – Climate Week

From MEA –

February 15, 2023

Hello Medfield Friends, 

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is organizing Medfield’s first ever ‘Climate Week’ from Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, May 7. Many neighboring towns have held similar ‘Climate Weeks’ with great results, and community stakeholders are coming together to plan this in our town! There are several other events happening alongside Medfield Climate Week, including Bellforge’s Fairy Walk, Daffodil Days, and Medfield Town Meeting.

‘Medfield Climate Week’ will consist of multiple independent events throughout the week, all showcasing climate awareness with local actions and initiatives.  Any community groups, business owners, individual residents, town departments, churches, clubs, schools, or classrooms may become ‘Event Captains’ hosting their own public event. MEA will support you by coordinating and publishing the week’s schedule and will help to advertise your events to a local audience, in Medfield and surrounding towns. Plans are already in the works for a clothing swap, electric car show and several solar panel open houses. 

MEA is actively seeking ‘Event Captains’ to lead the following:  bike to school day and heat pump info sharing. Possible ‘Event’ ideas for you/your group could be: eco lawn equipment demonstration, composting demonstration, native and/or low water use garden tour, meatless meal specials at restaurants, climate book readings, climate themed art (painting, recycled materials sculptures, cartoons) nature walks/scavenger hunts, outdoor clean-up events, show off your chickens, compost pile or beehives or anything else you might like to offer. 

Thanks for considering. The goal is to have fun, spread awareness, educate, and network with neighbors. Let us know if you want to become an event captain, or if you would like to help other event captains who are hosting. As an ‘Event Captain’ you choose the event to be offered, and set the times and dates for your event, when it is convenient for you. Times can be an hour or two on several afternoons, a one-time half day event on a weekend, or a morning get together over coffee. Whatever works for you. Climate awareness and action is the one required unifying theme. Be creative!

Please fill out this form by March 12th with your proposed event idea and contact information. No need to have all final details available. We would love to get your ideas as soon as possible and we can work with you to build it out. We look forward to hearing from you and reach out to us at meamedfield@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 Best, 

Medfield’s Climate Week Team

Kirsten D’Abate                                 Helen Dewey

Jeanette Ruyle                                  Julia Gecha

Melissa Cantarow

Hunter’s Run coming April 2

From Matt Parillo –

Hunter’s Run Foundation

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Hunter’s Run Foundation was founded by Kristen Williams.  It serves to bring awareness to Organ Donation.  Kristen Williams’  14 year old son is a two time double lung transplant recipient.  Hunter had his first transplant at 21 months old.  He was blessed to have his second in July of 2015. In late 2022, Hunter had a kidney removed and is battling cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy but still enjoys getting out and exercising all that his body will allow him.​ Hunter is hoping to be able to ride his bike around the course this year!!

We are so excited to announce April 2, 2023 will be the 8th Aunnual Hunter’s 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run. This is Hunter’s Run Foundation’s  8th consecutive year raising funds for Boston Children’s PediatricTransplant Center. These funds go to familes who are currently in the hospital with their sick child. Funds go to help with housing, food, and parking amonst other family needs (as Boston Children’s sees fit). These funds help families focus on what is important during which could be the most tramatic time in their life.  Our 2022 donations allowed us to gift Boston Children’s Hospital $10,000. We also donated to Donate Life New England. We hope to do the same in 2023!!!

Hunter’s Run Foundation’s mission is to bring awareness to the importance of Organ Donation.  It also serves to help various organizations such as Boston Children’s Hospital and Donate Life. 

36% of Medfield home buyers pay cash

This is from an article in the Washington Post

CORRECTION – COA REOPENS TOMORROW AT 9AM

Thank you Colleen Sullivan for alerting me to my closing the COA for an extra day in my prior post.

COA back to normal 9AM Friday

Town Alert –

Posted on: February 5, 2023

Council on Aging Center Will Reopen February 9, 2023 at 9AM

Repairs to the fire suppression system have been completed at the Council on Aging Center and all scheduled activities will resume starting Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 9AM.

The Center is closed for emergency repairs from a burst sprinkler

From the Town of Medfield website –

Board of Selectmen

Posted on: February 5, 2023

Council on Aging Center Closed for Emergency Repairs

The Council on Aging Center will be closed to the public until further notice due to a broken Fire Suppression pipe sustained during the cold weather this past weekend. The Town is actively working on repairs. Please check back here for updates.

See this free really good, inspiring movie tomorrow -1PM

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Reminder– “2040” showing is tomorrow afternoon,
Sunday at 1pm
 

The second of two viewings of the movie “2040”

Free.  Sponsored by Medfield Environment Action.  Bring a friend!

Jan. 31 Tuesday 7pm at United Church of Christ 496 Main Street
Feb. 5 Sunday 1pm at the Medfield Public Library


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This documentary is inspiring.  It is entertaining to watch and offers new hope for the climate crisis conversation!  If you have been suffering from climate-related anxiety or despair, this movie is for you. 
Please help to spread the word to neighbors and friends.
 

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Select Board 2/7/23

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The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is available at this link: https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/6871/BOS-Meeting-Packet_02072023

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25 This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. The Board of Selectmen will attend in person and members of the public may attend in person. In addition, members of the public who wish to participate via Zoom may do so by joining by one of the following options: 1. To join online, use this link: https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/88530366678?pwd=clhLODVKcnlDN3dFTDJWQjBCVzJ5Zz09 a. Webinar ID: 885 3036 6678 b. Password: 637025 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: 885 3036 6678 b. Enter the password: 637025 The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is available at this link: https://www.town.medfield.net/DocumentCenter/View/6871/BOS-Meeting-Packet_02072023 Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House Remote participation available through Zoom DAY, DATE, AND TIME Tuesday, February 7, 2023 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 1. Commissioner Staiti, Treasurer Bellotti, William Buckley to make ARPA Presentation for Hinkley Playground2. Request from Doug Pollard to set up Pollard’s Texas Que at the Medfield State Hospital grounds from April 4 through June 10 3. Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School to present an update on their school building project 4. Sarah Raposa, Town Planner to request Finding from the Board of Selectmen that the project proposed by Trinity Financial LLC meets the affordability requirements under Medfield Zoning Bylaw 300-20.10.C 5. Parks and Recreation Semi-Annual update by Katie Walper, Director of Parks and Recreation and Mel Seibolt, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission 6. Medfield Energy Committee members to discuss capital budget requests Discussion Items (Potential Votes) 7. Follow up discussion of 2023 Goals 8. FY2024 Budget Review Action Items 9. Board and Committee Appointments: a. Vote to appoint Robert Aigler to the Capital Budget Committee b. Vote to appoint Neil Downing to the Dog Control Bylaw Committee 10. Vote to adopt Procurement card policy 11. Request from Trinity Solar Solicitor, Justin Diamand for an extension of time of his solicitor’s license which will expire February 2, 2023 for an 6 additional months 12. Vote to accept grant funds from Cambridge Health for the purchase of two tablet devices and protective covers 13. Vote to sign the contract with Cartographic Associates, Inc for Tax Map Maintenance for processing data recorded  January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 14. Affordable Housing Trust requests vote to authorize an additional $500 to complete the group home consultant services agreement originally authorized by the Board of Selectmen on October 11, 2022 Citizen Comment Consent Agenda Meeting Minutes November 1, 2022 Town Administrator UpdatesNext Meeting Dates February 21, 2023 March 7, 2023 March 20, 2023 Warrant Hearing March 21, 2023 March 27, 2023 Annual Town Election Selectmen Reports Actions Taken on Bills and Warrants for Payments: ● Chair Murby signed 01/24/2023 and 01/31/2023 vendor warrants ● Chair Murby signed 02/02/2023 payroll warrant Informational ● Letter from Patricia Burke, 8 Eden

New School Building Committee meets tonight

From me –

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Could you pretty please post the following for tonight’s New SBC meeting:

Meet the newly formed School Building Committee as they meet for the first time tonight, Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7pm, 2nd floor of Town Hall:

Agenda and Zoom Link

Link to the SBC web page

Office Hours tomorrow 9-10AM

Select Board Office Hours this Friday

I 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 stop by to talk in person about any town matters.

Residents can also have coffee and see the Council on Aging in action (a vibrant organization with lots going on).

I can be reached via 508-359-9190 or this blog about Medfield matters, where any schedule changes will be posted.