Posted onApril 28, 2023|Comments Off on MEA’s Climate Week starts this weekend
From Megan Sullivan –
What a busy weekend coming up in Medfield. So exciting. Three quick announcements.
1) In addition to the Fairy Walk at Bellforge & Medfield History Weekend, the Medfield Environment Action Climate Week is starting. It looks like an amazing week with participation from many organizations. 9 days of events all over Medfield. With nearly 30 events planned, there is something for everyone! Here is a link to the full schedule with details.
I’ve attached an image you can share via social media or include in an email if you would like to share with your constituents. Here’s a tiny URL if that is helpful: https://tinyurl.com/Climateweek2023
You can follow MEA on Instagram and Facebook. There is good content which can be shared and liked!
Posted onApril 27, 2023|Comments Off on MFi LEGACY FUND ANNOUNCES 2023 GRANTS
MEDFIELD FOUNDATION LEGACY FUND ANNOUNCES $30,000 IN GRANTS
April 25, 2023 (Medfield, MA) – The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund has announced new grants totaling $30,000 to four local nonprofit organizations serving the Medfield community. An awards celebration and presentation of the grants will take place in Medfield on the evening of Wednesday, May 3.
The 2023 Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund grantees include:
Kingsbury Pond Gristmill Committee
Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts
The proposals were selected from among eight applications received by the Legacy Fund Committee of the Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi). Todd Trehubenko, Co-Chair of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, said: “We are very pleased to award grants to these deserving organizations, and we’re proud and honored to support the exciting projects they have planned for our community”.
The Legacy Fund seeks to invest in local initiatives that help to build and sustain a strong and vibrant Medfield. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Medfield donors contributing to the Legacy Fund. More than $78,000 has been awarded to eleven organizations since the first competitive grant round in 2018.
ABOUT THE MEDFIELDFOUNDATION LEGACY FUND
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is a professionally-managed endowment fund supported by generous gifts from the community. The Legacy Fund invests for the long term while also helping to address current needs through grantmaking. Grants are made to organizations working in the community through an annual competitive process conducted by volunteers serving on the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Grant Committee.
Posted onApril 24, 2023|Comments Off on MFi 2023 Summer Camp Fund Appeal
Medfield Foundation 2023 Summer Camp Fund Appeal
Adults and children throughout Medfield have happy memories of summer camp. From a traditional experience in the woods to skill building to specialized camps, many Medfielders cherish these summer camp experiences and the friends they made there…
How would you feel if you were left out of that rite of childhood summers?
Before the summer camp season begins, the Medfield Foundation (MFi) board wants the town to know that there is a higher and significant need for assistance by Medfield families whose children yearn to attend camp, but because of difficult financial situations at home they would be unable to attend. It can be particularly challenging to grow up in an affluent community, but not have the resources of friends’ families.
The Medfield Foundation encourages you to make a tax deductible donation to help Medfield children attend summer camp! There are easy ways to make your donation or to find out more:
Send your check to the Medfield Foundation, PO Box 745, Medfield MA 02052. Please make your check out to Medfield Foundation, Inc and then please write “CAMP” in the memo line!
Over the past six years, the Medfield Foundation Board responded to this unmet need by creating the Children’s Camp Fund. Together with the generosity of our Medfield donors, well over $45,000 has been raised, which ensured summers full of Medfield’s Parks and Recreation Summer Adventure Camp weeks, along with other Medfield based camps. Scores of children from our town experienced the special magic of a variety of summer camp sessions and swimming at Hinkley Pond. As a result of that success the Medfield Foundation Board unanimously voted to make the Children’s Camp Fund an ongoing fund, and this year hope to raise even more due to financial constraints as a result of significant increases to electricity, heating, food, and other necessities.
We hope you will thoughtfully consider donating to the MFi Camp Fund so children who would otherwise be unable to go to camp can experience that rite of childhood summers!
And if you are need of financial assistance for your children to attend a Medfield based summer camp, please do not hesitate to contact Medfield Outreach by calling 508-359-7121 x3421 or x3422 or via email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know…
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 raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2 million to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.
MFi was founded on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. Annual fundraising revenue varies each year as the initiatives and needs in the town change. You are urged to go to http://medfieldfoundation.org/.
MEDFIELD — In the fall of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the Coolidge Corner Theatre hosted a special drive-in screening of “Shutter Island” in this Norfolk County town. The location was apt: Martin Scorsese’s 2010 thriller, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed in part on the abandoned grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital.
With more than two dozen buildings on 87 acres, the hospital campus had approximately 2,300 patients at the height of its occupancy. By the time it closed in 2003, just 200 remained. In recent years, the only people making use of the space, about a 40-minute drive outside Boston, have been dog owners and power walkers.
Last summer, however, more than 10,000 people visited the vacant, boarded-up campus. They gathered on the lawn next to Lee Chapel, the centerpiece of the former psychiatric hospital, to hear live local music.
Those shows drew their audiences by little more than word of mouth. This summer, though, the team that has come together to establish the Bellforge Arts Center expects to produce a full slate of concerts, including bookings already confirmed with Buffalo Tom, the exuberant saxophonist Grace Kelly, and a first-of-its-kind festival curated by Boston rapper Cousin Stizz. All events, including upcoming Pride and Juneteenth celebrations, can be found on the Bellforge website.
They’re also gutting and refurbishing the chapel and the nearby infirmary. Within a couple of years, the chapel will become a live music venue with a capacity of 325. The infirmary will house a recording studio and several rehearsal spaces.
“If everything stays on track, we’re looking at the end of 2025″ for an official unveiling, said Jean Mineo, Bellforge’s executive director. She’s a Medfield resident who was director of the Boston Sculptors Gallery for 10 years and, more recently, chairwoman of the Medfield Cultural Council.
The new arts center will roll out in three phases, Mineo said during a recent walk around the grounds. More than 300 rental housing units, some reserved for artists, will become available alongside the music facilities. Later additions are expected to include gallery spaces and a culinary arts center.
“We’re putting a stake in the ground for culture,” said Mineo, who also envisions a sculpture park on the open land. “If you’re buying in, you’re buying into all of it.”
Coinciding with Bellforge’s plans, Trinity Acquisitions will build 334 rental units in the other buildings on the campus. Twenty-five percent of those units will be reserved for affordable housing, Mineo said. As part of the deal, the developer will oversee the work on the chapel and the infirmary. Bellforge has signed a 99-year lease with the town to maintain the arts center on the property.
As she spoke, Mineo walked past a rear building that was once fenced in. It served as the hospital’s home for the “criminally insane.” A group of local students recently installed a cluster of benches in front of that building adorned with messages in mosaic: “Hope Is . . . Light. Optimism. Pure. Everything.”
Medfield State Hospital was built between 1896 and 1914. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2014, the town of Medfield closed on a $3.1 million deal to purchase 128 acres of the property from the state. Four years later, a committee submitted a master plan for the new development. In 2019, the Town Meeting approved zoning requirements and adopted the master plan.
During the planning process, Mineo approached Paul Armstrong to help the arts initiative program live music events. Armstrong is the CEO of Redefined, a music and technology company. After relocating to Boston over a decade ago (“I met my wife at Great Scott,” he said, referring to the Allston music club), he founded the online culture magazine Vanyaland and took over the Boston Music Awards.
Having grown up in England on a steady diet of Boston bands — the Pixies, the Cars, the Lemonheads — Armstrong has a healthy respect for his adopted city’s deep-rooted music scene. He has paid close attention to the arrival of the city’s newest large-scale venues (Roadrunner, MGM Music Hall at Fenway) and the dismaying departure of smaller stages (including ONCE Somerville and the aforementioned Great Scott).
“There’s more than enough talent, but not enough venues to go around,” Armstrong said.
Based on last summer’s successes — artists who helped break in Bellforge’s inaugural season included Cliff Notez, Martin Sexton, and the Q-Tip Bandits — Armstrong and Mineo are confident that audiences will come. They hope to arrange some form of public transportation to and from the venue. In the meantime, there’s plenty of parking, and the land abuts a bucolic section of the Charles River, where the Charles River Link Trail meets the Bay Circuit Trail.
Roughly equidistant between Boston, Providence, and Worcester, the new Bellforge Arts Center should draw visitors from all three metropolitan regions, Armstrong said. On a hot Saturday last August, the Q-Tip Bandits were one of several bands that performed as part of a daylong bill at Bellforge.
“We played with a lot of local bands we had heard about but never actually gotten to play with,” bassist Claire Davis recalled. With a food truck, an alcohol concession, and a relaxed vibe, the field was “like its own little bubble. It had a low-key festival vibe that I think has a lot of potential.”
A Michigan native, Davis said she’s accustomed to seeing what creative people can do in repurposed spaces.
“I loved the area. I thought the buildings were beautiful, and there was a sunflower field in full bloom when we were there. In Detroit, it’s common to have abandoned buildings that often get converted into new things, and there’s a beauty about that to me. I felt lucky we got to be there, bringing good energy to the space.”
When completed, Lee Chapel will feature a state-of-the-art sound system and a motorized seating arrangement, which will convert for both seated and general admission shows, Armstrong said.
“The bones are gorgeous,” he noted as he and Mineo led a reporter and photographer up to the balcony of the empty building. “I’m geeking out. It’s going to be amazing.”
A long time ago, the hospital held Friday night dances for the townspeople. Local lore has it that it cost them a dollar to attend, unless they agreed to dance with the patients.
When it opens, it will cost more than a dollar to attend a show at the new Bellforge Arts Center, but the dancing will still be free.
Photo by Colleen Sullivan at the recent Hunter’s Run (I have no photos of my marathons)
This week I researched about my two Boston marathon runs, and learned that in 1986 and 1987 only about 6,000 people ran, so my jumping in at the end of the pack even without a bib was accepted. My first discovery was that on race day one cannot get dropped off at the start. It was a couple of mile walk from where the streets were closed to get to the start. Downtown Hopkinton so many people doing things with bandaids and creams, while I had none and no idea I needed them – so I worried that I just was not ready. I walked to the very end of the crowd, and assumed a place to await the starting gun. When we heard the gun we all started to jog, but since no one ahead of us had moved, we had no where to go. It took ten minutes to get to the starting line. I figured I had just given the elite runners a two mile head start, but I was just thrilled to participate in the same event as them.
The sides of the course at the start were memorable for being littered with discarded sweatshirts and clothing. Again, I had none to toss – more concerns.
The course starts downhill from Hopkinton, but although we were now jogging, there were so many runners so crowded together, that you could not pass anyone – it took two miles before the crowds thinned enough to where you could start to run your own speed. Give the elite runners another mile advantage.
1986 was cold and rainy, good for running. I was coming from my first marathon and my first road race ever in Conway, NH the prior year where I was so slow I did not see another runner or spectator for the second half the race. The crowds all along the way in Boston were welcoming. After the race I recall being so cold I tried to keep warm wrapped in my plastic reflective blanket under a ceiling light in the Harvard Bookstore Café on Newbury Street where I was meeting Deb to get a ride home. The next day I did as I was taught, walking down stairs backwards since it did not hurt as much.
1987 was one of the hottest races ever, 87 degrees with 96% humidity, I learned this week. I was too naïve a runner to know it was even an issue, but I got an instant education when I looked over my left shoulder into the huge Army tent at the bottom of Heartbreak Hill and glimpsed through the open flaps the expanse of cots full of runners connected to IV’s. The IV’s really scared me, but I did not know what to do with the information. Fortunately, I had logged a lot miles in my over winter training, so I had a strong run.
That winter there was a snow on the ground most of the time. So most of my road work, done after work by myself in the dark, took place in the Newton Cemetery where I could run safely with my Golden, Charlotte, instead of on the snow banked city streets. That winter I became convinced that the mausoleums actually had lights because of the reflections I saw off the marble. I do have one vivid memory that winter of my friend Scott Bock, who ran Riverside Community Care where I was on the board and with whom I also ran at times, yelling at me from his passing car about being risking injury for running through foot deep snow.
At the time I lived in Newtonville near mile 19, and my niece, Christine Louis, from my first marriage, who was living at my house, jumped in to run with me at Newton City Hall, and ran with me to the end. That was a real mental lift to have a companion for the hardest part. It also kept me from just stopping and walking home. At the finish, despite not having a bib, I was handed the reflective plastic warming blanket runners got, because of the mess I must have looked, but the dispensing volunteer started to hand one to Christine only to pull it back because in an instant he recognized that she had run only 7 miles instead of the 26.2 that earned a plastic sheet.
1987 was my best time, 3:45, but I was disappointed as I thought I should have been faster, based on my training. I could run 8 minute miles forever, and was also pretty easily doing 7 minute miles when pressing. My three marathon career times were 5:54, 4:45, and 3:45, so I bragged that given my rate of progression if I ran two more times I should win. But I never even achieved my own personal goal to not still be in Wellesley when the race was won.
When I stopped running enough to run marathons, I missed it deeply every year when the Boston Marathon came around again. Less so as the years of running less accumulated, but this year as I isolated with COVID and watched the Boston Marathon I recognized that the desire to run another marathon is still strong in me. Time to start logging my miles – day 1 today, 2.5 miles.
Posted onApril 17, 2023|Comments Off on Initial Cherry Sheet estimates have our state $ up about $147K
From Division of Local Services (DLS) –
FY2024 Preliminary Cherry Sheet Estimates
On Wednesday April 12th the House Ways & Means Committee (HWM) released their version of the FY2024 budget proposal. The Division has posted updated preliminary cherry sheets on the DLS website.
Click here for Preliminary Municipal Cherry Sheet Estimates or here for Preliminary Regional Cherry Sheet Estimates. Cherry sheet estimates for charter school tuition and reimbursements are based on estimated tuition rates and projected enrollments under charters previously issued by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please be advised that charter school assessments and reimbursements will change as updated tuition rates and enrollments become available. Estimates for the school choice assessments may also change significantly when updated to reflect final tuition rates and enrollments. It is important for local officials to remember that these estimates are preliminary and are subject to change as the legislative process unfolds. If you have any questions about the preliminary estimates, please contact the Data Analytics and Resources Bureau at email@example.com.
Town of Medfield
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Posted onApril 15, 2023|Comments Off on TSARC newsletter is not to be missed – Subscribe today
You should subscribe today to get your own copy of the TSARC newsletters – MedfieldTSARC@gmail.com. Your copy will look much prettier than my copied and pasted version.
Also, be sure to NAME THE COMPACTORS! I think Compactor #2 is way cuter, don’t you agree? She should be “Susie Squeeze!”
Updates from the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee
April TSARC Edition
Please attend Town MeetingMay 1 at 7 PM at the High School Auditorium
SWAP Opening and Setup
The SWAP Area will be opening up on May 3rd at 9 AMWe need volunteers to help get the tents ready for Opening Day. Please email Nancy if you are able to help. The possible setup days (depending upon weather) are:Sunday, April 23Wednesday, April 26Saturday, April 29Sunday April firstname.lastname@example.org
Medfield town Clean-up days – April 22 and 23You can help clean the town up for Earth DayVisit the DPW Office at the Town Hall for Trash bags andClean-up locationsYou can make a difference!
Climate Week is April 29 – May 7 Please join in for some Informational and Fun events.
There’s still time to recycle your old crayons!The collection box is in the Children’s room at the Medfield Public Library. This collection will be ongoing until the end of June. We are hoping to get a large number to send in for recycling.All sizes and shapes of crayons are accepted. Little stubby ones are just as welcome as the big hardly used ones.
TSARC Recycling Tips
It’s easy to pop frozen food in the microwave for a quick meal or snack. It’s equally easy to dispose of the frozen food boxes properly – toss them quickly in the trash.Why? Frozen Food boxes have a thin layer of plastic sprayed onto the paper to prevent freezer burn. Recycling only works if like materials are together. So the thin “polycoat” that prevents food from spoiling also prevents the paper fiber from breaking up in the recycling process.
Spring is a popular season for graduations, weddings, showers and other celebrations. If you’re a lucky gift recipient, though, keep in mind that most gift wrap cannot be recycled. Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver shapes, glitter, plastics and more which cannot be recycled. If you’re a gift giver, consider creative alternatives to wrapping paper. Wrap a budding journalist’s gift in a newspaper, consider magazine pages for a fashionista’s gift, brown paper bags tied with twine give packages a rustic farmhouse charm, and comics, of course, are always a fun option – no matter what the age of the recipient! And, gift bags which can be reused, are also an earth-friendly choice.Not sure what to do? Go to https://recyclesmartma.org
Reuse instead of buying new!
More items from the Library of Things at the Medfield Public Library
You only need a library card to borrow any of these items!Need a small laptop?Thinking about purchasing one but would like to try before you buy, or maybe you need it for a specific short-term task.This Chromebook would be great Movie night and you want something other than Microwave Popcorn? This Popcorn maker will make enough for the whole family and then some.
Need to put in a fence or replace your mailbox post?Borrow the pole digger so you don’t need to buy one for a one time need.
Purchase a backyard Compost Bin!
A limited number remain!The Transfer Station and Recycling Committee seeks to know how many residents would like to buy a compost bin at the Mass DEP subsidized price of $25 (+ $1.56 state tax). The minimum order for the Town would be 20 compost bins. Please contact Barb Meyer if you are interested in purchasing a compost bin with subject line: “compost bin”.email@example.com
Name the Compactors!
Don’t you think our compactors need names? They look rather forlorn just sitting there with no personalities.Contest is open to all ages!
Email your first & last name& your ideas to:MedfieldTSARC@gmail.comLimit 4 names per personContest runs: 5/5-6/5Names will be selectedbased on creativityBe silly, be serious, buthave FUN!Two winners will get a $10 Park Street Bookgift card, a picture in Hometown Weeklyand a spotlight video on Medfield TV ! 0 Compactor #1
Transfer Station Hours
AprilWednesday 9 AM – 4 PMFriday 9 AM – 4 PMSaturday 9 AM – 4 PMSunday 9 AM – 4 PMMayWednesday 9 AM – 4 PMFriday 7:30 AM – 4 PMSaturday 9 AM – 4 PM
Transfer Station StickersTransfer Station Stickers will be expiring on June 30, 2023.The new stickers will be available starting May 1, 2023 at the DPW office in Town Hall.The applications will also be distributed with thewater and sewer bills.
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
For information on my other job as an attorney (personal injury, civil litigation, estate planning and administration, and real estate), please feel free to contact me at 617-969-1500 or Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com.