Monthly Archives: May 2023

Office Hours this Friday 9-10

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. 

Memorial Day 2023

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United States Navy, WWII
Monday, May 29, 2023
Jabez Boyden
John B. Chenery
William R. Holbrook
Curtis W. Jones
Frank E. Morse
Eugene Sumner
Silas Arsenault
Arthur A. Cleversee
Ralph E. Leighton
Vincent P. Bravo
Ocran G. Knehr
Joseph W. Pace
Stephen Hinkley
Under the auspices of
the citizens of the
Town of Medfield,
Honor Them
Never Forget
American Revolution
Samuel Cole Lemuel Thompson
Civil War
William Dailey
Caleb Howard
Allen A. Kingsbury
Gabriel Strang
World War I
Joseph Hardy
Eleazar Johnson
Daniel McMahan
John A. Strang
William Vennoh
Wesley J. Beckwith William M. Beckwith
Clarence M. Cutler J. Earl Kerr
Herbert Paine Harrison R. Ryan
World War II
Thomas M. Clewes
Earl W. Lee
John P. Ross, Jr.
Richard C. Werner
Korean War
George T. Snyder
John P. Crowder
Douglas C. MacKeatchie
Robert B. Sproul
Peter Kristof

Thank you to all who planned and participated this year!!!

SBC asks for your input

May 25, 2023

School Building Committee – Wants your feedback!

This first survey will inform the SBC of your perspective on the prior proposal and what is currently important to you as the new process begins. Please visit…… Read on

Hate crimes up 30% in Massachusetts

From WBUR – read or hear the full article/program her – hate crimes in Massachusetts are up 30% in a year

Hate crimes increased by 30% in 2022, ADL report finds

May 23, 2023

  • Alison Kuznitz, State House News Service

A masked group display a banner with the words "Keep Boston Irish," along the route of the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 20, 2022. (Steven Senne/AP)
A masked group display a banner with the words “Keep Boston Irish,” along the route of the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 20, 2022. (Steven Senne/AP)

Hate crimes reported in Massachusetts rose more than 30% between 2021 and 2022, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. The report indicates the rise in hate and extremism has been driven by antisemitic attacks, white supremacist propaganda and anti-LGBTQ+ threats and harassment.

Trailing only Texas, Massachusetts recorded the second highest number of white supremacist propaganda incidents last year, the report found. The distribution of white supremacist propaganda increased by 71% from 2021 and 2022 — rising from 272 instances to 465 — largely attributed to groups like Patriot Front, the Nationalist Social Club and the Goyim Defense League, according to the report.

Read or hear the full article/program here – hate crimes in Massachusetts are up 30% in a year

Resources I have found so far –

In terms of reporting:

“File a civil rights complaint

You should immediately contact your local police department if you feel you are the victim of a hate crime. Victims of hate crimes can file a civil rights complaint with the Attorney General’s Office or call the office’s special hotline at 1-800-994-3228.”

For Massachusetts state government annual reports:

New Deputy Police Chief, Barry McGrath

Barry McGrath, a decades long Wrentham police officer, then Sergeant, was both hired and sworn in last night as the new Medfield Police Department Deputy Chief. What an excellent choice! His many family, friends, and MPD officers attended. The MPD is clearly in good hands.

MTF charts

Interesting graphs and charts by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler’s monthly update

Monthly Town Administrator Update



Troop 89 Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Last Saturday Boy Scout Troop 89 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the UCC for

  • Fred Everett Lybrand
  • Michael Cole Iannone
  • Alexander James Munz
  • James Antliony Kemp

Senate adds about $20K to Medfield’s state budget $

Received today from Division of Local Services (DLS) at Massachusetts Department of Revenue. The Senate Ways and Means Committee added about $20K to the Governor and House budget version for Medfield (copy attached below) –

Select Board Wednesday, 5/10/23

NB – Tuesday’s Select Board meeting did not get posted with a working link to the agenda in time, so we are meeting on Wednesday instead.

  1. To join online, use this link: a.WebinarID:88530366678 b.Password:637025
  2. To join through a conference call,dial929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782 or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833 a.EntertheWebinarID:88530366678 b.Enterthepassword:637025


Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. The Select Board 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:
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:
Select Board
Board or Committee
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Wednesday, May 10, 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
1. Jeremiah Potts to present an update on the Open Space and Recreation Plan
TOWNOFMEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE PostedinaccordancewiththeprovisionsofM.G.L.c.30A,§§18-25 Thismeetingwillbeheldinahybridformat.TheSelectBoardwillattendinpersonand membersofthepublicmayattendinperson.Inaddition,membersofthepublicwhowishto participateviaZoommaydosobyjoiningbyoneofthefollowingoptions: 1.Tojoinonline,usethislink: a.WebinarID:88530366678 b.Password:637025 2.Tojointhroughaconferencecall,dial929-436-2866or312-626-6799or253-215-8782 or301-715-8592or346-248-7799or669-900-6833 a.EntertheWebinarID:88530366678 b.Enterthepassword:637025 Thepacketwithmeetingmaterialsforthismeetingisavailableatthislink: SelectBoard BoardorCommittee PLACEOFMEETINGDAY,DATE,ANDTIME CheneryHall,MedfieldTownHouse RemoteparticipationavailablethroughZoomWednesday,May10,2023at7:00pm Agenda(SubjecttoChange) CalltoOrder Disclosureofvideorecording WewanttotakeamomentofappreciationforourTroopsservingaroundtheglobeindefenseof ourcountry Appointments 1.JeremiahPottstopresentanupdateontheOpenSpaceandRecreationPlan2.SarahRaposatorequestacceptanceoftheLocalActionUnitApplicationsubmissionfor theMedfieldStateHospitalRedevelopmentproject DiscussionItems(PotentialVotes) ActionItems 3.RequestprovisionalappointmentpendingfinalvettingofBarryMcGrathasDeputy PoliceChief 4.VoteonthefollowingrequestsfromMEMOrelatingtothe2023DiscoverMedfieldDay Saturday,September23 a.Permissiontoholdtheeventfrom10amto4pm; b.Permissiontousetown-ownedlandatMeetinghousePondareaandportionsof NorthandFrairyStreetsandUphamRoad; c.Permissionforsmallamountofassistanceinundertakingtheevents; d.ApprovalofaCommonVictualler’sLicenseandwaiverofthe$50applicationfee e.PermissiontohangthebannerannouncingDiscoverMedfieldDayacrossMain StreetatbaxterParkfromaroundAugust19ththroughDiscoverMedfieldDay CitizenComment ConsentAgenda 5.RequestfromtheCOAtomovetheirone-daybeer/winepermitfromMay17thtoMay 18th 6.RequestfromtheZulloGalleryforaone-daybeer/winepermitforaspecialstandup comedyeventatthegalleryonThursday,May11from5:30-11:00pm 7.RequestbytheNorfolkHuntClubforaone-daybeer/winepermitfortheBi-Annual GroundsforCelebrationFundraiseronThursday,May25from6-11pm 8.RequestfromtheFriendsoftheDwight-Derbyhouseforaonedaybeer/winepermitfor theSambaJazzProjectBandonSaturday,June3from6-10pmandrequesttoplacea sandwichboardoncornerofNorth/MainfromMay31-June3advertisingtheevent MeetingMinutes December6,2022 December20,2022 January10,2023 TownAdministratorUpdates NextMeetingDates May23,2023 SelectBoardMemberReports ActionsTakenonBillsandWarrantsforPaymentsInformational