Category Archives: Events

Vigil 3PM Sunday

A group of residents has organized a vigil for Sunday at 3 pm, with the UU Church bell to toll at 4 pm to mark an 8 min. 46 sec. moment of silence. Additional details are below. We’d like to thank Chief Guerette for her input on the timing. Please join us if your schedules permit.

 

You are invited to gather in solidarity with the BBIPOC (Black Brown Indigenous People of Color) community members in Medfield and beyond, to condemn racism and promote racial equality and to hold vigil for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and their families on Sunday at 3pm AND to participate in a day of action.

 

On Sunday at 3 pm you are invited to line the sidewalks between the Police Station and Town Hall with signs and/or candles OR outside your home in your neighborhood.  At 4 pm we will be in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The Unitarian Church will ring the bells to commence and complete the moment of silence.

 

You are also welcome to show your solidarity with a sign, piece of art or chalking in the town center on Sunday at any time during the day.  There will be some interactive art, writing installations and an altar outside the Unitarian Church at which you can leave an offering of peace, and we encourage whatever else the community wants to offer.

 

There will be no speakers at this event, we are coming together in action and a show of support. Please honor social distancing and wear masks.

 

Racism is an ongoing problem. This gathering on Sunday is only one step in the direction of promoting racial justice. If you are interested in being part of an ongoing effort, please reach out to Kathy McDonald at Medfieldyouthoutreach@medfield.net.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP ON SUNDAY:

 

  1. Spread the word! Please tell all of your friends, schools, businesses you know, library etc.

 

  1. If you own or know someone who owns a business in Medfield (or would like to go call them or show up at their door) ask them to offer their store front or windows for art and messaging.  Gather a group of friends to create something with that store together. Take the lead!

 

  1. Create a sign and show up in the town center with your family or a group of people anytime on Sunday.

 

  1. Do you feel passionate about education? Perhaps you want to pass out fliers with resources.

 

  1. Do you want to gather some students to sing during the day? Do it. And spread the word so people come.

 

  1. Want to gather a smaller group in your neighborhood for the moment of silence? I encourage you to take the lead and hold space for that.

 

TWMPC’s Public Forum #2 – 5PM this Sunday

Please review the background materials via the link below –

Zoom Instruction Guide Added

Townwide Master Plan – Prep for the Second TWMP Forum on 6/7

 Medfield_logo_color_Final wTag_300CMYKVirtual Forum #2: Sunday, June 7 at 5 pm Zoom link and documents available for review now… Read on

 

Forum #2 Zoom Instructions Guide

The Townwide Master Planning Committee and consultant team are performing an enumeration of existing resources which will result in an Inventory and Assessment of Existing Conditions of the Town’s resources.

The purpose of the Forum is to gain Medfield citizen input on the 8 goals and objectives.  Each goal has up to 3 objectives with ideas on strategies on how to achieve them.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.

  • Format: There will be a presentation and interactive polling with a follow-up survey for feedback on the draft goals, objectives, as well as the impact of covid-19 on short and long term planning.
  • Zoom link or RSVP forthcoming.
  • Medfield TV to stream on local TV.
  • Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.
  • Look for the meeting flier in the 6/4 edition of the Hometown Weekly

Prepare for Forum #2 by reviewing the Summary Sheets. Download 1-9 as one PDF HERE or individually by Element below: 

  1. Housing Summary
  2. Economic Development Summary
  3. Historic & Cultural Resources Summary
  4. Natural, Open Space, and Recreational Resources Summary
  5. Transportation Summary
  6. Public Facilities and Services Summary
  7. Medfield State Hospital Summary
  8. Land Use & Zoning Summary
  9. Sustainability Summary 

Townwide Master Planning Committee (TWMPC)

  • Jay Duncan, Chair
  • Teresa James
  • Jessica Reilly
  • Mary McCarthy
  • Tom Erb
  • Roberta Lynch
  • Kevin Ryder
  • William Harvey
  • Michael Pastore
  • Jerry Potts
  • Philip Stashenko
  • Laurel Scotti
  • Sean Kay
  • Cynthia Greene
  • Matt Triest
  • Osler L. Peterson
  • Sarah Raposa, Town Planner
  • Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator

Let us know if you have any questions or comments by using THIS form.

Memorial Day – church bells

Memorial Day – First Parish and Baptist church bells rung at noon

John Kraus shared his recording (below) of the church bells rung on Memorial Day.  John made his recording in front of the Town House.

I observed Memorial Day by going to the former Medfield State Hospital to listen to the noon bell ringing at the Lee Chapel (the bell in the photo above, with the large sounding hammer showing to the right).  John Thompson, Chair of the Medfield State Hospital Building and Grounds Committee and the Property Manager, shared that the bell is inscribed “1896,” that one rings it from the clock room that is on what would be the second story, and that the Lee Chapel was constructed around the bell, as the bell is too large to be remove.

 

https://medfield02052.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/church-bells.m4a

TWMPC’s virtual public forum at 5 PM on Sunday, June 7

Virtual Forum #2

YOU ARE INVITED… by the Townwide Master Plan Committee… TO JOIN A VIRTUAL PUBLIC FORUM When: Sunday, June 7, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Why: To share findings and ask for input regarding priorities for the Town’s future. Zoom link available on the Town’s Website: www.town.medfield,net Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://zoom.us/j/95956156234?pwd=aGE1RmxlVk5scndXc TZCb1B6MDN6QT09 Password: 185165 Or Join by Phone: Dial: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 Meeting ID: 959 5615 6234 There will be a few minutes before the meeting starts for you to test your audio/video with the ability to use the Chat feature for some technical assistance using Zoom. Additional Zoom resources are available on the Town’s website (under News Flash”). For more information regarding the Townwide Master Plan: https://town.medfield.net/350/Townwide-Master- Planning-Committee Please add your comments or questions regarding the Townwide Master Plan here: https://forms.gle/izUGhBseGLh1Yw8D6 Purpose: • To share our INVENTORY and assessment of EXISTING CONDITIONS of the Town’s RESOURCES • To validate what we have heard in terms of GOALS for the future of Medfield • To identify any new PRIORITIES due to the impact of COVID-19 • The following documents are available on the Town’s website for review: • Draft Summary Sheets • Preliminary Vision and Goals Document • Volume II: Inventory and Assessment of Existing Conditions Contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner with questions sraposa@medfield.net or (508) 906-3027 Townwide Master Plan: Medfield, MA LIST OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Order does not in any way imply or indicate priority GOAL 1.0 Protect Medfield’s TOWN CHARACTER Objective 1.1. Celebrate the DOWNTOWN and work to increase its vitality. Objective 1.2. Preserve and enhance Medfield’s HISTORIC RESOURCES Objective 1.3. Protect, enhance, and connecting existing NATURAL FEATURES and acquire additional OPEN SPACE Objective 1.4. Guide DEVELOPMENT and REDEVELOPMENT so that is in keeping with the Town’s character. GOAL 2.0 Make GETTING AROUND TOWN safe and pleasant Objective 2.1. Improve traffic congestion and make traveling by AUTOMOBILE safer. Objective 2.2. Improve existing infrastructure and extend PEDESTRIAN and BICYCLE networks Objective 2.3. Explore the possibilities for providing PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION GOAL 3.0 Encourage ECONOMIC ACTIVITY Objective 3.1. Diversify the TAX BASE Objective 3.2 Become more BUSINESS-FRIENDLY GOAL 4.0 Provide a range of HOUSING options Objective 4.1. Provide smaller units for older adults, younger adults and others looking for more AFFORDABLE housing Objective 4.2. Encourage the development of alternative housing types GOAL 5.0 Provide PUBLIC FACILITIES and SERVICES that meet the needs of all residents. Objective 5.1. Support excellence in EDUCATION Objective 5.2. Continue to plan, manage and maintain municipal FACILITIES Objective 5.4. Improve municipal UTILITIES GOAL 6.0 Support the reuse of the STATE HOSPITAL Objective 6.1. Implement the Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Objective 6.2. Reuse the buildings and campus to meet TOWN NEEDS GOAL 7.0 Support HEALTH AND WELLNESS of residents Objective 7.1. Maintain existing and provide additional opportunities for RECREATION Objective 7.2. Promote HEALTHY LIFESTYLE choices, especially for YOUTH Objective 7.3. Support older adults to AGE IN PLACE Objective 7.4. Attract a more DIVERSE POPULATION to live in Town. Objective 7.5. Expand opportunities for COMMUNITY GATHERING GOAL 8.0 Improve GOVERNANCE and plan for FUTURE RESILIENCE Objective 8.1. Improve TOWN GOVERNANCE Objective 8.2. Promote measures that respect and protect the ENVIRONMENT20200607-MedfieldTWMP-Forum2_Invite-and-Goals (002)_Page_2

PSB and MFC – food collection & fun this Saturday

Two of Medield’s best, Park Street Books and the Medfield Food Cupboard team up this Saturday  10-4 –

little blue truck

little blue truck fund raiser.jpg

Come see the Little Blue Truck and Donate Food

Stop by Medfield’s beloved Park Street Books on Saturday, May 23 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. Participants are encouraged to bring their camera and take a photo with the adorable blue truck as described in the popular children’s book The Little Blue Truck — a story by Alice Schertle about friends helping friends. While stopping by for a fun photo, please consider bringing a bag of food to donate to the Medfield Food Cupboard. Requested kid-friendly food items include: peanut butter, jelly, cereal, crackers, packets of oatmeal and cookies. Donors are encouraged to post their cute photos on Medfield Food Cupboard’s Facebook page. The rain date is set for Sunday, May 24.

MFC logo

The Porchfest Video

porch fest 20200502

Catch the Porchfest music and fun via The Porchfest Video

Rolling Rally on 5/31 for MHS Grads

CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY Rolling Rally to honor Medfield H.S. Class of 2020! Please help honor the Medfield H.S. Seniors on what would have been their originally scheduled graduation day, May 31st. We are bringing the Medfield community together in a safe way to celebrate the Class of 2020. A Rolling Rally of cars will pass through town (see route on page 2) on Sunday, May 31st beginning at 1PM. Please pardon any road closures that may impact your travel during this time. If you would like to watch the Rally roll by, please park at a location near the route and view from your car. The safety of our community is a priority for this event and social distancing guidelines should be adhered to by all. To honor members of the Class of 2020 who may live in your neighborhood, we welcome you to decorate your house with Warrior pride. If you are interested in volunteering for Rolling Rally related needs, please email angpmedfield@gmail.com. For other Rolling Rally inquiries, please email MHSrollingrally@gmail.com. On behalf of the Class of 2020 and their families, The Rolling Rally Committee, The All-Night Grad Party Committee and the school administration, we thank you in advance! Community Event May 31st at 1PM CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR CELEBRATION DAY Rolling Rally Route • Right out of McCarthy Field • Proceed on Hospital Hill Road • Right on West Mill Street • Left on Adams Street • Left on Dale Street • Right on North Street • Left on Route 109 • Right on South Street • Left on Elm Street • Right into loop to the left of Wheelock • Left back onto Elm Street from loop • Right back onto South Street • Right onto Pound Street • Enter Blake Driveway • Right at Stop Sign toward HS Auditorium • Left at stop sign near tennis courts and gym entrance • Right into visitor parking lot at end of driveway • Proceed straight thru parking lot to end • Exit parking left to South Street Neighbors We Need YOU! Sunday, May 31st 1pm Please help us honor the Medfield High School Seniors on what would have been their originally scheduled graduation day, May 31st. We are bringing the community together in a safe way to celebrate the Senior Class of 2020 and WE NEED YOU to make this event extra special! A rolling rally of cars will pass your home the afternoon of Sunday, May 31st between 1 -1:30pm. We are asking you to please consider being our best cheerleaders for the MHS Senior Class of 2020. Safety of our community is a priority for this event and social distancing guidelines should be adhered to by all. Decorate your home Makes some signs, banners, hang a sheet from your window. We need signs of inspiration, congratulations, good luck - any positive message. Tie these balloons (with short string so they’ll prop up!) to your mail box. Make noise Have your children bang some pans together, use noise makers, honk your horns, cheer with your loudest voice, pipe music. Be spectators Step outside your house, hang out your window, sit in your car, stand in your driveway, wave to our MHS Seniors as they pass. What else? Blow bubbles or use your bubble machine, write chalk messages, use your megaphone, blow up some balloons...anything that helps make this rolling rally event festive is welcome! Volunteer Sign up to help decorate other non-residential areas along the route: Visit www.medfieldangp.com or Email: angpmedfield@gmail.com Here are some ways you can help: Any Questions: About Volunteering / Decorating email: angpmedfield@gmail.com All other Rolling Rally inquiries: MHSRollingRally@gmail.com THANK YOU! We hope that we can count on you to help make this day special. Something like this can only be successful in a community like Medfield where families come together and support each other. On behalf of every MHS Senior parent, The Rolling Rally Commitee, The All Night Grad Party Committee and the school administration, we thank you in advance! We will be delivering a gift certificate from one of our fine Medfield restaurants to the three most spirited homes. WIN A GIFT CARD! THE ROUTE20200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_220200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_320200512-Rolling Rally for MHS grads_Page_4

Still time to enter

New Life Virtual 5k

New Life Virtual 5k open to May 10

The New Life Virtual 5K is still open for runners, walkers and more through May 10. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

Runners and walkers register the same way they would for a conventional run, at www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k, where they can also create or join a team. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps. Teams or individuals may even choose to row 5k on erg machines, or to bike. Entrants complete their personal 5k anytime up to May 10, and runners and walkers log their times on Racewire. On May 11, results will be posted and awards will be given in traditional categories, as well as in new, creative categories like most creative course. Participants are encouraged to post photos with the hashtag #NewLifeStillRunning or send an email to trailrun@newlifefb.org. Over 250 people have already registered for the event, including runners from as far away as Melbourne, Australia.

The Virtual 5k offers an important opportunity for supporters who seek a way to do something positive and proactive while still being safe. “Folks joining the Virtual 5k not only support the New Life mission, they also are a welcome part of a community doing something that matters,” said Ron Yates, co-founder of New Life Furniture Bank. “That’s especially important right now. And, running in the virtual 5k is a healthy thing to do. Everyone wins.”  

The Virtual 5k raises funds that are critical to New Life’s ability to serve its clients. “The economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting our clients hard,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. He added that, “in the coming months, we anticipate a surge in requests as many families will be displaced from their homes.”

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

To register, go to www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k. Those interested in being a sponsor or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

new life virtual 2020

Image

Porch Fest – Saturday 1-3PM

porch fest 20200502

New Life Virtual 5k

New Life Virtual 5k

 

New Life Still Running with a Virtual 5k

By Tod Dimmick

The pandemic has affected every community event this spring, including the annual New Life 5k Trail Run, an event that raises more than 20% of the New Life Furniture Bank’s budget. This Massachusetts charity serves nearly 700 hundred households every year, including individuals, families, single mothers, seniors and veterans, as they come out of homelessness. New Life collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need.

Faced with the challenge of having to cancel its annual 5k Trail Run, New Life sought creative and safe ways to hold their event, which raises funds that are critical to New Life’s ability to serve its clients. “The economic impact of COVID-19 is hitting our clients hard,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of New Life. He added that, “in the coming months, we anticipate a surge in requests as many families will be displaced from their homes.”

new life 2020

After careful thought, the trail run organizing committee announced a new “virtual 5k.”  Runners and walkers register the same way they would for a conventional run, at www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k, where they can also create or join a team. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava. Teams or individuals may even choose to row 5k on erg machines, or to bike. Entrants complete their personal 5k anytime between April 13 and May 10, and runners and walkers log their times on Racewire. On May 11, results will be posted and awards will be given in traditional categories, as well as in new, creative categories like most creative course.

Ron Yates, co-founder of the New Life Furniture Bank, said “we recognize that this is a totally new way to do something like this, and that is part of the fun. The Virtual 5k could bring even more people to the event because it is so easy to participate from anywhere, at any time. A team could be made up of family members, high school or college cross country teams looking for fitness and competition, an office group, you name it!”

The organizers also believe that the event offers an important opportunity for supporters who, especially in these challenging times, seek ways to do something positive and proactive while still being safe. “Folks joining the Virtual 5k not only support the New Life mission, they also are a welcome part of a community doing something that matters,” said Yates. “That’s especially important right now. And, running in the virtual 5k is a healthy thing to do. Everyone wins.”

Carmen Luisi of Holliston was the top female runner in the 2019 Trail Run (at age 13!), and she’s looking forward to the Virtual 5k this time around. “This is a very important cause, even greater now because people are struggling financially with the current pandemic,” she said.

Dan Haley, of Wayland, said he will run the Virtual 5k this year with his family. “My wife and 12 year old daughter and I had a wonderful time at last year’s 5K,” he said. “With everything in the near term shutting down, we were excited to hear that the New Life event is going virtual. One of our goals as a family as we navigate this strange, temporary reality is to continuously reach out to help others. Another is to keep getting exercise! So this checks both boxes, and gives us something worthwhile and active to do as a family.”

Mark Silva is a partner at the law firm Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, a sponsor of the event. He plans to run the race for the first time this year. “At a time when we’re all cooped up in our homes looking for something to do, looking for a way to help,” he said, “the 5K is giving us the opportunity to support an incredible organization… while being completely flexible on approach.” He added, “We plan on doing the 5K as a family this year – my wife will run and I am planning to bike the 5K with the kids.”

Kristin Chisum of Wayland will also run the Virtual 5k again with her son Luke. “We are thrilled that the race committee has come up with a way for the race to go on,” she said. “We live near the woods near Walden Pond so that’s where we’ll be.” She added: “I know that we will finish our 5K again this year with a feeling of gratitude – thankful for this group of people that have found a way to change people’s lives and have provided this 5K as a way for us to do our own little part.”

Participants in the New Life Virtual 5k will be encouraged to post photos of their participation with the hashtag #NewLifeStillRunning or send an email to trailrun@newlifefb.org. The registration page reads, in part, “It is our hope that sharing everyone’s fun photos and stories will bring joy to our New Life community and inspire other people far and wide to join the cause.” The organizers made it clear that they want more ideas from supporters about how to make the event fun and accessible to all. Ideas are coming in already, including filming clips of virtual bystanders cheering on the runners, and asking kids to create colorful yard signs.

The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area.

To register, go to www.newlifefb.org/virtual5k.  Those interested in being a sponsor or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.