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Angel Run Early-Bird Registration Ends November 8th

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Greetings Angel Run Friends,

Join us for the 14th running (or walking) of the Angel Run on Sunday, December 8 at 12:30pm.

Early registration ends on Friday, November 8th so register now for $25.00 per person and receive your commemorative shirt.  You can still register online after November 8th, however the price goes up to $30.00 per person and you will not receive a shirt.

REGISTRATION LINK:  https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/mfi-angel-run.  

The Angel Run course is a USATF certified 5K. The Angel Run uses chip timing to ensure accurate results for all participants. The race begins and ends at Medfield High School.  There will be a special separate starting corral for competitive runners. You decide if you should belong to that group, be sure to note this on your registration.

We hope to see you there (with bells on)!Cheers,

The MFi Angel Run Team

“The Open Door Policy”

Mike Sullivan

Medfield TV Documentary on Mike Sullivan

Friday evening I was fortunate to be invited a pre-release showing of the Medfield TV movie, “The Open Door Policy,” a documentary about Mike Sullivan at The Center.  The movie recounts Mike’s career as the long time Town Administrator by means of interviews with those with whom Mike worked.  Former selectman and current town historian, Richard DeSorgher was positioned as the de facto  narrator.  There were also clips of Mike at BoS meetings and at town meetings.

About sixty people attended, more than half were Mike’s family, including many nieces and nephews, and their families, as well as his brother Dennis Sullivan, who had flown up from Virginia to attend.  The balance in attendance were the town employees who had been interviewed for the movie and the Medfield TV staff who had distilled the hours of video interviews to create the movie.  I know that my interview lasted for about an hour, and accounted for only maybe two minutes in the movie.

The world premier of the movie will be this coming Friday at the Medfield High School auditorium.

It was nice to see that my neighbor, Olivia Deval, got credit in the movie for her production assistance work on it.  Olivia interned at Medfield TV while at MHS, graduated last June, and is now at Babson.

TWMPC Public Forum Sunday night

The Townwide Master Planning  Committee held its first public forum last night to hear from residents as to what residents feel are our town’s issues.  Over 100 citizens gathered for a community dinner and brainstorming session at the Blake Middle School cafeteria to discuss:

  • our favorite things about Medfield,
  • our least favorite things,
  • what is missing,
  • the issues we see, and
  • what can be done to improve the town.

I included the sheets that Casey compiled of what our table discussed, how we voted, and at the end our tally.  The dots are the five votes each person at the table got to use with respect to each of the three topics on which we voted.

 

Townwide Master Planning Committee

Public Forum

October 20, 2019

Our Table

 

  1. Favorite things – (& # of votes received)
    1. Open spaces 8
    2. Schools 7
    3. Safety 7
    4. Small town 6
    5. Library 6
    6. Rural ambiance 5
    7. SWAP 5
    8. Government participation 4
    9. Engaged citizens 4
    10. Sports (fields) 4
    11. Volunteer opportunities 1

  1. Least favorite
    1. High taxes 12
    2. Lack of empty nester houses 10
    3. Non-existent tax base 9
    4. Traffic 6
    5. Delay & procrastination 5
    6. Lack of sidewalks 5
    7. No indoor sports facility 5
    8. Town meeting 4
    9. Lack of diversity 3
    10. Poor snow removal 3
    11. Stress of kids in schools 1

  1. Missing
    1. Public transportation
    2. Sidewalks
    3. Trader Joe’s
    4. Commercial tax base
    5. Entertainment
    6. Empty nester housing
    7. Senior housing
    8. Indoor sports facility
    9. Well maintained open spaces
    10. Town buildings do not recycle

  1. Important Issues
    1. Opportunities
      1. Medfield State Hospital
      2. Expand commercial base
    2. Challenges
      1. Aging senior population
      2. Growing school age population
      3. Desires versus budgets
      4. Tax base
      5. Senior flight
      6. Senior appreciation
      7. Traffic and parking

  1. Improvements needed (# of vote first)
    1. 15 – Start Medfield State Hospital development
    2. 11 – Balance needs of different demographics (elderly versus school age)
    3. 8 – Reduce traffic congestion
    4. 7 – expand senior center
    5. 7 – rail trail
    6. 4 – more outdoor activities

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Community dinner & conversation about our future – 5PM Sunday

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That last post was intended to be scheduled for Sunday AM, not released right away.  The Townwide Master Planning  Committee community dinner and planning event is this Sunday at 5PM at the Blake Middle School.

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Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future Join us in a once in a generation opportunity…. To help shape the future of Our Town. YOU ARE INVITED… to the 1st Town-wide Master Planning Public Forum Join your friends and neighbors in crafting a vision and goals for Medfield’s future. Your input will be the basis upon which an Action Plan will be developed to guide future decision-making. WHEN: Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM WHERE: Blake Middle School Dinner: available free of charge to all who attend. Free Raffle: All attendees are automatically entered. A Master Plan is an important opportunity to think about: How can we make Medfield an even better place to live, work and play? Join your neighbors in shaping the future of our Town! What is A Master Plan? • A basis for decisionmaking for future development • A process leading to a plan of action based on a town’s shared values and goals • A set of priorities for addressing the full range of issues facing a town Medfield’s Townwide Master Plan Honor Our Past – Build Our Future How can a master plan help increase a municipality’s financial efficiency? • Identify priorities • Identify potential funding opportunities • Master Plan makes municipality eligible for grants • Identify low-hanging fruit • Recommend public/private partnerships where relevant • Master plan process can lead to partnerships and resource sharing • Identifies opportunities for regionalization of services and/or facilities Why Plan? • Take stock, review objectives, direction and priorities • Examine resource allocation: existing and optimal • Last complete plan - 1997 • Be proactive and affect future decision making • Support eligibility for grant programs and public funds What to preserve? What to change? Concerns? Improvements? Ensure that Medfield’s desirable features are preserved and challenges are addressed. “But I like things the way they are… “ Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing will change. For more information please see: https://www.town.medfield.net/350/Townwide-Master-Planning-Committee

 

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Eat & plan- tonight at 5PM

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Plan & dine Sunday 5PM

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