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
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.
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
October 20, 2019
- Favorite things – (& # of votes received)
- Open spaces 8
- Schools 7
- Safety 7
- Small town 6
- Library 6
- Rural ambiance 5
- SWAP 5
- Government participation 4
- Engaged citizens 4
- Sports (fields) 4
- Volunteer opportunities 1
- Least favorite
- High taxes 12
- Lack of empty nester houses 10
- Non-existent tax base 9
- Traffic 6
- Delay & procrastination 5
- Lack of sidewalks 5
- No indoor sports facility 5
- Town meeting 4
- Lack of diversity 3
- Poor snow removal 3
- Stress of kids in schools 1
- Public transportation
- Trader Joe’s
- Commercial tax base
- Empty nester housing
- Senior housing
- Indoor sports facility
- Well maintained open spaces
- Town buildings do not recycle
- Important Issues
- Medfield State Hospital
- Expand commercial base
- Aging senior population
- Growing school age population
- Desires versus budgets
- Tax base
- Senior flight
- Senior appreciation
- Traffic and parking
- Improvements needed (# of vote first)
- 15 – Start Medfield State Hospital development
- 11 – Balance needs of different demographics (elderly versus school age)
- 8 – Reduce traffic congestion
- 7 – expand senior center
- 7 – rail trail
- 4 – more outdoor activities
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.