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SBC’s July Community Conversation -7PM Thursday – in person & by Zoom

From Susan Maritan –

All Invited to Community Conversation Regarding Proposed New Elementary School


Medfield residents who are interested in learning more about the proposed new elementary school for grades 4 and 5 are encouraged to attend or tune in remotely to the July Community Conversation with the School Building Committee (SBC). The presentation will be held on Thursday, July 29th at 7PM at Wheelock School or can be viewed online via Facebook Live or Zoom.


“The SBC is looking forward to connecting with the community and sharing progress to date on this important project,” said Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, SBC member. “The key topics for this month’s discussion are the educational benefits of both the new school building and the Wheelock campus location. We will also be presenting the most recent architectural renderings of the site. This is especially exciting as the drawings bring the vision of the proposed school to life for all to see.” 


“Today’s modern learning environment has evolved with regards to space planning and technology. The classroom is no longer constrained by physical boundaries and is more dynamic than our traditional view of teachers presenting a lesson in front of their students. We want to highlight some of the key features that the new school will offer not only inside the building but also how the abundance of outdoor space will create educational opportunities that were not available to our grade four and five students in the past,” continued O’Shea Brooke. “We hope residents will come and see for themselves the benefits the new school could provide to our young learners and dedicated educators.”


The SBC will also be taking questions from residents and addressing other topics such as cost planning including the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) reimbursement currently estimated at approximately $18 million, and the next steps in planning as the SBC prepares to present the final project to the community for a town wide vote this Fall.


The Community Conversation will be held at Wheelock School or can be watched remotely on Facebook Live and Zoom. Please visit the Facebook page – Elementary School Project Wheelock Campus – to watch there, or join the conversation via Zoom.
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:


Please click this URL to join. https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/87390173150?pwd=ZVlSVk5qam05S2ZsUklFZEpzNzNVQT09

Passcode: 245605

Questions for the SBC may be submitted to: NewElementarySchoolProject@gmail.com, and for more information on the Medfield Elementary School Project, please visit: tinyurl.com/mednewschool. Those interested in receiving future school project updates may enter their email addresses at the bottom of the home page.

Don’t Let a Playground Injury Ruin Outdoor Fun

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How to Avoid COVID-19 on Playgrounds

Thanks to national vaccinations, COVID-19 numbers are declining for adults. But vaccines are not currently available to children under 12, meaning they are still vulnerable to the virus. The question then: Is it safe to take your kids to the park? Doctors say “yes,” as long as you follow basic precautions such as:

* Wear masks and practice social distancing.
* Bring your own toys and food, and don’t let your kids share these with others.
* Wash or sanitize your kids’ hands before and after play.
* Find a different playground if the park is especially crowded or come back later.
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Don’t Let a Playground Injury Ruin Outdoor Fun This Summer

Ah, playgrounds and summer – the perfect combo for millions of children on school break and bursting to get outside. Not surprisingly, playground injuries spike in June, some serious and most preventable. Don’t let a playground injury ruin outdoor fun for the kids in your life this summer with these tips on equipment, clothing and safe behavior.
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Children ages 5 to 9 have the highest rate of emergency room visits among the more than 200,000 kids injured each year on playgrounds.
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Join the Danger Rangers Before Playtime

The first step to protecting children from playground injury is to talk to them about safety. Here’s a video to watch together before hitting the monkey bars. 
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SBC’s Community Conversation tonight at 7PM

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

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Community Conversation and Q&A Session on the Proposed Elementary School Project

Hosted by members of the School Building Committee

Thursday, May 13 at 7pm via Zoom:

To join online, use this link:

https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/89214489926?pwd=YXVKTCtGS3N1cEpMeUpnMkpIa1Jhdz09

a. Enter Password: 644770

Medfield is participating in the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) process for a new elementary school to replace the existing Dale Street School. The new school will serve grades 4 & 5. The location for the future new school will be adjacent to the existing Wheelock School, creating an elementary school campus serving grades 2 through 5. 

Join members of the School Building Committee (SBC) as they recap the details of the proposed new elementary school project, the MSBA process and why the Wheelock site was unanimously selected by the School Building Committee, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee.

Please click here for the website and Project Summary and Key Facts Sheet.

Questions: email DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook.

MEA/MEC forum on warrant articles – 7:30PM on 5/6

From Helen Dewey of Medfield Environment Action –

Informational Webinar on
Energy Committee Articles
for Town Meeting
Article 21: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
CCA is a way of buying renewable electrical power in bulk for the town and its residents.
Article 22: Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield
A Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield will align with the State’s 2050
Net Zero Goal, will provide a target and engage the town and residents
to collaboratively develop a plan to get there.
Review of both Warrant Articles
Thursday, May 6th at 7:30pm via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here:
Webinar Registration
If you have not been able to attend any of the previous webinars this is for you! You will get all the pertinent information on both Articles and can ask all of your questions.
Hosted by
Medfield Environment Action & Medfield Energy Committee

Home sale prices up by 13.4% last year

The Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce newsletter today reports that the number of real estate hose sales were up a lot last year, just not in Medfield, however Medfield prices appear to have risen 13.4% last year, perhaps because there were not enough houses for sale in town, given the demand. The 2020 median single family home sale price was $805,000.

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Home sales hit 16-year high

More single-family homes were sold last year in Massachusetts than in any other year since 2004, despite a once-in-a-century pandemic that threatened the financial security of thousands of residents and dramatically changed the process of buying and selling a home, reports Colin A. Young at State House News.

There were 61,469 single-family home sales in 2020 — a 3.9 percent increase over the sales total of 2019, according to The Warren Group. And December 2020 saw 6,410 single-family home sales in Massachusetts — the most ever recorded for the month and up 28.6 percent from December 2019.

Town by town stats are here.

DLS comparison data for towns

This Division of Local Services (DLS) dashboard has really interesting data on comparing towns, one to another, however, it is just a little hard to use because of the small size of the map and the need to roll your cursor over the town on the map to get its data.

New DLS Data Visualization Tool Now Available





















The Division of Local Services has a new tool available for quickly finding key financial and demographic information for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. The Municipal Finance Snapshot Dashboard uses Tableau visualizations to display data in 14 financial categories including Average Single Family Tax Bill, Local Receipts, New Growth and much more. Selecting a city or town from the map provides a wealth of data about that community. Please visit the Municipal Finance Snapshot Dashboard to explore all the information DLS has to offer in a new, easy-to-use way!

Please contact the Data Analytics & Resources Bureau at databank@dor.state.ma.us with questions or feedback.
  You are receiving this message through the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Division of Local Services DLS Alerts system. These periodic notices include our City & Town e-newsletter, IGRs, Bulletins, Cherry Sheets and other municipal finance-related information. To unsubscribe to DLS Alerts and the City & Town e-newsletter, please email dls_alerts@dor.state.ma.us.

Forum – 7:30 PM this Monday

MEA – MEDFIELD DECARBONIZERS – 7:30PM Monday

MEA was founded in June and has quickly gained momentum.  We are committed to helping Medfield and Medfield residents learn how to reduce their impact on the environment.  We plan to hold at least one educational program a month.

We have some great ideas and plans for the future and would welcome more.  Please get involved in a small or big (or medium) way.   Feel free to reach out to meamedfield@gmail.com and/or consider attending the Steering Committee meeting in December.  Details below.  
   

Monday, November 16th
Learn from Your Neighbors
Monday November 16th 7:30 – 8:30 pm on Zoom

MEDFIELD DECARBONIZERS


Are you thinking of installing solar panels or heat pumps but don’t know where to start?  Are you curious about the logistics of driving an electric car?  We thought it would be great to have a session about these carbon-reducing products where you can talk to other Medfield residents who have already adopted them.  

Hear from these Medfield residents about their experiences:
Jim James will talk about his solar panels.
Kirsten & Glen D’Abate will discuss their electric vehicles.
Jim Nail will tell us about how he installed a heat pump system for his home.

Also, we will share how to calculate your own carbon footprint.
There will be plenty of time for questions.
Register in advance for this webinar: https://tinyurl.com/meamedfield-Nov16    

Have you taken our survey?  Please do!
We hope to learn what you and other Medfield residents think about environmental issues. 
Please take our survey and then share the link with your friends and family.  If you include your email, you will be registered for a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate to a Medfield store.   
Find the survey here:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7NFCHW


      The next meeting of the Medfield Environment Action Steering Committee will be Wednesday December 2nd at 7:30pm via Zoom.  Please join us at a meeting– we welcome everyone and anyone — and see what we’re about.   
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85017266125?pwd=WldkMHI5QU5QQksxN2h2djVHc01yUT09
 
Meeting ID: 850 1726 6125
Passcode: 388020
      It’s Easy to Calculate
Your Household Carbon Footprint!
• Use the EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator
• Fill in just these two sections: Home Energy (electricity, gas/oil), and Transportation (your vehicles).
• Save your work and bring in the number– your household carbon footprint in lbs of annual CO2 emissions– to the Nov. 16 forum.
• This is a starter approach to carbon-footprint; we can always go deeper later. Please contact Fred Davis with any questions at fred@freddaviscorp.com.    

The Zero Carbon Home forum from last month was terrific.  Lots of good information about how to get started on insulating your home, installing solar panels, choosing replacement windows and considering heat pumps.  The recording is now on the MEA website,  meamedfield.org.  Check it out!
          Want to save money?  Want to know more about home energy assessments, rebates, incentives, and more?  Go to Mass Save and check out the possibilities.    

Our Mission Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents.  We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action.  We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is that those informed citizens support each other and work together for solutions.
 
MEA will work to: initiate and support measures by our town and state governments that will positively impact our environment; help reduce energy consumption and render the consumed energy renewable/sustainable reduce other environmental impacts in our community.  
Adopted July 9, 2020

Take the Medfield Environmental Action’s Survey

Town House office hours

Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler and other town employees are moving their office functions outside, to encourage resident interaction and use of the town services.  This afternoon Kris (left) and Kathy VandenBoom, Director of Human Resources, were holding court in front of the Town House front entrance.

20200812_Kristine Trierweiler office hours

During my visit, I waited in line behind Matt McCormack and his son, and then this user dropped off his vote by mail request in the USPS mail box on the table, went inside to sign the Town Clerk’s warrant for the upcoming primary election, to sign the weekly town spending warrants, and to pick up the Medfield Foundation’s mail.

Kris posts on Twitter when the outside office is available – it has recently been several times a week.  Look for them out front.

Grade Configuration Public Forum – 5:30 on 8/13

Medfield School Committee announcement from Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Dale Street School Project: Grade Configuration Public Forum

The Medfield School Committee invites the community to its virtual Public Forum regarding the Dale Street School Project grade configuration options on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30pm. The District is considering two potential grade configurations for the future Dale Street Elementary School: grades 4-5 configuration which is currently in place or grades 3-5 configuration. The purpose of the forum is to give a project update, to discuss the advantages/disadvantages of both grade configurations and is an opportunity to hear public input and answer questions from the community. The Public Forum held on August 13, 2020 precedes the School Committee vote on this important decision on August 27, 2020. Visit town.medfield.net/agendacenter for the School Committee agenda and zoom link, which will be posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Any questions or comments should be directed to DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com.

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