Category Archives: Information

How do we compare?

This is from the Division of Local Services (DLS) e-newsletter.  USE THE LINK BELOW TO COMPARE TOWNS – I just learned that the per capita income in Weston is $351K, which makes me want to move there and have a big family –

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Databank Highlight of the Month: Updated Community Comparison Report
Donnette Benvenuto – Municipal Databank

The new and improved Community Comparison Report is now up and running. It can be found on the front page of the Municipal Databank. If you have used this report in the past, you will be in for a treat. The updated report is sleek, streamlined and very user friendly. Still drawing on 65 data elements, each of the seven easily accessible tabs on the top of the page pulls the information from multiple data sources onto one page. This provides a snapshot of your data removing the often tedious task of scrolling and scrolling found on the old report.

Using any of the 12 different search criteria on each heading refines your search across all the tabs. If you are looking to see what communities with a population between 30,000 and 50,000 with an annual budget between $50 million and $90 million, you just enter that criteria and it will carry over to each tab. Since the search criteria carries over, the Community Comparison report essentially does the work for you.

In the report you can quickly extract the most current available comparative municipal finance and demographic data for multiple communities, it eliminates the frustrating task of opening numerous spreadsheets to sort, cut and paste data to compare. A simple click and you can download your information into Excel. Please contact us if you need any help using the application atdatabank@dor.state.ma.us.

Raise a more resilient & mentally tougher child

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

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Hi Folks!

 

I’d like to share a wonderful opportunity for our community this coming Monday, May 6 that is OPEN TO ALL:

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Presentation by Jim McCauley of Riverside Community Care

Monday, May 6 at 7pm at St. Edward Parish in Medfield

 

How to raise a more resilient and mentally tougher child:

 

Resilience is a quality associated with successful and optimistic people. You may know people who have

experienced highly stressful life experiences but they have found a way to overcome these challenges

and learn from the experience. But are you born with the ability to overcome adversity? Is it a

personality trait? Can you learn to be more resilient? In this presentation you will learn the qualities all

resilient people share and you will also learn four techniques that will help your child persevere and accomplish their goals despite what appear to be significant obstacles.

 

ALL WELCOME!  RSVP HERE

 

Please share with your networks!

 

Many thanks,

Anna Mae

You Should Know

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PETERSON | Law

Osler “Pete” Peterson

617-969-1500 – Newton

April 2019

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Foodborne Illnesses Can Have Lifelong Consequences

Millions of people are sickened by foodborne illnesses each year, and about 128,000 Americans are hospitalized. Symptoms usually last from one to seven days, and include intestinal pain, vomiting, fever and even backaches. Most often, patients have a few uncomfortable days and then jump back into life after the acute pain has ended. But did you know that foodborne illnesses can cause lifetime repercussions? Kidney failure, chronic arthritis and brain damage are just some of the consequences that can develop after succumbing to a foodborne illness.

Continue reading.

Why Are Foodborne Illness Outbreaks on the Rise?

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Last year was one for the record books at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They investigated more foodborne illness outbreaks than during any year in the past decade. Norovirus is on the rise, along with other illnesses like salmonella and E. coli. Around 3,000 Americans die from diseases transmitted through food each year.

So what does this mean for the U.S. consumer who wants to just eat a darn salad without any trips to the bathroom – or the hospital? This month, you should know what foods to watch out for, how to prevent foodborne illness in your own home and why an increase in reported outbreaks might actually be good news.

BY THE NUMBERS

3,000

According to the CDC, about 3,000 Americans die from a foodborne illness every year.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

The CDC in Action

This video shows how the CDC investigates and solves foodborne illness outbreaks using three types of data.

THE DOCKET

NOT JUST LETTUCE AND RAW MEAT

Here are 11 foods that caused illness last year, including a couple of surprising culprits. Pistachios?!

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PETERSON | Law

Osler “Pete” Peterson

617-969-1500 – Newton

February 2019

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Gentle Enough for Babies’ Bottoms?

Last month we told you about a new report on the worst corporate conduct in 2018. Based on breaking news from Reuters, the New York Times and others, we may have our first “worst conduct” nominee for 2019. Internal documents uncovered in lawsuits against healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson indicate that the company knew for years that its iconic Baby Powder might be tainted with traces of cancer-causing asbestos. The company adamantly denies any link between its talc-based products and cancer, but nearly 12,000 lawsuits allege otherwise. Here’s what you should know about this troubling story.

New Report Says Baby Powder Giant Knew of Cancer Risk

Talc Danger
The fragrance of baby powder is distinct and comforting. It conjures images of newborn babies or toweling off after a warm shower. But the reality isn’t quite so idyllic for thousands of Americans who claim that trace amounts of asbestos in talc caused their cancer. Now a new investigation by Reuters argues that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of talc-based baby powder, may have known – and covered up – the cancer-causing risk of its iconic product for decades.

BY THE NUMBERS

12,000

Nearly 12,000 women suffering from mesothelioma and cervical cancer allege in lawsuits that Johnson & Johnson talc products caused their illnesses.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

Baby Powder Tainted by Asbestos, Says Report

Reuters reporter Lisa Girion tells MSNBC how Johnson & Johnson kept concerns about its baby powder secret for decades.

THE DOCKET

TALC SUBSTITUTES

Looking for safe alternatives to talc baby powder and shower products? Here are five options from Mother Nature Network.

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Your tax bill

The Division of Local Services (DLS) of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue sends me emails with lots of data.  I was especially interested to see our colleagues in pain on the attached chart of what towns pay for property taxes.  Look at it on-line here

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This lists the towns paying the ten highest and lowest property taxes – we must be just off the high list:

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This was that same list from last year (which makes me wonder what sources of revenue Concord and Sudbury found to be able to lower their taxes):

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Savey Women’s Alliance

Email today from Savey Women’s Alliance, whose Medfield chapter is its “Chapter of the Year” – Congratulations!

6 Actionable Ideas To Create Change in Your Community

By Amanda Griffith, Feb 2, 2019 11:39:06 AM

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The Medfield Chapter of Savvy Women’s Alliance, formerly known as Medfield Green, began making changes in their community simply enough. Four women came together with different interests but with the same goal: to change the community around them. From legislation on safer alternatives to banning harmful chemicals, from renewable and recycling efforts to food awareness, these women set out to educate their friends, family, neighbors and beyond on how to create a cleaner, greener Earth and a safer environment in which to live.

“All of our efforts – including programs on organic landscaping, cooking classes, movie nights, book clubs and trips to local stores with various youth groups to advocate for safer food or products – have led to our evolution from Medfield Green to the Medfield Chapter of the Savvy Women’s Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to all of the issues we care about!”

How did they do it? Helen Dewey, current co-ambassador of the Medfield Chapter (along with Erica Reilly),  shared some of the ways she and her like-minded friends made their mark, and changed many lives along the way. In doing so they have become the Savvy Women’s Alliance 2018 Chapter of the Year.

Read more »

 

Five Retailers Pull Products Containing Paint Strippers

By Jenny Pergola, Feb 2, 2019 11:22:15 AM

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Paint strippers containing the dangerous chemicals methylene chloride and NMP have made a lot of headlines lately – most of them negative. However, thanks in part to the Mind the Store Campaign, there is positive news to report. Effective January 1, 2019, a host of national retailers have agreed to pull products containing these harmful chemicals from their shelves.

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Rep. Garlick invites all to her report on 1/31

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Hi Pete.

I hope this finds you well! As you may know, Rep. Garlick’s Report to the Community is coming up on Thursday, January 31st.

Please feel free to share this on your blog if you would like!  A flyer is attached for your convenience and here is the information:

All are welcome to Representative Garlick’s annual Report to the Medfield Community Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 7:15 – 8:30 PM at the Medfield Public Safety Building.

The main topics will be a review of the work and events of 2018, and a preview of 2019.

The evening’s schedule will include:

  • Reception (7:15-7:30)
  • Report (7:30-8:00)
  • Questions and Discussion (8:00-8:30)

Additional Information available at DeniseGarlick.com and by contacting Rep. Denise Garlick, State House, 617-722-2200, Boston, MA.

Anne Weinstein

District Director 

Office of Representative Denise C. Garlick

State House, Room 33

Boston, MA 02133

617-722-2060

REPRES EN TATIVE DENISE C . GARLICK 13TH NORFOLK DISTRICT NEEDHAM. DOVER. MEDFIELD Olsler Peterson 10 Copperwood Rd Medfield, MA 02052 tn4~ filnmmnnfu~alf4 nf Jllitmn1ar4uz~ffz ~nus:e nf ~:epr:es:enfafhrns ~fof:e ~nuz:e, ~nsfan n2133, 1D54 CHA IR J OINT C OMMITTEE ON M ENTAL H EALTH. S u esTANCE U se AND R ecovrnv STATE HOUSE. ROOM 33 TEL. (617) 722-2060 Email: De nise .Garlic k@MAhouse.gov Deary. C?.JL_ ,, Happy healthy New Year to you and yours! As your State Representative for Medfield (Precincts 1 & 2), I am pleased to once again invite you to the "Representative's Report to the Community: 2018 the Year in Review and 2019 the Year in Preview." As you.~ Repres".!ntative, I am actively engaged in the establishment of public policy, the deveI6pment of the budget for our communities and the Commonwealth, as well as a myriad ~f issues and concerns: .~oth municipal and personal to the residents of Medfield. )tis with a great"sense ofrespo~sibility and accountability that I am "reporting back" to· the community of Medfield • ~ • • .. I ; • Our.format for the· evening is as follows: Medfield Public Safety Building 112 North Street Thursday, January 31, 2019 7 :15pm-8:30pm 7:15 pm-7:30 pm Reception 7:30 pm- 8:00 pm Report 8:00 pm -8:30 pm Qmstions and Dismssion Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I honor your service· to the wonderful community of Medfield, and I am grateful for our wo~J