Osler ”Pete” Peterson
Medfield Select Board member
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield select board member. I thought that my fellow Medfield residents would also find that information interesting and useful as well. This blog is my effort to assist in creating a system to push the information out from the Town House to residents. Let me know if you have any thoughts on how it can be done better.
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|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 email@example.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
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.
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Meeting ID: 850 1726 6125
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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.
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.
Medfield resident William Bento is featured in the Boston25News.com story below. Will is enrolled in the police academy at the Fitchburg State University, and is on a list to become an officer in the Medfield Police Department. Look carefully and you can see the MPD patch on his shoulder in this news story.
The Medfield Bento’s are a police family, as Will’s sister, Michelle Manganello, is an officer in the MPD, serving as the town’s School Resource Officer, and Will father, David Bento, is a Lieutenant on the Sherborn Police Department.
FITCHBURG, Mass. — Just as police departments across the state are experiencing reform right now, so are the police academies, where future officers are learning what it takes.
Boston 25 News has been closely following recruits for months, and spent the day at the Fitchburg State Police Academy, to see how educators there are dealing with the civil unrest head-on.
The recruits recently got candid lessons from current officers on protecting and serving the community, including Harvard, Massachusetts Police Chief Edward Denmark.
“There have been times where I’ve used force in my past and a lot of that was anger,” Chief Denmark told the recruits. “I got so wrapped up in what my task was in that moment, as opposed to what my purpose was in the bigger picture.”
The recruits are also dissecting mistakes officers around the country have made in hopes of avoiding similar situations. For example, recruits had to write a two-page essay on what the four officers did wrong in the George Floyd incident.
“When we spend 15 weeks here, you do what you’re told here when you’re told to do it and nothing more. I think it can be challenging to get out on the street and confront a veteran officer, but those are the skills that we are learning here to be able to step up and make those tough decisions,” Medfield Police recruit William Bento told Boston 25 News reporter Wale Aliyu.
Fitchburg State University Police Academy has a model of training and educating the recruits simultaneously, which they say is the first in the country.
“Research has shown that educated officers have less ‘use of force’ incidents, they have less deadly force incidents, they are better problem solvers,” academy director Lisa Lane McCarty said. “To their credit, this is not a great time to be going through a police academy. And they have these faces on that say ‘they will be the change,’” she added.
In the five-year program, the 21 recruits will get a criminal justice bachelors, a master’s degree, a police certification, and first-hand lessons on the ethics and nuances of policing.
“They need to understand the limitations of some of the things that we have tried or even some of the things people are suggesting now,” Chief Denmark said. “How is a certification going to change the way someone feels in their heart and their mind? It’s not going to. It may help to make sure we have the right education. But at two in the morning when a fight starts in the middle of the street that doesn’t matter.”
Four of the recruits already have jobs waiting for them. Benjamin Torrence will be joining the short-staffed Haverhill Police Department, and says as an officer of Color, he feels the pressure to bridge the gap.
“I do feel the pressure, but I know I’m not alone,” Torrence said. “I’m excited, my fellow recruits are excited, to get out on the street to make a difference.”
With calls to defund, and dismantle entire departments, these recruits know their goal is to provide change, one interaction at a time.
“We want to be able to change peoples’ perspective if they have a negative outlook on this job,” Bento said.
“This is all fear-driven,” said Chief Denmark. “This is cops fearing people which causes them to have heightened fear and feel they need to use force. And communities of color don’t trust the cops based on the history of this country. This goes far beyond policing so they’re afraid.”
Gus and I heard a presentation on institutional racism by Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities in January 2020 at the Massachusetts Municipal Association annual meeting. I recommend that one clicks on the this link https://youtu.be/ERnSi8s3Oyk, and listen to Tim Wise explain institutional racism in three minutes (starts at about 10:50). The email below came today –
Dear MMA Members,
We are sharing a special message from Clarence Anthony, the CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities, providing support for municipal leaders through the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Program. This important initiative was highlighted at our Annual Meeting in January, and is more valuable than ever as a resource for cities and towns, here and across the nation.
|Dear NLC Members,
I write to you today as the CEO of the National League of Cities, as your colleague, and as your friend.
As CEO, I want you to know that the National League of Cities is here to support you during this challenging time. As your colleague, I want you to know that I am acutely aware of the leadership demands you are facing right now. As your friend, I want you to know that I am tired of violence towards African Americans by members of law enforcement. I am tired of implicit and explicit racial biases that permeate our society. And I am tired of the inequities in healthcare, finances, education, housing, nutrition and other basic needs.
We have a crisis of humanity in this country, and we’re seeing this crisis reach its boiling point right now. The current situation in America is not just about the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. This is about communities that have been left behind for hundreds of years.
This is about the communities that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is about a lack of hope and a lack of agency that is felt throughout the Black community. In the words of civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” – that is the feeling of many African Americans in our nation.
You ran for office and work in local government to make a difference in your community. Now, your residents are looking to you for answers, guidance and support.
You have a great power and a great responsibility that no one else in this nation has. You, as the person elected by your neighbors and community members, can make a real difference right now – and your residents are looking to you right now for leadership.
I challenge you to use the power of the pulpit to heal your community and chart a path forward that prioritizes equity and humanity. I challenge you to look to your colleagues in other cities for support and unity. I challenge you to educate yourself on the history of race in your own community and state, because it affects more than the African American communities, it affects all communities of color. And I challenge you to advance policies and programs that will make a difference in the lives of every person of color that rely on you to lead.
In 2014, the National League of Cities created our Race, Equity and Leadership department to strengthen local leaders’ knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities and divisions and to build more equitable communities. It has been an honor to work with many of you over the past six years to advance this mission in your cities.
In the coming days and weeks, we are continuing this work and are working to provide you with the support you need. I encourage you to read and share the resources enclosed below. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com.
Things will get better. However it is up to us to ensure that we make it better by working together.
Clarence E. Anthony
CEO and Executive Director
RACE, EQUITY AND LEADERSHIP RESOURCES
Responding to Racial Tension in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide
A guide that includes important contextual and tactical information to support your municipality’s efforts to respond effectively. LEARN MORE
Advancing Racial Equity in Your City: A Municipal Action Guide
Compiles six immediate steps for improving outcomes for all residents. LEARN MORE
Repository of City Racial Equity Policies and Decisions
Review examples of concrete policy and budgetary changes local elected officials have made to prioritize racial equity in their cities, towns, and villages. LEARN MORE
My Brother’s Keeper Landscape
City leaders respond the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge by tackling the disparities that face our nation’s boys and young men of color (BYMoC). LEARN MORE
Learn how 12 cities and their elected leaders around the country are advancing racial equity in their communities. LEARN MORE
From town web site –
Posted on: May 20, 2020
Dale Street School Project Seeks Community Input
The Dale Street School Project Building Committee is asking all Medfield residents for their input regarding the Dale Street School Building Project. Renovating or replacing the existing 80 year old Dale Street School has been a strategic objective for the School District and Town for several years.
As a follow-up to the May 19 Community Forum, the School Building Committee is asking the community to provide additional feedback on the project by completing the Dale Street School Project Community Survey. The survey is available to complete through May 27. The School Building Committee is hoping for a strong response to the survey and is looking forward to your input. The results of the survey will be shared with the community. Please reach out to DaleStreetSchoolProject@gmail.com with any further questions.
Please take the following quick survey. Thank you for your time!
The Massachusetts Municipal Association provides huge amounts of information to municipalities, provides opportunities to share experiences, and publishes a monthly magazine, called the Beacon, which has become a digital document this month – read the May 2020 edition here MMA_Beacon_May2020.
Town of Medfield Alert
Two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Medfield.
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