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Medfield Day canceled

Colleen Sullivan’s Medfield Patch article


CANCELED – Discover Medfield Day 2020

By Colleen M. Sullivan, Patch MayorVerified User Badge
Jul 16, 2020 11:00 pm ET|Updated Jul 16, 2020 11:01 pm ET

Discover Medfield Day 2020 CANCELED

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued Phase III, Step 1, guidelines for activities during this time of COVID-19 restrictions.

The CATEGORY of EVENTS which includes Discover Medfield Day – defined as, “large capacity event venues and activities organized to draw together large crowds” such as “street festivals and agricultural festivals” – will not be allowed until Phase IV. Phase IV is not likely to be open before September 26th.

Therefore, Discover Medfield Day is CANCELED for this year.

Exhibitors who have already paid their Booth Fees will be refunded.

Next year’s registration process will reset, using 2019 registrations for Exhibitor Invitations and the registration timetable.

Russ Hallisey, Chair – MEMO Discover Medfield Day 2020

TWMPC – Medfield Day handout

Save the date – Sunday, October 20, 5-7:30 public forum. Dine and plan. Mark you calendars.

This was the Townwide Master Planning Committee’s Medfield Day handout.



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:

Solarize Medfield hits Tier 4

solarize mass medfield

From Marie Nolan, Medfield Solar Coach, (508) 361-8786

Susan Boucher, New England Clean Energy, (978) 567-6527



 MEDFIELD, Mass., Nov. 1, 2016 – With the signing of a contract for a 14,400-watt solar electric system by Heidi and Tripp Johnson on Hospital Road, the Solarize Medfield community solar initiative has reached Tier 4 savings, Solar Coach and Medfield Energy Committee member Marie Nolan announced today. Since the program began in July, nearly 200 people have expressed interest, and homeowners have signed up for a total of 109 kilowatts (kW) of emissions-free solar.


“Achieving Tier 4 is fantastic but we’ve got a lot of work to do to hit the final Tier 5 before the program ends on November 30. If you’ve ever thought about solar, this is the time to look into it. And don’t worry if another installer said your roof is too shady or the financials don’t work for you. The Solarize pricing is so good that a lot of borderline roofs are proving very economical,” said Nolan.


“Now is the time to band together to help make Medfield a clean community, and to help your neighbors get the lowest possible prices on solar. Panel choices include the most powerful panel available today, and an all-black panel that fades into the roof. We’re also installing ductless mini-split heating and cooling systems under the Solarize program,” said Mark Durrenberger, president of New England Clean Energy.


Solarize Medfield offers discounted prices from the start. As more people sign up and new tiers are reached, the discounts become greater. Everyone in the program gets the final discount, regardless of when in the program they sign up. Those who sign up first will have their systems installed first. The limited-time program has five tiers and runs through November.


New England Clean Energy, which was selected as installer after a competitive bidding process, is offering solar electric systems for purchase, with financing available, as well as leased systems for those with limited tax liability. The company is also offering energy-efficient ductless heating and cooling systems, installed in conjunction with solar or on a standalone basis. Those systems count toward the Solarize Medfield tiers.


For more information about Solarize Medfield, or to volunteer, contact Marie Nolan, Medfield Solar Coach, at (508) 361-8786 or More information can also be found at or the Solarize Medfield Facebook page.


Property owners ready to have their roofs evaluated for solar can complete the registration form on the Solarize Medfield website or call New England Clean Energy directly at 978-56-SOLAR (978-567-6527).


Solarize Medfield is a community program designed to help local homeowners and business owners save money and help the planet by installing solar energy systems at discounted prices. Solarize Medfield is supported by the Town of Medfield, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and run by local volunteers.


New England Clean Energy of Hudson, Mass., designs and installs solar electric systems for homes and businesses in central, MetroWest and southeast Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The company has installed 700 systems in this region since being founded 10 years ago. It has more positive reviews than any Northeast installer on independent website Solar Reviews.







Medfield Cultural District wins $500

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa –

Congratulations Medfield Cultural District and thank you to all you voted to help our Town secure the $500 prize! Kudos to the members of the listening party: Austin “Buck” Buchanan, Mare Parker-O’Toole, Jean Mineo, Kirsten D’Abate, Aditi Thatte, David Temple, Cheryl O’Malley, Richard DeSorgher, Lucille Fisher, and Rob Gregg.

Also, a sincere thanks to Jean Mineo for her dedication to and implementation of the Visions and Voices project.

Thanks all,


Wednesday, September 25, 2013



Medfield Cultural District Awarded $500 to Make Medfield More Successful

MEDFIELD, MA – Medfield Matters – Visions & Voices: Pocket Park wins $500 in the CommunityMatters Successful Communities Contest.

CommunityMatters asked people to come together, listen to their free conference call on the Secrets to Successful Communities with Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute, then decide on one completely achievable action for making their community more successful.  To sweeten the deal, the Orton Family Foundation sponsored the contest by offering $500 to four communities that came up with an idea or strategy for success.  The Orton Family Foundation works to build vibrant, enduring communities in the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West.

Medfield Matters – Visions & Voices: Pocket Park was chosen from among 16 entrants in the competition for the unique way that it is helping to address community challenges and build a more vibrant future.   Selected by online public voting, the four winning entries are:

–          Middlesboro, Kentucky (pop. 10,334): Discover Downtown Middlesboro plans to use temporary demonstrations to test out pop-up businesses, transform vacant lots, set up public seating in high traffic areas, and install signs that highlight future improvements. The two-day Better Block-style demonstration project will bring neighbors together to experience and envision the great potential for downtown.


–          Silverton, Oregon (pop. 9,222): With a desire to inspire ongoing conversations about real and lasting community change, the Upstream Arts Collective plans to host curated conversations about the art of neighboring. Local community collaborators and neighborhood practitioners will share their stories in a fun and collaborative atmosphere.


–          Medfield, Massachusetts (pop. 12,024): Working to create a vibrant downtown, the Medfield Cultural District plans to revitalize an underutilized pocket park with community art. The project will ask community members to write their ideas for the park on a large chalkboard set up downtown. They also plan to do an art installation through the park featuring portraits of residents.


–          Mountain View, Arkansas (pop. 2,748): A county seat characterized by a mix of artisans, professionals, retirees, retail and service occupations, this small town is an established tourist destination. People in Mountain View love to gather and play music of all sorts, and they do so nearly every weekend when the weather is good.  But traditional music is being lost to the prominence of more modern sounds; even the Arkansas Folk Festival is no longer truly “folk.” This group plans to create a music festival that will showcase traditional styles, seeking to protect local heritage and educate people about true old-time music.

Visit to see the entrants and winners.

About Medfield Matters – Visions & Voices: Pocket Park

Our listening party was inspired by the concepts of engaging citizens to tell the Town what they want for the improvements of a downtown pocket park. “Visions and Voices” will be a community art project to focus attention on this underutilized asset in the heart of downtown between Zebra’s Bistro and Starbucks. Partnering organizations will work to ensure that the enhancements made will be practical and useful for many to enjoy – adding to the aesthetic and vitality of our lovely downtown.


About CommunityMatters

CommunityMatters is an interactive exchange for individuals and organizations working to engage citizens and build strong, vibrant communities from the ground up. CommunityMatters fuels a growing network of leaders, thinkers and doers in a variety of disciplines – planning, sustainability, health, democracy, education, economic development, and the arts. CommunityMatters is a project of the Orton Family Foundation, in collaboration with other partners.


About The Orton Family Foundation

The Orton Family Foundation believes that empowering people to shape the future of their communities will improve local decision-making, create a shared sense of belonging, and ultimately strengthen the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of each place. Orton helps communities navigate change by offering programs and tools that engage diverse groups of residents in collaborative discussions and decision-making driven by what they love most about their town—its “heart and soul.”

Medfield Day 2011 cost town $5,472.24

Medfield Day cost the town a total of $5,472.24 this year – $4,373.76 for the services of police and $1,098.48 for overtime of DPW employees, per the Chief and Superintendent.  I had asked if either department received anything in return and did not get any figures ( I heard that MEMO did pay the police $1,000 a year ago).

Since MEMO makes ten of thousands of dollars from the event, my simple suggestion has been that MEMO reimburse the town for the costs to the town for town employees to assist, that Medfield Day be “revenue neutral” to the town.  In 2010 my BoS colleagues originally agreed with the logic of MEMO doing, only to return at the next meeting to indicate that MEMO would not agree to pay the costs, and so my colleagues then changed their votes – and so the town residents continue to pay MEMO’s tab.