Category Archives: Medfield State Hospital

New Life 5k Virtual Trail Run

From Tod Dimmick for the New Life Furniture Bank –

The 2021 New Life 5K hopes to offer both virtual and in-person components


The fourth annual New Life 5K Trail Run will take place this spring. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness.

The New Life 5k in all its forms is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between.  Each year the event brings out hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Last year, the “Virtual 5k” was a tremendous success, after organizers offered one of the first virtual races in Massachusetts. Virtual runners participated last year from as far away as Australia. This year, the organizers hope that participants will have the choice of whether to participate in-person on May 8th at Medfield State Hospital, or virtually between April 17th and May 8th.


The in-person component will only occur if Massachusetts moves into the stage of Phase 4 that allows Road Races.  The organizers will determine whether or not the in-person event will occur by April 30th (If the in-person event is not permitted, in-person registrations will become virtual registrations). The in-person 5k Trail Run will include measures to ensure safe participation, including staggered start times throughout the day on May 8th.   

The virtual component will be structured much like last year. Participants create their own 5k route, or use fitness apps like MapMyRun and Strava, and then complete their route anytime between April 17 and May 8. Participants can log their times on RaceWire. On May 9, results will be posted and awards will be given.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. New Life has remained vigilant throughout the pandemic and has continued to serve people in need by finding creative and safe ways to operate online and with minimal contact.  In 2020, New Life served almost 500 families.  The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property to donate their gently used goods and furniture.

Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5k, with discounts for registration before April 12, and for teams of four or more.  The registration fee is $25 “early bird” and $30 regular. T-Shirts will be available for an additional fee. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

$50K MassDevelopment grant for RFP assistance re MSH

The town received a $50,000 state grant to assist with the RFP for the former Medfield State Hospital site. Here is the announcement letter that came yesterday, despiteits date. –

99 High Street
Boston, MA 02110
Main: 617-330-2000
Fax: 617-330-2001
massdevelopment.com
Charles D. Baker
Governor
Karyn E. Polito
Lieutenant Governor
Mike Kennealy
Chairman
Lauren A. Liss
President and CEO
December 8, 2020
Nicolas Milano
Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield MA 02052
nmilano@medfield.net
Re: MassDevelopment Real Estate Services Award – Medfield State Hospital Reuse
Dear Mr. Milano:
We are pleased to inform you that the Town of Medfield’s application for technical assistance through MassDevelopment’s Real Estate Services Call for Proposals has been accepted for the FY2021 funding round for a budget not to exceed $50,000. Given this is a site-specific project, the repayment clause will apply in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Town of Medfield and MassDevelopment.
This year’s overwhelming level of interest made the funding round highly competitive. Forty communities applied with a combined request of $1.5M in technical assistance. Ultimately, 9 projects were selected to move forward in FY2021.
One of MassDevelopment’s Real Estate project managers will reach out to you in the next few weeks to discuss project start-up and next steps. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Christine Madore, Vice President, Real Estate Services at cmadore@massdevelopment.com or 617-330-2053.
Sincerely,
Cassandra McKenzie
Executive Vice President, Real Estate
MassDevelopment

Winter Lights at MSH Dec. 17-20

From the Medfield Cultural Alliance –

Winter Lights display from Dec. 17 – 20, from 5 pm – 9 pm nightly at the former Medfield State Hospital.


Come revel in the nearly mile-long sprawl of light displays and decorations including a living nativity! Tickets are $20 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance by visiting EventBrite. No visitors will be permitted without a ticket and no tickets will be available for sale on site. The event will run regardless of weather. All proceeds go to support nonprofit organizations Medfield TV and the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.

Hope to see you there!

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JeanCultural Alliance of Medfield
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JeanMineo@aol.com@JeanRMineoLinkedIn

New Mutants opens Friday

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The New Mutants.’
Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The New Mutants.’

I think I know those two locations – so cool.

Trailer is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vJhUAOFpI

MEC 8/24

Your Medfield Energy Committee has tons of irons in our local fires – Zoom in next Monday at 7 PM to hear and see what is happening

  • Medfield Environment Action – new group
  • Community Aggregation – for next town meeting
  • Climate Goals – for next town meeting
  • Solar Projects – e.g. Kingsbury Club solar is large enough to be a power plant
  • New Dale St. School – building to net zero can save the town money
  • Green Community Act – (Municipal) Operations – how state grants are being used to make our town better

The agenda and Zoom link are below:

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.
1. To join online, use this link:
a. https://zoom.us/j/98488657066?pwd=U1FsZVR5SFYzRlV5bmRwdENBVlBxdz
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b. Enter Password: 221674
2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
a. Enter the Webinar ID: 984 8865 7066
b. Enter the password: 221674
Medfield Energy Committee
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Monday, August 24, 2020 7:00 pm
1. Report from the Chair – Fred
2. Approval of minutes from past meeting: 7/20 – Penni
3. Committee Roster update – Cynthia
4. Medfield Environment Action – Megan
Community Forums: CCA, Climate Goals
5. Community Aggregation – Megan / Bob / Paul / Jeremy
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. Jul 22 Public Forum, other publicity
Posted:
6. Climate Goals – Jim
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. GHG Inventory tool – Hilli
c. Aug 17 Public Forum, other publicity
7. Solar Projects – Penni
a. PPA vs ownership; SDA
b. Kingsbury Club: zoning
c. DPW roof: grant application – Hilli
d. Old landfill
e. Other sites
8. New Dale St. School – Alec
a. Arrowstreet: Acton-Boxborough
b. Eversource funding available (Cullinane; Thornton Tomasetti?)
c. BoS support of NetZero goal
d. Sandeen analysis tool – Megan
9. MassEnergize – joint MEA-MEC meeting
10. MSH Subcommittee: MSH Development Committee activity
11. Municipal and Community Partnership with Eversource – Tricia
12. Liaison with other orgs: MCAN, CRGC, MAPC, IECC
13. Medfield Long-Range planning process – Cynthia
14. Green Community (Municipal) Operations – Amy
a. 2020 Green Communities Funding-- $139,316 applied 5/1; answered q’s 6/19
b. Exterior and Interior lighting controls at High School, Middle School
c. High School: Trane / ESPO / interval data / scoping study – Alec
d. MAPC Regional Energy Planning Assistance Funding – Paul
$2500: Help prep, complete annual report
$1500: Competitive grant prep
e. Consumption during shut-down?
f. LED Streetlights: invoices adjusted
g. Energy Management function: Susan McPhee to be invited to BoS
And, any additional business that came in after the deadline that must be discussed prior to
the next meeting.

Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

Released June 30, 2020

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill 1-2 vacant Associate Member positions.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Sarah Raposa at sraposa@medfield.net by September 1, 2020.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five-year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board generally meets in the evening 2-3 times per month. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first and third Monday and there is often an additional work session scheduled.  Associate member attend and participate in all meetings though are not considered voting members of the Board. This allows Associates to learn about the intricacies of the Planning Board in preparation for running in the local election.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process prescribed by MGL Chapter 41 Sections 81L-GG and Town Code Article 310 involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval” and “Special Permits” in the Zoning By-Laws (MGL Chapter 40A and Town Code Article 300), the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning interests within the Town such as the historical entities, Medfield State Hospital, and affordable housing.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Relevant experience includes land use law, real estate, engineering, and construction however; planning board members come from a broad spectrum of life. Ideal candidates must be open-minded, willing to learn and put time in between meetings, and be capable of reading and understanding the Medfield Zoning Bylaws. Accordingly, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board, do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?

 

  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

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Volunteer to Serve on a Committee

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PS: other vacancies here

Affordable Housing Trust: Click Here for Announcement

Medfield State Hospital Development Committee: Click Here for MSHDC Announcement

Medfield Historical Commission: Click Here for MHC Announcement

Planning Board: Click HERE for PB Announcement

 

Chicken found at MSH

This friendly and happy chicken was found by Deb and Kristen near the Overlook at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon.  Call me at 508-359-9190 or email me at Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com if it is yours.

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MSH – see something, say something

This damage was done over the weekend at the Medfield State Hospital, requiring John Thompson, Chair of the MSH Building and Grounds Committee, and a hands on volunteer, and his colleague in the work to board it up anew.

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John reports that vandalism at MSH has increased with the increased usage of the site.

Last night I was chagrined to witness a white Miata doing donuts in the parking lot by the school buses at MSH – there are too many people using the MSH site for anyone to be engaging in such unnecessary attention getting behavior.

 

MSH Dev. Comm. seeks members

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Members Sought For Medfield State Hospital Development Committee

Posted: 04/23/20

 

The Medfield Board of Selectmen is seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee (MSHDC). The MSHDC is responsible for developing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals process (RFP) in support of the redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital site and the MSH District zoning article approved at Medfield’s November 2019 Special Town Meeting; initiating a disposition article for an upcoming town meeting that authorizes the town to release the property for redevelopment; and identifying the staffing and legal counsel resources necessary to support the redevelopment effort. The MSHDC anticipates meeting twice monthly, but may meet more frequently or less frequently.

 

The Committee includes members with experience in land use, real estate, housing, banking, and finance. The committee is seeking 3 – 4 new members with experience in the following complementary fields: law, engineering, project management, and building construction/rehabilitation.

 

For questions regarding the MSHDC or this specific position please contact Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator at nmilano@medfield.net.
Qualified candidates who are interested in serving on this committee at this important stage in the redevelopment process should submit a letter of interest with resume to Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator at nmilano@medfield.net by June 1, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medfield movie gets a rave review

Brush with Hollywood –

Filmed (partly) in Medfield – on Rte. 27, and they also stored their trailers at Medfield State Hospital –

★★★★
Any way you slice it, ‘Knives Out’ is hilarious
Pound for pound, actor for actor, laugh for laugh, “Knives Out” may be the most entertaining movie of the year, writes Globe critic Ty Burr, who gives the movie four out of four stars.

It’s a gift and a skewering, a love letter and a pratfall — an old school murder mystery breathed into riotous new life by a young Jedi master of moviemaking, Rian Johnson. And it really deserves the establishment of a new Oscar category for Best Honey-Baked Ham, whose 2019 recipient could only be Daniel Craig.

Read the full review.