30+ years ago, my Newton dog walker friend went in to the pond by the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln after her golden retriever that had fallen through the ice, and my friend drown.
25+ years ago my golden retriever, Charlotte, went into the Charles on our weekend run one March morning, off the really beautiful trail that goes along the river behind the police firing range, just at the point where the river turns, such that the full current hits the bank where Charlotte went in. Because all the flow hitting at that point, the current was so strong that Charlotte had trouble getting back to the opening, despite paddling as fast as she could. For a few moments as I watched her struggle, I contemplated going in to help her out. Why not, after all, I had gone in the water to “teach her” to swim as a puppy – but that had been summer. Fortunately, Charlotte put on one sustained strong effort and got back to the opening and climbed out, and only one of us went home icy wet, while the other was left with strong memories of what almost happened.
Charlotte always went in the water on our winter runs, unless things were frozen solid.
Email today from the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –
Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee Update
The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee is pleased to announce the release of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the State Hospital site after four years of intensive effort.
The cover of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan.
Preferred Master Plan Released
Residential, cultural, commercial, retail, and recreational uses are incorporated into the plan. Key features include:
· diverse housing types addressing needs for seniors, down-sizers, millennials, and affordability;
· restoration and reuse of almost all of the existing buildings;
· maximizing open space and vistas;
· buildings and open area for a cultural hub; and
· space designated for a recreational and athletic complex.
The plan balances the priorities and desires of the Community with the economic and financial objectives of minimal impacts on school and Town services, minimal effects on property tax rates, and the potential for profitable development from the investor’s perspective.
The Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday July 10, 2018 is all about the plans for the former Medfield State Hospital site.
The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee will present its master plan (now 200 pages, down from 500 pages). I have been asked by the MSHMPC to not share its master plan yet. I expect I can share it after our meeting on Tuesday, and will plan to do so.
Prior to the joint three hour meeting last Tuesday evening of the Board of Selectmen, the Warrant Committee, and the Planning Board, the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) shared its recommendations, without the full financial details, which will follow soon.
This was the email from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, which includes a link you can use to get the materials.
BoS, WC, PB –
On behalf of the MSHMPC, here is a link to a dropbox folder with all the documents for tomorrow’s joint meeting:
The town received a notice this week that it had been awarded a state planning grant for developing a cultural arts facility at the former Medfield State Hospital site. A rendering of one possibility is shown below.
This from Jean Mineo –
Medfield has been awarded a $30,000 planning grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a state program that fosters the growth of the creative economy by supporting building projects in the nonprofit arts, humanities and sciences. Medfield received one of 35 planning grants across the state. The grants require a 1:1 match. There were also 63 capital grants for a total of $9.3 million in awards that will generate at least another $9.3 million in private investment in cultural facilities.
The Town approved $25,000 toward the required grant match at the Annual Town Meeting last week. The Cultural Alliance of Medfield has committed to raising the balance for the $115,000 project to complete schematics and apply for historic tax credits. If you’d like to help, you can make a donation at their website www.MedfieldCulture.org or read more about their exciting plans on their link to the Medfield State Hospital. Contact Jean Mineo at 617-877-5158 or JeanMineo@aol.com with any questions.
ATTENTION! There are only 8 days left to register on-line for the New Life 5k!
Do you LOVE the Angel Run? Then we think you’re going to LOVE New Life Furniture Bank’s “1st Annual New Life 5k Trail Run”.
This fundraising event will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 5th at the scenic Medfield State Hospital grounds. The event is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to RUN, JOG OR WALK in this family-friendly event.
To register or for additional information, go to newlifefb.org.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 3RD. Last minute registration WILL BE open on the morning of the event.
The 5k registration fee for the run goes up on Friday, so we want to let people know NOW is the time to get the Early Bird pricing.
Register Now for New Life’s 5k Walk/Run
Registration is open for New Life Furniture Bank’s “1st Annual New Life 5K Trail Run” on the grounds of the scenic Medfield State Hospital on Saturday, May 5th at 9 AM. The event is open to avid runners, joggers, or walkers looking for a beautiful spring stroll. This fun event is a great way to get out of the house and stretch your legs after a long winter while raising funds for New Life.
The event registration link is open at newlifefb.org. Register now because there are only about 50 free shirts left for the early registrants, and because the race fee, if paid on or before APRIL 5th, is $25; after April 5th it will be $30.
100% of the proceeds will benefit New Life Furniture Bank of MA.
For those runners interested in getting an official time, RaceWire is providing chip timing, and for those interested in fun and relaxation, there will be post-run refreshments and DJ music!
I started this blog to share the interesting and useful information that I saw while doing my job as a Medfield selectman. 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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