Category Archives: Medfield State Hospital

MFD rescues dog in Charles

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.

The whole article is here – https://medfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20190206/medfield-firefighters-rescue-dog-that-had-fallen-through-ice

Medfield firefighters rescue dog that had fallen through ice

MEDFIELD – Local emergency personnel rescued a dog that fell through the ice midday Tuesday.

MSH MPC report released

 

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Photo by Phil Tuths

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.

 

 

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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 Master Plan is available for your review on the Town’s website located at:  MSHVision.net. Viewers are encouraged to read the four-page Executive Summary first.   A more detailed rationale and explanation of the plan is found in Chapter VIII, The Preferred Redevelopment Scenario (pages 85 – 122.)  A complete draft of the zoning by-law has also been prepared and can be read in the Appendix Document, Chapter 11, Draft Zoning By-law for Medfield State Hospital, (pages 137 – 175.)

See you at Medfield Day September 15, 2018!

BoS hears MSH master plan on 7/10

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.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING TOWN CLERK NOTICE POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2nd floor Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:00PM Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording Moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. Appointments 7:00 Jean Mineo requests the Board of Selectmen sign letters of support for the following grants for cultural development at Medfield State Hospital: Mass Development Grant National Endowment Grant Jean Mineo requests the Board of Selectmen sign proposal for Architectural Existing Conditions Survey 7:15 Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Review of Final Master Plan for MSH Campus Discussion of Next Steps Plan for Special Town Meeting Citizen Comment Action Items Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen sign the contract award for FY19 DPW Supplies and authorize Maurice Goulet to sign the contracts from SERSG when finalized. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen sign the Philip Street Bridge Reimbursement Attorney Marty Murphy request the Board of Selectmen sign the Regulatory Agreement for Local Initiative Project at 71 North Street Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, requests Board of Selectmen vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the ANR Plan for Hinkley Property Edward and Madeline Rodriguez request a rescheduling of the Dangerous Dog Hearing scheduled for July 31, 2018. Discussion of Water Ban Discussion Pending Items Annual Appointments (Scheduled for 7/17) Financial Policy (Scheduled for 7/17) Minutes (Scheduled for 7/17) Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) Mr. Higgins requests permission on behalf of Medfield Youth Basketball to place sandwich board signs at the usual locations in August Town Administrator Update Selectmen Reports Informational  Kleinfelder notification of Submittal of Phase II Comprehensive Site Assessment, Phase III Remedial Action Plan, and Phase IV Remedy Implementation Plan for Cumberland Farms, 560 Main Street.  DHCD notification of Certification of Housing Production Plan  Notice from the Department of the Interior PILT program payment of $1,256.  Notice from DHCD regarding 67 North Street Certified Cost and Income Statement  Letter of resignation from Doug Boyer, ZBA Member  ConCom Notice of Compliance for Homestead Drive and Lawrence Circle20180712-agenda_Page_2

MSHMPC shares preliminary materials last Tuesday

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.

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This was the email from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, which includes a link you can use to get the materials.

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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:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ut6vf8qsq60lznm/AAAJvWC1edacR7vvX-0NgXNNa?dl=0

That folder contains (as PDFs):

  • Executive Summary
  • Map of the preferred scenario
  • Presentation for 12 June(with notes)
  • Master Plan Table of Contents

The attached documents will be printed as handouts at tomorrow’s meeting.

 

See you tomorrow night at 8 pm at the Public Safety Building,

Sarah

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner

Medfield awarded state cultural planning grant

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 –

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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.

To see the grants:
http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/facilities/facilities_fundinglist.htm#Boston

 

Run Registration Closes 5/3

From Susan Maritan –

 

New Life 5k

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.

New Life 5k – entry fee jumps Friday

 

From Susan Maritan –

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.

New Life 5k

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!