Category Archives: People

Medfield Comedian Kathe Farris Headlines on New Years Eve

From today’s Boston Globe:

12 New Year’s Eve comedy shows to leave you laughing all the way to 2023

By Nick A. Zaino III Globe correspondent,

Updated December 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Kathe Farris plays two shows at Off Cabot Comedy in Beverly.
Kathe Farris plays two shows at Off Cabot Comedy in Beverly.JEN VESP

On comedy’s busiest night of the year, here are a dozen stand-up shows in and around Boston to help you close the book on 2022 with plenty of laughs.

Frank Gervasio and Brittney Franklin mentioned in the MMA’s The Beacon this month

The Beacon is the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s monthly magazine, and this month in its section on People, it recognizing Medfield’s new Assistant Town Administrator, Frank Gervasio and Assistant to the Town Administrator, Brittney Franklin’s new role as public information coordinator.

Medfield resident and long time town government volunteer, Jeremy Marsette is also noted to be the new Sherborn Town Administrator.

Frank Gervasio
became the new
assistant town
administrator in
Medfield on Nov.
For the past six
years, Gervasio
worked for the
state in numerous
roles. He had
served as director of special initiatives
for the Division of Local Services since
September 2019, and previously spent
more than a year as a senior project
manager and nearly three years as a
project manager, both in the Executive
Office for Administration and Finance.
He also spent a year working as a
portfolio operations analyst for GMO,
and three years as a financial control
analyst for J.P. Morgan. He has a
bachelor’s degree in political science and
history from The George Washington
In Medfield, Gervasio takes the place of
Nicholas Milano, who left in August
to become the town administrator in
Also in Medfield, Brittney Franklin,
the assistant to the town administrator,
recently added another title: public
information coordinator. Franklin spent
more than three years at the MMA
as a senior legislative analyst before
she began working for Medfield in
November 2021.

Jeremy Marsette
became the new
town administrator
in Sherborn on
Nov. 28.
Marsette had
been the public
works director
in Natick for the
past eight years.
Previously, he spent
six years working in Framingham, as
engineer and then as assistant public
works director. He also spent more
than a decade in civil engineering and
project management roles, in both
the public and private sectors. He has
served on a number of boards and
committees, including the Medfield
Warrant Committee, the executive
board of the Association of Town
Finance Committees, and the MMA’s
Policy Committee on Public Works,
Transportation and Public Utilities.
Marsette has a bachelor’s degree in civil
engineering from the University of New
Hampshire and a master’s degree in
business administration from Southern
New Hampshire University. He also
completed the MMA-Suffolk University
Certificate in Local Government
Leadership and Management program.
In Sherborn, Marsettte replaces David
Williams, who left in early 2022 after
nine years in the role and now serves
as the chief financial officer for the
Brockton Housing Authority. Diane
Moores had been serving as Sherborn’s
interim administrator.

Henry Marcel – Medfield’s Holiday Lights Maestro

Henry (Hank) Marcel was the first Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year in 2008, primarily because he was single handedly responsible for doing MEMO’s holiday tree lighting downtown for decades.

Below is that 2008 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards proclamation:


The Medfield Foundation proudly proclaims Henry J. Marcel as its Medfield Volunteer of the Year. Henry Marcel is a large steady man with an even larger and steadier presence, whose contribution to making the Town of Medfield a better place have been both constant and impressive for many, many years. Henry, or Hank, has often worked behind the scenes without fanfare or recognition to deliver highly visible, easily recognizable, and much appreciated things to Medfield for decades. Hank has impacted the Town of Medfield in three main areas. First and foremost, Hank is the one who has lit our downtown with holiday lights at Christmas for decades. Second, Hank is the one who has done all the work to electrify Medfield Day and to do the other grunt work that makes it happen for 27 years. Third, Hank is a long time volunteer Medfield Fire Department firefighter, who is often seen proudly wearing a Medfield Fire Department tee shirt.

Hank has been Medfield’s Mr. Christmas, having organized and presided over stringing Medfield’s Christmas lights for MEMO for over twenty-five years. Observers in the know in recent years are used to seeing Hank out and about the downtown in the cold every year after Thanksgiving stringing the lights in Baxter Park, in front of Lord’s, at the Town House, and in front of the First Parish Meeting House. However, the keen long time observers will know that Hank started out decades earlier by actually shutting down his then electrical contracting business, Medfield Electric, for weeks every Christmas, and paying all his employees to help him to string the Christmas lights on every tree up and down Main Street, trees that are now exist only in memories. Over time, the Christmas lights became focused on Baxter Park. In recent years, Hank has buried electrical conduit under the park to facilitate setting up his displays, and he has been adding a tree in any year he can, to make a larger display. MEMO buys the Christmas lights.

Henry’s smile grows ever wider each year as he watches the faces of the town’s children light up in joy during the tree lighting count down, as the lights on the trees come one a tree at a time, culminating with the lighting of the Christmas tree. What an annual gift from Henry to the residents of Medfield to provide so much joy and happiness to so many children and their families.

The annual Medfield Day event is literally powered by Hank, as he creates and operates several whole electrical services for the events locations, calling on his extended group of electrician friends, such as Larry Kilkenny, to make it all come together and in time. Hank has been one who has worked from before dawn until after dark to make Medfield Day happen: he has lined the booths, coordinated the set-up and break-down, doing whatever tasks needed to be done, and he ran the event several times. When the Medfield Night Fireworks were added, Henry was delighted to work on them, despite making his Medfield Day hours longer, especially when he saw how much pleasure the fireworks gave to so many people.

Hank started on the Medfield Fire Department in 1974 under the direction of Chief Ryan. In one untoward incident in 1986 Hank was working at a car fire, when the vehicle rolled and pinned him between two cars breaking his leg. In 1992 he became the Fire Alarm Superintendent and he still oversees the operation of the town’s fire alarm system. Hank semi-retired as a firefighter in 1998, no longer responding to calls, but he remains a resource for electrical problems at the Department.

The Medfield Foundation is proud to name Henry Marcel its first Medfield Volunteer of the Year.

Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray

This past Saturday afternoon there was a Troop 89 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for new Eagle Scouts William Henry Whitaker, Joshua L. Lozano, and Hayden Christian Sutherland Gray at the UCC. All three are 2022 graduates of Medfield High School and had returned to town for Thanksgiving.

Left to right (with the merit badge sashes): Billy Whitaker, Josh Lozano, and Hayden Gray

The Lozano family

The Whitaker family

The Gray family, with Eagle adviser Hilli Passas

Hayden Gray delivering his remarks

Kaelyn Larkin repeats as Home Run Queen of Massachusetts

From the Boston Globe –

WOW!!! Great advice Mr. Larkin!

Assistant Town Administrator, Nicholas Milano moves on and up – selected last night by Milton Select Board as their next Town Administrator

Read the Patriot Ledger article about the stiff competition Nick bested to get the job. Medfield has benefited hugely from Nick’s tenure here, and this Select Board members wishes him well in his next work.

From the Town of Milton website

Nicholas Milano Selected as the Next Town Administrator

POSTED ON: JULY 28, 2022 – 12:10PM

Image of Town Seal

The Milton Select Board is pleased to announce its unanimous selection of Nicholas Milano to be the next Milton Town Administrator subject to contract negotiations.

Mr. Milano currently serves as Assistant Town Administrator for the Town of Medfield, MA.  His prior experience includes service as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Boston Municipal Research Bureau; as Executive Aide to the Mayor of Marlboro, MA; as Project Coordinator for the Massachusetts School Building Authority; and as a Legislative Aide in MA.

Mr. Milano earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and holds a Master of Urban Affairs Degree from Boston University.  He also earned a Certificate in Local Government Management and Leadership sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Suffolk University, he was a John William Ward Fellow while a student at Boston Latin School. 

Please join in congratulating Mr. Nicholas Milano on his selection as the next Town Administrator.

Medfield virtual meeting with Congressman Jake Auchincloss, 5-6PM on 11/30

Medfield virtual meeting with Congressman Jake Auchincloss

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to attend a virtual Medfield Roundtable with U.S. Congressman Jake Auchincloss on Tuesday, November 30th from 5:00-6:00 pm.

The Roundtable with the Congressman will provide an opportunity for local community leaders and stakeholders to receive an update about the American Rescue Plan and the pending Federal infrastructure legislation packages and how they can benefit Medfield. The Congressman will share a brief overview of his first several months in office and then will open most of the session for Q & A from participants.

Jake wants to hear what is on the mind of Medfield residents, so please plan on joining us for this unique opportunity to become inform about his work in Washington D.C.

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

The Zoom information is provided below.

Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 161 223 8912
Passcode: 160945

Angel Run

The Angel Run is coming!

Last call for shirts!

The Medfield Foundation Angel Run will be held on Sunday, December 5. It’s a 5K / Run / Walk community “fun raiser” and family event. The route is filled with decorations and festive highlights. Bring your friends, the kids, the dog, the stroller and Grandma too. Wear your festive holiday gear and and help raise funds for Medfield families in need. 

Early Bird Registration is $25 and includes a commemorative shirt, but ends soon on November 1.  

Standard Registration is $30 and runs until November 19, but does NOT include a shirt. 

Go to for more info and to sign up.

Please spread the word!

We hope you’ll join us!

MFD announces death of its Captain Michael Harman

From the Medfield Fire Department’s Twitter yesterday –

Medfield Fire-Rescue@medfieldfd

With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Captain Michael Harman. Further details on services will be provided when available. Please respect the privacy of Capt. Harman’s family at this time and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Mark Sullivan, who grew up in Medfield, featured in Globe today – says MHS was “fantastic”

From today’s Boston Globe –

Massachusetts native Mark Sullivan has a new World War II novel, based on a true story

By Lauren Daley Globe Correspondent,Updated May 12, 2021, 5:31 p.m.

Mark Sullivan, author of "The Last Green Valley."
Mark Sullivan, author of “The Last Green Valley.”

Mark Sullivan might have sold you (or your parents) a Red Sox hat in the ’70s. As a Medfield teen, he worked a souvenir cart near Fenway Park.

He’s 62 today and living in Bozeman, Montana. He’s also a bestselling author.

While the Medfield High grad has written a few thrillers — including the “Private” series with James Patterson — his knack for World War II stories launched him to the top of the bestseller lists.

article continues here


Q. Tell us about growing up in Medfield and your path to writing.

A. The high school was fantastic. My English teacher, Estelle Stahl, was the first person to tell me I could become a professional writer.