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.
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:
MEDFIELD FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES HENRY J. MARCEL AS ITS MEDFIELD VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
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.
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
Posted onJuly 28, 2022|Comments Off on 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.
Nicholas Milano Selected as the Next Town Administrator
POSTED ON: JULY 28, 2022 – 12:10PM
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.
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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.
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.
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Posted onMay 6, 2021|Comments Off on Missing Person – Elm Street area
Town of Medfield , Emergency Alerts
Sent 05/06/2021 13:44 EDT
The Medfield Police Department is currently looking for Evan Lautz, a 23 year old resident. He is described as a white male, brown hair, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing jeans, gray boots and a gray Northface jacket, in the area of Elm Street in Medfield. If located, please contact the Medfield Police Department at 508-359-2315.
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