Category Archives: People

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden

From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –

Pinky Meader Memorial Garden Dedicated

On Friday, September 6, the Medfield Garden Club dedicated a new civic planting in Medfield, the Pinky Meader Memorial Garden, affectionately known as Pinky’s Garden. Members of the garden club and Pinky’s family gathered behind the Unitarian Church in Medfield overlooking Meetinghouse Pond and the Dwight Derby House to dedicate the granite-inscribed bench and the new garden to a dear friend, gardening colleague, mentor and long-time Medfield volunteer who passed away and left a deep legacy of horticultural knowledge and civic beautification to the Town of Medfield and members of the Medfield Garden Club.

We invite the community to visit our lovely new site on the Unitarian Church lawn at 26 North Street and to enjoy some repose in one of the most beautiful settings in Medfield.

 

Nicholas Miliano, Assistant Town Administrator

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Good article by Mike Gleason on Nick in the Medfield Press

https://medfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20190829/milano-is-medfields-new-assistant-town-administrator

It was nice to meet Nick at the Select Board meeting last night.

“Pete’s” at Lasell Village

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Select Board chair Gus Murby commented at our meeting this week about learning from Medfield resident Basil McCulloch about Pete’s, the store at Lasell Village.  I was fortunate, both, to have been the chair of the Lasell Village board for about ten years while Lasell College conceived and built Lasell Village, plus to have Lasell Village name its store “Pete’s,” and finally to have the incomparable Lasell Village favorite, Basil, run Pete’s.

The caricature above hangs in my office and at Lasell Village. The plaque below is just at Lasell Village.

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Also, Basil and I are two of the people to ever wear a Pete’s shirt!

I felt 20 years older after they named the store named for me.

 

Chief Guerette sworn in last night

Chief Michelle Guerette was hired and officially started work the day of the annual town meeting (ATM), however, last night at the Board of Selectmen meeting there was a ceremonial swearing in by Town Clerk, Carol Mayer, and the Chief also received a heart medal from her youngest child, Murphy, who also marched with the Chief in the town’s Memorial Day parade the day before.

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Tribute to Mike Sullivan

Medfield TV’s Olivia Deval, a senior at Medfield High School and soon to be Babson student, crafted a nice video tribute to Michael Sullivan, that was played at the start of the annual town meeting (ATM) last night, resulting in a standing ovation of appreciation for Mike.  Our first town meeting without Mike for the last 44 years.

 

Steve & Marie Zack Nolan – MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

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MFi Salutes Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan – Lifetime Achievement Award!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award – Stephen Nolan and Marie Zack Nolan.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Sarah Raposa, Martha Moon, Cynthia Greene, Margaret Bancroft and Lucy Masters, it is clear that Steve and Marie exemplify the qualities MFi values:  dedicated volunteerism driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

A quote from their nominators: “If Marie and Steve Nolan had not moved to Medfield in the mid-1980s our town would feel, look, and be organized in detrimentally different ways so that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant community that exists today.”  These two dedicated citizens of Medfield have been donating their time and talents since the day they moved to town!  Some of their highlights include:

  • Medfield Warrant Committee
  • Geographic Information System
  • Medfield Affordable Housing Committee
  • Conservation Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Medfield Energy Committee
  • Historic District Commission
  • Open Space Committee
  • State Hospital Negotiating Committee
  • Council on Arts
  • State Hospital Master Planning Committee
  • Medfield Arts Lottery Council
  • And much more!

This “highly dedicated and energetic couple” have spent so much of their time making Medfield a welcoming, comfortable, beautiful and energy conscious town.  Their efforts also extended into the Public School system, assisting in the classroom as well as many different extra-curriculars: sports, theater, film club, just to name a few.

As leaders in the community, the town has benefited from “their insight, intelligence, expertise, commitment, and – not the least – good humor!”  Whether it be Marie’s leadership in helping to reduce Medfield’s energy costs by nearly $600K, or Steve’s tireless efforts in managing the many different and emotional perspectives relating to the Affordable Housing discussions in Medfield, it is clear that these two conscientious citizens have made a tremendous impact on our town.

With the overwhelming support of their community, we welcome Stephen and Marie Nolan into the ranks of Lifetime Achievement Award winners.  Congratulations!!!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the generous sponsorship of Roche Brothers and Brothers Marketplace.

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Pat Casey – Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

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MFi Salutes Pat Casey – Volunteer of the Year!

Medfield Foundation, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award – Pat Casey.  Through the nomination provided by colleagues Jack Wolfe, Martha Festa and Joanna Hilvert, it is clear that Pat exemplifies the qualities MFi looks for:  a dedicated volunteer who is driven to provide a meaningful impact in the town of Medfield.

“Pat brings a unique balance of capability and character to all he does,” say his nominators.  In working with Pat on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSH MPC), they observed that Pat’s “analytical skills are superb, and they form the foundation for his judgements.  Pat’s work ethic, considering the massive work load for all on the MSH MPC, is equally superb.”  Given that Pat’s full-time job takes up a substantial amount of his time, his commitment to donating a vast number of  hours of professional expertise over a 4 year span to the MSH committee as a volunteer demonstrates just how devoted he is to the improvement of our town.  ”Pat always listens and works to understand and consider everyone’s viewpoint. He is an exceptionally good and careful listener; there is no question of his attention when in conversation with him. And amid sometimes challenging dynamics, Pat was always a conciliator and collaborator.”  In the word of his nominators, “Pat Casey is simply a terrific asset to Medfield.”

Pat had tough competition this year, and we would like to thank the other Volunteer of the Year nominees.  Dick Judge, Michele Feinsilver Hoye, Liz Sandeman and Michelle Barrette we sincerely thank you for your dedication and volunteer spirit focused on improving our town!

Please join us on March 31, from 3pm to 5pm at the Center in Medfield to honor all of this year’s very special Volunteers!

 

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The Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards are made possible by the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace