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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
https://ushr.zoomgov.com/j/1612238912?pwd=U2QzUXk0MzVOWENmUmhkTE1BZlF2dz09
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 MedfieldFoundation.org 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

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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. 

Missing Person – Elm Street area

Missing Person

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.

Thank you.

Pamela Bates, Matthew Parillo, and Kirsten Poler join MFi board

Medfield Foundation names 3 to its board of directors

The Medfield Foundation has announced that Kirsten Poler, Matthew Parillo and Pamela Bates have been appointed to its Board of Directors. These appointments reflect the growth of MFi and its initiatives and contributions to the town. The MFi Board of Directors governs all Medfield Foundation events and campaigns, administers associated funds and works with local nonprofit groups.

“The work of MFi and our organizations is more important than ever in these times and our Board composition must evolve to support outreach to new residents and families in Medfield. With these changes, MFi has further increased the makeup of our board in terms of gender and career experience,” said Evan Weisenfeld, president of Medfield Foundation.

Poler is a trusts and estates lawyer who practiced at Palmer and Dodge and Wellesley College until relocating to London 20 years ago.  While in London, Kirsten worked to raise money for various nonprofits which included trekking to Mt Everest base camp for Women for Women and running several London Marathons for the NSPCC.

Having moved back recently, Kirsten has worked on behalf of the Annual Fund for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation, The Charles River School, and her alma mater, Amherst College. Kirsten is enjoying getting to know all things Medfield and has also joined the Conservation Commission and the board of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  Kirsten lives with her husband and youngest daughter and many assorted animals on their farm.

Parillo is a Massachusetts native who lives in Medfield with his wife and two children. He is the assistant vice president of communications at Brandeis University’s Institutional Advancement division. He is responsible for directing an integrated and strategic communications effort to support fundraising and constituent engagement initiatives. He has coached soccer for Medfield youth and has taught sailing at a public sailing center. He also serves as an advisor to Footnote, a MassChallenge online media company that brings academic research and expertise to a broader audience.Get the Inside Massachusetts Politics newsletter in your inbox.

Bates resides in Medfield with her husband and two children in the Wheelock School and Medfield Children’s Center. She is the chief operating officer at Shorelight, a Boston-based global education company partnering with top-ranked, nonprofit North American universities to build innovative programs and services that help talented students thrive and become global citizens. She serves on the Parent Board of the Medfield Children’s Center, volunteers for her alma mater Wheaton College (Norton) and as a mentor for Lead5050 focused on increasing opportunity for women in international education.

For information about the foundation, visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/

Lueders are Civic Founders of MFi Legacy Fund

Photo by Colleen Sullivan

Mike & Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies are Civic Founders of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is pleased to announce Mike & Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies as Civic Founders of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund.

Mike and Connie Lueders believe in and support the Medfield community and the mission of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Mike and Connie said, “Having been residents of this community for 36 years, we have experienced the unity, support, and common goals shared by MFi. We are honored to be part of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund and Civic Founders.”

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowed fund of the Medfield Foundation, and is working to raise an initial endowment of $1 million to support non-profit and community initiatives in town. By supporting these initiatives now and in the future, the Legacy Fund seeks to assure that Medfield will have the continued support for its current and future families and provide financial resiliency to meet community needs. The endowment is being raised through “Founders” like Mike and Connie Lueders and Lueders Companies.

For almost 40 years, Lueders Environmental, Inc. and Lueders Tree & Landscape, Inc. have provided personalized landscape care services with a more thoughtful approach to the environment. Lueders Environmental provides Lawn and Plant Health Care Diagnostics and Services. Lueders Tree & Landscape, Inc., focuses on expert pruning of Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. To learn more, visit Luedersco.com.

If you too appreciate your Medfield community and would like to leave your mark on Medfield’s future, please consider becoming a Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Learn more about the Legacy Fund at http://medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.

Holistic Wellness Center becomes First “Civic Founder” of Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund


Photo credit – Jenny Moloney Photography

Holistic Wellness Center becomes First “Civic Founder” of Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is pleased to announce that Holistic Wellness Center, LLC (HWC) of Medfield has become the MFi’s first Civic Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. Holistic Wellness Center is owned and operated by Darrah March O’Connor and Sarah Schochet Henken. HWC is an independent wellness center that offers the best in holistic healing treatments that include (but not limited to) Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Reflexology & Energy Work. HWC has been operating since 2010! In addition, HWC offers the best in Holistic, Metaphysical and Fair Trade goods hand selected from around the world. Historically, HWC has offered many related workshops which they plan to resume when it is appropriate and safe to do so again. Holistic Wellness Center is located in the Medfield Crossing Shopping Plaza on route 27 – right here in Medfield!

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is an endowed fund of the Medfield Foundation, that seeks to raise an initial endowment of $1 million to support non-profit and community initiatives in town. By supporting these initiatives now and in the future, the Legacy Fund seeks to assure that Medfield will be able to do more of the special things in the future that make Medfield the great community that it has been for so many people and their families, and provide financial resiliency to meet future community needs. The endowment is being raised through “Founders,” who commit to contributing at least $5,000 over five years.

Sarah Henken said “We are delighted to join with the Medfield Foundation to help Medfield by means of the Legacy Fund, and we hope other businesses will consider participating as well. HWC is honored to be the first Civic Founder.” The Civic Founders are businesses who contribute at the Founder level.

If you too appreciate your Medfield community and would like to leave more of your mark on Medfield’s future, please consider becoming a Founder of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund. See more about the Legacy Fund at http://medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund/.

Lou Fellini

Louis Fellini (Lou) passed away this week, and the town is poorer for it. Lou served the Town of Medfield on many boards and in many forms, but most of all for the Council on Aging. Lou chaired the Council on Aging for many years during the planning for The Center, getting the town financing of The Center approved by the annual town meeting (ATM), and then helping to oversee the actual construction of The Center. The function hall at The Center is properly named in Lou’s honor.

Lou was also a long time member of the town’s Permanent Planning and Building Committee, which vets new town buildings.

Four years ago Lou was honored at the 1/3/2017 Select Board meeting, and my material on that honoring can be found here.

The Medfield TV video of Lou being honored at that 1/3/2017 Select Board meeting can be found here.

Lou was a consummate wood carver, and taught classes at The Center to share the pleasure he derived from his wood carving. See a great photo of Lou wood carving at my blog article.

More recently I frequently saw Lou and Joan at The Center when I was there for my first Friday of the month office hours, and Lou often engaged me during those office hours on many Medfield town government topics.

Al Manganello, Jr.

Al’s daughter, Lorrie Guindon, reported Friday that “Last night, at 6:25pm, Al was called up by the Commander in Heaven to join him.”

In 2013 Al was recognized by the Medfield Foundation with its Lifetime Achievement Award:

ALBERT MANGANELLO, JR.
MEDFIELD FOUNDATION LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD  2013

	The Medfield Foundation proudly recognizes Albert Manganello, Jr. with one of its two 2013 Lifetime Achievement Awards for his four decade long life work to benefit all things for all Medfield veterans.  

	Medfield Veteran Service Officer Ron Griffin put it perfectly when he said, “from breaking ground at Baxter Park to coordinating the Senior Christmas party, Al's fingerprints are on every veteran related town project.  His foot turned over the first shovel of dirt when the American Legion Post was relocated from the old GAR building on Pleasant Street to its present location at Peter Kristof Way.  Again it was his shovel, when ground breaking began on Baxter Park.  Though this Veterans Park was the dream and effort of many citizens, Al was there from conception to dedication.”

	Al entered the service right out of MHS during the Vietnam War, and he returned to become the manager of the American Legion, where he has worked ever since.  However, Al’s volunteer work for veterans goes far beyond running the Legion.  Within the Legion, Al volunteers his service on fourteen committees, and he has served as the commander five times.  He volunteers for the Legion’s Executive Board, the Board of Trustees, the Sons of the Legion, Finance, Scholarship, Life Membership, Distinguished Service Memorial, Public Relations, Chairman of Athletics, Entertainment, Sick Call, Memorial Day, and Community Services.  Al initiated creation of Medfield’s Vietnam Memorial Stone in front of the Legion, and he was responsible for getting Grove Street Extension, where the Legion is sited, renamed in honor of Peter Kristof, a Medfield resident killed in Vietnam.  Al started and grew the Sons of the Legion, for those whose parents or grandparents were in the service.  He volunteers as their advisor and oversees their fund raising.  Yet between all, he finds time to visit sick veterans.  
	Al helps to organize and coordinate Medfield's annual Memorial Day parade. He is also one of three Cemetery Commissioners overseeing the Vine Lake Cemetery.  On Veteran's Day at Baxter Park he reads the names of all the veterans who have died in the past year.  

	Al has also volunteered time on Medfield Day, Memorial Day, and for the Little League, Council on Aging, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and with the Medfield Police and Fire Departments with events.  At Christmas, Al helps coordinate the Lions senior citizens Christmas party, purchases over a hundred toys with funds he raises during the year for the annual Legion Children’s Christmas party, and coordinates a visit from Santa.  At Medfield Day, he sells sausages to raise money for MHS scholarships.  Al coached little league for twelve years, yearly oversees the Sons of the Legion fishing derby, and is both advisor and finance manager for the Medfield Legion Baseball Team. 

	Many know to turn to Al when they need assistance, but you'll not find him being "Front and Center" when the spotlight is turned on.  But do look for him when its time to fold the chairs and sweep the floors.

Condolences to Al’s family and friends.

Long time and highly talented Town of Medfield Veterans Service Officer Ron Griffin submitted these remarks at the time of Al’s nomination for the Medfield Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award:

Al Manganello

I have been contacted as a Nominee reference for Al Manganello Jr. I have known Al for many years and am familiar with many of his volunteer contributions to the Town of Medfield Veteran population.

Within the Veteran community Al is widely recognized for his
participation and support of just about every veteran related project in
Medfield.It was with this knowledge that I asked Al Manganello to
perform the honorary privilege of unveiling the Vietnam Memorial Plaque
at the Blake Middle School this past year.

Most of Al’s volunteer effort has been through the American Legion, a
volunteer organization.Al has in capacity as Post Commander or as
Committee Chairman has lead Post volunteers in many community efforts
throughout Medfield.Not all of those efforts have been specifically
veteran related but all have been involved in our small community.He is
a long standing member of the Cemetery Commission and served on a number
of town committees.

Perhaps most notably has been the Memorial Day Committee.Here along with
Past Police Chief Bill Mann, Al has been a constant fixture in the
successful implementation of our Memorial Day celebration.Those efforts
do not stop following the Memorial Day program and ceremonies at Vine
Lake.They end only after cleanup is performed after all parade members
have been served a luncheon.

His foot turned over the first shovel of dirt when the American Legion
Post was relocated from the old GAR building on pleasant Street to its
present location at Peter Kristof Way.So named in honor of Medfield’s
second resident who was killed in service in Vietnam.Again it was his
shovel, when ground breaking began on Baxter Park.Though this Veterans
Park was the dream and effort of many citizens, Al was there from
conception to dedication.

Often his efforts are without recognition through providing leadership
and direction. One example is through his efforts as the advisor to the
Son’s of the American Legion organization (SAL).This volunteer
organization is comprised of male descendants of American Legion
eligible veterans. Perhaps this is most significant because the Veteran
population is aging and volunteer efforts often require younger
strengths and stamina. That organization is now more active in providing
volunteer services where needed throughout our community. Recently with
Al’s support and guidance they have teamed with the “Angel Tree”
organization in an attempt to bring a bit more Christmas Joy for those
who less fortunate children in town. The SAL members now prepare the
Memorial Day luncheon provided to all those who participated in our
Memorial Day parade.

There is also little recognition when you are visiting a sick Veteran or
comforting a veteran’s family during the loss of a loved one.But Al is
there, he is always there when you need him.

Many of Al’s Volunteer efforts continue day to day, year to year with
2012 being no exception. He is still active in all the various
committees that he sits on and remains the backbone of the American
Legion and SAL organizations. Many know to turn to Al when they need
assistance but you’ll not find him being “Front and Center” when the
spotlight is turned on. But do look for him when its time to fold the
chairs and sweep the floors.

Ron Griffin

Medfield Veteran Service Officer
American Legion Post 110 Service Officer