Category Archives: People


Suicide QPR training 1/26

The newly-formed Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (“MCSP”) invites interested community members to attend a FREE suicide prevention training taught by Riverside Trauma Center. The training is intended to help address this public health crisis by rais-ing awareness of suicidal behavior and teaching tools that can help prevent suicide. This training is open to adults of all ages. Content will be broad and will cover suicide prevention across the lifespan. Saturday, January 26, 2019 10:30 am—12:30 pm Medfield Public Library 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 FREE to the Public For questions, contact Medfield Youth Outreach at If you are inclined to financially support the MCSP, please consider making a donation through the Medfield Foundation Network for Good page at and designate that the donation go to the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention. RSVP not required, but kindly appreciated. To RSVP, please visit:

Run in the 2018 Angel Run, apprentice for the 2019 Angel Run, run the 2020 Angel Run


Rose Colleran and Susan Weisenfeld (above) have co-chaired the Medfield Foundation Angel Run for many years, and today announced that they will do so for two more spectacular, family fun filled Angel Runs, this December 2 and in 2019.

Therefore, the Medfield Foundation is looking for someone interested in learning how to operate the Angel Run over the next fifteen months by apprenticing to these two pros, to learn the ropes, and to then take over running the Angel run to be held in early December 2020.  The Angel Run is Medfield premier family fun event, and raises monies for Medfield families in need.


  • Run in the 2018 Angel Run

  • Apprentice in the 2019 Angel Run

  • Run the 2020 Angel Run


Angel Run

Mike Sullivan retiring in January

Mike sullivan

Michael Sullivan announced at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday that he will be retiring in January, 2019.  Mike will have served as the Town Administrator for 44 years, and he has been the longest serving town administrator in the state for almost the last ten years.  Prior to Mike being hired, the Medfield employed an executive secretary, so Mike is also the town’s one and only town administrator to date.

This selectman has asked Mike to write down all he knows about the town (and maybe its residents), as he has a huge institutional memory of what happened and why, all in his head.

Mike was educated at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and he has a tremendous understanding of and facility with the town finances and budgets.  I have come to think that he can almost run the  budget process off the cuff, especially where he has done it so many times and has seen so many things in those four decades of being in charge of our town.

Chief Meaney retiring in August

Robert Meaney

Medfield Chief of Police, Robert Meaney, told the Board of Selectmen last night that he will be retiring in August.  Chief Meaney counseled selectmen that with Deputy Chief John Wilhelmi already in place there should be no loss of continuity or need, in his opinion, to appoint an interim chief.

The selectmen reconstituted the committee that just finished the search for the new Medfield Fire Department Chief, leading to the hiring of Chief Carrico, to lead the town search to find a new police chief.  The town will also employ the same search consultant firm it has in the past, so that it was projected that a replacement chief will be hired this fall.

Under state statutes, Chief Meaney faced mandatory retirement in July 2019 at age 65.

Kim Agricola – MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

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Kim Agricola

MFi Lifetime Achievement Award

Kim Agricola was nominated for the MFi Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of work for the Medfield Animal Shelter.  Interestingly, this year Kim also nominated another Animal Shelter volunteer as the Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year.  This was Theresa Burns’ nomination:

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: the Medfield Animal Shelter

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? At least 20.
Kim and her husband, Mike, after years of dedication to the Medfield Animal Shelter, decided to spearhead a group to raise funds to build a new, state-of-the-art facility. Optimistically, they need the initiative Shelter 2000. While it was not built by 2000, it was built. Mike made sure that each arterial used was cost effective, durable, easy to clean, and the optimal for the animals. Kim markets the facility, organizes the volunteers and rescues animals from other shelters to be adopted from Medfield.


The public is invited to the reception honoring all the MFi volunteer award nominees at 3PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center.

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.


MFi Volunteer Awards honors Liz Sandeman

Liz Sandeman

Liz Sandeman

MFi Volunteer Awards honoree

Liz told me the photo above was taken at a road race in Hawaii.  Liz was nominated by Errin Chapin:

Primary organization or initiative where she/he volunteers: New England Donor Services

Other organizations where she/he volunteers: Lions of Medfield, Medfield Public Schools (Blake and the High School as parent volunteer), Amelia’s Light, Hannah Adams

How many years has the nominee be donating her/his time? 3

New England Donor Services is by far Liz Sandeman’s most treasured volunteer work as raising awareness of organ donation strikes home for her. Her 54-year-old sister died while on a lung transplant wait list. Such losses are too frequent as the need for organ donors is chronic. Liz chose to honor her sister by actively educating people about how to increase the availability of vital organs. Liz speaks in favor of organ donation all over the area at drivers ed classes, hospitals and schools. She emphasizes the benefits of becoming a living organ donor as well as indicating one’s preference to be a giver of life through organ donation at the end of one’s own life. Liz also volunteers her time stuffing envelopes at the main headquarters. One way or another she is volunteering here on a weekly basis. Through these efforts, Liz is highly respected and valued by the organization. She is also an active member of the Medfield Lions Club where she serves on the board. Liz’s efforts for the annual Chowder Fest, the Christmas tree sale and Spring Gala are greatly appreciated. She volunteers weekly at her three children’s schools, pitching in where needed. This past year, she also began volunteering at fundraising activities for Amelia’s Light, an international, nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking. In all of these organizations, Liz is an ardent supporter, advocate and fund raiser. Liz brings her positive personality and talents to tasks great and small and generously gives her time to make Medfield a caring, supportive community. While I know she does these things selflessly, I would like to show her our community’s appreciation of her efforts through this award.”


The public is invited to the reception honoring all the MFi volunteer award nominees at 3PM on Sunday, April 8 at The Center.

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards are made possible through the sponsorship of Roche Bros. and Brothers Marketplace, as well as a contribution for Rockland Trust.


New Life’s 5K

This from Susan Maritan –

Registration is Open for New Life’s 5K Fundraising Run/Walk

New Life Furniture Bank is excited to announce its 1st Annual New Life 5K Trail Run. This fundraising event will be held at 9 AM on Saturday, May 5th at the scenic Medfield State Hospital grounds in Medfield, MA.

Come out for a day of competition and fun in the fresh air at a beautiful and natural venue for the area’s most avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. (Pets welcome too!) The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to the public, and all ages are encouraged to run, jog or walk in what promises to be an annual family event not to be missed!

Registration is open now! The first 200 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. To register or for additional information, go to

New Life Furniture Bank is a 501(c)3 non-profit that collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials and makes them available at no cost to individuals and families in extraordinary need.

New Life has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people transitioning from a homeless environment, victims of fire, military veterans and refugees, among others.  Visit us at

New Life 5k