Friday evening I was fortunate to be invited a pre-release showing of the Medfield TV movie, “The Open Door Policy,” a documentary about Mike Sullivan at The Center. The movie recounts Mike’s career as the long time Town Administrator by means of interviews with those with whom Mike worked. Former selectman and current town historian, Richard DeSorgher was positioned as the de facto narrator. There were also clips of Mike at BoS meetings and at town meetings.
About sixty people attended, more than half were Mike’s family, including many nieces and nephews, and their families, as well as his brother Dennis Sullivan, who had flown up from Virginia to attend. The balance in attendance were the town employees who had been interviewed for the movie and the Medfield TV staff who had distilled the hours of video interviews to create the movie. I know that my interview lasted for about an hour, and accounted for only maybe two minutes in the movie.
The world premier of the movie will be this coming Friday at the Medfield High School auditorium.
It was nice to see that my neighbor, Olivia Deval, got credit in the movie for her production assistance work on it. Olivia interned at Medfield TV while at MHS, graduated last June, and is now at Babson.
The Medfield Helping Hands is a volunteer network that supports Medfield families in temporary crisis. We also support other Medfield volunteer organizations.
To join, please visit https://lotsahelpinghands.com, then click on Join a Community. Under Community Name enter Medfield Helping Hands.
Below was posted today on FB –
Hi All! Please consider joining Medfield Helping Hands, formerly Medfield Neighborhood Brigade. MHH is an initiative of the Medfield Foundation (MFi)! We are looking for volunteers and would love to have you be apart of it!
We have just posted the new list of Birthday Wishes. We are hoping that you will consider sponsoring a Medfield child with two gift cards for $25.00 each. This program has been developed with Medfield Youth Outreach to support families that are currently supported by Medfield Youth Outreach as they go through a temporary crisis. We hope the Birthday Wishes program will allow these families to distribute the funds they may have spent on a birthday gift back into bills that are more crucial in sustaining their basic needs. If you would like to sponsor a child whose birthday is in November through January please visit our site, choose the child you would like to sponsor and assign that child to you. The gift cards give the parents the chance to purchase something special for their child.
We need all of you to make this site work! Please join us by going to LotsahelpingHands.com, join community, search Medfield Helping Hands. We already have needs waiting to be taken and families in need of support. Thank you!
The laying on of hands as part of Hunter Guthrie’s installation last Sunday evening as the new Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church Medfield, in the simple of design, yet beautifully appointed sanctuary of the Baptist Church.
Hunter Guthrie, his wife Meredith, and their infant daughter moved, most recently, from Williston, VT, where Hunter was engaged in obtaining a masters in divinity degree described by Meredith as being a working degree, similar to doing a medical residency. Hunter grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and his parents came from Jacksonville to attend the installation, as did eight other pastors, from as close as down the street, East Dedham, and South Easton, as far away as Vermont, and NY state.
The FBC Medfield relates that it “is excited to open a new chapter in the life of our church and we heartily welcome anyone from the Medfield community to join us for worship, Sunday mornings at 10 AM.”
From the new Medfield Garden Club presidents, Molly Sliney and Carroll Noel-Mozer, by courtesy of Michele Feinsilver –
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.
Good article by Mike Gleason on Nick in the Medfield Press
It was nice to meet Nick at the Select Board meeting last night.
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.
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 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.
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.