Category Archives: Recreation

Survey for Medfield Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)

From Mary McCarthy, Chair of the Conservation Commission –

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This is for anyone who may have missed the other invites to complete the survey for whatever reason. Sorry if you have seen this already!

 

Friends and Neighbors,

If you attended the Town Wide Master Plan Public Participation Forum/Visioning on Sunday October 20, you know that the availability of Open Space is one of the most highly valued features of living in Medfield.

The Medfield Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) Committee, in collaboration with the Medfield Conservation Commission and Parks and Recreation, is putting the finishing touches on its updated OSRP. (A state approved OSRP is necessary for the town to be eligible to receive certain state funding.) A final step in this process is completion of a survey by residents on use of Open Space in town.

Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey located here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KTS5NYY

Thank you for your participation!

Best regards,

Mary

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Mary McCarthy

Medfield Conservation Commission

Town Wide Master Planning Committee

New Life 5k Trail Run 2019

From Tod Dimmick –

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Dear Medfield Community,

The members of the New Life 5k Trail Run Committee would like to thank our community for their continuing support of the New Life 5k Trail Run, now in its 2nd year.

Saturday, May 11th, featured perfect weather, an enthusiastic turnout, and impressive fund-raising. The Trail Run took a winding route through and between the historic Medfield State Hospital buildings, across verdant fields, through the woods, down along the scenic Charles River and back up to the hospital grounds. The event raised funds and awareness for New Life Furniture Bank of MA. RaceWire (an online race registration and race timing company) provided participants with official times and finish-line photos. We give special thanks to our lead sponsors: Eastern Bank, New Balance, and Hometown Weekly; our Chip Timing Sponsors: Choate, Frank Webb Home, Rich & Susan Holbrook, and the Louis & Mary Kay Smith Family Foundation; as well as many other generous sponsors and in-kind donors. We greatly appreciate their support.  Hard-working volunteers helped make the entire event run smoothly. Close to 300 runners and walkers participated, including individuals and teams. Music and outdoor games entertained all. We are very grateful to the Town of Medfield for the use of such an idyllic setting.

Carmen Luisi was the overall winner for the females and Andy Gardiner was the winner for the males. Visit newlifefb.org/5kphotos to view images of the race which capture the spirit of this fun event and its unique setting.

Executive Director Rich Purnell noted that these are exciting times at New Life. “We are growing quickly, and becoming an essential part of helping families transition out of homelessness or other forms of displacement,” he said. “The Trail Run was a great success. We raised funds to help us continue our mission and shared our organization with a wonderful group of people. We are so grateful to our sponsors and to those who participated.”

At New Life Furniture Bank of MA, we are proud to have served almost 1,900 households since our founding five years ago. Over this time period, we have provided not just 23,000 pieces of furniture, but helped to create a stable home for our clients and kept these items out of landfills. All of this has been made possible by the 800 volunteers who contributed 24,000 hours of their time and energy. Our Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Donation Center in Walpole, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for local residents who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property. Learn more about supporting, donating to, or volunteering for New Life Furniture Bank at newlifefb.org.

Thank you for being part of the New Life 5k Trail Run, an event we hope will become a growing community tradition. Stay tuned for updates next fall on the Third Annual 5k!

Sincerely,

The New Life Trail Run Committee

New Life 5k Trail Run – 2018 photos

I missed the other photo –

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New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/11

From Todd Dimmick –

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Local Teams Enter The New Life 5k Trail Run

 

Many teams with deep local roots will participate in the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 11. This community-building event offers a morning of both competition and fun at the scenic Medfield State Hospital Grounds while supporting a great cause. Get In Shape for Women, and Greater Neponset Running Club (GNRC) are just two of the participating teams.

 

For Alexandra Chace of Get In Shape For Women of Westwood (Members are from Westwood, Dover, Norwood, Medfield and Dedham), the New Life 5k Trail Run is perfect for them. “New Life gives people a fresh start, new chance and they make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “And I think that we have similar values in changing lives and empowering people.” Chace noted that her group supports many other New Life efforts. “New Life is an amazing organization,” she added. Describing last year’s team, she observed that “for more than half of them it was their first 5k. They had such a great sense of accomplishment when they finished that course.”

 

For Jeff Weidenaar, president of GNRC (with members from Norwood, Walpole, Canton, Sharon, Medfield, Westwood, and Dover), the event is “a 5K with something different about it. The trails made for a new twist that appealed to a lot of people. GNRC participated because we were looking for a fun local race.” He added that the event is “a worthy cause that everyone in the club was proud to support.”

 

Other teams participating this year include UCC Medfield Trail Blazers, BHHC, Manning Maniacs, Eliot Church XC, Soles of Medfield, Team Grandpa Elwell, Team Kramer, Walk-Ins Welcome, Blue Hills Hiking Club, and Team Infinitri. New teams are welcome. The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun, with discounts for teams of four or more.  The first 400 registrations will receive a t-shirt on race day thanks to New Balance, an event sponsor.

 

The New Life 5K Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

 

What will the challenge be this year? Chace of Get In Shape For Women admits that “I have to figure out a way to top last year’s shirts.” (see photo)

 

To register for the Trail Run or to support the cause with a financial contribution, visit www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Learn more New Life and how you can help, including volunteering and donating home furnishings, at www.newlifefb.org.

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MFi Camp Fund appeal

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Medfield Foundation 2019 Summer Camp Fund Appeal

Adults and children throughout Medfield have happy memories of summer camp. From a traditional experience in the woods to skill building or specialized camps, many Medfielders cherish these summer camp experiences and the friends they made there…How would you feel if you were left out of this experience?

Before the summer camp season begins, the Medfield Foundation (MFi) board wants the town to know that there is a highly significant need for assistance by families whose children yearn to attend camp; however, due to difficult financial situations at home they would be unable to attend. It can be challenging to grow up in an affluent community and not have the same access to resources.

After first responding to a specific significant need 2 years ago, this fund has become a popular way for people with means to give back to their community.  We are now in our 3rd year of the fund, and, like years past, are looking to raise $5000 to give all of our youth this joyful opportunity.

The Medfield Foundation encourages you to make a tax deductible donation to help Medfield children attend summer camp! There are easy ways to make your donation or to find out more:

  1. Send your check to the Medfield Foundation, ℅ Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, Medfield MA 02052. Please make your check out to Medfield Foundation, Inc and then write “CAMP” in the memo line!
  2. Use this link to donate:  http://medfieldfoundation.org/donate/

Want more information before donating? Contact MFi Treasurer, Abby Marble call: 508-361-9825  email: treasurer@medfieldfoundation.org or Board Member John Byrne call: 860-748-1447  email: byrne.johnb@gmail.com.

Did you know…

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) is a 100% volunteer run 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of Medfield residents, build a stronger community, and facilitate raising and allocation of private funds for public needs in the town of Medfield. Since its inception in 2001, the Medfield Foundation has raised over $2 million to support community-wide initiatives in Medfield.

MFi was founded on the realization that some residents were interested in contributing more than town taxes to support projects and services that would enrich life in Medfield. Annual fundraising revenue varies each year as the initiatives and needs in the town change. You are urged to go to http://medfieldfoundation.org/.

 

 

CPA – town missing out

The letter below that I received this week from the Norfolk Register of Deeds highlights for Medfield how, as a town, we all pay in to the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) fund ($44,250 last year), but we get none of the monies or benefits back because we have not adopted the CPA.

The CPA is a self-imposed additional tax of from 1-3%, in exchange for which the town get state matching monies.   CPA monies have to be spent on one of three areas:

  • historic preservation
  • affordable housing
  • open space and recreation

My analysis has always been that where we already spend on those three things anyway, that by not adopting the CPA that we are merely forgoing the state matching monies.

The one time the CPA went to the annual town meeting (ATM), about ten years ago, it was defeated.

WILLIAM P. ODONNELL REGISTER OF DEEDS ASSISTANT RECORDER OF THE LAND COURT Selectman Osler L. Peterson Medfield Board of Selectmen  0 Copperwood Road Medfield, MA 02052 Dear Selectman Peterson, COUNTY OF NORFOLK COUNTY OF PRESIDENTS REGISTRY OF DEEDS NORFOLK REGISTRY DISTRICT OF THE L AND C O URT January 18, 2019 The fees for the Community Preservation Act are set by the State Legislature on land documents recorded here at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. l thought the chart on the reverse side would be of interest to you. It provides an illustration of the funds generated by the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in your community based on recorded real estate filings during the 2018 calendar year. The Community Preservation Act was signed into law on September 14, 2000. Today there are 175 Massachusetts communities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act, including this year the town of Plainville in Norfolk County. Just over 2.1 billion dollars has been raised to date statewide. The Registry of Deeds, at no additional cost to the Commonwealth or local communities, collects these revenues for the state once a document is recorded. The monies are then forwarded to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on a monthly basi s. The funds collected by the Commonwealth are then redistributed back to the communities that have adopted the CPA through a variety of formulas. The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds which is located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, genealogists, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. For assistance please contact our Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 , or visit our website at www.norfolkdeeds.org. J hope you find this data to be timely, informative and useful. In the meantime, if I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at 781-461-6116 or by email at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org. I wish you a healthy New Year. WPO/aag Sincerely yours, "P~(}p~ William P. O'Donnell Norfolk County Register of Deeds 649 HIGH STREET. DEDHAM. MASSACHUSETTS 02026 TELEPH ONE : 781 ·46 I · 61 16 FAX 78 1 ·326·4246 EM A I L : registerodonnell@norlolkdeeds.org www .norfolkdeeds.org •~7SC ~ facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds ~ twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds YouiD youtube.com/NorfolkDeeds Linked rm linkedin.com/company/Norfolk·County·Registry·Of·Deeds (.@) @NorfolkDeeds NORFOLK COUNTY REGISTRY OF DEEDS •I COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT (CPA) SURCHARGES BY TOWN FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2018 TOWN TOTAL AVON $1~,450 BF.I ,IJNGHAM $66,660 BRAINTREE $112,570 BROOKLINE $150,350 CANTON $86,090 COHASSET $39,420 DEDHAM $83,650 DOVER $23,650 , FOXBOROUGH $58,270 FRANKLIN $110,350 •( HOLBROOK . $40,100 MEDFIET,n $44,150 MEDWAY $47,000 MILLIS $31,420 MILTON $86,060 NEEDHAM $103,370 NORFOLK $40,980 NORWOOD $80,170 PLAINVILLE $29,560 QUINCY $244,110 RANDOLPH $100,420 SHARON $56,740 STOUGHTON $96,000 WALPOLE $88,710 WELLESLEY $87,090 WESTWOOD $51,890 WEYMOUTH $200,460 WRENTHAM $47,530 II :''20190118-norfolk register of deeds-ltr from-cpa figures for 2018_page_2

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

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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

 

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