I missed the other photo –
I missed the other photo –
From Todd Dimmick –
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.
From Tod Dimmick –
The second annual New Life 5K Trail Run will take place on May 11, 2019. The event benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.
This community-building event offers a morning of both competition and fun at the scenic Medfield State Hospital Grounds while supporting a great cause. The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. The inaugural event in 2018 brought out over 400 enthusiastic supporters of the New Life Furniture Bank mission.
Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun, with discounts for registration before April 5th, and 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 is a meaningful, fun way for the community to support our mission,” said Ron Yates, a co-founder of the New Life Furniture Bank. “As a direct result of funds raised from runners and sponsors, those coming out of homelessness are able to furnish their new homes with your gently used items,” he added.
“Financial contributions and donations of home furnishings continue to be our sole means for assisting our clients in need. We are proud to have been able to serve 1,700 households in just a little over five years,” said Doug Marshall, also a co-founder.
New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are then made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The 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.
Those interested in running are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org
I posted the agenda for the Tuesday meeting already. I will insert the agendas again at the end of this post.
The agenda and informational materials for the Tuesday meeting of the select board are available here – 20190219-agenda and materials
My favorite part of the materials is the letter to Senator Feeney, from the MassDOT Administrator, about the request from the Peak House Heritage Center to correct the factual errors in the MassDOT sign at the Peak House.
First, it is instructive as to what matters most in state government, since MassDOT gotthe letter about the issue from the Peak House Heritage Center, with letters of support from both the Board of Selectmen and Senator Feeney. MassDOT opted to address its response to the writer who had the least to do with the matter and the Town of Medfield, our State Senator, rather than to the person who addressed the issue to them.
Second, I was fascinated to learn where and why the sign originated, as it is certainly substantially nicer than most state signs.
Third, I was amused by the language MassDOT used to deny the request: “MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual
errors that have come to light after such a long period of time.”
MassDOT’s letter does propose a “compromise” solution, a new MassDOT sign to be added that notes the error in the original sign:
Please be aware that the Peak House marker is one of 275 cast iron roadside historical markers that were erected throughout the Commonwealth in 1930 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, MassDOT’s predecessor agency, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission designed the markers, chose the historical subjects, and prepared the text under the guidance of Samuel Eliot Morison, eminent author and Professor of History at Harvard University. Approximately 170 of these markers still exist.
Mr. Robert Gregg of the Peak House Heritage Center has notified MassDOT that the text on the Peak House marker contains three factual errors. Mr. Gregg has suggested to Mary Rafferty of the MassDOT Environmental Services staff that MassDOT should remove the errors by grinding off certain raised cast iron letters and numbers from the marker and then applying new letters and numbers to provide the correct information. The Medfield Board of Selectmen has endorsed Mr. Gregg’s proposal in a letter to MassDOT dated January 15, 2019.
MassDOT considers the Tercentenary Markers to have historical significance in their own right, above and beyond the text conveyed on each marker. The original markers are nearly 90 years old and they interpret history as it was understood at the time of the Tercentenary commemoration. MassDOT would be reluctant to deface the marker because of minor factual errors that. have come to light after such a long period of time.
The Medfield Foundation Angel Run, which starts at 12:30 this Sunday, is the town’s most fun family friendly event. The Angel Run is still in need of volunteers, so you and your family can still get in on the activities:
Don’t miss the Angel Run – sign up to volunteer, individually or with the family, at
The MFi Angel Run is a family fun run holiday themed 5K race, that entertains 1,500 participants, hnudreds of volunteers, and raises monies for Medfield families in need.
Today is the last day to register online to run, and day of race registration is also possible.