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Small businesses get energy saving opportunity

Eversource press release announces energy saving assistance for our town’s businesses –

Eversource Energy : Partners with Medfield to Launch Energy Efficiency Campaign for Small Businesses

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09/15/2020 | 02:55pm EDT

Energy company helps business owners identify specific ways to save on building’s operating costs now and in the future

BOSTON September 14, 2020 – Eversource is working with Medfield next month on the Main Streets energy efficiency initiative to help local, small businesses reduce their energy costs, save money and have a positive impact on the environment. From September 14th until September 18th, energy experts from Eversource-approved contractor, Rise, will be in the community meeting with businesses, scheduling no-cost energy assessments and answering questions about energy-efficient equipment upgrades and improvements.

‘Energy efficiency provides businesses of all sizes with a competitive edge and directly impacts their bottom line through energy savings,’ said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian, ‘Many small businesses are facing financial hardships right now, and this effort will help connect small business owners with ways to save on their energy costs.’

Medfield is one of 15 communities chosen for this initiative in 2020. In 2019, Eversource visited nine communities and helped small business owners reduce their energy use by more than 2.7 million kWh and save more than $400,000 as a result of this initiative.

The Main Streets energy efficiency program begins with a no-cost, no-obligation energy assessment identifying energy-saving opportunities for small businesses, such as new lighting, occupancy sensors, programmable thermostats, refrigeration controls, insulation and more. Some of the improvements, such as installing aerators and spray valves, happen on the spot at no cost to the customer. Larger improvement projects, like HVAC equipment upgrades or the installation of energy-efficient motor controls, are scheduled for a future date. For a limited time, Eversource has increased incentives for a range of energy-efficiency improvements to further offset the cost of upgrades, and interest-free financing is available for any remaining costs.

Local, licensed electricians contracted by Eversource will complete approved projects, ensuring minimal disruption to daily business operations. All contractors are required to follow state-of-the-art health and safety guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and all high-efficiency products installed as part of the program will include warranties for both materials and labor.

Eversource has delivered postcards with more information about the program to Medfield businesses. For more information about the program and to schedule a free assessment at a convenient time, businesses should contact Eversource’s contractor, Rise, directly at 401-784-3700 x 6158.

Sen. Feeney on RR track upgrade

The North South rail line through town has been getting upgraded for several months, and a resident queried Senator Feeney about what was being done. Today Senator Feeney informed the resident what he heard back from the railroad as follows:

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Below is the update we received from Mass Coastal as of yesterday. Unfortunately they are not mandated by statute or regulation to notify abutters regarding rail work. We have urged them to do so previously and will continue to ask for updates if the work is going to be prolonged. This is part of a larger project to replace older rail with “Continuous welded rail”.  I hope this update helps to understand the scope of their work.  In the meantime, we as a delegation have communicated about this issue, agree with you wholeheartedly, and will shake the trees with MassDOT and advocate for communication to the neighborhood by Mass Coastal. 
Best,-Paul
Update from Mass Coastal:


 “As information, Mass Coastal is overseeing a MBTA & MASS-DOT Rail Unit Project that is upgrading the rail along the Framingham Secondary between Framingham and Mansfield. We are changing the over 100 year old sectional-jointed rail to Continuous Welded Rail (CWR). Along with that change, the project involves spreading ballast stone and “surfacing” the rail to provide smooth alignment.

   As you are likely aware, this rail line is very active transporting freight. Consequently the operational windows that we have afforded the contractor results in erratic hours. We take every step to avoid disruption, but one of the problems with CWR is that laying it in extreme heat conditions is not conducive to the requirements. Therefore early starts and working late are necessary.

   There are a couple of weeks left before we are finished. 

I am copying the folks at the MBTA and DOT that are my direct report.“ 

Office hours cancelled

I was kindly reminded of the school standard, namely to stay home for 24 hours after a fever, so I have canceled the office hours for tomorrow. Good advice. Thank you.

SC votes to ban mascot

The School Committee just voted to have the school system discontinue the use of the warrior head logo.

8/13: 41 confirmed; 2 active

UPDATEView all updates
August 13, 2020 05:03 PM The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield as of August 13: 41 confirmed; 2 active Read on

Looking for local qualified family to own a $282,920 home

Email today from Sarah Raposa –

The lottery for the house at 4 John Crowder Road has ended with no potential buyers so it will now be sold to a qualified buyer on a first come first served basis. We were hoping to find a local family so now it will open up to a more regional applicant pool. Please still forward this updated application to your networks in case there is a local family, teacher, or public safety employee that can qualify. 

Sarah Raposa, AICP
Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

Tel: 617-970-2403
E-mail: aviglaser@comcast.net
Web: www.myfirsthome.info
Affordable Single family home in Medfield
4 John Crowder Rd. | Medfield | MA |02052
3 BR 2 baths single family cape on cul-de-sac. Main level kitchen, hard-wood living and dining rooms. One bedroom and full bath. Top level 2 bedrooms, renovated full bath. Large unfinished full basement. Max annual gross income: family of: 1 person household– $67,400; 2- $77,000; 3– $86,650; 4-$96,250; 5– $103,950; 6 person—$111,650. Max liquid assets $75,000, pre approved for a fixed mortgage. Applica-tion required. FHA & VA will not accept the deed rider. This home will be sold to a qualifying house hold on first come first served base
• 1,253 SF of living
• Taxes $5,085(2020)
• 6233 ST corner lot
Avi Glaser
Omega Ventures Inc.
$282,920

Medfield’s 7/23 microburst

Photos shared by Kristine Trierweiler, that appeared to be from Chief Carrico, showing the Wilkins Glen and other tree damage. The first three show the building at Wilkins Glen that had to be evacuated – not sure of current status. I believe emergency food assistance was provided to some people by Medfield Outreach and others.

Community garden story

Shared courtesy of the self-described “Garden Ogre” –

Subject: A community garden story you will want to read, and what you can do with all the extra zucchini in your garden

Hi, everyone,

The attached photos shows the ‘before’ and final transformation of plot 48B that, just a week ago, had become unusable.  While this photo shows four individuals (Galyna Kryvanch, Cathy Summa, Jane Cobb, and Betty Sanders) at work, I am reliably told more than 20 gardeners pitched in over the course of seven days.  We should all stand up and take a bow.  This is what a Community Garden is supposed to be about.

Some stories, though, have terrific plot twists, and this is one of those.  On Friday, I heard from the gardener on whose behalf the work on 48B was being done: even with the reclamation, she would be unable to continue for this season.  That same day, though, I also received an email from one of our gardeners wondering if surplus vegetables might be collected for a group of two dozen food-insecure international students remaining on campus this summer at Wellesley College.  As the Medfield Food Cupboard is unable (because of Covid-19 restrictions) to accept donations of fresh produce, I said that not only could we put out bins bi-weekly for such a food drive, but we would also devote plot 48B to the effort.  

This morning brought the final plot twist.  As volunteers were putting the final touches on the garden, yet another of our members came by to help out.  When she heard about the Wellesley College students, she said she had just been made aware of a similar number of international students at Babson College who also face food insecurity until classes begin in September.  Then, half an hour later, Heidi Grof, who has long coordinated the Community Garden drive for the Medfield Food Cupboard, also dropped by and said, yes, the Food Cupboard bins are all available and will be in place for our use.

So, this coming Thursday, and every alternate Thursday until the end of the season, you’ll see bins and wheelbarrows at the front of the garden from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m..  Please contribute your garden’s surplus (as in the past, bagged or boxed) to this effort.  And, know that Plot 48B is going to be devoted to that very good cause.

It is events like these that make being a garden ogre a proud occupation.

Neal Sanders Garden Ogre

New Life Furniture Bank Holds Two Stuff-A-Truck Collections

New Life Furniture Bank

New Life Furniture Bank Holds Two Stuff-A-Truck Collections

 

New Life Furniture Bank of MA is hosting a contactless Stuff-A-Truck collection in the parking lot on Elm Street in Walpole opposite the MBTA Commuter Rail station parking lot on July 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and July 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

New Life provides furniture free of cost to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness based on the vision of a future in which no one is forced to live, eat or sleep on the floor. During a time when many furniture banks had to temporarily close, New Life introduced a virtual furniture bank to continue serving clients amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

While New Life has been fortunate enough to receive massive furniture donations from businesses, their inventory of household goods is running low. New Life will be accepting gently-used drinking glasses, dishes, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, coffee pots, bakeware, sheets, comforters, blankets, and towels. No other items will be accepted for the Stuff-A-Truck, but people can go to www.newlifefb.org to find out how to donate other items. Simply put the items in a box clearly labeled “New Life” in the trunk or backseat of your vehicle.

 

There are no appointments, so stop by the Elm Street lot on either date at any point during the given times. Follow the arrows around the lot to the truck. Stay in your car and wear a mask. Volunteers also wearing masks will confirm the items meet our requirements, ask for your name and email for contact tracing, and take the items out of your vehicle for you.

 

New Life would like to extend their gratitude to the community for their continued support and wishes for everyone’s health and safety during this challenging time.

Guest Column by Evan Berry: Take Black Lives Matter beyond North Street in Medfield

Evan Berry’s column below first appeared in the Medfield Press, and appears here with his permission.

A favorite memory of Evan as a MHS student was when he was at my office next to the post office, where he had ridden on his bike, but then exclaimed “I forgot to lock my bike,” and on second thought added – “oh its Medfield, I don’t need to lock it.”

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Take Black Lives Matter beyond North Street in Medfield

Medfield will always be my hometown. My childhood provided me with a supportive community, excellent schools and lifelong friendships. I am incredibly thankful for my upbringing here, but I quickly learned after graduating from Medfield High School that growing up in our 90% white suburb gave me enormous blind spots about racial inequality in the United States.

Seeing hundreds of community members take to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement made me incredibly proud of this town. But we must continue this momentum, Medfield. We need all hands on deck to challenge white supremacy and racism in our community. I’m not talking about cross-burning KKK members; I’m talking about how prejudice and implicit racism affect the way we govern, police, educate, and raise children in this town.

Supporting black lives is much more than showing up on North Street with a cardboard sign. If you believe that Black Lives Matter, your energy is also needed to support:

1. Black homeowners: Affordable housing construction in Medfield.

Affordable housing means increased socioeconomic and racial diversity. Low-income families, people of color, and immigrants are a huge part of Medfield’s service economy and deserve a shot at a home in our community as well. The NIMBY (not in my backyard) mentality and repeated fear of “traffic congestion” is a thin veil for racism, xenophobia and classism.

2. Black representation: Diversifying our public school curriculum and student body.

Every child deserves an education with windows and mirrors: windows into other cultures and lived experiences, and content that affirms and mirrors their identity. Ask your children’s teachers about their commitment to teaching about inclusivity, oppression, and justice in the classroom. Additionally, ask Medfield Public Schools why it does not participate in the desegregationist METCO program, while Dover-Sherborn, Needham, Walpole and Westwood do.

Ask the Medfield Police Department about its policies for officer complaints, race-based data collection, de-escalation, chokeholds, body cameras and warnings before applying lethal force. It has been proven that implicit bias training does little to reduce racist outcomes in policing, and any black or brown person in our community should not fear for their life in an encounter with the Medfield Police. We should also think: do we need an annual police budget of $2.5 million? Where can that funding be meaningfully reallocated in our community?

Affirming that Black Lives Matter means directing our state elected officials to support black communities. The legacies of slavery, redlining, educational inequity, and mass incarceration have lasting economic impacts on black communities. Supporting black lives means paying your fair share to invest in social programs and undo centuries of government-led violence against black people.

Last weekend, Medfield overwhelmingly affirmed that Black Lives Matter. Our next challenge is carrying this nationwide conversation into the policies and practices that shape our town. Undoing white supremacy and structural racism starts locally with every single one of us.

Evan Berry is a former resident of Medfield.