Michael Sullivan passed away this evening around 6:00pm, at Charlton Memorial Hospital, in Fall River, surrounded by his family. Mike had been found unconscious in his Fall River home yesterday, and had been listed by the hospital as being in critical condition for the past day.
The Fall River house was his childhood home. that he continued to own, as his second home. He had lived there for more than a year while he tore down and built his replacement home in Medfield about 20 years ago.
Mike had only just retired within the past month from his job as Medfield Town Administer, a job which he had held for 44 years, and which was perhaps only his second job – he had previously been an assistant in Arlington. Mike had been the longest serving town administer for about the last ten years.
No one knew more people in Medfield, nor more of the facts about and the history of the town during the many decades of his tenure. A huge part of our town’s history has ended with Mike’s death.
Mike was extremely bright, perceptive, and a wonderful and enjoyable social companion.
So nice to hear “Medfield” mentioned on NPR this morning, in a story about Super Bowl foods and the Strauss family’s football food tradition of preparing foods from the opposing city for games. Ms. Strauss said it was crabcakes for the Ravens game and tacos among others for today. The Strauss home is clearly the best place in town to be for today’s game.
Medfield, MA The American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) have awarded the 2018 APA-MA Planning Project Award to the Medfield State Hospital (MSH) Strategic Reuse Master Plan.
Kathleen McCabe, AICP and Jennifer Mecca, RA of McCabe Enterprises led the project team. McCabe Enterprises led the town through a planning process to create a guide for the reuse and rehabilitation of 39 historic buildings, plus a suggested 661,000 s/f of new construction on a 128-acre campus overlooking the Charles River. In addition to McCabe Enterprises, several other firms supported the planning process. Carol R. Johnson Associates (CRJA)-IBI Group assisted the team to evaluate land use and redevelopment, green infrastructure, and how the development of open spaces could spur new investment in the community. Pare Corp. provided engineering services including transportation studies, stormwater drainage and water treatment planning, and utilities design for the campus. Paul Lukez Architecture prepared conceptual design, including aesthetics, multi-modal access and walkability throughout the property. Project Management & Cost was responsible for cost estimates for the proposed public facilities. The Consensus Building Institute facilitated the planning process.
After the town acquired the Medfield State Hospital property from the state in 2014, the board of selectmen appointed a State Hospital Master Plan Committee to develop a financially viable reuse plan that addressed the Town’s needs and was sensitive to the long-term financial impacts to the Town. Sarah Raposa, town planner, supported the committee’s work.
The Reuse Plan is truly a community-driven plan created with extensive and meaningful public engagement. Members of the Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee (MSHMPC) met every other week for three and a half years. The following members of the Committee should be commended: chairman Stephen Nolan, Patrick Casey, Brandie Erb, Teresa James, Gil Rodgers, and Randal Karg, serving as committee clerk. The board of selectman also appointed a community resource committee to provide professional and community support throughout the planning process. Those members were Lucille Fisher, John Harney, William Massaro, Jean Mineo, and John Thompson.
The MSH Strategic Reuse Master Plan is unique in its use of a “Monte Carlo” analysis to balance the priorities and desires of the community with the economic and financial objectives of the town.
The plan evaluates the impacts on school and municipal services, the effects on property tax rates, and the potential for profitable development from the investor’s perspective. Additionally, the draft zoning is based on a 40R framework but is customized to work within Medfield’s special permit process to allow for strategic growth. The MSH Strategic Reuse Plan balances the desired development and density with the anticipated tax revenues and the local municipal fiscal impacts. The Committee developed a three-prong financial test for the plan – “is it workable for the private sector, for the Town, and for the Medfield taxpayer?”
Community involvement was a significant part of the planning process. The Committees communicated with thousands of residents using a wide range of engagement formats.
These included social media, surveys, walking tours, meetings, community workshops, open houses, participation in the annual Medfield Day events, and hosting an informational web site (www.mshvision.net) to serve as the primary information portal to the entire community. The planning process encouraged the residents to identify what they value in their community and how they would like to grow. The MSH Master Plan provides for the restoration and adaptive reuse of almost all of the existing buildings, which will provide a diversified selection of housing while maximizing open spaces along the Charles River watershed. In addition, a hub of cultural and recreational facilities will be created.
Nominate YOUR extraordinary volunteer by January 31!
Now is your chance to recognize an extraordinary Medfield volunteer who has dedicated countless time and energy to our community. Give him or her for the recognition they deserve. Nominate your volunteer for one of the Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards. Then join the fun at the recognition reception at 3:00 PM on March 31 at The Center, when you can personally celebrate your nominee with fellow residents (and the whole world, since Medfield.TV puts the reception on-line).
There are three categories:
Youth Volunteer of the Year
Adult Volunteer of the Year
It is easy to submit a nomination. Just follow these steps:
Complete and submit the nomination form by January 31.
Inspiration from past years
2015 VOLUNTEER AWARDS NOMINEES
Photo by Coleen Sullivan
To help you think of a Medfield volunteer you might want to nominate this year, below is the list of Medfield residents suggested for recognition in 2014, and what they were doing:
Youth Volunteer of the Year Andrea Nevins was the 2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her work initiating the Miss Amazing Massachusetts event, and for volunteering with the Medfield High School Student Council, Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council, Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council, Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and as a Adaptive skiing volunteer instructor.
Wesley, Corey, & Aaron Dron for being great and caring neighbors to a couple needing assistance.
Siddharth Arun for starting and running the Chess Club at the Library, and also for volunteering at Norwood Hospital, and teaching chess in other places.
Dina Roche for running food drives to benefit the Medfield Food Cupboard at the Montrose School for the past five years.
Volunteer of the Year
John Thompson was the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for his work with the Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee, and also for the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee, Medfield Archeology Advisory Committee, Medfield Conservation Commission, Friends of the Dwight Derby House, and Vine Lake Preservation Trust.
Sonja Johanson for her work with the Victory Garden at the Wheelock School, and also the Wheelock School Site Council, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.
Kim Price for her work with the Medfield Coalition for Public Education, and also for the Medfield Kids PMC, and Dale St. School CSA.
Andy Thompson received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Little League, Soccer, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Boy Scouts, Medfield Park & Recreation Commission, operating the football scoreboard for 47 years, Medfield Physical Fitness Association for 48 years, The Center, the American Legion, and MPRC activities on Medfield Day.
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