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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.

Clergy leadership

Statement from the Clergy of Medfield…

As clergy of Medfield representing our various churches, we write to express our horror and deep sorrow at the killing of George Floyd. His death is another marker in the long line of murders, ill-treatment, and systematic injustice that black Americans have experienced and continue to experience in our present society. We decry the racism that fuels this injustice and seems to go underground rather than withering away after an event like this, only to reemerge again with all of its virulence. It is little wonder that so many protests have erupted across our nation. The black American community’s frustration at past injustices, at bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at being viewed with suspicion by so many is now on full display.

It is time to listen. It is time to examine how each of us views those different from ourselves. If “riots are the language of the unheard”, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so clearly stated many years ago, let us seize the opportunity to listen to black Americans and all people of color in our society and to hear their pain and their anger. We will never change as individuals or as a society until we listen closely and carefully to the injustices that black Americans experience, and the evil it creates; and then demonstrate the will to make things right.

There may be a temptation to dismiss the protests themselves as some of them devolved into riots, or to claim they should not have happened because of social distancing restrictions. If we do, however, we will once again not have listened “to the language of the unheard,” and we will fail to change course and institute justice for all. We must work together to fight institutional racism for us to defeat this deadly scourge.

Each of us has a part to play. Our society has grown more segregated over the last 50 years. As reported by the Washington Post, 75% of white Americans do not have a person of color in their social circle. Ending racism will require building relationships across difference. We encourage you to support charities and small businesses owned by black Americans. Listening may involve some travel, and it may raise the question, “What obstacles exist that prevent more people of color living in my community?”

As we continue to mourn the death of George Floyd, let us acknowledge the racism that lies at the root of his death. Let us look within ourselves and confront any trace of prejudice we find in our own hearts, and vow to live what both our faith and our country profess, that we are all created equal. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated so eloquently, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Rev. Dr. Philip J. Bauman, Senior Pastor, United Church of Christ Medfield
The Rev. Marc G. Eames, Rector, The Church of the Advent
Rev. Dave Egan, Minister, First Parish Unitarian Universalist
Hunter Guthrie, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church
Rev. Stephen P. Zukas, Pastor, Saint Edward the Confessor Parish

Amber on the current institutional racism

My good friend Amber agreed to let me post the discussion she recently had with her friend, Chris Lydon, about America’s current turmoil over institutional racism and BLM –

 

 

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35 cases confirmed 33 recovered

COVID-19

June 01, 2020 04:41 PM

The Board of Health has announced the following case numbers of COVID-19 in Medfield: 35 cases confirmed 33 recovered Read on

Click here for our dedicated COVID-19 webpage.

Gov. Baker’s reopening plan

The Massachusetts Municipal Association explained the reopening as follows –

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Baker-Polito Administration Releases State Reopening Plan

The Baker-Polito Administration today released the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, Reopening Massachusetts, which details a four-phased strategy to reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The state has launched a comprehensive website with detailed reopening information at www.mass.gov/reopening.

 

The Administration also released a new “Safer at Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19.

 

All businesses and expanded activities, including governmental services, will need to comply with mandatory safety standards for workplaces that were announced last week, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting. In addition, the state will be setting industry-specific safety requirements and guidance, if clearer or more stringent steps are necessary, as determined by public health officials.

 

The Administration’s COVID-19 Reopening Advisory Board finalized the specifics of the plan over the weekend. Today’s announcement was accompanied by an official report, specific industry guidance for those businesses/activities that will be permitted in Phase 1, materials for businesses to use for preparation and self-certification of their compliance with state-set health and safety requirements, and updated Executive Orders to implement the new phase.

 

Phase 1 of the Reopening (“Start”) Begins Today, May 18

 

Allowed Activity During Phase One

  • Gatherings will continue to be limited to a maximum of 10 people, unless otherwise provided in other orders and guidelines.
  • The state is eliminating the “Essential” and “Non-Essential” distinctions, and will authorize categories of businesses or industry segments to reopen following specific guidance and conditions that will be provided in advance of each phase.
  • For the Start phase, the state is allowing the following business activity as of May 18:
    • Essential Businesses that are operating now will remain open, and have until May 25 to implement the new mandatory workplace safety standards and other Phase 1 requirements for their industry sector.
    • Manufacturing and Construction, following specific industry workplace guidelines & standards (links to these requirements can be found below).
    • Houses of Worship, with only 40% of maximum capacity allowed and other safety requirements (a link to the requirements can be found below).
    • Gun Stores are open due to a federal court ruling.
    • Outdoor Recreation activities, including Beaches, Parks, Fishing, Hunting, and other activities, following guidelines published today by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (a link to these can be found below).
  • For the Start phase, the state is allowing the following business activity as of May 25:
    • Offices and Laboratories (June 1 for Boston), with a cap on occupancy at 25% and other requirements, and a very strong “Work From Home” advisory for all those who can operate remotely (links to the requirements can be found below).
    • Retail Establishments – Fulfillment and Curbside Only, with no indoor customer access during Phase One.
    • Hair Salons, Car Washes and Pet Grooming, following conditions and requirements established by the state (links to these can be found below).
    • Expanded Elective Medical Procedures could proceed, following state guidelines.
  • For Phase 2, the reopening plan expects to include the following: In-store retail, restaurants and lodging (the limitations are under review), additional personal services (nail salons or day spas, e.g.), campgrounds, playgrounds, public and community pools, athletic fields, limited youth sports (no games).
  • For Phase 3, the reopening plan expects to include the following: bars, gyms, museums, other arts & entertainment (other than nightclubs and large venues), youth sports with games and tournaments (with limited crowd sizes).

 

Enforcement Will be a Combination of Self-Certification and On-Site Inspections

 

In order to reopen, businesses must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Required materials are located on mass.gov/reopening, and include detailed sector-specific circulars and checklists to facilitate compliance. Many of these links are listed below.

  • Rule-Making and Enforcement Roles – The Department of Public Health and the Department of Labor Standards is responsible for developing the health and safety standards for each industry sector, and enforcement will primarily occur through local Boards of Health.
  • Administration provides guidance document on municipal enforcement – the Baker-Polito Administration has provided a document outlining their guidance on municipal enforcement protocols and procedures as businesses begin to reopen. MMA is providing a link to the state’s guidance document here and below, and is reviewing the guidance with municipal officials.
  • Self-Attestation – All allowed businesses and activities would be required to download and sign an “Attestation Poster” from the state website to attest that they are in compliance with the mandatory safety standards announced last week and the supplemental industry-specific requirements published by the state.
  • Plans – All allowed businesses and activities would be required to develop their own plans on how to comply with the mandatory safety standards, with a sample template provided on the state website.
  • Posting – The attestations must be posted on site for employees and customers to see.

On-Site Records – The attestations and plans would be kept on site, and would not be filed with the Commonwealth or local government.

 

Access and Inspections – State and local enforcement agencies would have the authority to review the attestations and plans upon request and inspect to ensure compliance.

 

Additional Elements

  • The state is developing a series of guidelines and procedures for the Commonwealth’s own operations, and will be sharing those with municipalities, including human resources policies for state employees, the use and operation of public buildings (being developed by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance), and the delivery of public-facing services (being developed by the Registry of Motor Vehicles);
  • Future phases will progressively include additional activities and business operations (in-store retail operations, personal services, restaurants, bars, lodging, team sporting activities, large sporting and entertainment events, e.g.);
  • State officials will closely monitor key COVID-19 health metrics, and determine when it is safe to proceed to the next reopening phase, with at least three weeks needed in each stage before adequate information is available to assess public health outcomes and decide the timing of moving from Start to Cautious, and then to Vigilant and New Normal;
  • The state will continue to expand its testing and contact tracing capacity, with the intention of placing priority on high-density areas and hot spots;
  • The Administration projects that the childcare/daycare operations that are running now for emergency and healthcare workers have the capacity to serve families that need these services during Phase One; and
  • In the coming weeks, childcare/daycare and transportation, key enablers for reopening the economy will continue to be explored and expanded as possible within the realities of COVID-19, following strict health protocols to ensure public health and safety.
  • The Administration also reported that public health officials are currently drafting specific guidance on summer camps, and those recommendations will be forthcoming within the next couple of weeks – summer camps are not expected to begin until Phase 2 at the earliest.

 

Helpful Links to Reopening Documents and Materials

 

Link to the Reopening Massachusetts website:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

 

Link to the Reopening Massachusetts Plan:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download

 

Link to the Mandatory Safety Standards for all workplaces:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces

 

Links to the sector specific requirements for what’s allowed to reopen on May 18:

Construction

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-construction

Manufacturing

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-manufacturing

Places of Worship

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-places-of-worship

 

Links to the sector specific requirements for what is reopening on May 25:

Offices

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-office-spaces

Labs

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-laboratories

Hair Salons & Barbershops

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-hair-salons-and-barbershops

Car Washes

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-car-washes

Pet Grooming

https://www.mass.gov/lists/safety-standards-for-pet-grooming-services

 

Links to the business compliance documents:

State guidance on municipal enforcement of COVID-19 orders

https://www.mma.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/State-Guidance-to-Municipalities-on-COVID-19-Order-Enforcement-Final.pdf

Compliance attestation poster

https://www.mass.gov/doc/compliance-attestation/download

COVID-19 control plan template

https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-reopening-control-plan-template/download

Employer poster

https://www.mass.gov/doc/employer-reopening-poster/download

Employee poster

https://www.mass.gov/doc/employee-reopening-poster/download

 

Links to updated (May 18) state guidance on outdoor recreation, beaches, campgrounds, boating, hunting, fishing, campgrounds, facility restrooms and more:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs-eea-covid-19-guidance-documents#parks,-open-space,-and-outdoor-education-programs-

 

MMA Issues Key Recommendations to Support Municipalities During the Reopening Process

 

The MMA has developed a series of strong recommendations to address the needs of cities and towns during the reopening process, and presented those key priorities to the Reopening Advisory Board on May 13, urging their adoption in the Reopening Plan. Please Click this Link to Read the MMA’s 22-Page Reopening Presentation to the Administration.

 

The MMA is emphasizing four main action areas:

  1. Providing timely notice, guidance and information to municipalities in advance of each phase;
  2. Issuing strong and clear directives and standards in each phase, including specific guidance for delivering public-facing programs and services;
  3. Ensuring universal access to resources for all municipalities, including PPE, equipment, cleaning supplies, testing for municipal employees and the public, technical assistance and funding; and
  4. Affirming clear local enforcement authority.

MMA leaders are continuing to hold detailed and productive discussions on these priorities at the highest levels of the Administration, and we appreciate that this collaborative and open discussion will be ongoing throughout the entire reopening process, particularly on those items that were not fully reflected in the state’s reopening plan as announced on May 18. Many details and questions will emerge in the coming days and weeks, and MMA will continue to work on all of these issues.

 

 

 

The MMA will provide further updates and information on the state’s reopening process as details become available

 

Thank you!

Info from Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce

Some useful loan and health insurance information in an email today from the Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, for those needing either –

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Latest Covid-19 business updates, what Joe Kennedy said yesterday and what’s on deck next week

 

Good morning,

 

This is likely going to a big, stressful day for so many businesses, nonprofits and bankers across this country.

 

That’s because it’s the first day businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietors can submit applications for the new federal $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and I don’t think there’s any way to sugarcoat this: This is not only hugely important. It’s also likely to be frustrating for anyone scrambling to complete an application.

 

Frustration will be felt at the banks and other financial institutions that are administering these loans too. Lenders large and small were still scrambling to get up to speed on the program yesterday, while the phones have been ringing off the hook from anxious applicants.

 

My advice: Be patient and kind to your banker today. They’ve been handed a very incomplete and still developing process.

 

PPP loans, unlike the SBA disaster loans folks were applying for last week, are processed through SBA lenders and are 100 percent guaranteed by SBA with forgivable features, meaning employers don’t have to pay back them back, under certain conditions.

 

I’ve been fielding a bushel of questions about PPP eligibility this week while also trying to unravel conflicting messages about whether or not businesses can apply for more than one SBA loan.

 

Finally, the folks at Massachusetts Office of Economic Development were able to get this for us from the SBA:

 

“Whether you’ve already received an EIDL unrelated to COVID-19 or you receive a COVID19 related EIDL and/or Emergency Grant between January 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, you may also apply for a PPP loan. If you ultimately receive a PPP loan or refinance an EIDL into a PPP loan, any advance amount received under the Emergency Economic Injury Grant Program would be subtracted from the amount forgiven in the PPP. However, you cannot use your EIDL for the same purpose as your PPP loan. For example, if you use your EIDL to cover payroll for certain workers in April, you cannot use PPP for payroll for those same workers in April, although you could use it for payroll in March or for different workers in April.”

 

Go here to learn more about all the SBA loan and debt relief options.

 

Need help, finding a banker? Here’s a list of the chamber’s member banks.

 

And really, be nice to your banker today.

 

Good Shepherd needs protective gear

 

For more than 40 years, Newton’s Good Shepherd Community Care has been one of Greater Boston’s most trusted health care organizations focusing on hospice and palliative care. While some hospices are refusing to admit symptomatic patients without a negative COVID test, Good Shepherd is not discriminating based on a COVID-related diagnosis.

 

But they need help. Specifically, they need gloves, gowns, goggles (any kind), N95 masks, surgical masks, sewn masks, elastic for masks, hand sanitizer, surface wipes, lab coats, face shields, shoe covers and medical caps of all types.

 

Donations of any of the above can be mailed or delivered curbside to Good Shepherd Community Care, 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459 on Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Note this is the nonprofit’s administrative office, there are no patients on-site. For more information, email Info@GSCommunityCare.org or call (617) 969-6130

 

Need health insurance?

 

Massachusetts Health Connector announced that uninsured residents can apply and get into coverage through April 25, 2020. Residents who need health insurance can call (877) MA-ENROLL ((877) 623-6765) to gain access to the enrollment period, or go to https://www.mahealthconnector.org/to complete an application. You do not need a waiver from the Office of Patient Protection to enroll in coverage at this time.

 

Businesses interested in Health Connector medical and dental options for their employees should look here.

 

Meanwhile, the Department of Unemployment continuing its series of Virtual Town Halls, details are here.

 

IRS provides new guidance on family leave and tax credits

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance on tax credits authorized in the “phase two” COVID-19 bill to help small businesses offset the cost of new paid leave requirements. Click here to learn more about how to implement these policies.

 

Did you hear what Joe Kennedy said yesterday?

 

Finally, I had the privilege to be able to talk with Congressman Joe Kennedy III yesterday about PPP and other elements of the CARES act, the overall Covid-19 pandemic, as well as his hopes for our nation one we emerge from this crisis. You can view our conversation here.

 

 

 

Take good care,

Greg Reibman

President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

617-244-1688

 

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Real Estate Series Webinar

Yikes! Now What?

What’s happening and what might happen in commercial real estate.

 

Fri. April 3, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Join commercial real estate executives as they discuss the current state of the inner-suburban commercial real estate market and how it’s being impacted by Covid-19. Panelists will discuss the short-term challenges tenants and property owners face, as well as the impacts on the overall industry. And we will discuss how business demands for commercial space may change post-virus and the implications for the industry.

 

Panelist include:

Jeremy A. Freid, Senior Partner, 128 CRE

Jonathan Hueber, Managing Principal, Crosspoint Associates, Inc

Darryl Settles, President, Catalyst Ventures Dev

Charlotte Maynard, Owner, Creative Development Group

 

 

We’re currently at capacity for this zoom webinar but you can still watch live by going to  www.facebook.com/NNRegionalChamber/live.

 

 

MONDAY MORNING

 

Professional Development Series

Webinar: Engaging Teams Remotely

with Lisa Hills

 

Monday April 6, 11 a.m. to noon

Free, members $25, nonmembers

Our work world as we know it has dramatically changed. In addition to our overflowing in-boxes, we now have to balance babies on our laps, kids that need to be fed, sub-optimal office set-ups, dogs barking during Zoom meetings, and constant interruptions and distractions. How do we engage our co-workers during these challenging times? How can we continue to keep our teams on-track in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty? Learn helpful strategies/tips/tools to engage your team and enable people to be productive and effective despite this disruption.

 

A workplace expert and career strategist, Lisa Hills (www.hillsassociates.com) is a management consultant with over two decades of experience across sectors focusing on organizational strategy and talent development. Lisa is committed to helping clients tackle workplace issues, guiding them as they navigate everyday challenges and providing them with the requisite tools and practical solutions for success. Recently, Lisa has joined forces with colleagues to launch WorkingWonders, dedicated to high-impact, high-energy workplace solutions.

 

Register Online

 

 

 

COVID-19 – What employers need to know now

 

Tuesday April 7, 11 a.m. to noon

Online webinar

Free, members $25, nonmembers

Saleha Walsh, VP at Insource Services, and Elizabeth Adler, Partner at Beacon Law Group, will share the key employment elements of the evolving Covid-19 landscape. This session will focus on new sick and paid family leave benefits and considerations and tips in considering employee furloughs and lay offs.

 

Register Online

 

 

 

Resources

·     The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

·     SBA Disaster Loan Program

·     Unemployment information

·     Mass.gov covid-19 resources & guidance for businesses

·     Chamber homepage

Support Local

·     How to help local food pantries

·     Take the #TakeoutChallenge

·     Find a chamber member business or nonprofit though our member directory

 

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Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

281 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02464

617-244-5300 | info@nnchamber.com | www.nnchamber.com

 

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Katherine Herer, Operations Director

Tiffany Chen, Member Services Manager

 

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Posted on: December 23, 2019

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

ReUse ReDuce ReCycle

The MTS will be open the following holiday hours:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 CLOSED

Thursday, December 26, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Friday, December 27, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Saturday, December 28, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Wednesday, January 1, 2019 CLOSED 

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MCAP Receives $625K Grant

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MCAP Announces Receipt of $625K Federal Grant

The Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) substance abuse prevention coalition, a Medfield Foundation Initiative, announced that it was awarded a FY 2019 Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant in the amount of $625,000 over five years by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in cooperation with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This grant will allow the coalition to hire a full-time prevention coordinator who will carry out evidence-based strategies aimed at preventing youth substance use in the Medfield community. Superintendent of the Medfield Public Schools and MCAP coalition member, Dr. Jeff Marsden, responded to the news of the grant award: "I'm so happy for our kids and community that we will have someone dedicated to substance use prevention. The collective efforts of MCAP really came through for our community and our district looks forward to this important work." Medfield is honored to receive this grant and is prepared to launch a proactive and comprehensive effort to decrease substance use. The goals of the Medfield Cares About Prevention coalition are to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to decrease youth substance use. The coalition will seek to achieve its goals by implementing the following strategies: providing information and support, enhancing skills, providing incentives and disincentives for youth substance use, changing the physical environment, and modifying policies. The coalition will specifically target alcohol and electronic vapor products and will promote positive alternatives to substance use through community collaboration. This successful grant application was made possible by the tireless efforts of coalition members, as well as by a coalition consultant, Amanda Decker of Bright Solutions Consulting. MCAP was able to contract with Bright Solutions Consulting thanks to a generous grant from the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. Securing this mini grant of $5,000 positioned MCAP to secure grant writing consultation services and set the coalition up for a successful award of the DFC grant.

Arrowstreet is the top rated architect for the new Dale Street School

Deborah B. Goldberg James A. MacDonald John K. McCarthy Chairman, State Treasurer Chief Executive Officer Executive Director / Deputy CEO 40 Broad Street, Suite 500 ● Boston, MA 02109 ● Phone: 617-720-4466 ● www.massschoolbuildings.org November 6, 2019 Mr. Gus Murby, Chair Board of Selectmen Medfield Board of Selectmen 59 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 RE: Designer Selection Dale Street Elementary School MSBA ID: 201701750005 Dear Mr. Murby: On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the Massachusetts School Building Authority Designer Selection Panel ("DSP") interviewed the finalists for the above-referenced project. The following individuals represented the Town of Medfield on the DSP: • Jeffrey Marsden, Superintendent of Schools, Medfield Public Schools • Leo Brehm, Medfield School Building Committee/School Committee Member Liaison • Mike Quinlan, Medfield Building Committee Chair In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 7C, Sections 44 through 58, and the MSBA Designer Selection Procedures, the DSP voted unanimously to rank the finalists, in order of qualifications, as follows for the subject project: 1. Arrowstreet Inc. 2. CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. 3. Raymond Design Associates, Inc. The DSP determined that Arrowstreet Inc. possesses the requisite skills and experience for this project, particularly in light of their extensive experience in the design and construction of schools in Massachusetts. The Town of Medfield should now take the appropriate local steps necessary to award the contract for designer services to the first-ranked firm and authorize fee and contract negotiations. Please know that the Town of Medfield must use the MSBA's standard contract for designer services, a copy of which can be downloaded from our website, MassSchoolBuildings.org. Designer Selection Panel Finalist Interview Results Letter Dale Street Elementary School, Medfield, MA November 6, 2019 Page 2 of 2 Before beginning the contract and fee negotiations, however, and in order to remain eligible for the reimbursement of a portion of the designer services fee, please have your Owner's Project Manager contact the MSBA Project Manager for this project, Anthony Proia, to discuss the MSBA's guidelines. Upon completion of contract and fee negotiations with the first-ranked firm, please forward a copy of the fully executed contract to Kathryn DeCristofaro, Capital Program Manager, at the MSBA. Sincerely, Karl Brown, AIA Design Director cc: Legislative Delegation Kristine Trierweiler, Medfield Town Administrator Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke, Chair, Medfield School Committee Mike Quinlan, Chair, Medfield Building Committee Dr. Jeffery Marsden, Superintendent of Schools, Medfield Public Schools Michael LaFrancesca, Director of Finance and Operations, Medfield Public Schools Leo Brehm, Medfield School Building Committee/School Committee Member Liaison Laurence Spang, Arrowstreet Inc. Paul Viccica, CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. Gene S. Raymond, Raymond Design Associates, Inc.James LaPosta, JCJ Architecture, P.C. Lynn Stapleton, Owner’s Project Manager, Leftfield, LLC Anthony Proia, MSBA Project Manager File 4.3 Feasibility Study; 10.2 Letters20191106-MSBA-ltr from-11.6.19 Medfield (Dale St ES) Interview Results Letter_Page_2