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July 4th


Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

24 of the 56 were LAWYERS . . . and damn good ones too . . . because they all valued the American civil jury system

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.


Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.


Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.


Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.


They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.


What kind of men were they?


Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.


Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.


Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.


Thomas McKeam was so hounded by British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him – poverty was his reward.


Vandals or soldiers looted properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.


At Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson,Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.


Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.


John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his  gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.


So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.  It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.


Remember: freedom is never free! We thank these early patriots, as well as those patriots now fighting to KEEP our freedom!














Vandalism at MSH

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This is the photo that failed to post when I emailed it from my phone to my blog yesterday., as I was attempting to gin up some interest for the brass band concert and more that the Medfield Cultural Alliance organized at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon.  There was this giant checkerboard and other events.  Please know that it was a great, fun event, and look for their future placemaking events to come.

That failure to post the emailed photo is a new problem that I will need to figure out.

Below is the photo from the Shaw’s parking lot last Sunday that also failed to post when I emailed it to the blog –

any functioning adult 2020

Vandalism at MSH

Peak House Heritage Center opens Sunday

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The Peak House, one of the town’s and the country’s oldest houses is newly rejuvenated by the creation of the Peak House Heritage Center, a Medfield Foundation initiative.  Their website is chock-a-block full of data, details, graphics, and information – in a word it is spectacular.  It is also beautiful, fascinating, authoritative, and has an easy to navigate interface.  Link to it here



Adjust your standards

At the meeting for select board members yesterday I learned that the MBTA recently made the buses run on time by adjusting its schedule. The MBTA simply changed the data so that arrival times were later, to match what had already been the times in practice. Hence the buses then ran on time even though they were still driving at the same times.

Hence too for the 2020 election, people just need to adjust their expectations. Hence the bumper sticker seen at Shaw’s today.

MSA ideas for regionalization

Two breakout sessions, one on building concensus and one on regionalization, then words from the State Senate Chair of its Education Committee. They are rewriting the education fundings formula, but we should not expect much more money. Millionaires tax would only kick in come 2022.

Best or easiest things to regionalize:

Building Department
Animal Control
Electronic Data Management
Board of Health
Veterans services

Best reason to regionalize = The state is currently paying $$$ grants to regionalize. I saw a photo of the Cohasset, Hull, Norwell, and Hingham ACO’s $70K vehicle paid for by the state.

Worthwhile time spent at the conference today. Many more take aways.

Held at the Station Community Center, a really handsome, large, facility sized building, which is sited on the shore of a good sized lake. The building houses their P&R, COA, and clearly more.

MSA Leadership Confererce

Issues so far:

1. Legislative update – ed funding, zoning changes, $1 b. FY19 surplus
2. Select Board vs. Selectmen
3. 3 vs. 5 member boards
4. Engaging residents

Most of program still to come. Well worth the time.