No confirmed COVID-19 cases in town

 

COVID-19

Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, responded to a resident’s query this morning to report that “As of this am at 10:15 there are no confirmed cases.”

My guess would be that we have cases, but that they just have not been diagnosed or confirmed.

Town of Medfield’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #4

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An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Medfield COVID-19 Resiliency Effort

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Please consider Donating to the Medfield COVID-19 Resiliency Effort.

As the Local Foundation serving our town, the Medfield Foundation, Inc. (MFi) has launched an effort to provide grants to residents who are experiencing significant financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The MFi Public Need Fund is the vehicle through which the Medfield Foundation allocates money to support the public need in town. Donations made directly to the Public Need Fund benefit local residents who find themselves in difficult circumstances and who need a helping hand. On an annual basis, the funds available to address the needs of the community are raised through the generosity of the extended Medfield community (you!) who volunteer and participate in the annual Medfield Foundation Angel Run.

Due to the current unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, many in our community are experiencing financial hardships due to lack of income, lack of childcare, more people in the home that need to be fed, and so many other issues. We anticipate that the needs will significantly outpace our current resources.

The Public Need fund helps Medfield residents who are experiencing temporary financial set backs. It is for residents who, usually through no fault of their own, are experiencing financial hardship due to health matters, sudden deaths, job loss, etc. The money is used as a bridge so they can transition from one situation to the next without losing their homes, services, etc. The money in the past has been used for rent, electric bills, car repairs, medical bills, and more. It is for temporary emergency situations. The requests are vetted upon receipt and if they fit our criteria, we pass the requests on to two social workers and a member of the clergy and the three of them administer the funds.

100% of all funds donated to the Public Need Fund go to the public need cause. If you use Network for Good, they take a small percentage for transaction fees. If you send a check, there is no administrative fee. All donations are 100% tax deductible under the law.

In order to meet the immediate local need it is our hope that generous donors will join us to support the good work being done during these challenging and uncertain times by making a donation. Information on how to donate can be found online at https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/give.
Donate Now!
If you have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and your family is in need of emergency assistance, we want to help. Please visit our website at https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/covid-19 to submit our online request form to receive support. Someone will follow up directly with you. Assistance comes in many forms including financial support. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Request Support
If you would like more information before donating, contact Evan Weisenfeld, Medfield Foundation President (508-740-4367 or evan@medfieldfoundation.org or Medfield Foundation Treasurer, Abby Marble (508-361-9825 email: treasurer@medfieldfoundation.org)

On behalf of the Medfield Foundation, thank you to the community for your continued support.

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Abby Marble, Treasurer
Leanne LaBelle, Clerk
John Byrne
Meghan Foley
Dorrian Cohen Fragola
Betsy Marble
Andrew MillerKlugman (Youth Leader)
Osler “Pete” Peterson
Todd Trehubenko
Bonnie Wren-Burgess

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TOTR close their properties

Email today from the The Trustees of the Reservation –

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Hi Michael, Gus, Osler and Kristine.
I hope you and your families are well during this uncertain time.  I wanted to be sure you were aware the Trustees has made the decision to temporarily close properties statewide.
Early this evening, Barbara Erickson, Trustees President and CEO, announced the closure of Trustees properties from March 24 to April 7, in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency order and stay-at-home advisory issued earlier today.  Mass Audubon and several state parks are also closed or closing.  A copy of the Trustees news release announcing the closures, as well as Barbara’s letter, distributed to 100,000 recipients, is attached.
With the decision to close properties, we will be posting signage at all  parking lots and closing gates where we have them.  We are also working on roping off lots where there are not gates.  Parking lot entrances will be monitored once daily to ensure ropes haven’t been moved or gates which cannot be locked are pushed open.
I will continue to keep you updated as developments occur and am tremendously appreciative of your support during these fluid and challenging times.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts.
Many thanks and best.

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D.A. Hayden

Director – Charles River Valley Portfolio

Trustees  |  Powisset Farm

37 Powisset Street  |  Dover, MA 02030

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TTOR

Dear Matthew,

These are unprecedented times. During these times, we must be both brave and prudent. Over the last three weeks, we have seen that our 118 special places have become sanctuaries for those seeking safe spaces to get out of their homes, to occupy their children and families, to get exercise away from gyms, to spend time with animals, to practice social distancing with acreage to spare. We are grateful to provide these opportunities, for the chance to serve in both times of leisure and in times of stress.

Thus, with today’s announcement from Governor Charlie Baker to suspend all non-essential businesses, we are saddened to announce that we will comply with this advisory by closing all Trustees properties beginning tomorrow, March 24 until April 7. All staff who are not involved in the care and maintenance of agricultural production and necessary operational care will be at home. All gates and parking lots will be closed and we ask the public to respect these barriers. The Trustees will continue to operate our agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. Our farm properties will only be available for the pick-up of food products.

We recognize that many Trustees properties are without gates or barriers and are within safe walking distance from neighbors and others and could be safely visited within the parameters of the Governor’s directive. We ask that those who choose to visit those properties at this time, be respectful, follow guidelines about litter, safety, and dog behavior. We understand that these changes will feel dire to many who have come to rely on the daily use and enjoyment of our properties. We ask that everyone comply with the Governor’s orders, that you respect the closures of our properties, and that you keep your families and others safe during this unknown and unpredictable time.

Despite our closures, we will continue to pay all staff. Our colleagues are available to answer emails and questions, can process Memberships and gifts made online on our website, and we are working on creating virtual resources that you can enjoy at home. Please watch out for these resources.

Thank you for understanding how difficult this decision was. Once this crisis passes and we receive word from officials that it is again safe to gather, we look forward to welcoming all back to our special places.

Best regards,

Barbara J. Erickson
President & CEO

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Meaghan Flaherty Lawton | +1.978.500.6471 | mlawton@thetrustees.org
Christine Boynton | +1.410.259.5966 | cboynton@thetrustees.org

Trustees Outdoor Properties Temporarily Closing to
the Public Amidst Evolving COVID-19 Situation
Public’s help sought in respecting closures to
maintain responsible social distancing, in light of
stay-at-home advisory issued by Governor Baker

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 23, 2020 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announces that in
response to the emergency order issued Monday by Governor Charlie Baker, requiring all non-essential
businesses and organizations to close, prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people, and discouraging
unnecessary travel or activities, The Trustees has made the difficult decision to temporarily close all
outdoor properties, from Tuesday, March 24 through Sunday, April 7 at noon. This follows the closure of
indoor properties announced last week, also in effect until Sunday, April 7.
“We have seen in recent weeks a surge in visitation at our properties as many have sought to find a
place to get out of their homes, to relieve their stress, and to simply get find solace in nature. We are
grateful that our places have served this much-needed purpose in these unprecedented times,” said
Barbara Erickson, President and CEO, The Trustees. “Now we close our properties to the public per the
Governor’s orders in order to ensure the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth and our staff,” she
added.
All gates and parking lots will be closed, and the public is asked to respect these temporary barriers. The
Trustees issued a statement to its members and followers requesting that they comply with these
barriers and closures, in order to help slow the spread of this serious virus.
“We recognize that many Trustees properties are without gates or barriers and are within safe walking
distance from neighbors and others and could be safely visited within the parameters of the Governor’s
directive. We ask that those who choose to visit our properties at this time, be respectful, follow
guidelines about litter, safety, and dog behavior,” said Alicia Leuba, Vice President, Trustees. “However,
we strongly encourage our visitors to avoid driving to our places in compliance with the spirit of the
Governor’s request,” she added.
The Trustees will continue to operate agricultural operations in compliance with the guidelines issued
for the care and feeding of animals, and the production and distribution of food. The properties will not
be open for recreational purposes but only for the pick-up of food products. Information about ordering
online from Trustees farm stands and stores for curbside pickup will be available soon, on
thetrustees.org and on Trustees social media platforms.
As this situation continues to evolve, The Trustees is monitoring all guidance and recommended best
practices to protect visitors, staff, and our special places. This is a difficult time, as individuals, families,
schools, and businesses all navigate these uncharted waters together. Over the coming days and weeks
Trustees engagement staff will be working to create online content for visitors to enjoy virtually while
they are safely at home.
Administrative staff are working from home and are available to answer e-mails and to process
memberships and gifts made online on our website. Membership staff are replying to telephone calls
and voicemail messages on a delayed basis and members are encouraged to send questions to the
membership@thetrustees.org for the fastest service.
Please continue to check our website for the latest on our COVID-19 closures and policies
(thetrustees.org/COVID19) and follow our social media accounts for the latest live streams, video
content, and virtual programming. A round-up of these digital engagement opportunities is being
updated at thetrustees.org/athome.
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More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors,
and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s
first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today
as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 118 sites are destinations for residents,
members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. http://www.thetrustees.org.

Opps

select board

The annual town meeting (ATM) was re-scheduled by the Select Board this afternoon to June 15, not “TBD,” as I stated earlier, however, recognizing that the situation is fluid and it may be required to be changed again.

Thank you Chris McCue Potts for noting my error and letting me know so people have the right information.

Town resources for staying up-to-date

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A resident recently asked about how to stay up-to-date on the happenings in town, given the many unsettling issues surrounding us, and Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler shared this great summary (BTW, today’s emergency SB meeting was done live via Zoom, and will be on You Tube soon – we postponed the town election to May 4 and the annual town meeting postponed to a date TBD):

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Thank you for your message and I apologize for the delay we had a BOS meeting at 1PM and we are in the process of preparing our next update to be issued.
As Pete mentioned we have a dedicated site which we are adding to as we make decisions that affect residents, we are also including BOH guidance, community information, links etc: http://www.town.medfield.net/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=193
I would also suggest signing up for updates on the town’s website: https://www.town.medfield.net/list.aspx
If there is additional information you are looking for then I would be more than happy to talk further with you.
KT

Kristine Trierweiler

Town Administrator
Town of Medfield

459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052

508 906 3011 phone

508 359-6182 fax

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