Picked up from Richard

Streetlight budget in 1923

In this week’s Hometown Weekly, Richard DeSorgher’s This Old Town column describes the Town of Medfield budget from 100 years ago in 1923. The total annual budget was $67,965 and your town, like today, spent the most on education, $24,000 that year. What surprised me was that the town spent $3K on streetlights. That latter is the same amount spent that year on snow removal, and $1K more than was spent on either the police or fire.

From memory the streetlight budget today is about $27,000. Interesting that streetlights were seen then as such a high priority.

Penultimate chance to benefit your hometown of Medfield!

With thanks to WGBH –

“Penultimate” is, of course, a fancy word for “next to last.” And we’re reaching out to you on the next to last day of 2022 with a simple yet urgent request.

Your fellow residents are protecting their investments in Medfield with year-end additional gifts. Could you please join them?

Your reward? More and better special things for you and your loved ones in your hometown of Medfield, like the Medfield Rail Trail, the Hinkley Helpers, the Grist Mill, the Angel Run, the Volunteer Awards, the Camp Fund, the Straw Hat Park, and all the many more Medfield Foundation initiatives that make Medfield our shared special place.

Not to mention the glow you’ll get from knowing you went above and beyond for an institution that connects our community closer together. Take advantage of this penultimate chance and give now.

With our sincere thanks,

The Medfield Foundation

459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

Medfield Comedian Kathe Farris Headlines on New Years Eve

From today’s Boston Globe:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/12/28/arts/12-new-years-eve-comedy-shows-leave-you-laughing-all-way-2023/

12 New Year’s Eve comedy shows to leave you laughing all the way to 2023

By Nick A. Zaino III Globe correspondent,

Updated December 28, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

Kathe Farris plays two shows at Off Cabot Comedy in Beverly.
Kathe Farris plays two shows at Off Cabot Comedy in Beverly.JEN VESP

On comedy’s busiest night of the year, here are a dozen stand-up shows in and around Boston to help you close the book on 2022 with plenty of laughs.

ChatGPT talks about Medfield

I asked the artificial intelligence bot, ChatGPT, two questions about our town – see below:

I wonder if the statement about “poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison” having lived in town is correct? It did find the straw hat making. Not at all sure about the basis for saying we are known for our “long history with the military” that appears in both answers. Interesting, but all in all, I think Richard DeSorgher’s position as Town Historian is safe.

ChatGPT can be accessed at https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/

osler.peterson@oslerpeterson.com

history of Medfield, Massachusetts?

Medfield is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. It was first settled in 1649 and was officially incorporated in 1651. The town was named for its location in the midst of several meadows.

Medfield was originally a farming community, but it also had a number of small industries, including gristmills, sawmills, and tanneries. In the 19th century, the town became known for its production of straw hats, and the hat-making industry became an important part of the local economy.

Medfield has a long history of involvement in the military, with many of its residents serving in wars dating back to the American Revolution. The town has also been home to several notable figures, including poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.

Today, Medfield is a residential suburb of Boston with a population of about 12,000. It is known for its excellent schools, beautiful natural setting, and rich history.

osler.peterson@oslerpeterson.com

for what is Medfield, Massachusetts famous?

Medfield, Massachusetts is known for a few things. One notable feature of the town is its rich history and long involvement in the military. Many of its residents have served in wars dating back to the American Revolution.

Medfield is also known for its excellent schools and beautiful natural setting. The town is located in Norfolk County, which is known for its rolling hills, wooded areas, and abundant green spaces. Medfield is home to a number of conservation areas and parks, including the Medfield State Hospital grounds, which offer hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails.

Medfield was once home to a number of small industries, including gristmills, sawmills, and tanneries. In the 19th century, the town became known for its production of straw hats, and the hat-making industry became an important part of the local economy.

Overall, Medfield is known for its rich history, excellent schools, beautiful natural setting, and involvement in the military.

Sustainable Medfield gets 2nd use from Holiday Greeting!

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Coming up– view the movie “2040”
Jan. 31 Tuesday 7pm at United Church of Christ 496 Main Street
Feb. 5 Sunday 1pm at the Medfield Public Library
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SJC says no right to physician assisted suicide

This morning the Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in the case of KLIGLER v. ATTORNEY GENERAL in which the court held that:

“Although we recognize the paramount importance and profound
significance of all end-of-life decisions, after careful
consideration, we conclude that the Massachusetts Declaration of
Rights does not reach so far as to protect physician-assisted
suicide. We conclude as well that the law of manslaughter may
prohibit physician-assisted suicide, and does so, without
offending constitutional protections.”

Select Board 12/20/22

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25
This meeting will be held in a hybrid format. The Board of Selectmen will attend in person and
members of the public may attend in person. In addition, members of the public who wish to
participate via Zoom may do so by joining by one of the following options:
1. To join online, use this link:
https://medfield-net.zoom.us/j/88530366678?pwd=clhLODVKcnlDN3dFTDJWQjBCVzJ5Zz09
a. Webinar ID: 885 3036 6678
b. Password: 637025
2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
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The packet with meeting materials for this meeting is available at this link:
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Board of Selectmen
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Chenery Hall, Medfield Town House
Remote participation available through Zoom Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Agenda (Subject to Change)
Call to Order
Disclosure of video recording
We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving around the globe in defense of
our country
Appointments
1. Council on Aging update by Roberta Lynch, COA director
2. Electric Vehicle charging station cost discussion led by Hilli Passas of the Medfield
Energy Committee and possible vote on cost proposal
Discussion Items (Potential Votes)
3. Update of ARPA funding and spending plan
4. Townwide Goals
Action Items
5. Vote to sign the annual contract with E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc., for trucking and hauling
collected recycling from the Transfer Station as needed by the Town
6. Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee appointments:
a. Gabriele Harrison
b. Shane Medeiros
c. Marie Davis
d. Phil Jennings
7. Vote to approve alcohol, common victualler, amusement, and motor vehicle sales
renewals for CY 2023 as listed in the attached spreadsheet
8. Vote to accept the Community Compact Cabinet’s Information Technology grant program
for $80,000
9. Vote to authorize the Chair to sign the Tree City USA application
Citizen Comment
Consent Agenda
Meeting Minutes
October 25, 2022
Town Administrator Updates
Next Meeting Dates
January 10, 2022 (Town Meeting Warrant Closes)
January 24, 2022
Selectmen Reports
Informational
● Letter from Norfolk County Mosquito Control Commissioners
Alcohol License Renewals
Restaurant - All Alcoholic Beverages Business Address
Avenue Restaurant LLC dba Avenue 445 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Tom McGue Inc dba Basil 43 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Grand Mandarin Inc dba Jings Garden II 16 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Kingsbury Club Medfield Inc 2 Ice House Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Noon Hill Partners LLC dba Noon Hill Grill 530 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Zebras Restaurant Group Ltd dba Nosh &
Grog Provisions 21 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Takara Group Inc dba Takara 1 Green Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Package Store - All Alcoholic Beverages Business Address
Bullards Market and Package Store Inc 1 Green Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Medfield Package Store Inc 20 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Vet Package Store Inc 547 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Package Store - Wines and Malt Business Address
Gulf Resources Inc dba Medfield
Commons 270 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
M Carroll Inc dba Medfield Wine Shoppe 258 Main Street E Medfield, MA 02052
Farmer Series Pouring Permit Business Address
Seventh Wave Brewing Inc 120 N Meadows Road Medfield, MA 02052
Farthest Star LLC dba Farthest Star Sake 120 North Meadows Road Ste 2, Medfield MA 02052
Common Victualler License Renewals
Licensee Business Address
Avenue Restaurant LLC dba Avenue 445 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Tom McGue Inc dba Basil Restaurant and
Catering 43 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Rock Haven Ventures II LLC dba Blue
Moon Bagel Cafe 236 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
CasaBella Pizza Inc. 454 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Jiang FA 68 Restaurant Inc dba China Sky 24 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Cutlets LLC 14 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Taeko Sweeney Sole Prop dba Donut
Express & Custom Cakes 258 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Parafa, LLC dba Italian Groceria & Deli 258 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Grand Mandarin Inc dba Jings Garden II 16 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Kingsbury Club Medfield, Inc 2 Ice House Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Gulf Resources, Inc. dba Medfield
Commons 270 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Medfield Donuts II Inc dba Dunkin Donuts 563 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Go Fresh Foods, Inc dba Medfield House
of Pizza 10 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Dina Corp dba Medfield Subway 547 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Noon Hill Partners LLC dba Noon Hill Grill 530 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Zebras Restaurant Group LTD dba Nosh &
Grog Provisions 21 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
New England Authentic Eats LLC dba
Papa Gino’s 10-C North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Royal Pizza II 483 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Seventh Wave Brewing 120 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Starbucks Coffee Company #19830 467 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Takara Group Inc dba Takara 1 Green Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Medfield Village Griddle Inc 18 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Farthest Star LLC dba Farthest Star Sake 120 N. Meadows Road Ste #2, Medfield, MA 02052
Amusement License Renewals
Licensee Business Address
Tom McGue Inc dba Basil Restaurant and
Catering 43 Frairy Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Grand Mandarin Inc dba Jing's Garden II 16 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Kingsbury Club Medfield, Inc 2 Ice House Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Noon Hill Partners LLC dba Noon Hill Grill 530 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Rock Haven Ventures II LLC dba Blue
Moon Bagel Cafe 236 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Medfield Donuts II Inc dba Dunkin Donuts 563 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Avenue Restaurant LLC dba Avenue 445 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Farthest Star LLC dba Farthest Star Sake 120 N. Meadows Road Ste #2, Medfield, MA 02052
Zebras Restaurant Group LTD dba Nosh &
Grog Provisions 21 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052
New England Authentic Eats LLC dba
Papa Gino’s 10-C North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Dina Corp dba Medfield Subway 547 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Takara Group Inc dba Takara 1 Green Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Seventh Wave Brewing 120 North Meadows Road, Medfield, MA 02052
Class II Motor Vehicles Sales License Renewals
Licensee Business Address
Keegan’s Auto Sales, LLC 27 Brook Street, Medfield, MA 02052

Angel Run

Thank you Medfield Foundation! Lots of families had lots of fun.

Select Board’s Eileen Murphy and her Select Dog Rooney. One of the best hats and smiles of the day.

Holiday Stroll

Thank you Bellforge Arts Center.

Parade postponed to next Saturday

PARADE POSTPONED A WEEK

Email from Alison Brown –

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We are rescheduling for next Saturday – same time.  Hoping all can participate then – and giving town, police and fire dept notice.

UGHH – tough decision but too many little ones involved   Band also cannot play in rain. 

HO HO HO – Please confirm you received this notice.

Thank you !

Alison

Alison Brown, CRS, SRES, ABR

REALTOR ®

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