Veterans Day luminaries at 5PM

The American Legion Auxiliary is selling candle lit luminary bags to honor living veterans and in memory of those veterans who have passed away. The bags will be displayed in Baxter Park on Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11, 2014) and lit at 5pm along with a short ceremony. [Bags will be displayed at Noon, lit at 5pm and removed after 9pm]
All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to support Auxiliary program for veterans and their families, the Stephen Hinkley award, and Girls State program. Some veteran programs we support annually are Christmas Gift Shop at West Roxbury VA (give wrapped gifts to veteran patients that they can give them to their family and a gift for the Veteran, Coffee hour at VA (free coffee and treats on a Wednesday morning), HomeStart (Homeless Veterans transitioning into homes).

Please forward the bag inscription and payment to American Legion Auxiliary, c/o Michelle Doucette, 17 Pleasant St, Medfield, MA 02052. Bags are $6 each or 2 for $10. Checks can be made out to ALA 110. Luminaries can also be purchased at the American Legion. Please order bags by November 8th – after that date please call 508-359-2290 for availability

Swap needs help Friday

From Nancy Irwin -

Hi, All,   Many helpers came down to SWAP on Weds., and it was a beautiful day, and much was accomplished.  Most of the rolling carts, most of the covered bins, 6 ski-signs and 3 umbrellas were packed up and went into Winter Storage.  In addition,  MANY boxes were wrapped up and sent to Goodwill and much fabric was sent to Schools and other charity.  WE STILL HAVE LOTS TO DO.   Please come on Friday, and Sat. and Sunday, anytime from 9-4.   Tents will be taken down and sent to storage, most likely large tent on Friday and small tent on Sunday.  Thus, all items need to be removed from tents, much more needs to be wrapped and sent to Goodwill, and shelves need to be decluttered.  If you could bring any cardboard boxes to SWAP, that would be helpful. We also need to trash the display tables, so we need muscles. Of course, new items keep arriving daily, so no telling how much work there really will be. It’s Halloween, so dress appropriately!   See you tomorrow!   Nancy

Mini-town hall in Newton

The Newton mayor does his community outreach sort of like we do, except that

  1. he brings along all his department heads,
  2. invites the whole city,
  3. hold it at a bank,
  4. records it on TV,
  5. computer monitor brought along that was larger than my home TV,
  6. professionally produced sign on a sandwich board out front, and
  7. police cruiser with flashing lights out front.

Lots more staff in a big city and it all seems to end up having to come along.  Looks like 25 people.

This was next to my office, so easy to check out – curiosity satisfied.

This was the emailed invitation -

“Newton Leads: Ideas and Action”
Village & Virtual Meet-up Tonight


Dear Resident,   

In August, we launched a new initiative to actively engage and partner with Newton residents and businesses to help create a more livable, sustainable city. The new initiative, “Newton Leads: Ideas and Action” consists of a new web platform that allows residents and businesses to connect with City Hall and monthly village meet-up where City Department Heads and I will be available to hear from the community in a casual, drop-in format.



The next village meet-up is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, October 29th in Nonantum at Metro Credit Union located at 334 Watertown Street beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Mayor Warren and City Department Heads will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback and ideas in a casual, drop-in format.


We will also host a virtual meet-up online tonight at 7:00 p.m. for anyone who was unable to attend the meet-up.  Residents will be able to stream the conversation from their computers and participate by asking questions and sharing ideas online.  If you would like to submit a question or idea, you can do so by clicking here, any time before or during the virtual meet-up. You can stream the conversation beginning at 7pm from the same web address.


For more information on “Newton Leads: Ideas & Action” and sign up for alerts and updates, please click here.





Setti D. Warren






LWV’s candidate guide

This from the League of Women Voters about its candidates’ guide -






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            Contact: Meryl Kessler, Executive Director




10/28/14 BOSTON — For all those voters still undecided, the League of Women Voters’ online election guide to candidates for statewide office provides an easy and impartial way to compare the candidates’ stands on issues.


All 21 candidates for statewide offices on the November ballot have answered questions posed by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Their responses are presented in a Voters’ Guide to Statewide Offices on the League’s website,


The five candidates for governor answered questions on economic development, education, transportation, climate change and health care. Candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor answered questions specific to those offices.


Voters can use the guide to read each candidate’s responses to all the questions or to read all the candidates’ responses to a particular question.


“We hope voters across the Commonwealth will use this voters’ guide to help make informed choices as they go to the polls on Nov. 4,” said Anne Borg, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. “We are pleased to be able to provide this information and thank all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the guide.”


The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.


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Parc at Medfield breaking ground tomorrow

Selectmen have been regularly assured that the Parc at Medfield was continuing and that the developer, Gatehouse, was actively working on getting all its ducks in a row.   Per an email from Kris this afternoon, Gatehouse is moving forward tomorrow.


10/29/2014 1:44PM
Parc at Medfield Update
Trierweiler, Kristine
‘Osler L. Peterson'; ‘Richard DeSorgher'; ‘Mark Fisher’, ,
The erosion control measures are in place and the clearing of vegetation will
start tomorrow. Everything has been approved and inspected by the Conservation Agent.

Kristine Trierweiler
Assistant Town Administrator
Town of Medfield
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
508 906 3011 (p)
508 359 6182 (f)

MFi Volunteer Awards nominations are open



2014 MFi volunteers of the year, Andrea Nevins, John Thompson, and Barbara Gips for her father John Thompson.  Photo by Colleen Sullivan.

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) annually fetes at its Volunteer Awards those individuals, suggested by fellow residents, whose extraordinary efforts and activities have made a special marked difference in the quality of life in Medfield.  At a reception on March 22  the town will celebrate all the nominated individuals, and the MFi names its Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2015.

The Volunteers Awards are based entirely on nominations submitted by the public, and solely on the information submitted.  Give recognition to your special volunteer on the form at

The Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation generously sponsors the MFi Volunteer Awards.

BoS tonight, updated

Board of Selectmen
Agenda  October 28, 2014

Announce: We want to take a moment of appreciation for our brave servicemen and women serving around the world. This meeting is being recorded

If necessary the Medfield Board of Selectmen will meet in Executive Session (closed session) at the close of business for the purpose of discussing state hospital negotiations (NB – this will not happen)

7:00 PM Bay Colony Rail Trail Study Committee, Christian Donner Chair Provide update on status of

7:15 PM  Animal Control Officer, Jenny Cronin Update on activities

Review Annual Appointments