Calling all piano players! This today from cultural instigator Jean Mineo -
An update – the two pianos are due to arrive in the two parks tomorrow afternoon, Friday Sept. 19. I’ll be there for the installations and hope you’ll come check them out and help spread the word inviting people to play. My home and cell phone are below if needed (not for public distribution, please), I’ll be around on Medfield Day to keep an eye on them. Starbucks and Larkins have agreed to help un/cover the piano in the Straw Hat Park daily, and the library and Zullo will do the same for the one in the gazebo. I welcome any and all “eyes” on them during their stay, they will be going to new homes at the end of the project during the weekend of Oct. 4 – 5. If you get to enjoy an impromptu performance during lunch or a break, please post phone photos on the Facebook page!
Thanks everyone, for your support on this exciting project!
Pianos In the Parks
(Medfield, MA): The Medfield Cultural Council is pleased to bring two pianos to two parks in the Medfield Cultural District for public play for two weeks beginning Sept. 19. The pianos are located in the Straw Hat Park and under the gazebo. They have been generously donated by two local families and will be covered overnight and in the event of inclement weather. They are available for anyone to play otherwise.
“The idea is based on the wildly popular Play Me I’m Yours project that installed 75 pianos in Boston and Cambridge last year,” says Cultural Council member Jean Mineo. “I was lucky enough to experience several impromptu performances and each one was amazing. This past summer, I heard local musician Tom Duprey playing outside on the Zullo roof deck one afternoon and thought we could do something similar here.” The Council encourages families, friends and others to share their talents either solo or in ensembles in these unusual venues. “Lots of people can play,” said Mineo, “we hope to entice them to play in public a little bit.” The pianos will be available through Oct. 4.
The Council invites everyone to post their photos and share stories and videos of performances on its facebook page: www.facebook.com/MedfieldCulturalCouncil. For more information about the Cultural Council, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org.
“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
At the board of selectmen meeting last evening there were several important announcements and pieces of information:
- Jim Snyder, director of Medfield Parks and Recreation Commission, has submitted his resignation, effective September 30. Jim has accepted a job as the assistant recreation director for the town of Framingham.I spoke with Jim this morning to thank him for his 16 years of service to the town of Medfield in which he greatly improved and enlarged upon the offerings by the Medfield Park and Rec Commission and I can report that he is looking forward to his new job in Framingham, despite having a slightly longer commute.
- Ken Feeney, Superintendent of Public Works announced his retirement effective next year. The specific date was not stated.
- Members of the Permanent Building Committee presented status updates on both the new Highway Garage and the proposed Public Safety Building.
- The garage is reported to be 95 to 98% completed and about $750,000 under the $11.1 million budget. Mike Quinlan, committee co-chair, has been in charge of the garage project for the committee, and he handled the reporting. He stated that their current goal is to get the DPW in before the snow flies.
- John Nunnari, the other committee co-chair, in charge of the Public Safety Building, handed out budgets and Gantt charts with timelines indicating that the total cost of the 40,900 sq. ft. Public Safety Building will be $20,350,000, about $450/sq. ft. The committee has approved design documents as of June 6, 2014. The value engineering process resulted in the committee accepting about 56% of the $1.3 million of suggestions for value engineering changes. The schedule has the bidding getting started at year-end, approval at a special town meeting on March 23, 2015, an override vote at the annual town election on March 30, 2015, and construction, if the project is approved by the town, starting April 1, 2015 and finishing around December 9, 2016. During construction the Fire Department would be relocated into the new Highway Garage and the Police Department would have temporary quarters in the Comark building on West Street.
- It was announced at the meeting that the Larkin Brothers, real estate developers, who are currently building a 10 unit townhouse condominium on North Street, and have just finished a four unit development on Harding Street at the intersection with West Mill Street, have agreed to donate $15,000 towards the construction of Straw hat Park. Construction figures for the park have so far been estimated at around $80,000.
- Look for the two pianos to be located at Straw Hat Park and the Gazebo starting this weekend and staying for several weeks.
- Mike Sullivan opined that the town will have to build a parking deck on top of the municipal parking lot behind the Ord’s Block due to the high demand for parking in the downtown with the opening of Brothers Marketplace and the other new development in the immediate area. The new development of the Ord’s Block would have required 53 parking spaces for the various proposed building uses (plans showed four retail establishments on the first floor, three offices on the second floor, and three apartments on the top floor) whereas the site actually has very few spaces on-site. A zoning bylaw permits the ZBA to exempt new uses from the parking requirements for businesses located in the downtown business district. I suggest that in the future the town seek contributions from developers towards a parking fund when their developments do not provide sufficient parking, so that the town can accumulate monies to then later provide such needed parking.
- Cities and towns got extra monies from the state this year to cover the cost of road repairs due to the extremely harsh winter. Mike Sullivan reported that Medfield got $59,000 of such extra monies, which are being put towards the repaving of Route 27 that is currently ongoing.
This on the spot update from Jean Mineo about public art day in Medfield -
Finished the Shaw’s box, halfway done with Straw Hat Factory box by Brothers…going well!
This email from Jean Mineo -
Art boxes installation Mon. 8/11 and Tues. 8/12
I have the art box prints in hand, and they are gorgeous!
Our designer Franklin Marval of cyantastudios.com will begin installation on Monday at 8 am at Shaw’s (featuring Rocky Woods circa 1960s, sponsored by Petrina Floody, Realtor) and proceed to the box near Brothers (Straw Hat Factory done in collaboration with Montrose School). It’s likely he’ll get to a third – perhaps the one at on 27 at the South St. extension (featuring Hannah Adams, sponsored by Park Street Books). The remaining boxes at 27 and Dale (featuring Lowell Mason, sponsored by APC Pest and Termite Control, Inc.) and at CVS (featuring George Inness, sponsored anonymously) will be installed beginning Tuesday morning.
SO excited -
It was a full and busy morning earlier today for my regular first Friday of the month selectman office hours at The Center (9-10 AM).
The suggestions I heard about, gathered, and/or the issues discussed with residents included:
- Parking is now officially a problem in the downtown
- I related that the Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, is currently conducting a study of the parking to come up with suggestions as to what might be done
- One excellent suggestion from Tony Centore, to resolve it some, was for the Medfield Memorial Library to have return boxes at remote sites, such as at The Center and/or the schools, so residents do not need to park downtown to return library books.
- Mike Sullivan has suggested adding a second level to the municipal lot across Jane’s Avenue from the Town House. The problem is that will be expensive.
- Some have suggested that new uses in the downtown that do not have enough parking (such as the new building just permitted to Dave MacCready, where Wills once was) should pay a parking fee to get permitted, and the monies could then be used to provide the parking.
- Meters would prevent employees from parking is spaces all day long, but no one wants to have meters.
- It was suggested that the Medfield Historical Society should move into the Medfield Memorial Library, and all its holdings should be digitized. The current Medfield Historical Society could then be torn down to provide more parking.
- Lot 3 off Ice House Road. Concern was expressed over uses of that land that would generate high amounts of traffic past The Center. It was noted that the traffic to the Kingsbury Club already goes too fast in that area. A preference was expressed for housing, especially housing for older residents, where it adjoins the existing senior center at The Center.
- Universal acclaim for the new Brothers Marketplace.
This from Jean Mineo on behalf of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield concerning its installation of Art Boxes downtown -
I’m very excited to let you know that our designer, Franklin Marval will continue the installation of three art boxes this Monday, Aug. 4. These will be similar to the one installed in front of Bank of America on Rte. 109.
He will work on the boxes on Rte. 27 – at South Street (featuring Hannah Adams), at CVS (featuring George Inness), and at Dale Street (featuring Lowell Mason). He plans to begin at 8 am at the South Street box and each one should take about 2 hours (weather permitting
We then anticipate one more day in the next week or so to install along Rte. 109 at South Street (across from Brothers Marketplace) and at the light at Shaws. I will update you when we have the schedule for that.
This is what the mural on the side of the Brothers Marketplace is going to look like, per the plans submitted to the town, that are displayed on an easel just inside the front door of the Town House. The photo and the intelligence to take the photo are both courtesy of much missed former Medfield Patch editor, par extraordinaire, Theresa Knapp.