Category Archives: Teens

Liz Loveless leaving

Liz Loveless, Youth Outreach Worker at Medfield Youth Outreach, announced today that she will be moving to Needham Youth Services this month – a copy of her email appears below.  This is a big loss for Medfield Youth Outreach, MCAP, and the kids in town.


7/08/2014 2:38PM
News from MYO
Medfield Youth-Outreach
Hi everyone,

I am writing this note to let you all know that I will be leaving my position as Youth Outreach Worker at Medfield Youth Outreach. I have decided to take a child therapist job at Needham Youth Services where I have been doing some part time work over the past few years. My last day here at MYO will be July 18th.

I have enjoyed serving the wonderful Medfield community and working closely with school staff, needs based organizations, town departments, and of course, Medfield children and families. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best!



Medfield Youth Outreach
459 Main St.
Medfield, MA 02052

MHS Jazz Band – listen live Sat. at 10 AM

From Chris McCue Potts -

The Medfield HS Jazz Band performs in the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, and a live stream of Medfield’s performance (as well as other aspects of the three-day festival) is available. Just click on this link: Medfield is the first to perform Saturday morning, so be sure to tune in just before 10 a.m. The jazz band was just one of 15 selected from across North America to participate in Essentially Ellington.



Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

This from the Chris McCue of the Medfield Music Association  -

Catch some Jazz ‘Round Town tomorrow

The Medfield High School Jazz Band is one of just 15 bands chosen from across North America to compete in the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center next month. If you missed the recent Jazz Night, you can catch smaller performances by members of the jazz band as they play around town tomorrow, April 12, to raise money for their trip. Just listen for the music, and look for the Duke Ellington-style top hats being used to collect donations as part of the “Dollars for Duke” campaign.

Our local businesses have been tremendously supportive of the MHS Jazz Band in many ways, and four will be hosting small jazz ensemble at their sites. Here is the schedule:

Blue Moon and Needham Bank – 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

Lovell’s – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and

Starbucks – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


At Blue Moon, “guest artist” Tim Borchers will be joining the ensemble after winning the slot at a Jazz Night drawing!


In addition, Needham Bank is allowing community members to make donations to the trip via its coin machine all week long. If you have spare change you’d like to get rid of, this is a great use for it!  The bank will also donate $100 to the Jazz Band for anyone who opens up a checking account on Saturday.


At Lovell’s, the MMA is hosting a bake sale, and 10% of Accents purchases the entire weekend will go toward the Jazz Band trip.

MCAP’s parent info night

The Medfield Press reports on the Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) ( parent information evening at Medfield High Schoola week ago.  Be a Parent Not a Pal

For me the major take away facts I have learned at MCAP are

  • how much more likely our kids are to have later in life substance abuse problems, the younger they are when they start to use alcohol or marijuana, and
  • that human brain development is not completed until the mid-twenties, and both alcohol and marijuana use can have disproportionately detrimental effects on those not fully formed brains.

Parent night 3/18 – social host liability & student survey results

MCAP Logo_1C_300March 18th date set for Social Host Liability,
Student Health Survey event for Parents
 Parents grades 4 to 12 asked to attend
7 pm Medfield High School Auditorium

The respected “Be a Parent, Not a Pal,” social host/parental liability seminar is being paired with a presentation on the results of the most recent  MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey in an event starting at 7 p.m. March 18 in the High School auditorium. Medfield Cares About Prevention, MCAP, the event sponsor, is urging all parents of children ages 10-20 to attend.

The health survey measured a broad range of wellness, mental health, substance use and other behavioral topics for students across the region. 1,450 Medfield public school students currently in grades 7-12 completed the survey and key findings from those results are broken out for the March presentation.

The social host liability portion will feature Jay Campbell, presenting the multi-media program for parents called “Be a Parent, Not a Pal,” explaining the Massachusetts Social Host Law. The program explores the legal implications and potentially devastating physical and financial consequences of allowing those under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages or drink in your home. The presentation features past examples of those hurt in underage drinking incidents as well as of hosts prosecuted under the Social Host Law – examples of what has happened to good kids and well-intentioned parents who made bad decisions.

While the vast majority of students reported feeling safe in Medfield schools and having adults in their lives they can talk to about important things, many reported feelings of sadness and great stress. Too many reported attempting to manage feelings of hopelessness or anxiety in harmful ways. Bullying continues to be an issue, with one-in-four reporting being bullied within the previous 12 months, despite efforts by the schools to address bullying at all levels.

Although the majority of students indicated they had not used alcohol or marijuana in

the 30 days prior to the survey, there was a concerning level of high-risk, binge drinking reported among those who had. The reported ease of access to alcohol and marijuana for our teenagers was also concerning, and something that should be of great interest to parents.

Hear more about what students have to say and learn how as the adults in their

lives we must help them learn the skills to navigate these eventful years. Please join Medfield parents, elected officials, business owners, clergy, Parks and Rec members, school administrators, our Chief of Police, youth outreach workers, and representatives from Norfolk DA Michael W. Morrissey’s office for this important event.

For more information about MCAP and Jay Campbell, visit their websites at  and

Andrea Nevins – MFi youth volunteer of the year

Andrea Nevins-2

The Medfield Foundation proudly recognizes Andrea Nevins as its 2014 Youth Volunteer of the Year for her initiation of the Miss Amazing Massachusetts event this past year.

Other organizations where Andrea volunteers:

  • Medfield High School Student Council
  • Governor Patrick’s Project 351 Alumni Leadership Council
  • Boston Cares Teen Advisory Council
  • Best Buddies
  • Special Olympics
  • Nashoba Valley Adaptive skiing volunteer instructor

The Miss Amazing is a national celebration of girls and  young women with disabilities, conducted in twenty-five states, which provides an opportunity to demonstrate the participants’ confidence and self-esteem in a safe and supporting environment.  Participants spent the day in fun activities, conducted interviews with event moderators and spent the evening providing introductions of themselves, performing a special talent and crossing the stage with a volunteer escort.  Andrea initiated bringing the inaugural Miss Amazing Massachusetts event to the Blake Middle School.  Andrea recruited members to and also co-chaired each subcommittee of the event including:

  • contestant sign-up, where she presented to numerous organizations (SEPAC’s ARC’s, Best Buddies) about the Miss Amazing pageant to encourage participation;
  • fundraising, where she directly and successfully solicited support among the corporate, foundation, and Medfield community;
  • publicity, where coverage was provided by Medfield Hometown Weekly, Medfield.TV, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Fox-25 News, and participants’ local papers;
  • facilities and operations, where she worked with individuals at the Town House and Blake Middle School to provide the venue and logistics for the event; and
  • volunteers, where ultimately over 60 individuals participated in a meaningful way during the event.

Elements of the inaugural Massachusetts event are being used as models for other states that are launching a pageant and the Massachusetts event already inspired one in Connecticut.

Andrea’s earliest volunteering started at age 12 with Boston Cares, where she cleaned public parks and schools, participated in youth programs at local Boy & Girls Clubs chapters, and assembled kits for the homeless.  Later, Andrea was instrumental in bringing the “Putting for Patients” fundraising program supporting Dana Farber to Medfield and spearheaded with another the “Spread the word to end the R Word” initiative to Blake Middle School.

Andrea Nevins and all the other extraordinary volunteers will be feted at the MFi’s 2014 volunteer recognition reception from 3 -5 PM on Sunday, March 23 at The Center at Medfield, at which all are welcome.  The seventh annual MFi volunteer awards are again sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation, for the third year.

Medfield Foundation (

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On being a selectman

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) meeting this morning at Medfield High School.  Great PowerPoint presentation by MHS senior Laura Navalta, who stood in for her mother, Susan Anderson-Navalta, who had to be elsewhere. Laura provided a great and insightful presentation.

Medfield failed again this year to get the federal grant monies totaling $625,000 over five years.   MCAP will continue as a volunteer effort to assist our youth.

Lots of substantive discussions about what is to be done this year, with planning focusing around public forums on the data derived from both the parent surveys conducted in town and the student surveys conducted by the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation (

Top issue for MHS freshmen per the transition survey they took in September was stress (67.6), followed by having received a poor grade (63.3), fear of making mistakes (22.4), dealing with new/changed situation (21.9), feeling sad or depressed most of the time (11.4), rumors/gossip (10), and half a dozen other lesser ones.

Sunday summer soccer

This from Patch – great program – Kristen played in it a several years ago -

On Sunday, Medfield Youth Soccer re-launched its annual Summer Pick-up Program where children in grades 1 to 8 can drop in on Sunday evenings for free summer game play. 

Organizers John Thompson and Mark Tarallo say the July 21 session brought out about 35 kids who were divided into three games based on age.  

The program is managed by current youth soccer coaches and is designed to provide the children an extra opportunity for some soccer playing.  
Details of the program include:

  • Who: Children in Grades 1 to 8 can drop in (no registration needed)
  • What: Summer Sunday Pick-up Games
  • Where:  fields behind Wheelock School, Elm Street
  • When:  Sundays, July 21 through Sept. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Why: To improve soccer skills for regular season or just for fun
  • How: Through free play (no drills, coaching, etc)
  • Cost: Free, no registration needed

The on-site organizers will loosely group the players in age groups to insure players of similar age and sex are playing together.  After the players are organized into groups they will divide themselves into teams and play games.  There will be no coaching, drills or refs, this will be completely free play.  

There is no cost to play and no need to register.

If you have any questions about the program please contact John Thompson at or Mark Tarallo at

Disc Golf Tournament 6/8

A Day at the Beach:
Disc Golf Tournament
Saturday – June 8th, 2013
1 PM to 5 PM
Hospital Hill Fields
44 Hospital Road | Medfield, MA

On June 8th, kids and adults of all ages will gather to play Frisbee Disc Golf and
enjoy the outdoors. Fun, games and frisbeethrowing clinics will also be part of this charitable event. Proceeds go to Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) to support educational initiatives for substance abuse and prevention in the

Special prizes will be awarded for best Hawaiian shirt. Bring your tropical vibes
and beach attire. Kan Jam, Cornhole, beach volleyball, and other summertime sand classics will be enjoyed by all. Come to enjoy music, food, and fun!
Don’t forget to bring your Agame for the tournament; top finishers will
receive prizes from Noon Hill Grill, Blue Moon, Donut Express, Zebra’s, and
other sponsors. There will be tournament Tshirts for sale at the event.

What is Disc Golf?
Played much like traditional golf, Disc Golf involves throwing a Frisbee disc instead of a ball and clubs.  The goal is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. Players start from a tee area and throw their Frisbee disc to a “hole” (an elevated metal basket). Players try to navigate the 9 hole course in the fewest amount of throws as possible while enjoying the challenge of negotiating the environment they are surrounded by.

Players will register in teams of up to 4 members. Tee times on the course will be assigned and the schedule emailed to participants, with time preference priority given to preregistrants.

Parking is easy and free.

Register online at
Registration price is:
● $10 for students & kids
● $20 for adults
Your donation for the Albert B. Lester Memorial Disc Golf Tournament goes to support initiatives for
substance abuse prevention in the community.
For more information call Ben Lester @ 5082458088,
Registration Form Albert
B. Lester Memorial Disc Golf Tournament (“A Day at the Beach”)
NOTE: Registration is online at Please only use this form if
you are having trouble with the online form!
Team Name: _______________________________________
Preferred Tee Time (between 1:00 and 4:00): ___________
Payment Method (circle): Dropoff
Mail Day of Tournament
Team Captain: _____________________________________ Student/child Adult
Team Member #2: ___________________________________ Student/child Adult
Team Member #3: ___________________________________ Student/child Adult
Team Member #4: ___________________________________ Student/child Adult
Contact’s Email: ___________________________________________________
Contact’s Phone: ___________________________________________________
Please include $10 for each kid/student and $20 for each adult in cash or check.
Total Enclosed Contribution: $___________
Make check payable to: Medfield Foundation MCAP.
Your donation goes to support initiatives for substance abuse prevention in the community.
Thank you!
Mail to: Ben Lester, 28 Hartford St, Medfield MA 02052
Additional players may be matched if team contains less than a foursome.
This form available online at

8th grade trip to DC

Parting words over heard at 6 AM this morning as parents hugged an 8th grade daughter just before she boarded the buses for DC, “be good, no tattoos.”  The parents promised in response.

Talked briefly with a teacher, and learned just how many scheduling adjustments the school has to make to cover the classes for the 19 teachers who chaperone the trip.  Sounds like everyone has to stretch and cooperate to make it work.