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C&D area

The clean up of the C&D area at the MSH has begun with a lot of tree clearing, which has opened up beautiful vistas of the river.  The homes that get these views will be really fortunate.  High above the river with lots of sky for subset views.  The new overlook should be spectacular.

BoA installs new brick walk

Thanks to the intervention of the town, via a cease and desist order from the Building Commissioner, plus the Historic District Commission, the BoA scrapped its original plan to install cement walkways in favor of new bricks installed over a cement base.  They opted to use the same bricks that were used in front of the new Brothers Marketplace.


BoA pulls out up brick walk

Needham’s 21 smoking age

From Commonwealth Magazine -

Needham’s anti-smoking legacy grows

Friday August 8, 2014


Needham in 2005 raised the smoking age to 21, establishing a public policy on teen smoking that appears to be gaining momentum in Massachusetts and across the nation.


Salem became the latest convert on Thursday when the Witch City’s Board of Health voted 3-2 to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. Seven other Massachusetts communities and New York City adopted similar measures in 2013. And now several states, including New Jersey, are considering following suit, although similar statewide initiatives have failed in Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

The so-called Tobacco 21 laws follow the same strategy used by the federal government in 1984, when it required states to raise the minimum drinking age to 21 in order to keep receiving highway funds. Research has shown that many people take their first drink or smoke their first cigarette in their teens, and that reducing access to liquor or cigarettes during that critical time period can curb addictions and save lives.


Prior to Thursday’s vote by the Salem Board of Health, opponents of raising the minimum smoking age said the measure was an attack on personal freedom and argued that it would be ineffective because teens would just go to neighboring towns to buy their cigarettes.


But medical researchers suggest the data gathered so far indicate raising the smoking age is an effective deterrent to smoking. They say 80 percent of adult smokers start smoking regularly before they turn 20 and 90 percent of the people who purchase cigarettes for minors are under 21.


They also point to the evidence from Needham. When Needham adopted its Tobacco 21 law in 2005, the town had a smoking rate among high school students of 12.9 percent; the rate in surrounding communities was 14.9 percent. By 2010, the rate in Needham had fallen to 6.7 percent, while the rate in surrounding communities dropped to 12.4 percent.


“The percentage decline in Needham was nearly triple that of its neighbors — contradicting the hypothesis that young people will simply shift their purchases to surrounding towns,” according to an article earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Dr. Jonathan Philip Winickoff of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the coauthors of the New England Journal of Medicine article, said Needham’s experience is what is changing public policy on smoking. “It was the shot heard round the world,” he told the Needham Times.



Where in Medfield?

These are in an extremely prominent place.  Hint – they look really old.

Invasive vine – follow up

Active citizen, Chris McCue Potts had recently focused the town on the problem of an invasive vine, and as a result of her efforts progress is being made.  Below are emails from the Superintendent and Director of the MPR, respectively.

Now just to solve the woolly adelgids confirmed by Mike Lueders (thank you Mike!) in the hemlocks by the tennis courts.


Tree Warden Hinkley will take care of bridge on Curve St.

From: “Medfield ParksandRecreation”

Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 9:23 AM

Subject: Vine Update

Hello All,

The MPR maintenance crew is out today ripping out and bagging as many vines as they can find and then spraying the roots with roundup.  The spread of the vine is all over town.  I noticed it just off they playground on Green Street, at the Pfaff Center and I am sure it has invaded private properties.  Either Ken and/or I will get the Bridge on Curve Street.

James Snyder, Director of Parks and Recreation

Brothers Marketplace

Reporting from the front, at the newly opened Brothers Marketplace, I can say that half the town turned out to see our newest retail business today.  It invoked memories for me of a crowded Midnight Madness, just with different items on sale.  Thus begins a new era and new traditions.

The build out of the place is certainly nicely done.  And everything literally shines. The food offerings pleased this viewer.

I am looking forward to sitting at the big wooden table that looks like it belongs in a country kitchen, and snacking on a coffee and the pastries.