Addison Chung’s a national gymnast

Nice article in today’s Herald on rising MHS sophmore, Addison Chung’s recent national success in gymnastics.  Pretty cool picture too  -


Addison Chung’s an early riser

Medfield 15-year-old in nationals

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GUNNING FOR GOLD: Addison Chung from Medfield, shown competing on the parallel bars at the Level 9 Junior Olympic Nationals in May in Long Beach, Calif., is challenging the big boys at this weekend’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

PITTSBURGH — In May, Medfield’s Addison Chung could say he was one of the best 14-year-old gymnasts in the country. He dominated the Level 9 Junior Olympic Nationals that month, finishing in the top 15 of every apparatus, including a second-place finish in the all-around. Most gymnasts in his grips would have spent the summer training and easing their way into Level 10 and elite gymnastics.

Chung would have none of that.

With the coaching of Levon Karakhanyan of Westwood’s New England Sports Academy, Chung ramped up his difficulty in short order and traveled to July’s USA Gymnastics national qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo., to see if he could make the elite national championships. With routines and skills learned in a mere six weeks’ time, Chung finished eighth all-around in the meet, qualifying for this weekend’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships here at Consol Energy Center. He will compete in the junior men’s division tomorrow and Sunday.

“In a short period of time, we prepared him with different routines and an increased difficulty,” Karakhanyan said. “For him, just being here in Pittsburgh is an achievement.”

Said Chung: “I would have liked to train a little more. We fit in what we could with the weeks we had. I’m going to come here and hit what I can.”

The hope of Chung and his coach is that this trip to the nationals can be used as a dry run for 2015, the year Chung initially had planned on making the elite level.

“One of the positive things about making it a year early is that there is not a lot of pressure on him,” said Karakhanyan, who has coached Chung for nine years. “We can compare his strengths against the strongest Level 10 boys there are in the nation.”

Chung is still working on increasing the difficulty factor of his routines, but he demonstrates solid fundamentals. He will compete a full-twisting layout Yurchenko on vault — his best event — this weekend. At yesterday’s training, Chung hit clean parallel bars work that impressed his fellow gymnasts, despite the nervousness that comes from taking a big stage for the first time.

“It’s overwhelming,” Chung said. “I’ve only seen this in pictures, and now I’m here.”

Joining Chung in the junior men’s division this weekend are two gymnasts from Western Massachusetts: West Brookfield’s Eric Klein and East Longmeadow’s Peter Daggett. Both are coached by a legendary figure in local and national gymnastics: 1984 Olympic gold medalist-turned-NBC commentator Tim Daggett, Peter’s father.

The elder Daggett admits coaching his teenage son on the elite level is not always easy.

“It’s impossible to really separate out between the gym and home,” Tim Daggett said. “I want to be a successful coach and he wants to be a successful athlete. When he has a bad practice, you can’t get in the car together and just say, ‘Well, how was school today, Peter?’

“You both have to be willing to cut each other some slack.”

Neither father nor son is looking to cut any slack performance-wise at the nationals. The Daggetts and Klein hold the same goal for the weekend: place in the top 10 and make the junior national team for the coming season.

The other aim of Daggett’s charges is to further build their gymnastics resumes for the college recruitment process, which begins immediately following the championships. Both are on the radar of several Division 1 programs.

Chung, Daggett and Klein are all pleased to add to the long, but oft-overlooked, history of successful men’s gymnastics in Massachusetts.

“I’ve grown up in this sport, and it’s important for me to see the legacy continue,” Peter Daggett said. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling to continue this.”

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BoS agenda for 8/19

This agenda just received -


Tuesday August 19, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

6:00 PM The Medfield Board of Selectmen needs to meet in Executive Session (closed session) for the
purpose of discussing discipline or dismissal of an employee

7:00 PM Pat Casey, Economic Development Committee
Continued discussion regarding REI for Lot 3 Ice House Road

ACTION
Selectmen DeSorgher to give update on Regionalization Sharing Committee Review Selectmen goals;

Town Administrator goals

Town Administrator evaluation

Discussion of state hospital land disposition agreement

LICENSES & PERMITS
Wildwood Road neighbors request permission to hold a Block Party Sunday August 31 (rain date September 1)

Emerson Road neighbors request permission to hold a Block Party September 20 4-8PM;  rain date Sept. 21

PENDING

New street sign at Fox Lane

Other business that may arise

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.

Water tower legislation

While I was reviewing the other statutes cited in the MSH purchase legislation, I looked around for other legislation naming Medfield, and came across the water tower legislation, below -


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Chapter 69 AN ACT DIRECTING THE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY CERTAIN PARCELS OF LAND IN THE TOWN OF MEDFIELD TO THE TOWN OF MEDFIELD

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws, chapter 180 of the acts of 2002, chapter 269 of the acts of 2008 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall convey to the town of Medfield, primarily for the purpose of the Medfield public water supply system, for no or nominal consideration, all of the commonwealth’s right, title and interest in the water tower and in the parcel of land on which the water tower is located at the former Medfield State Hospital, as approximately shown on the “Town of Medfield’s Board of Water and Sewerage Concept Plan” dated July 18, 2013, a copy of which is on file with the division, together with a strip of land 25 feet wide for access, egress and utilities extending from Hospital road to said parcel of land as approximately shown on the plan.  The exact boundaries of the parcel and strip shall be surveyed by a registered land surveyor prior to conveyance.   If the parcel and strip cease to be used for the purposes set forth in this section, title shall revert to the commonwealth.
SECTION 2.  (a) Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws, chapter 180 of the acts of 2002, chapter 269 of the acts of 2008 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance shall convey to the town of Medfield, primarily for the maintenance or improvement of the Medfield public water supply system, for no or nominal consideration, all of the commonwealth’s right, title and interest in those parcels of land known as the tubular well fields, as more particularly described in subsection (b), and shall transfer to the town of Medfield such rights of way or easements for utilities now existing and extending from the tubular well field to the Medfield State Hospital property line as more particularly described in subsection (c), and shall grant to the town of Medfield an easement for subsurface utilities, not less than 25 feet wide centered on the water main pipeline, extending from the former Medfield State Hospital property line to the parcel described in section 1, as more particularly described in subsection (d).
(b)  The parcels of land shall consist of:
(i)  a certain parcel of land described in a deed from Sybil Hutson to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 1891, page 319 and shown on a plan entitled “Plan of the so called Hutson 17 Acre Lot, Medfield, Massachusetts, M.D. Place, October 29, 1929”, recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds as plan 424 of 1930;
(ii)  certain parcels of land described as Parcels A, B and C in a certain order of taking recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 4567, pages 627, 628 and 629, consisting of 4.472 acres as shown on a plan entitled “Plan of Land, Medfield-Mass, Scale 1”-60’, Nov. 29, 1968, L.W.DeCelle Surveyors, Inc. 285 Union St., Randolph”, recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in plan book 225, plan 9-1969; and
(iii)  a certain parcel of land located between lots 86 and 87 as shown on a plan recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in plan book 221, plan 980 of 1966.
(c)  The existing rights of way and easements are described as follows:
(i)  the commonwealth’s right to construct, lay, maintain, operate, repair and remove a water pipe line and power pole line granted by deed recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds at book 1895, page 410 and as shown on a plan entitled “Plan showing location right of way for water pipe and pole lines conveyed to Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Sybil Hutson, Medfield, Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh C.E., Framingham, Mass., Scale 1 inch-100 feet, December 1929” and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds as plan 517 of 1930;
(ii)  the commonwealth’s right and easement to construct, lay, maintain, operate, repair and remove a water pipe line and power pole line, as shown on a plan entitled “Plan Showing Location Right of Way for Water Pipe and Pole Lines Conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Hannah Lovell, Medfield, Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh, C.E., Framingham, Mass., Scale 1 inch equals 100 feet, December 1929”, such easement being conveyed to the commonwealth by deed and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 1916, page 7;
(iii)  the commonwealth’s right to construct, lay, maintain, operate, repair and remove a water pipe line and power pole line as shown on a plan entitled “Plan showing location right of way for water pipe and pole lines conveyed to Commonwealth of Massachusetts by John Hinkley, Medfield Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh C.E., Framingham, MA, Scale 1 inch – 100 feet, December 1929”, conveyed to the commonwealth by deed and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 1895, pages 411 and 412;
(iv)  the commonwealth’s right to construct, lay, maintain, operate, repair and remove a water pipe line and power pole line, as shown on a plan entitled “Plan showing location right of way for water pipe and pole lines Conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Robert and Abbie McCullough, Medfield, Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh, C.E., Framingham, Mass., Scale 1 inch equals 100 feet, December 1929, and conveyed to the commonwealth by deed and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 1898, pages 228 and 229; and
(v)  the commonwealth’s right and easement to construct, lay, maintain, operate, repair  and remove a water pipe line and power pole line, as shown on a plan entitled “Plan Showing Location Right of Way for Water Pipe and Pole Lines Conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Agnes V. Cepaul, Medfield, Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh, C.E., Framingham, Mass., Scale 1 inch equals 100 feet, December 1929”, such easement being conveyed by deed to the commonwealth and recorded in the Norfolk county registry of deeds in book 1895, page 408.
(d)  A new easement and right of way, as approximately shown on the Town of Medfield’s Board of Water and Sewerage Concept Plan described in section 1, the exact boundaries of which shall be surveyed by a registered land surveyor prior to conveyance.
(e)  Any deed conveying the parcels described in this section shall reserve to the commonwealth the right of way to Harding street, fully shown on a plan entitled, “Plan Showing Location Right of Way for Travel Conveyed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Sybil Hutson, Medfield Mass., J.J. Van Valkenburgh, C.E., Framingham, Mass. Scale – 1 inch = 100 feet”, December, 1929, recorded in Norfolk county registry of deeds as plan 425 of 1930.
(f)  If any parcel or easements ceases to be used for the purposes set forth in this section, title to such parcel or easement shall revert to the commonwealth.
SECTION 3.  The town of Medfield shall be responsible for all costs of the transactions authorized in sections 1 and 2 including, but not limited to, surveys, plans, recording fees and any other expenses relating to any such transfer, as shall be considered necessary by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance.

Approved, April 9, 2014.

MSH purchase bill & MPC status

Bill Massaro provided to me a link to a clearer version of the legislation that authorizes the town to buy the former MSH site.  The link is above the actual legislation is below.

The MSH Master Planning Committee has had one meeting so far in what is to be its 10 month task to get the town to a planned redevelopment of the site.  Their first task is to put out an RFP for the consultant who will do the heavy lifting and work to get all the planning done on that accelerated basis.

The MSH MPC will meet the second that fourth Tuesdays of the month, starting 9/9/2014, when they will hear from Beth Murphy from Mass Development about how Northampton State Hospital was redeveloped.  At their 9/23 meeting they will hear from Foxboro planners about the Foxboro State Hospital project.


Chapter 211 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE COMMISSIONER OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE TO CONVEY CERTAIN PARCELS OF LAND IN THE TOWN OF MEDFIELD

     Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to provide forthwith for the conveyance of land in the town of Medfield, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.

     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
     SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding sections 32 to 37, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws, chapter 269 of the acts of 2008 or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may convey certain parcels of land located at the former Medfield State Hospital to the town of Medfield.  The parcels are shown as parcel A and parcel B on a plan entitled “Compiled Plan of Land, Medfield State Hospital, Medfield, Massachusetts, prepared for Division of Capital Asset Management”, dated June 14, 2005, prepared by Judith Nitsch Engineering, Inc., on file with the division of capital asset management and maintenance. The exact location and boundaries of the parcels to be conveyed shall be determined by the commissioner, in consultation with the town of Medfield.  The use of the parcels to be conveyed to the town shall not be restricted to use for municipal or other specific purposes; provided, however, that the town may so restrict the parcels at a later date, in accordance with any applicable general and special laws.  The parcels shall be conveyed by deed without warranties or representations by the commonwealth.
SECTION 2.  As consideration for the conveyance of the parcels described in section 1, the town of Medfield shall pay the commonwealth an amount equal to certain costs related to the closure of the former state hospital in Medfield including, but not limited to, the costs of removing combustible materials, disconnecting certain utilities and otherwise closing those buildings located on the parcels conveyed, routine security and other capital expenditures and operating expenses incurred by the commonwealth in preparation for or following the closure of the former state hospital, as determined by the commissioner and agreed to by the town.  The town of Medfield may pay the amount so determined by the commissioner and agreed to by the town upon its purchase of the parcels described in section 1 or the town may pay the amount so determined in 10 annual payments pursuant to section 20A of chapter 58 of the General Laws. If the town’s payment of consideration pursuant to this section so requires, the town may seek voter approval pursuant to subsection (k) of section 21C of chapter 59 of the General Laws.
SECTION 3.  In the event that the town of Medfield sells or leases any portion of the parcels described in section 1, the net proceeds from such sale or lease as determined by the town and agreed to by the commissioner, shall be allocated between the town of Medfield and the commonwealth in equal shares; provided, however, that the commissioner may agree to reduce the share of the commonwealth’s proceeds to not less than 30 per cent of net proceeds in order to provide certain incentives to the town of Medfield to sell or lease any of the parcels described in section 1 expeditiously or to facilitate the development of some or all of the parcels in accordance with smart growth principles promulgated from time to time by the governor and the secretary of energy and environmental affairs.  In the event that the net proceeds, as so determined, is a negative amount, the commonwealth shall not be required to make any payments to the town of Medfield.
SECTION 4.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the town of Medfield shall pay for all costs and expenses of the transactions authorized in this act as determined by the commissioner including, but not limited to, the costs of any recording fees and deed preparation related to the conveyances and for all costs, liabilities and expenses of any nature and kind related to the town’s ownership of the parcels; provided, however, that such costs shall be included for the purposes of determining the net proceeds of the town’s sale or lease of any portion of the parcels described in section 1.  Amounts paid by the town of Medfield pursuant to section 2 shall not be included for the purposes of determining the net proceeds from a sale or lease.
SECTION 5.  Notwithstanding chapter 269 of the acts of 2008 or any other general or special law to the contrary, parcels A-1 and A-2, as shown on the plan referenced in section 1 shall be maintained as open space or used for agricultural and passive recreation purposes, subject to those subsurface utility easements on parcel A-1 serving the town’s water system.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, but subject to such subsurface utility easements, the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance may transfer the care and custody of parcels A-1, A-2 and C, or portions thereof, to the department of conservation and recreation for open space and passive recreation purposes.  Such transfer shall be without consideration and shall not be subject to chapter 7C of the General Laws.
SECTION 6.  (a) In the event that the town of Medfield does not complete its purchase of the property described in section 1 on or before December 31, 2015, then notwithstanding sections 33 to 38, inclusive, of chapter 7C of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the commissioner may sell, lease for terms of up to 99 years, including all renewals and extensions, or otherwise grant, convey or transfer to purchasers or lessees an interest in the property described in section 1 or portions thereof, subject to this section and on such terms and conditions that the commissioner considers appropriate; provided, however, that the purchase by the town of Medfield shall be considered complete upon the transfer of title to the parcels described in section 1 to the town. The commissioner shall dispose of the property, or portion thereof, using appropriate competitive bidding processes and procedures. At least 30 days before the date on which bids, proposals or other offers to purchase or lease a property, or any portion thereof, are due, the commissioner shall place a notice in the central register published by the state secretary pursuant to section 20A of chapter 9 of the General Laws stating the availability of the property, the nature of the competitive bidding process and other information that the commissioner considers relevant, including the time, place and manner for the submission of bids and proposals and the opening of the bids or proposals.
(b)  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the grantee or lessee of all or any portion of the property described in section 1 and subject to this section shall be responsible for costs and expenses including, but not limited to, costs associated with deed preparation and recording fees related to the conveyances and transfers authorized in this section as such costs may be determined by the commissioner.
(c)  No agreement for the sale, lease, transfer or other disposition of the property described in section 1 and subject to this section, or any portion thereof, and no deed executed by or on behalf of the commonwealth, shall be valid unless the agreement or deed contains the following certification, signed by the commissioner:
“I, the undersigned commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, hereby certify under penalties of perjury that I have fully complied with the relevant provisions of general and special laws in connection with the property described in this document.”
SECTION 7.  In any disposition pursuant to section 1 or section 6, the commissioner may retain, accept or acquire by purchase, transfer, lease, eminent domain pursuant to chapter 79 of the General Laws or otherwise and may grant by deed, transfer, lease or otherwise any rights-of-way or easements in, over or beneath any parcel or any portion thereof or any other portions of the former Medfield State Hospital, as the commissioner deems necessary and appropriate for the continued access to, egress from and use of portions of the former Medfield State Hospital including, without limitation, parcels A-1 and A-2, by the general public or other state agencies or to carry out this act; provided however that in any disposition pursuant to section 1, such retention, acceptance, acquisition, or grant of any rights-of-way or easements in, over or beneath parcels A or B shall be subject to the approval of the town of Medfield.
SECTION 8.  Sections 1 to 4, inclusive, shall take effect in the town of Medfield upon their acceptance by a majority vote of the board of selectmen of the town of Medfield but not otherwise.

Approved, August 1, 2014.

Art box update

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!

The art boxes are coming! The art boxes are coming!

This email from Jean Mineo -


Art boxes installation Mon. 8/11 and Tues. 8/12

Hello everyone,

 

 

An update: 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 -
Jean