Inaugural issue of “The Works”

Just received the inaugural issue of the Medfield DPW’s newsletter, The Works.  Kudos to Moe and the DPW employees involved – publishing a newsletter is an excellent idea, and this one is informative and gets we residents up to date –

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Gentlemen,

We have developed a quarterly newsletter to update yourselves and the Medfield residents on the happenings in the DPW.  I’m planning to run updates in Jan, April, July and Oct. for the foreseeable future. It will be posted on-line to our website and put out on Twitter later today. We will do our best to publish relevant information on projects, events and developments throughout the year. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the structure and content of the newsletter.

Thank you.

Maurice G. Goulet

Director of Public Works

Medfield, Massachusetts

Gentlemen, We have developed a quarterly newsletter to update yourselves and the Medfield residents on the happenings in the DPW. I'm planning to run updates in Jan, April, July and Oct. for the foreseeable future. It will be posted on-line to our website and put out on Twitter later today. We will do our best to publish relevant information on projects, events and developments throughout the year. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding the structure and content of the newsletter. Thank you. -- Maurice G. Goulet Director of Public Works Medfield, Massachusetts20180920-The Works October 2018_Page_220180920-The Works October 2018_Page_3

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BoS 9/18

These are the backup materials (20180918-agenda&materials) and below is the agenda for the Board of Selectmen meeting on September 18, 2018 –

 

TOWN OF MEDFIELD MEETING NOTICE I POSTED: :atiLTHW CLERK j UH, ur MEDFIELD. MASS. . ' • '1• ZOl8 SEP 1 W A II: 52 .. ·· . I • POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. OF FICE OF THE Board of Selectmen TOWN C LERt~ Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room, 211 d floor Tuesday September 18, 2018 @ 7:00 PM AGENDA (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 7:00 PM Call to order Disclosure of video recording We want to take a moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world Appointment Representative Shawn Dooley will hold office hour on Wednesday September 26 11:30 AM -12:30 PM in the Warrant Room Public Hearing I Application to Solicit, Luben Weaver, representing Revise Energy Citizen Comment Steven and Patricia Cook Discussion Items Interim Police Chief John Wilhelmi to discuss damaged Main Street Traffic Lights and plan of action Discuss Holiday Stroll expenses Ms. Trierweiler to discuss Special Town Meeting Article for Annual Town Meeting Date Change Action Items Fire Chief Carrico requests the Board of Selectmen sign Ambulance Service Affiliation Agreement with Norwood Hospital, the Emergency Medical Services QA/QI Program and the Ambulance Services Medical Director Services DPW Director Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen sign the Notice oflntent for the new Phase II Storm Water MS4 General Permit Assistant Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler requests the Board of Selectmen authorize Chairman Marcucci sign the DHCD Eligible Purchaser Certificate for 9 Thomas Clewes Road Vote to appoint Jared Spinelli as an Associate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals Vote to appoint Randall Karg to the Board of Water and Sewerage Pending Special Town Meeting Board of Selectmen goals Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) Medfield Youth Lacrosse requests permission to post signs October 1 to October 16 announcing upcoming registration for the spring 2019 season Medfield Lions Club requests permission to post signs October 20 to November 3 promoting the annual Chowder Fest on November 3 at the CENTER 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition permission is requested to use the Town's VSM sign placing it at the Transfer-St-atien- Medfield Garden Club requests permission to place signs November 24 to December 1 announcing the GCLVci0rvCUib!~tloU,day tf.o-vJll,€/ Setle,,on Saturday December 1, 2018 Neighbors of Pederzini Drive and Boyden Road request permission to hold their annual Block Party Sunday September 30 2-7 PM Town Administrator Update Acceptance and I or correction of Meeting Minutes June 26, August 14 and 21, September 4 Review Board of Selectmen Action List Selectmen Report Informational Memo from Affordable Housing Trust regarding 96 Adams Street Project C) ·-1""11 O "TJ U> (,/') Medfield Foundation Angel Run Committee announces the annual SK Fun Run/Walk on Sunday December 2 Mayrock Development LLC will hold an informational meeting September 26 6:30 PM at the American Legion Hall regarding proposed apartment building at 50 Peter Kristof Way Copy of ZBA decision no.134420180918-agenda_Page_2

 

See the movie 9/26

Suicide The Ripple Effect

 

Look for both the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) and Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) at shared booths tomorrow at Medfield Day on Frairy Street.

Know the Signs of Elder Abuse

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Perfect Storm Jeopardizes Safety of Older Adults

The prevalence of elder abuse in both institutional and in-home care settings appears to be rising due to a perfect storm of circumstances. First, the number of Americans 65-plus is exploding as Baby Boomers age and require more care. Second, for-profit companies, which now own more than 70 percent of the nation’s nursing homes, often cut staff and other resources to meet investor expectations. And third, government oversight and support are disappearing as budget cuts increasingly target these services. That leaves it up to all of us to be more vigilant than ever for the signs of elder abuse.

Elder Care

Protect Loved Ones from Nursing Home Abuse

Choosing nursing home, assisted living or in-home medical care is complicated, difficult and often an emotional process. The last thing on your mind is the possibility that those responsible for the care of some of our most vulnerable citizens would abuse or neglect their patients. But it does happen all too often, which is why you should know the signs of elder abuse and how to find quality care for the older loved ones in your life.

BY THE NUMBERS

13%

Adults 65-plus make up 13 percent of the population, numbering more than 40 million.

VIDEO BOOKMARK

A Culture of Denial,
a Failure to Act

CNN investigation uncovers rampant sexual assault in elder care facilities – and little accountability.

THE DOCKET

ONLINE ABUSE

Social media abuse of nursing home residents often goes unchecked, reports NPR.

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MMA’s Pickard Innovation Award

The Massachusetts Municipal Association annually gives awards to innovative municipal programs.  Today I got the MMA email (inserted below) encouraging towns to submit entries for this year, and what I thought was interesting was to review the past winners list.  Massachusetts has 351 municipalities all trying to solve the same issues, and we can learn a lot from one another, which is the basic assumption behind the MMA.  Let me know if you see one that you think Medfield should be pursuing.

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The following are recent winners of the MMA’s Pickard Innovation Award:

2018
Arlington: Property registry addresses commercial vacancies
Harwich: Municipal pet cemetery provides service while raising revenue
Orleans: Project uses shellfish to reduce water nitrogen levels

2017
Leominster: Creating an autism-friendly city and community
Salem: ‘Park Your Butts’ retools to improve cigarette waste recycling
Adams: Board unites artists, local government to spur creative economy
Scituate: Standard procedures, templates streamline emergency news dissemination

2016
Danvers: Incentive program reduces peak electricity use and costs
Everett: City-run center offers low-cost exercise classes and equipment
Leverett: Town builds high-speed fiber optic Internet network

2015
Chatham: Cloud provides access to meeting video archives
Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately: Emergency medical service improves response times
Springfield: After tornado, city promoted tree planting

2014
Arlington: ‘Visual Budget’ illuminates how taxes are spent
Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Lowell: Communities collaborate on economic development
Melrose: ‘Our City’ exercise helped sharpen civic goals

2013
Braintree, Weymouth: Collaboration bears fruit in Landing district
‘HarborWalk’ reveals Gloucester’s riches
Medford broadens its ‘Go Green’ initiative

2012
Bedford, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Sudbury, Weston: Towns formed coalition to monitor affordable housing
Danvers: Summer program created for homeless kids
Leominster: Effort to revive historic district nears fruition

2011
Fairhaven: Anaerobic digestion to offset energy costs
Hamilton-Wenham: Organic waste pick-up program nears goal
Wilmington: Land purchase led to library bookstore

2010
Bedford: Coordination boosts parent-education series
Dedham: Partnership helps alleviate foreclosure pain
Medford: Wind turbine marks progress in sustainability campaign

2009
Dennis: Blog spreads awareness of planning process
Natick shapes strategic planning to fit town government
Worcester moved quickly to confront foreclosure crisis

Yarn4Hope by MCSP

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Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke has been organizing the Yarn4Hope effort on behalf of the Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, to bring greater awareness to September being suicide prevention month.  This is her email –

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Hi All-

 

I hope you drove through town this week and saw the #yarn4hope installation.  Here are some photos:

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I think that it is impactful while also being perfectly understated; a balance of beauty and hope. Each piece possesses a story or rather an intention from the person who created the pieces.  We had over 30 pieces made from students, teachers, school staff, parents, empty nesters and knitting circles from the Council on Aging and St. Edward; a true community effort!  Blake Middle School teacher, Diane Horvath, was the visionary and orchestrated all of this!

 

I hope that this installation brings awareness and compels people to either get educated to recognize the signs and for those who are suffering, to seek help…some may think this is naive, but we must stay stedfast in our desire to prevent more deaths by suicide.

 

Thanks all!

Anna Mae

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Winter moths in check

Good ending story from WickedLocal Medfield –

http://medfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20180905/umass-experts-see-major-gains-in-war-on-winter-moths

UMass experts see major gains in war on winter moths

With the help of a parasitic fly, a group of Massachusetts scientists is declaring victory over the leaf-munching, tree-damaging winter moth caterpillar.

Winter moth larva, which feed on tree leaves, blueberry crops and orchards, have been responsible for the defoliation of tens of thousands of acres along the New England coast each year since the early 2000s.

But entomologists at UMass-Amherst now say the winter moth population is decreasing to non-pest levels thanks largely to the introduction of a parasitic fly native to Europe. The pest-reduction approach, known as “biological control,” is expected to save Massachusetts residents millions of dollars in future pesticide costs, according to researchers.

“After 14 years of effort, we have successfully converted winter moth, a major defoliation invading Eastern New England, into a non-pest, presumably on a permanent basis,” Joseph Elkinton, an entomologist at UMass-Amherst, said in a statement. “We have averted what was shaping up to be another major invasion calamity for the entire United States comparable to gypsy moth.”

Elkinton, along with entomologists George Boettner and Hannah Broadley, has been working toward this goal for years. In 2005, the group started collecting the flies, which prey specifically on the winter moth, and grew them in a controlled UMass lab.

The flies were released at 44 sites along the Massachusetts coast, and the researchers have verified the flies have successfully populated in at least 38 of the locations.

The pest-reduction effort mirrors a biological control approach that succeeded in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Canada, where the winter moth was found prior to invading the United States. The species is originally from Europe.

Elkinton said the biological approach, which is common in fighting invasive pests around the world, is working especially well here.

″(It’s) quite rare, at least on forest trees,” he said. “In fact, I can’t think of any other example involving a major forest insect in North America.”

The flies do not prey on anything besides the winter moth, according to the researchers. And while the approach will not wipe out the winter moth entirely, it will greatly reduce the invasive species.

“The object of biological control is to reduce density of the invasive species to non-pest status,” Elkinton said. “That is what we believe we have achieved.”