Nice anniversary

Enjoying this reminder from a N.J. personal injury attorney colleague on my American Association for Justice listserv –

hell freezes over

Today is World Statistics Day by 10/20/10 UN Statistical Commission edict for worldwide celebration of statistics; Royal Statistical Society UK also launched its “get stats statistical literacy” campaign at 20:10 on 20.10.2010. And

1817: 1st Mississippi “Showboat” left Nashville, TENN on its maiden voyage;  it was NOT a steam powered paddle wheeler, but rather a keelboat purchased by 20 yr old actor named Noah Miller Ludlow for $200, and thus named “Noah’s Ark,” which passed down Cumberland, to the Ohio, then down Mississippi River to New Orleans – arriving 10 months later in NOLA; and

1873: P. T. Barnum’s “Great Roman Hippodrome” featuring “Greatest Show on Earth” opened in NYC (site of MSG today);

1924: 1st Negro League World Series game was played: KC Monarchs (Kansas City MO) shut out Hilldales (Darby, PA), 5-0.

1947: House Un-American Activities Committee began investigation into Communist infiltration of Hollywood, resulting in the infamous “Hollywood Blacklist” that prevented some from working in the industry for many years; and

1998: 1st Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Comedian Richard Pryor

2004: Pro Sports Comeback Record:  After losing the first three games of the ALCS, the Boston Red Sox won four consecutive games to win the AL pennant, beating NY Yankees in Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon’s 2 home runs, including a grand slam,  and Derek Lowe’s solid pitching help Boston join 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 NY Islanders, 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, and the 2014 LA Kings, as the only teams in professional sports history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.

PS: KC won 1924 World Series vs “Darby Dandies” 4-1-1 (1 tie); and BoSox swept St. Louis Cards 4-0 games in 2004 Series.


Philips Street bridge timing

philip st bridge

Maurice Goulet, DPW Director, sent a resident an email update today on the timing of the Philips Street bridge repair (a copy of the email appears below) –


The RFP has been sent out to prospective bidders. Within 2-3 weeks we should have a fabricator selected and begin the manufacturing of the deck. The final repairs of the bridge will be determined by the winter weather and the awarding contractor availability at the time coordination is setup with the delivery of the pre-fabricated bridge.


We were previously told that the fabrication will take about 16 weeks.

Based on information and belief, there is some concern that once the bridge work is completed, that bridge abutter Alec Stevens may not cede back to the town his basketball court (f/k/a Philips Street).

Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

Jerry McCarty, Facilities Director, presented his tome, Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan, to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday.

Jerry’s work evaluates the current conditions of the town buildings, lists deferred maintenance, and lays out routine expected maintenance over the next 20 years. This is the first time that the town has had this data compiled, and the bad news is that we have allowed about $43 m. in deferred maintenance to accumulate and we face an estimated $68 m. more of routine maintenance over the next 20 years.

We owe Jerry a huge thanks for taking on and completing this task, much of it done on his own time, so as to not interfere with his regular work. Jerry will include the pavement management plan when that is completed, and add sections for the Public Safety Building, the DPW Garage, and the Dwight-Derby House when his has the time. Then if we add the vehicle replacement schedule we should have most town capital expenses covered and we can plan how to implement the work and pay for it. It would have been better to plan this way long ago.

This is a link to the whole 558 page report  Medfield Facilities Report 10-2017.pdf

And these pages are the Executive Summary (NB – I left out the text of all 558 pages in the “Alt. Text” window which allows all the text to be word searched, as I think that amount of data may have been what was crashing the prior two attempts to post this, as that had to be a lot of data) –


Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_1

Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_2Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_3Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_4Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_5Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_6Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_7Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_8Pages from 20171013-Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan_Page_9


Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

QPR Training: Suicide Prevention this Sunday 7-9pm

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –


Dear Medfield Community Member,

Suicide is difficult to discuss and most of the time simply unimaginable, but the reality is that it can happen to people we know and love. This training is an effort to empower us to build awareness and prevent this from happening.

The training is FREE to EVERYONE in our community:

Sunday, October 22 from 7-9pm

RSVP here

“Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.”



Pete personal note – I volunteered on a telephone crisis line and ran its training program for several years, incorporated and then served on the board of Riverside Community Care (our local community mental health center) for 20 years, and I recently took a QPR training – and I found the QPR training useful.

Municipal Facilities Evaluation and Capital Plan

Library of yesteryear

library 100th postcard

Per the 20 year capital plan and facilities report (558 pages) the Board of Selectmen received this past week on the town owned buildings, the library and other town buildings have expensive maintenance needs.  From memory the front steps of the library need about $20,000 of fixes, the old front door in the picture needs weatherstiping, and the many library façade bricks need repointing.

I hope I will be permitted to release the full report to residents after the report is presented to the Board of Selectmen this evening.  It is really well done – complete, instructive at best, and worrisome at worst.  Owning and maintaining building is clearly expensive, but the maintenance must be both scheduled and performed.