Linda Donovan on the Mega-B


Linda Donovan was the first and last speaker at last Tuesday’s selectmen meeting, attended by 800 to 1,000 residents, and entirely devoted to hearing about the Mega-B from its developer and his team.  Today Linda sent me the letter she read that evening.  Bill and Linda’s home is just 75′ to the right of the five story block on the right.


Hi, My name is Linda Donovan and I live at 4 Joseph Pace Rd. I am a lifelong resident of Medfield.

I just want to say I am strongly against this project.

First of all, it is not possible for me to be against the 40B aspect of the project because my family and I live in Allendale which is a 40B project of single family homes that are located on and off of Dale Street. The homes were built in __1992____
They were built in accordance with the style of the surrounding neighborhood, at a density appropriate to our town

I was raised on Miller St. in a home that was built by my grandfather. My father grew up in Medfield, myself and my children are Medfield graduates. If it were not for our neighborhood being built I would not have been able to buy a home in Medfield.
My husband is a town employee at the WWTP and a on-call firefighter for Medfield. I have been a school bus driver in town for over 16 years.
My neighbors consist of firefighters,,Medfield School cafeteria worker, crossing guards, retired families, bank employees, hospital workers, among others. The Dale St neighborhood we live in was an example of 40B done right. Most people in town are probably not even aware of our neighborhood.

We should not allow a private developer to use the 40B statute in a way that directly harms those it intends to benefit. This project will destroy our trees, cut off our sunlight as my house is about 25 yards from the back of the proposed buildings,our neighborhood is an enclosed neighborhood with fence around three sides. They propose on removing the fence and have a walk way through the end of our street which is my front yard. It will produce more traffic to our already busy roads, and endanger our kids who play, ride bikes and walk to school via Dale St.

It is extremely upsetting to think how this project will ruin a successful 40B neighborhood of Medfield while pretending to help us. We do not need luxury rentals with roof-top decks, a small tot lot and a lot more car exhaust for us all to breathe. We need green spaces, fresh air and more opportunities for ownership rather than rentals. Most of all we want safety for our kids. In the end isn’t that what everyone raising families in Medfield wants? 40B families, including those of us who are already here, deserve a much better plan than this oversized development that does not fit in with the character of our town.

Thank you

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History of mental health tour at MSH

Today at the former MSH, John Thompson used the site to deliver a walking tour lecture on the history of the treatment of mental health.

Housing Production Plan

I was asked for a copy of the final Housing Production Plan – this is what went to DHCD this week –


GSA collecting food & youth clothing Saturday 10-12 at UCC

March 4, 2016 Osler Peterson Medfield Town Selectman Medfield Town Hall 459 Main Street Medfield. MA 02052 Dear Selectman Peterson, GIRL SCOUTS It's that time of year again in Medfield! We are honoring an incredible number of Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients - seven! With over 40% of our 12th Grade Scouts being Gold Award Recipients, Medfield Girl Scouts ranks well above the national average of 5% - a very special distinction. In addition to recognizing these remarkable Scouts, seventeen of our 12th Grade Ambassador Scouts will be concluding their thirteen years of Girl Scouting and bridging to Adult Girl Scouts. Of additional note is that 9 of our 17 Ambassador Scouts have also earned various Girl Scout National Leadership Awards. Finally, we are very pleased to be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield. We arc one of the oldest Service Units in the country. Enclosed is a detailed description of each Scout's Gold Award project for your perusal. These seven Girl Scouts join an elite group of young women who are respected throughout the world for their dedication, leadership, and concern for their community. As you can see, we have a lot to commemorate and we hope you can join us Saturday. March 19th at 1:00 PM with a reception directly following the ceremony. This year the ceremony will be held at St. Edward Church at 133 Spring Street in Medfield. We invite you to arrive by 12:30 to be a part of our opening ceremony and walk in with the other dignitaries. I will call your office in the next few days to see if it is possible for you to attend this very special event. Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter, I remain with kind regards, Sincerely, Medfield Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony Committee Chair kcsteeger.a - 617-640-3277 - (c) MAR 1 4 2H6 About the Medfield Girl Scouts 2016 Gold Award Projects The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award available in Girl Scouting and is only earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their communities and an outstanding dedication to achievement. In order to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Scouts must first complete a series of prerequisites that take anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete. These pre-requisites are designed to give the Girl Scouts experiences in goal setting, leadership, career exploration and community service. Once the prerequisites are completed, each girl submits a plan for her Girl Scout Gold Award project that will require a minimum of 85 hours to complete. Each project needs to combine the skills and passions of the candidate in unique ways so that once completed, her project will leave a lasting mark on the community. Katherine Lyons My project addressed the issue surrounding the lack of knowledge of how poverty affects kids living on Cape Cod. Before beginning my project, even I was unaware of the severe poverty that affects many people living on the Cape and my goal was to make as many people aware of the issue in my hometown and surrounding areas as possible. I hope the awareness raised through my project benefits not only those who are Jiving in poverty, hopefully through increased donations and support, but by raising awareness to the fact that not all poverty is right before our eyes. I was able to put together 30 new backpacks filled with brand new school supplies and a few hundred books with bookmarks made by the kids at the Medfield Afterschool Program that were delivered over the summer and in the fall to Chatham Elementary School. My project also involved organizing the Cradles to Crayons 'Give Back with an Outfit Pack' drive within Medfield Girl Scouts. We were able to create 27 complete packs, 5 partially filled packs, 2 bags of additional items and had a total impact of 37 kids. Emily Piersiak My project addressed the issue of the absence of safe crossing at the end of Baker Pond in Medfield, and the Jack of encouragement for young women in the STEM fields. With the help of Girl Scout Troop 74900 and other members of the community, I constructed a bridge to span the runoff at Baker Pond. The project also included a class I taught at the Medfield Public Library, in which I was able to share my interest and knowledge in structural engineering and bridges. I am very pleased with the outcome of my project, especially the completed bridge and the information I imparted on all of the children who attended my classes. I would like to thank everyone who helped me complete this project, whether it was by donating materials or by physically helping to build it. I appreciate all of the help from my wonderful community, and I hope people enjoy all aspects of my project for years to come. Eliza beth Raine For Gold Award Project, Bats for a Cause, I addressed the decline of the local bat population due to human impact. I specifically designed this project not only to attempt to bolster the bat population for the purpose of offsetting human impact on the bats' local environment, but also to educate the public to the benefits of helping bats. I posted four bat boxes at the Trustees of Reservations as a refuge for migrating bats which would serve as nurseries for their newborn pups. My hope was that a growing bat population could help to regulate the recent overpopulation of mosquitoes, which may transmit harmful viruses to humans, like Triple E. Since the bats would stop the mosquitoes from transmitting those viruses, helping the bat population would ultimately benefit human healthcare. I also decided to educate the public about bats from around the world in order to dispel human fear of bats. I planned and executed presentations to various audiences in the community during Medfield Day, at MAP at Wheelock and Dale Street Schools, free time at Medfield's Council on Aging, and at Stony Brook's Earth Day Celebration. -OverZoe Smith Volunteering is something I value. It is a big pa rt of my life. For tunately, I had a program like Girl Scouts to start me on an early path of volunteerism. However, not everyone has t his type of opportunity. My goal for my Gold Award was to share my passion for volunteering in order to better my community. With this goal in mind, I chose to work with middle school students in my town to offer them diffe re nt opportunities to give back to the community in hopes of insti lling in them a passion to volunteer. I acted as a lia ison, connecting students with local volunteer organizations. Strong relations hips formed quickly. Many students are now volunteering regularly. Last ly, in order to receive their deserved recognition, students will have the chance to earn a President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA recognizes citizens for bettering the coun try by volunteering. By working with middle school students, I was able to establish a genuine passion for volunteering which they can continue to pursue throughout their lives. Grace Sowyrda My Gold Award project addressed the issue of the lack of poetry programs and creative outlets in school, particularly in my town of Medfield. Poetry is a positive vehicle for connecting with others through raw emotion. It has universal themes that inspire others in the message that we are not alone in our feelings. I saw a need to provide this type of creative outlet. I addressed this issue by creating an after school poetry program at Blake Middle School to provide a safe and fun place for teens to connect and learn about poetry. I also created a poetry hour program at the library where I read poetry to the children a nd did a creative craft. To connect the town, I led an all age poetry reading at the Medfie ld Public Library and also led a poetry reading at the Senior Center. To support my efforts, I created a poetry website with easy ways for teachers to incorporate poetry into the ir curriculums. With each event, I was amazed to see poetry work its magic in connecting all the pa rticipants. Poetry is a very important part of my life and I am so lucky to have had the privilege to share its beauty and power with so many wonderful people . . Julia Steeger My project, "Co nn ecting Kids Who Have with Kids Who Need': addressed the issue of poverty a nd the many ways poverty affects children. It was the SOth anniversary of the "War on Poverty" launched by President Johnson that gave me the idea. Even with 50 years of effort, 15% of our state's chi ldren continue to live in poverty. I created my Gold Award project to educate kids in Medfield about how poverty affects kids who live in it and what we could do together as a community to help improve t heir circumstances. I wanted kids here in Medfield to know there was something they could do to help kids who live in poverty and that by passing along their gently used clothing, books and toys, they could help kids in need. With the help of the school administration, I was able to have a Cradles to Crayons collection unit placed at the Wheelock School. I also ran several assemblies at the schools to educate kids about the affects of poverty on kids who live in it, and established several town-wide collections: an annual "Stuff the Truck" event for clothing, books and toys as well as a food drive for Medfield Food Cupboard. Olivia Taylor Previously, there had been no prominent tutoring service in Medfield for children in grades K-5. My project was to create a tutoring program that connected high school students with e lementary school students. It is a imed to improve core academic skills, as well as create a bridge between older and younger children. I ran a six-week program at the three elementary schools in Medfield for students in grades K-5, with 15 tutors and 36 participants across the three programs. The objective was to supplement what the kids were learning in class in a way that didn't fee l like school, a nd to help the kids with a new perspective. I also created a website to share my project, with an online sign-up to connect high school a nd elementary school students for one-on-one tuto r ing. In the end, I hope my project provided a new service for the children and their parents, and a leadership opportunity for the high school students.

This Saturday Medfield Girl Scouts is holding its annual Day of Community Service. Scouts will be collecting FOOD DONATIONS for the Medfield Food Cupboard at both Shaws and Brothers Supermarkets.  Scouts will also be collecting gently used YOUTH CLOTHING for Cradles to Crayons (C2C).  Clothing can be dropped off on Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the UCC, 496 Main Street.  Winter clothing items are most needed.  All food and clothing donations will be sorted and given directly to the Food Cupboard and C2C on Saturday!

Early voting schedule

Vote at Town House 8:30 – 4:30 from October 24-28, October 31 – November 4 (except only to 1PM on last day, Friday, 11/4):


From Town Clerk, Carol Mayer –


Early Voting Schedule – STATE ELECTION – November 08, 2016
From: October 24, 2016 To: November 04, 2016

Date              Hours
10/24/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

10/25/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

10/26/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

10/27/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

10/28/2016 08:30 AM – 01:00 PM

10/31/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

11/01/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

11/02/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

11/03/2016 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

11/04/201’6 08:30 AM – 01 :00 PM

HPP is in to DHCD


Step #1 completed:  The 40B Housing Production Plan, that was approved by the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen, by separate votes on Monday evening this week, was this afternoon electronically submitted to DHCD (a copy of the emails appear below).


Hello Sarah,


Received.   Thank you.


Phil DeMartino, Technical Assistance Coordinator

Office of Sustainable Communities, DHCD

(617) 573-1357

Fax: (617) 573 1460



From: Sarah Raposa []
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 2:47 PM
To: DeMartino, Phillip (OCD)
Subject: Medfield HPP for DHCD Review


Phil – Attached please find Medfield’s Housing Production Plan with cover letter for review by DHCD (hard copy to follow). Please advise of acceptance as soon as possible.

Many thanks,




Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027