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

Mega Meeting on Mega-B


Last night at the 550 seat Medfield High School auditorium, a standing room only crowd that I estimated at 800-1,000 openly hostile Medfield residents listened to and then grilled John Kelly and his development team, headed by Jeff Engler, about Kelly’s proposed 200 unit 40B development on Dale Street for almost four hours, starting at 7PM.  Medfield.TV recorded the meeting, as they do almost all selectmen meetings, but they were not able to broadcast it live from the MHS.

The meeting started with a short summary presentation by the developer team, but most of the night was taken up by residents questioning the developer.  No resident present appeared satisfied with any of the explanations provided. Senator Timilty and Representatives Denise Garlick and Shawn Dooley all spoke.  Senator Timilty delivered an impassioned speech that promised the residents that he would do all he could to defeat the proposal.  The Representatives also promised to support the town’s defense.

The architect admitted that his instructions were to design a 200 unit (the maximum allowed by statute) project. The consultant and developer both admitted that 200 units is not their ultimate goal, but both refused to suggest what number of units would be acceptable to them.   The developer, who lives in Sherborn, said that this was his first project in the United States, but that his group has a history of development in Ireland.  Kelly commented that he wanted to do a “good project,” one he could be proud of, which drew strong negative reactions due to his dramatically out of scale proposal.

The Town of Medfield will continue to pursue many separate goals and options, so as to keep as many options open to the town as possible.  The residents’ first goal would be to block this proposal.

Several residents suggested the need to town residents to donate to a fund to fight against this proposal, and the proposed option is to create a town gift account to be set up to receive donations that the town will use to hire expertise to oppose this and any other 40B developments.  Any such donation can be made by mailing a check to the Treasurer/Collector at the Town House and noting in the memo line that it is for the “40B gift account.”

5 year old post on affordable housing


First, I noticed today that the links to Facebook and LinkedIn had stopped working, so if you read my posts there you missed some.

Second, a reader today asked a question that made me search the archives of my blog, and once I learned how, I started looking around a little – I found this post from 2/14/2012 –

40B strategies – ideas I had to help meet the 10% threshold

Over the twelve years that I have been a selectman, I have, of course, recognized the issues that flow from  G. L. c. 40B and the 40B developments I saw effecting other towns, so I have had possible solutions percolating in my mind.  Also, I feel that as a matter of essential justice, that it is correct and proper for our society to provide affordable housing.  Given those starting points, I have made several suggestions over the years about ways for Medfield to make progress on meeting the 10% affordable housing threshold, that exempts towns from unwanted 40B developments.

  • The first proposal came from what I believe may have been at the first Massachusetts Municipal Association annual convention I attended, and I did not learn about the MMA for several years after becoming a selectman, so maybe around 2003 or 2004.  The Falmouth Housing Authority’s director was a presenter at that first MMA meeting I attended, and he told about Falmouth’s planned and systematic conversion of existing housing into affordable housing.  When the proper housing became available, Falmouth would buy it and convert it into affordable housing.  This technique has the benefit of creating affordable housing without changing the impacts on and/or densities of existing neighborhoods.  When I presented that idea to my colleagues, I specifically recall suggesting that the Town of Medfield should be buying every unit at Medfield Gardens that came on the market, in an effort do what we could to meet our 10% affordable housing threshold.  Another time when I saw a newspaper ad offering for sale a six unit property on Green Street (almost at North Street), I suggested that the town buy it to convert to affordable housing.  Converting existing housing makes for a long road to get us over 10%, unless most of Medfield Gardens suddenly became available, but such a plan could be part of a larger strategy.
  • Second, there is vacant land next to Tilden Village, which I understand is controlled by the Medfield Housing Authority.  I suggested that the town should sponsor building more elderly housing on that location.  Medfield can certainly use more elderly housing, and the municipal budget impacts would be minimal.  Where the facilities at Tilden Village already exist, for the new construction there would be savings from not having to construct what already exists there – i.e. no need for an additional administrative office and community meeting room.  I was told that the then Medfield Housing Authority was not interested in doing so.
  • The third proposal I made was for the town to build affordable housing on other town owned land.  The town itself owns parcels all over town.

There was no interest expressed in pursuing any of these ideas.

Mega-B to BoS tonight (at MHS)

Below is my daily email reminder of the day’s Town of Medfield meetings, which town service I heartily recommend to all (sign up at the town website) –

Upcoming Meetings and Events – Oct 18, 2016
Date Description Department Type Page Type
10.18.16 Medfield Meadows (Dale Street) Presentation to the Board of Selectmen October 18 2016
Note Location Change: Meeting will be at Medfield High School Auditorium
Land and Property Meeting Meetings and Events
10.18.16 Board of Selectmen Meeting October 18 2016 Town Administration Meeting Meetings and Events



MEC on 10/13


Minutes:  Medfield Energy Committee: October 13, 2016 at Town DPW Building
Attendees: Fred Bunger, Lee Alinsky, Pete Peterson, Paul Fechtelkotter, Cynthia Greene

1.    September 8 energy committee minutes accepted.

2.    Next steps on Green Communities.  Paul reported that all the schools, town hall and library audits are done and Sam Nutter is working on completing the reports.  Paul will call Sam on 10/4/16 to check on the status of the reports.  The Pfaff Center is still to be done.  The Dale Street School was audited a year ago and Sam will work with that information.  There is a question if the auditors went back to the Council on Aging.
•    Sam will use FY 15 as a baseline and we will be able to take credit for some of the LED change outs that have happened at the Library already.
•    There are 23 thermostats at the library and Columbia gas will not give incentives to swap them out as they are programmable, but it might make sense to replace them anyway as the current set up is not energy efficient.
•    Axum Teferra at MAPC asked for the narrative reports and the spreadsheets by building and projects be submitted to her by October 14.  There is a call with Axum on 10-18 at 11 am.
•    On Oct 21 a letter from the town approving the energy reduction plan is needed.   Fred Bunger will work on this.  The school’s energy reduction plan needs to be approved by the Superintendent.  The rest of the plan needs to be approved by the Board of Selectmen.  Meeting with the Board is scheduled for 11/15/16.
•    Reports still to be done:  The DPW building, diesel and gasoline, wastewater treatment plant and drinking water.  Maurice Goulet to follow-up.  Any reduction in water pumping costs due to the new water tower should be included as an energy improvement project.
•    The new Public Safety Building energy efficiency vs the old buildings is to be calculated.  Andrew and Axum to follow-up.
•    There are no big projects that will get us to the 20% and so we expect there will be lots of little projects.  We will have to determine the timing of the projects.  Fred Bunger suggested we use the funds from the initial grant to replace the energy management systems at the schools and then do the higher ROI projects later and solicit additional grant funds to cover them.

3.    Garage Solar. Green Skies did not meet the DCAM certification so the garage solar will be rebid.

4.    Solarize Medfield.  We are in Tier 3 with 75 kilowatts signed up.

5.    LED streetlight maintenance. Fred Davis has made contact, but has not received responses.

6.    Public Safety Building.  The solar system will be on line the end of November and so will make the 1/8/17 deadline for SRECs.

7.    Meeting adjourned at 8:10

Next meetings –October 27 to go over Green Communities submissions and November 10, regular monthly meeting.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cynthia Greene