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Meeting minutes March 7, 2017 Chenery Meeting Room draft PRESENT: Selectmen Fisher, Peterson, Marcucci; Town Administrator Sullivan; Assistant Town Administrator Trierweiler; Town Counsel Cerel; Administrative Assistant Clarke Chairman Fisher called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM and read announcements. MASS STANDARD CONTRACT FORM DPW Director Maurice Goulet is present The Town's MASS Service Agreement is about to expire. Director Maurice Goulet explained that by the Town renewing we will be allowed to receive and expend grant funds that the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee may receive VOTE: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Fisher execute the MASS Standard Contract Form and as requested by DPW Director Maurice Goulet CHAPTER 90 REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST VOTED unanimously to sign Chapter 90 Reimbursement Forms for engineering services in amount of $7,153.84 for Philip Street project and as recommended by DPW Director Maurice Goulet COMMITIEE APPOINTMENT Medfield Historical Commission co-chairs David Temple and Dan Bibel request the Selectmen vote to appoint Caitlin Struble as a member of the commission and it was so voted GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD The Selectmen are invited to attend the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony for Julie Han Sunday March 26, 2017 2:00 PM at the United Church of Christ 2017 TOWN MEETING WARRANT Board of Selectmen are requested to vote to open the warrant to add a second article pertaining to storm water management that will be added as a new chapter in the Town's Code Book. VOTE: on a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to open the 2017 Warrant Selectman Peterson remarked that as we are opening the warrant he would like to add an article regarding the Community Preservation Act. He strongly feels that Medfield should be receiving matching funds from the state that could be allocated to our affordable housing trust. March 7, 2017 Page two Selectman Marcucci responded that when the CPA Committee came before us in the fall they advised not to place an article on the 2017 warrant but wait for 2018 ATM. This will give the Committee additional time to present information to the residents. VOTE: on a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to close the 2017 Warrant ECONOMIC DEVEWPMENT COMMITTEE, CHAIR PAT CASEY Mr. Casey said that as a result the Downtown Summit one of the committee's initiatives is to help improve parking in the downtown area. The committee applied to the state for a grant to pay for a parking study, however as of now the state has not responded. Cost of the study is $15,000-$16,000. Mr. Casey continued saying that the committee is hoping to do a parking management study that would focus on additional signs, markings indicating parking spaces that may help with parking issues. Discussion ensued about the two articles on the warrant and it was agreed that at town meeting to have the two articles come up together for discussion (downtown improvements and phase II parking study). Committee membership; the committee recommends and requests the Selectmen vote to appoint member Joe Seier as an associate member and associate member Alex Jowdy as a full member of the Economic Development Committee and it was so voted. BOARD OFWATERAND SEWERAGE Present Jeremy Marsette, Bill Harvey and Christian Carpenter Discussion took place regarding warrant articles pertaining to water and sewer. Town Meeting will vote on leasing space on the new water located for wireless facilities. Question is whether revenues collected are deposited in the water enterprise fund or the general fund. The Selectmen feel it is better served to the townspeople deposit be made in the general fund. No decision made; committee to discuss at their March 9 meeting. The next couple of articles deal with water bans and water conservation; should private well users adhere to the water ban restrictions and secondly when water department employees are denied entry onto private property to repair and or replace water meters should fines be established. Town Counsel drafted these articles. Mr. Marsette remarked that his board was not aware they were the sponsors of these articles. Mr. Sullivan said that placing the water board as sponsor in the draft of warrant articles is only for a placeholder. All in agreement that the committee should confer at their March 9 meeting if articles should move forward; Town Counsel will attend the meeting for discussion. The Selectmen feel that there is a lot of interest regarding these issues that the articles will move forward and the Selectmen will sponsor. The Selectmen thanked the Board of Water and Sewerage for their contributions to the discussion. The Selectmen are requested to sign Amendment No. 3 for further extended construction phase services for the watermain and storage tank. March 7, 2017 Page three VOTE: On a motion made by Selectman Peterson, seconded by Selectman Marcucci it was voted unanimously to sign Hospital Road Watermain and Storage Tank Amendment No. 3/ for Further Extended Construction Phase Services in the amount of $94,100.00 INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITIEE, PETER MORAN CHAIR Mr. Moran explained that the committee is proposing to offer Town employees another option for health insurance, a high deductible plan. Presently the Town pays 62% towards an employee's HMO plan and about 50% towards a PPO plan. With the new proposal family plan members would be subject to a deductible of $2,000 ($4,000 in total for family plan) and with new proposal individual member would be subject to a $2,000 deductible. The Insurance Advisory Committee recommends for employees enrolling in the new high deductible plan, the Town match the subscribers' contribution up to $1,200 per year for the family plan; up to $600 per year for individuals. Subscriber could elect to contribute additional funds to the health savings account under federal law, however, the Town would not match these contributions. The savings accounts would roll over year to year as any monies not spent will remain in the account. A workshop will be scheduled with employees who are health insurance members to clarify the information. With this new plan the Town will see considerable savings as well as those insured will benefit from lower premiums. The Selectmen are requested to vote on the new health insurance option. VOTE: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to offer a high deductible health insurance option to current employees with a health savings account and a contribution match of $1,200 for a family plan and $600 for an individual plan On another health insurance issue; for many years the Town has offered health insurance to members of the Board of Selectman and the Board of Assessors. This has not been an issue through past years as insurance was relatively inexpensive. However as those premiums have recently been climbing significantly the Warrant Committee advises not to offer insurance going forward to future elected officials. Current elected officials would not be affected. VOTE: On a motion made and seconded it was voted unanimously to not offer health insurance benefits to new/future elected officials and as recommended by the Warrant Committee. The Town Clerk whose position is full time would still be eligible SIGN WARRANT VOTED unanimously to sign the March 27, 2017 Town Election Warrant March 7, 2017 Page four Regarding the Town Election Mr. Sullivan commented that no candidates for the Board of Assessors or Trust Fund Commissioners have come forward. Please give serious thought to join either of these two committees. MINUTES VOTED unanimously to accept the minutes of January 31 as submitted and accept the February 7, 2017 minutes as amended LICENSES AND PERMITS VOTED unanimously to grant permission to the high school Boys Baseball and Girls Softball Teams to hold a fundraising car wash behind Town Hall on Sunday May 7, 2017 VOTED unanimously to grant permission for the third annual (jod Loves :Jvt.edjfie{d Community 'Day of Service to take place Saturday April 22 and organized by Pastor Jonathan Chechile VOTED unanimously to grant permission for signs to be posted March 18 to March 27 promoting a food drive for the Medfield Food Cupboard on Town Election Day atthe voting polls VOTED unanimously to grant permission to the Medfield Voter Services Committee to post signs March 9 to 10 promoting Medfield Candidate Forum on March 16 in the high school auditorium VOTED unanimously to grant the Council on Aging one-day wine and malt beverage permits for March 15 St Patrick's Dinner; April 12 Town Meeting Supper Club; May 6 ARCP Dance; May 17 May Supper Club; additionally Wednesday Summer Cookouts June 14 & 28; July 12 & 26; August 23 PENDING Dwight Derby House appropriation by Citizen Petition Letter received from Heather Gordon stating that the Dwight Derby House Committee agrees to the dismissal of the warrant article requesting appropriation of $10,000 and will accept the amount of $9,500 (balance in downtown improvement article) that will be allocated for Dwight Derby House improvements. The Selectmen are pleased with this solution. Mr. Sullivan remarked that 2017 Town Meeting may be meeting two nights, April 24 and 25. March 7, 2017 Page five SELECTMEN REPORI' Selectman Peterson attended Cub Scout Pack 200 Blue and Gold Banquet last Saturday commenting it was great fun. At the event he had a discussion with a Newton employee (Medfield resident) regarding ALS. He also attended a recent "inclusion meeting." Mr. Peterson held first Friday office hour at the CENTER, topic of discussion was affordable senior housing. Selectman Marcucci enjoyed the banquet. The good food was from Cutlets on North Street. Entertainment was Mike the Bubble Man, good fun. Selectman Fisher had the opportunity to ring the bell at the state hospital and enjoyed a tour through the chapel with John Thompson. He and his wife visited the "sugar shack" on Main Street. Owner Bob Piersiak does a terrific job making the maple syrup of which we now have quite a supply. INFORMATIONAL The Town has received a check in the amount of $23,004.40 for SREC credits. It was a good decision installing the solar array at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. ADJOURNMENT As there was no further business to come before the Board of Selectmen, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.20170307_Page_220170307_Page_320170307_Page_420170307_Page_5

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Jim & Patti Schwartz – Medfield Foundation 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jim & Patti Schwartz – 2017 Medfield Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim and Patti Schwartz were selected as to receive the 2017 Medfield Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award last month by the judges.  Jim and Patti were nominated by Gus Murby, with input from the other leaders of Boy Scout Troop 89, per Gus.

Jim and Patti, plus all the remarkable eight other Medfield volunteers who were nominated this year will be celebrated at the reception next Sunday, March 19 at 3PM at The Center. The public is invited to attend.

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsored the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards and support was also received from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below is the nomination submitted by Gus Murby.

 


 

This recommendation is submitted as a combined recommendation for both Jim and Patti Schwartz, primarily for the involvement they have had over several decades as adult leaders in Medfield’s Troop 89 Boy Scout Troop. Jim and Patti have functioned as a seamless team throughout that time in working to meet the needs of the troop. The intention of this recommendation is not just to recognize them as two individuals worthy of consideration for this award, but to recognize their collaborative partnership over all this time and to acknowledge the extraordinary impact that partnership has had on the success of Troop 89 over an extended period.

 

Jim Schwartz has been a life-long volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America who has, over the past 23 years, held leadership positions with Medfield Troop 89. Extending from his own personal scouting career where he earned Eagle Scout rank, Jim started his career as a volunteer adult leader back in 1969 as an Assistant Scout Master in Troop 662 in Cheviot, Ohio. Jim subsequently filled a number of adult leadership positions over the ensuring years in both Ohio and Herndon, VA, where Jim was the founding Scoutmaster for a new Boy Scout troop. Over the course of his four years as Scoutmaster of the newly formed Herndon Boy Scout troop, 5 scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout – a remarkable achievement for a troop that had just formed. Jim first started serving as a volunteer adult Boy Scout leader in Medfield Troop 89 in 1994, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster from 1994 – 2003. In 2003, Jim took on the job of serving as Troop 89’s Troop Committee Chairman, a position he held from 2003 through 2016.

 

The job of Troop Committee Chairman is a critical one for ensuring the ongoing success of a Boy Scout Troop. The Boy Scout Troop Committee effectively functions as a Board of Directors for a Boy Scout Troop, but the role of the committee involves more than just formal oversight. The Troop Committee, and the Troop Committee Chairman, in particular, works closely with the Troop Scoutmaster to ensure the troop has the funding, equipment, leadership, and standards that are needed to ensure the troop operates in a manner that offers meaningful development opportunities for scouts while maintaining high standards of safety and decorum. In this role, because of his extensive experience in scouting, Jim has been a unique source of insight, judgment, and practical advice on what is needed to run a highly effective scouting program. The effectiveness of Jim’s insight and experience can readily be seen in the high enrollment the troop has maintained over the years; the numerous high adventure trips that the troop has offered to its more experienced scouts; and in the number of scouts who have achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Over the course of Jim’s tenure with Troop 89, a total of 73 scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout – a number that far exceeds the average number of scouts a Boy Scout troop would expect to produce.

 

The value of Jim’s experience can also be seen in the successes of a long line of scoutmasters in the troop who were able to “come up to speed” very quickly by tapping Jim’s corporate memory around troop operations and Boy Scout administrative procedures. During the time he has served as Troop Committee Chairman, Jim has worked with 5 different scoutmasters to help them fully assume their responsibilities as Scoutmaster.

Beyond his formal, long-standing role as Troop Committee Chairman, Jim also served as a key leader on 5 different Boy Scout High Adventure trips (2003 Northern Tier canoe trip, 2004 Philmont backpacking trip, 2005 Allagash canoe trip, 2006 Seabase Sailing trip, and 2008 Philmont backpacking trip). High Adventure trips are ambitious outdoor adventure trips designed to challenge older, more experienced scouts by introducing them to more physically and mentally demanding activities, usually in geographically remote locations. Because of this, the responsibilities of the adult leaders on these trips are significant. They include the need to meet the high physical demands of the trip; the need to make sound judgments in situations where access to outside help is limited; and the need to be prepared to handle medical emergencies that could arise during the trips. Being an adult leader on these trips requires a degree of personal commitment and confidence that goes well beyond what is required on a more routine “weekend campout”.

 

Finally, Jim has provided a consistently strong role model for the scouts in the troop. His organizational skills are legendary, even among those scouts who don’t at first understand why paying attention to detail is important, or who don’t really know how to effectively communicate to adults and others. The skills they learn from Jim’s example have a direct impact on their future ability to be successful in their jobs. While Jim sets a high standard for scouts in these areas, he also provides a model to scouts as a person who remains calm in the face of difficulty; respectful even in circumstances where there may be disagreement; and good-natured, even in the face of offensive or insensitive behavior. Through Jim, scouts can see how the tenets of the Boy Scout Law play out in real life in how a person should conduct himself.

 

Patti Schwartz began her career as a volunteer adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America 32 years ago when she became a Cub Scout Den Leader in Downington, PA. Over the next several years, Patti continued her service as a Cub Scout Den Leader, and subsequently as a Cub Scout Committee Chairwoman in Herndon, VA. Since 1996, Patti has been a member of Troop 89’s Troop Committee where she has taken on major responsibilities as the troop’s Good Turn Coordinator (the person who coordinates and organizes virtually all of the troop’s organized service activities), Advancement Chairperson (the person most directly responsible for monitoring, encouraging, and processing scout rank advancements at all levels), and Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator (the person directly responsible for organizing and coordinating Eagle Courts of Honor). From 1996 to the present, Patti has also served as a Merit Badge Councilor for Troop 89, and she has served as a volunteer adult Girl Scout Leader in Medfield.

 

During the time that Patti has been working as a volunteer leader in Troop 89, she has also volunteered her time supporting several other organizations and activities in Medfield. Of particular note, Patti has been active for many years in St. Edward’s Prayer Shawl Ministry as part of the “One Family Knitters” group. As a member of “One Family Knitters, Patti has also participated in St. Edward’s support of several charitable organizations knitting hats, scarves, baby sweaters and “premi” baby hats. She has also volunteered for numerous Special Olympics competitions in the area and has supported the Angel Run in Medfield for several years. Because of the breadth of activities Patti has been involved with here in Medfield; she has been able to create synergistic opportunities that tap the capabilities of one organization to serve the needs of other organizations. A good example of this is her volunteer work with the Medfield Food Cupboard where, in addition to providing direct personal support to the Food Cupboard, she has also used her position as the Good Turn Coordinator for Troop 89 to obtain help from scouts to stock the food cupboard, as well as to provide scouts who are working on the Cooking merit badge with the opportunity to bake pies at Thanksgiving in support of the Food Cupboard’s holiday support activities. In doing this, both organizations wound up achieving important goals of their programs.

 

It is well recognized in Medfield that the town’s Boy Scout program has been an important pillar supporting the development of Medfield’s youth into responsible adults and civic-minded citizens. Jim and Patti Schwartz have devoted an extraordinary amount of time to support Boy Scouts over decades, the last 23 years of which have been focused on supporting Boy Scouts in Medfield. Over all of that time, each of them has provided a stellar example of what it means to be a responsible, caring citizen.  Jim has demonstrated deep strength in both the “administrative” context of a troop committee working month in and month out to ensure that Troop 89 has a vibrant  scouting program, and as an  on-the-ground adult leader in multiple challenging high adventure settings where decisions, often made under pressure, can be anything but routine. Patti brings a caring, supportive disposition to Troop 89 that has made a huge difference in what numerous scouts have gotten out of scouting, as well as what they have achieved by way of rank advancement. While Troop 89’s success at developing scouts into Eagle Scouts is impressive as a troop accomplishment, it is safe to say that Patti has had a big hand in getting a significant number of scouts “across the finish line”; just by helping them see the possibility and get organized to realize it.

Perhaps the best summary expression of the contribution that Jim and Patti Schwartz have made to Medfield over the years is captured in the tribute that was paid to them at a Troop 89 troop meeting this past fall —

In Boy Scout troops we are fortunately often blessed with adult leaders who are willing to step up and accept the challenge of leading and inspiring groups of Boy Scouts over the course of their scouting careers. The task these adult leaders accept goes beyond merely administering the scouting program and guiding scouts through various rank and merit badge requirements. These adult leaders take on the challenge of modeling for scouts what they hope these scouts will become as they move through their scouting careers and mature into responsible, caring, honest, and competent adults.

Most of the time, these adult leaders are active in Boy Scouts while their own sons are Boy Scouts. Quite understandably, at the point that their sons have completed their time as Boy Scouts, these adult leaders move on to other chapters in their lives and other endeavors. On some rare occasions, however, an adult leader is motivated to remain committed to playing a leadership role beyond the time that his or her own son is a scout. On even rarer occasions, two adult leaders from the same family maintain this commitment and devote themselves to helping a large number of scouts mature into responsible adults. The experience level, insight, and the sterling quality of the role model they provide to scouts makes this rare occurrence invaluable to any troop that benefits from their involvement. Jim and Patti Schwartz have been that rare resource for Troop 89. Their patience with scouts during troop activities and rank advancement, along with their unfailing upbeat tone provide visible evidence that it is possible to be friendly, courteous, kind – and disciplined and thorough in getting things done. This lesson may have come more easily to some scouts than others, but it is a lesson that will serve all scouts well throughout their lives.

Jim and Patti, we salute both of you and will be ever grateful for the contribution you each have made to all of our scouts in Troop 89. Thank you so much for your steadfast commitment over these years and the lasting impact you have had on this troop!

 

For all the reasons cited above, I and the other leaders of Boy Scout Troop 89 strongly recommend Jim and Patti Schwartz as solid candidates for the Medfield Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Jean Mineo, Medfield Foundation 2017 volunteer of the year

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Jean Mineo – 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer of the Year

Jean Mineo was selected as the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer of the year just last month by the judges.  Jean was nominated by both Chris McCue Potts and Minta Hissong, a first having the same person nominated more than once in one year.  Jean and all the remarkable eight other Medfield volunteers who were nominated this year will be celebrated at the reception next Sunday, March 19 at 3PM at The Center. The public is invited to attend.

Brothers Marketplace generously sponsored the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards and support was also received from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below in the order they were received are the nominations first by Chris McCue Potts, and then the one by Minta Hissong.


 

It is no secret that Jean Mineo is the “chief cultural Officer” for the town of Medfield — past, present and future! Her past work includes making possible innovative and visually interesting community art, including a sculpture trail at MSH site, power boxes painted with historical or other images relative to Medfield, and outdoor pianos for all to enjoy. Additionally, Jean founded the Cultural Alliance of Medfield so that the town would have an active cultural projects/events/advocacy organization to supplement the grant-making role of the Medfield Cultural Council. Her current work involves a number of initiatives, from making the vision of the Straw Hat Park and Holiday Stroll both a reality — and highly successful ones indeed evidenced by Town Meeting support for park funding, and the enormous turnout and positive feedback on the 2nd annual Stroll!  For both endeavors, Jean had to oversee all aspects — from fundraising, volunteer and partner recruitment, political navigation, logistical details, publicity and so much more.  Through it all, Jean always does it thoughtfully, with a calm and focused demeanor, and in a way that inspires others to get involved. Rarely does Jean get frustrated when confronted with a hurdle or challenge (which is sure to happen) — she just focuses on what needs to get done to keep things moving forward.

A hugely beneficial initiative that Jean led was the town matching initiative for Medfield Cultural Council funding for local nonprofits. For very little money (but big impact), Jean successfully made the case for the match, rallied residents to turn out for the Town Meeting vote (and speak up), and then played a role in making sure residents knew what kind of impact the doubling of available funding could have on local cultural groups and projects, including Zullo Gallery, Gazebo Players, Medfield Music Association, Medfield Public Library, and others.

Jean’s current efforts serving on the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, have the potential to provide future payoff with expansion of the town’s cultural offerings. She has spent countless hours pulling together local cultural groups and representatives who have a shared vision for the huge impact cultural initiatives/a cultural focus could have at the MSH site. Her work has required endless meetings, bringing in unpaid expertise for a visioning session, rallying the community to support the hiring of a paid consultant to conduct and report back on a feasibility study, and building relationships and navigating all levels of town politics, and the work is ongoing. Jean even launched an artistic competition for the creative reuse of the old waterworks gears from the MSH site!

Jean’s commitment to Medfield’s cultural vitality and overall town character, and the impact her time and energy has made on our community, is nothing short of amazing.

In terms of impact and results, consider this:

1) The thousands of people who have visited and enjoyed the Straw Hat Park so far…including all of the attractions that were in place prior to the official ribbon-cutting in the fall of 2016. This includes piano players, sidewalk chalk art viewers, and so many others wanting to envision the possibilities!

2) The thousands of people who have taken part in the Holiday Stroll for the past two years – whether volunteers, residents, out of town visitors, or artisans selling their works or providing services. The Stroll helped deepen the sense of community that is so strong in Medfield, and helped to lift so many spirits. The community-wide event also helps to support the livelihood of many artists, and also showcase Medfield’s own
artistic talents, including visual and musical.

3) The thousands of people who drive or walk by and appreciate all of the various community art Jean has made possible through the Art in Public Places initiative (via Medfield Foundation).

4) The tens of thousands of people who will benefit if MSH redevelopment includes one or more cultural components – this would include residents, visitors and contributing artists.

As a testament to Jean’s work as former head of the Medfield Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded her with a Leadership Circle Award in 2015, and the town recognized her contributions with a special event at the Zullo Gallery. https://www.mass-culture.org/lca_honorees.aspx

In addition to all of Jean’s cultural work, she served on the MAP board (including president) and has also been actively volunteering with community projects sponsored by United Church of Christ in Medfield (prior to and separate from working there).

Jean Mineo is long overdue for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Let’s make 2017 her year!

 


 

I am nominating Jean Mineo for the volunteer of the year award. Jean serves on many boards, organizations, and donates hours of her time to our town. I will focus on one of her big accomplishments of 2016, the Straw Hat Park. This park would not have been created but for Jean’s vision, drive, patience, knowledge and fortitude. I was lucky enough to be on the Straw Hat Park committee with Jean from the beginning when we first started meeting in December of 2013! Jean worked tirelessly from the beginning when in the summer of 2013 she started gathering ideas for the park with public art in the space. From there the selectman gave her permission to gather a team and see what could be done with the pocket park. Jean spent hours and hours on administration, attending meetings, meeting with key players in town, surveys, PR, social media guru, fundraising, speaking at town meetings, and finally working with the tradesman to get the work done. It was her project and she kept plugging away when politics and obstacles got in the way. I watched her work from behind the scenes and her dedication to our town is second to none. She always had a way to make it work. The Straw Hat Park is a beautiful new space in our town that is already getting a lot of use. This creation of this space from dirt/grass to our new park is because of Jean’s work and she deserves to be formally recognized. Thank you for the consideration.
-Minta Hissong

Nancy Irwin & Mary Pat McSharry, 2017 MFi volunteer award nominees

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Nancy Irwin & Mary Pat McSharry, 2017 MFi volunteer award nominees for “their” SWAP area

Nancy and Mary Pat were jointly nominated by Megan Sullivan, Chair of the town’s Transfer Station and Recycling Committee, for recognition by the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards for their work creating the current SWAP area at the Transfer Station. Nancy has been running the SWAP for eight years, Mary Pat for three and a half years.

This was Megan’s nomination of each:


 

Nancy Irwin should be Volunteer of the Year because of her tireless work at the SWAP area that benefits Medfield in many ways.

Nancy has done a wonderful job taking a dumping ground and turning it into a fully-functional swap/reuse area that is an example for other towns.

Since 2009 (or maybe 2010) Nancy has been working to make the swap area better and better. Before Nancy got involved, the SWAP area was a location where people dumped their cardboard boxes of belongings and people searched through them. At the end of the day, everything left was thrown away. With perseverance Nancy has steadily made improvements each yea r. In the first years volunteers would take things home at night and bring them back the next day so they might have another chance to be adopted by someone. And now we have a wonderful covered swap area where items are well organized for display, making them more likely to be taken home, and they can stay for up to 2 weeks. In addition, now when remaining items are moved out if they have not been adopted, Nancy and her crew of volunteers work very hard to make sure only the “truly trash” ends up on the tip floor and everything else is donated or recycled. Nancy has been the leading force behind these changes.

Nancy has worked hand in hand with the DPW to accomplish the changes at the SWAP. A few years ago Nancy joined the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee so the swap area is represented on this committee. She has been a dedicated member. The new tent and paving are the result of her requests to the DPW.

While Nancy has been a SWAP champion (aka Grand Poobah), there are many folks who volunteer to make the SWAP area run during the operating season. (I appreciate all of them too!) Nancy doesn’t hesitate to ask for help and has a great group of volunteers who make the whole area run. Her enthusiasm for the area is contagious. And now that the SWAP is well organized and well-run, new volunteers have come forward to help.

Keeping the volunteers and customers happy isn’t an easy job. Nancy hasn’t let the difficult conversations get in the way of making the SWAP a nice place for the community to gather and find a treasure and for the town to reduce the waste generated by offering an easy place for reuse.

More often than not from 9am – 4pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May – October you will find Nancy Irwin at the SWAP area. She is a dedicated volunteer who generously donates her time to make the SWAP area a fun, pleasant and important place for Medfield and one that is key to reducing the amount of trash the town disposes of. I’ve heard from many folks that the SWAP is one of their favorite things about Medfield … and Nancy Irwin is to thank for that.

 


 

Mary Pat McSharry is an incredible volunteer for the SWAP area and for this reason I am nominating her for Volunteer of the Year. Mary Pat has been a partner with Nancy Irwin in the management of the SWAP area since September 2013. As Mary Pat explains, one afternoon she came by and dropped some items off and never left. Until that time she hadn’t even heard of the SWAP. And since then she’s been an amazing volunteer!

Mary Pat has been wonderful for the SWAP area. She is very creative and she is responsible for the logistics, the layout of the tent area and keeping things looking fresh. She is pleasant and helpful to people at the SWAP. In addition, her creativity shines through in the creations she makes from and suggests for items in the SWAP area. She’s always creating. The signs that indicate different areas in the SWAP area were made by Mary Pat from repurposed treasures. The new sign made from a headboard that is outside the mattress recycling container is one of Mary Pat’s. She heard of the need and offered to make the sign, repurposing something that was headed toward the trash and at the same time saving the Town the cost of purchasing a new sign.

Mary Pat has also personally donated supplies for the swap area. The tent that has been used for electronics the past 3 years was a personal donation. In addition, she has not (but should have!) asked for reimbursement for the supplies such as tape and lanyards that she has purchased to keep the swap area running smoothly. You can tell her heart is in the volunteer work she does for the SWAP. She would rather things be running properly than worry about who is paying for them.

Mary Pat is a tireless advocate for the SWAP and attends meetings of the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee when she can. She is committed to a well-running swap area and puts in the energy to make that happen.

More often than not from 9am – 4pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May – October you will find Mary Pat McSharry at the SWAP area. Cold and rainy or in the middle of a heat wave, she is there.  She is a dedicated volunteer who generously donates her time to make the SWAP area a fun, pleasant and important place for Medfield and one that is key to reducing the amount of trash the town disposes of. Mary Pat McSharry is one of the dedicated volunteers to thank for that.

Linda Frawley, MFi volunteer awards nominee

Tracey Rogers nominated Linda Frawley for the 2017 Medfield Foundation volunteer awards mainly for her work with Girl Scouts, but also for her All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) and Medfield Coalition for Public Education (MCPE) service.

This was Tracey’s nomination:

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LINDA FRAWLEY

St. Francis would tell his disciples, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  I begin my nomination for Linda with this quote as I can think of no better way to convey her lead-by-example style and dedication to Medfield Girls Scouts (MGS) over her 13 year involvement.

During this period, Linda has served in many capacities.  Most notable was her six year tenure as Service Unit Manager where she was responsible for both the day-to-day operations and long-term planning for MGS.  Each year MGS typically encompasses nearly 400 girl scouts and their familes and over 75 adult troop leaders.  Additionally, Linda has served as a troop/patrol leader (12yrs), community service coordinator (3yrs), treasurer (3yrs), CORI coordinator (5yrs) and she has organized the following events – end of the year Bridging ceremony for Scouts (5yrs), the parent/volunteer appreciation dinner (3yrs), encampment for over 100 scouts (4yrs) and MGS’ 100th anniversary celebration in 2016.

As you can see, Linda is a doer.  No job is too big or too small for her.  Her efforts have increased awareness of the benefits of scouting to Medfield families and within the overall community.  This is why MGS is one of the largest and longest running service units in the Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ organization.

Linda has taken the principles of a national organization that is steeped with tradition and shaped them into a relavent and vibrant LOCAL girl scout organization that meets the needs of girls ranging in the age from five to 17.  She accomplished this by developing a program that offers scouts a range of opportunities to grow as individuals and at their own pace as well as one that equally supports adult troop leaders working with scouts in the field.

But more importantly, Linda has made a true impact on the lives of the girl scouts themselves.  Even with all her managerial responsibilities, Linda maintained her role as patrol/troop leader for her daughter’s grade as she never lost sight of the importance of working directly with the girls and the significance of her time with her daughter, Hannah.  Under Linda’s guidance, 17 scouts in the Class of 2016 bridged to adults and eight of the scouts earned Gold Awards – the highest award a girl scout can attain.

The benefits of a strong and active MGS to the Medfield community are numerous.  MGS is an organization that is open and accessible to all Medfield girls. It is an organization that is collaborative and works to improve the common good.  For example, MGS is one of the largest supporters of the Medfield Food Cupboard, organizes the annual Spring clean-up at Wheelock fields, visits regulary at Upham House, Tilden and COA.  Linda’s work has built MGS into what it is today – an organization that Medfield non-profits have come to depend.  When she retired last year, she left in place an infrastructure and culture that will support MGS for many years.

When I think of Linda the following expressions come to the forefront – gets the job done, breath of fresh air, sigh of relief and tireless worker.  With these characteristics in mind, please accept my nomination of Linda Frawley for MFi’s Volunteer of the Year.  Given the longevity, scope and lasting results of her work in the Medfield community, she is truly the most befitting choice for this award this year.

Jury trial right in danger

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM GOVERNMENT ASSAULT ON LAWSUITS AND DAMAGES

Responsibility and accountability – even for the powerful – are rooted into the core of our legal system. This country’s founders knew that a democracy needs a court system that empowers people to protect themselves, by holding the powerful to account. That’s why the Constitution guarantees each person the right to a trial by jury.  Thomas Jefferson said, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

The founders feared unaccountable power in the form of the King of England against his “subjects.” 21st Century America may not have a king, but it does have billion dollar corporations touching every part of every person’s life. These corporations now seek the kind of unaccountable power our founders sought to protect against, and they’re seeking that power by destroying your constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Politicians who are in the pockets of large corporations and insurance companies have devised a plan specifically aimed at destroying our right to hold those in power accountable for their misdeeds. Their plain is to enact laws that will all but destroy your right to use the judicial system to protect yourself. They have introduced bills which, if passed, will enact arbitrary changes to courts all across the country, including:

  • Limiting compensation for injuries caused by medical professionals, including doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and medical device manufacturers, to $250,000.00, regardless of how much that injury devastated your life or the extent of malfeasance by the medical professional or company.
  • Eliminating class-action law suits, which would essentially destroy the ability to bring the kinds of cases that keep us safe
  • Eliminate individual state laws regarding lawsuits and forcing all cases to Federal Court
  • Allowing insurance companies to make “payments” rather than paying full compensation.

We must tell our government to put people first and stop trampling on our rights. PETERSON | Law has been protecting Massachusetts residents by demanding that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, race, or economic status. Please join us in demanding that Congress do the same. We must ban together and contact our representatives to demand they say NO to these outrageous attacks on our rights. Go to each link below and tell them NO!