Category Archives: Downtown

Town clean up tomorrow

From Jonathan Chechile –

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at God Loves Medfield! Come clean up the community, and then enjoy lunch from Cutlets.

Don’t forget your rake! We will be providing extra’s, but please bring a pair of gloves and a rake. We will be providing bags for trash collection.

April 22, 2017

Community Celebration: 12 – 3:00 pm

Service Projects: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

Instructions and notes:

Don’t forget your rake! We will be providing extra’s, but please bring a pair of gloves and a rake. We will be providing bags for trash collection.

If you are planning on serving at a downtown location, please meet at Gazebo Park next to the Medfield Public Library: 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052 for a quick time of welcome and then Location Captains will be heading to Baxter park, Meetinghouse Pond, or the Dwight Derby house.

If you are planning on serving at the Charles River Cleanup, Kingsbury Pond, Medfield State Hospital, or Hinkley Park, please meet at the worksite. There will be a Location Captains there to greet you.

 

  • If you are planning on serving at the Charles River Cleanup, please do not bring kids under 10, as we will be working along West Street as it passes over the Charles, and along the banks.
  • Note for Scouts. Den Leaders will be communicating with the pack as the where you will be meeting, and what time to meet if other than 9.
  • Note on Community Service hours. For Scouts and any/all in need of community service hours, the Location Captain will have a form to give you confirming you served.

Community Celebration: 12 – 3:00 pm

Meet at Gazebo Park next to the Medfield Public Library: 468 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052.

Food will be served a little after 12 thanks to Cutlets, and Ice cream and drinks will be provided thanks to Brothers Marketplace.

After everyone is served, representatives of the Medfield Green, the Lowell Mason House, and other community partners and friends will give updates on projects they are working on, and then there will be games and fun for the whole family!

 

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

Marijuana shops opt out ballot & ATM questions

Both our town election on 3/27 and our annual town meeting (ATM) on April 24 we will be voting to determine whether Medfield should allow or ban marijuana stores.

The following materials were put together by residents Carol Read, a Public Health/Prevention Specialist, and Cathy Callaghan, a Nurse Practitioner, both with lots on knowledge about the issues.

I will personally be voting to ban marijuana businesses from our town, as pot shops downtown or anywhere in town would send the wrong message to our children, namely that use by them is OK.  The data is too clear as to the damage that marijuana use does to our children, by increasing their risks of problems later in life.  Adolescent brains are not fully formed until their mid-twenties, and we owe it to our children to give them as much protection until then as we can.

Vote YES on March 27th to STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield What does the new law really mean? Last November, Massachusetts voters approved the Recreational use of marijuana law (Question 4) that legalized adult (21 years and older) personal use, possession and growing of marijuana for recreational purposes. Medical use of marijuana is a separate law*. In addition to legalizing adult personal use The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016) also legalized all marijuana related businesses in 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth automatically. What are “marijuana businesses”? Pot shops: Shops sell smoke-able plant marijuana products, edible products including candy, brownies, cookies and sodas with highly potent THC levels. Commercial growing and production sites: Staff grows hundreds of marijuana plants, extract THC oils from the plants to make highly potent THC smoke-able products and use oils to make edible products including candy, cookies, and brownies. Does Medfield have to allow pot shops and grow sites? Although Medfield was one of 90 towns in the Commonwealth that voted against the law our town will very soon be “open” to pot shops unless we vote to “opt-out”. The Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group that writes marijuana ballot questions nationwide specifically put an “opt-out” provision in our law requiring the expensive and time consuming steps of an “opt- out” by the voters. Medfield residents CAN vote to “opt- out” The Medfield BOS unanimously voted to prohibit marijuana businesses by adding an “opt-out” question to the town election ballot on March 27th and added “opt-out” warrant articles that will prohibit marijuana businesses for Town Meeting on April 24th. Voting YES to “opt-out” at the town election and at town meeting will STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS for youth health and safety: Keeping pot shops out of Medfield will prevent youth access to highly potent marijuana candy, brownies and cookies and sodas that are packaged to attract youth. Edible products make up nearly 60% of Colorado’s marijuana industry; emergency departments are routinely treating children who have ingested edible products with 90 + % THC levels (compared to 20% in a typical joint) Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to prevent youth use increases: Youth marijuana use in Washington State has risen since legalization among 8th and 10th graders; Colorado past- month (30 day) marijuana use rates among the population ages 12 and older are the highest in the nation. Youth in legalized recreational states report significant declines in their perception of harm from using marijuana. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to protect our services and resources: Pot shops and grow sites require extensive inspection of operational security as well as testing of all products for mold and contaminates. The cost of these requirements would outrun the potential revenue Medfield would take in from marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS will prevent our public safety and health inspection resources being shifted to the security, monitoring and inspection of marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to preserve Medfield’s character. Medfield places the highest value on our family friendly culture, working hard to support our town services and schools and to preserve open space, protect the health of our senior population and promote businesses that align with these goals. Many of our neighboring communities Westwood, Norwood and Walpole are also voting to “opt-out” of marijuana businesses. Will the “opt-out” change adult personal use? Voting YES to “opt-out” of pot shops will NOT change adult person use. As of December 15th recreational personal use, possession and home growing is legal in Medfield for anyone 21 years and older. It is legal in Medfield to: (1) Grow up to 12 marijuana plants in a home (6 plants per adult) (2) Possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana (about 600 joints) in a home. (2) Personally possess and transport 1 ounce of marijuana (about 60-75 joints) (3) Give away up to 1 ounce of smoked marijuana, including 5 grams of marijuana concentrate (oils) which are used to make brownies, cookies and candy. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this information. Carol Read, Public Health/Prevention Specialist and Cathy Callaghan, Nurse Practitioner *This new law follows the voter approved the Medical use of marijuana law in 2012 which legalized the medical use of marijuana for all age residents with a doctor recommendation.20170303-cr-medfield-opt-out-letter-3-3-2017-with-photos_page_2

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Reps support town’s grant application for parking study

Emmy Hahn THE GENERAL COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, BOSTON 02133-1053 Program Coordinator, MA Downtown Initiative 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300 Boston, MA 02114 Dear Emmy Habn, November 28, 2016 As the elected delegation from Medfield, we are writing to support the Town's application for Downtown Technical Assistance through the !viassachusetts' Downtown Initiative Program. The funding requested will support the Town's preparation of a parking management plan to accommodate recent and potential new growth in their downtown area. In 2014, the Town of Medfield retained the services of McMahon and Associates ta· prepare an evaluation of the existing parking supply in the town. The study indicated that wbile there was not a current parking problem, with further development of existing buildings, the Town's parking capacity would soon be maximized. Downtown Medfield has experienced significant turnover in business tenants recently and these updates have created a need for additional parking. In February, the Town of Medfield held an Open House public meeting to engage the community and receive input from residents. Though much of the feedback was positive, the community identified four rnajor challenges that need to be remedied: 1. Traffic congestion is extreme; 2. Drivers operating in a manner dangerous to pedestrians and other vehicles; 3. Lack of Downtown parking; 4. Pedestrians are not safe. The Town of Medfield is requesting $15,000 to perform updates to the existing parking conditions, examine parking requirements and land use for parking spaces, analyze a downtown buildout, and hold a number of public meetings to engage the community. Downtown Medfield has the space to expand and there is strong public support for pursing new parking strategies. The town is open to shared public/private parking, zoning tweaks, lot reconfiguration, and new parking structures. We respectfully request your full support of this important funding application. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Yours in service, ~~ Shawn C. Dooley State Representative State Representative Cc: Medfield Board of Selectmen Micbael Sullivan, Medfield Town Administrator Sarah Raposa, Medfield Town Planner James E. Titnilty State Sen at or

MHC on LCB

The Massachusetts Historic Commission wrote the letter below to the Medfield Historic Commission about the LCB proposal –


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Holiday Stroll Dec. 2, 4-9PM

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(Medfield MA) The Cultural Alliance of Medfield (CAM) announces its second annual Holiday Stroll on Dec. 2, 2016 from 4 – 9 pm in downtown Medfield. This is a festive family event that takes place at seven locations along Main Street (use 468 Main Street for your GPS). The Holiday Stroll includes cookie decorating, an outdoor ice sculpture, 40 juried artisans, roaming carolers and M.E.M.O.’s outdoor tree lighting ceremony. All events are within walking distance, free parking nearby at the Montrose School (29 North Street) and free admission. For complete details and a list of artisans, visit www.MedfieldCulture.org

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New sign

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Per David Temple email last night – “Made by Frank Iafolla for Medfield Historical Commission.”

Thanks Frank, it is beautiful.  Frank also made the McCarthy Park sign.

Nice things happening at both ends of Meeting House Pond, with the Ed Doherty Memorial seating area and the Girl Scout built bridge at the outflow  – now we need to restore the middle area along Frairy Street, and clean the pond.