Category Archives: Downtown

Holiday Art & Craft Stroll 12/4

Holiday Stroll

Buy Handmade for the Holidays….

Please save the date and join us for the first annual Holiday Stroll in Medfield on Dec. 4 from 4 – 9 pm. We’re so excited to bring some terrific artists to town (including an outdoor ice sculptor!) in conjunction with M.E.M.O’s Joy to the World Singing contest and tree lighting. The artists will be at the United Church of Christ, the Library and Zullo Gallery.

In addition, you’ll find live music, activities for kids, photos with Santa, caroling, and holiday food samples from Brothers Marketplace. The complete schedule can be found at

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On behalf of the Cultural Alliance, we wish you all a joyous, healthy and happy Thanksgiving week.

See you on Dec. 4!

Volunteer for 12/4 Holiday Stroll 4-9pm

From the Cultural Alliance of Medfield –


The Cultural Alliance of Medfield is seeking December 4th Holiday Art and Craft Stroll Volunteers. Please click on link to sign up:

The First Annual Holiday Stroll takes place on Friday December 4th, from 4-9 pm, with over 25 artists booths in three locations; the Zullo Gallery, Medfield Library, and the United Church of Christ (UCC).

We need volunteers to help in 2 hour shifts to greet and direct visitors to artists booths, and event locations going on in town that evening.

The Baxter Park Holiday tree lighting takes place at 6:30, and Brothers Marketplace, the Library, and Park Street Books will all be hosting FREE family events. There will be caroling, hot cocoa, an ice sculptor and photos with Santa at The Dwight Derby House.

Visit for complete details about this very special holiday event, and thanks for helping to promote art and culture in Medfield.

Update on Rte 109 RR closing – 9AM Friday through Monday


This update today from Mike Sullivan –

We just finished meeting with the railroad representatives (Mass DOT, MBTA and Mass Coastal Railroad). Route 109 will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13 and will remain closed until Tuesday, November 17. During that time the badly deteriorated railroad grade crossing will be replaced with a new concrete grade crossing. It’s possible, depending on how the works progresses, that 109 would be open Monday afternoon, but to be on the safe side, we are assuming it will be closed all day Monday. Friday, commuter traffic will be able to use 109 until 9:00 a.m., after which detours will be in place to reroute traffic. Every effort will be made to provide access to local businesses on 109 through the weekend but 109 at the railroad crossing will be closed, as replacement of the grade crossing will make it impassible. To avoid getting caught up in traffic, it would be wise to avoid the center of Town this weekend, particularly, during commuter traffic periods. School buses using that section of 109 will be rerouted on Friday afternoon and Monday. Every effort is being made to alert residents, businesses, public and private schools, churches, surrounding towns and commuters so that they will be prepared for the closure. The DPW, Police and Fire Departments will be working to reroute traffic and minimize disruptions, but 109 is a heavily travelled commuter route and carries a high volume of traffic, even during off hours, so, if at all possible, the area should be avoided from Friday morning until Tuesday.  Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator

Rte 109 RR crossing closing Friday to Monday for repairs


From Mike Sullivan this afternoon –

The MBTA and Mass Coastal Railroad have made the decision to go ahead this weekend to rebuild the railroad grade crossing on Route 109. It will require shutting down Route 109 from about 10:00 a.m. Friday afternoon until sometime Monday afternoon. We met this afternoon, including School Dept. administrators, to plan for this road closure, rerouting school buses, and notifying adjacent Towns and local businesses. We will also be meeting at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow with railroad construction personnel on site to review plans for handling traffic, coordinating construction work, etc. We will be placing signs warning residents and commuters of the road closure and urging them to find other commuting or travel routes. Mass D.O.T. will be sending a representative around to local businesses to discuss the schedule and associated implications. We will advise further as additional information becomes available. Michael Sullivan, Town Administrator.

Scouts collecting today


This Saturday October 17th Medfield Girl Scouts are collecting a variety of items to support local charitable organizations and to celebrate their 100th Anniversary of Scouting in Medfield.

10am – 3pm on the lawn in front of the Medfield Town House 

* Halloween Costumes, gently used or new (Medfield Food Cupboard) 

* Prescription and over-the-counter reading glasses (Lions Club)

* Dog, cat food, and clumping cat litter and more!  (see needs on the Medfield Animal Shelter’s website).

11am – 3pm  at the United Church of Christ, 496 Main Street

* Gently used children’s clothing, books and toys (for Cradles to Crayons) 

In addition, you will see scouts at Shaw’s and Brothers collecting donations for the Medfield Food Cupboard.

Nice work Girls!  Congratulations on 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield!

And don’t forget to bring your books, cds and dvds to the Medfield Green Month at the Transfer Station.
Megan B. Sullivan

Medfield Green

Downtown Study Committee needs members

The selectmen feel that the Downtown Study Committee needs to be more active, and also needs more members.  If anyone is interested in serving on the DSC they can contact me and I will pass their name along.  Where there are such exciting projects going on in the downtown, it should be an interesting committee.

Straw Hat Park – 1 or 2 years

The email below today from Jean Mineo.  I favor building the park in just one year, not over two years, if we are agreed that we are going to spend the money to create the park.  And I agree that it makes sense to build this park in the center of our downtown.  It is an “extra,” but for me one well worth doing for what it will bring to our downtown.

Hello Mark, Richard and Pete,


I had planned to attend tonight’s Selectmen meeting but plans from last night were rescheduled to tonight due to the rain. I write with an update for your consideration and deliberation.


As a reminder, Straw Hat Park Committee members include the town planner Sarah Raposa, The Garden Continuum President Monique Allen, and representatives from: DPW (Bobby Kennedy), Parks and Rec (Kevin Ryder), businesses in the area (was Tim Larkin, now is Keith Maher/Starbucks), residents (Minta Hissong), Downtown Study Committee (Matt McCormick), and the Cultural District (myself).


The Straw Hat Park Committee has asked the Warrant Committee for an allocation of $70,500 to pay for the construction of the park, including the first year’s maintenance in order to get the plants off to a good start (if the Garden Continuum is hired for this work, they will guarantee the plants). In the second year, we anticipate the maintenance cost will decrease to $5,500 and decrease again in the third year. In the third year, the plants are established and begin to mature. The plants have been selected for year round interest, long term sustainability, drought tolerance, and to spread – thus reducing mulching, weeding and watering needs significantly in subsequent years.


The Warrant Committee will vote 5 – 2 in favor of $32,000 for the 2015 budget and they will be heard at Town Meeting.


With an allocation of $32,000 the park construction can begin sometime Aug – Oct. 2015. This allows us to take advantage of the planned DPW presence in the Green Street area this fall and realize some efficiencies in the use of heavy equipment when it is available and nearby. We can address drainage issues, contour the slope, trench for water and electricity, replace and widen the sidewalk and back asphalt (where a bike rack is planned). The site will then be covered with mulch and fenced off until the remaining funds are in place.


The Straw Hat Park Committee expects to make a brief presentation and a motion to amend the warrant article for the full allocation of $70,500. We have 3 reasons:


  1. There is no guarantee that funds will be allocated at Town Meeting 2016


  1. Construction site. IF funds are approved in two phases over two years at Town Meeting 2015 and 2016, this park in the heart of downtown will remain a fenced off construction site for about a year (infrastructure in fall 2015, finishing work in fall 2016 to include plantings, patio, seating). Planting is ideally done in the fall and won’t be done over the summer even though funds could be released in July 2016 if approved at Town Meeting.


  1. Price increases. As we’ve heard on all capital improvement projects in town, prices increase over time. A two phase project will also require some additional expenses not included in the single-phase budget (for example, mulching the site for year, additional labor, fencing). We anticipate an additional 10% increase of $7,050 or $77,550 overall budget in a two phase project.


While we will work with a two phased project if necessary, we do want people to understand the implications.


As you know, we were successful in securing all of our consultants (design, engineering and graphics) at no cost to the town at an estimated value of $9,000. The funds requested at Town Meeting are to actually build the park. The committee has taken on the added role of raising an additional $34,000 (over and above the $70,500 requested at town meeting) to bring in extra amenities of signage, planters and a fountain feature requested by residents. We have in hand over $18,500 from 20 families toward this goal of $34,000. Personal Best Karate should be recognized for their early and generous gift of $1,000. Other businesses including Rockland Trust, Zebras, Leuders, A&D Appliance, Hurley Testa, Starr and Glick Orthodontics, Berkshire Hathaway, and Needham Bank have already made donations. Local businesses including Larkins, Zebras, Starbucks, Brothers, and Honey’s have also contributed goods toward fund raising initiatives. We have additional fund raising initiatives and grants planned and are optimistic we can raise the funds for the enhancements.


We ask for your support of $70,500 in a single phase project to fund the infrastructure and basic park amenities – seating, grass, plantings, a patio, lighting, and ADA accessibility at the Straw Hat Park.


I am available until 2:30 today by phone to answer any questions.

Thank you for your consideration,