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Alumni Jam this Saturday at 7PM

Bob Meany and Mark Fisher return to the MHS stage for Alumni Jam this Saturday, Jan. 9! 

(photo on right is Mark while at MHS)

Selectman Mark Fisher likes to joke that when he and Police Chief Bob Meaney were in the band together at Medfield High School, Bob sat behind him with his sousaphone causing trouble, while he was the “good kid” on saxophone and clarinet. While Mark and Bob won’t be playing their old instruments at the Alumni Jam, this Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Medfield High School auditorium, they will be reunited on stage as emcees for the community event to benefit the Lowell Mason House.


The event starts at 7 p.m., and throughout the evening you can be sure to hear a lot more bantering between the two former band mates/current town officials, in addition to hearing great music from nearly 25 MHS alumni from across band, orchestra, choir and jazz ensembles representing a range of graduating classes from 1984 through 2015.


Our musicians include Essentially Ellington and Mingus jazz players, All-State and Gold medal Orchestra and Band recipients, students leading college orchestras and a cappella groups, Berklee College of Music students, and many other alumni who are either actively engaged in music in college, or working in the field. Music Director Doug Olsen will also be performing on trumpet, and we’ll also have some current students joining in. Also directing will be alumni Keith Curbow and Nick DeSantis.


All proceeds from the Alumni Jam benefit the Lowell Mason House to help it realize its vision of being a nationally recognized cultural hub, and an active, artistic venue in our town of Medfield for educators and music aficionados nationwide — as well as for our own community.


Alumni Jam tickets are on sale now at Park Street Books, Rock ‘N Roll Rib Joint, and Keith Curbow Studio. Tickets are $10 for regular adult admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens; $10 tickets are also available online at You can also pay at the door.


The event is sponsored by the Medfield Music Association in partnership with the Medfield High School Alumni Association.



Kathleen Brennan Day

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Town of Medfield

There are people in this Town who make Medfield the special place that it is. They are the kind of people who give of themselves, who strive to improve the life of the community, who go to meetings when they would rather stay home with their families, who listen patiently to residents concerned about the impact of a program or project on their children or their neighborhoods, who seek no recognition but prefer instead the satisfaction of accomplishing something of lasting value.

We celebrate one of these people today, Kathleen Brennan, who has dedicated her efforts on behalf of the residents of Medfield to insuring that Medfield’s Memorial Public Library provides an outstanding level of service to library patrons, to accommodating the changes that have taken place in the way that library services are delivered, to maintaining an exceptionally qualified and dedicated staff, and to insuring that the library has sufficient financial resources and public support to accomplish these tasks.

During her fourteen-year tenure as President of the Friends of the Library, Kathy has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Friends mission, from serving as membership chairman; raising over $20,000 annually to support library initiatives; supporting a wide variety of innovative programs ranging from creation of the Friends bookstore, provision of self-checkout stations,  recognition of excellence in student writing through the Amy Fiske and creative writing awards; participating in the strategic planning process; and serving on library director search committees. She also spearheaded a book campaign that raised $45,675 for the library and personally donated 200 books from her family’s collection. Under her able guidance, the Friends targeted their efforts towards children and teen programs with over 7,500 attending the more than 500 programs offered by the library during the past year alone. She has indeed done much to secure the Memorial Public Library’s place as an outstanding public library.

For her selfless efforts, we the Medfield Board of Selectmen, at a duly constituted meeting of the Board held on December 1, 2015, voted, unanimously, to declare December 8, 2015 as

Kathleen Brennan Day

in the Town of Medfield and ask our fellow citizens to join with us in honoring her.

Voted at Medfield,
in the County of Norfolk, Massachusetts
on this first day of December 2015

Richard P. DeSorgher, Chairman
Mark L. Fisher, Clerk
Osler L. Peterson, Third Member

“Goodbye, But Let’s Stay Friends”

“Goodbye, But Let’s Stay Friends” was the subject line and Kathy’s pun of her farewell email, which I omitted.

She also started her remarks by asking why the ghost took out so many library books?  “Because he goes through them so fast!”


Kathy Brennan retires and has her day

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Kathy Brennan retired as the long time president of the Friends of the Medfield Library this week, and the selectmen declared that day, December 8, as “Kathleen Brennan Day.”

These were Kathy’s remarks at the retirement reception on Wednesday evening and in her email today to solicit our ongoing membership in the Friends of the Medfield Library –

December 8, 2015


Dear Friends,


As I retire after 14 years (13? I think I’ve lost count) as President of the Friends of the Medfield Library, this is what I have learned.


When hands are few, efficiency and perseverance are key. For several years, our dauntless little group of five-friends-that-could has chugged along adding about $20,000 a year to the library’s budget. We know if our train ever stops so does most library programming, as well as museum passes, creative writing scholarships and the amenities that make our library more than just books. So we chug along, as determinedly efficient as we can be.


Sue Wilson is our engine. Her enduring drive and nonstop motor form the heart of our book sale efforts. She’s in the background, humming along with a vision and a mission and a plan. Her quiet leadership was clearly on display throughout our three day long book sales. While I’d wilt after my one-hour shift, Sue always seemed her freshest on day three.


It’s Karen Anszperger who provides the high test fuel for the engine, always giving thoughtful debate to maximizing profits for the library while not overpricing for our customers. She fights for every penny because it’s FOR THE LIBRARY. My fundraiser’s heart would lift when I’d hear Karen say, “Let’s make it $8 a bag this year.”


Sally Sheldon attends to our details – meticulously keeping track of our members and our proceedings. Sally also doesn’t neglect the nice details – her special touches like candy canes, balloons, and hand-wrapped gift-wrapped book sets add a personal and caring, friendly touch. Sally’s a former teacher and I have been grateful for her help dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s I’d otherwise have missed.


LD Sheldon is our regulator. He keeps us on track and focused. He crunches our numbers, safeguards our funds – YOUR contributions – and provides useful counsel on questions financial and otherwise. LD has been a careful sergeant-at-arms who has protected our money – and our meetings – from disorder.


As for me, I guess I’ve been the Krazy Glue, filling in the gaps with my own special brand of cohesion, which can sometimes clog up the works too. I suppose it’s my small business survival-in-the-trenches training these past thirty years. Just get the job done and move on to the next one.


So for years, I have hung banners, penned press releases, and created book sale posters. I have enjoyed, and set up chairs for, poetry readings, musical guests, mystery author panels and balloon animal creators. I’ve led or attended at least a million meetings and that’s only if you count my three cycles of strategic planning and two stints on the executive director search committee. And whether a point of pride or pain, I once formatted and printed 2,400 personalized book plates. Ahhh, good times.


Any sane person, like my daughter, might ask as she did, “Why do all this?”


“That’s why they call it volunteer work, honey,” is what I told her.


Volunteer work that can be mundane or menial or exasperating or repetitive and infinitely time-consuming in any and all combinations. Sort of like my real job, but there the reward is more tangible.


What keeps us going? Well for me this must be my labor of love.


I have held a library fascination since my four-year-old eyes first found the two white marble lions guarding the front door of the Watertown (NY) Public Library. I looked for them every time we drove by and still do when I go back to visit today.


I met Nancy Drew at the Wolcott (CT) library a few years later and formed a long, loving friendship with her that must explain why my book of choice even today is usually a mystery.


When I walked in for the first time 18 years ago – it was the “old” Medfield library back then – this felt like a familiar, cozy and welcoming place with built in friends behind the circulation desk – those wonderful people who busy themselves being helpful and creating a library that is useful and relevant, fun, and so friendly. It is a point of pride that I’ve worked with the only four directors the library has ever had: Jane Archer, Dan Brassell, Deborah Kelsey, and now Kris Chin, all leaving their marks of distinction on this wonderful place.


And so my work is done now. I’ve shown my library love. Now I’m going to bask in it for a bit. You’ll find me relaxing in the periodical room, probably reading the new Michael Connolly.


I am excited to hand off my glue stick to the new Friends President, Ninette van Lingen and Vice President, Carol Wasserman who will add an enthusiastic and energetic shine to the group’s well-tuned machinery.


I hope you’ll show them your library love. Pitch in, participate, speak up, be a Friend!


As ever your Friend,


Kathy Brennan,Outgoing President

Friends of the Medfield Library


P.S. I’d consider it a personal favor if you renewed your Friends membership for 2016. You can either use the form you received in the mail last week or the form I have attached to this email. I thank you.

1,297 run Angel Run

Angel Run chairs

Angel Run chairs

Above the co-chairs of the Angel Run for the second straight year, Rose Colleran and Sue Weisenfeld.

The Medfield Foundation president, Evan Weisenfeld, reported yesterday that “we had a great day with 1,297 official registrants and the best weather ever for an Angel Run.”

Angel Run keepsake

Stroll schedule

updated postcard

FREE family friendly event with entertainment,
an ice sculpture, and holiday shopping featuring
over 25 local and regional artists.


Schedule of Events

Baxter Park
Corner of Main and Spring Street

  • 6:30 – 7:15 pm, MEMO Holiday
    Tree Lighting and Carol Sing

Park Street Books
504 Main Street

  • 4:00 – 6:30 pm, Ages 6 – 12
    paint a holiday canvas with
    Karen Johnson/Art Studio 109.
    Pizza included. Registration
    required, call 508-577-3517
    to sign up.

United Church of Christ
496 Main Street

  • 4 – 9 pm, Artisan’s work for sale
  • 7:30 pm, Community carol sing

Medfield Library
468 Main Street

  • 4 – 9 pm, Artisan’s work for sale
  • 4:30 pm, Children’s performer
    Jeannie Mack presents Winter
    Songs: Fun, interactive
    program with songs about
    all things winter. Suggested age
    1 – 6.
  • 6 – 9 pm, Medfield Selectmen
    Richard DeSorgher will sign
    and sell copies of his latest book
    “This Old Town, FLeetwood 9”
    featuring 63 different stories about
    Medfield and its people.
Dwight Derby Holiday Shoppe
7 Frairy Street

  • 7:15 – 10:00 pm, Free Photos
    with Santa by local Photographer
    Colleen Sullivan. Christmas carols
    will be played on an 1920’s Victrola.
    A true step into the past!

Town Hall
459 Main Street

  • 7:15 pm, Ice sculpture carving
    demonstration by Donald
    Chappelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture

Zullo Gallery
456 Main Street

  • 4 – 9 pm, Artisan’s work for sale

Brothers Marketplace
446 Main Street

  • Holiday cookie decorating
  • Sample house made holiday items
  • Medfield High and Blake School

Angel Run Sunday at 2PM – run or help!

Angel Run chairs

We are in the home stretch in preparing for the MFi Angel Run. With over 1,000 preregistered runners and a sunny day in the forecast we expect a great crowd.

We still need lots of goodies for the post race party. Many can be bought: water, hot cocoa mix, snack bags or home baked. This is Medfield’s finest weekend starting with the Christmas tree lighting, Saturday’s parade and ending with the Angel Run on Sunday. Be an angel and sign up for a small volunteer job!

Many thanks from the Medfield Foundation.