Tweet from Medfield Police Department this afternoon –
From the town website alerts I signed up to get –
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|March 13, 2018 10:00 AM
|Due to the storm the Town Hall is closed today 3/13/2018. All Board and Committee meetings have been canceled for today. Read on
The William James Interface Referral Service
The School Department and the town signed up with The William James Interface Referral Service, which is a mental health referral service for any resident. Interface phones are answered by mental health professionals, and they match callers with appropriate clinical staff. Interface does the legwork, and makes referrals based on the variables. The service became available for Medfield residents November 1. See the Interface website for other resources – William James Interface Referral Service
Main St. crosswalk at RR tracks will return
Observant resident of the month, Marge Vasaturo, asked me at the Veterans Day Luminary event on Saturday whether the crosswalk on Main Street by the railroad crossing would return. I had to ask Mike Sullivan if there had in fact been one there, and Mike recalled that there was one there, and in turn asked Maurice Goulet, Director of DPW if it was coming back – and yes it will be returning.
By an interesting quirk of town budgeting history, the Medfield Police Department actually paints the lines on the streets the DPW repair, and Moe reported to Mike that there were a few items that the Police Chief is arranging to get painted that were left out when Rte. 109 was repaved last summer.
And as your award Marge, here is a photo of the Vasaturo family luminaries –
The table below about Public Safety Building costs was shared this week, first by a Gilbane Construction employee with Mike Quinlan, chair of the Building Committee, then to Mike Sullivan, and then to the Board of Selectmen.
To me it is reassuring to see both that the cost of our Public Safety Building was relatively low, but also that our size comports with what other towns are deciding to build, which reaffirms the appropriateness of the recommendations of the Building Committee about the size of a building that was needed. Congratulations and thanks are again in order to the Building Committee for successfully steering the town through that project!
I have had many meetings in both conference rooms that are available for public use in the Public Safety Building, and can attest to both their quality and utility.
This was the accompanying email from Mike Sullivan that makes our low cost per sq. ft. even more remarkable –
FYI. This came in this morning from Mike Quinlan. Confirms what we’ve been hearing about what a good price (relatively) we got on out public safety building. Especially since our project included construction of the Dale St. School parking lot, repair of the Adams Street basketball/tennis court, and installation of solar panels. Even better, we still have over $500K left in out accounts. Mike S
The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention, is a newly formed steering-committee (created September 2017) of community members/professionals who desire to create a coalition that promotes mental health resources. We recognize that a public health crisis has touched our town and by coming together, we can form an initiative that raises awareness and has the potential to save lives . The MCSP has created this GoFundMe account
in order to raise funds that will:
- hire a consultant to effectively guide our development of a strategic plan for suicide prevention among all ages in Medfield
- create and disseminate printed resources
- fund future QPR trainings
[The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is a program of Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP).]
Funds raised will benefit:
Interface, the mental health referral service brought to town by the combined efforts of the schools and police is now operational, and residents can get services.
The following is from the Superintendent’s blog –
This post will highlight our new partnership with Interface Referral Service
Medfield Public Schools and Town of Medfield Collaborate to Fund Interface
We are pleased to announce a new referral service for all students and residents of Medfield. The Medfield Public Schools and the Town of Medfield have teamed up with William James College to provide a referral service that provides a wide range of valuable resources related to mental health and wellness for the benefit of children, adults and families, as well as educators and mental health professionals.
In addition to the resources on their website, the William James Interface Referral Service maintains a mental health and wellness referral helpline Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Medfield. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from their extensive database. Each referral meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. More information about the service and terms of confidentiality can be found here on the new Interface- Medfield page.
Christopher Bonadies and John Godino Appointed as Police Officers
Christopher Bonadies and John Godino were appointed police officers last night at the Board of Selectmen meeting. Both Chris and John grew up in town and both will attend the police academy in October. A third new police officer, a woman, is currently in the vetting stages and expected to be brought to the Board of Selectmen for appointment soon.