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Paul Curran Square

This morning the Paul Curran Square was dedicated at the intersection of Emerson and Flintlock, by the Committee to Study Memorials.

Mr. Curran lived there from 1962 to his death in 1994. He was a WWII vet who participated in D’Day, and was the town veteran service officer for decades. He was also on the Memorial Day committee, the Committee to Study Memorials, and was active in the Legion.

Speakers included current VSO, Ron Griffin, shown addressing the crowd in the rain.

Chief Kingsbury retirement

Bill Kingsbury and his firefighters at the retirement reception honoring the Chief last night. Forty-five years of service to the town. Remarkable. And a remarkable man.
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We are at 7.2% affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Community Development provided this chart of our current SHI with its notice that we are in a safe harbor, which shows that we have 7.2% affordable housing now per the Department of Housing and Community Development tally.  We have a total of 304 SHI with the two 40B projects that are being built, and we need a  total of 422 to be at the 10% threshold.  However, the new decennial census in 2020 will up our total number of dwelling units above the 4,220 that Department of Housing and Community Development is using below from the 2010 census, and hence that will increase the 10% needed to be in safe harbor too, so we will need more that just another 118 SHI to be in safe harbor after 2020.

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Nursing homes get forced arbitration back

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Posted 6/06/17
by Levin & Perconti
Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog

Trump Administration Abandons Fight for Ban on Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses

What little hope remained that arbitration clauses would disappear from nursing home admission paperwork is now gone. Friday, June 2 was the deadline for the Trump Administration to submit paperwork to continue the appeal of a Mississippi Supreme Court judge’s decision to block a ban on nursing home arbitration clauses.  Instead, the administration decided to withdraw from the fight.

An Attempt to Restore Justice
Last September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their updates to nursing home regulations for the over 15,000 facilities that currently receive Medicare and/or Medicaid support. One of the biggest changes was a ban on mandatory arbitration clauses in nursing home admission paperwork. An arbitration clause requires a potential plaintiff to agree to forgo a trial by jury and work with an arbitrator who will attempt to get both sides to come to an agreement on a settlement. The problem, besides the fact that it forces vulnerable Americans to waive their seventh amendment right to a trial, is that nursing home arbitration typically favors the defense by allowing them to select the arbitrator. Evidence has shown that when nursing home disputes are settled by arbitration, the outcome tends to be more positive for the guilty party and not the injured victim.

Special Interest Groups Fight Ban
Last December, a nursing home special interest group filed an injunction in the Mississippi Supreme Court to stop CMS’ arbitration ban from taking effect. A judge supported the injunction and since then, CMS and the Trump administration were said to be working on a appeal. Unfortunately, instead of filing paperwork to continue their appeal, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys decided to abandon the fight. While there is a small chance that the appeal could be challenged again at the district level, CMS hasn’t answered what future plans for the ban are and arbitration clauses in nursing homes seem to be here to stay.

ANGP decorations pictures

See just how well done the decorations were at the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) from these photos

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Affordable Housing Trust $1m. bond passed

The Medfield Press reports that the $1m. bond to provide working monies for the Affordable Housing Trust passed yesterday – the article is linked to here – http://medfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20170605/medfield-passes-affordable-housing-override

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Medfield passes affordable housing override

Medfield voters easily passed a tax override in Monday’s special election, with 904 votes for and 180 against.

 

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The All Night Graduation Party celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday. Pictured are some of the myriad volunteers, including the current co-chairs and the original co-chairs from 25 years ago.

The decorations were stupendous, with a theme based on the various books the kids had read. In the background of this photo are some of the Dr. Seuss decorations in the cafeteria.