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Cultural re-use study of MSH

From the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –

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Photo taken at night by Vic Cevoli


Cultural Grant Received to Study Re-Use

The Master Planning Committee is excited to announce that the Town of Medfield has been approved for a Feasibility & Technical Assistance grant from the MA Cultural Facilities Fund in the amount of $17,400 to study cultural re-use of some buildings at the State Hospital. The required 1:1 match was approved at Town Meeting in April, 2016.

 

This grant will hire two collaborating teams. ArtsMarket will conduct a market analysis of needs and opportunities in the region to identify the best mix and scale of a variety of cultural programs. These could include visual, performing or culinary arts, arts education or presentation venues, residency programs, and more. We are happy to have Louise Stevens on board, one of the nation’s leading thinkers on arts-based economic development. Stevens will connect the dots on attracting world-class arts based institutions, responding to community interest in quality cultural experiences. She will also develop the business and financial models for capital financing and funding as well as annual operational financial support to ensure long-term sustainability.

 

Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects brings experience in historic preservation, historic tax credit applications, adaptive re-use studies, condition assessments, phasing recommendations and cost estimates. They will investigate up to three buildings appropriate for programs identified by ArtsMarket, prepare conceptual floor plans, and preliminary estimates of probable construction costs. The Durkee Brown study informs ArtsMarket’s business plan and recommendations for the most viable operating model and approach.

 

We expect the combined studies to take five to six months. The consultants are prepared to begin as soon as the state funds can be released, hopefully in June. We look forward to a presentation on their findings before year end. We expect that by integrating cultural initiatives, the Master Plan will generate the kind of environment that attracts private sector investment and generates long-term value for the Town.

Annual apointments to be made

Selectmen will soon make their annual appointments.  If you have any interest in serving on a town committee, please let Evelyn Clarke in the selectmen’s office know.

1 ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS 2016-2017 Elected Officials Moderator Scott F. McDermott 2017 Town Clerk Carol A. Mayer 2018 Board of Selectmen Mark L. Fisher 2017 Osler L. Peterson 2018 Michael Marcucci 2019 Board of Assessors Francis W. Perry 2017 Thomas Sweeney 2018 School Committee Eileen Desisto 2017 Anna M. O’Shea Brooke 2017 Maryann Sullivan 2018 Timothy J. Bonfatti 2019 Chris Morrison 2019 Trustees of the Public Library Lauren Feeney 2017 Timothy Hughes 2017 Maura Y. McNicholas 2018 Steven Pelosi 2018 Geena Matuson 2019 Deb Merriman 2019 Planning Board (5 Years) Keith Diggans 2017 Wright Dickinson 2018 Paul McKechnie 2019 George N. Lester 2020 Sarah Lemke 2021 Teresa James, Associate 2016 Gregory Sullivan, Associate 2016 Park and Recreation Commission Kirsten Young 2017 Michael Parks 2017 Robert Tatro 2018 Nicholas Brown 2019 Mel Seibolt 2019 Housing Authority Eldred Whyte 2017 Neil Duross 2018 Lisa Donovan 2019 Robert Canavan 2020 Eileen DeSorgher, state appt. 2016 Trust Fund Commission H. Tracy Mitchell 2017 Georgia Colivas 2018 Gregory Reid 2019 Appointed by the Board of Selectmen Fire Chief William A. Kingsbury 2016 Chief of Police Robert E. Meaney, Jr. 2018 Sergeants John W. Wilhelmi 2016 Ray M. Burton 2016 Daniel J. Burgess 2016 Lorna C. Fabbo 2016 John D. Geary 2016 Larz Anderson 2016 2 Police Officers Michelle Manganello 2016 Christine DiNatale 2016 Robert G. Flaherty 2016 Dana P. Friend 2016 Thomas M. LaPlante 2016 Wayne Sallale 2016 Colby Roy 2016 Ryan Maxfield 2016 Joseph Brienze 2016 Patrick Keleher 2016 Town Administrator Michael J. Sullivan 2017 Treasurer/Collector Georgia K. Colivas 2017 Superintendent of Public Works Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Town Accountant Joy Ricciuto 2016 Town Counsel Mark G. Cerel 2016 Affordable Housing Committee Bonnie Wren-Burgess 2016 Charles H. Peck 2016 Diane L. Maxson 2016 Stephen M. Nolan 2016 John W. McGeorge 2016 Fred Bunger 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Officio 2016 Americans with Disabilities Compliance Review Committee Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Tina Cosentino 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 Animal Control Officer Jennifer A. Cronin 2016 Bay Colony Rail Trail Study Committee Christian Donner 2016 Eric Holm 2016 Graham Plonski 2016 Robert Horgan 2016 George Hinkley 2016 Ted Pidock 2016 Board of Appeals on Zoning (3 yr) Stephen M. Nolan 2016 Charles H. Peck 2016 Douglas Boyer 2017 Neal O’Connor, Assoc 2016 Jack McNicholas, Assoc 2016 Rebecca Erlichman, Assoc 2016 Board of Health (3 yr) Marcia Aigler 2016 Jennifer M. Polinski 2016 Wendy Jackson 2017 Gabriele Harrison 2017 Board of Registrars (3 yr) William Gallagher 2016 William H. Dunlea, Jr. 2016 L. David Alinsky 2017 Board of Water and Sewerage (3 yr) William Harvey 2016 Jeremy Marsette 2016 Christian Carpenter 2016 Capital Budget Committee Barbara Gips 2016 Mark Fisher 2016 Maryalice Whalen 2016 Kristine Trierweiler 2016 Timothy P. Sullivan 2016 3 Joy Ricciuto 2016 Michael LaFrancesca 2016 Cemetery Commissioners (3 yr) Thomas Sweeney 2016 Frank Iafolla 2016 Al Manganello 2017 David Temple, Associate 2016 Charles River Natural Storage Area Designees Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Collective Bargaining Team Robert E. Meaney, Jr. 2016 Mark Fisher 2016 William Kingsbury 2016 Thomas Marie 2016 Kristine Trierweiler 2016 Committee to Study Memorials Ronald C. Griffin 2016 Jane M. Lomax 2016 David F. Temple 2016 Michelle Doucette 2016 Richard DeSorgher, Ex Officio 2016 Community Gardens Committee Neal Sanders 2016 Betty Sanders 2016 Community Preservation Act Study Committee Dan Bibel 2016 Russel Hallisey 2016 Theresa Knapp 2016 Cheryl O’Malley 2016 Christine McCue Potts 2016 Robert Sliney 2016 Conservation Commission (3 yr) Robert Kennedy, Jr. 2016 Ralph Parmigiane 2016 Robert Aigler 2016 Mary McCarthy 2016 Deborah Bero 2017 Michael Perloff 2017 Philip J. Burr 2017 Geo Darrell, Assoc 2016 Constable for Election Carol A. Mayer 2016 Constables and Keepers of the Lockup Larz C. Anderson 2016 Michelle Manganello 2016 Daniel J. Burgess 2016 Ray M. Burton, Jr. 2016 Christine DiNatale 2016 Lorna C. Fabbo 2016 Robert B. Flaherty 2016 Dana P. Friend 2016 John D. Geary 2016 John F. Gerlach 2016 Stephen H. Grover 2016 Thomas M. LaPlante 2016 D. Eric Pellegrini 2016 Wayne Sallale 2016 Thomas A. Tabarani 2016 John W. Wilhelmi 2016 Contract Compliance Officer Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Council on Aging (3 yr) Gwyneth Centore 2016 Louis Fellini, resigned 2016 Michael Clancy 2016 Robert Heald 2017 Neil Duross 2018 Virginia Whyte, resigned 2017 4 Director of Grave Markers for Veterans Frank Iafolla 2016 Downtown Study Committee Robert Dugan 2016 Mark Fisher 2016 Matthew J. McCormick 2016 Robert MacLeod 2016 Nancy Kelly Lavin 2016 Economic Dev. Commission (3 yr) Robert Callaghan 2016 Ralph Costello 2016 James Wakely 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 Paul E. Hinkley 2016 Joseph Scier 2017 Patrick Casey 2017 Elderly Taxation Aid Committee Georgia Colivas 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Frank Perry 2016 Roberta Lynch 2016 Emergency Management Agency Ray M. Burton, Director 2016 Ray M. Burtton, III 2016 Jon R. Cave 2016 David Cronin 2016 Sandra Cronin 2016 Neil I. Grossman 2016 Thomas S. Hamano 2016 Paul Jordan 2016 Paul Kearns 2016 Steven Krichdorfer 2016 John G. Naff 2016 Donald W. Reed 2016 Wayne A. Sallale 2016 James Wells 2016 Employees Insurance Advisory Committee Nancy Deveno 2016 Peter Moran 2016 Susan Parker 2016 Michelle Manganello 2016 John Wilhelmi 2016 Joy Ricciuto 2016 Malcolm Gibson 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Enterprise Fund Committee Georgia K. Colivas 2016 Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Jeremy Marsette 2016 Kristine Trierweiler 2016 Joy Ricciuto 2016 Christian Carpenter 2016 William Harvey 2016 Fair Housing Officer Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Field Driver and Fence Viewer John Naff 2016 Historic District Commission (3 yr) David R. Sharff 2016 Bradley Phipps 2016 Michael Taylor 2016 John Maiona 2016 Connie Sweeney 2017 Historical Commission (3 yr) Sarah Murphy 2016 Daniel Bibel 2016 Charles Navratil 2016 Maria C. Baler 2016 Ancelin Wolfe 2016 David F. Temple 2017 Robert Gregg, Associate 2016 David R. Sharff, Associate 2016 Michael R. Taylor, Associate 2016 5 John A. Thompson, Associate 2016 Marc Eames, Associate 2016 Cheryl O’Malley, Associate 2016 Douglas Teany, Associate 2016 Inspection Department John Naff, Building Commissioner 2016 Joseph Doyle, Alternate Building 2016 John Mee, Alternate Building 2016 John A. Rose, Jr 2016 James J. Leonard 2016 Peter Diamond 2016 James Coakley 2016 Inspector of Animals Jennifer A. Cronin 2016 Keepers of the Town Clock Marc R. Tishler 2016 David P. Maxson 2016 Kingsbury Pond Committee Richard Judge 2016 Ann Krawec 2016 George Dealy 2016 Garrett Graham 2016 Andrew Spencer 2016 Greg Testa 2016 Michael Thompson 2016 Sharon Judge 2016 Paul Trumbour 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Local Auction Permit Agent Evelyn Clarke 2016 Local Emergency Planning Commission Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Edward M. Hinkley 2016 Robert E. Meaney, Jr. 2016 William A. Kingsbury 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 Local Water Resource Management Official Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Lyme Disease Study Committee Christine Kaldy 2016 Frank Perry 2016 Nancy Schiemer 2016 Lester Hartman, MD, ex officio 2016 Measurer of Wood and Bark (3 yr) W. James Allshouse 2017 Medfield Cultural Council (3 yr) Diane Borrelli 2016 David Temple 2016 Ron Gustavson 2016 Claire Shaw 2017 Liz Daly 2017 William F. Pope 2018 Susan Parker 2018 Medfield Energy Committee Lee Alinsky 2016 Fred Bunger 2016 Penni Conner 2016 Fred Davis 2016 Cynthia Greene 2016 Marie Nolan 2016 David Temple 2016 Ryan McLaughlin 2016 Maciej Konieczny 2016 Andrew Seaman, Ex Offico 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Alan Peterson, Ex Officio 2016 Osler P. Peterson, Ex Officio 2016 Medfield MBTA Advisory Board Designee Michael J. Sullivan 2016 6 Memorial Day Committee Donna Dragotakes 2016 Robert E. Meaney 2016 William A. Kingsbury 2016 Albert J. Manganello 2016 William H. Mann 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 Richard DeSorgher 2016 Michelle Doucette 2016 Ronald C. Griffin 2016 Evelyn Clarke 2016 Frank Iafolla 2016 Metropolitan Area Planning Council/Three Rivers Interlocal Sarah Raposa 2016 Metropolitan Area Planning Council/SWAP Collaborative Gus Murby 2016 Municipal Census Supervisor Carol A. Mayer 2016 Norfolk County Advisory Board Representative Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 OPEB Trust Committee Georgia Colivas 2016 Peter Moran 2016 Gus Murby 2016 Joy Ricciuto 2016 Michael Sullivan 2016 Open Space and Recreation Committee Robert Aigler 2016 Jonathan Hinrichs 2016 Eric O’Brien 2016 Michael Perloff 2016 Mel Seibolt 2016 Parking Clerk and Hearing Officer Carol A. Mayer 2016 Permanent Planning and Building Committee Timothy Bonfatti 2016 Thomas Erb 2016 Lou Fellini 2016 John Nunnari 2016 Michael Quinlan 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Robert E. Meaney, Ex Officio 2016 William A. Kingsbury, Ex Officio 2016 Pocket Park Steering Committee Jean Mineo 2016 Matthew McCormick 2016 Monique Allen 2016 Minta Hissong 2016 Neils Bodecker 2016 Kevin Ryder 2016 Robert Kennedy 2016 Sarah Raposa, Ex Officio 2016 Police Matrons Lorna C. Fabbo 2016 Sandra Cronin 2016 Jennifer A. Cronin 2016 Pound Keeper Jennifer A. Cronin 2016 Public Weigher (3yr) W. James Allshouse 2017 Representative to Regional Hazardous Waste Committee Kenneth P. Feeney 2016 Representative to Neponset Watershed Initiative Committee Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Right-To-Know Coordinator 7 William A. Kingsbury 2016 Safety Committee Christian Donner 2016 Robert Meaney 2016 Kenneth Feeney 2016 Michael J. Sullivan 2016 Sealer of Weights and Measures (3yr) W. James Allhouse 2017 Special Police Officers Leo Acerra (Millis) 2016 Paul J. Adams (Millis) 2016 George Bent (Norfolk) 2016 Dale Bickford (Millis) 2016 Christopher Bonadies 2016 Herbert Burr 2016 Jonathan M. Caroll (Norfolk) 2016 Jon Cave 2016 Ryan Chartrand (Norfolk) 2016 Sandra Cronin 2016 William J. Davis (Norfolk) 2016 Thomas G. Degnim (Norfolk) 2016 Robert A. Dixon (Millis) 2016 Louis Droste (Norfolk) 2016 William J. Dwyer (Millis) 2016 David J. Eberle (Norfolk) 2016 Leo Either (Norfolk) 2016 Glen R. Eykel (Norfolk) 2016 Nathan Fletcher (Norfolk) 2016 Susan Fornaciari (Norfolk) 2016 Robert Forsythe (Norfolk) 2016 Terence Gallagher (Norfolk) 2016 John Gerlach 2016 Thomas Hamano 2016 Timothy Heinz (Norfolk) 2016 John Holmes (Norfolk) 2016 David Holt (Norfolk) 2016 Robert Holst (Norfolk) 2016 Winslow Karlson III (Norfolk) 2016 Paul Kearns 2016 James C. Kozak (Norfolk) 2016 Robert LaPlante 2016 James Lopez (Millis) 2016 Peter Lown (Norfolk) 2016 Robert Maraggio (Millis) 2016 Chris MaClure (Norfolk) 2016 David R. McConnell (Norfolk) 2016 Nicholas Meleski (Millis) 2016 Robert Miller (Norfolk) 2016 Paul J. Murphy (Norfolk) 2016 Peter Opanasets (Millis) 2016 Stephen Plympton (Norfolk) 2016 Amanda Prata (Norfolk) 2016 Thomas Quinn (Millis) 2016 Kevin Roake (Norfolk) 2016 Stephen Saulnier 2016 Christina Sena (Norfolk) 2016 Viriato Sena (Norfolk) 2016 Robert Shannon (Norfolk) 2016 Paul Smith (Millis) 2016 Christopher Soffayer (Millis) 2016 Charles Stone (Norfolk) 2016 Thomas Tabarini 2016 Domenic Tiberi (Millis) 2016 Paul Treggari 2016 Eric Van Ness (Norfolk) 2016 Mark Vendetti 2016 James Wells 2016 Ryan Wilhelmi 2016 State Hospital Environmental Review Committee Deborah T. Bero 2016 Ralph Tella 2016 John Thompson 2016 Cole Worthy 2016 State Hospital Master Planning Committee Stephen Nolan 2016 Ralph Costello 2016 Gil Rodgers 2016 Stephen Browne 2016 Teresa James 2016 8 Randal Karg 2016 Patrick Casey 2016 Kenneth Richard 2016 Brandie Erb 2016 State Hospital Mediation Committee John Thompson 2016 Ann B. Thompson 2016 William Massaro 2016 State Hospital Negotiating Committee Stephen Nolan 2016 Kenneth Richard 2016 John Harney 2016 William Massaro 2016 Osler Peterson 2016 State Hospital Resource Committee Rosamond Smythe 2016 Alex Stevens 2016 John Thompson 2016 Frank Perry 2016 William Massaro 2016 Lucille Fisher 2016 Jean Mineo 2016 John Harney 2016 Superintendent of Insect Pest Control Edward M. Hinkley 2016 Three Rivers Interlocal Council Representative (MAPC) Sarah Raposa 2016 Town Bylaw Review Committee Cynthia Greene 2016 Russell Hallisey 2016 Stephen Nolan 2016 Neal O’Connor 2016 John McNicholas 2016 Town Greeter Joseph E. Ryan 2016 Town Historian Richard P. DeSorgher 2016 Traffic Supervisors Angela Brown 2016 Jennifer A. Cronin 2016 John F. Gerlach 2016 Robert T. LaPlante 2016 William H. Mann 2016 Kevin Robinson 2016 Lori Sallee 2016 Thomas E. Tabarini 2016 Lisa Visser 2016 Jennifer Dissinger 2016 Transfer Station and Recycling Committee Ann B. Thompson 2016 Anthony Centore 2016 Megan Sullivan 2016 Steve Catanese 2016 Rachel Brown 2016 Barbara Meyer 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Kenneth P. Feeney, Ex Officio 2016 Kristine Trierweiler, Ex Offico 2016 Tree Warden Edward M. Hinkley 2016 Veterans’ Service Officer (3) Ronald Clark Griffin 2017 Wireless Communications Study Committee David P. Maxson 2016 Thomas Powers 2016 Michael J. Sullivan, Ex Officio 2016 Zoning Enforcement Officer 9 John Naff 2016 Appointed by the Treasurer/Collector Susan Cronin, Assistant 2016 Appointed by the Town Accountant Matthew Violette, Assistant 2016 Appointed by the Chairman of the Selectmen, Chairman of the School Committee and the Town Moderator Vocational School Committee Representative David Bento June 30, 2016 Appointed by the Fire Chief Charles G. Seavey, Deputy Chief 2016 David C. O’Toole, Captain 2016 Jeffrey Bennotti, Lt 2016 Thomas M. LaPlante, Jr., Lt 2016 Appointed by the Board of Health Nancy Bennotti 2016 Appointed by the Moderator Deputy Moderator Conrad J. Bletzer 2016 Warrant Committee Gustave H. Murby, Resigned 2015 Martha Festa 2016 Gregory Sullivan 2016 Michael T. Marcucci 2016 Barbara Gips 2017 Sharon Kingsley Tatro 2017 Robert Skloff 2017 Nikolaos Athanasiadis 2018 Thomas C. Marie 2018 John E. Wolfe 2018 Permanent School Building and Planning Committee David Binder 2016 C. Richard McCullough 2016 Keith Mozer 2016 Timothy J. Bonfatti 2016 Appointed by the Town Moderator, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and Chairman of the Warrant Committee Personnel Board Christine Connelly, resigned 2016 Robert Conlon 2017 Debra Shuman 2017 Appointed by the Planning Board Sign Advisory Board (3 yr) Thomas D. Erb 2018 Matthew McCormick 2018 Jeffrey Hyman 2018 John Messina 2016 Howard Richman 2016 Downtown Sidewalk Design and Aesthetics Committee Michael Leuders 2016 Matthew McCormick 2016 Robert Kennedy 2016 Michael Taylor 201620160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_220160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_320160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_420160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_520160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_620160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_720160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_820160525-Elected and Appointed for Annual Report_Page_9

Medfield Green Month ends Saturday

Medfield Green

This Saturday, 9-1 at the Transfer Station

is the final week of Medfield Green Month

 

 Collection will be clean, dry textiles in any condition – includes clothing, shoes, linens and towels etc. 

 

Continuing this week will be Food Compost Info and Starter Kits for sale

9-1 under the tent

 

Getting a new mattress?  Recycle your old one at the transfer station year round – look for the container located between the Swap area and the tip floor

 

Expired medications and drugs can be deposited into the container at the Medfield Police Station year round

 

The Transfer Station is the place to be in May!

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 on 6/15

March 4, 2016 Osler Peterson Medfield Town Selectman Medfield Town Hall 459 Main Street Medfield. MA 02052 Dear Selectman Peterson, GIRL SCOUTS It's that time of year again in Medfield! We are honoring an incredible number of Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients - seven! With over 40% of our 12th Grade Scouts being Gold Award Recipients, Medfield Girl Scouts ranks well above the national average of 5% - a very special distinction. In addition to recognizing these remarkable Scouts, seventeen of our 12th Grade Ambassador Scouts will be concluding their thirteen years of Girl Scouting and bridging to Adult Girl Scouts. Of additional note is that 9 of our 17 Ambassador Scouts have also earned various Girl Scout National Leadership Awards. Finally, we are very pleased to be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield. We arc one of the oldest Service Units in the country. Enclosed is a detailed description of each Scout's Gold Award project for your perusal. These seven Girl Scouts join an elite group of young women who are respected throughout the world for their dedication, leadership, and concern for their community. As you can see, we have a lot to commemorate and we hope you can join us Saturday. March 19th at 1:00 PM with a reception directly following the ceremony. This year the ceremony will be held at St. Edward Church at 133 Spring Street in Medfield. We invite you to arrive by 12:30 to be a part of our opening ceremony and walk in with the other dignitaries. I will call your office in the next few days to see if it is possible for you to attend this very special event. Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter, I remain with kind regards, Sincerely, Medfield Girl Scouts Gold Award Ceremony Committee Chair kcsteeger.a .comcast.net - 617-640-3277 - (c) MAR 1 4 2H6 About the Medfield Girl Scouts 2016 Gold Award Projects The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award available in Girl Scouting and is only earned by Girl Scouts who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to their communities and an outstanding dedication to achievement. In order to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, Scouts must first complete a series of prerequisites that take anywhere from 18 months to two years to complete. These pre-requisites are designed to give the Girl Scouts experiences in goal setting, leadership, career exploration and community service. Once the prerequisites are completed, each girl submits a plan for her Girl Scout Gold Award project that will require a minimum of 85 hours to complete. Each project needs to combine the skills and passions of the candidate in unique ways so that once completed, her project will leave a lasting mark on the community. Katherine Lyons My project addressed the issue surrounding the lack of knowledge of how poverty affects kids living on Cape Cod. Before beginning my project, even I was unaware of the severe poverty that affects many people living on the Cape and my goal was to make as many people aware of the issue in my hometown and surrounding areas as possible. I hope the awareness raised through my project benefits not only those who are Jiving in poverty, hopefully through increased donations and support, but by raising awareness to the fact that not all poverty is right before our eyes. I was able to put together 30 new backpacks filled with brand new school supplies and a few hundred books with bookmarks made by the kids at the Medfield Afterschool Program that were delivered over the summer and in the fall to Chatham Elementary School. My project also involved organizing the Cradles to Crayons 'Give Back with an Outfit Pack' drive within Medfield Girl Scouts. We were able to create 27 complete packs, 5 partially filled packs, 2 bags of additional items and had a total impact of 37 kids. Emily Piersiak My project addressed the issue of the absence of safe crossing at the end of Baker Pond in Medfield, and the Jack of encouragement for young women in the STEM fields. With the help of Girl Scout Troop 74900 and other members of the community, I constructed a bridge to span the runoff at Baker Pond. The project also included a class I taught at the Medfield Public Library, in which I was able to share my interest and knowledge in structural engineering and bridges. I am very pleased with the outcome of my project, especially the completed bridge and the information I imparted on all of the children who attended my classes. I would like to thank everyone who helped me complete this project, whether it was by donating materials or by physically helping to build it. I appreciate all of the help from my wonderful community, and I hope people enjoy all aspects of my project for years to come. Eliza beth Raine For Gold Award Project, Bats for a Cause, I addressed the decline of the local bat population due to human impact. I specifically designed this project not only to attempt to bolster the bat population for the purpose of offsetting human impact on the bats' local environment, but also to educate the public to the benefits of helping bats. I posted four bat boxes at the Trustees of Reservations as a refuge for migrating bats which would serve as nurseries for their newborn pups. My hope was that a growing bat population could help to regulate the recent overpopulation of mosquitoes, which may transmit harmful viruses to humans, like Triple E. Since the bats would stop the mosquitoes from transmitting those viruses, helping the bat population would ultimately benefit human healthcare. I also decided to educate the public about bats from around the world in order to dispel human fear of bats. I planned and executed presentations to various audiences in the community during Medfield Day, at MAP at Wheelock and Dale Street Schools, free time at Medfield's Council on Aging, and at Stony Brook's Earth Day Celebration. -OverZoe Smith Volunteering is something I value. It is a big pa rt of my life. For tunately, I had a program like Girl Scouts to start me on an early path of volunteerism. However, not everyone has t his type of opportunity. My goal for my Gold Award was to share my passion for volunteering in order to better my community. With this goal in mind, I chose to work with middle school students in my town to offer them diffe re nt opportunities to give back to the community in hopes of insti lling in them a passion to volunteer. I acted as a lia ison, connecting students with local volunteer organizations. Strong relations hips formed quickly. Many students are now volunteering regularly. Last ly, in order to receive their deserved recognition, students will have the chance to earn a President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). The PVSA recognizes citizens for bettering the coun try by volunteering. By working with middle school students, I was able to establish a genuine passion for volunteering which they can continue to pursue throughout their lives. Grace Sowyrda My Gold Award project addressed the issue of the lack of poetry programs and creative outlets in school, particularly in my town of Medfield. Poetry is a positive vehicle for connecting with others through raw emotion. It has universal themes that inspire others in the message that we are not alone in our feelings. I saw a need to provide this type of creative outlet. I addressed this issue by creating an after school poetry program at Blake Middle School to provide a safe and fun place for teens to connect and learn about poetry. I also created a poetry hour program at the library where I read poetry to the children a nd did a creative craft. To connect the town, I led an all age poetry reading at the Medfie ld Public Library and also led a poetry reading at the Senior Center. To support my efforts, I created a poetry website with easy ways for teachers to incorporate poetry into the ir curriculums. With each event, I was amazed to see poetry work its magic in connecting all the pa rticipants. Poetry is a very important part of my life and I am so lucky to have had the privilege to share its beauty and power with so many wonderful people . . Julia Steeger My project, "Co nn ecting Kids Who Have with Kids Who Need': addressed the issue of poverty a nd the many ways poverty affects children. It was the SOth anniversary of the "War on Poverty" launched by President Johnson that gave me the idea. Even with 50 years of effort, 15% of our state's chi ldren continue to live in poverty. I created my Gold Award project to educate kids in Medfield about how poverty affects kids who live in it and what we could do together as a community to help improve t heir circumstances. I wanted kids here in Medfield to know there was something they could do to help kids who live in poverty and that by passing along their gently used clothing, books and toys, they could help kids in need. With the help of the school administration, I was able to have a Cradles to Crayons collection unit placed at the Wheelock School. I also ran several assemblies at the schools to educate kids about the affects of poverty on kids who live in it, and established several town-wide collections: an annual "Stuff the Truck" event for clothing, books and toys as well as a food drive for Medfield Food Cupboard. Olivia Taylor Previously, there had been no prominent tutoring service in Medfield for children in grades K-5. My project was to create a tutoring program that connected high school students with e lementary school students. It is a imed to improve core academic skills, as well as create a bridge between older and younger children. I ran a six-week program at the three elementary schools in Medfield for students in grades K-5, with 15 tutors and 36 participants across the three programs. The objective was to supplement what the kids were learning in class in a way that didn't fee l like school, a nd to help the kids with a new perspective. I also created a website to share my project, with an online sign-up to connect high school a nd elementary school students for one-on-one tuto r ing. In the end, I hope my project provided a new service for the children and their parents, and a leadership opportunity for the high school students.

Medfield Girl Scouts celebrate their first 100 years at the Gazebo at 6PM on June 15 –


Dear Selectman Peterson,

On June 15th Medfield Girl Scouts will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and we hope you can be a part of the celebration!

We are one of the oldest service units in the country.  We’d like to imagine that if Miss Inches and Miss Haskell, the founders of Medfield’s Red Rose Troop One, were to meet our 350+ young Girl Scouts and 200+ Adult Volunteer Guides (AVGs) who assist in running the Medfield Service Unit, they would be very proud of what they put in motion for Medfield Girl Scouts 100 years ago.  It is truly amazing that we continue to have a thriving and active Girl Scout community here in Medfield  — which is a direct result of the commitment our young girls and teens have to the Girl Scout program–as well as the commitment our hundreds and hundreds of volunteers have made to Medfield Girl Scouts throughout the last ten decades.

Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts USA in 1912, once said “Scouting rises within you and inspires you to put forth your best”.  For the hundreds of Girl Scouts who participate in the Girl Scout program in Medfield, Juliette would have been proud of the service these girls put forth for the Medfield community.  The commitment made by our Scouts in a day and age when there is so much that pulls at their time is truly commendable.  From our youngest Daisy Scouts who earn their Daisy Petals as they learn the Girl Scout Law & Promise to our high school Senior and Ambassador Scouts, who carry their academic loads with high honors, play sports, participate in outside clubs and activities all while taking leadership positions, doing community service work and earning the highest awards as the Girl Scout Gold Award–are truly a remarkable group that accomplishes much for our community.  We look to our past to Miss Inches and Miss Haskell for what they began here in Medfield, as we look to the future, to our current Scouts and volunteers who continue to carry Juliette Gordon Low’s mission forward and will do so as we move into the next 100 years of Girl Scouting in Medfield.

We invite you to come and be part of the celebration we are planning for our 100th Anniversary on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00-7:00 PM at the Gazebo and library green in front of the Medfield Library on Main Street in downtown Medfield.  We would love for you to commemorate our very special day and be a part our brief ceremony that will be held at 6:30 PM.  We will contact your office in the next few days to see if your schedule will permit you to participate in our anniversary festivities.

Thank you in advance for your support of the centennial celebration of the Medfield Girl Scout program.

Katharine Steeger

Committee Co-Chair

100th Anniversary Medfield Girl Scouts

617-640-3277

MMA on new public records law

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The MMA sent this second alert this afternoon, on the public records law that has now come out of a conference committee. I find myself torn on this one, as i feel there should be easy access to all public records, but I have heard Goeff Beckwith, Executive Director of the MMA say that the House version was preferred due to the House including more reasonable payments to the towns for responding, and thereby avoiding potential costs for towns from unreasonable public records requests.


Monday, May 23, 2016

LEGISLATURE TO VOTE ON FINAL PUBLIC RECORDS BILL

Conference Committee Report Would Limit Fees and Expose Communities to Attorneys’ Fees & Court Costs in Litigation

House Vote Scheduled for Wednesday

At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, the six members of the House-Senate conference committee on legislation to update the public records law reached agreement on a compromise bill, and reported it out to the full Legislature for an up-or-down vote later this week.

The Conference Committee bill differs in many important respects from H. 3858, the measure passed by the House of Representatives in November, and appears generally closer to S. 2127, the bill passed by the Senate in February. The bill would limit or set conditions on the fees that cities and towns can charge, and would create a more litigious process that could require the courts to award attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs in many circumstances.

Local officials and the MMA are not opposed to passage of legislation updating the public records laws. Rather, we have been calling for balanced and realistic changes to prevent the imposition of unfunded mandates on cities and towns, and to ensure that local officials have enough time and flexibility to comply with the act without diverting resources and time from their other important public services and duties on behalf of local residents and taxpayers.

However, the MMA’s analysis concludes that the Conference Committee’s bill would limit the ability of cities and towns to be reimbursed for responding to records requests by requiring communities to receive special permission from the Supervisor of Records every time they wish to reimbursed for time spent segregating or redacting records. Further, communities would need to receive special permission to charge more than $25/hour, which is quite common when department heads and attorneys need to participate in the process. Thus, the MMA believes that the bill has the potential to impose significant new financial burdens on cities and towns.

The MMA is also concerned that the bill could expose public entities and taxpayers to threats of expensive litigation by creating a presumption that courts should award attorneys’ fees and court costs in all but a narrow list of circumstances if the plaintiff receives any relief through a judicial order, consent decree, or if the municipality provides any of the requested documents after the complaint is filed. This provision could create an incentive for plaintiff attorneys to excessively litigate.

In general, the bill creates a more detailed set of statutory requirements that must be fulfilled under the state’s public records act, including new timelines, fee structures, administrative and judicial appeals processes, and new requirements for the administration of the law at the local level. The major changes as they impact cities and towns are outlined below.

Please review the draft of the Conference Committee’s public records legislation by clicking HERE (redraft of H. 3858 and S. 2127)

MAJOR PROVISIONS OF THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE’S PUBLIC RECORDS BILL INCLUDE:       

Enforceable Timelines:

  • Cities, towns and state agencies would have 10 business days to respond to every public records request, with an itemized “good faith” estimate of the fee to be charged, an explanation of the time necessary to fully comply with the request if it will take longer than 10 days (cities and towns would have up to 25 business days from the day the request is received), and a listing of the documents or categories of requested documents that will be withheld by the municipality or agency under existing state and federal law (there is no change to the current list of excluded documents that may be withheld).
  • Cities, towns and state agencies could appeal to the Supervisor of Public Records for more time to comply with a public records request if the magnitude or difficulty of the request is too burdensome to complete in 25 business days, or if they believe the request has been submitted to harass the municipality.
  • The Supervisor of Records could grant communities up to 30 additional business days to comply with a request, based on a petition submitted by a municipal records officer, or could grant a longer extension if the request is deemed to be frivolous or harassing in nature.
  • Requestors could appeal to Superior Court to challenge the fee estimate, to reduce the time that municipalities could take to comply, or to challenge whether a requested document could be withheld under state or federal law.

Limits on Fees:

  • Copying charges would be limited to 5 cents per page, and the charge for electronic storage devices would be capped at actual cost.
  • The Conference Committee bill would place limits on the reimbursements that cities and towns could receive for the time spent by employees and necessary vendors (outside counsel, technology and payroll consultants, e.g.) as follows:
    • First, cities and towns would be prohibited from charging any fees if they do not adequately respond to the records request within 10 business days of receipt;
    • Second, reimbursement for employees and necessary vendors would be capped at the rate of the lowest paid employee who has the skill to search for, segregate, redact or reproduce the requested records, or $25 per hour, whichever is lower. Communities could only be reimbursed at a higher rate if they petition and receive special permission from the Supervisor of Records;
    • Third, cities and towns could only be reimbursed for time spent segregating or redacting records if the segregation and redaction is required by law, or the community petitions and receives special permission from the Supervisor of Records. This will impose a very cumbersome and bureaucratic process on municipalities, and it is unclear whether the final outcome would be full reimbursement, as the Supervisor of Records would have the power to deny adequate rates, and apparently would not be required to approve reimbursement for segregation and redaction of records that are allowed under the many exemptions in the law, but are not mandated by the law; and
    • Fourth, communities with a population over 20,000 would be required to waive any fee for the first two hours of employee or vendor time spent complying with a request.
  • Requestors could appeal to the Superior Court to challenge the fee estimate or any fee approved by the Supervisor of Records.

Litigation and Enforcement:

  • Requestors could appeal to the Supervisor of Records or the Superior Court at any time for non-compliance, to challenge fee amounts, or to challenge whether a requested record could be withheld.
  • The bill could expose public entities and taxpayers to threats of expensive litigation because it creates a presumption that courts should award attorneys’ fees and court costs in all but a narrow list of circumstances if the plaintiff receives any relief through a judicial order, consent decree, or if the municipality provides any of the requested documents after a complaint is filed. This provision constrains judicial discretion, and could create an incentive for plaintiff attorneys to excessively litigate.
  • Courts would have to provide a written explanation if they choose not to award attorneys’ fees or court costs.
  • If attorneys’ fees or court costs are awarded, municipalities and state agencies would be required to waive all fees for responding to the request.
  • Courts could assess punitive damages of up to $5,000 if it is determined that a municipality or state agency did not act in good faith.
  • The Attorney General would be given enhanced power to enforce the public records act, and the AG’s intervention could also result in similar punitive damages and fee waivers.

Other New Requirements:

  • Cities, towns and state agencies would be required to appoint at least one records access officer to assist with all public records requests, to facilitate compliance, to publicize the public records request process, and, beginning on July 1, 2017, begin posting commonly requested records on the municipal website.
  • If feasible, future upgrades to databases and computer systems should include enhancements to make it easier to comply with public records requests.
  • If the record(s) exist in an electronic format, municipalities and state agencies would be required to provide the record(s) in that format or in a commonly used electronic format if so requested by the person filing the records request.
  • If passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, the new public records law would take effect on January 1, 2017. The Secretary of State would be required to promulgate new regulations on the law by January 1, 2017 at the latest.

Please Call Your Legislators Today to Discuss the Public Records Legislation and Express Your Concerns.

Thank You Very Much.

MMA to Senate on budget

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This was my email this afternoon to Senator Timilty to support the MMA’s analysis of where the state budget discussions that are happening this week in the State Senate should lead:


Jim,

As a Town of Medfield selectman, I ask that you support the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s stated interests in the budget discussions.  Thanks in advance.  I have copied in below the MMA’s stated interests:


 

Monday May 23, 2016

SENATORS SET TO DEBATE FISCAL 2017 BUDGET

DEBATE WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY, MAY 24

1,167 AMENDMENTS FILED

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY TO SUPPORT KEY FUNDING

ASK YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE AMENDMENT 91, WHICH WOULD TO LIMIT MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY ON RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE

Beginning on Tuesday, May 24, the Senate will debate the Senate Ways & Means Committee’s proposed fiscal 2017 state budget plan. With 1,167 amendments filed, it is critically important for you to call your Senators now to discuss key budget and funding issues that will impact your community.

S. 4, the Senate Ways & Means budget, provides progress on many important local aid priorities, including the full $42 million increase in Unrestricted General Government Aid that the Governor and House have agreed on. The SW&M Committee would increase funding for several major aid programs, by adding $9.3 million to the Special Education Circuit Breaker, increasing Chapter 70 minimum aid to $55 per student, and by adding funds in the Chapter 70 distribution to help address the low-income student calculation and to accelerate implementation of the so-called target share provisions in Chapter 70.

However, the proposed Senate budget would also cut nearly 90% from kindergarten development grants, cutting $16.6 million from key kindergarten grant assistance that goes to 164 cities, towns and school districts. There are several amendments to restore these funds.

Another issue is the need to defeat a harmful amendment (Amendment #91), which would interfere with local officials’ decision-making authority to act on behalf of taxpayers on the basic issue of contribution levels for retiree health insurance. Amendment 91 would extend a state-mandated freeze on adjusting retiree health contributions in any community that has used the municipal health insurance reform law to implement health insurance savings measures. Details on this issue are available in the MMA’s budget letter to Senators – just click on the link below.

 

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MMA’S DETAILED LETTER TO SENATORS ON ALL OF THE KEY BUDGET AMENDMENTS, AND PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS TODAY TO DISCUSS THE ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY

 

There are many budget amendments to discuss with your Senators, including:

• Increasing Chapter 70 minimum aid up to $100 per student;

• Restoring $16.6 million to Kindergarten Development Grants;

• Increasing funding for Charter School Reimbursements;

• Creating a reserve account to help with extraordinary Special Education Costs;

• Increasing reimbursements for the McKinney-Vento unfunded mandate;

• Increasing reimbursements for Regional School Transportation and Out-of-District Vocational School Transportation;

• Opposing Amendment 91, which would interfere with local decisions on retiree health insurance;

• Adding a municipal seat on the State Retiree Benefits Trust Fund;

• Increasing funding for the Shannon Anti-Gang grant program;

• Increasing funding for the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative;

• Increasing funding for Summer Jobs for At-Risk Youth;

• Banning “Pay the Patient” in ambulance insurance payments;

• Supporting Chapter 40S payments for communities with Smart Growth Districts;

• Adding funds for Brownfield redevelopments;

• Allowing communities to levy fines for delays in removing double poles; and

• Increasing the state match for the CPA program.

 

Please Call Your Senators Today Discuss the Key Budget Issues that Impact Your Community

Click the Link Above to Read the MMA’s Detailed Letter to Senators

THANK YOU

Senate’s Medfield amendments in budget

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John Nunnari follows the legislature closely for the architects, and kindly also keeps the town administration informed about happenings that affect Medfield.  This from John this morning about:

  • funding to repair the West Street bridge
  • funding a road to the Charles River overlook on the state land next to the former MSH site
  • north south railroad line in town

See below for all amendments filed to the Senate budget dealing directly with Medfield.

 

Debate begins tomorrow.

 

John

 

Amendment #116

West Street Bridge in Medfield and Millis

Mr. Ross moved that the proposed new text be amended, in Section 2, in item 1599-0026, by adding at the end thereof the following:- “provided that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for the maintenance of the West Street Bridge in the towns of Medfield and Millis”; and in said item, by striking out the figures “$5,000,000” and inserting in place thereof the figures “$6,000,000”

 

Amendment #883

Accessibility to Open Space

Mr. Timilty moved that the proposed new text be amended, in Section 2, in item 2810-0100, by inserting the following:- “provided further, that not less than $200,000 shall be expended for the creation of a roadway at the property formally known as the Medfield State Hospital in the town of Medfield.”

 

Amendment #1154

Framingham Secondary Line

Mr. Timilty moved that the proposed new text be amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:-

SECTION X. No funds shall be disbursed to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority under section 35T of chapter 10 of the General Laws for the extension of services on the Framingham Secondary line in the towns of Framingham, Sherborn, Medfield, Walpole, Foxborough, and Mansfield including, but not limited to, for the addition of new line service through the creation of a new line, extension of a current line or increasing the service area of a current line until the authority receives legislative approval for a plan, specifically detailing:

(i) how the authority will pay for the proposed expansion

(ii) certification that such expansion and diversion of funding will not adversely affect existing services already offered by the authority and

(iii) certification that the state of the Framingham Secondary line’s real property, including but not limited to the physical track, at-grade crossings, and safety features to protect abutters, have been upgraded, repaired, or replaced to meet any increase in service

The plan shall be submitted to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the joint committee on transportation and the chairs of the senate and house committees on ways and means

 

 

 

John Nunnari, Assoc AIA
Executive Director, AIA MA