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4th adjustments

My first Friday office hours this month will take place 9-10am on July 10 at The Center, because The Center is closed tomorrow.

Per Kris –

As a reminder, the Town House will close at 4:30 on Thursday, July 2nd and will be closed on Friday July 3rd for the holiday. The Medfield Transfer Station will be CLOSED on Saturday, July 4th.

Anyone want to start work on a July 4th parade for next year?

Elisabeth Mann

Mrs. Mann retires tomorrow after serving the town for 54 years as a crossing guard.  Be sure to give her a toot of the horn and a thank you on her last day!

Town employee longevity of service seems to be one of Medfield’s fortunate hallmarks.

Rail line bought by MassDOT

June 19, 2015

MassDOT Completes Framingham Secondary Rail Line Acquisition

MassDOT announced acquisition is complete of the Framingham Secondary Rail Line, a 21-mile segment of rail that connects Framingham and Mansfield. The line was purchased from CSX Corporation for $23 million.

Purchase of the Framingham Secondary is a strategic investment that links the Framingham/Worcester, Needham, Franklin, and the Attleboro/Northeast Corridor commuter rail lines together. The Framingham Secondary Line is also a major rail corridor for the shipment of freight between several key points in eastern Massachusetts, including Readville, Milford, Franklin, Fall River, and New Bedford, as well as Worcester. The line is also used for passenger service to and from Patriots home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. For the purposes of planning for long-term infrastructure needs, purchase of the line provides added rail capacity that allows for passenger service to travel on alternative routes in cases where capital projects may disrupt normal service.

“After careful consideration of the agreement to purchase the Framingham Secondary Rail Line from CSX, MassDOT concluded that acquiring this rail asset supports our goals of increasing use of freight rail, which takes trucks off our highways and reduces greenhouse gases by consolidating the movement of freight,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Additionally, purchase of the line establishes the interconnectivity of four of our major commuter rail lines, which allows us to plan for future rail upgrades in a way that will minimize disruptions by creating options for trains to continue providing passenger service by bypassing sections of rail on any of the four lines that would be under construction.”

Purchase of the line will also guarantee that game-day passenger service to Gillette Stadium for Patriots games will continue. The rail line’s current condition is only slightly above standards required for passenger service. MassDOT’s ownership of the line, coupled with infrastructure upgrades, will allow for the continuation of the successful game-day service. During the 2014-2015 season, 17,128 riders took the train to Foxborough; 6,015 more riders came from Providence, through Mansfield along the southerly end of the Framingham Secondary.

“Beyond the short-term value of supporting the shipment of freight, in the long term, the line has the potential to support future economic development,” said MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator Astrid Glynn. “The communities to the southwest of Boston are experiencing strong regional growth. Should that trend continue, we would look engage the surrounding communities in a conversation about the potential for a pilot program of additional passenger rail service.”

Prior to enhanced service, the line would require significant upgrades to track, signals, and switches, to accommodate regular passenger trains. With preliminary upgrades set to begin next spring, any pilot of service would not begin before calendar year 2017.

Prayer gathering 7:30 tonight

From Rev. Jonathan Chechile –

Dear Church Family and friends

I’m sure that you have seen the news out of ‪‎Charleston. First Baptist will be hosting a community prayer gathering at 7:30 p.m on Friday (tomorrow night). As of now, the plan is for Marc Eames of Church of the Advent and I to speak briefly to start, and then from there our main priority will be praying for our nation, the racial tension in our nation, the city of Charleston,  and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Please consider joining us, and please spread the word.

Thanks you,


MSH input session

This was the meeting last night when over one hundred people gathered at the MHS gym to brainstorm and kickstart the planning for what to do with the former MSH site the town now owns.

Lots of great ideas and good energy.

Meet Library Director Kristen Chin Thursday June 11 3-5 pm

Meet Library Director Kristen Chin Thursday June 11 3-5 pm
The Library Trustees and the Friends of the Library

Invite you to meet Medfield’s new library director Kristen Chin

Thursday, June 11, 2015 3-5 pm

Dailey Room, Medfield Memorial Public Library

Everyone Welcome!

Public safety building ground breaking

Yesterday afternoon around 6pm was the ground breaking for the new public safety building, at the site of the former stations. There were several photo ops,but this one was the best, with police officers and firefighters manning the shovels.

Afterwards we toured the temporary police station. Interestingly, both police and fire reported liking their temporary quarters much better than their old strations. They were good to wait so long for the town to get around to building the new facility.