WIT students envision MSH possibilities

This from Gil Rodgers –

View Three Adaptive Re-use Plans for Medfield State Hospital Designed by Wentworth Institute of Technology Students

All are invited to attend a reception and exhibition of final designs for three adaptive reuse alternatives for sections of the former Medfield State Hospital. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Watson Auditorium at Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116.

Student teams will present their innovative designs based on the following major themes:

  • Independent and Assisted Living Housing
  • Mixed-Use Housing
  • Commercial and Retail Development

Student projects conducted in prior semesters developed “The Center for the Arts” that used the Lee Chapel and nearby buildings and land for a performing and visual arts center, studios, and cafes. The top design from those efforts has been coordinated with the site design for the current project.

Earlier in the year the Architecture and Construction Management students toured the hospital property. They were provided copies of the original architectural drawings and did photographic surveys. After completing initial designs, they then collaborated with Civil Engineering students to create creative and pragmatic plans for the site. In total, over 54 students worked on these projects under coordination and direction of three faculty members.

In addition to the many innovative ideas and “out-of-the-box thinking” this supplies to the Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee, this is an example of how the hospital re-use project offers a unique education opportunity for students from multiple disciplines to work together on a real project.

Town officials and residents are all invited to this exciting exhibition on April 22nd.

For additional information please contact Prof. Charles Cimino at 617-989-4467 / ciminoc@wit.edu, or Gil Rodgers at 617-792-0583 / gilrodgers@aol.com.



ATM on 4/27

Two weeks to the Annual Town Meeting – at 7:30 PM in the gym at MHS.  This today from the Moderator –

Hello All: Two weeks to go to our Annual Town Meeting. This is my
regular appeal to ask everyone to take the usual steps to promote
participation and attendance at Town Meeting. (We have our usual challenge
of holding the meeting on the Monday following the school’s spring break.)
So please think about banners, school packets, blogs, emails, etc. And
thanks for your consideration. Best, Scott

Scott F. McDermott

Town Moderator

Town of Medfield


MFi volunteer awards

The Medfield Foundation’s recent volunteer awards reception is now online.  Hear the inspiring stories about the volunteer work and why the people do it. –


Medfield Foundation Awards – Medfield TV You tube link below:





Aditi Thatte

Executive Director


2015 VOTY Nominees

Road $ is done

This from John Nunnari –


House and Senate lawmakers gave the final approval on Wednesday afternoon to legislation that will provide municipalities with $200 million for road and bridge repairs.

City and town officials, who press each year to see the so-called Chapter 90 money authorized by April 1, hoped again to get the money quickly this year to begin road repairs early after severe winter weather pummeled roadways. The bill (H 3187) required a two-thirds vote in both branches, and was enacted unanimously in the House and Senate. Both branches had previously passed the bill, but needed to take final votes to send the bill to the governor’s desk.

The $200 million in Chapter 90 funding will be added to the $100 million Gov. Charlie Baker authorized in borrowing after taking office in January, making a total of $300 million available to cities and towns for the spring and fall construction seasons. Baker separately created a $30 million fund to help repair potholes. – Colleen Quinn/SHNS


The Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) meeting this morning saw three positive results:

  • Tip Line – Establishment of a local tip line was advanced with news that everyone was in agreement with the script for call answering outlined by David Traub and news that the Norfolk District Attorney’s office will probably fund the cost of the telephone line.  The tip line idea is to provide an anonymous telephone line that anyone can call with information that can then be passed along to third parties, such as, “we hear you are planning to be at the Cape for the long weekend, and we are also hearing that there is a large party planned for your house on Saturday night.  We just thought you would want to know.”
  • Age 21 to buy tobacco – MCAP voted to recommend to the selectmen that the town increase the age to buy tobacco products from the current age 18 to age 21.
  • Marijuana education – MCAP decided to recommend early education in the elementary schools about the issues related to marijuana use be provided in conjunction with the tobacco use education that is already occurring.

Library gas leak / Ace & Acme closing

Heard a couple of interesting stories this morning from Chief Meaney.

Library – Apparently as a result of clearing snow off the roof of the library this winter, a gas leak was caused and the gas was flowing down into the building by means of a small vent.

When the two chiefs were there investigating (if I got the numbers right), the gas is dangerous if over 5% concentrations, and that day in the library it was about 40%.  Chief Kingsbury instructed all to keep their arms raised to avoid static electricity and to walk out of the building right away.

Ace & Acme – The drivers have been on strike for more than a week, supporting teamsters arrived to picket from out of the area, and the police have been present 24/7.  Lots of bad language being used, which the Chief asked cease when the school buses of kids passed by.  The owner has reportedly opted to close the business.

State road $

This alert this afternoon from the Massachusetts Municipal Association-

April 8, 2015

Cities and Towns Now Have a Total of $330M Available for 2015 Construction Season

This afternoon, the House and Senate both enacted a one-year, $200 million Chapter 90 bond bill, which gives cities and towns access to a total of $330 million to repair and maintain local roads during the 2015 spring-to-fall construction season.

The Chapter 90 bond bill for fiscal 2016 was filed by Gov. Charlie Baker on March 12 and was passed unanimously by the House and Senate on March 25 and April 1, respectively. The Massachusetts Constitution, however, requires a two-thirds vote of each branch to enact all bond bills, which necessitated the votes cast today.

The Governor is expected to sign the bill immediately.

The funding will be combined with $100 million in new Chapter 90 authorizations that the Governor released in January, as well as the $30 million fund announced last month to help cities and towns repair potholes and other winter damage. Municipalities look forward to putting the money to work to repair local roads that took a beating during an historic winter.

The MMA applauds the Baker Administration and all members of the Legislature for moving swiftly on this critical funding bill. This year more than ever, cities and towns need to be able to get to work early in the construction season.

The Chapter 90 local road and bridge program provides cities and towns with a source of funding to maintain, repair and rebuild 30,000 miles of local roads in every corner of the state. Adequate and timely funding for Chapter 90 is essential for public safety, economic growth, and quality of life in Massachusetts.

With the state working to erase a $1 billion mid-year budget deficit in fiscal 2015 and a $1.8 billion structural budget gap for fiscal 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration decided to file a one-year Chapter 90 bond bill. Now that it has been enacted, the MMA and local officials will work in partnership with the Governor and legislators to achieve long-range funding for Chapter 90 that is both adequate for cities and towns and sustainable for the Commonwealth.