MCPE’s Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament 3/24

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MCPE will host its second annual Left Center Right (“LCR”) Tournament, at the American Legion in Medfield on Friday, March 24. LCR is a fast-paced team dice game. This highly entertaining game of luck promises a night of laughs and fun, and a chance at winning $100! LCR is played in teams of eight to ten players. Visit www.medfieldcoalition.org for more information or to register your team. All event proceeds will support grants to the Medfield Public Schools.

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Your right to justice is at risk

This is from my American Association for Justice about legislation in Congress that seeks to prevent injured individuals from getting properly compensated, in order to purportedly help the doctors and the corporations.

However, the data from states like Texas, that limited the rights of individuals to be compensated more than fifteen years ago in hopes of saving costs, is clear that taking away an individuals’ right to get proper compensation for their injuries does not save much, if any, money on doctor’s malpractice or others’ insurance policies.

Insurance is the mechanism by which our society has opted to spread the cost of individual’s injuries over the society in general.  Taking away people’s right to sue and be compensated merely makes that injured person bear the cost effects of the injury done by some third party, without any substantial savings to the Defendant. –

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This week, Congress will vote on legislation that will rig the system against individuals like you and tip the scales of justice in favor of powerful corporate defendants. We need to send a strong message to Congress that these anti-civil justice bills must fail.  Take Action

If you agree that it is unacceptable for Congress to eliminate your rights to hold corporations accountable, we urge you to contact your elected officials today. Tell your representatives to stand up for you and your family and vote NO on offensive anti-civil justice legislation.

Please take action today! Your elected officials need to hear from you that you want to preserve your rights to access the civil justice system.  Take Action

The Trac(e)y’s – MFi volunteer awards nominees for the ANGP

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Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers

The Trac(e)y’s, Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers, were nominated for the Medfield Foundation volunteer awards by Ann Whitla for chairing the All Night Graduation Party (ANGP) for three years.

The Trac(e)y’s and all the other remarkable 2017 volunteer nominees will be feted and honored for their service to the town at the reception at 3 PM on March 19 at The Center.  The public is invited to attend and be inspired – come to hear the magical stories from the nine 2017 volunteers of what they have done, and leave amazed.

Brothers Marketplace is the generous sponsor of the 2017 Medfield Foundation Volunteer Awards, with support also from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Below is Ann Whitla’s nomination of The Trac(e)y’s:


 

Representing an army of All Night Graduation Party volunteers who happily toil under
the brilliant leadership and tireless efforts of Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers, I enthusiastically nominate “The Trac(e)ys” for the Medfield Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

The All Night Graduation Party (ANGP), celebrating its 25th year in 2017, takes place at
Medfield High School from 9pm – Sam on graduation night and is one of the most highly anticipated traditions for Medfield graduates. Over 4,500 MHS seniors have celebrated their graduation at the ANGP and each year, 97% of the graduating class (200+ students) attend this extraordinary event. MHS is truly transformed for the ANGP, with 15 distinct areas of the school decorated in the spirit of that year’s theme. So complete is the transformation that students often forget they’re at school. Instead, they might enter the world of Harry Potter or Candy Land, or the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Beyond the phenomenal decorating, the party is buzzing all night long with activities to delight and entertain for eight full hours, from dancing and blackjack to jumping castles and magicians. At the ANGP, kids who have been together since kindergarten come together for one last joyous gathering – a festive farewell that requires a community of volunteers to pull off, and the leadership of The Trac(e)ys.

ACTION – what do the nominees actually do

2017 marks the third year Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rogers have co-chaired the ANGP, an eight hour event that requires nine months of planning and execution.

In 2016, work began even earlier, as The Trac(e)ys decided to participate in Medfield
Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ANGP. Their award-winning booth raised
much needed funds and significantly raised awareness of the event within the greater
Medfield community.

Party planning begins in October, as The Trac(e)ys recruit captains to head up
decorating, fundraising, food and beverage, prizes and gifts, and chaperone
coordination. They also recruit the 100+ volunteers required to assist these captains.
They also oversee early stage meetings where the party theme is established and nine
month plans are put in place. Every decision is made with the graduating seniors in
mind – what will make it festive and fun and memorable for them.

Throughout, The Trac(e)ys also manage the enormous fundraising arm necessary to
pull off such a large scale event. The cost of the ANGP is typically $30,000-35,000, or
$150 per student – a bargain for an eight-hour non-stop extravaganza. The ANGP
receives no funding from the school and, while much of the funding comes through
contributions by graduates’ families, all contributions are voluntary. The party is open to all graduates regardless of their ability to contribute. The ANGP Fashion Show (another tradition, where senior students model the latest prom fashions), a solicitation mailing to all Medfield residents, and a one-day fundraiser at Roche Brothers provide additional funds, all managed by The Trac(e)ys. The Trac(e)ys’ fundraising efforts mean that every year they’re able to break even.

In January and February, The Trac(e)ys meet with the decorating captains  (one-on-one and at larger meetings) to ensure all the captains understand the theme and have a plan for their designated area. They brainstorm the design, needed materials, and how to display the theme in the best possible way, while still allowing for the safe movement of kids in each room. January is also the time when The Trac(e)ys work with the Fashion Show co-chairs to begin planning that event.
Every Wednesday night, from the first of March through graduation, The Trac(e)ys host decorating workshops, assisting the decorating captains and their teams of volunteers to help bring their artistic vision to life. The Trac(e)ys purchase supplies, coordinate collections of craft materials, and all the while, behind the scenes, continue to head up fundraising, safety, banking, prize and gift purchasing, chaperone recruitment, and record keeping.

And then the party weekend arrives. The Trac(e)ys coordinate the transformation of a school into a party in just a matter of hours. The school is turned over to the ANGP at 3pm on Friday. The Trac(e)ys lead the 100+ volunteers who work into the night (and often into Saturday morning), installing the elaborate decorations and setting up food stations and entertainment venues. Everything must be completed by Saturday, when the Fire and Police Chiefs come through to perform their inspections. Saturday afternoon The Trac(e)ys play host to the Medfield public, who are invited to tour and admire the amazing display (if you haven’t yet done this, I encourage you to go – you will be blown away!). The Trac(e)ys host another tour, for the graduates’ families, following graduation on Sunday afternoon. Graduates themselves are not allowed in ahead of the party – the theme and decorations are a closely guarded secret.

During the event itself, The Trac(e)ys oversee all aspects of the party. They manage the arrival and display of food and beverages (with multiple vendors providing a  variety of food choices, staggered throughout the night). Each student leaves the party with several gifts and prizes (typically dorm room items), which have been coordinated, shopped for and delivered to the school by another host of volunteers,  under the direction of The Trac(e)ys. They also oversee the Volunteer Chairs, who coordinate the staffing of chaperones across three different time slots. When the party ends at Sam, another team of volunteers comes in to disassemble and clean the entire space. Just two hours later, at ?am, undergraduates arrive for Monday morning classes.

Following the party, The Trac(e)ys catalog and store all reusable decorations and
supplies, conduct follow up meetings and surveys to collect feedback for the following
year, and wrap up the financial paperwork.

NEED – what community need do they address

The ANGP provides Medfield’s graduates with a phenomenal, inclusive, memorable, safe, and drug and alcohol-free evening – with nearly 100% participation. In fact, the Medfield ANGP is so good that The Trac(e)ys often host visits by other school committees looking to emulate Medfield’s success.

In the words of Police Chief Meaney, “In many communities, graduation night is a night when you hope that nothing bad happens. Unfortunately, having hope about anything is very nice but it is not a plan to deal with a situation. In Medfield, we have a positive event for each Medfield High School graduate to attend. That is what the All Night Graduation Party accomplishes with style and surprise each year. I went to several as a parent and I have attended each one since 2006 as Chief. The best part is watching the expression on the faces of the new alumni as they walk into a building that has been transformed. The number of young people who I watch and listen to each year as they come up to parent volunteers and sincerely thank them for their efforts is remarkable. You know you have filled a need when you see the expression on their faces. It is always the best part of the night for me.”

IMPACT – how does their work make a difference

The Medfield community comes together to ensure our children are well-cared for on a night that could otherwise go disastrously wrong. It’s an opportunity for parents and
friends of graduating seniors to give their children one last wonderful gift before leaving.

Again, Chief Meaney writes, “As far as impact, the record will show that nearly all the
graduates show up that night. Some of these young adults have been together since pre-K and this will be the last time that they are all together in one place. They don’t want to miss it. I rest much easier that night knowing where most of the graduating class is. There is a lot of supervision that night but you really don’t see the graduates’ fun being the least bit crushed. They have a brilliant time. All you have to do is be there for a couple hours to understand the positive impact of this night.”

INSPIRE – in what ways do they inspire others to contribute

From several ANGP volunteers inspired by the work and leadership of The Trac(e)ys:

“The Trac(e)ys exude enthusiasm, high energy, and fun, which is how they recruit the 100+ volunteers required for this event. For months, they roll up their sleeves and keep the laughs coming. They lead, they manage, they oversee – but by all means, they work, right alongside every other volunteer, to make every ANGP the best it can be. Volunteers are motivated to do their best because of the passion and commitment of The Trac(e)ys, and we have a great time along the way, enjoying the preparations as
much as the graduating seniors enjoy the party itself.”

“The Trac(e)ys together make an incredible team. Both have competencies that play off each other and allow them to successfully create and lead a huge team of volunteers to a truly fabulous result. Tracy Fedak has boundless energy and an artistic eye. Tracey Rogers is detail oriented, organized and works behind the scenes diligently to manage the administrative process. They bring out the best in each other as well as the best in everyone else. They inspire all of us to contribute, to work hard, and to have fun.”

“It seems a natural fit that Tracey Rogers and Tracy Fedak would take the reins as ANGP co-chairs. Both are born hostesses with a great knack for entertaining and hospitality. Oftentimes, Tracey and Tracy open their homes for ANGP committee and decorating meetings, putting out a spread of food and drink and making everyone feel welcome. Remarkably, they pulled off one of the most amazingly decorated ANGPs for a large class that included their own children. That gift of time and dedication speaks volumes.”

And finally, from Robert Parga, Principal of Medfield High School:

“The All-Night Grad Party is an event that our seniors look forward to each year. It’s an opportunity for them to celebrate one last time as a class and to share memories and reflect on their time as students in the Medfield Public Schools. Most importantly, the event provides a safe and supportive social environment for the graduates. I have always been amazed at the amount of work that goes into putting that whole night together. Tracy Fedak and Tracey Rodgers have spent countless hours over the past several years volunteering their time to the Medfield High School community. What
they have done with the ANGP is above and beyond what any school could ask for. They are creating memories for our students and their efforts are to be applauded.”

POST SCRIPT:

As if their work co-chairing the ANGP isn’t enough, The Trac(e)ys donate their time in other ways as well. Tracy Fedak joined the Blake PTO as co-president shortly after moving to Medfield and performs volunteer work at her church.

Tracey Rogers has been very active in Girl Scouts, is co-vice president at the Medfield Food Cupboard, ran the Rocky Woods Feast at Wheelock as well as the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Blake.

Thank you for your consideration of this nomination. For any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Ann Whitla
419 Main Street
Medfield
617-763-8775
ann.humphrey@gmail.com

MFi Youth Volunteer of the Year

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Lily Doctoroff

2017 Medfield Foundation Youth Volunteer of the Year

Lily was nominated by Beth Sancher, her Mentor/Adviser at Medfield High School, who submitted the following nomination:


Lily Doctoroff will change the world without any pomp or circumstance.

I first met Lily when she was in 3rd grade. And from that moment I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. Lily, at a young age, possessed a quiet confidence rarely found in adults, let alone in a child and to this day carries herself in such a manner.

Lily has performed more service for others than most adults I know. While many volunteer in a desultory fashion  in order to “pad up” a resume, Lily does not.  She’d actually  be repulsed by the idea.

Let me tell you why Lily Doctoroff is the ideal candidate for Medfield Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Since 5th grade Lily has given back to her community through her volunteer efforts with the Vine Lake Cemetery Restoration Committee. As part of her service she has cleaned gravestones, helped maintain the grounds, and participated in large-scale clean-up events.

At the age of fourteen, Lily organized the “Bigger than Bullying” initiative created to combat bullying and its impact on the community, and to raise money for several anti-bullying organizations. She designed this program to increase awareness and empower middle school students to fight back against bullying. The program was so successful that it was incorporated by the Ben Speaks Foundation, a prominent local anti-suicide and bullying organization.

For the past two years Lily has been an intern and a member of the Medfield State Hospital Planning Committee. In her volunteer role she is responsible for the meeting minutes, writing a weekly newsletter, and she also wrote articles for the town newspaper.  As a member of the Communications Sub-Committee, Lily has worked with town officials on the use of social and traditional media to maintain dialogue on the ongoing work of the committee between town and residents.

This past year, Lily has added one more act of service to her large repertoire and has volunteered at New Life Home Refurnishing. New Life Home is a local non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and refurbishing furniture to supply individuals and families in need with furniture when they find new homes after overcoming difficult situations. Lily has personally refurbished over 25 kitchen sets over the course of a three month period.

Lily’s volunteer efforts are also demonstrated in her school-life.

As a 9th grader, Lily decided that Medfield High School needed a Gender Equality Club and sought out an advisor and a space to hold the meetings. The club was founded with the intention of promoting awareness of gender and sexuality in society and provide a forum for political discussions within the school and larger community. As the president of the club, Lily partnered with the Medfield Gay Straight Alliance to fundraise for LGBT homeless youth.

Lily is also the president of the Medfield High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. In her role as President this year Lily has led multiple fundraisers such as selling candy bars in order to raise money for the senior scholarships. Not only is she president of the NHS, but Lily is an active member of the National Art Honor Society and the Chinese National Honor Society. As a member of the Chinese NHS, Lily has helped to host programs and events that promote Chinese culture nights for the public.

Moving beyond the Medfield domain, since 2010 Lily has visited the Medway House Family Shelter  to provide childcare and organize activities for children aged between 6 months and 13 years. Lily’s biggest contribution, however, was when she organized a fundraiser where she collected supplies for families during their transitions.

Lily’s volunteer efforts in the Medfield community not only directly affects the lives of  those she serves, but she is an inspiration to all.  As a mother of two young girls, I can only hope my daughters will give of themselves so diligently and selflessly.

Annie Phipps – MFi youth volunteer awards nominee

The Medfield Foundation volunteer awards for 2017 were fortunate to receive eight nominations this year of nine remarkable residents doing important volunteer tasks in town.  I will highlight them individually, starting with Annie Phipps.

I personally met Annie last year when we both worked together on Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP).  I was impressed by a then MHS junior holding her own and stating her opinions in a room with a teacher, two of her principals, her superintendent, her police chief, and lots of adults.

All of the stalwart 2017 volunteers will be celebrated at the reception at 3PM on March 19 at The Center, at which time they will tell their stories.  The public is invited.

Brothers Marketplace is the generous sponsor of the volunteer awards this year, with monies received also from the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.

Annie Phipps

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January 27, 2017

To whom it may concern:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Annie Phipps as your choice for Medfield Youth of the Year. I met Annie this year as a student in my AP Spanish class. She was a class leader from the first day of school. She was always willing to put her ideas out to the group and defend her position in class discussions. It was immediately striking to  me what a strong presence in the classroom Annie was and continues to be. I mention this quality in Annie because I believe that part of her strong character and leadership that I have observed in our class is directly related to her past experiences as a volunteer.

I did not explicitly know about Annie’s volunteer work until I went to discuss our Global Competency program with another faculty member at Medfield High School. As we were discussing the program, she told me about two of Annie’s numerous volunteer projects. These two -which are the two upon which I will focus in this letter were both intense summer experiences that Annie had during recent years. Furthermore, Annie has clearly brought her sense of service back to the Medfield Community. Her resume of volunteer activities in Medfield is also impressive: Student Council, Pennies for Patients, volunteer at Digital Learning Day, organizer of Medfield Food Cupboard Drive at MHS, and the Powderpuff Girls Football game. In truth, Annie embodies the spirit of volunteerism and exudes empathy and understanding in almost every action of her everyday life.

Annie was first inspired to travel to Kenya by a program that she saw on 60 minutes -Free the Children. She shared information about the program with me, and as I understan d, she raised her own funds so that she could travel to Kenya to help build schools and learn more about a different culture. In Annie’s own words, this experience was “ such an eye-opening experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life.” The premise of “Free the Children” is exactly this idea: by empowering children to help children, we can change the world. Annie took this idea to heart. While it is not possible to be in Kenya every day or even every year, it is my firm belief that Annie has embodied this spirit of helping and giving that was so intense during her time in Kenya. She has carried it over to her life in Medfield. Her spirit of giving continues to grow right here in our Medfield community through her other volunteer activities, as well as in her leadership in the classroom, on the sport fields, and on Student Council at Medfield High School.
The other impactful experience in Annie’s life has been her experience at The Double H Ranch which is a member camp of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a network of camps that serves seriously ill children and their families. Annie has summarized this experience in her own words, “ I first went to this camp when I was seven with my mom because she volunteered there as a nurse and I was able to attend as an able-bodied nurse’s child. There were a few other kids like me but for the most part, I was surrounded by kids with rare diseases that I never would have been exposed to from Medfield… When I was seventeen, I was able to work at Double H as a counselor in training and then continued to work there this past summer. Camp not only allowed me to branch out of my comfort zone, but  also taught me to take advantage of what I have in life.” This experience for Annie, first as a volunteer, and then as a worker, is impressive. She clearly gained life skills from her work and also gave back to the children. She is also able to articulate the importance of volunteer work in way that is mature beyond her years. In a recent article about Mission Trips and whether money or people power was more important, Annie was quoted in our school newspaper, The Kingsbury Chronicle; she said, “I’ve thought about that a lot and, yes, I think money would be helpful in the short term. But in the long term, I believe that it’s more important to educate people and make them more aware of the issues in our world. Just sending money over isn’t as impactful, and actually sending people over there to experience the same problems they are has a much deeper impact.”

Annie’s various volunteer experiences and the way she conducts her life make her the perfect recipient for the Medfield Youth Volunteer of the Year Award in my opinion. I have  attempted to describe her as a thoughtful, energetic, and empathetic young woman who is wise beyond her years. Besides standing strong in her conviction of the importance of service work, she models this for her peers and younger students as well. She is admired in many different arenas at Medfield High School.

In short, I highly recommend Annie Phipps for Medfield Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2017. I am delighted to nominate her and believe that she would be the ideal recipient of this honor. Please contact me with further questions.

Sincerely Yours,
/s/ Ellen H. Toubman
Ellen H. Toubman
Content Specialist, World Languages (grades 2-12)
Medfield Public Schools
508-359-4367 ex 1015
etoubman@email.medfield.net

Candidate Forum at 6:30PM on 3/16 at MHS

Get to know the candidates:

  1. At The Center at Medfield from 5-7 p.m., March 8, for the FOSI “Meet and Greet”
  2. Medfield.TV videos on each of the candidates at http://www.medfield.tv/video-on-demand.
  3. Candidate Forum in the MHS Lowell Mason Auditorium 6:30PM on March 16

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Medfield Candidate Forum is Thursday, March 16 – Community members are invited to submit questions

 

Between Board of Selectman, School Committee and Library Trustee, Medfield has three contested races for this year’s election – it might even be a record!

 

In an effort to help educate voters before heading to the polls on Monday, March 27, a Voters Services Committee has organized a Medfield Candidate Forum in the MHS Lowell Mason Auditorium on the evening of Thursday, March 16.

 

The forum, sponsored by Hometown Weekly, kicks off with a reception in the lobby at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m. Through pre-submitted questions posed by moderator Richard DeSorgher, the Q&A portion will focus exclusively on the BOS and School Committee races. Library Trustee candidates will also be present, but will only present short prepared remarks. The evening is scheduled to end at about 8:30 p.m. Plans are also in development to provide attendees with information about the marijuana ballot question.

 

Anyone interested in submitting anonymous candidate questions for the forum can use this link:  http://www.hometownweekly.net/medfield/medfield-candidate-forum-seeks-questions/. Members of the Voters Services Committee, comprised of former Medfield League of Women Voter members and residents involved in civic affairs, will screen questions primarily for duplication and clarity.

 

All Medfield residents are encouraged not only to attend the Forum on March 16, but to also stop into the Center at Medfield from 5-7 p.m., March 8, for the FOSI “Meet and Greet” with all candidates. http://patch.com/massachusetts/medfield/fosi-hosting-candidate-meet-greet.

 

Medfield.TV and MHS students have also created videos on each of the candidates that you can find here:  http://www.medfield.tv/video-on-demand.

 

Get ready for a busy election season!

Marijuana shops opt out ballot & ATM questions

Both our town election on 3/27 and our annual town meeting (ATM) on April 24 we will be voting to determine whether Medfield should allow or ban marijuana stores.

The following materials were put together by residents Carol Read, a Public Health/Prevention Specialist, and Cathy Callaghan, a Nurse Practitioner, both with lots on knowledge about the issues.

I will personally be voting to ban marijuana businesses from our town, as pot shops downtown or anywhere in town would send the wrong message to our children, namely that use by them is OK.  The data is too clear as to the damage that marijuana use does to our children, by increasing their risks of problems later in life.  Adolescent brains are not fully formed until their mid-twenties, and we owe it to our children to give them as much protection until then as we can.

Vote YES on March 27th to STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield What does the new law really mean? Last November, Massachusetts voters approved the Recreational use of marijuana law (Question 4) that legalized adult (21 years and older) personal use, possession and growing of marijuana for recreational purposes. Medical use of marijuana is a separate law*. In addition to legalizing adult personal use The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016) also legalized all marijuana related businesses in 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth automatically. What are “marijuana businesses”? Pot shops: Shops sell smoke-able plant marijuana products, edible products including candy, brownies, cookies and sodas with highly potent THC levels. Commercial growing and production sites: Staff grows hundreds of marijuana plants, extract THC oils from the plants to make highly potent THC smoke-able products and use oils to make edible products including candy, cookies, and brownies. Does Medfield have to allow pot shops and grow sites? Although Medfield was one of 90 towns in the Commonwealth that voted against the law our town will very soon be “open” to pot shops unless we vote to “opt-out”. The Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group that writes marijuana ballot questions nationwide specifically put an “opt-out” provision in our law requiring the expensive and time consuming steps of an “opt- out” by the voters. Medfield residents CAN vote to “opt- out” The Medfield BOS unanimously voted to prohibit marijuana businesses by adding an “opt-out” question to the town election ballot on March 27th and added “opt-out” warrant articles that will prohibit marijuana businesses for Town Meeting on April 24th. Voting YES to “opt-out” at the town election and at town meeting will STOP POT SHOPS in Medfield. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS for youth health and safety: Keeping pot shops out of Medfield will prevent youth access to highly potent marijuana candy, brownies and cookies and sodas that are packaged to attract youth. Edible products make up nearly 60% of Colorado’s marijuana industry; emergency departments are routinely treating children who have ingested edible products with 90 + % THC levels (compared to 20% in a typical joint) Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to prevent youth use increases: Youth marijuana use in Washington State has risen since legalization among 8th and 10th graders; Colorado past- month (30 day) marijuana use rates among the population ages 12 and older are the highest in the nation. Youth in legalized recreational states report significant declines in their perception of harm from using marijuana. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to protect our services and resources: Pot shops and grow sites require extensive inspection of operational security as well as testing of all products for mold and contaminates. The cost of these requirements would outrun the potential revenue Medfield would take in from marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS will prevent our public safety and health inspection resources being shifted to the security, monitoring and inspection of marijuana businesses. Vote YES to STOP POT SHOPS to preserve Medfield’s character. Medfield places the highest value on our family friendly culture, working hard to support our town services and schools and to preserve open space, protect the health of our senior population and promote businesses that align with these goals. Many of our neighboring communities Westwood, Norwood and Walpole are also voting to “opt-out” of marijuana businesses. Will the “opt-out” change adult personal use? Voting YES to “opt-out” of pot shops will NOT change adult person use. As of December 15th recreational personal use, possession and home growing is legal in Medfield for anyone 21 years and older. It is legal in Medfield to: (1) Grow up to 12 marijuana plants in a home (6 plants per adult) (2) Possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana (about 600 joints) in a home. (2) Personally possess and transport 1 ounce of marijuana (about 60-75 joints) (3) Give away up to 1 ounce of smoked marijuana, including 5 grams of marijuana concentrate (oils) which are used to make brownies, cookies and candy. Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this information. Carol Read, Public Health/Prevention Specialist and Cathy Callaghan, Nurse Practitioner *This new law follows the voter approved the Medical use of marijuana law in 2012 which legalized the medical use of marijuana for all age residents with a doctor recommendation.20170303-cr-medfield-opt-out-letter-3-3-2017-with-photos_page_2