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Trustees hold guided beaver-spotting hike

The group spots the beaver while the guide attempts a photograph.

By James Kinneen
Hometown Weekly Reporter

After the adults had drank their beer and the kids had eaten their chips and run around the field, Trustees tour guide Susan Eastland delivered the crushing words...

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Volunteers help clean up Dale School

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On September 17, a number of fourth and fifth-graders in Medfield will return to Dale Street School to start the new school year. Many have not been back since March, when the state began its mandatory shutdown. In the months since then, Dale Street has...

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Medfield Library announces reopening

As of Thursday, September 10, the Medfield Public Library has partially reopened. There are a few new rules a way to keep patrons safe and help decrease the chance of spreading the coronavirus. As of now, only the first floor of the library will be open, and only for limited hours each week....

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Medfield Town Hall reopens

Town Administratior Kristine Trierweiler announced that Town Hall has reopened starting on Monday, September 14. Included in the reopening are a few changes to ensure the safety of staff and residents.

Residents can visit town hall from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Town Hall...

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Medfield PTO readies for reopening

The Medfield PTO is preparing for school’s imminent reopening with initiatives to make Medfield Schools more welcoming.

The PTO recently organized a "Chalk the Walk" for Medfield students to come welcome the staff back to the building week. The kids really showed their support with positive messages and artwork that...

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Drought means Medfield water woes

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

On Friday, August 14, the Massachusetts' Energy and Environmental Affairs department declared a massive drought throughout the entirety of the state. The lack of precipitation, an influx of people working from home, an over-irrigation of lawns, and summer's scorching temperatures have led to more water...

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Local businesses battle COVID-19

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

When the coronavirus hit in March, local business owners had to change how they operated; everything, from how they greeted customers, to the services they offered, to how they set up their stores had been impacted. COVID-19 gave each business owner an unforeseen challenge to...

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Early voting continues at Town Hall

Residents who want to cast their vote can now participate in in-person early voting hours at the Medfield Town Hall.

This weekend's hours began with Saturday, August 22 and will continue on Sunday, August 23, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Weekday hours include Monday, August 24,...

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School Committee votes to change logo

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For weeks, the Medfield community has found itself arguing about changing the logo that represents Medfield High School sports teams, and in a way, the town itself. The mascot currently resembles an unspecified Native American wearing a headdress. However, in the 1950s, detailed...

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Water restriction raised to Tier 4

The current town water restriction has been raised from a Tier 3 to a Tier 4. This comes as a result of a low rainfall and above-average temperatures throughout the last three months. It also comes in the wake of an announcement from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declaring...

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Panciocco Memorial Softball Tournament, Oct. 10

The Medfield Alumni Association has announced that the second annual John Panciocco Memorial Softball Tournament will take place Saturday, October 10. Registration for the tournament will open on Monday, August 17, at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament is held in memory of John Panciocco, an assistant athletic director, coach, and teacher...

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Medfield students discuss experiences of racism

By Ella Kohler
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

At Medfield schools, the majority of students never have to wonder if they will have teachers who look like them, or if the curriculum will mention their ancestors for more than one unit. Most Medfield students do not worry about encountering racially derogatory language in...

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Household Hazardous Waste Day, 8/29

The Medfield Public Works Department has announced a new date for this year's Household Hazardous Waste Day. The initial planned date of April 4 was cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, it will be held on August 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Residents with a Medfield Transfer Station sticker...

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Medfield announces tentative 2020-2021 school plans

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its “Initial Fall Reopening Guidance” for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year. Within this guidance, every school district in the Commonwealth was required to develop a reopening plan with three scenarios for reopening: Full - In-Person, Hybrid, and Full Remote.

Enlisting...

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Grade configuration forum 8/13

The Medfield School Committee will host a virtual forum on Thursday, August 13, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the next steps with the Dale Street School project.

The focus of the forum will be to discuss the options for grade configuration. Currently, there are two options being examined. One...

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Medfield discusses Warrior name change

By Amelia Tarallo
Hometown Weekly Staff

For years, Medfield students and parents have been “Warriors,” and represented their town's teams with a Native American logo. While residents have worn the logo proudly, many are now calling for a change because of concerns with the racist connotation it brings with it. On...

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One extraordinary woman: Barbara Leighton

Medfield native Barbara Leighton was a woman before her time due to her interests and achievements over her long life. As reported last July when she celebrated her 100th birthday, Ms. Leighton grew up in Medfield doing the physical work of men, such as chopping wood, tapping maple trees and clearing brush -...

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‘Small Town Scuttlebutt’ podcast satirizes Medfield

There is a new podcast creating some buzz in town. Small Town Scuttlebutt, a weekly show focusing primarily on all that is trending in Medfield and the relevant discourse on social media, has over 1,500 downloads since its launch in mid-June.

Rick Fink Jr. is a parent raising two kids...

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Hinkley Pond updates summer visitor policy

On Thursday, July 23, Kevin Ryder, director of Medfield Park and Recreation, announced some changes regarding Hinkley Pond for the remainder of the summer season. Previously, only residents could visit the swim pond. As of now, non-residents who are caregivers or babysitters can take children who do live in Medfield.