Medway & Millis July 2020


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The Voice of Your Community

By Aidan Poole

Medway March Draws

Hundreds to the Streets

A grassroots event in Medway

welcomed hundreds to

march down streets and listen to

guest speakers at Choate Park to

honor George Floyd and champion

racial justice on Sunday,

June 7.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the

crowd gathered at Medway

Middle School marched down

Holliston St. and Main St.,

raising their signs and voices to

advocate for ending police brutality

and racial inequality. The

marchers reached Choate Park

On June 7th, citizens of Medway took to the streets to insist black

lives matter in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands

of Minneapolis law enforcement officers. The group marched

from Medway Middle School to the Thayer House, where several

speakers addressed the crowd.

half an hour later and fanned

out around an outdoor stage set

up behind Thayer Homestead.

At around 4:30 p.m., speakers

including Medway Police Chief


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Town Residents

Ready for Recreation

By J.D. O’Gara

Planning summer activities in

2020 has not been an easy task

for Medway and Millis recreation

directors. With residents

reeling from a cooped-up spring,

demand for some fun is high, but

these town authorities are moving

ahead with caution as well as


“Last week I sent out an email,

it was a survey, 107 responses,

and asked what (residents) would

be interested in,” says Millis Recreation

Director Kris Fogarty,

in early June, who had kicked

planning into gear right after

the opening of the state’s Phase

II Covid-19 response. “I asked

are you considering coming out

if the safety protocols were in

order, and it was a very positive

response. One of the questions

was, do you want to do a virtual

class, and it was an overwhelming

no. They want to get out.

They want to socialize, basically.

And If you can do it following

the guidelines, and having the

sanitizer and facemasks and social

distancing, we’ll throw it out


The issue, then, is how to

make that happen while still

prioritizing safety for the community.

“I think the biggest thing is social

distancing kids who haven’t

seen each other in months and

just want to play and have fun,”

says Julie Harrington, Director

of Medway Parks & Recreation.

“They’re not allowed to

touch, it’s those kind of things

and keeping them in the same

group – (hard) if they may have

a friend in another group, but it’s

really about making sure everyone

stays safe.”

Medway will run its Choate

Summer program, a weekly

themed program for children in

grades Kindergarten through

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Allen Tingley, Medway Town

Administrator Michael Boynton,

rising Medway High School junior

Trinity Johnson, and Boston

educators Tyrell Adeyemi and Joellen

Persad emphasized the urgency

with which racial injustice

must be addressed on local and

national levels.

Tingley, with the leading

speech, said he was deeply embarrassed

by how Minneapolis

police officers behaved and insisted

that “there’s no place in

law enforcement for hate and discrimination.”

He acknowledged

that some police in America

are misguided, but assured that

the Medway Police Department

strives to treat people equally

under the law.

Johnson, a 15-year-old, later

took the stage with Medway

Middle School student Kennedy

Hamm to engage the crowd

in self-reflective thinking, asking

them to raise their hands if

they’ve witnessed or experienced

racism in Medway. Johnson then

reflected on her own experiences

with racism as a person of color,

a problem she earlier mentioned

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is too often ignored by the town

and its public schools.

Speakers Adeyemi and

Persad, creators of the 2BE podcast,

shared these sentiments.

Adeyemi emphasized that a disproportionate

“whiteness” dominates

American culture and is

destructive to the identities of

people of color. Persad explained

the need to be “hyperconscious”

of personal bias. Medway resident

of color Marques Crosby

also spoke about normalizing

uncomfortable discussions surrounding

race, insisting that “our

collective action now is the remedy”

to racial injustice.

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Joellen Persad, one of the creators of 2BE, , encouraged the June 7th

Medway demonstrators to put a hyperfocus on personal bias.

one of the event’s eight organizers,

the idea began organically

and spontaneously. Although she

didn’t personally know all seven

others, she said the national upheaval

sparked by George Floyd’s

death due to police brutality

“moved us all to take some kind

of action.” On June 2, these eight

advocates came together over social

media and gave themselves

six days to organize the event.

Sheehan’s goal for it was to make

conversations about race “more

conscious and present” in Medway.

Johnson, as head of the

Unity Club, a student diversity

group at Medway High School,

shared this goal.

Sheehan hoped the event

would give visibility to minorities

that are often unheard in

predominantly white towns like

Medway. To succeed, she emphasized

the importance of reflecting

Medway’s diversity among

the eight organizers. This group

consisted of African-Jamaican

American Trinity Johnson,

island-born Puerto Rican Angelica

Crosby, African American

Marques Crosby, Asian-Indian

American Raj Saleem, Pakistani

American Amna Saeed-Kothe,

and white Americans Crystal

Buckley, Martin Dietrich, and

Sheehan herself.

Both Johnson and Sheehan

want to keep this group together

and continue promoting their

message, as Johnson acknowledged

that their June 7 event

“can’t be a one and done situation.”

Sheehan suggested continuing

this work through “Medway

4 Everyone,” a group created by

Julie Dennehy in hopes “to bring

community members together to

connect and network in response

to many different incidents surrounding

diversity and equality,

including LGBTQ issues.”

Sheehan said the Medway

Police Department and Board of

Selectmen were very supportive

of the event. Police shut down

Holliston St. and Main St. for

marchers and called in units from

surrounding towns to run the operation

smoothly. Medway Police

Lt. William Kingsbury said that

56 officers total were brought to

the event, including officers from

Holliston, Millis, Franklin, Bellingham,

Hanover, and Ashland.

Although Johnson felt the

event was successful, she was disappointed

by the backlash over

social media. Sheehan shared in

this pain, explaining how difficult

it was to witness people within

her community opposing such

an important movement. Sheehan

said she also struggled with

the potential for accidentally facilitating

the spread of COVID-

19 at the event. When weighing

her options, she prioritized racial

equality over COVID-19 concerns,

pointing out that many

people of color don’t share the

privilege of working from home

and socially distancing that many

white people do. “This issue is

bigger than that,” she said.


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Talking with Local Law Enforcement

Given the national state of affairs following the death of George Floyd and the scrutiny currently directed at law enforcement, Local Town Pages recently turned to Medway

Police Chief Allen Tingley and Millis Police Chief Chris Soffayer to clarify some questions the public may have on our local force and training provided them.

Q & A with Medway Police

Chief Allen Tingley

Under what circumstances does

your police force consider using

physical force to be appropriate?

Basically, that’s covered under

our policy and procedures in the

department. They use only the

force necessary to cover the lawful

objective. You make a lawful

arrest, place someone in protective

custody or get a situation

under control.

Do our police wear body cameras?

Why, or why not? Would you be

willing to have officers wear them?

We do not wear body cameras

right now. it’s still something that

is being looked into. There’s a

lot that goes into that. We don’t

mandate the use right now, and

the program right now has never

been proposed here, so we don’t

have an official position. I don’t

think in Mass. there is a mandatory

program, yet. I don’t think

the Mass. Legislature has passed

a mandatory use of body cam.

For us, the biggest thing would

be the expense. We’re a 25-man

department. The startup costs,

the various fees, the maintenance

costs, and once the program is

up and running – all this video

needs to be stored and viewed

and recorded, and then the information,

as (requests) come in,

released in conjunction with the

public record laws. To me, this

would be an additional full-time

job, to maintain all the footage

and the body cameras that go

with it.

Do your officers take de-escalation

trainings? How often? What is the

purpose of these, and what does

training entail?

Our officers all take de-escalation

training. It starts at the Police

Academy, when they first attend,

the first 6 months. De-escalation

is also done through the in-service

training. Our guys have to

take 40 hours of in service training

along with CPR, first aid,

Use of Force training, firearms

and then whatever mandatory

issues the state comes up with.

They also re-certify their firearms

training three times a year,

and de-escalation is also part of

their firearms training. And we’re

fortunate here – we also have a

firearms and Use of Force instructor

in-house, and we also do

in-house training with him.

How are officers trained to

manage stress in their lives and

on the job? If an officer is under

stress, can they recuse themselves

from duty? Are their fellow officers

able to intervene?

To begin with, right off the

bat, all our officers receive stress

training at the Police Academy.

They read a book called Emotional

Survival for Law Enforcement.

It’s a guide police academies use

for their officers and their families,

written by Kevin Kilmartin.

All our officers receive mental

health first aid training that

teaches officers to recognize and

respond to signs of mental illness

and addiction, both in themselves

and in others. If we see it

in a suspect, or a call for service,

obviously, the response is a little

different. We in Medway are very

fortunate. We’re part of a grant

with the town of Franklin and

have a mental health clinician;

she is here two days a week. She

will be out in the cruisers and


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Q& A with Millis Police Chief Chris Soffayer

Under what circumstances does

your police force consider using

physical force to be appropriate?

For Millis, here, we emphasize,

as long as I’ve been in both

training and policing, the importance

of minimizing, deescalating

the amount of force used in

an event. Use force when appropriate.

(It’s on) our website. I’ve

been revamping it. We have an

in-service training every year,

cover various topics. Each year,

part of that in-service is use of

force traiing. We’ve been doing

that; we review the policies and

different defensive tactics.

The degree of force we’re

trained to use is dependent upon

the facts, what’s happening at

that moment in time, that situation.

We try to use a reasonable

and necessary amount of force,

the degree dependent on the

amount of resistance the officer

is facing from the suspect.

Anytime force is used we have

to complete a Use of Force report.

We require the documentation,

of the report if force is used.

The officer will fill out the report

and each is reviewed by his or

her supervisor on the shift. For

a more extensive review, it gets

pushed on myself, and that’s how

we manage it. We’ve been doing

this for years—want to know

what’s being used, why it’s being

used. Our use of force is straightforward.

Do our police wear body cameras?

Why, or why not? Would you be

willing to have officers wear them?

Body cameras are a nice tool

to have, but there’s going to be

several speedbumps to getting

that in a town like Millis. The

biggest factor is the cost, not just

the cost of the body camera;

we’d need additional storage

equipment, downloading devices,

committed staff to man the

technology, because those have to

be downloaded, you have to have

somebody on site to be responsible

for all the public records

involved and court discoveries.

That alone is a huge amount of

money, I’m talking in the hundreds

of thousands of dollars, I

don’t know, per year

We don’t have an IT person

for the town. We have an IT

manager, and we contract out

services to fix an IT problem.

You add in the cameras, you’re

definitely going to need an IT


They’re a nice tool, but the

town would need to commit the

cost of the camera, downloading,

hiring and training of persons in

computer technology who would

be able to manage it.

Do your officers take de-escalation

trainings? How often? What is the

purpose of these, and what does

training entail?

Each year in in-service training.

For example, within the last

two years, we’ve covered social

procedural justice training, de-escalation

training, and we’ve been

trained on 21st Century Policing

(President Obama’s Report). Deescalation

training is part of our

Use of Force policy. When we get

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was planning on beginning camp-type programs

in mid-July. Choate Summer this year

“will be small, because of rules and regulations,

but we’ll do hiking and arts and crafts.

We were going to do boating. I have to figure

out what the state guidelines say. It will be a

different summer. We’ll have games and some

presenters come in.

In Millis, Fogarty says summer groups will

be limited to 10, with eight kids to two instructors.

Instructors, such as F.A.S.T. Athletics,

with whom they work, must check out the

guidelines on the state’s website and submit

a plan for social distance and safety. Fogarty

says she’s also keeping programs to half-day.

Featured this year are tennis, golf, baseball/

softball, dance, soccer, pickleball, chess and

electronics programs. Fogarty is also thrilled

to offer an Inclusive Summer Play Group for

children of all abilities, called “Get Out and

Play,” a half-day morning program for kids in

grades K-5 starting July 27th.

Medway, in addition to planning Choate

Summer and some summer programs, will be

planning some community events as well.

“We’re going to do Yoga in the Park, for

adults, on Tuesday nights in July at Choate

Park. People can be outside,” says Harrington.

She’s also very excited about Drive in

Summer Concerts, Monday nights from 6-8

p.m., planned at Oakland Park (near Medway

Senior Center). In addition to the parking lot,

she says, “That parking lot is a lot bigger (than

Choate) and there’s a field, there so people

can socially distance on the field, too.”

Another fun thing Harrington is excited

about is Paddle Nights at Choate, starting on

July 9th, from 6-7:30 p.m.

“We’re bringing in a boating company, and

people can rent a kayak or canoe and just kind

of boat around Choate.”

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respond to any drug type OD

or mental health issues. We kind

of let her take the lead. She has

the ability to work with these individuals,

can actually do mental

health evaluations and help us

make the determination if individual

needs to be seen by a

counselor. She has a large group

of people she can make referrals

to at the scene, if they need

to be seen by a medical professional,

and (can do) section 12

paperwork that allows us to take

that individual to a hospital for

treatment. It takes some of the

burden off our individuals. Obviously,

she’s also available to our

officers, if anyone has any issues

or concerns.

We also have several programs

available if they feel stress.

There’s a peer-to-peer if we have

a stressful situation, if we have a

fatality or a pedestrian accident,

anything that might have lasting

effects, we’ll bring a critical incident

debriefing team and talk

about the sit that happened.

Through the town, we also

have an employee assistance program.

We hav all those progams,

and now they’re very cognicent, I

think, the younger guys and gals.

They’re not afraid to say, hey, this

really bothered me, I’m having

a few bad dreams about what’s

going on.

We’ve used the Boston Police

Department stress unit before,

various counselors. 99.9% of the

time, after the debriefing, they

come back feeling pretty good

about their job and realize there

was nothing they could have

done to prevent that situation.

We really try to keep an eye on

the situation. If we see something

out of the ordinary, we can get

our officer help.

How are false complaints


It’s very rare that we come

across a completely fabricated

complaint. We just don’t run

into that a lot. It’s handled like

any other complaint. We’ll send

somebody out there to do a brief

investigation. Sometimes it can

be uncomfortable for some of the

individuals. We can’t say don’t

worry about it, nothing’s going

to happen. We will go out there

and talk to the individual – Ok,

you’re walking a dog in a park,

see you later. We try to make it

as minimal a contact as possible.

What, if any, diversity training is

there for officers?

They receive cultural and implicit

bias training in the police

academy, and also training in

racial and gender profiling, but

the big things lately that the guys

went through at in-service was

Bias and Procedural Justice


Has your department received any

surplus military equipment?

We haven’t recently. Probably,

about two decades ago, the police

department here started up

an honor guard, and at the time

were given eight ceremonial rifles

to use. They’re rifles that have

never been used in any type of

law enforcement purpose or activities.

We’re trying to work with

the government to give them


Police officers receive first aid

training. If a suspect or bystander

appears seriously injured, what is

the protocol for administering

first aid until paramedics arrive?

All of our off take first responder

training every year.

They’re all certified in CPR and

use of the defibrillators. They’ve

all been certified in Narcan. All

our cruisers are equipped with

defibrillators and oxygen and

Narcan and as soon as we’re

advised of it, or arrive on scene,

or become aware of a medical

situation we’re dispatched to,

we give first aid or CPR. It is

required here, but guys do it because

it’s part of their job. We’ve

had situations where there have

been interactions with the officers,

scrapes, bumps, bruises,

tasers types of things. The patient

is treated immediately, and

individuals are checked by police

and fire EMTs and paramedics.

What is the department’s stance

on the “Blue Lives Matter” flag?

Right now, we really don’t

have an official stance. This is the

first time it’s really been brought

to our attention. Obviously, it’s

become a symbol of support for

police officers, and become, I

hate to say, a symbol of (racism).

If they see police misconduct, how

do you ensure that officers won’t

protect “one of their own?”

We expect integrity with all

of our officers. Obviously, we’re

there to protect. One thing we

don’t want is unfit law enforcement

officers working for us.

Our department supervisors

and procedures, any incidents

that come to our department are

thoroughly investigated to make

sure our officers are doing what

they’re supposed to be doing.

We’ve had a pretty good track


Any time there’s a complaint

issued in regard to one of our

officers, it’s followed up, investigated,

and we come up with

some sort of conclusion. Our supervisors

are on the scene overseeing

what officers are doing.

For minor infractions, rudeness

– those would be handled at the

supervisory level, maybe some

review of the situation – what

should have been done, shouldn’t

have been done, but they don’t’

really rise to a higher level. We

usually handle that right there.

More serious complaints are usually

moved up to one of our lieutenants

or myself who will start

a formal investigation. We’ve had

a couple situations where we’ve

had to have more formal investigations,


Are fellow officers trained to step

in if they see another officer using

excessive force?

Yes, all our off are trained

and required to intervene in the

event they see another officer use

excessive force. We expect our

other officers or our supervisors

to step into that situation and

stop anything that might become

(an issue).

How are any complaints against

officers handled?

We investigate any complaints

that come to us in regards to

our officers. And a lot of times,

we find situations that come in,

people say, hey I got stopped for

a speeding ticket and the officer

didn’t give his name, the officer

didn’t act properly. Most are

handled by supervisors and officers

are spoken to, counseled,

retrained if they need it. The

sergeant deals with it if a major

offense comes in, if they say the

officer assaulted me. The supervisor

takes the initial report and

passes it up to administration if

it’s something more serious than

a minor issue.

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calls, we want to bring them to

a peaceful resolution. We have to

be able to communicate and talk

to people as well as do our job.

How are officers trained to

manage stress in their lives and

on the job? If an officer is under

stress, can they recuse themselves

from duty? Are their fellow officers

able to intervene?

We have an employee assistance

program which has been

in place for a long time, to deal

with any personal issues that

might come up. Obviously, a

work-life balance is important

being a productive happy individual.

Depending on what the

situation is, we can absolutely get

the individual help for whatever

the issue.

(Officers) have plenty of time

to use if they don’t want to go to

work, but if they’re here, if they

come into work because there’s

stuff going on, there’s stuff in

place to get people help, if they’re

at work and something horrific

happens, whatever the case may

be, we have a Peer Support Unit

that’s on-call 24/7.

How are false complaints


99% of the time it’s nothing,

speaking for Millis, as you know,

we have a number of house

breaks over the years. We’ve

done a good job of putting out

information – locking your

house up, if you see somebody

or something going on that’s not

normal, or out of the daily routine,

call and report it to us, and

we’ll check it out, that’s our job.

If we get called to a suspicious

party, we’ll make sure they’re

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he looks suspicious, and it all dependes

on what’s going on between

the neighbors.

What, if any, diversity training is

there for officers?

We have training, regardless,

each year. Mental health was

a huge topic that was covered

in detail over the last couple of

years, and we also did Procedural

Justice Training, Unconscious

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Has your department received any

surplus military equipment?

No. Probably 10 or 15 years

ago, we had three patrol rifles for

our vehicles, but we don’t have

any military surplus (now).

Police officers receive first aid

training. If a suspect or bystander

appears seriously injured, what is

the protocol for administering

first aid until paramedics arrive?

That’s always been in our use

of force policy. If a suspect appears

injured or seriously injured

the officers are trained to evaluate

the need for medical attention

or treatment for that person.

If the person had an injury or

complains of discomfort and

needs attention, they are trained

to transition and help that person.

I don’t know what (the police

officers in the Floyd case) were

doing, but I can tell you, in our

policy, they have a provision in

there for treating a suspect that’s


What is the department’s stance

on the “Blue Lives Matter” flag?

I haven’t even given it a minute

of thought. Our stance is

that, honestly, address the concerns

of the community and con-


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tinue to deliver to the residents of

Millis and ensure officer safety

--that officers show up, do a great

job and go home at the end of

the night. That’ what we’re concerned


If they see police misconduct, how

do you ensure that officers won’t

protect “one of their own?”

I think the preemptive measure

into that is again, we have

integrity training every year

in the town. it’s pretty much in

the comprehensive training, not

just for police but any town employee.

We all take it.

Are fellow officers trained to step

in if they see another officer using

excessive force?

Yeah, again, that’s part of our


How are any complaints against

officers handled?

I haven’t had any, honestly. I

haven’t had any since 2016. It depends.

Some people call, but any

serious complaint, there would

be an internal investigation that

entails the detective sergeant interview

all the parties involved

and getting the facts together,

going over the policy to see if

they were violated, and deal with

it appropriately.




Medway and Millis Police Respond in Wake

of Floyd Death

Both Medway and Millis Police Departments

responded in the wake of the death of

George Floyd:


“The Medway Police Department stands

with our brother and sister law enforcement

officers who've condemned the acts which led

to the death of George Floyd. While there

is always room for debate regarding police

tactics and the appropriate use of force, in

this case there is no debate. The callous disregard

for Mr. Floyd's well-being reflects an

attitude law enforcement should strive to

eliminate from its ranks. We must continuously

improve. The community is us and we

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and quality of life to the people of Millis. We

believe that law enforcement has certain values

at its foundation. We would like to take

this time to remind and reassure our community

of our commitment to these ideals in our

everyday practice:

• Acknowledge our responsibility to the

citizens of Millis, our source of authority;

• Performing our duties within the spirit

and the letter of our laws and constitution;

• Remaining sensitive to human needs and

treating each person with respect, compassion

and dignity;

• Approaching each situation as unique

and responding creatively with empathy

and prudent use of discretion;

• Promoting mutual trust between the Department

and the citizens and businesses

of Millis;

• Enhancing safety and a feeling of security

for our residents; fostering a quality work

environment that encourages open communications

and affords trust, respect,

and support for each member.

The Millis Police Department wants the

community to know that we will remain committed

to this mission statement no matter the

circumstance. We stand in solidarity with our

community, outraged, saddened and angered

at what happened to Mr. Floyd. What happened

to Mr. Floyd is an attack on everything

that the law enforcement profession stands

for. The actions in Minneapolis are not a reflection

of all police officers across the country,

especially the officers of the Millis Police

Department. Our department will continue

to protect, support, and serve our community

members with the utmost integrity and

professionalism during these difficult times.

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Hockomock YMCA Camp during Covid

Following are some questions

Local Town Pages posed to Hockomock

YMCA’s Chief Operating

Officer/VP of Operations Jim


What are some challenges

Covid-19 created for this year’s

camp planning?

Fortunately, we had lots of

time in the past few months to

plan for these challenges. We’ve

made adjustments in our schedules,

staffing patterns, activities,

and pool times. We decided it was

best to exclusively offer drop-off

options at our camps, instead of

busing, and we planned for additional

activities on site instead

of taking the kids off site on field

trips. We’ve ordered additional

cleaning supplies and planned

time in our day to clean. We

have also put systems in place for

hand washing, mask wearing and

social distancing. We feel very

prepared for these new Covid-19


How will things be different from

other year? Numbers of campers

per group? Masks?

We’re working very closely

with our local and state Boards

of Health. We’re also following

CDC and ACA (American

Camping Association) best practices.

We have reduced our group

sizes and made changes to our

daily schedules so groups can still

have traditional camp fun while

being distant from other camp

groups. We will be wearing masks

during transition times and when

social distancing might be a challenge.

We have a heightened

awareness around the differences

these things will make for our

campers and plan to be sure to

give them the same great experiences

that we have in years past.

What about swimming? What

precautions need to be in place?

We are happy to report that

our campers will still swim each

day, and this will include free

swim lessons! We have created

new traffic patterns in and out

of the pool deck using different

entrances and exits, we have purchases

spots to keep the kids 6

feet apart on the pool deck and

we have reduced the number of

campers on the pool deck and in

the water during each period.

Had you considered virtual

camps? How has interest level

been in in-person versus virtual

camps at this time? Yes! We did

virtual camp during April break

and loved it. We felt that it gave

our campers and our parents

something to look forward to.

We considered it for summer,

but decided that families needed

our help in getting them back

to work, back to recreation and

socialization. We’re so happy

that we have figured out how to

do this safely and with the same

camp spirit we always have!


July 2020 Medway & Millis Local Town Pages Page 7

Millis Celebrates Students with Parade and In-Person Graduation

By Aidan Poole

Despite setbacks due to

COVID-19, Millis High School

continues to honor graduating

students with a town-wide

parade, a one-year reunion

banquet, and an in-person graduation.

When Robert Mullaney, Millis

High School principal for 13

years, realized that COVID-19

safety measures would deprive

the graduating class of their

typical celebrations, he was disheartened.

“I’ve experienced

nothing like this in my career,”

said Mullaney, referring to delaying

graduation and cancelling

student events. Despite this setback,

he is determined to hold an

in-person graduation ceremony

for students and their families on

Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. on

the high school’s football field.

Valedictorian Olivia McClary

and Salutatorian Alexi Vaillancourt

will address their class at


Mullaney explained that the

school’s inability to hold annual

in-person celebrations, like

the senior banquet, scholarship

In addition to the parade, Millis High School will hold an in-person

ceremony on July 30th at the high school football field.

Photo by J.D. O’Gara

night, and class day, has inspired

Millis High School’s 91 graduating

seniors to find innovative

ways to celebrate their achievements

that are mindful of social

distancing. The students “reacted

to a bummer in the best way possible,”

said Vaillancourt, also a

co-president of her graduating


The poster child for this innovative

mindset was the “Rolling

Rally,” held on June 4 at 6 p.m.,

in which students from the graduating

class took part in a townwide

parade led by the Millis

Police Department and the Millis

Fire Department. The police and

firefighters honked their horns

and flashed their lights through

town, followed by graduating seniors

in cars brightly decorated

with posters and balloons. Many

students wore Millis High School

branded gear as they waved to

the many family and friends who

cheered along the roadside. After

more than an hour,, the students

returned to Millis High School to

a bonfire monitored by firefighters.

Mullaney said students were

encouraged to bring old testing

Millis held a “rolling rally” for the Millis High School Class of 2020 on

June 4, 2020. Photo by Aidan Poole

papers to fuel the flames earlier

that day. Vaillancourt said the

parade was a “ten out of ten,”

and Mullaney said he’d consider

making it a yearly tradition.

Mullaney, pleased by the support

he received from the Millis

community during the parade,

hopes to keep annual events like

class day and scholarship night

alive this year using a virtual

format. Scholarship night was

shared on Monday, June 15 at 6

p.m. as a prerecorded video. He

also aims to postpone the graduating

seniors’ annual banquet by

a year, turning the tradition into

a one-year reunion for students.

Although handling COVID-

19 was unprecedented for Millis

High School employees, students

believe they’re doing everything

possible to support seniors. “I

think they’ve done a great job

valuing our opinions … considering

the circumstances,” said

graduating senior Abby Messias

about the school’s efforts. John

Pateuk, another graduating senior,

praised the school’s superb

communication with students,

saying they receive emails twice

a week.

Gretchen Barrett, a mother of

a graduating Millis High School

senior, also praised the school for

its wealth of emails and newsletters

updating the community.

However, she felt that “they could

have done more” to celebrate her

daughter and the other students’

graduation year.

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Because it’s expensive and slow.

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Many misunderstand how a

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They think having a Will means

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During the probate process,

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Medway to Hold In-Person Graduation in August

By Aidan Poole

Medway High School continues

to celebrate its graduating

students with an in-person graduation

plus a virtual class day and

superlative night despite complications

involving COVID-19.

Sam McKeown, the student

president of Medway High

School’s class of 2020, was

initially discouraged when he

learned that social distancing

rules would deprive his classmates

of their traditional graduation,

prom, and senior week

events. “The work we had done

was essentially for nothing,” said

Sam, speaking to the time and

energy he and his class officers

put into arranging senior events.

Despite initial struggles with virtual

communication and “the

extreme level of uncertainty”

surrounding COVID-19, McKeown

is intent on giving graduating

seniors the celebration they


He said the school plans to

hold an in-person graduation

ceremony on Sunday, August 2

in Hanlon Field at Medway High

School, a socially distanced event

open to students and their families.

Although the time is to be

determined, he predicts it will be

in the early morning or late afternoon.

The rain date is August 3.

McKeown, along with class

officers Tess Donnolly, Ethan

Core, Tara Shipos, and Ram

Tysoe, also plan for the annual

superlative night to be a

livestream on Medway Cable

Access in early July. Graduating

seniors Ryan Wettengel and John

Boujnane will host the event and

McKeown said he’s “been really

impressed by the way they’ve

handled it.”

Additionally, McKeown explained

that June 7 was used as a

day of celebration for graduating

students, as this date represents

what would have been his grade’s

graduation. The day began with

students invited to drive to Medway

High School to pick up their

caps and gowns for graduation.

Students were cheered on by

their teachers as they received a

bag from class of 2020 advisors

Melissa Checci and Stephanie

Thrasher containing their cap,

gown, and Medway branded

items, including a t-shirt, stickers,

and mints. McKeown was

pleased with the turnout, mentioning

that students “seeing

their teachers the first time since

March” made for an emotional


At 7 p.m. that night, a prerecorded

collaboration between

the class officers, advisors, and

teachers, was broadcast on television

and Facebook by Medway

Cable Access. This two-hour

show combined the annual class

day and scholarship night events

into one program, a night that

McKeown said “took weeks and

weeks to plan.”

Rachael Peterson, the mother

of a graduating Medway student,

said the school is “doing as

much as can be expected” given

the circumstances. She loved the

cap and gown pickup, saying it

“was great to see the kids smile,”

and “thanks to the class officers

for trying their best.”

The class officers also organized

the “Seniors of Medway

Project,” in which they invited

members of their grade to send

in their senior pictures and their

post-graduation plans for next

year to be uploaded to an Instagram

account. McKeown said

the idea was so successful that

senior’s names and pictures were

displayed on an electric sign outside

Choate Park for the duration

of May as an extension of

the project.

Members of Medway’s class

of 2020, such as Alyson Rankin,

agree that the school is doing

everything to maintain communication

and celebrate students’

achievements. “I think they’re

doing more than other towns,”

said Rankin, recognizing the difficulty

in planning events and

appreciating what the school has


Although they can’t host senior

week this year, McKeown

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Fire Officials Urge People to Keep Children Safe this

4th of July

Children Under 15 Account for One-Third

of Fireworks Injuries

“Have fun but be safe this

Fourth of July and give first responders

the night off,” said

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey.

“Keep your children safe.

Kids under 15 account for onethird

of the severe burn injuries

requiring emergency room visits,

he added.

4th of July No Holiday for


Saugus Fire Chief Michael

Newbury, president of the Fire

Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts,

said, “The Fourth of July

holiday is a busy time for firefighters.

We are busy responding

to all types of fires and medical

emergencies. In fact, the week of

July 4 is one of the busiest times

of the year for fires. So please

leave the fireworks to the professionals.”

This year, because of

the pandemic, many professional

fireworks displays are postponed

until Labor Day weekend.

State Fire Marshal Peter J.

Ostroskey said, “Remember, fireworks

are illegal to transport into

Massachusetts, even if they were

purchased legally elsewhere. This

4th of July, celebrate safely and

find alternatives to fireworks.

Avoid crowds but enjoy being

in the company of family and

friends.” He added, “Illegal fireworks

are risky, especially around


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Dangerous Fires

Last summer, there were many

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from illegal fireworks in Massachusetts.

In the past decade

(2010-2019), there have been 858

major fires and explosions involving

illegal fireworks in Massachusetts[1].

These incidents resulted

in 12 civilian injuries, 40 fire

service injuries and an estimated

dollar loss of $2.9 million.

• On June 22, 2019, the Plainville

Fire Department responded

to a building fire in

a trash compactor. Someone

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chute and into the compactor.

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• On July 2, 2019, the Taunton

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• On July 4, 2019, the Boston

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building. The fire was started

by fireworks on the front


• On July 5, 2019, the Boston

Fire Department was called

to a fire in a 3-unit apartment

building. Neighbors reported

that fire was started by

fireworks. The fire began on

the back of one building and

extended to another 3-unit

apartment building next door.

Twenty people were displaced

from their homes by the fires

and damages were over


• On July 5, the Salem Fire Department

responded to a fire

on a standalone dock caused

by fireworks.

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In the past decade (2010-

2019), 37 people have been

treated at Massachusetts emergency

rooms for severe burn

injuries from fireworks – burns

covering 5% of more of the

body. Thirty-three percent were

children age 14 or younger. An

additional 22% were youth aged

15-24. The youngest victim was a

seven-month old boy. These victims

are scarred for life.

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Medway Community Farm Supports Food Assistance Programs

The economic effects of

COVID-19 along with the closures

of many businesses has

increased the inability of many

people, especially those who

were economically challenged

prior to this crisis, to put food on

the table. Medway Community

Farm supports the food pantries,

but is also a participating retailer

for SNAP. SNAP, the Supplemental

Nutrition Assistance Program,

also known as the revised

food stamps program, can help

during this time. The current

program issues recipients a card

known as the Electronics Benefits

Transfer card which looks like a

debit card. Monthly benefits are

electronically transferred to the

card which can be used for food

items. A few food items are ineligible

to be purchased with the

EBT such as hot foods or food to

be eaten in the store.

A program within SNAP,

the Healthy Incentive Program,

or HIP, helps recipients to purchase

more fruits and vegetables

for their households. For every

$1 spent to purchase fruits and

vegetables, clients will receive $1

back on their EBT cards up to a

monthly limit. At MCF, in addition

to the vegetables at the store,

a share can even be purchased

with the SNAP dollars and are

eligible for the dollar match. The

cap is based on the household

size. As an example, a household

of 3-5 persons can use up

to $60 per month of their SNAP

benefits on fruits and vegetables

and get $60 in the HIP incentives


As of May, 46,000 households

participate in the SNAP/HIP

program and $6.4 million has

been distributed as incentives.

For the fiscal year ending June 30,

2020, $8.5M has been allocated

for HIP funding. This is up from

the previous year of $4M. The

program has been such a success

that the initial 3-year projection

in 2017 was spent in less than 6

months. If you are currently a

SNAP recipient, you are already

enrolled in HIP.

With the Families First Coronavirus

Response Act of 2020,

additional funding has been allocated

to assist those households

with children who would have

been eligible for free or reduced

school meals. For each eligible

child, households will receive

$5.70 per day or $28.50 per

week. All participating SNAP

retailers, including Medway

Community Farm, accept these

P-EBT cards.

The Department of Transitional

Assistance, who runs the

SNAP program for Massachusetts,

has outreach partners to assist

those who are eligible for the

services or need help accessing

the services. At Medway Community

Farm, we can help you

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Millis residents have held several demonstrations to speak out against racism and police brutality

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Millis Library

Resumes Curbside


Although Millis Public Library is not yet open, you can still get

books by curbside pickup and return books in the book drop, with

fines waived at this time. (large items that don’t fit in the slot will have

to wait, and returns are being quarantined for 72 hours once they’re


To use curbside pickup:

1. Place items on hold.

• You can do this through the Millis Public Library website link,, the Minuteman app on your smartphone

or tablet, or by calling the library at (508) 376-8282.

• Please be aware that it may take a couple of days to receive your

hold notification after you place your hold, depending on the

volume of requests we get.

• At this time, Millis Public Library is not receiving items from

other libraries.

2. Wait for a notice that your items are in.

• If the item is on our shelves, staff will place it on hold for you.

Once items are on hold, library staff will either send you an email

or call, depending on how you've set up preferences.

3. Schedule a hold pick-up time.

• Once you've gotten notice that your items are in, you can schedule

a time to get them! The easiest way is to go to the library

website ( and select a

pickup time. You can also call library staff, who will help you fill

out the same form.

• Hold pick-up windows are Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Mon.-

Wed.: 5-7 p.m..

• If you don't see a window that works for you, please check back.

New times are added regularly.

4. Come to the library during your appointed pickup window and

retrieve your holds!

• Holds will be in bags on a cart at the parking lot entrance of the

library with your name on it.

• Holds may only be picked up during the scheduled hold windows.

Staff cannot place your holds outside during other times.

• If you need any assistance, please call the library at (508) 376-

8282. Staff will endeavor to answer any questions over the phone.

• Please practice safe social distancing and wear your masks while

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Medway Public Schools Leadership

Team Issues Statement Regarding

the Death of George Floyd

The Medway Public Schools

Leadership Team, to include

Superintendent Armand Pires,

Assistant Superintendent Gabrielle

Abrams, Director of

Student Services Kathleen Bernklow,

Middle School Principal

Craig Juelis, Burke-Memorial

Elementary School Principal

Amanda Luizzi, McGovern Elementary

School Principal Amy

McDonald, Medway Federation

of Teachers President Megan

Morrison, High School Principal

John Murray and Director of

Wellness Ryan Sherman, offers

the following statement to the

Medway community:

"Over the last few days and

weeks, news about the deaths

of Ahmaud Arbery in Atlanta,

Breona Taylor in Louisville and

the events in Minneapolis that

resulted in the death of George

Floyd have incited protests, sadness

and anger across the nation.

We share in that sadness as

we mourn the latest victims of a

deeply rooted system of injustice

and inequality in our world.

"As individuals, we are deeply

troubled by the social injustices

that still exist. As educators, we

cannot remain silent to the impact

these acts have on our students

and their families, and we

stand in solidarity with those who

confront systemic racism, bigotry

and hate.

"In the wake of these injustices,

we reaffirm our commitment

to honoring and educating

all of our students. Our schools

must continue to be part of the

solution to address inequities and

injustices that disproportionately

impact individuals of color everywhere.

“We recognize the impact of

racial and socioeconomic disparities

in our world, and while we

have worked hard to learn more

and plan more, at times our actions

have been flawed and our

inaction has been deafening. We

remain committed to this essential

work. Our efforts thus far,

however meaningful, are but a

whisper. We remain committed

to our diversity, equity and inclusion

partnerships. We remain

committed to our role to bring

about the much-needed change

in our culture and our society,

and we ask our school community

to join us in our reaffirmation

and commitment to the

ethical and moral treatment of


"As a district of learners, we

understand that it is through

education, introspection and action

that we will be able to move

forward the ideals of social justice.

This work has included a

four-year partnership with the

Initiatives for Developing Equity

and Achievement for Students

(IDEAS) to underpin the

learning of faculty and staff by

supporting authentic studentteacher

relationships through an

understanding of race and racism,

and their impact on student

engagement and achievement.

“These issues are complex

and require a coordinated and

nuanced approach to teaching

for change which focuses on

schools, families and communities

working together for social

justice. The current school closure

and remote learning complicate

our ability to support

students around these issues;

however, in the next week or so

we will offer the opportunity to

join together in conversation and

learning with IDEAS experts in

racial identity development, race

and racism. We are finalizing

the details for this community

conversation and will share additional

information as soon as it

is available.

“We will also offer teachers

training and tools to address

student questions and fears in a

developmentally sensitive way, as

they occur naturally in the context

of remote learning. Additionally,

high school and middle

school administrators are planning

experiences to ensure that

students may give voice to how

the issues of social injustice,

race and racism may manifest

in our hallways, classrooms and

throughout our school campuses.

These experiences will provide

the foundation for our future

work as a district.

"In addition to school programming,

we have compiled

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that we hope will assist our

Medway families who begin or

continue conversations at home

about the events that are taking

place throughout our nation. We

acknowledge that students are

best supported when educators

and families work together.

"We know that these efforts

are not the end, and are an important

step forward in our collective

work. There is much more

that we need to do as educators

and humans to ensure that there

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Medway Cultural Council Seeks

New Members

The Medway Cultural Council

(MCC) is seeking new members

to expand activities that

MCC can offer, to enhance

diversity on the MCC, and to




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We are all disappointed that our 2019-2020 season was understandably cut short and that

we were unable to perform for you this spring. Although we don’t have all the answers about

what the upcoming year will bring, it is becoming increasingly clear that the act of singing in

close proximity to one another could be very dangerous until there is a cure, treatment, and/

or vaccine for COVID19.

Because of this, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 season for both

Exsultet and Jubilate. We very much hope to (and plan on) resuming operations in the Fall of

2021, although those final decisions will have to be made much closer to that date.

We hope everyone is well, and we look forward to performing for you again as soon as it is

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say that we can all benefit from being outside after being connected

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the organization noted on its public Facebook page.

The group will revisit the possibility of hosting movies

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Senate President

Spilka Forms Senate

Advisory Group on

Racial Justice

The Massachusetts State Senate

is committed to urgently addressing

racial inequities in the

Commonwealth, to that end

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

has formed a bipartisan Senate

Advisory Group on Racial Justice

to review and recommend

legislation to consider this session.

The Advisory Group will

be chaired by Senator Sonia

Chang-Díaz, a member of the

Massachusetts Black and Latino

Legislative Caucus, and Senate

President Pro Tempore Senator

William Brownsberger (D-Belmont).

“I believe we have reached

a history-making moment in

our Commonwealth and that

it should not pass without taking

action on policing and racial

justice this session,” stated

Senate President Karen E. Spilka

(D-Ashland). “As the driving

force behind that action, I have

convened a bipartisan Senate

Advisory Group on Racial Justice

– chaired by Senator Sonia

Chang-Díaz, a member of the

Massachusetts Black and Latino

Legislative Caucus, and Senate

President Pro Tempore Senator

William Brownsberger (D-Belmont).

The Senate group, which

already met today, was tasked to

review existing legislation and

recommend further policies to

address systemic racism.”

“This moment in public consciousness,

born out of tragedy,

presents a rare opportunity to

accomplish serious changes in

public policy,” stated Senator

Sonia Chang-Díaz. “My hope

is that this working group will

help the Senate quickly digest

the advocacy we're receiving

and advance serious police accountability

legislation in the

immediate term--and keep our

eye on the ball of racial justice

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Entry & Parking


While there is nothing we love

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that everyone is safe during a

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To help limit the amount

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given time, we are testing out an

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For the next few weeks, we

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house do you need for your family?

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children? These are all questions

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condo be fine? Talk to local real

estate agents to get ideas on how

much homes go for in your area.

Find out what they think you

can afford. Ask lots of questions

and become well-versed in house

buying by the time you are actually

ready to buy. Talk to your

banker, and shop around for

mortgage rates. Getting preapproved

for a mortgage can make

the buying process quicker and


Calculating how much you

can afford to spend involves estimating

your income. Are you

counting on two salaries or only

one? Your calculations should

take into consideration your current

debt level, real estate taxes

in your area, and the costs of a

mortgage. Many banks require

that your monthly mortgage

payment not be higher than a

specified percentage of your income3

and that you have three

to five months of mortgage payments

set aside in savings. Use

a mortgage calculator.1 Several

are readily available online, and

a mortgage calculator will help

you create a realistic budget. An

important part of the equation

will be life insurance to protect

your family and enable them to

handle the mortgage payments

should something happen to you.

The bank will have mortgage insurance

built into your monthly

payments, but that insurance

covers the bank’s liability only.

Your family will not be able to

replace your income unless you

protect them with life insurance.

You don’t want your dreams

to evaporate or your family’s

dreams to disappear and not be


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by Michael Damon, Financial

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“How Much House Can I Afford?,”

Bankrate, accessed

September 24, 2018.



Dana Dratch, “6 Things You

Must Do Before Buying a

Home,” Bankrate, June 8,





William Slusser, “5 Tips for

Home Buyers—Avoid Paying

Too Much for a Mortgage,”

Consumers Advocate, March

1, 2018.

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documents. While the Registry

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“The decrease in the number

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