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June - August
Marshfield MA Beach Water Tests

Rexhame, Fieldston, Brant Rock and Green Harbor are tested every Tuesday by The Massachusetts Dept of Public Health (MDEP) for Enterococci - intestinal bacteria found in humans and animals. Check before you swim: • Marshfield MA Beach Closures

- 2015 -

January 1, 2015
Long Legal Battle Over Marshfield Beach Access Ends With Win for Town.

A 16-year legal battle over who gets to use Old Rexhame Beach has ended, with a state Land Court ruling that the beach is town-owned and public, not privately owned, as a group of residents claimed. •Marshfield Mariner

- 2014 -

Oct 28, 2014
Seawall Funds Approved at Marshfield Town Meeting

Reconstruct seawall between Old Beach Road and 9th Road, making it about 2 feet higher with a footing and protective revetment. Permitting will take approx 9 months to complete. Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2015 and be completed in spring 2017. • Marshfield Mariner

September 2, 2014
Marshfield, Scituate Receive $8M for Seawall Repairs

The Foster Ave Seawall project will replace 1000 feet of structure. Originally constructed in the 1930's, this project will help increase Marshfield's resilience to coastal storm events and increase public safety. • Patriot Ledger

June 3, 2014
Marshfield MA - Fieldston Beach & Sunrise Beach

Northern Construction Co. begins seawall cap and stairs repairs.

January 15, 2014
Marshfield, Hull To Get Money for Sea Wall Repairs

Ocean Bluff and Fieldston seawall repairs. • The Enterprise

January 14, 2014
Marshfield Receives $1.25 million Seawall Grant

Ocean Bluff is getting some much-needed help with seawall repairs. • Marshfield Mariner

- 2013 -

FEMA Flood Maps Online As Neighborhoods Approach Appeals
Flood insurance rate maps and related information. • FEMA Maps

August 8, 2013
Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition Meeting
, 7 PM @ St. Anns Parish Hall in Ocean Bluff. Discussion of new FEMA flood maps and insurance rate changes. • MCCC

August 3, 2013
Marshfield Sandcastle Contest
, 10:30 AM- 1 PM @ Rexhame Beach. Categories for Families, Children, Youth and Adults! Prizes and fun for all. Rain date: Sunday, August 4. •Marshfield Recreation Brochure

July 25, 2013
Marshfield Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting
, 6 PM @ Fieldston Seawall.
Educational Site Visit: Seawall construction. • MCAC

July 24, 2013
Green Harbor Beach Water Test FAILS Public Safety Test!

For full details visit: •MDEP

July 24, 2013
Marshfield Flood Insurance Rate Changes

Homeowners may soon experience a drastic increase in flood insurance rates or the need to acquire coverage in the near future. •Mariner

July 23, 2013
Final Leg of Surf Avenue Sea Wall Repair in Marshfield Under Way

The Fieldston Beach seawall was the “canary in the coal mine,” as it demonstrated to state officials that the history of neglected maintenance across the state could be catastrophic. •Patriot Ledger

July 17, 2013
Marshfield Looks For Keys to Coastal Issues

Seawalls and coast protection, flood plain mapping, insurance and improved community collaboration among town departments, committees and residents emerged as priorities. •Mariner

May 17, 2013
Experts Say Climate Change Will Sink Coastal Neighborhoods

Experts say raising sea walls, burying power lines and putting restrictions on new shoreline construction are possible solutions. •Mariner

April 30, 2013
US Army Corps of Engineers - Update Report for Massachusetts

A Section 103 feasibility study has begun to investigate storm tidal flooding issues in the Fieldston and Brant Rock sections of Marshfield, Mass. If an implementable plan is recommended, the study phase will be followed by the design and implementation phase, which will take about 18 months to complete. • ACOE Update Report

April 23, 2013
Marshfield Supports New Seawalls at Town Meeting

Special Town Meeting offered a surprising twist to voters when the dollar amount for a major seawall project was presented as $905,000 less than originally estimated. •Mariner

April 22, 2013
Marshfield Special Town Meeting Voted YES for Article 14!

Full DPW funds for: Fieldston seawall reconstruction, Hewitt’s Point revetment repair, Ocean Bluff seawall design and permits. •Town Meeting Warrant

April 17, 2013
Marshfield to Vote on $5 million for Sea Wall, other Coastal Protection

April 15, 2013
COASTAL CONNECTION / Seawalls Benefit All

Marshfield Coastal Coalition • Marshfield Mariner

April 12, 2013
Last Day To Register To VOTE
Marshfield voter registration is held in the Clerk’s office during regular office hours and during special sessions required before town meetings. •Town Meeting Voter Registration

April 10, 2013
Marshfield Board Endorses More Than A Handful Of Articles

Board of Selectmen endorse Special Town Meeting Article 14. •Mariner

April 6, 2013
Keep Marshfield Clean Day / Rid Litter Day

9 am - 4 pm, Furnance Brook Middle School.
All are welcome to participate in this community effort. •Brochure

April 3, 2013
Marshfield Coastal Advisory Board Members Recommended

The selection committee recommended five of the nine applicants for appointment.
Marshfield Mariner

March 27, 2013
Marshfield Coastal Advisory Selection Committee

The committee that will elect the CAC members will meet 6:00 PM @ Town Hall, Selectman’s Hearing Room. Agenda: Discussion and selection of Coastal Advisory Committee
Marshfield CAC

March 21, 2013
Capital Budget Makes Recommendations for Town Meeting

Marshfield Capital Budget Committee recommends $5 million for seawalls and riprap.
Marshfield Mariner

March 18, 2013
Residents Urged To Support Seawall Articles at April 22 Town Meeting

Marshfield town officials are urging residents to come out and vote at the Special Town Meeting on April 22 to support several articles that will help the effort to shore up the seawalls.

March 8, 2013
COASTAL CONNECTION / Lessons from Nemo

Marshfield Coastal Coalition • Marshfield Mariner

February 14, 2013
MEMA Provides Information on Federal Disaster Assistance

Info about federal assistance due to the snowstorm Feb. 8-9, 2013.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 14, 2013
Marshfield DPW Director Calls Beach Destruction "Devastating"

All of Marshfield’s seawalls withstood the blizzard with no breaches.
•  Marshfield Mariner

January 19, 2013
State Aid Solicited To Repair Seawall

DCR plans for Nantasket beach erosion: phase one, reduce direct wave action on the seawall by putting a revetment in front of it. The second phase would be to bring in sand to rebuild the beach.

January 15, 2013
Marshfield Capital Budget Committee Meeting.
7 PM @ Town Hall Hearing Room 2. Review of Capital Requests for FY’14 DPW. •  Marshfield Capital Budget Committee

January 10, 2013
Gov. Deval Patrick Signs Bill

Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to make it easier for cities and towns to get rid of crumbling dams and shore up seawalls. •  Boston Herald

January 9, 2013
State Report: Marshfield Should Change Government Structure

Given the importance of preserving Marshfield’s shoreline, a special purpose stabilization fund for seawall maintenance makes sense. Additionally, special purpose stabilization funds directly address resident concerns by providing assurance that money intended for a particular purpose will be used accordingly and not diverted for something else. •  Patriot Ledger
•  Town of Marshfield - Financial Management Review

January 9, 2013
McDonough Makes It Official

According to Marshfield Board Of Selectman, Mat McDonough: "Strides have been made with infrastructure for the town as a commitment to reinforce the seawalls has been proposed and appears to be underway in accordance with an outcry heard from residents". •  Marshfield Mariner

January 8, 2013
New Option for Funding Seawall Repair

This April, Marshfield Town Meeting will consider funding $5 million for much needed seawall repairs. Monday night, selectmen learned they may have a match for that $5 million from the state. Listen to AUDIO file: •  WATD

January 7, 2013
Marshfield Board Of Selectmen Meeting

7:15 PM at Marshfield Town Hall, Selectman’s Hearing Room.
Jim Cantwell – New legislation related to seawalls. •Marshfield BOS   •BOS Video

January 5, 2013
Marshfield, Duxbury and Scituate Join Forces with $30,000 Grant

28 seawalls are rated Poor to Fair condition in Marshfield. Only four are in better shape. This trio of neighboring towns is looking to hire a consultant by the end of the month. •  Marshfield Mariner

January 5, 2013
Coastal Group Sets 2013 Goals

The Marshfield Coastal Coalition set goals for 2013 at its Dec. 18 meeting. •

January 4, 2013
Mass. OK’s Bill to Fund Seawalls, Dam Work

Massachusetts lawmakers approved the creation of a $17 million loan pool to be used for dam and seawall repairs and replacements. •  Bid Ocean

- 2012 -

December 31, 2012
Marshfield DPW Leader Wants $5.1M For Sea Wall Fixes

To completely replace a 1,100-foot stretch of sea wall in the Fieldston Beach neighborhood, strengthen the revetment in front of Hewitt’s Point and design a project to replace sea wall extending into Ocean Bluff.
•  Patriot Ledger

December 12, 2012
DPW Director Seeks $5.175 Million for Seawall Repairs

Department of public works superintendent Tom Reynolds attended meetings where residents voiced concerns about the town’s 2.4 miles of seawall. On Dec. 3 he presented a proposal to the board of selectmen to begin to address the issues.
•  Marshfield Mariner

November 4, 2012
South Shore Seawalls In Spotlight

According to a 2009 statewide study of all public infrastructure along 1,730 miles of the Massachusetts coastline, almost 80 percent of coastal structures have outlived their 50-year lifespan. Furthermore, this infrastructure has gone unrepaired — 85 percent of public infrastructure had no major repairs from 1958 to 2009.
•  Boston Globe

September - October
Help Keep Our Beaches & Ocean Clean

Ocean Conservancy partners with organizations and individuals around the globe to clean up the world’s beaches and waterways. Volunteer For A Beach Clean Up Near You:
25th Massachusetts Annual Statewide Beach Cleanup • Coastsweep
27thAnnual International Coastal Cleanup • ICC

September (TBD)
Annual Bob Pollard Surfing Memorial

Rexhame Beach, Marshfield, MA – Sat or Sun – ON CALL.
•  Surfing Contest

August 22, 2012
Marshfield Citizens Start Coastal Executive Board

The group is formulating plans to represent the citizens of Marshfield as one voice in matters pertaining to coastal safety, infrastructure and seawall maintenance, and efforts of the town to manage such matters. “It’s important that our concerns are heard.”
•  Marshfield Mariner

June - August
Marshfield MA Beach Water Tests
Rexhame, Fieldston, Brant Rock and Green Harbor are tested once a week, every Tuesday, by The Massachusetts Dept of Public Health (MDEP) for Enterococci - intestinal bacteria found in humans and animals. High levels of enterococci indicate the waters may also contain other disease-causing microbes that are present in sewage. Samples taken on Tues require 24 hours incubation. If test results exceed 104 colonies; the beach is posted "CLOSED" to Swimming on Wednesday.
•  Marshfield Beach Closures

August 15, 2012
Citizens and The Coast

Town officials need to remember for whom they work and show a little more respect to those citizens interested in helping solve the problem, not only for their sake, but for that of the entire community.
•  Marshfield Mariner

August 15, 2012
Citizens Meeting - Wed at Town Hall

Citizens concerned about future coastal protection will gather Wednesday night, Aug. 15, at Marshfield Town Hall in meeting room 3 at 7:30 p.m. to take further steps in the formation of a citizen’s coastal coalition representing the interests and voices of inhabitants of Marshfield.
•  Marshfield Mariner

August 4, 2012
Annual Town Wide Sandcastle / Sculpture Contest

2:30 - 5:00 PM @ Rexhame Beach. Categories for Families, Children, Youth and Adults! Prizes and fun for all. Raindate: Sunday August 5, 2012
•  Marshfield Sandcastle Contest
•  Marshfield Mariner

August 1, 2012
Marshfield Seawalls Top Resident Issues

Seawalls and their maintenance dominated the conversation as residents brought concerns and specific issues to the board of selectmans attention.
•  Marshfield Mariner

August 1, 2012
Beach Access Plagues Marshfield Residents

The stairs to Sunrise Beach concern neighbors due to the rusted sharp railing and rocks piled at the foot of the stairs making access to sand and sea treacherous.
•  Marshfield Mariner

July 31, 2012
US Army Corps of Engineers - Update Report for Massachusetts

FIELDSTON AND BRANT ROCK SECTIONS, MARSHFIELD (10th CD) - A Section 103 feasibility study is authorized to investigate storm tidal flooding issues in the Fieldston and Brant Rock sections of Marshfield, Mass. The entire study effort which may lead to project design and implementation authorization will take about 18 months to complete.
•  $180,000 Feasibility Study

July 26, 2012

7:00 PM @ St. Ann’s by the Sea Parish Hall, 591 Ocean Street, Ocean Bluff.
Neighborhood Meeting – Open forum for public comments/questions.
•  BOS Neighborhood Meeting
•  VIDEO - MCTV Government Channel

July 25, 2012
Sunrise Beach Residents Voice Concerns About Safety

Residents gathered recently to discuss concerns about hazardous access to the beach.
•  Marshfield Mariner

July 24, 2012
Rexhame Public Beach Battle Continues

After 14 years, the private vs. public ownership debate has no trial date.
Audio file available at:

July 22, 2012
Erosion Defenses Limit Beach Access

Boulders at the 3rd Road entrance to Sunrise Beach in Marshfield make walking onto the beach dangerous.
•  Boston Globe

July 17, 2012
Fieldston Beach Closed, High Bacterial Counts

Beach posted as unsafe for swimming due to high levels of Enterococci.
•  Marshfield Beach Water Testing Results - MDEP

June 20, 2012
New Group To Look at Marshfield Coastal Issues

Marshfield Coastal Advisory Committee - A two-page memo written by Town Planner Paul Halkiotis lays out the committee’s charge and tasks. “We want to help the town adapt to shoreline retreat”
•  Marshfield Mariner

June 6, 2012
Coastal Study Meeting

7:00 PM @ Marshfield Town Hall
Coastal study working group discussion.
•  Coastal Advisory Board Meeting

May 25, 2012
Storm-damaged Sea Wall Being Repaired In Marshfield

Construction crews work on a length of sea wall along Bay Avenue in the Green Harbor section of Marshfield.
•  Patriot Ledger

May 2, 2012
Marshfield Coastal Advisory Board Meeting

John Hall (Marshfield Board of Selectman) and Advisory Board joint meeting to discuss coastal issues and potential options for the future. MCTV Government Channel
•  VIDEO - Marshfield Plans Shoreline Retreat

April 14 & 15, 2012
Keep Marshfield Clean Weekend

9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Pick up and drop off bags at Furnace Brook Middle School, rear parking lot.
•  Marshfield Rid Litter Weekend

March 20, 2012
Michael Walsh Helps Shore Up The Shoreline

The state of the South Shore’s coastline is both a personal and a professional issue. He happens to live in Marshfields Green Harbor and also is a marine field technician at the Woods Hole Group, an environmental consulting firm in Falmouth that helps private homeowners and municipalities fight the effects of erosion.
•  Patriot Ledger

February 29, 2012
Moving Forward on Seawalls

Marshfield Mariner commentary letter.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 15, 2012
Hold Town Officials Accountable!

Marshfield Mariner commentary letter.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 15, 2012
Marshfield Represented at Coastal Meeting

•  Marshfield Mariner

February 12, 2012
Marshfield Sea Wall Panel Resigns as Town Plans Changes

Keeping the public informed was part of the committee’s mission. “Blame us for being too transparent, but that’s exactly what we were trying to be’’
•  Boston Globe

February 9, 2012
Seawall Committee Shake Up in Marshfield

•  Marshfield Mariner

February 8, 2012
Handling of Seawall Committee Questioned

Open Meeting Law complaint filed over BOS handling of the Marshfield Seawall Committee.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 2, 2012
Seawall Committee Resigns After Selectmen Threaten to Dismantle

Marshfield Seawall Committee members beat Selectmen to the punch and dismantled the group by resigning this week.

February 2, 2012
Members of Marshfield Seawall Committee Resign

On Wednesday night, all five members of the Marshfield Seawall Committee resigned from their post and formed a citizen action group that will represent residents of the community.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 1, 2012
Marshfield Seawall Commitee

Please read the Marshfield Seawall Committee's official statement on disbanding.
•  Marshfield Seawall Commitee

February 1, 2012
Marshfield in Regional Coastal Coalition

Coastal issues and preventative measures for community safety have been a growing focus of joint meetings among South Shore towns.
•  Marshfield Mariner

January 25, 2012
Murray visits Marshfield Seawalls

Instrumental in securing emergency funds for seawall repair on two occasions, Murray said he was pleased to see the progress that had been achieved in the susceptible areas of the coastline.
•  Marshfield Mariner

- 2011 -

December 31, 2011
Duxbury, Marshfield and Scituate Awarded Grant

A $30,000 grant from GOMC was supplemented by over $15,400 of in-kind services from the three Town Planners and a Regional Planner from Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Paul Halkiotis, Marshfield's town planner served as the project manager.
The report contains a compilation of existing studies, an explanation of sea level rise trends and projections, inventories of coastal structures such as seawalls and jetties, strategies to avoid or mitigate flooding impacts and funding options for coastal infrastructure to minimize flooding impacts.
•  South Shore Coastal Hazards Adaptation Study

December 8, 2011
Marshfield: Town pursues regionalization to combat seawall problems


August 4, 2011
Consultant Suggests Ways To Address Marshfield’s Sea-wall Problems

•  Patriot Ledger

June 21, 2011
Coastal Priorities in Marshfield

•  Marshfield Mariner

April 25, 2011
Seawall Betterments Nixed!
Marshfield Town Meeting set a record attendance -over 2,200 people packed the gym, cafeteria and library- to vote NO betterments and approve seawall replacement funds. FFWD Video to 3:22:15
•  VIDEO - Marshfield SPECIAL Town Meeting
•  Marshfield Mariner

April 25, 2011
Marshfield Town Meeting

Monday 7 PM @ Marshfield High School Gym.
Beach Village inhabitants are urged to attend "Special" Town Meeting and support the amendment of Article 6 !
•  Special Town Meeting Warrant
•  Seawall Committee Updates

April 15, 2011

The last day to register to vote for Marshfield Special Town Meeting is now April 15. All seasonal inhabitants must complete their registration forms by Friday, April 15th 4:30 pm.
•  Voter Registration
•  Seawall Committee Update

April 12, 2011
Marshfield Getting Help from Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Work on this project is proposed to be concentrated in research and presentations to the communities related to adaptation planning and financing coastal infrastructure maintenance. The MAPC funding would allow the towns to take action on protecting infrastructure ahead of time rather than reacting to a crisis down the road.
•  Marshfield Mariner

April 9 & 10, 2011
Clean Up Marshfield Day

Keep Marshfield Clean - Rid Litter Day. Pick up and drop off bags at Furnace Brook Middle School parking lot 9AM to 4PM Sat & Sun.
•  Marshfield Chamber of Commerce
•  Facebook

April 4, 2011
Lawmakers Turn Eye to state’s Battered Sea Walls.
Lawmakers deeply concerned over Massachusetts’ aging sea walls will meet tomorrow to discuss how to fund repairs needed to adequately armor residents against the ocean’s fury.
•  Boston Globe

March 29, 2011
Marshfield Seawall Committee has a NEW web site with betterment facts, voter registration information and meeting updates.
•  Marshfield Seawall Committee

March 16, 2011
Marshfield Seawall Committee

Wednesday 7:30 PM @ Town Hall hearing room 2.
This meetings primary objective will be to discuss final betterment numbers (property imposed a betterment tax) and a revision of the informational packet.
•  Meeting Agenda

March 2, 2011
Marshfield Seawall Committee

Wednesday 7:30 PM @ Town Hall Hearing Room 2
Meeting to discuss the seawall betterments and vote on Special Town Meeting articles.
•  Meeting Agenda
•  Seawall committee votes recommendations on seawall betterments WATD

February 17, 2011
Marshfield Seawall Committee

Thursday 7:30 PM @ Martinson Elementary School Auditorium
Beach Village inhabitants are urged to attend this open forum to discuss the seawall articles that will be presented at Special Town Meeting.
•  Marshfield Mariner

February 16, 2011
Marshfield Board of Public Works

Wednesday @ 7:15 PM at Seth Ventress Hall, 76 South River Street.
BPW meeting at which the Town Meeting articles regarding betterments and seawall issues are scheduled to be presented to the public.
•  BPW Betterments Agenda
•  Marshfield: DPW holds public hearing on seawall betterment fees WATD

January 19, 2011
Capital Budget Committee Meeting

7:00 PM at Town Hall Hearing Room 2
Agenda: Review of Capital Requests for Department of Public Works
The Board of Public Works urges Beach Village residents to attend this meeting as the BPW will be requesting funds for seawall reconstruction and they need our support.
•  Notice of Public Meeting

January 10, 2011
Board of Public Works Meeting

7:15 PM at Town Hall Hearing Room 3
Agenda: Seawall Update & Betterments Discussion
•  Meeting Agenda

January 10, 2011
Board of Selectmen Meeting

7:30 PM at Seth Ventress Hall, 76 South River Street
Action Items: New Appointments to Seawall Committee – Liaison John Hall
•  Meeting Agenda

- 2010 -

November 2010
Betterments Nixed for Sea Wall
DUXBURY - Town Manager Richard MacDonald recommended against charging a betterment fee for sea wall repairs.
•  Wicked Local Duxbury

November 29, 2010
Board of Selectmen Meeting

7:30 PM at Seth Ventress Hall, 76 South River Street
Action Items: Marshfield Seawall Committee Mission Statement
•  Meeting Agenda  Minutes: this committee will be an advisory board consisting of 7 members.

November 22, 2010
Board of Public Works Meeting
7:15 PM Town Hall, Hearing Room 3
Action Items: Seawall Update & Betterment Discussion
•  Meeting Agenda   Minutes: Robert Shaughnessy, BPW board, admitted that Town Hall had NO interest in the 2007 Seawall Committee and that citizens appointed to the "dismantled" committee were never allowed to convene.

November 22, 2010
Board of Selectmen Meeting
7:30 PM at Town Hall, Selectmen's Hearing Room
Board Discussion: Marshfield Seawall Committee.
•  Meeting Agenda

November 9, 2010
Cantwell Dives into Coastal Issues
After running unopposed, Cantwell said he wanted to focus much of his second term on long-neglected coastal infrastructure issues. Cantwell said he would be exploring the reconvening of a coastal caucus, a small group of lawmakers that could “talk about ways to agree to get funding for coastal infrastructure,” primarily seawalls. “We used to have funding of seawall and water infrastructure needs for coastal communities,” he said, adding that former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney eliminated direct funding for waterways and seawall projects six years ago. “There used to be a one-tenth of 1 percent gas tax that went for waterways projects. It netted between $14 million and $29 million every year.”
•  Scituate Mariner

October 25, 2010
Marshfield Special Town Meeting

Monday 7 PM @ Marshfield High School.
Inhabitants of Marshfield Beach Villages are urged to attend and Vote YES on Article 1 and 8.
Town of Marshfield Special Town Meeting Results.

October 7, 2010
Another Seawall Breach

Fieldston Beach - construction crews worked throughout Thursday shoring up another section of seawall that is in danger of collapsing. Wednesday night, 160 feet of seawall -north of the May breach- started tilting towards the sea. Contractors propped up the wall with boulders, in hopes that it will survive winter storms untill funds can be approved for reconstruction.
Second section of failing sea wall prompts quick action in Marshfield The Patriot Ledger
• Marshfield: Another section of aging sea wall starts to lean WATD
• Seawall Construction Project Marshfield Emergency Management Agency

September - October 2010 
COASTSWEEP / Beach Cleanup

"Trash doesn’t fall from the sky, it falls from human hands". Every year more than half-a-million concerned people in 100 countries remove millions of pounds of trash from beaches, river banks and waterways all over the world. Join forces for a clean and healthy ocean:
• The 23rd annual Massachusetts COASTSWEEP
• The 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup
• Beach cleanups scheduled throughout the months of September and October.

October 2, 2010
COASTSWEEP / Green Harbor, Marshfield MA

Saturday @ 9 AM - Help keep Green Harbor Beach clean, healthy and beautiful.
For more information visit:
• Green Harbor Coastweep

September 20, 2010
Marshfield Board of Selectmen

7:30 PM at Town Hall, Selectmen's Hearing Room
Marshfield Shoreline Advisory Committee
Town Planner Paul Halkiotis says town, region must confront impacts of climate change. Halkiotis told selectmen that Marshfield should form a shoreline advisory committee -separate from the seawall committee- to find ways to adapt to climate change. Marshfield might be hard-pressed, he says, if another sea wall fails.
"The homes along our shoreline and the families that live in them are a huge part of the identity of our community. Our beach front neighborhoods are a key part of our community character. The value of the infrastructure along our coast is worth millions of dollars. These things are all at risk. For these reasons we must address these issues proactively" Halkiotis said.
Selectmen Chair Patricia Reilly says Marshfield has under-funded the town's sea wall maintenance program. "The town has to be pro-active. We can't afford to be reactive, which is how we handled the sea wall," she said.
Selectmen will call for a joint meeting with the Department of Public Works, Conservation Commission, the Planning Board and the public to consider the town's response to climate change. That meeting will take place after the fall town meeting, most likely at the Furnace Brook Middle School.
Meeting Agenda & Minutes

September 11, 2010 
Marshfield Duck Derby

Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Rexhame Beach parking lot.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like to see 2,000 rubber ducks racing down the South River? In addition to the slew of prize winning ducks bobbing down the river, the parking lot will have games, food, and activities for the whole family. Fund-raiser for South Shore Habitat for Humanity, ducks can be purchased online:
• Marshfield Duck Derby

September 7, 2010 
COASTSWEEP / Rexhame, Marshfield MA

Help keep Rexhame Beach clean. For more information visit: • Rexhame Coastweep

September 2, 2010
Hurricane Earl
ALL Marshfield Beaches are CLOSED till further notice.
Due to dangerous surf and rip currents, NO people should be on the beach, seawall or jetties.

The Marshfield Emergency Operations Center will be activated on Friday September 3, 2010 for Hurricane Earl. Phone calls starting at that time should be to 781-837-7102. Please stay tuned to your local weather, for further information regarding this dangerous storm visit:
• Hurricane Earl - FEMA
• Hurricane Earl 2010 - Marshfield Emergency Management Agency
• Weather & Alerts for Marshfield MA - The Weather Channel
• Emergency officials concerned residents are not taking Hurricane Earl seriously - Patriot Ledger

It was the Summer of RED Flags - for some beaches
2010 Marshfield Beach Closures: *August 31 *August 10 *July 27 * July 20 *July 13
Every Tuesday during the Summer: Green Harbor, Brant Rock, Ocean Bluff, Fieldston and Rexhame beach waters were tested for Enterococci bacterial contamination.
* DCR beaches are tested once a DAY and fly Red/Blue warning flags to swimmers.
* 5 of Marshfield's 11 beaches are tested once a WEEK and fly NO warning flags.
June - August: 75 salt water beaches on the South Shore were tested once a week by The Massachusetts Dept of Public Health (MDEP) for Enterococci - intestinal bacteria found in humans and animals. High levels of enterococci indicate the waters may also contain other disease-causing microbes that are present in sewage. Samples taken on Tues require 24 hours incubation. If test results exceed 104 colonies on Wed, the beach is posted Closed To Swimming.
• Marshfield Beach Water Test Results  - MDEP
• Bacteria counts increase at Marshfield beaches GateHouse News Service.
• What are the sources of bacteria in the water? - Beach FAQ's

August 7, 2010 
Town Wide Sandcastle / Sculpture Contest

Rexhame Beach. 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy this annual family event sponsored by Ed Payton and Mass Bay Associates Realty. Categories for Families, Children, Youth and Adults! Prizes and fun for all. Rain date: Sunday, August 8
• Marshfield Recreation Department

August 2, 2010 
Marshfield Approves Seawall Funds

Monday night Marshfield Special Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved funding to rebuild the Fieldston seawall. The public seawall was the only item on the agenda and was approved in record setting time: less than 1 hour. Reconstruction is expected to start in October and be finished by December.
• Marshfield Special Town Meeting Warrant
• Special Town Meeting approves seawall project GateHouse News Service.

July 28, 2010 
WARNING: Marshfield Beaches Post High Bacterial Counts!

Sunrise Beach is posted as unsafe for swimming again! 9th Road was tested July 27 and posted CLOSED on Wed July 28 due to high Enterococci bacterial count. Water will be retested Thursday morning. Lab results will be available Friday afternoon. The Marshfield Board of Health strongly urges the public to avoid contact with the water, since it may cause illness.
• Marshfield Beach Water Testing Results  - MDEP
• Beach Bums Beware - WHDH TV

July 10, 2010 
Bob Pollard Memorial Surfing Contest

The 2nd Annual Bob Pollard Noseriding Memorial will take place at Rexhame Beach in Marshfield at noon. Register that day at the beach or pre-register at Luminate Surf and Skate. Free surfboard and wetsuit rentals are available for contestants. The entry fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt and a barbecue lunch. All proceeds go to the Bob Pollard Trust.
• Luminate Surf and Skate
• Facebook

July 3, 2010 
Beach Villages Celebration of Independence

Bring your own perchlorate free fireworks to Marshfields public shoreline and beaches. This year there will be plenty of room for everyone: High Tide: 5:01 / Low Tide: 11:09 PM. Sunset 8:22!
• Tide Chart

June 20, 2010 
6th Annual International Surfing Day

Paddle out, catch a wave, spread ocean awareness. Surfers from around the world will unite in celebration of the annual holiday. As is tradition, surfers will do their part to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through various organized events such as clean-ups and restoration projects courtesy of the Surfrider Foundation.
• International Surfing Day - ISD

June 1, 2010
SB/OB Email ALERT! - Spammers hijacked our email address. If you received sunrise beach emails this week, Sorry For The Spammy Inconvenience! Delete the email from your address book & place them in your Junk folder.
• New SB/OB Email is on the Links page.

May 31, 2010

This weekend marks the official kickoff to Marshfields Beach Season - which doubles the towns traffic and population. Keep in mind "The litter you dump on the beach today, You’ll be swimming in tomorrow". Kindly dispose of human and pet litter properly: Trash and Recycling barrels are conveniently located at public beach access points. Enjoy and respect Marshfield's seashore.
• Respect The Beach Regulations
• Respect The Dunes & Grass
• Town of Marshfield 2010 Beach Sticker

May 19, 2010
Marshfield Seawall in Danger of Collapsing
Fieldston Beach - construction crews worked through the night shoring up a section of seawall that is in danger of collapsing. The wall pulled away from the shorefront and is now listing toward Fieldston beach. The 70 year old sea wall has been rapidly decaying over the past few years. Harsh snowstorms in February followed by flooding rainstorms in March likely caused significant erosion and exacerbated the problem. On Monday, DPW crews removed a dilapidated staircase that may have contributed to the breach. The Marshfield Emergency Manangement Agency sent out a communicator message to residents “Please do not go near this area, for your safety!”
• Marshfield Sea Wall Nearly Collapses  The Patriot Ledger
• Seawall Construction Project - Marshfield Emergency Management Agency.
• Marshfield Beach Restoration & Preservation Association - MBRPA

April 26, 2010

KEEP REXHAME BEACH PUBLIC! Members of the Rexhame Terrace Land Trust continue to seek private streets, dunes and beach rights. Don't let RTT deny public strolls from Brant Rock, Ocean Bluff Beach, Sunrise Beach, Fieldston Beach, through Old Rexhame Beach and the seashore beyond.
• Town of Marshfield votes YES on Article 16 to continue with the Rexhame Beach litigation.
• Article 16 - Rexhame Beach 
• MARSHFIELD TOWN MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - Night one  GateHouse News Service.

April 10, 2010

Marshfields annual Rid Litter event. "Pitch in to help keep Marshfield beautiful! Come as an individual or form a group! You pick the area or we can provide locations! You supply the time and energy - We supply the bags." Sponsored by ABC Equipment, Shaws, Chamber of Commerce, Marshfield DPW and Beaches. For more information visit:
• Marshfield Chamber of Commerce 
• Help clean up Marshfield  GateHouse News Service
• TALKING TRASH: Marshfield cleans up  GateHouse News Service
• Thanks to fishermen’s association  GateHouse News Service

February 27, 2010

This weekends Noreaster broke the seawall gate at Brook Street beach access ramp. First wave bent the wooden gate. Next wave -with a loud BOOM- popped it out of the seawall. BEWARE of DAILY FLOODS - each and every high tide, waves overtop the cement jersey barriers flooding Brook Street, Foster Ave, Ocean Street, Rt 139, and down to Plymouth Ave.
• View photos for more details: Feb 2010 Nor’Easter

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September & October 2009
COASTSWEEP 2009 - Massachusetts Coastal Cleanup

COASTSWEEP will kickoff its 22nd year on September 19, 2009. The coastal cleanup effort in Massachusetts is part of an annual international campaign to encourage citizens to volunteer to remove debris from their local coastline and nearshore marine areas. Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MCZM).  Organized by the Center of Marine Conservation in Washington D.C.  Sponsored by Ocean Conservancy and many others.
• "90,000 Pounds Of Trash On Massachusetts Beaches!"  WBZ / CBS 
• Join CoastSweep!

September 19, 2009
International Coastal Cleanup (ICC)

Mark your calendars for the 24th annual International Coastal Cleanup and sign up for updates about local events.  Last year, nearly 400,000 volunteers collected more than 6.8 million pounds of trash from the world's beaches and waterways.  Take Action: Start A Sea Change, Sign up to be part of the ICC. • International Coastal Cleanup

Wednesday June 24, 2009
WARNING: Marshfield Beaches Post High Bacterial Counts!

The Board of Health recommends NO SWIMMING at these beaches until further notice: Green Harbor, Brant Rock, Ocean Bluff, Sunrise, 9th Road, and Fieldston Beaches have been posted as unsafe for swimming. These beaches were tested Tuesday and found to have a high Enterococci bacterial count. The Board of Health will retest the water Thursday morning. Lab results will be available Friday afternoon.  (* Friday June 26, 2009 - 2:00 PM - Beaches Re-opened.)
• Marshfield Beach Water Testing Results - MDEP.
• MA Bathing Beaches - EOHHS.
• High bacteria counts at beaches  Marshfield Mariner.

Saturday June 20, 2009
Fifth Annual International Surfing Day (ISD)

Need a legitimate excuse to go surfing? "You finally have it! ISD, this unofficial, official surfers’ holiday gives us a chance to promote and celebrate the sport while bringing awareness to the state of our oceans and beaches. Take the day, or part of the day, to catch a wave or three and-- while you’re at it -- help clean up your favorite beach, in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation, we’ll be organizing official beach cleanups, but that doesn’t stop you from beautifying your own stretch of sand."
• International Surfing Day - ISD
• Surfrider Foundation - Massachusetts Chapter

June 1, 2009
Board of Selectmen

7:30 PM at Selectmen's Hearing Room
BOS/Board/Committee Liaisons – "Michael Maresco read through the list of committees and asked each Board member which committee they would prefer to be the liaison to. The Board decided on the following: Seawall Committee – John Hall."
•  Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Saturday April 4, 2009
MARSHFIELD RID LITTER EVENT -Help Keep Marshfield Beautiful!

This year supplies are available at Town Hall, Marshfield High School Gym, and select stores. Join the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce, Marshfield DPW and Beach Commission. "We supply the trash bags and gloves! You supply the time & energy!"
• Marshfield MA Chamber of Commerce
• Town of Marshfield MA 
Many THANKS to all involved, another successful clean-up day!

Preserve and Protect All Marshfield Public Beaches

This year public support is not only needed for rid litter campaigns and beach recycling efforts, but now your support is essential for continued Marshfield Public Beach Access Rights. The Rexhame Beach battle continues. Without your support, Old Rexhame may sadly become...

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"Bid With Your Lid" Program
Ocean Conservancy was one of three non-profits taking part in Stonyfield Farm’s "Bid With Your Lid” campaign. "Bid With Your Lid” is an annual consumer promotion sponsored by Stonyfield Farm to build awareness of and interest in various environmental and socially responsibility issues.
Congratulations Ocean Conservancy! • "Bid With Your Lid" - RESULTS POSTED HERE!

September 20, 2008
International Coastal Cleanup - “Start a Sea Change”

Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup is the world's largest volunteer event of its kind. Each year, thousands of volunteers from around the globe participate, clearing tons of trash from coastlines, rivers and lakes and recording every piece of trash collected. Join this year's cleanup on Sept. 20, 2008.
• 2008 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup

September & October 2008
Coastsweep 2008 - "Promoting MA Clean Beaches Since 1987"

Coastsweep is the annual state-wide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and coordinated by the Urban Harbors Institute (UHI) of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Each year, thousands of volunteers take to the beaches and seafloor to help remove debris that would otherwise pollute our oceans. With more than 1,500 miles of MA shoreline to clean, we need your help! 
• Massachusetts Coastsweep 2008

Saturday August 2, 2008 @ 2:00PM 
Protest Gathering on Old Rexhame Public Beach
Walk, Swim, Paddle a kayak, or Dare to Sit on Old Rexhame Beach and demand your public beach rights. Join our beach neighbors & Protest on Saturday!
WHERE ? From SB/OB head North, just beyond the end of the seawall, our neighbors will be gathering on Rexhame Beach (between Kent and Waterman Avenues).
• Residents protest for public beach rights  The Boston Globe.
• Residents protest Rexhame Beach settlement  Marshfield Mariner.

Summer 2008
Enjoy the Beach, Respect the Beach... Clean-up after Yourself!

The Towns public beach rules and regulations are now being enforced on SB/OB by Marshfield Police in a new red buggy patrolling our beach communities. Reminder:
• Don't litter! Trash barrels are conveniently located at all the SB/OB public beach entrances. 
Public recycling "not yet available" again at SB/OB. Maybe next year?
• Keep covered! The Red Buggy issues unprecedented "open beverage" fines. Adults can stay cool & covered, purchase a "MarshVegas" or "Rebar Beach" coozie at OB, Rexhame, Brant Rock packies.
• Don't dump! Keep the beach clean, healthy, and safe for our kids to play in. Obey the Towns Leash Law and scoop up dog deposits.

June 24, 2008
Happy 3rd of July MarshVegas! 
Join Our Celebration! Again, No Public Marshfield Fireworks.
6:01 PM low tide guarantees packed Marshfield public beaches waiting for 3rd of July private display of independence. Bring your own perchlorate free fireworks and Enjoy a Happy 3rd... and 4th too!
** Sad to find 4th and 5th of July beaches LITTERED with fireworks debris and litter. Maybe 2009 will find more citizens in the Marshfield Clean Beach Initiative?

June 7, 2008
Marshfield Gets New Buggy to Patrol Beaches.

"Police and the harbormaster staff will zip around the town’s beaches, woodlands and harbor this summer in a new red buggy. The 4X4 vehicle, called a “mule,” came free to the town via a public safety program of the Kowalski company, sponsored locally by Pilgrim Power Sports in Plymouth."
•  The Patriot Ledger.

May 3 & 4, 2008

"Community minded citizens, neighbors and friends" are encouraged to participate in this year's annual cleanup of Marshfield neighborhoods, parks, and beaches.
• Saturday May 3, pick up supplies, bags and gloves at the Furnace Brook Middle School.
• Sunday May 4, drop off collected litter at the school. 
Sponsored by • Marshfield MA Chamber of Commerce.

Many THANKS to the Marshfield MA Chamber of Commerce and to Everyone who participated in this years clean-up of SB/OB Beaches. Hope you will join us again next year!

February 19, 2008
Frank Hynes, Thank You!

State representative, Frank Hynes announced last week that he would not be running for re-election. His dedicated service and concern for protecting Marshfields public shoreline and infrastructure will be greatly missed. Hopefully the next State Rep will follow in his footsteps!
Frank Hynes, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Plymouth District:
• Member of the MA Coastal Hazards Commission.
• Infrastructure Plan Working Group (Chair).
• Hynes state-representative seat  The Marshfield Mariner

January 2008 - Help Us To Protect and Restore Marshfield's Seaside History.
Don't litter, Don't dump, Don't destroy dunes!
Beach grass is a fragile plant that holds the dunes together. By simply breaking one blade of beach grass the plant can die immediately. People and pets walking on beach grass contributes to the destruction of the dunes and beaches. Help from the public is essential: Do Not Wander Off Dune Paths! If we act now, we can preserve the dunes and enjoy our public beaches for many years to come.

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Sunrise Beach / Ocean Bluff Beach Petition
The battle to enforce public seawall contracts and rid the beaches of construction debris.
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