Sunday, May 31, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Monument Collection

The collection of posts about the monuments on the Town Common including the dedication of the new Iraq/Afghanistan monument on Memorial Day 2009.

Afghanistan monument side


Afghanistan monument side, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Iraq monument side


Iraq monument side, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Town Common: new monument view


Town Common: new monument view, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Parmenter 5K Run/Walk



The web site for the Parmenter 5K Run/Walk can be found here

On the web site you'll find links to the course map, a registration form to print out and other race details.

Echo Therapeutics Licenses Needle-Free Prelude SkinPrep System

In our continuing series on companies doing business in Franklin we find this PR Release from Echo Therapeutics. For additional entries in this category, please check this link
FRANKLIN, Mass., May 28 /CNW/ -- Echo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin
Board: ECTE) announced today that it has signed a license agreement with
Ferndale Pharma Group ("Ferndale"), under which Echo granted Ferndale the
right to develop, market, sell and distribute Echo's Prelude(TM) SkinPrep
System ("Prelude") for painless, needle-free skin preparation prior to the
application of topical 4% lidocaine cream for fast-acting, local dermal
anesthesia prior to a wide-range of needle-based medical procedures in North
America and the United Kingdom. Echo's non-invasive Prelude SkinPrep System
incorporates patented skin permeation control technology which allows for
quick and painless removal of the outermost layer of the skin for both
transdermal drug delivery and glucose measurement.

"Completing this first Prelude licensing agreement was one of our top
priorities," stated Patrick T. Mooney, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Echo Therapeutics. "Ferndale is a market leader specializing in
advanced skincare and topical therapeutic products. This collaboration
combines our skin permeation technology platform and Ferndale's leadership in
the fast-growing topical anesthetic market based on LMX4, its topical 4%
lidocaine cream."

Dr. Mooney continued, "Importantly, this licensing transaction
demonstrates the drug delivery capabilities of Prelude. We believe that there
are numerous additional partnering opportunities for both Prelude and our
Symphony(TM) tCGM System for needle-free, transdermal continuous glucose
monitoring. We are actively engaged with and interested in finding additional
partners as we leverage the use of Prelude as a transdermal drug delivery
platform and Symphony for continuous glucose monitoring in the many
territories around the world."

Michael Burns, Ph.D., President of Ferndale added, "We are extremely
excited about using Prelude to expand our presence in the important topical
dermal anesthesia market in hospitals, clinics and with plastic surgeons and
dermatologists. We expect Prelude to allow much more rapid onset of
effectiveness for our topical anesthetic product, thereby significantly
increasing the size of our market opportunity."

Under the terms of the agreement, Echo will receive an up-front licensing
fee of US $750,000. Echo will also receive $750,000 upon FDA clearance of the
product and additional milestone payments based on the achievement of certain
net sales targets and guaranteed minimum royalties totaling an additional
$12.6 million. Echo will also receive an escalating royalty on net sales of
the product. Ferndale will also be responsible for all product development
and regulatory costs for the final development of the Prelude SkinPrep System
for topical analgesic/anesthetic drug delivery applications.

About Echo Therapeutics

Echo Therapeutics is focused on medical devices and specialty
pharmaceuticals. Echo is developing a non-invasive, wireless, transdermal
continuous glucose monitoring (tCGM) system for patients with diabetes and for
use in hospital critical care units. Echo is utilizing its Prelude SkinPrep
platform technology for transdermal drug delivery and is developing a wide
range of novel topical reformulations of widely-used, FDA-approved products.

About Ferndale Pharma Group

The Ferndale Pharma Group of companies specializes in the development,
manufacture, distribution and marketing of various dermatologic products
including prescription topical drugs for the treatment of several acute and
chronic dermatoses, medical devices that support and maintain wound closures
and an extensive line of proprietary cosmeceutical products. Ferndale's LMX 4
topical analgesic cream uses advanced formulation know how that significantly
enhances product performance. LMX 4 is the leading brand in its class and is
widely recognized for its fast onset of analgesic action, wide margin of
safety and superior ease of use.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may
constitute forward-looking statements that are based on current expectations
and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future
results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such
statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to,
risks related to regulatory approvals and the success of Echo's ongoing
studies, including the efficacy of Echo's Symphony tCGM System, the failure of
future development and preliminary marketing efforts related to Echo's Prelude
SkinPrep System, risks and uncertainties relating to Echo's ability to
develop, market and sell diagnostic products based on its skin permeation
platform technologies, including the Prelude SkinPrep System, the availability
of substantial additional equity or debt capital to support its research,
development and product commercialization activities, and the success of its
research, development, regulatory approval, marketing and distribution plans
and strategies, including those plans and strategies related to its Prelude
SkinPrep System. These and other risks and uncertainties are identified and
described in more detail in Echo's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including, without limitation, its annual report on Form 10-K for
the year ended December 31, 2008, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and its
current reports on Form 8-K. Echo Therapeutics, Inc. undertakes no obligation
to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

For More Information:
Patrick T. Mooney, MD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
(856) 429-8778

10 Forge Parkway
Franklin, MA 02038, USA
Tel: 1+ 877-476-6878
Fax: 1+ 508-553-8760
www.echotx.com

For further information: Patrick T. Mooney, MD, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Echo Therapeutics, Inc., +1-856-429-8778 Web Site:
http://www.echotx.com

"Hand-watering is allowed"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 29, 2009 @ 12:21 AM

FRANKLIN —

The town's water conservation plan is now in effect, restricting outdoor water use to one day a week, said Department of Public Works Director Brutus Cantoreggi.

Residents are allowed to water outdoors only on their trash day through Sept. 1, he said.

The plan saves at least one million gallons of water daily, Cantoreggi said.

"This is unique in this state, because most communities have water bans allowing (outdoor water use) two days a week. We're much stricter," said Cantoreggi.

Franklin implemented the water conservation plan six years ago, and was recognized for it by the state Department of Environmental Protection, Cantoreggi said.

Franklin gets all of its water from the aquifers underground, so without conservation, there is the potential to run low on water, Cantoreggi said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


"The Centers for Disease Control cleared the student"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 28, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

FRANKLIN —

Superintendent Wayne Ogden confirmed that a Franklin middle school student was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, earlier this month and has already recovered.

Ogden declined to specify which school the student attends, to maintain privacy.

The student became sick on May 5, while on a plane heading across the country at the start of the student's vacation, he said. Ogden said he does not know whether the student got sick in Franklin.

The student was diagnosed with H1N1, treated, and recovered before returning home to Franklin on May 18, Ogden said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Elsewhere - school topics of interest

In the Boston Globe West section there are two articles of interest.

One talks about Littleton proposing to change their school calendar to eliminate specific religious holidays and to offer the students a "floating" holiday instead. They are attempting to make the calendar more inclusive for all religions and yet still provide the time off with no repercussion to the students for their religious holiday. Read more here

The second talks of two different approaches to the school building process being piloted by the State. You are probably aware that Franklin is still waiting for word on where the High School fits on the listing. Current indications are that it doesn't fit very high on the listing as the building is in "general good shape" and does have a couple of specific needs; improvements for accessibility and science labs. Natick and Wayland have taken different routes on their school plans. The details are reviewed in the article here.

Franklin can continue to wait, and hope for some State aid, or decide to do something sooner rather than later on their own. The longer we wait, given the continued budget cuts effecting the overall operations at the High School, the more likely the accreditation status could change for the worse.

If you are concerned about the high school, try and find out what the School Building Committee is doing. Are they meeting to review their options, or are they waiting?

What should they do?

"actually freezing their wages"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 27, 2009 @ 10:32 PM

FRANKLIN —

While the School Committee is still trying to clinch a deal with the teachers union, the cafeteria workers' vote for a wage freeze is valid, said School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy.

The cafeteria workers are one of six units that comprise the Franklin Education Association, Roy said. The units negotiate separately, he said.

At Tuesday night's School Committee meeting, cafeteria workers' representatives announced the group had voted 19-9 in favor of freezing their wages through next June.

Their contract was due to expire June 30, 2009, Roy said, but the group choose to extend it by a year. A newly negotiated contract will take effect July 1, 2010, Roy said.

"They are the only group that's actually freezing their wages - everybody else is talking about deferring wages," he said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


"Someone needs to be responsible"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 27, 2009 @ 11:05 PM

FRANKLIN —

Now that their mission seems nearly complete, members of the long-range financial planning committee last night said they want to "keep the momentum going" regarding public interest in town finances.

"People are ripe right now, people are starting to listen," said School Committee member Roberta Trahan, a member of the committee.

The feedback is mostly positive, said Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting, reading bits of residents' e-mails.

Doug Hardesty, the group's vice chairman and one of two citizens-at-large on the board, said, "Everywhere I go, people are talking about it."

The group spent the last year meeting, researching and compiling a report on the town's finances and fiscal outlook, which culminated in a public presentation on April 27.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Read the live reporting from this meeting here


New England Sports Celebration - 5/31/09


From the Facebook page for the New England Sports Celebration
Come down and help us raise funds for the F.X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center PCC. We are planning a fun-filled family day celebrating the proud tradition of New England sports!!

Currently, we have Boston hockey legend TERRY O'REILLY coming down to sign autographs from 2PM-4PM.

Signatures are $15 each with no charge for inscriptions. You are welcome to bring your own items, and we will have a great selection of pictures, pucks and other items available for sale!


Also from 2PM - 4PM, Wally the Green Monster will be visiting to take pictures and sign autographs for his fans for FREE!!!

AND JUST ANNOUNCED - Football Legend STEVE GROGAN will also be available from 2PM-4PM!!! Signatures are $15 each with no charge for inscriptions.

There will be lots of other fun activities for the kids, as well.
Cash bar and concessions will be available. did we mention....ADMISSION IS FREE!!!

This is a public event and we want to pack the place - so please feel free to invite anyone you would like!!! A lot more to come on this...

SAVE THE DATE!!


here's a sneak peak at our raffle prize list -

Curt Schilling autographed Jersey
Bruins Alumni Jersey (signed by over 20 players including Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, Brad Park, "Pie" McKenzie...)
Red Sox Jersey signed by Bill "Spaceman" Lee
Shawn Thornton autographed Bruins Jersey
30+ autographed 8x10's of misc players including Sammy Morris, Lawrence Maroney, Cam Neely & Ray Bourque
Over a dozen baseballs autographed by players such as Jim Lonborg, Rico Petrocelli, Bill "Spaceman" Lee and the "wild thing" Jonathan Papelbon!
autographed pucks from Bruins greats - Rick Middleton, Milt Schmidt and more
T-shirts signed by current Bruins players including Phil Kessel, Blake Wheeler & Milan Lucic!
There will be other memorabilia signed by players including Vince Wilfork
Lots of other non-autographed items, too. Including a dart boards set, tickets to the Brockton Rox, Pinz gift cards, "Supahfans" T-shirts, Pump-it-Up party...There's a lot!!

We are setting up lots of fun activities in our "Kid's Tailgate Party" room, too.

This is going to be a lot of fun and it's for a great cause. hope to see everyone there!!

Financial Plng Comm 05/27/09

The collected posts from the Financial Planning Committee meeting on 5/27/09


If you have not viewed the draft report produced by the committee:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Live reporting - FPC - cont'd

Modify the report
Take to Council for 7/1/09
Endorsement of the findings
Consent, approval to come up with a plan
FPC takes lead on next steps
Finalize plan before November election so the candidates can at least talk to it

Reference to J Pfeffer's email feedback
Deb Bartlett to all, then Doug to confirm that the changes have already been incorporated or could be, then Doug to cycle back with her to confirm the report is okay.

June 25th 7:30 PM next meeting

Live reporting - Financial Planning Committee 5/27/09

Attending: Roche, Bartlett, Nutting, Zollo, Hardesty, Cameron, Wilschek, Kelly, Trahan
Absent: Ogden, Whalen

Approved minutes of 4/23/09

Document located off the Town Administrators page although the Committee is listed as a subcommittee of the Town Council

Discussion on potential schedule for budget, open hearing on 10th, continue it the 11th, and then continue to the 24th. At that point decide upon a number, and go with that. You can adjust later. Especially if the State hasn't made their decision.

Reading some of the citizen feedback via email.

One feedback is better PR on what the Town has done to cut costs.

The problem is real. What are we going to do to get out of this mess?

Short term, finalize the report; let the Town Council, School Committee, FinCom accept the report and then they should set next steps. Probably shouldn't come up with recommendations before they specifically ask us.

Within 2 or 3 key assumptions, this is the number. They can go with that.

School Committee Mtg 05/26/09

This is the collection of live reporting posts from the School Committee meeting of 5/26/09

"very serious fundraising"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 27, 2009 @ 12:59 AM

FRANKLIN —

The Franklin Fourth of July Coalition is seeking the public's help to raise $30,000 for this year's fireworks and parade as well as starter money for next year's celebration.

"In order to keep this tradition alive, it's important that we, as a private group not affiliated with government, get public support," said coalition co-Chairman Michael Walker-Jones.

"This celebration is one of the things that contributes to the quality of life in the Franklin region," he said.

Three major donors the nonprofit organization had been looking to for funds totaling $20,000 are not able to help during the recession, he said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


"There was no mention"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 26, 2009 @ 11:12 PM

FRANKLIN —

The School Committee last night voted to continue until June 9 its public hearing on the fiscal 2010 budget, wanting to give the public another opportunity to be heard.

School administrators are still waiting to hear from the state about how much local aid and other funding Franklin will receive, said Superintendent Wayne Ogden and Assistant Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski.

To provide the same level of services and teachers as last year, the district needs a budget of $53.8 million, but through reductions in expenses (such as health care premiums, wage freezes for administrators and non-union staff), the district needs $53.29 million, Ogden said.

Administrators expect the district will receive $1.5 million via circuit breaker aid (reimbursement for special education costs), state and federal stimulus funds, what is called "extraordinary relief" for special education costs, and funds for School Choice.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Live reporting - New business/Closing

Kelly - The fund raiser for the ECDC, notifications can be found here on Franklin Matters

A big thank you to all the bands for their performance for the Memorial Day parade.

Trahan - to thank the town, it was a wonderful day and a great community effort.

Slight - The cuts in PE/Health, 69% of the kids drink and the first line of defense is activity. Health education is a huge problem..

Ogden - the point is still a string one, it will still be a requirement it but just not as frequently.

Roy - Bob Fahey indicated that the school had participated to a great extent in the fund raising for the monument. We are looking to get them here to recognize their efforts. It might not be until September but Mr Fahey will be here to recognize them.

Motion to go into Executive Session, not to return to public meeting, passed 7-0

Live reporting - Superintendents report

Preliminary report, shows a possible 10 retirements, four officially have filed the paperwork, the other six have the paperwork but not turned it in yet.

This may give us some flexibility with keeping some staff by using the retirement to avoid a layoff.

Live reporting - Action items

4. Action Items
  • I recommend to amend the preamble of the existing agreement of the Bi-County Collaborative to include the School Committee of the Town of Walpole, MA. approved 7-0
  • I recommend approval of the Parmenter Primary Learning Center field trip to Roger Williams Park, in Providence, RI on June 2, 2009. approved 7-0
  • I recommend approval of the 2009-2010 School Committee Meeting Schedule. Amend calendar to July 21st from July 13th approved 7-0
  • I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed. approved 7-0
  • I recommend acceptance of the donation of $5,000.00 to the FHS Science department in memory of Mr. Donald Redpath from the Sanofi Pasteur Company. approved 7-0
  • I recommend approval of the request of Peter Light to declare the attached list of additional FHS Library books as surplus. approved 7-0
  • I recommend acceptance the following checks for the Franklin High School Scholarships as listed: approved 7-0
1. $500.00 from Alan Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
2. $500.00 from Carla & Richard Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
3. $500.00 from Philip & Jennifer Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
4. $500.00 from Nancy Lovely for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
5. $500.00 from Janet Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
6. $5,000.00 from Jessie Lo & Michael Johnson for the Michael N. Johnson Alumni.
  • I recommend approval of the RMS Gr. 8 Science field trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo on June 8, 2009 as detailed. approved 7-0

Live reporting - Acceptable Use Policy

The subcommittee will take another crack at this and bring it back

Live reporting - Detailed Questions FY 2010

Armenio - I know this is position related, what impact will this have on the district?
Sabolinski - other districts are adding this position, we are cutting this. That is one impact. We will try and spread some of the reporting around.

Armenio - these are not options, these are requirements
Sabolinski - yes, this will be difficult

Armenio - we're zeroing this out, this will be more of a capital item. When you look at social studies they only went up to the Vietnam War.
Sabolinski - we are replacing books this year that are over a dozen years old.

Cafasso - can you tell me how this is up after years of being down?
Goodman - each school got their allocations and depending upon how they used it at their level, the schools across the board the got the same amount as they got last year, it is their discretion on how they are using it.

Armenio - question on field trips, this was taken out years ago
Goodman - this is a coding issue, all transportation should be in the 3300 series, any non-school to home transportation should be here, so visits between schools, to TriCounty these fall here

Cafasso - Where is this coming from?
Goodman - this is a growth from year to year, there is a contract in place, we have added a bus, some of this is offset with the pay-to-ride fees but this is still underfunded.

Cafasso - This is a philosophical decision that we are not fully funding the cost of the transportation.
Sabolinski - that becomes a bigger philosophical decision when you come to high school sports, those are not fully funded either. the entire population effectively subsidizes the few who use it

Cafasso - my question was designed to see if we were seeing cost increases in the contract?

Rohrbach - Can someone explain what it means?
Waters - We have approx 70 students, a small percent of the total population. There needs are such that we can not provide within the district. Those tuitions can range from 25,000 to 200,000 per student. The total is 3.8 million. We are actually doing better than elsewhere. For a district our size, to have only 70 out of district is good. We have increased programs to keep students within the district here where possible.

Armenio - we are notified of tuition rate increases around Dec 15th?
Waters - The out of district schools can apply for an increase to the State at any time, we have no control over that.

Greydon Smith, citizen - what is our responsibility for special education?
Waters- special education is federally mandated as well as at the State. The students have a right to education, the decisions are made by the team. The number you see is legally mandated.

Citizen - and what is the funding for this?
Ogden - explains that we don't get direct funding for it, the State does participate with "circuit breaker" funds
Goodman - we get reimbursed about 20%

Roy - we have options with what we can do for the public hearing. we can close it for tonight, or continue it to a future date?
Cafasso - I would move to continue the hearing to a future date.

Motion to continue the hearing until June 9th
Passed 6-1

Live reporting - FY 2010 Budget Q and A

Armenio - will the schedule rotate?
Light - we are still working out the details but yes it will rotate

Armenio - fees won't go away, participation may go down, I'm not happy with the fees. What about enrollment?
Light - we are estimating an increase of about 50-75 but things are still in flux

Kelly - The elementary numbers changed from the 3/24/09 presentation, can you explain the difference?
Minkle - The numbers are closer to actual but have been changing; April 30th enrollment, May 15th kindergarten enrollment, with a teacher reduction of 20 (versus 30 prior)

Cafasso - What will happen now with the library space? What will they be used for, how will the students use them?
Sabolinski - Assistance to checkin/checkout books will still exist, teachers can still bring their classes, there just won't be instruction in the library

Cafasso - Hard to predict what extracurriculars will be offered depending upon the teachers remaining and the student interest
Wittcoff - The middle school programs change each year depending upon the teachers and the student interest

Cafasso - Are any left in the district?
Ogden - Yes, elementary level

Cafasso - What is the role of CET in our district?
Wittcoff - They provide support to teachers in instructional practices
Ogden - There is a hope that some of the stimulus funds can be used to restore some of these positions outside of the budget.

Cafasso - Would you like to add anything to this discussion?
Wittcoff - The corner stone of the middle school model is teaming, by teaming, the teachers are sharing the same students. This allows the teachers to share and identify the students for help as required. This level is second only to the elementary level in rate of brain growth. This is a critical period, this model has been in use for 50 years, anything less than this would be a step back in time.

Cafasso - I don't see a fee cap for a family?
Ogden - We did not reach agreement in the subcommittee

Cafasso - I am disappointed with where we are, at a time when the President has announced the first Latino women in an appointment to the Supreme Court, schools are supposed to be the safety net for kids.

Rohrbach - What will PE/Health look like next year?
Ogden - Peter Light (High school principal) has not completed collecting data from the students. I can say it will look different, there will be less. The high school will look more like the elementary model where they get it once a week.

Live reporting - FY 2010 Discussion

Salary a big chunk
Health care, Transportation, and Out of district tuition account for the bulk of the remaining amount.

Elementary level $210
Middle Schools $225
High School $355

This is the apportionment of the budget on a per pupil basis
Some of the budget line item changes can be directly attributed to these amounts flowing to the schools

Overall reducing 42-25 positions with this budget

High School
Asst Principal, Secretary, Librarian, and four teachers = total of seven positions

Class sizes can remain manageable with a change in the schedule from 7 period rotating to a 6 period schedule. 60 minute per period.

Middle Schools
2 grade 6 teachers
4 grade 7 teachers
4 grade 8 teachers
2 music
1 librarian
1 Math curriculum enhancement teacher

Class sizes remain significantly high

Elementary Schools
18.5 classroom teachers
2.5 librarians
1.2 specialists

Class size will be much increased, 21 of the 30 class groupings will exceed School Committee guidelines

User Activity Fees
As announced previously, the fees will increase over the next three years to bring the fee revenue into a 50/50 support level with the budget assumptions

Athletic fees, pay-to-ride, extracurricular fees are the three areas covered.
Page 9 depicts the fee schedule for the next three years

A calculation of the fees shows a "typical" family with students at the High School could amount to $3,000 per year. This would be about 60% of the average property tax amount.

The budget reduction targeted 3 million has come within 1,489,233.
The Senate budget differs significantly from the House and Governor's budget. That amount is not reflected in the numbers shown here.

Summary
  • No late bus
  • High school scheduling changes
  • Split teams at the Middle Schools
  • Larger elementary class sizes
  • Programing changes (Music, library, PE/Health)
  • Fewer extracurricular activities

Live reporting - FY 2010 Budget

This is the budget document from the packet for the meeting this evening


Live reporting - Cafeteria takes deferment

The cafeteria workers voted to take the wage increase deferment for this year.

Live reporting - School Committee 5/26/09

Attending: Armenio, Cafasso, Kelly, Mullen, Roy, Rohrbach, Trahan
Missing: none

1. Routine Business

Citizen’s Comments - none

Review of Agenda - remove warrants from the agenda for tonight

Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 12, 2009 School Committee Meeting. Motion to approve, passed 7-0

Payroll Ms. Armenio

FHS Student Representatives

Correspondence: 1. Letter from Ms. Barbara Hiss

live reporting - presentations

Mary Cole - high school track athlete broke the 2 mile record at 11:31

(pictures later)

"teaching does not end at the bell"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 25, 2009 @ 11:10 PM

FRANKLIN —

With the fate of at least 16 jobs resting on whether the School Committee and teachers union can agree on a proposed wage deferral, teachers' benefits, workloads and contracts have lately become matters of public debate.

Online comments about some recent Daily News stories on the situation have implied teachers are living "the good life," with three months of vacation, six-hour days that end at 3 p.m., and salaries that burden taxpayers.

Others insist teachers are working 80-hour weeks for low pay, and just don't get the respect from the School Committee they deserve for providing an invaluable service.

This differing views have led to the question: What, exactly, is in that 140-page teachers contract?

It is a complex document, said School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy.

Read the full article on the teacher's contract in the Milford Daily News here

Note: The article is incorrectly reporting on the teacher "demands" (Bold for my emphasis)

" ... the permanent removal of the requirement for teachers to attend one of five floating after-school meetings."

My analysis covering the back story can be found here


Dedication Program

If you'd like to review the program for the Memorial Day Dedication of the Iraq/Afghanistan monument on the Town Common, you can do that here.




If you missed the ceremony or would like to listen to a replay, you can find the audio for the complete ceremony here

School Committee - Agenda - 5/26/09

Call to order Mr. Roy
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence

1. Routine Business


Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 12, 2009 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Kelly
Payroll Ms. Armenio
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: 1. Letter from Ms. Barbara Hiss

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FY10 Budget
b. Mary Cole – Track Star

3. Discussion Only Items

FY10 Budget Hearing
First Reading – Acceptable Use Policy

4. Action Items
  • I recommend to amend the preamble of the existing agreement of the Bi-County Collaborative to include the School Committee of the Town of Walpole, MA.
  • I recommend approval of the Parmenter Primary Learning Center field trip to Roger Williams Park, in Providence, RI on June 2, 2009.
  • I recommend approval of the 2009-2010 School Committee Meeting Schedule.
  • I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
  • I recommend acceptance of the donation of $5,000.00 to the FHS Science department in memory of Mr. Donald Redpath from the Sanofi Pasteur Company.
  • I recommend approval of the request of Peter Light to declare the attached list of additional FHS Library books as surplus.
  • I recommend acceptance the following checks for the Franklin High School Scholarships as listed:
1. $500.00 from Alan Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
2. $500.00 from Carla & Richard Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
3. $500.00 from Philip & Jennifer Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
4. $500.00 from Nancy Lovely for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
5. $500.00 from Janet Guidrey for the Susan E. Guidrey Memorial.
6. $5,000.00 from Jessie Lo & Michael Johnson for the Michael N. Johnson Alumni.
  • I recommend approval of the RMS Gr. 8 Science field trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo on June 8, 2009 as detailed.

5. Information Matters

Superintendent’s Report
a. Honorary Diploma
b. Retirements

School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business

To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session

Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

Monday, May 25, 2009

Channel 5 Coverage

Hundreds gathered in Franklin Monday to support two families at the dedication of a memorial honoring their sons.

"Their names are inscribed on that monument, and we want people to understand the sacrifice that was made by Shayne and Robert and the sacrifice of their families," said veterans agent Bob Fahey.

For months, three Franklin High School seniors collected hundreds of dollars at lunch. Workers donated materials and their time, and the garden club created a beautiful setting.

Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino, 19, and Staff Sgt. Robert Pirelli, 29, were both killed in Iraq. They were honored by a community that will never forget their sacrifices.
Read the full article on the Channel 5 site here

FM #40 - Memorial Day 2009

With no intro/closing music this time, we jump directly to the ceremony on the Franklin Town Common May 25, 2009.

This is the annual Memorial Day remembrance and the dedication of the new Iraq/Afghanistan monument inscribed for Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino, and Staff Sgt. Robert R. Pirelli.

You can navigate to a specific section of the ceremony with the listing below.

Time: 48 minutes, 28 seconds



MP3 File

Numbers listed refer to the minutes/seconds of the recording
  • Opening Statements
  • Invocation – Rev Charles Eastman 00:40
  • National Anthem – FHS Band 2:00
  • Bob Fahey 3:30
  • Chris Feeley 8:30
  • Rep Jim Vallee 9:23
  • Sen Scott Brown 12:43
  • Cabino/Pirelli parents escorted 14:38
  • Monument unveiled 15:44
  • Moment of silence 17:00
  • Jodi Cabino/Nancy Pirelli 19:35
  • Story of the monument 23:20
  • Dave Roche 25:46
  • Monument Committee introductions 30:40
  • Dedication – Rev Carol Rosine 33:00
  • Placement of wreaths 37:00
  • Reading the list of Franklin heroes 41:44
  • 21 gun salute 44:25
  • Taps 44:45
  • Final thanks 46:15
  • Benediction – Rev Abraham Waya 47:30

Town Common Memorials


Town Common Memorials, originally uploaded by shersteve.

The blue cover of the new memorial will come off during the ceremony immediately following the parade later this morning.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM.

The unveiling should begin approximately 11:15 AM.

Franklin: Oak St Memorial Day performance

Parents, grandparents, family and friends of Oak St gathered on Friday to hear the Memorial Day performance by the entire school.

"much of the school budget is still in the air"

Milford Daily News
Posted May 24, 2009 @ 08:51 PM

FRANKLIN —

The School Committee will begin its public hearing on the budget tomorrow with no idea what the state will award the district, said Superintendent Wayne Ogden.

As of Friday afternoon, the state Senate budget gives Franklin $1.7 million less than the governor's budget, and schools are slated to take about half of that hit.

In total, $1.5 million - including $800,000 in savings from a prospective wage concession from the teacher's union - is in flux in the school budget, Ogden said.

Ogden, School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy, and committee member Ed Cafasso said they were surprised at the Senate slashing Franklin's aid.

The meeting will reflect the recent changes in those numbers, Roy said.

Read more about the school budget in the Milford Daily News here

The opportunity to provide direction to the school committee on what you'd approve of for increases in fees and cuts in services begins with the budget hearing opening Tuesday night.

Tell the School Committee what you think.

more teens caught drinking

Milford Daily News
Posted May 24, 2009 @ 08:47 PM

FRANKLIN —

More than a dozen people were arrested Saturday night after police raided a party on Charles Drive, police said.

After receiving a call on Saturday at 11:25 p.m., about loud youths in the area, police responded and arrested 14 people between the ages of 18 and 23.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

It wasn't so long ago that FHS hosted the wonderful presentation on teen drinking and substance abuse (Dec 2008). That evening's message appears to have been wasted.

Events in the schools this week

ASMS - Class of 2009 Reunion (Cafetorium) 5/26/09 4:00 PM

Oak - Kindergarten Information Night 5/27/09 6:30 PM

Keller - Fun Fair 5/27/09 4-6:30 PM

Keller - Kindergarten End of Year Performance (Café) 5/28/09 9:00 AM

JFK - 4th Gr. Expo 5/28/09 8:30-10:30 AM

FHS - Sophomore Banquet (Café) 5/29/09 7-10:30 PM

JFK - 2nd Gr. Family Day 5/29/09 All Day

Check each school website for additional information on these events.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

FM #39-11 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 11 - Final

This recording for Franklin Matters is the eleventh and final part of the special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 7 minutes, 11 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-10 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 10

FM #39-9 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 9

FM #39-8 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 8

FM #39-7 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 7

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1


Session Notes:


Music intro
My intro
FM #39-11

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-11 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the second round of Q&A with

unidentified person, moved from Maryland in 1983,

Gov Patrick thinks aggregation of services should be explored, the solution may not the same for every service – then goes into a quick closing comment


I hope you have learned something from listening to one or more of these segments. I have found them very insightful.

here we go

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-10 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 10

This recording for Franklin Matters is the tenth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 14 minutes, 54 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-9 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 9

FM #39-8 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 8

FM #39-7 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 7

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1


Session Notes:


Music intro
My intro
FM #39-10

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-10 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the second round of Q&A with
Paul – these revenue increases are a “no-brainer” to me, casino revenue should be considered, thanks for reaching out (comment part of the video summary)

Sandra – special ed day program currently being cut could cause one of the two job holders to lose their job to provide the care

Jessie – casino and gambling issues have not be given a proper public discussion, for every dollar in revenue to the state costs 3-4 dollars in providing services related to gambling addiction

Gov Patrick closes this segment with his position on the casino/gambling discussion

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-9 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 9

This recording for Franklin Matters is the ninth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 13 minutes, 49 seconds



MP3 File


FM #39-8 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 8

FM #39-7 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 7

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1


Session Notes:

Music intro
My intro
FM #39-9

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-9 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th starts a second round of Q&A by picking 5 people. The discussion continues with

Mary Anne – talking about “community first” vs “kids first”, involve the employee unions in looking at the reforms

Marian – DCR parks can charge more

Gov Patrick talks about the value choice we have made

Chris – talks about Federal money for Rails to Trails

Rep Vallee – jumps in has reached out to Gov Patrick about this

Gov Patrick says “here locally there is some good news coming”

Manasa – beyond taxing, what else can you ask of me, this is a game changer, what can we do to help?

Gov Patrick – I can't thank you enough for asking this question. Suggests cleaning up the parks regularly.


Great sound bite from this section, already shared as a “found sherku”
We better start behaving
Like we are members
Of the same community

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

"land conservation outpaced development"

"The ideal situation is to intensify development in smaller areas so there are more acres to permanently protect. That's the way the planning world is thinking right now," said Bryan Taberner, Franklin's planning director. "But you also have the economics of it, and a person has the right to develop their land and there are a lot of issues at play."

Taberner said he thinks the size of houses will plateau because "as we know, a lot of people over-bought and a lot of people are going to be looking to sell and get into something smaller."

Read the full article on the recently updated Audubon Society report on development vs preservation in the Milford Daily News here


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Kodak Digital Camera Found

A Kodak digital camera with a red case was found in the driveway to the Parmenter Elementary School on Wachusetts St on Saturday morning.

It looks like it has been run over. The screen is cracked but it powers on. There are pictures stored on the card.

The camera was left with the Franklin Police Dept on Panther Way and can be claimed there.

"Lawn watering is restricted"

GateHouse News Service
Posted May 22, 2009 @ 06:35 PM

FRANKLIN —

Because of the tremendous increase in the demand for water and state restrictions on the amount of water that can be pumped daily, the town must place mandatory water conservation measures in effect for lawn watering during the summer months, beginning Tuesday, May 26.

The summer Water Conservation Measures are needed to limit the daily demand on the water system in order to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the town. There have been 24-hour periods during which water consumption has been more than twice our average daily water usage for the year.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

I don't buy this logic. The Town Council is considering a sewer rate increase because water usage is down and yet there is a "tremendous increase in the demand for water".

Oh, and you also bury the story on the holiday weekend! Come on.

Sorry guys, it is either one or the other, can't have it both ways.



Nothing To No One

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Friday, May 22, 2009

FM #39-8 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 8

This recording for Franklin Matters is the eighth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 11 minutes, 58 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-7 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 7

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro My intro FM #39-8

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-8 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the Q&A session with

Michael Walker Jones – pension reform, the outliers do not represent the
whole

Gov Patrick – some of his comments in the video summary come from this
section of the discussion.

Rep Vallee chimes in not in an attempt to mediate between two of his friends,
he thinks both are right, pension reform abuses need to be stopped

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-7 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 7

This recording for Franklin Matters is the seventh of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 13 minutes, 17 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro My intro FM #39-7

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-7 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the Q&A session with

Jeff – proposal for 5 transportation agencies (1) to reduce costs (2) improve interconnection capabilities
Max – index Prop 2 ½ for inflation, repeal requirement for non-progressive
income tax clause
updating the Chap 70 formula

Town Council Chairperson Chris Feeley clarifies Max's comment that Franklin if it doesn't meet the net school spending level as determined by the State would be forced to fund the schools from the municipal side of the budget or stand to loose their Chap 70 funds.

Some communities desire to remain isolated and hinder the progress of the rest of the region

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-6 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 6

This recording for Franklin Matters is the sixth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 15 minutes, 8 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro My intro FM #39-6

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-6 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the Q&A session with
Bill – education funding from property taxes is broken system
other unidentified comments touch on the regionalization issue

Rep Vallee chimes in on property tax relief commending the Gov for being a strong advocate

Gov Patrick concedes we are over reliant on property taxes to support local government. His proposals for additional revenue (1) the gas tax, (2) the hotel and meals tax, (3) removal of the exemption on the telephone pole tax.

We have over 200 911 centers in MA, CA a far bigger state, has only 4, their response time is the same or better than ours. Regionalization here in New England is a third rail. We have to figure out how to combine things.

Here we go ...

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-5 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 5

This recording for Franklin Matters is the fifth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 13 minutes, 49 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro My intro FM #39-5

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-5 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the Q&A session with
Christy – concerned about the whole child and Chapter 70 funding
Laura – Mass Academy for Math & Sciences, a cooperative venture with WPI

Gov Patrick address the “urban legend” about this roomful of cash at the State House and if you get him in a good mood, it is there for the taking. It is not. “Are you willing to contribute more to the status quo?”

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-4 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 4

This recording for Franklin Matters is the fourth of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 11 minutes, 49 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro
My intro
FM #39-4

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-4 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick at the Franklin Senior center on Sunday May 17th continues the Q&A session with
Ann – special education reimbursement from MedicAid
Jenny – special education advisory council, 64% returns to the schools but not all of it gets to special ed. How about taxing clothing? This was part of the video summary.

Gov Patrick's response is masterful. Part of his response is also captured in the video summary.

Here we go....

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-3 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 3

This recording for Franklin Matters is the third of a special series to replay the discussion at the Franklin Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 14 minutes, 24 seconds



MP3 File


FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1


Session Notes:

Music intro
My intro
FM #39-3

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-3 in the series.

In this segment, we hear the first questions after the presentation. Gov Patrick moderates the discussion with
Wendy – school nurse vs school based health centers
Lynn – Worcester public health service cuts
Alice – dedicated funds remain assigned to the purpose as designated

This segment has two great sound bites:

One I already turned into a sherku when Gov Patrick was talking of growing up and his Grandmother's saying:
My Grandmother forbid us
To say we’re poor; “you’re broke,
Broke is temporary.”


Second, Gov Patrick on the proposed gas tax: “Last summer we sent $4 to OPEC and got nothing for it, here we are talking about 19 cents and getting something for it.”

The Governor closes this segment by picking the next 7 people to get around to in the Forum.

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-2 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 2

This recording for Franklin Matters is the second of a special series to replay the discussion at the Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 26 minutes, 57 seconds



MP3 File

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

Session Notes:

Music intro
My intro
FM #39-2

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-2 in the series.

This segment of the Town Hall Forum conducted by Governor Deval Patrick replays the presentation. We pick up with the Gov completing his introduction and setting out the ground rules. He turns the mic over to Brendan Ryan, Director of Civic Engagement who takes us through a series of slides.

I intend to synchronize this audio with the actual slides. Synchronizing the audio with the slides will make this segment much easier to listen to as each time they refer to a slide, they don't always read what is on the slide itself. In the meantime, here is the audio.

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

FM #39-1 Gov Patrick Town Hall - Part 1

This recording for Franklin Matters is the first of a special series to replay the discussion at the Senior Center on May 17 when Governor Deval Patrick conducted his Town Hall Forum.

Time: 7 minutes, 4 seconds



MP3 File

Session Notes

Music intro
My intro
FM #39-1

This internet radio show or podcast for Franklin Matters is number 39-1 in the series.

This segment will be one of a special series to cover the Town Hall Forum conducted at the Senior Center on Sunday, May 17th by Governor Deval Patrick.

The recording of the full almost two hour session will be broken into segments to make it easier to listen to (time wise). This first segments will picks up with the introduction by Representative Jim Vallee, and then Gov Deval Patrick sets the ground rules for the discussion that follows.

The recording jumps into Rep Vallee's intro. I apologize for missing the welcome remarks by Town Council Chairperson Chris Feeley.

Gov Patrick's ground rules and execution of what follows is a wonderful example of facilitating a respectful discussion.

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This podcast has been a public service provided to my fellow citizens of Franklin, MA

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.blogspot.com/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network
Jon Schmidt - Powerful Exhilarating Piano Music

Photo essay - 3rd Thursday - Block Party

On a night when the sky was clear

Franklin_90521HowClear

The sun was setting

Franklin_90521SunSetting

These guys were concentrating on playing good music

Franklin_90521Intent

The acoustic section of the group "Nothing to No One" was something to listen to for many

Franklin_90521Singing

Have something to eat or drink at Cafe Dolce

Franklin_90521CafeDolce

Come on down to celebrate the next Third Thursday in June!

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Gov Patrick video summary

The Governor has posted his video summary of the Forum at the Senior Center on Sunday, May 17th.

You can view this almost 4 minute video:



I'll have the audio for the full Forum coming out in sections during the day Friday.

Governor's visit, summarized; short and sweet

These two sherku were written as a result of Governor Patrick's visit to Franklin's Senior center on Sunday. I am working to publish the audio of the session in sections so if you missed the event, you can still listen to what was said during his visit.

Gov Patrick says

Tough state budget choices
Most of these things we will
Pay for sooner or later

What is a sherku?

This is almost a "found" poem as it an amalgam of Gov Patrick's remarks when he visited Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09).


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Gov Patrick says

We better start behaving
Like we are members
Of the same community

What is a sherku?

This is a "found" poem - Governor Patrick said this during his visit to Franklin on Sunday (5/17/09).