Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Parking Ban Activated

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02/28/2012

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
807 AM EST WED FEB 29 2012

...WINTRY WEATHER THIS AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY...

MAZ007-013>016-292115-
/O.CON.KBOX.WW.Y.0010.120229T1700Z-120301T2300Z/
EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...GLOUCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...
CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY
807 AM EST WED FEB 29 2012

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
6 PM EST THURSDAY...

* LOCATIONS...GREATER BOSTON METRO AREA INCLUDING THE NORTH SHORE.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES WITH A LIGHT COATING OF ICE.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN AROUND 4 PM AND SHOULD BE HEAVY FOR A
 TIME THROUGH THE EVENING COMMUTE. SNOW WILL BECOME LIGHTER
 TONIGHT AND MAY MIX WITH...OR CHANGE TO SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
 A WINTRY MIX SHOULD LINGER INTO THURSDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...POOR VISIBILITY AND SLIPPERY TRAVEL DURING THE
 EVENING COMMUTE...AND POSSIBLY DURING THE THURSDAY MORNING
 COMMUTE AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SNOW AND ICE WILL HAVE
AN IMPACT ON TRAVEL. DRIVERS SHOULD PLAN ON EXTRA TRAVEL TIME AND
BE ALERT FOR ICY SPOTS ON ROADWAYS.






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New Franklin High School: Educational Design Features

The School Building Committee delivered this presentation at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012.

New Franklin High School: Educational Design Features - Revised

Note: this is an update version of the presentation!

As soon as the video of the meeting is available, it will be linked to here.

"a great opportunity for the students"


“It’s a beautiful, beautiful plan,” member Pamela McIntyre said. “I completely support this. This is something that absolutely needs to happen.” 
School Building Committee Chairman and Town Councilor Thomas Mercer, high school Principal Peter Light and Ai3 architect Jim Jordan gave a presentation on the project last night, the board’s first since the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved the new school in January. 
They explained many of the points already aired to other committees in town. 
The proposed school is expected to cost $104.6 million, but substantial reimbursement from the state means the town would pay about $47 million.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1911642689/Franklin-School-Committee-members-in-favor-of-new-high-school#ixzz1nlmCS5xr

Respectfully, "many of the points already aired to other committees in town" may indeed be accurate for those who have heard about this project. The major financial points, date for the vote, etc. those have not changed. In the presentations that I have been able to attend, there are many details shown here for the first time. I heartily recommend viewing the presentation itself. The layout of the building, the slide details shown bring out some features not previously revealed. The walking distance between classes, the cluster arrangement, the layout of the new building super-imposed over the layout of the existing... All impressive points!

Attention: Franklin Investment-type Property Owners


Real Estate Income & Expense Filing Deadline Income & Expense data requests were mailed January 19, 2012 for all parcels (including utility easements, however excepting totally vacant land) classified Commercial, Industrial, Apartment (4 or more units) and Mixed Use. These Income & Expense (I & E) Forms about the operation of the Real Estate are due to file in the Office of the Board of Assessors on or before March 19, 2012. 
Failure of an owner or lessee of real property to comply with such request within 60 days after it has been made by the Board of Assessors shall be automatic grounds for dismissal of a filing at the Appellate Tax Board. 
If an owner or lessee of Class one, residential (e.g. apartment or mixed use) property fails to submit the information within the time and in the form prescribed, the owner shall be assessed an additional penalty for the next ensuing tax year in the amount of $50. 
If an owner or lessee of Class three, commercial or Class four, industrial property fails to submit the information within the time and in the form prescribed, the owner or lessee shall be assessed an additional penalty for the next ensuing tax year in the amount of $250. 
If you did not receive an Income & Expense Form, please request one in writing by mail or in person at our office.

 Board of Assessors information
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_Assessors/index


The Governor's Budget and Health Care in Massachusetts



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This budget brief describes the proposals in the Governor's FY13 budget which affect MassHealth (Medicaid) and other health care programs.
   
The Governor's initiatives are designed to:
  • Promote long-term changes in the health care delivery system
  • Help state health programs implement federal health reform requirements  
  • Improve the administrative capacity of the MassHealth program
In addition, the report describes plans to reduce projected spending by $544.4 million--as well as an effort to tap enhanced federal matching funds worth $45 million in new federal revenues. 
   
This is the first in a series of reports that will be published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

MassBudget provides independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies--with particular attention to the effects on low- and moderate-income people.


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Meeting to talk about the future of Franklin

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Wicked Local Franklin News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 2/28/12

The public is invited to a workshop on the future of Franklin tomorrow night at 6. (Yes, that really is today - Wednesday, Feb 29)

Things you can do from here:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 28, 1858


Pleasant (or rather hazy) & warm 34 above zero Went to meeting all day. Mr. Hooker preached. The secretary of the Mass Home Missionary Society went to meeting in the eve at Dea Whitings with Jos & Sarah. Mr. Hooker preached.



In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  
 



Hold the date - March 15

How cool that the 15th Annual Trivia Bee will be held on March 15th!


FEF Trivia Bee Flyer 2012


Hold the date on your calendar!

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Court date set in Dean College attack

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Alison McCall/Daily News staff on 2/27/12

The former Dean College student accused of beating a classmate on campus and stealing his shoes will be in court for a pretrial conference on April 2, according to Wrentham District Court documents.

Things you can do from here:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 27, 1858


Very Pleasant & warm 16 above zero Finished packing the ice. Sawed some (birch) wood. Went to schoolhouse & trimmed the lamps and to Mr. Pherson & staid in store some. Jos was gone to Mr. Frosts most the afternoon. Father went to Dedham with Wm Miller. Went to Lyceum in eve.


In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  
 

All-State Track: 600 - K Knous


The only other champion from the local area was Franklin’s Kendal Knous, who outkicked Natick’s Laurie Femmel in the final 100 meters to win the 600 in 1:34.04. Knous’ time is the fastest in the state this winter, and fourth-fastest in the country. 
“It feels incredible, I can’t even describe it,” said Knous, who won the event for the third straight year. “Especially because I did so well my sophomore and junior years that I felt like I had something to prove. I wanted to prove that it wasn’t just a mistake. I’ve always relied on my kick and just the adrenaline of the last lap drove me to win.” 
“My goal was to go out fast and try to get Kendal to run my race,” said Femmel, who finished in 1:34.70. “So I’m not disappointed that I came in second. I’m actually thrilled. I give Kendal a lot of credit for passing me at the end.”


Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/editorspick_mobile/x1679920081/All-State-Track-A-day-to-Crowe#ixzz1nZtfLusD

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 26, 1858


Pleasant & warm, 12 above zero Helped Jos pack ice in morn, then we went to Mr. Burrs Auction. Got home about 4 ½. Bought a pair of clamps & some old iron Bought a watch of Olnez Cook for 3.50  
Written on side: Hurt my knee.


In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  




Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Feb 28, 2012

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

Mission Statement
The Franklin Public Schools, in collaboration with the community, will cultivate each student's intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential through rigorous academic inquiry and informed problem solving skills within a safe, nurturing and respectful environment.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the February 7, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: (none)

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FHS Project

3. Discussion Only Items
Policy – Second Reading

  1. Adoption of new Policy JAB - Handbooks Are Policy
  2. Elimination of old Policy JIC – Student Conduct
  3. Adoption of new Policy JIC – Student Conduct
  4. Elimination of old policy JIC-E – Code of Conduct
  5. Elimination of old policy JICH-R – Drug and Alcohol Use by Students
  6. Retain policy JJICA – Athletics in Public Schools as written.
  7. Eliminate policy JJICA-E – Athletics Policies During Sports Season
  8. Eliminate policy JK – Student Discipline
  9. Eliminate policy JKBA – Academic Suspension


4. Action Items
a. I recommend adoption of Policy changes as detailed:

  1. Adoption of new Policy JAB - Handbooks Are Policy
  2. Elimination of old Policy JIC – Student Conduct
  3. Adoption of new Policy JIC – Student Conduct
  4. Elimination of old policy JIC-E – Code of Conduct
  5. Elimination of old policy JICH-R – Drug and Alcohol Use by Students
  6. Retain policy JJICA – Athletics in Public Schools as written.
  7. Eliminate policy JJICA-E – Athletics Policies During Sports Season
  8. Eliminate policy JK – Student Discipline
  9. Eliminate policy JKBA – Academic Suspension

b. I recommend acceptance of the donation of sponges valued at $50.00 from Sherwin Williams for the FHS Art Department.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $242.28 from Wells Fargo (Douglas Lee) for in-house enrichment for FHS.
d. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $985.00 from the Music Boosters for HS Jazz and ASMS Band/Orchestra.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $28.13 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. for in-house enrichment at FHS.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $4055.25 from the Parmenter PCC for Field Trips.
g. I recommend approval of budget transfers as detailed.
h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $500.00 from Plansee USA for FHS National Honor Society year-end activities.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,292.00 from Parmenter PCC for field trips.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
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

In the News - Letters on the High School Project



Bernstein: Information, not rhetoric, for Franklin voters

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 25, 1858


Very Pleasant & warm, 20 above zero Helped Jos pack ice most all day Wm Miller, Wm Adams, J. Brockway & J. Pond helped in fournoon. L.G. Baker came here this eve, with 2 horses, to stay tonight Recd a letter from Emeline. Sold my hay to Mr. W. Cook or he bargained for it.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  


Reminder: Food Pantry Calling Today


Friendly reminder that the 2nd Annual Phonathon will be conducted by the Franklin Food Pantry today,  Saturday Feb 25. This is the second and last day for the phone call effort by our volunteers.


Franklin Food Pantry Phonathon

Food Pantry volunteers will make phone calls during the hours between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on both Saturdays.

Thanks to Dean College for the use of their facilities for allowing this to happen.

You can make donations on line at the Food Pantry website http://franklinfoodpantry.org/
or use the button here at Franklin Matters that will link you to the same donation process.

McBride: The time is right to build a new, better Franklin High School

The letter writing campaign is getting into full force. The Weekly Gazaette has a number of letters on the High School Project.

 
 

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

 
 

via Wicked Local Franklin Opinions RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 2/24/12

There is a very real need for an improved Franklin High School and there will never be a better time.


 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 

Refunds top $411M, up 12 percent over a year ago

For those who have filed their tax returns early, they are getting some good money back. I am in the middle of my returns and hope to finish them next week.


 
 

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

 
 

via Commonwealth Conversations: Revenue by Robert Bliss on 2/24/12

With little more than seven weeks left until the April 17th tax filing deadline, the story of this year's filing season is refunds -- they are running $42.6 million ahead of a year ago at this time, and are now in excess of $411 million.

Of the 1.058 million tax returns filed to date (up 145,591 or 16 percent from a year ago), 80 percent have received a refund averaging $486.

The number of refunds is up 11 percent, from 763,207 a year ago to 846,250 as of yesterday.

It seems clear that many taxpayers took the advice of the IRS last year and waited to file until the middle of February, when the IRS published tax tables required for taxpayers who itemize. The delay in publishing the tables was due to last-minute tax law changes Congress enacted at the end of 2010, including the extension of the Bush tax cuts.

There was no such delay this year, and as a result, taxpayers who know they will get refunds have filed early, and in large number.

So far, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically, a percentage unchanged from a year ago.

Those filing electronically are receiving refunds sent to their bank accounts in less than four business days.

Those relatively few taxpayers filing paper returns are getting their refunds in about five business days.


 
 

Things you can do from here:

 
 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 24, 1858


Very pleasant & cold in morn, 10 below zero Grew quite warm before noon. Went after F.M. Newell in morn. Father carried Mother to Uncle Richardsons & went after her at night. I helped Jos pack ice. Wm Miller, Wm Adams, Brockway & J. Pond helped. I (we) paid our taxes, first I ever paid. Cars late, got here about 10 3/4.


In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  




In the News - Car, volunteers, scanner



Car rolls over in Franklin




Franklin historical commission seeks volunteers



For those who need to follow the sirens !

Check out our new online police and fire scanner

2012 pre-season mower tune-up

A sign of Spring - time to tune up the lawn mower. 



Mower n More is pleased to announce the following promotion for pre-season mower tune-up, when booked on-line by 
February 29, 2012 for any available date on the calendar.


Lawn mower up to 22": $10 off = $69 ($79)
Rider / walk-behind up to 42": $30 off = $169 ($199)

Rider / walk-behind over 42": $40 off= $199 ($239)
+
Together: Additional $10 off


Extended area charge (where applicable): Waived = $0 ($29)



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wadsworth DIary - Feb 23, 1858


Very Pleasant & cold 3 above zero Sawed some wood (birch) Mended harness, helped Mother some & c. Sarah went to Boston. Father went to Mr. Clarks after the saw. Rev Thayer had a hard talk with Pond, Dean & others 
Written on side: Recd a letter from Frank Peck & 1 from Amanda

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  


In the News - housing lottery, watercolor demo, accepting applications


Franklin holds lottery for housing


Franklin art group hosts watercolor demo



Dean children's center accepting applications

"911 calls from cellphones go first to state police"


“Does the system work? It does. Is it the best we could have? Probably not,” Landry said. “The system does work in theory, but issues come up now and then that have to be addressed and corrected.” 
Landry said there were also occasional problems before the intermunicipal agreement went into effect in 2009. 
“The way dispatch handles a call, regardless of who is doing it, your own (dispatcher) or a regional dispatcher, those problems don’t go away,” he said. “You just try to get better with what you do. That’s the plan, and hopefully that’s how it will work out.”

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x219671035/Recent-struggles-reveal-regional-dispatch-s-vital-role#ixzz1nCbYDBes

With the growth of regionalization and the cost benefits that it can bring, the key lesson to take away is to have a process and a way of adjusting the process as necessary. If you don't have a process, you can't expect to give the problem away and have it work. And if you do have a process, from time to time, you will need to review and adjust the process.

The Historical Museum Needs You!


We are looking for some people, maybe some retired or not, that are looking to volunteer a little time at the museum for a variety of jobs.

Example of jobs:
1. Do you like to paint?? We have a display case that needs some attention.

2. Have you ever used Past Perfect (computer program)? That is what we use at the museum to inventory our items and your assistance would be very much appreciated.

3. Sorting papers from the past and putting them in their proper locations.

4. Have any thoughts on displays or programs that you might want to see at the museum???? Let us know.

5. We are always looking for alternate members to the Commission. How about it!!

6. Do you enjoy people? Perhaps you would like to be a host/hostess at the museum.

No experience is needed, just a love for the Town of Franklin.

Call Deborah L. Pellegri, Town Clerk/Chairperson for the Historical Museum at
508-520-4900


Originally posted to the Town of Franklin website

Census Form Reminder


Important Notice to All Residents

If you have not returned your census forms to the Town Clerk’ office, please return it TODAY.

The voting lists are being set and we need to know your proper address so that you will be listed properly at the voting polls.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Deborah L. Pellegri, CMC
Town Clerk

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 22, 1858


Very Pleasant & cool 15 above Hazy in afternoon. Cut small wood (birch) most the day. Helped on load a car. Load of shingles. Father & Sarah went after Mother Father took Mr. G Millers note for $200.


In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  


Winter Carnival - March 11, 2012


WHEN AND WHERE?

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
From 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In the Franklin High Field House

$5 per Child
FREE for Adults and kids under 3yrs

For More information go to:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Winter‐Carnival‐2012/365206310162257


Winter Carnival Flyer

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 21, 1858


Very Pleasant & cool 15 above All staid at home except Jos. He went to Franklin. After supper went to Uncle Richardsons to see Grandmother with Mother & Abbie. Mother staid. Went to Aunt Hannahs and got her to watch. Went with the sleigh for the first time this winter.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  


In the News - Democrats, Republicans, football



Franklin picks Democratic delegates

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 20, 1858


Very stormy all day, snows & blows very hard, 20 above zero in morn Father went to Woonsocket after grain & c. Jos & I masured our corn, Haid 16 ¾ bushls. Is no Lyceum tonight on acct of the storm.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/p/wadsworth-diaries_30.html  




Franklin Democratic Caucus Results

Franklin Dems Elect Delegates to 2012 Democratic Party Convention
Delegates to June Convention in Springfield will select candidates for U.S. Senate nomination

FRANKLIN --  Democrats in Franklin held a caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party's 2012 endorsing convention in Springfield this June. 
The caucus, organized by the Franklin Democratic Town Committee, elected Faye Boardman, Marianne Conboy, Daniel Edgehille, James Hill, Henry WJ Maddox, Christine Manns, Jack Manns, John May , Mary O'Neill, Al Pizzi, Denise Schultz, Rob Vacca, and Maryann Ziemba to represent Democrats in Franklin at the annual convention. In addition, Representative James Vallee and FDTC Chair Jeffrey Roy will serve as ex officio delegates.  Owen Acton, Gino D. Carlucci Jr., and Gregory Dellorco were elected as alternates.  
"In 2012, the Massachusetts Democratic Party is focused on expanding and strengthening our grassroots infrastructure that helped us make historic gains in 2010," said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. "In Franklin and across the Commonwealth, Democrats are energized and organized to beat Scott Brown and make sure President Barack Obama is elected to a second term." 
"In June, these delegates will gather with Democratic leaders from across Massachusetts to endorse a candidate for US Senate and plan for a grassroots, person-to-person campaign in the fall," Walsh added. 
Delegates to the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Party endorsing convention will select candidates to compete for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The convention will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. 
"I'm honored to serve as a delegate to the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention," said Roy.  "As Democrats we plan to organize to talk to our friends and neighbors about standing up for middle-class families and pushing for a stronger and fairer economy." 
In addition to delegates who are elected at caucus, those who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled. Franklin Democrats Charles DiVittorio, Sean Donahue, Ronald Huntley Sr., Maxwell Morrongiello, and Deanna Thomas submitted add-on applications at the caucus.  Additional applications are available by contacting the Democratic Party at 617-939-0800. Completed applications must be returned to the Democratic State Committee by March 30, 2012.  
The Franklin Democratic Town committee normally meets on the second Monday of the month in the 3rd floor training room of the Franklin Municipal Building at 355 East Central Street in Franklin. The next meeting is Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7 p.m. 
For more information on the Franklin Democratic Town Committee or any of its meetings, please contact Roy at jroy@ravechroy.com or visit our website at www.franklindemocrats.com.

"The Boys Next Door"


The Dean College Theater Department presents “The Boys Next Door!”
This comedy-drama, by Tom Griffin, tells the story of four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home in a New England city and their “burned out” social worker, Jack. Marked by compassion and filled with humor, this play is sure to delight; however, parental guidance is suggested for young children due to language and content. 
Dates:
February 28 – March 4, 2012. Performance times are February 28, 29 and March 1 at 6:30 PM; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 PM as well as a 2 PM. matinee on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. All performances will be held in the Performing Arts Studio, located at 61 School Street in Franklin, MA on the Dean campus. 
Pricing:
All performances are reserved seating and it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased prior to the performance. General admission pricing is $15.00; Dean alumni, $10; Seniors/children 10 and under, $5.00. 
For ticket and information, email boxoffice@dean.edu or call 508-541-1605 

To purchase tickets, click here

Sunday, February 19, 2012

15 on 15

How cool that the 15th Annual Trivia Bee will be held on March 15th!


FEF Trivia Bee Flyer 2012


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