Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Amber alert

Updated: 11/1/12  - The mother and child were found in VA.

Update: Amber Alert baby found safe in Virginia



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From: "T-Alerts Notification"
Date: Oct 31, 2012 12:18 PM
Subject: All Modes of Service - All Lines/Routes


Amber Alert: Mass State Police looking for 2004 gray Toyota pick up, MA Reg. 85ZH15. Mother took 3-month-old from home in Westfield, MA. Mother's name is Cheryl Kozaczek. If anyone sees this individual, please contact 911 or Mass. State Police at 508-820-2121.

 10/31/12 12:11 p.m.

Goodbye Sandy, hello Halloween!

Here's hoping the last of Hurricane Sandy allows the children (big and small) to get around their neighborhoods this evening safely and dry.


Here's to those without power, that the power will be restored quickly.
https://www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap


Reminder that the trash pick up schedule remains offset by one day. Wednesday's pick up is now Thursday, etc.

Franklin Newcomers - Meeting - Nov 7

The Franklin Newcomers will hold their November Business Meeting on Wednesday, November 7rd, 7:30pm, Union Street Grill, 371 Union St, Franklin.


JOIN US FOR A
Social Media Discussion, Tour and Q&A


Are you fumbling your way through Facebook? Attempting to "tweet" through Twitter? Baffled about what a blog is? Guest speaker Ed Donohue will discuss social media on the internet and help us understand the variety of social media and websites for general use. The discussion will focus on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter and blogging, covering what they are, their purpose, how to use them, and when one would choose one website versus another. Mr. Donohue will have hand-outs to offer with information, and will take us on a visual tour, showing how to navigate and get started within each of the sites.

If you feel clueless, or just need to better understand these popular websites, then this is the meeting for you! Feel free to bring a friend. We will also have a question-and-answer session following his discussion, so bring your questions and issues!

We'll meet in the downstairs function room at Union Street Grill (down the stairs by entrance to side parking lot). Join us for an interesting and informative evening with appetizers and fun company.

Prospective members welcome as well as long-time residents!
For more info: www.franklinnewcomers.com

"A lot less than what we thought it would be"

There are costs associated with the clean up from Hurricane Sandy. The Milford Daily News has a write up to report on the early estimates:
Franklin’s cleanup tab may reach $60,000, said Department of Public Works Director Robert Cantoreggi. He said that around 60 percent of the costs will likely come out of the town’s general funds, while the rest will come out of the town’s water and sewer enterprise funds. 
Cantoreggi said that around $10,000 was needed to hire a contracting company to help clear trees over the course of two days. 
He said that around $20,000 will cover the salaries of employees who worked during and after the storm. Six worked overtime.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1890069546/Sandy-costs-towns-thousands-for-cleanup#ixzz2ArpZiPP1

In the News: scams, ballot question, debate, robber



Avoid scams after the storm

Food Pantry does have handicap access

The Food Pantry does provide handicap access. While it may not look that way from the front


you can go around the side of the building to the back to use the ramp.



What happened to the front railing? The cement along the front entrance was deteriorating and was just replaced. A new wrought iron railing is being ordered and will be installed in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, a wooden railing has been put up. Thanks to Rockland Trust for their contribution that allows the Food Pantry to use this building.


Disclosure: As part of my volunteer effort to help Franklin, I lead the Board of Directors for the Franklin Food Pantry. A version of this was originally posted on the Food Pantry website http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/2012/10/handicap-access.html

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Update October 30 2012

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "TOWN OF FRANKLIN"
Date: Oct 30, 2012 5:30 PM
Subject: Hurricane Sandy Update October 30 2012


Good Evening.  This is Gary Premo calling with updated information on Hurricane Sandy.  National Grid continues to work on restoring power to those without. 

The YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road, has opened their doors to the public for a hot shower (bring your own towels-toiletries) and as a charging station for your cell phones, iPads etc. 

We have NO plans to postpone Halloween Trick or Treating for the children. 

There will be a dumpster at the Recycling Center on Beaver Street to dispose of spoiled food during normal business hours.  No sticker is needed. 

Dean College reminds residents they can buy a hot meal at their cafeteria on Emmons Street.

Thank you for listening.  Good bye.

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A Christmas Carol Times Two! - Dec 13


"A Christmas Carol Times Two!", a dramatic reading performance of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" combined with traditional 19th century English Christmas carols will happen on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7PM at the Franklin United Methodist Church, 82 West Central Street in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Actor Al LePage will become "Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Traveling Thespian" complete with English accent, clothing of the period and other accoutrements for the dramatic reading part. Organist and local minister Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter will weave piano music between various scenes to set the tone for what's to come and entertain.

This is a special benefit performance sponsored by the Franklin Historical Commission and hosted by the Franklin United Methodist Church with all proceeds to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.



Admission is $10 per person and the performance is best appreciated both by adults and children 7 years of age and older. Tickets go on sale Nov. 15th and their advanced purchase is required by visiting the Franklin Historical Museum located at 80 West Central St. in Franklin Thurs. 5-8PM, Sat. 10AM-1PM and Sun. 1-4PM. Doors for the performance open at 6:30PM, the fun begins at 6:45PM, and seating is general admission.

"One of the best gifts I received this year," begins actor Al LePage, "was an email from Franklin, MA. A Mary Olsson called me about doing my Christmas Carol performance in the first town ever named after Benjamin Franklin. And during our follow-up phone conversation, the gift kept getting bigger and better, like unwrapping one box only to find another and yet still another inside that one!"

LePage entertains appreciative audiences with his one-man "solo" of Dickens' Christmas Carol as Victorian-era "Englishman Thomas Hutchinson." His abbreviated performance is not only based upon Dickens own historic public reading version, but are also done just like Dickens did simply by using his voice, facial expressions, gestures and movement to create all 18 characters -- accents and all -- plus sound effects, too! From Scrooge to Tiny Tim, from Marley's Ghost to Mrs. Cratchit, there's howls and growls, bangs and bongs, a dance with a song, lively laughter and heartfelt tears.

Since he's playful, likes to experiment and believes in seizing the moment, even he doesn't always know what's going to happen next. And, before each reading, he's definitely got what could aptly be called “his stories” to tell both in “the year” and the place he's performing to connect, interpret, and share history with the audience. He loves to play to -- and with -- audience members to bring history alive, which will quickly become evident when you first encounter him. He's sure to bring you lively laughter, and hopefully some tears, during his dramatic reading of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol.'

"Gifts, oh yes, gifts," continues LePage. "The first, of course, was the invitation to perform. I gave the second gift and said I'd perform for free with the idea, though, that all the money would go to help keep hunger away from local doorsteps. And it all started coming together with other people giving gifts too! The Franklin Historical Museum would provide the volunteers, the Franklin United Methodist Church would freely host and its very own 'Pastor Dianne' also agreed to play the organ for the event! The Franklin Food Pantry agreed to receive all the money, which in itself, accepting a gift that is, is a sort of gift, too, to the giver, right? This wasn't just another event, this was already becoming a real community event, where everyone involved was being generous with their time, talents and resources."

Hunger close to home is a serious issue both locally and nationally. At any given time, people sometimes have to make choices between food and other critical survival factors such as heat, housing, medical care or transportation. In Massachusetts alone more than a quarter million children, that's almost 1 in every 5 in the state, often face hunger, and almost half are from families that don't qualify for government programs like food stamps or free school lunches simply because they earn too much money. And also according to Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity, a report issued last year by The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and the national network of food banks, Feeding America, children who don't eat what they need for strong healthy brain development may never recover their lost potential for cognitive growth. The report goes on to say that besides stunting their intellectual capacity, it could also affect learning, social interaction and productivity, diminishing what could have been a child's eventual contributions to society.

"We're still seeing probably a 25% increase this year over last year, and last year was a 25% increase over the year before that, too," says Steve Sherlock, President of the Franklin Food Pantry, "so the demand even for a fairly well to do community, the number of hungry and at risk continues to increase. It's something that's not very well talked about, but the need is something the community fortunately is very able and willing to support. So we want to continue to get the word out, continue to get that support, and this special event will help us do that."

Dianne Carpenter started playing piano at age 6, took up the violin a few years later, and by the time she was a junior in high school landed her first job as a church organist! She pursued her music education degree from Lowell State College, went on to teach music in area schools, but always remained a church organist or choir director as that "teachers second job" to make ends meet. She eventually decided to get even more serious about her life in "music ministry," went back to school to receive a Masters of Sacred Music from Boston University, but continued to teach school. A few years later, though, the economic situation for funding education statewide in Massachusetts took a turn for the worse and teaching jobs were threatened. All this forced her to do some soul-searching, and in the end she decided her journey was now to be the path of pastoral ministry. She sold her house, went back to school yet again, and eventually earned both a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and a PhD in Christian Social Ethics from Boston University Graduate School. She's been a minister in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church for nearly two decades, serving in Natick, Spencer, Belmont, Hamilton and Brewster Massachussetts. She currrently serves as minister of the United Methodist Church in Franklin, MA, and continues to publicly perform both on organ and piano, typically now only playing the violin for her own enjoyment.

"We all have gifts, and God wants us to be generous with those gifts, asking us to share them," begins Rev. Dr. Dianne Carpenter, pastor at Franklin United Methodist Church. "And this event is an opportunity for the community not only to be entertained, but also become aware of the real meaning of Christmas, God's passion for the entire world as reflected in providing the resources needed by the food pantry so everyone served can celebrate the season, too."

LePage got his start bringing history to life through improvised portrayals of real people from the past and has been seen by thousands during the eight years he appeared at events with the National Park Service, historic sites, museums, and other venues in the Pacific Northwest. He's appeared on the PBS TV History Detectives series as everything from a bartender to Robert E. Lee! He's also written and produced his own one-man historical dramas, and recorded his “short” performance version of Dickens' classic holiday story as a one man radio show, an Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio production that premiered last year on Christmas Eve. LePage has even given “historical performances” on location in Boston where, and once when (same calendar date), Dickens did in 1867! "Performance with passion and purpose" is the mission of his Great Stories Alive! theater company shows. “Englishman Thomas Hutchinson” was first created to share history as an “average guy” but who somehow always seemed to turn up when and where historic events happened! He now lives on as a Victorian-era “Traveling Thespian” giving performances of Dickens' Christmas Carol to benefit charity, having done so since 2006. Last year he even traveled to England to perform the Carol for the very first time. LePage loves to improvise and believes all the world's a stage, and every audience member a potential player, so watch out!

"As an actor, the show itself is my work," says Al LePage, "but as a person my real work is about generosity, not only being generous myself, but also cultivating it in others. And what's great about generosity, about giving of oneself, is that it does good things both for the giver and the receiver, too. Tis better to give than to receive, as the saying goes. So give yourself a special treat this year and know that the ticket you buy isn't really just about a show, it's also about generosity, it's about helping to feed someone, it's about loving your neighbors as yourself."

"I've been talking about the upcoming event for the last three months," says Mary Olsson, Franklin Historical Commission board member, "and everyone is so excited, I know it's going to be a sell-out! Get your tickets fast!"


Photo Credit: David Krapes

East St Construction

East St, West St, Nason St have had their water mains and sewer lines redone.



As I walked by on Saturday, it looked like the roadway was being patched. The roads will likely stay this way until the construction season opens in 2013.




Roy gains 3 endorsements

Jeff Roy has been endorsed by Glenn Jones, Matt Kelly and Andrew Bissanti.


Pictured left to right: Jones, Kelly, Roy and Bissanti


The press release is attached:




NHC: Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY Graphics

In the after math of Sandy, we can be thankful for the storm being not as bad for us as it could have been. Those rising tides have caused damage that will take time to repair. Our thoughts and prayers go to those in the recovery areas.

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via NHC Atlantic Wallet 3 - Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY by nhcwebmaster@noaa.gov (nhcwebmaster) on 10/29/12

Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Tue, 30 Oct 2012 02:50:53 GMT

Post-Tropical Cyclone SANDY 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Tue, 30 Oct 2012 03:03:17 GMT

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In the News: storm, Warren, Cinderella, gardeners



Crews prepared for a large storm

Monday, October 29, 2012

Update: Franklin schools to open Tuesday

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT"
Date: Oct 29, 2012 8:33 PM
Subject: Update

A message from FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

Good Evening-

At this point we have been advised the severe aspects of the storm are over. All school facilities have power and we anticipate all schools will open on Tuesday. However, this status could change and we will  continue to consult with Public Safety and Facilities personnel through the night. We do not have information on the status of roads

If our status changes we will send out a message between 5:30 and 6:00 am.  We understand that some homes may not have power and that there are trees and power lines down in several neighborhoods.  If school is open and you feel you do not want to send your children to school we respect your decision as parents/guardians. Storm related absences will be excused.

Thank You and Stay Safe,
Maureen 
This e-mail has been sent to you by FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. To maximize their communication with you, you may be receiving this e-mail in addition to a phone call with the same message. If you wish to discontinue this service, please inform FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PERSON, by US MAIL, or by TELEPHONE at (508) 613-1777.

MBTA: All Modes of Service - All Lines/Routes

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From: "T-Alerts Notification"
Date: Oct 29, 2012 8:59 PM
Subject: All Modes of Service - All Lines/Routes

Regularly scheduled MBTA service to resume at the start of service Tuesday, October 30, 2012, with the exception of Providence/Stoughton Line.

For updates, check MBTA.com/weather. 10/29/2012 8:53 PM


nationalgrid Power Outage map - 8:30 PM 10/29/12

The nationalgrid Power Outage map as of 8:30 PM Monday evening showing Franklin, MA



To get an updated view of the map, you can visit this webpage
https://www1.nationalgridus.com/PowerOutageMap



Hurricane Sandy Update



Good Evening.  This is Communications Director Gary Premo calling with updated information on Hurricane Sandy.  Reports are the brunt of the storm will felt locally for the next several hours.  Please report any power outages directly to National Grid at 1-800-322-3223 or 1-800-465-1212.  If you encounter a downed wire outside, assume it is LIVE and STAY AWAY.  National Grid is reporting approximately 800 customers without power in Franklin, and are actively working to restore power.
Thank you for listening.  Stay safe.  Good bye.

This e-mail has been sent to you by TOWN OF FRANKLIN.  

Google's Hurricane Sandy Map


Google has prepared this map of Hurricane Sandy




http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-crisis-response-maps-feature.html



All Modes of Service - All Lines/Routes

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From: "T-Alerts Notification" <talerts@talerts.com>
Date: Oct 29, 2012 10:53 AM
Subject: All Modes of Service - All Lines/Routes
To: "T-Alerts Notification" <shersteve@gmail.com>

All MBTA Modes of Service will be suspended as of 2:00 PM, Monday, October 29, 2012. Please continue to check MBTA.com/weather for updates throughout the storm. 10/29/2012 10:47 AM

Sent to:shersteve@gmail.com

What's happening to the building downtown?

What are all the fences doing around the old building downtown?

Wasn't that supposed to get replaced by a new building like the one behind it to go along with the one across the street?


Given the economic status, renovation is the least cost option.


Portions of the building interior has been gutted. The exterior in the back is being redone


Access to the lower level and parking behind is still available from either Summer St or Cottage St


Franklin Pizza was located on the corner before moving around to Cottage St.

Florentina's was located in back on the lower level before moving out to RT 140

MelDivas Coffehouse, of course, was located in the center.

Printsmart Office Products did have space there before returning to an online only business that still delivers office products.

What other businesses inhabited these spaces?


Community Garden update

A donation of bags of manure from Franklin Agway were delivered to the Franklin Community Gardens by Grateful Farm on Saturday. A call for help went out and a few helpful hands arrived to move the pile of bags from the van



to the ground easily.


The garden beds are quiet now as winter approaches. Stay tuned for updates on the registration process for next year.


For more information on the Franklin Community Gardens, you can visit their webpage here
http://www.franklincommunitygardens.org/

Parmenter: Pumpkin Stroll

With schools closed today, this event is likely canceled or to be rescheduled.



In the News: teeth, election



Help troops and help your teeth in Franklin

YMCA - Youth Basketball Registrations


The Bernon Family Branch of The Hockomock Area YMCA is accepting registrations for its annual winter Youth Basketball League which begins December 8th for children ages 3-12. The first three weeks will be devoted to practices and the last five weeks to playing games (all will be held on Saturdays). The league is open to players of all levels. 
The Youth Basketball League (YBL) is the YMCA’s most popular youth sports league. It focuses primarily on skill development, sportsmanship and fun. Emphasis will be placed on dribbling, shooting, passing, teamwork, and having fun. The first three weeks of practices are developed to meet the needs of each age group and to best advance their skills in a healthy and fun way. For the following five weeks, children will compete in games (times are TBA). Each player in YBL will receive a team t-shirt and a trophy at the end of the season banquet. 
Children ages 3-12 will play in coed divisions. The cost for the program is $66 for members and $99 for non-members. Hurry and sign up today because after November 23rd winter league prices will increase. 
To register, please stop by the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch located at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin, contact the front desk at 508.528.8708, or visit us online at www.hockymca.org (only full members can register online). For further information, please contact Sports Director Kailynn Bateman at 774.235.2720 or kailynnb@hockymca.org.

About the Hockomock Area YMCA
We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors in our community to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Reach Out for Youth & Families is our annual support campaign to provide a YMCA experience to more than 15,000 local children and families in need.

Rose Constantino - Race for the Cure


More than 5,000 people participated in the 20th Annual Komen Massachusetts Race for the Cure® on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Joe Moakley Park in South Boston including Franklin resident, Rose Constantino.

The event, presented by the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, was the culmination of Komen MA’s activities during October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Race is a 5K fitness walk/run dedicated to raising dollars to support local breast health programs that cover education, prevention, screening, and treatment while also funding the most promising research on a national level.

For more information on the race or about the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G Komen MA for the Cure®, please visit www.komenmass.org

Pictured in the attached photo from left to right: Rose Constantino (far right)


Sunday, October 28, 2012

School Closings/Hurricane Sandy Update October 28 2012



The following Town Departments are CLOSED tomorrow, October 29th:  Municipal Building, Library, Recreation Center and the Senior Center.  ALL public schools in Franklin, as well as Tri County Voc, are CLOSED tomorrow, Monday October 29th. Trash/recycling pickup delayed one day.  Do NOT leave your bins out tomorrow.

Hurricane Update

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
139 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012

...DAMAGING WINDS LIKELY ACROSS MUCH SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND MONDAY
AND MONDAY EVENING...

.HURRICANE SANDY WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK NORTHWARD ALONG THE
EASTERN SEABOARD TODAY...BEFORE TURING WEST AND MOST LIKELY MAKING
LANDFALL IN NEW JERSEY LATE MONDAY. ITS STRONG WIND FIELD WILL
EXPAND NORTHWARD INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND MONDAY AND MONDAY
EVENING...LIKELY RESULTING IN WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS AND POWER
OUTAGES ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. STRONGEST AND MOST
DAMAGING WINDS WILL OCCUR ALONG THE COAST INCLUDING CAPE COD AND
THE ISLANDS.

MAZ006-007-013>024-RIZ001>008-290145-
/O.CON.KBOX.HW.W.0004.121029T1000Z-121030T1000Z/
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-
SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-
NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-
SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-
NANTUCKET MA-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-
WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-
NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAWRENCE...GLOUCESTER...FOXBORO...
NORWOOD...CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...
PLYMOUTH...FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...CHATHAM...
FALMOUTH...PROVINCETOWN...VINEYARD HAVEN...NANTUCKET...FOSTER...
SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...
NARRAGANSETT...WESTERLY...NEWPORT...BLOCK ISLAND
139 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MONDAY TO 6 AM
EDT TUESDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE ENTIRE RHODE ISLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS
 COASTLINE...INCLUDING BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE AS WELL AS
 SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

* HAZARD...DAMAGING WINDS.

* WINDS...EAST 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 70 MPH.

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS MONDAY AND MONDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES EXPECTED FROM DOWNED TREES
 AND POWER LINES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE ACTION NOW BEFORE THE HIGH WINDS OCCUR.

SECURE ANY LOOSE ITEMS OUTDOORS. BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY
OF AN EXTENDED POWER OUTAGE. HAVE BATTERIES ON HAND FOR
FLASHLIGHTS. IF YOU HAVE A PORTABLE GENERATOR...MAKE SURE IT IS
PROPERLY CONNECTED INTO THE POWER SUPPLY.

A HIGH WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 40 MPH ARE
EXPECTED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR...WITH GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER
AT ANY TIME.  DAMAGE TO TREES...POWER LINES...AND PROPERTY ARE
POSSIBLE WITH WIND OF THIS MAGNITUDE. POWER OUTAGES ARE LIKELY.
TAKE ACTION NOW TO SECURE ANY LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.



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NHC: Hurricane SANDY Graphics

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via NHC Atlantic Wallet 3 - Hurricane SANDY by nhcwebmaster@noaa.gov (nhcwebmaster) on 10/28/12

Hurricane SANDY 5-Day Uncertainty Track Image
5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Sun, 28 Oct 2012 08:45:11 GMT

Hurricane SANDY 34-Knot Wind Speed Probabilities
Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:04:21 GMT

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Downtown Partnership: Everyone's Invited - General Meeting

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via Franklin Downtown Partnership by noreply@blogger.com (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 10/26/12

Franklin Downtown Partnership General Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Dean College Campus Center @ 8:30 a.m.
Golder Room

I.        Open Meeting


II.       Adoption of Agenda

III.      Introductions

IV.     Report from Executive Director
          a.   Membership and Sponsorship Updates
          b.   Strategic Direction and 3-year plan
          c.   Franklin Food Elves "12 Days of Donating"
          d.   Winter Decorating Day - Sunday, November 18
          e.   New business coming to downtown Franklin

V.      Report from Holiday Stroll Chairs -- Cindy Kozil and Roberta Trahan

VI.     Downtown Updates -- Jeff Nutting
          a.   Town updates
          b.   Streetscape Update
          c.   Meters and Beautification topics

VII.    Franklin Walking Map -- Beth Dahlstrom, Lauren Marciszyn

VIII.   Networking -- Joel Carrara
          a.   Networking Evening
          b.   Six One Seven Studios -- November 15 starting at 5 p.m.
          c.   Luncheon at Dean College -- November 9 at 1 p.m.

IX.     Business Updates

X.      New Business

XI.     Adjourn


Our next General Meeting will be Thusday, January 3, 2013






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MassDOT Transportation Future Meetings Update

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation by Klark Jessen on 10/26/12

Hyannis, Transportation Future Meeting, October 25, 2012MassDOT is continuing its series of statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.

Legislation passed in August requires the Department to host at least six public meetings in advance of developing a long-term financing plan for the state's transportation system next year. To ensure that all regions of the Commonwealth are represented, MassDOT will hold more than 15 meetings.

"Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don't interact with the system. These statewide discussions are intended to allow the users of our system to share their ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come."

Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information.

Those who are unable to attend the meetings but wish to submit comments can do so at yourvisionourfuture@dot.state.ma.us

For more information, visit: http://www.mass.gov/massdot/yourvisionourfuture
A list of remaining meetings is available after the break.


UPCOMING MEETINGS:

***October 30, 2012- Brockton meeting is POSTPONED due to expected weather and will be rescheduled.

***November 1, 2012
A meeting originally publicized for November 1st in New Bedford has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. An alternative meeting is offered in nearby North Dartmouth on December 3rd.

November 8, 2012 6-8 PM
Quincy High School Auditorium
100 Coddington Street
Quincy, MA 02169

November 14, 2012 6-8 PM
Memorial Building -Nevins Hall
150 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01701

November 15, 2012 5:30-7:30 PM
Mattapan Branch Library
Community Room
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

November 27, 2012 6-8 PM
McGlynn Middle School Auditorium
3002 Mystic Valley Pkwy
Medford, MA 02155

November 29, 2012 6-8 PM
Massachusetts Transportation Building
Conference Rooms 1,2,3
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116

***December 3, 2012 6-8 PM*** New Meeting
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Woodlawn Commons Building-Conference Room 3
285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

***December 5, 2012 6-8 PM*** New Meeting
Lynn City Hall
City Council Chambers, Floor 4
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, Massachusetts 01901

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Sean in the District: Focus on Franklin




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2012
 

Sean in the District: Focus on Franklin
Foxboro, Mass. -- Continuing his tour throughout the Fourth District, Sean Bielat, businessman, family man and U.S. Marine spent the day greeting commuters and meeting with small businesses in the town of Franklin.


Starting off the day by greeting commuters at the Franklin Dean College train station, Sean was joined by supporters and Rich Eustis, candidate State Representative in the 10th Norfolk District. The two candidates then continued onto the Cake Bar, a gourmet Franklin dessert shop, the Elite Barber Shop on Main Street, and the Medway Senior Center, where Sean spoke with Medway residents about preserving Medicare and Social Security benefits for current beneficiaries.



Sean then shared pancakes and eggs with local business owners at Galante's Restaurant in Medway and visited with the owners and employees of Franklin's Hometown Paint & Decorating Inc., Franklin Tile Carpet One, Franklin Glass Company, and Daddario Hardware and Supply. 

To date, the Bielat for Congress campaign has held more than 215 events, including 15 townhalls throughout the region. Between the Newton and Foxboro office, volunteers have made 157,387 calls to registered voters in the Fourth District. Click here to view photos of Sean Bielat in Franklin on October 25. 


Sean Bielat is a businessman, family man and serves in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He currently runs www.OneClickPolitics.com, an online start-up. Prior to his 2010 campaign against Barney Frank, Sean led a $100 million defense robotics program at iRobot Corporation. The son of a teacher and a veteran, Sean grew up in a middle class family and worked his way through college and graduate school with the help of the GI Bill, scholarships and student loans. Sean holds an MBA from Wharton and degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown University. 

Sean and his wife, Hope, met in graduate school at Harvard and have been married for six years. They live in Norfolk with their toddler son, Theodore, infant daughter, Seraphina, and rescue cat, Coolidge.

For more information, please visit www.SeanForCongress.com or www.QualificationsMatter.com. 



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FHS Pantherbook: AP The Right Way?

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via Pantherbook by jonathangeromini on 10/26/12

The toughest thing at Franklin High School at this time seems to be the AP courses the school has to offer. But this year the dreaded AP classes have taken on more attention with sophomores being eligible for the courses adding a whole new grade and a whole new perspective of the highest class FHS has to offer. So that brings up the question Is it even worth it?

The tales of AP can be good or bad, but we all know one thing about the class it invites a lot of stress into the student if they decide to take it. With summer work, four hour homework assignments, endless projects and exams one might think Why even go through the trials and tribulations?

"I think with this new program we have now is good" AP U.S. History teacher Mr. Leighton said " I think that it is good for sophomores especially to ease into the program so for example history they can take two years to prepare for the exam and see if they can handle the class or not."

An AP class is the precedent of all learning program and classes, When colleges see advanced placement next to your name in an application they immediately stop what they are doing and start paying more attention. Also with AP it gets you ready for college studies so when you get their you are not jumping off the walls and staying up all night doing assignments.
But with all that in mind some might argue that you cant succeed in college if you are already burnt out mentally from all the AP classes you took in high school and you need to ease into it.

"I think anyone can do it if they are dedicated" Mr. Leighton said " Its not a select special group of people who can do it, anyone student can do it but they have to put in the work and put in their best effort."

When asked about his AP experience sophomore Jake Bontempo said "It is hard but I know that if I keep practicing at it and get better at it I will have a better understanding of the material."
It should be interesting to see how everything turns out with now three grades at FHS eligible for AP Classes and It should be exciting to see the feed back from the class that revels  the true character of students.

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