Friday, November 30, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 1

On Day 1 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In January, the Historical Museum celebrated the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. Vera Meyer returned to glass the glass harmonica which had been one of Ben's inventions.

Franklin Historical Museum - 2

You can view additional photos from the birthday party here:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/01/historical-museum-photo-essay-jan-29.html


The Franklin Food Elves are combining forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership for the “12 Days of Donating” campaign to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Alan Procknow: Franklin's Industrial Revolution

Alan Procknow, a senior majoring in History at Dean College, presented this study during the Holiday Stroll at the Franklin Historical Museum, Thursday Nov 29, 2012.






The Franklin Historical Museum web page can be found here:
http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/

or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/FHM02038


Holiday Stroll - Photo essay

The bargain of the day was the Christmas wreaths being sold by the Friends of Franklin to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.


At $5, they wreaths were moving quickly. This one is already hanging on my front door! (For the very observant, yes, I did change the photo. The wreath by daylight looked so much better than in the night view I originally had here.)


The Mount St. Charles Handbell Choir performed and explained their process at Dean Bank


The Franklin Art Center was alight and welcoming!


A great holiday idea is the Franklin Calendar. Available at the Franklin Art Center $15. Each month displays a different work of art in and around Franklin.


The downtown was busy with families and a festive spirit in the cool evening air.


At the Franklin Historical Museum, Mrs Claus had a circle of young folks listening with great attention. Everyone leaving her area left with big smiles!


Alan Procknow, a senior majoring in History at Dean College, presented on Franklin's role in the Industrial Revolution. A link to the presentation document will be added here.



It was a good night be in and around downtown Franklin. There were other places I could have stopped but time was short and there was so much to do! Albeit cool, the weather was good and the moon rose brightly over Franklin.

Thanks to the Franklin Downtown Partnership, all their helpers and sponsors for this wonderful evening.

"It’s mostly the guts of the school"

The next priority in line of sight for the Franklin school district facilities needs is the Davis Thayer Elementary School.
The project has been on the town’s agenda for at least a few years, he said, but other concerns pushed the renovations aside. 
"It was on the radar screen, but the high school just dominated the discussion over the past few years," he said. "Now it’s time to address the Davis Thayer issue." 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the school, constructed in 1924, was designed with a different era in mind. 
"It just wasn’t built for the educational expectations of the 21st century," Sabolinski said.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1107416149/Architect-for-Franklin-school-study-to-be-picked#ixzz2DhX8hhjM

The recent School Committee capital plan
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-public-schools-capital-plan-fy.html

In the News: NuStyle, Schofield Dr

Franklin's 'brownfield' referenced is the former NuStyle property on Grove St.

Using gold to turn the region's brownfields into green

Voices of Franklin: How many ounces of Franklin's medicated municipal tap water to ingest daily?

Dear Health Board members:

In light of your decision last year to continue fluoridating Franklin inhabitants through the public water supply, medical best practice principles require that you provide residents with dosage information.


As you are aware, recent studies have shown, and federal health officials have warned, that ingesting too much fluoride poses various health risks, ranging from fluorosis of the teeth and bones to impaired brain development in children. Therefore it is necessary now for responsible Franklin parents to begin carefully monitoring and controlling the amount of municipal tap water that is being ingested by the children for hydration and through cooking.

We have already contacted state and federal health officials for this important information but they will not say how much fluoridated tap water is safe to consume because fluoridation is ordered by local officials, not state or federal. According to MA General Law Chapter 111, you are 100% responsible for the drugging of our water and therefore are responsible for publishing the dosage recommendations.

Please advise as soon as possible: How many ounces of municipal tap water per day are optimal? By optimal, we mean the number of ounces that will both provide your program's intended benefits and also not expose Franklin's inhabitants to the growing list of fluoridation's side effects. Please specify your recommended daily ounces for adults, children, infants, and those on dialysis.

Thank you in advance.

Rich Aucoin
www.FranklinFluorideCouncil.com

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Town Council - 11/28/12

The collection of posts reported live during the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 can be found here:



Related posts
The tax rate information and analysis was updated and posted here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/tax-rate-info-for-fy-2013-updated.html

The full agenda for the meeting is here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-town-council-agenda-nov-28.html

"Nutcracker" - Dec 15, Dec 16


Rehearsing for their debut performances in the "Nutcracker" as Clara are Celine Santorsola, left and Caroline Lounsbury, right, at the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center in Franklin, MA.


The show performances are Saturday, December 15 at 5:30pm and Sunday, December 16 at 1pm. Tickets are available by calling 508-520-7873.

In the News: committee openings, tax rate, commuter rail


Franklin seeks members for committees





Franklin taxes to rise





Mobile ticketing option available on Framingham, Franklin rail lines



Mingle, Jingle, & Shop - Sunday 12/2 @ Dean College

To benefit the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School 8th grade class trip to Washington DC in the spring


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Live reporting: closing


L. OLD BUSINESS
none

M. NEW BUSINESS
Q - Mercer: question, changed policy on plowing cul-de-sacs?
some folks have heard it was once in and once out
A - Nutting - no, but I'll look into it

Q - Kelly - can we have a session with Brutus on what residents can do when they see potholes?
A - Nutting - yes, we'll set something up

Q - Vallee - can we look at waiving the meter fees for Dec shopping?
A - we could but you'd have commuters using them

Q - Bissanti, I don't see we have a parking problem
A - Nutting - Maybe try it the last couple of weeks; let me spend the week talking with the Police Dept and come back

N. COUNCIL COMMENTS
Dellorco - shout out to the Girls Soccer Team for state championship
Kelly - thanks for the work on the Town Common, it looks really good
Powderly - thanks also to girls Soccer team, it was a great performance and they conducted themselves well
Pfeffer - thanks to the two firemen who went to NYC to help with the Sandy aftermath
Jones - I think the Town Common looks really good now, the lights make the
Bissanti - condolences to the P Brunelli and their family for a lose of a family member; thanks to J Nutting for helping to bring a resolution
Roy - echo sentiments for the Girls Soccer Team, recognize the High School for getting on the AP Honor, MA had the highest number of schools on it

Dec 5 to honor Stella, also former Rep Jim Vallee


O. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required
none tonight

P. ADJOURN
motion to adjourn, passed 9-0


Live reporting: Legislation



J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION

3. Resolution 12-78: Classification Tax Allocation – Residential Factor
keep single tax rate, hence factor =1
motion to make factor = 1, seconded, passed 9-0

4. Resolution 12-79: Classification Tax Allocation – Open Space Exemption
no exemption for open space
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

5. Resolution 12-80: Classification Tax Allocation – Small Business Exemption
no exemption for small business, would have to be picked up by some other group (i.e. home owners)
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

6. Resolution 12-81: Classification Tax Allocation – Residential Property Exemption
no exemption for residential properties, would have to be picked up by some other group (i.e. home owners)
motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0


Live reporting: Tax Hearing

F. HEARINGS 
Tax Classification Hearing – 7:10 PM

Kevin Doyle, Director of Assessing
Ken Norman, Chair Board of Assessors
Chris Feeley and John Neas - members of the Board

Review of the information package 

The full set of documents for the meeting can be found on the Franklin web page here
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_CouncilAgendas/2012%20docs/112812.pdf

$844,102 is the amount of new growth added to the tax levy for FY 2013
the 'automatic' 2.5% amounts to $1,319,490 added to the tax levy (anything more than this amount requires a vote)

$14.34 is calculated to be the new tax rate for FY 2013
Mean avg of single family homes calculated at $348,000.
Median avg of single family home calculated at $316,000

no question from audience or Council
hearing closed


Live reporting: Town Council - Nov 28, 2012

Present: Mercer, Dellorco, Kelly, Powderly, Vallee, Pfeffer, Jones, Bissanti, Roy
Absent: none


A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
March 21, 2012, April 4, 2012, November 7, 2012
Executive Session
Motion to approve, passed 9-0


B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by Franklin Matters.


C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

D. CITIZEN COMMENTS
Told to leave Common for 'slack lining'
Looking for permitted use either on Common or other place

E. APPOINTMENTS
none

J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
1. Resolution 12-76: Appropriation – Debt – Interest
Motion to appropriate, passed 9-0

2. Resolution 12-77: Adoption of FY 2013 Budget – Revision
Motion to approve, passed 9-0

a technical correction to the budget documents

Town Administrator 
Traffic study for Panther Way as traffic backs up
Event on the common

Downtown Partnership, Holiday Stroll on Thursday
Brian and Jeff spoke at Metrowest forum
Feedback on how well we are running our permitting process

DEP Commissioner highlighted Franklin on water reduction, storm water treatments, etc.

During the holiday season, please remember you favorite charity, people are in need
There are a number of groups in Franklin who can help
Food Pantry, Friends of Franklin, Random Smile, etc.



Franklin High School Winter Concert - Silent Auction


The Franklin High School Winter Concert will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 4th at the Thomas D. Mercer auditorium at Horace Mann Middle School, 214 Oak Street. This highly anticipated event promises to be a warm and festive evening for music students, their families and the community. Concertgoers will enjoy performances by the Franklin High School Orchestra, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Leighanne Rudsit, as well as the Chorus, Select Chorus and A Cappella groups directed by Michael Sansoni. A selection of classic and contemporary pieces will be performed, and the 2012 music scholarship winners will be recognized.

The Franklin Music Boosters, Inc. will once again be hosting a silent auction and reception at the concert. Franklin Music Boosters, Inc. is a parent organization which supports the entire Franklin Public School Music Program grades 6-12. Last year many generous area businesses as well as music students, their families and faculty members donated items and refreshments for the auction which was highly successful, raising over $2,500. Through fundraising efforts such as this throughout the year, the Music Boosters sponsor concerts and special events; finance the purchase of musical equipment and uniforms; fund private lessons and scholarships, and provide transportation for performance trips, competitions and outings for music students.

Silent auction bidding will begin at 6:30 when doors open, and resume at intermission when complimentary refreshments will also be served. Donations of auction items and refreshments for this year’s event are still being accepted. Area businesses and individuals who wish to donate please contact Cindy Gleichauf, 508-397-5204 or cindygleichauf@gmail.com. For more information about getting involved with the Franklin Music Boosters, contact Amy Czuba, amyczuba@gmail.com.

"It’s a mammoth undertaking"

The MCAS data for Franklin was discussed at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Still, the school district faces the daunting task of aligning to the new state standards for math and English, which will challenge both students and teachers, Edwards told the School Committee during its meeting on Tuesday night. 
In a broad overview of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test data from the district, Edwards discussed many of the changes and methods the school has adopted to reduce some of the proficiency gaps apparent in the scores. 
English scores have been consistently better than math scores, Edwards said. To address this trend, teachers and specialists have this year met with students needing extra math help for small group tutoring sessions.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x719498853/Franklin-School-Committee-reviews-MCAS-data#ixzz2DVpzAecG

Related posts
The MCAS presentation
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-public-schools-mcas.html

The School Committee agenda and links to associated documents
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-nov.html

'12 Days of Donating' Food Drive Kicks Off Thursday

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via Franklin Downtown Partnership by noreply@blogger.com (Franklin Downtown Partnership) on 11/26/12

Food Elves, FDP Plan '12 Days of Donating' Drive

The Franklin Food Elves are combining forces with the Franklin Downtown Partnership for the "12 Days of Donating" campaign to benefit the local food pantry, and they'll kick off the drive at the fourth annual Holiday Stroll's tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 29, at 4:00 p.m.

As a charitable community service group, the Food Elves aim to collect 1,200 pounds of food in 12 days, from December 1 to December 12, for the Franklin Food Pantry.  More than 50 Elves will ask for food donations in Franklin neighborhoods during the first two weeks in December, and local businesses have pledged their support. If the Food Elves collect 1,200 pounds of goods, eleven participating companies have each pledged a $200 cash donation. 

Ideally the Elves hope to beat last year's drive in which they raised more than 2,000 pounds of goods and $4,000, allowing the Food Pantry to provide 17,000 meals for Franklin families in need last winter.

Franklin Food Elves co-founders Melissa and Cameron Piana and the Partnership hope that the community will support the Food Pantry again this year by helping them reach their goal. 

"Last year we were excited by the generosity of the people in this town," says Cameron Piana.  "Because of those donations we could help the Pantry feed families for several months.  Our timing was good because there is more need in winter when people have to spend money on heat." 

According to the food pantry, 600 households currently use their services, and the number of families struggling increases during the cold months. 1,200 pounds of food can provide approximately 900 meals, and $2,200 can provide an additional 5,500 meals. 

The Food Elves will kick off the "12 Days of Donating" campaign at the Holiday Stroll with a bin at the tree lighting ceremony, and they will place donation bins at these participating businesses:

  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma's Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane's Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

"The Franklin Downtown Partnership is happy to partner with the Franklin Food Elves again this year," says FDP President Nicole Fortier. "We encourage residents to visit the local businesses to drop off their donations. We are pleased to support the teens who are doing such necessary community service work in Franklin."

The Franklin Food Elves are local students ranging from fourth grade through high school:  Colin and Charles Berg; Jack, Katie and Julia Buccella; Cara and Chris Callahan; Corey Cassi; Austin and Carter Castillo; Sarah Carroll; Allie Champlin; Kiara Chan; Amanda Chang; Chris Chou; Kiara Cronin; Karen Cunningham; Jessica Deaver; Julia and Jacob Dextradeur; Ryan Dombroski; Elise and Haley Frank; Sarah Georges; Maddie Gordon; Yagnya Govada; Megan and Julie Harrington; Kirsten Hummel; Victoria Krasnick; Maddie Lacman; Kasey Lynch; Kathryn Mason; Nicolette McCarthy; Laura Murphy; Kyle Neenan; Melissa and Cameron Piana; Lindsey, Sydney and Kaitlyn Rappa; Sara Richardson; Aubree Ronan; Emily Shea; Katie and Ellie Teixeira; Mely Wu. 

For more information about the Franklin Food Elves and the "12 Days of Donating" campaign, please contact the Franklin Downtown Partnership at downtown.frankin@yahoo.com or (774) 571-3109. For more information about the Franklin Food Pantry and what items are needed, please contact Development Director Erin Lynch or Operations Director Linda Sottile at (508) 528-1135, or go to their website, www.franklinfoodpantry.org/. 




Things you can do from here:

Where is the Franklin Food Pantry? (video)

Thanks to Eagle Scout Zach Zollo, the Food Pantry now has a couple of videos to share. This one answers the question: Where is the Franklin Food Pantry?




This was originally posted on the Franklin Food Pantry web page
http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org/2012/11/where-is-franklin-food-pantry-video.html

Reminder: Pancake Breakfast - Dec 1


Saturday Dec. 1 from 8:00 - 11:00 AM

Elks Hall 1077 Pond St. Franklin

Pictures with Santa for $3

Themed raffle baskets $1 per ticket

All you can eat pancake breakfast $6 per person, children 2 and under and scouts in uniform are free.

Governor orders big review of drug cases handled by Franklin chemist

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via The Milford Daily News News RSS by GateHouse Media, Inc. on 11/27/12

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered a "file by file review" of every case handled by a state chemist accused of faking test results at a now-closed government lab. Annie Dookhan, a Franklin resident, allegedly skirted protocols and manipulated drug samples at a former Department of Health drug lab where she worked for nine years. The alleged misconduct has threatened to unravel thousands of criminal cases.

Things you can do from here:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Franklin Public Schools: MCAS Presentation

The PowerPoint presentation on the MCAS Report as scheduled for discussion at the School Committee meeting Tuesday evening is shown here:




The full agenda for the School Committee meeting including links to other documents being used can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-nov.html


St John's Annual Christmas Fair


The Annual Christmas Fair takes place this Saturday, Dec 1 at St John's on Pleasant St. Additional details can be found in this flyer:





and you might also find a sign or two around Franklin


In the News: AP courses, Youth baseball

Franklin is among those honored!

Local towns honored advanced placement course increase

Franklin LIbrary: How to Select eReaders

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via Franklin Public Library by Franklin Public Library on 11/26/12



Things you can do from here:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Nov 28, 2012



A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
March 21, 2012, April 4, 2012, November 7, 2012
Executive Session

B. ANNOUNCEMENTS
This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29. This meeting may also be recorded by Franklin Matters.

C. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

D. CITIZEN COMMENTS

E. APPOINTMENTS

F. HEARINGS
Tax Classification Hearing – 7:10 PM

G. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS

H. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
Citizenship Award – Stella Jeon

I. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

J. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
1. Resolution 12-76: Appropriation – Debt – Interest
2. Resolution 12-77: Adoption of FY 2013 Budget – Revision
3. Resolution 12-78: Classification Tax Allocation – Residential Factor
4. Resolution 12-79: Classification Tax Allocation – Open Space Exemption
5. Resolution 12-80: Classification Tax Allocation – Small Business Exemption
6. Resolution 12-81: Classification Tax Allocation – Residential Property Exemption

K. TOWN ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

L. OLD BUSINESS

M. NEW BUSINESS

N. COUNCIL COMMENTS

O. EXECUTIVE SESSION 
Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required

P. ADJOURN

The full set of documents for the meeting can be found on the Franklin web page here
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_CouncilAgendas/2012%20docs/112812.pdf


Tax Rate info for FY 2013 updated

I have updated the numbers for this year based upon the info provided for the Town Council meeting agenda and the MA DOR webpages for Franklin.


Franklin FY2013 TaxRateInfo


There is some good news in all this data. The decline in valuation of Residential values is less than prior years. The Commercial category increased for the first time since 2008. Maybe, just maybe this is showing we are at the bottom of the property value decline! Time will tell.

You can view these numbers here
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZX-GuFrcIQNnKeLDAg785q_fgYq4BBjqwArGUDfs86U/edit


Military Uniforms on display

To honor those who have served in the military, a display of military uniforms is the feature this month at the Franklin Historical Museum.


Pictures of Franklin men and women in uniform are on display


Is there someone you know or remember pictured? Stop by to look.

Where is the Historical Museum? 80 West Central St


View Larger Map

You can visit their webpage  http://www.franklinhistoricalmuseum.com/

or follow them on Facebook   http://www.facebook.com/FHM02038


Holiday Shopping - Benefits Franklin Fusion Softball

Join us on Friday November 30th for a Holiday Shopping Spree!

We have a great line up of vendors for a fun night of holiday shopping and mingling to benefit Franklin Fusion Softball

Friday November 30, 2012 from 7pm-10pm at the Franklin Elks located at 1077 Pond St, Franklin

We will provide snacks and a cash bar will be available.


Cash for Gold! Use your cash to shop!
Sure Shots Sports Memorabilia
Arbonne (Skin care, cosmetics)
Thirty-One (Purses, Tote bags)
Willow House, Sara Blaine (Exclusive home d├ęcor and jewelry collections)
Sugar Mommas Custom Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies
Gems by Jules (Custom accessories)
Wildtree (Herbs, Spices)
Pampered Chef (Premier direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools & gadgets)
Handmade Christmas crafts
Get a Tarot card reading or get your Aura colors done!

In the News: Tri-County, chainsaw sculptor, Sandy relief



Tri-County students to launch projects for NASA

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda, Nov 27, 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.

"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 October 23, 2012 and November 7, 2012 School Committee Meetings.
Payment of Bills - Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll - Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: Budget To Actual

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Franklin Girls Soccer Team – State Champions!
b. MCAS Presentation – Joyce Edwards
(The MCAS presentation can be found here)

3. Discussion Only Items
Calendar Adjustment 2012-2013 (proposed change found here)
Capital Plan (documents for the capital plan can be found here)

4. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of a check for $270.00 from BJ’s for district in-house enrichment.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1500.00 from the Hockomock YMCA for enrichment, yoga and field trips for ASMS.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $168.79 from PBC for in-house enrichment for the Athletics Department.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $2473.39 from O’Connor Portraiture for in-house enrichment for Keller Elementary School.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $126.35 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc. for in-house enrichment for the FHS.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $156.43 from HMMS PCC for in-house enrichment at HMMS.
g. I recommend approval of the field trip request of Allison Wroe to take Parmenter students to the Veteran’s Auditorium in Providence, RI on April 11, 2013.
h. I recommend acceptance of a check for $282.66 from Douglas Lee for in-house enrichment at FHS.
i. I recommend acceptance of a check for $5000.00 from the Jefferson PCC for field trips for Jefferson Elementary School.
j. I recommend approval of the FPS Capital Plan as detailed.
k. I recommend adjustments to the 2012-2013 School Calendar: April 12 and May 24 as elementary reduced days; and May 3 and May 31 as secondary reduced days as discussed.
l. I recommend approval of the request of Mr. Light for the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band travel to UNH for the Band Invitational on April 29, 2013 as detailed.
m. I recommend approval of the request of Mr. Light for approximately 200 Music students travel to Orlando, Florida for “Festival Disney” during April vacation 2014 as detailed.
n. I recommend approval of the request of Mr. Light for Franklin Arts Academy students to travel to Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in Providence, RI on March 3, 2012 to see Blue Man Group.
o. I recommend acceptance of the donation of 50 passes to the premier of Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Boston on December 10, 2012 for HMMS students.
p. I recommend acceptance of a check for $600.00 from Mass Cultural Council for Sullivan Middle, Keller and Parmenter Elementary Schools.
q. I recommend approval of the request of Beth Ackley for the HMMS Ski Club’s recurring field trip to Mt. Sunapee in Newbury, NH on January 26, 2012 as detailed.

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

Franklin Public Schools: Capital Plan FY 2014

Here are the documents outlining the proposed capital plan for FY 2014 for the Franklin Public School District. These items are scheduled for discussion at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov 27th and assuming they are approved will then be part of the capital planning process for the Town.

The proposed Facilities capital plan




The proposed Technology capital plan




The full agenda for the School Committee meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-nov.html

Franklin Public Schools: MCAS Report 2012

The MCAS Report for 2012 for the Franklin Public Schools. This is scheduled for discussion at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov 27th.


MCAS 2012




The full agenda for the School Committee meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-nov.html


Franklin Public Schools: Proposed calendar change

The proposed calendar change for this current 2012-2013 school year is shown in the file below. Effectively, it is the addition of two reduced days to both the elementary and secondary schools.

On the agenda, the action item currently reads:
k. I recommend adjustments to the 2012-2013 School Calendar: April 12 and May 24 as elementary reduced days; and May 3 and May 31 as secondary reduced days as discussed.







The full agenda for the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov 27th can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/franklin-ma-school-committee-agenda-nov.html

"You don’t want to see them fail"

The Milford Daily News writes about the State and Federal grants that sponsor the underage drinking stings conducted regularly by some MetroWest area community police departments. Franklin is one that conducts the stings twice a year when covered by the grant. The article includes this from one of the sting participants:
"At first, I was a little nervous," he said. "But you know you aren’t going to get in trouble: You’re helping the police. You just have to be confident and levelheaded." 
Teenagers aren’t responsible enough to drink alcohol, he said, and his peers usually never think of the tragedies that can result from binge drinking or drunk driving until one hits home. 
"People don’t see that it’s bad until they lose a friend, or it’s life changing," he said.

Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x719497693/Selling-booze-to-minors-Busted#ixzz2DEjCA1El


Recent suspensions:
Franklin Wine and Spirits (in the plaza with Dunkin Dounts on King St)
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/10/live-reporting-license-hearing.html

Bamboo House
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/05/live-reporting-license-hearing.html

And in 2011
DaVita's Market, Joe's American Bar and Grill, Tedeschi Food Shop, and Uptowne Pub
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/09/live-reporting-liquor-license-failures.html

"not counted as part of a formula"

The Milford Daily News writes about unaccepted roads. According to the MassDOT inventory in 2011 Franklin has 28.7 miles of unaccepted roads and 170.4 miles of accepted roads.
Franklin, whose Town Council accepts roads, sought help from the state Legislature. Lawmakers last year approved a simplified acceptance policy that eliminates some of the legal work. 
Department of Public Works Director Robert Cantoreggi said the town has been working in recent years to accept streets. State data shows the town has about 29 miles of unaccepted roads. 
Franklin will plow a road, fix potholes and perform other limited maintenance once it has three homes on it. 
"People kind of forget about it," Cantoreggi said. "No one really knows (it is unaccepted) until a road falls apart."

Read more: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x35743936/Unaccepted-roads-pose-challenges-for-residents-and-towns#ixzz2DEeFA7cR

The MassDOT report for 2011 can be found here
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/17/docs/RoadInventory/2011_ye_rpt.pdf

What is an unaccepted road? MassDOT defines this as "unaccepted roads consist of roads open to public travel but not formally accepted by a city or town, as well as some private ways." A road that is not legally owned by the local community. It was put in by a developer in order to complete the development of some number of residences. It may not have been built to the local community standard by the developer. The community may have a process to bring a road up to standard and then "accept" it as part of the community maintenance. Bringing roads up to standard can be a costly proposition and the question of who contributes to the delay in accepting the road.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tickets on sale; "A Christmas Carol Times Two"


"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 7:00 PM 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


Tickets are on sale at the Franklin Historical Museum 

  • today from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (also the Holiday Stroll - Nov 29th!)



For more about the show 
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/10/a-christmas-carol-times-two-dec-13.html

Construction update

Some of the side roads downtown are newly paved now. You may recall that they had their water and sewer mains worked on earlier this year.

What streets are they? East St, West St, Church Ave, Walnut Ave and Nason St.

A view down West St



A view up East St (from Union St)



The Google map for this area:


View Larger Map

This is one of my favorite spots because East does meet West!

Franklin_East_Meets_West


Post and photos from October 2012
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/10/east-st-construction.html

From the Franklin DPW page we find this status
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_DPW/Construction_Projects/construction_projects_index


Dressing up for the holidays

Thanks to the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Franklin is now dressed up for the holidays.


Greens and wreaths were added down at the Main St/West Central St triangle



Ready for the Holiday Stroll!



For more about the Franklin Downtown Partnership, visit their web page here
http://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/

Note: I am proud to be an individual member of the Partnership as well as a member through the Franklin Food Pantry


Friday, November 23, 2012

Foggy morning

Muted colors this foggy morning. The sun will break through the cloud cover. Have a good day!

Turkey Trot Family 5K Fun Run - photo essay

The Turkey Trot Family 5K Fun Run held by Feed the Need drew over 300 participants on Thursday morning. The event benefited the Franklin Food Pantry filling the van with food and a donation of about $5,000.

The entry fee was 20 cans or $20. Part of the entry fees collected:



At the end, the Franklin Food Pantry van was filled with all the contributions:



The view of the group before the Start



One happy group running in costume on the course:


On behalf of the Franklin Food Pantry, Many thanks to Hayden Whitmore, the Eagle Scout who organized this event. Thanks to his family and the many volunteers who helped. The contributions to the Food Pantry are deeply appreciated.


"It was an amazing experience"

How quickly can you solve the Rubik's Cube? Andrew Ricci has the fastest recorded solve time in all of North America.  The Milford Daily News article tells how Andrew practiced.
"Speed methods don’t really have anything to do with math," he said. "The methodology behind solving the cube doesn’t really involve math unless you’re looking at it from a level of theory." 
According to Ricci, the most important attributes when "speed-solving" are time and patience. 
"There’s a lot to learn in order to solve the cube fast," he said. "It really comes down to having a lot of time to practice and being really motivated to practice." 
Ricci said he would perform up to 400 solves a day "back when I was really into it," before his record-setting competition.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1107413569/Fast-fingers-mind-in-Franklin#ixzz2D2pccq00

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Feed the need 5k

Part of the donations gathering here for the feed the need turkey trot 5k.

The Franklin Food Pantry appreciates the community support!