Tuesday, February 21, 2017

“There were several hundred acres and few access points"


"Like the majority of his constituents in Franklin and Medway, state Representative Jeffrey Roy is a frequent traveler on Interstate 495, the heavily traveled highway that bisects his district. 
But it wasn’t until two years ago, when Roy and another lawmaker met with Franklin resident Alan Earls, that he came to appreciate a stretch of woods and waterways between Exit 17 in Franklin and Exit 18 in Bellingham that spans both towns and a section of Medway. 
“I never knew some of the richness of the land, the history, how the trolleys traveled between Franklin and Bellingham 100 years ago,” said Roy, a Democrat who has lived in Franklin for 31 years. 
A year after their tour, Earls launched the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative, a grass-roots group formed to draw attention to the tracts of land — more than 400 acres in Franklin, about 350 acres in Bellingham, and another 50 in Medway — that are protected by the Army Corps of Engineers and open to the public."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2017/02/17/this-land-protected-but-can-people-reach/uh2PYr2vBlI2nuaj4FwkfO/story.html

For more about the Charles River Meadowlands project follow the news as I can share it here. 

Visit them at their website  https://www.charlesrivermeadowlands.org/

Come to a future planning meeting to help the effort:
* Tues Mar 7, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
*  Tues Apr 4, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA
*  Tues May 2, 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA

one of several photos of the meadowlands in snowy winter
one of several photos of the meadowlands in snowy winter

Franklin Cultural Council Grantee Reception - March 23

The Franklin Historical Museum is pleased to be hosting the Franklin Cultural Council Grantee Reception honoring their 2017 Grant Recipients on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00PM. 
All grant recipients and a guest are invited to enjoy entertainment and light refreshments as part of the evening’s schedule. 
Franklin Town Council Members, Senator Richard Ross, Senator Karen Spilka, Representative Jeffrey Roy and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council are all invited to the evening reception.

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee is pleased to announce that it was one of the 2017 Grant Recipients. The grant will be applied to the upcoming 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival.

 
Franklin Cultural Council    Massachusetts Cultural Council
Franklin Cultural Council    Massachusetts Cultural Council


"The 3rd Annual Franklin Cultural Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

FHS boys basketball tops Cardinal Spellman



Boys Basketball = Franklin, 70 vs. Cardinal Spellman, 66 – Final
– Franklin was impressive in the first three quarters, building an 18 point lead before Spellman closed the gap in the final quarter. Franklin senior Josh Macchi registered a career-high 22 points while junior Paul Mahon added 15 points and sophomore Jalen Samuels finished with 14 points.

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 1 vs. Lasalle Academy, 4 – Final

Girls Hockey = Franklin, 0 vs. Ursuline, 3 – Final


For all the results around the Hockomock League on Monday
https://hockomocksports.com/mondays-schedule-scoreboard-022017/

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Madalene Village public hearing continued to March 2

The Madalene Village proposal public hearing has been continued (yes, again) to March 10 this time. The next ZBA meeting is actually scheduled for March 2. During the intervening time, the developer is supposed to work out some issues with the peer reviewer as well as revise the submitted waivers listing to better reword some of the requests.

Partial summary of open issues:
The stream is still an issue as it is referred to as a 'ditch' and not acknowledged as a viable and valuable water resource.

The town has a current drain from Fletcher Field into the 'ditch.' The developer says Franklin has no easement for it. Franklin says it is on their land. This should be interesting to resolve.

There was a bunch of discussion on 'subsurface structures' and the definition of that versus an 'infiltration basins'. The dispute is around what design standards from MA DEP requires. A 'mounded analysis' is hence required by the Town and is questioned by the developer.

The developer has yet to meet with or engage in anyway the Conservation Commission. Conservation issues are being addressed to the ZBA, which respectfully speaking, is not their subject of expertise.

The wording of many of the waivers requested seem to be broader than required. Some of them were acknowledged as being worthy of refinement.

Recap on process
The ZBA does not need something from the Conservation Commission before the ZBA makes a decision. The concept is before the ZBA. If the board is so inclined to proceed with a permit, they would still come back with the construction design to approve that formally. If they (the developer) goes to the Conservation Commission and can't meet the State regulations, then the development would stop.

You can view the ZBA meeting here
http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?&PGD=franknma&eID=434

Files released before the meeting can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/02/madalene-village-documents-for-zba.html

and here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/02/zoning-board-of-appeals-meeting-feb-16.html

Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development
Spruce Pond Brook is proposed to be rerouted for the development

"Better to be prepared early on"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Town Council has enacted a set of zoning rules that govern the placement of recreational and medicinal marijuana facilities in town. 
The council gave final approval at its meeting last week to a set of five zoning bylaw amendments, which would limit such facilities to the town's industrial parks and require special permits for their establishment. 
Town officials said the bylaws are meant to protect the town while the state finalizes marijuana regulations. 
"The intent of the zoning is to be prepared," said Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting. "At the very least, we're starting off in a conservative position."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170220/franklin-council-passes-marijuana-zoning

For the full Town Council meeting recap check this  link
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/02/town-council-meeting-recap-follow-water.html

DPW Director Cantoreggi addresses the Town Council during the water presentation
DPW Director Cantoreggi addresses the Town Council during the water presentation

Monday, February 20, 2017

Town Council meeting recap - follow the water!

The most significant take away from the Town Council meeting on Wednesday was the overview on the water situation for Franklin. We get all our water from the underground aquifer. Very interesting stats and details on how we get it, how it is treated before we use it and where it goes after we have used it (via sewer to the Charles River Treatment plant in Medway).

Some big expenses coming down the road. A water treatment plant is needed for Wells 3 and 6 or we would see this in our faucets (slide 35 from the presentation below):

Well 6 is underutilized as it has too much iron and manganese in it
Well 6 is underutilized as it has too much iron and manganese in it

The water treatment plant needed for Wells 3 and 6 (slide 37) is estimated at $6M. This is starting to be planned for now and would likely begin in a couple of years.

Replacement of the Beaver St connector is more expensive and would cost approx $15-20M. The connector was built in 1910 and carries most of Franklin's waste to the Charles River plant in Medway (page 5 of the presentation below).

I highly recommend listening to this presentation and discussion about the proposed inclusion of private wells in the future water ban restrictions. Not, the normal conservation effort only the water ban (if declared). 

It begins approx. 25 minutes into the video and runs for over an hour.






The video replay of the Town Council meeting of Feb 15, 2017 can be found here
http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?PGD=franknma&eID=433


My notes reported live during the meeting can be found here

School Committee recap - Feb 14, 2017

Much of the School Committee meeting on Tuesday was a summary of the needs of the District. Much has been written here of the positions and programs cut over the years. The increase in sports fees was what got me started reporting. I wanted to find out what the 'budget issue' was all about. 

The Central Office compiled this listing to help the School Committee with the prioritizations on the upcoming budget cycle for FY 2018. The School Committee via the community relations subcommittee has been listening to the community at their coffee hours and compiling a listing as well.

I caught the first hour of the meeting and share my notes below. I came back just after nine (away for a work conference call) to view the elementary schools wrapping up. My notes resumed and I followed the meeting until it closed.





Superintendent Sabolinski (center) comments during the meeting while Asst Superintendent Peter Light (left) and Asst Superintendent Joyce Edwards (right) listen


The video of the meeting by Franklin TV is available for viewing on demand
http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?PGD=franknma&eID=432

Franklin junior Ashley Loomis = HockomockSports.com Player of the Week


"Franklin junior Ashley Loomis has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for February 12th through February 18th. Loomis is the 21st athlete selected for the 2016-2017 school year and the ninth selection during the winter season. She is the first female swimmer to be selected this winter. 
On Saturday at Boston University, Loomis continued her dominance in the pool by claiming her third straight 500-freestyle Div. 1 state championship, edging Beverly’s Nicole Welch by 0.36 seconds. Loomis and Welch were 13 seconds faster than the third place finisher. Loomis also brought home her second Div. 1 200-free title, again beating Welch but this time by more than a second. She was the meet’s only individual double winner. 
Last weekend, Loomis set a meet record in winning the South title in the 200-free, hitting a time of 1:50.39 to win by four seconds, and won the 500-free by nine seconds. Earlier this month, Loomis became a three-time champion in both events at the Hockomock Swim Championships at Milford High, winning by 11 seconds in the 200 and a remarkable 22 seconds in the 500."
Continue reading the article online at HockomockSports
https://hockomocksports.com/player-of-the-week-ashley-loomis-franklin-swimming/

Franklin junior Ashley Loomis = HockomockSports.com Player of the Week
Franklin junior Ashley Loomis = HockomockSports.com Player of the Week

FHS girls basketball lose in OT

@CoachMacCreery takes us along for the ride of the FHS girls basketball game via Twitter




















“You need so many volunteers to make it work efficiently”


“It’s a wonderful service, and the meal is not the key point of it,” says Bill Wright, volunteer coordinator of the Medway route of Tri-Valley, Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program, which is currently in need of volunteer drivers. Tri-Valley’s local Meals on Wheels program operates out of the basement of the Franklin Federated Church, with volunteers overseen by Laura Newton. In addition to Wright’s Medway route, the location coordinates meals for another Medway route, three Franklin routes and two Bellingham routes. 
When Wright moved to Massachusetts from Illinois 25 years ago, he was looking for a way to give back to the community. In his home state, he had watched and accompanied his mother when she delivered Meals on Wheels. 
“It’s somebody to stop at their house, smile, say ‘how are you today?’ Just check in on somebody to say hello to somebody who’s not getting out of their house. To engage in a conversation with somebody, no matter who it may be, because it’s their lifeline to society.” 
These meals, says Wright, are delivered to elders and people with disabilities who live in private homes or even in senior housing."
Continue reading the article online 
http://www.localtownpages.com/content/volunteers-needed-bring-meal-%E2%80%93-and-smile

screen grab of Tri-Valley, Inc website
screen grab of Tri-Valley, Inc website


Learn more about Tri-Valley, Inc. at www.trivalleyinc.org

"Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Program needs volunteer drivers to deliver Meals on
Wheels to homebound elders in your local community or to help pack and serve
meals at area Dining Centers. All volunteers receive training and drivers are
eligible for travel reimbursement at the rate of 50 cents per mile. Anyone who can give as little as two hours per week of their time to help is encouraged to call the Nutrition Program at 1-800-286-6640 or 508-949-6640."

FHS Girls Swim Team results in the Sectionals via the Twitterverse




















Div. 1 Girls Swimming: Franklin's Ashley Loomis wins two state titles
Div. 1 Girls Swimming: Franklin's Ashley Loomis wins two state titles

I was unable to find any official results for the meet (aside from the video of the meet via the MIAA). If anyone knows of the source, please let me know.


FHS boys swim team in the Sectionals via the Twitterverse

Swim Coach Ms Gordon takes up along for a ride via Twitter as the FHS boys swim in the Sectional meet on Sunday











I was unable to find any official results for the meet (aside from the video of the meet via the MIAA). If anyone knows of the source, please let me know.

Town offices and Library closed Monday, Schools closed all week

Town Offices and the Public Library are closed for the President's Day holiday, Monday, Feb 20

Schools are closed for February vacation all week.


Franklin Public Library closed on President's Day, Feb 20
Franklin Public Library closed on President's Day, Feb 20

Town Offices are closed for the President's Day
Town Offices are closed for the President's Day
Parmenter School announces February vacation
Parmenter School announces February vacation

Davis Thayer School announces February vacation
Davis Thayer School announces February vacation

Sunday, February 19, 2017

FHS Girls finish 2nd in D1 Indoor Track meet

FHS Girls Indoor Track and Field finished 2nd in the MIAA D1 meet held on Saturday, Feb 18, 2017.


Women - Team Rankings - 13 Events Scored
===============================================================================
    1) Newton South                78        2) Franklin                   65   
    3) Wachusett                   58        4) Newton North               33   
    5) Acton-Boxborough            31        5) Andover                    31   
    7) Lincoln-Sudbury             28        8) Lexington                  21   
    9) Taunton                     16        9) Peabody                    16   
   11) Worcester Technical         15       11) Cambridge Rindge and Latin 15   
   13) Framingham                  14       14) Lowell                     13   
   15) Chelmsford                  12       15) Brookline                  12   
   15) Lawrence                    12       18) Springfield Central        11   
   19) Brockton                    10       20) Methuen                     5   
   20) Haverhill                    5       22) Malden                      3   
   23) Weymouth                     2       24) North Quincy                1 
  

http://ma.milesplit.com/meets/257756/results/497445/raw#.WKj4SfkrLIU



GIRLS 1,000 METER RUN 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Lucy Jenks9Newton South High School2:57.732
2Clare Martin12Newton South High School2:58.352
3Nicole Clermont11Franklin High School2:58.612
10Emma Clifford10Franklin High School3:12.642
GIRLS 300 METER DASH 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Halle Atkinson10Franklin High School41.086
GIRLS 4X200 METER RELAY 17-18 FINALS
PLACETEAMRESULTH#
1Franklin High School1:44.775

GIRLS 4X400 METER RELAY 17-18 FINALS
PLACETEAMRESULTH#
1Andover High School4:04.203
2Acton-Boxborough High School4:05.473
3Lexington High School4:05.643
4Franklin High School4:07.082
GIRLS 4X800 METER RELAY 17-18 FINALS
PLACETEAMRESULTH#
1Newton South High School9:28.861
2Franklin High School9:34.161
GIRLS 55 METER HURDLES 17-18 PRELIMS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Kristen Hohenstein12Chelmsford High School8.691
12Daniella Pierre10Franklin High School9.353
23Lauren Mcgrath10Franklin High School9.842

GIRLS 55 METER DASH 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Calene Lazare12Newton South High School7.241
6Jessica Kroushl11Franklin High School7.491


GIRLS 600 METER RUN 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Samantha Friborg11Acton-Boxborough High School1:33.693
2Julia Fenerty10Franklin High School1:37.163
4Meghan Doherty12Franklin High School1:39.643
GIRLS LONG JUMP 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Adja Sackor12Worcester Technical High School17-09.251
12Lauren Mcgrath10Franklin High School15-09.501

GIRLS ONE MILE RUN 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Caroline Barry11Newton South High School5:13.822
3Katherine Hartnett11Franklin High School5:19.332
9Ella Gutkowski11Franklin High School5:32.832

GIRLS SHOT PUT 17-18 FINALS
PLACEATHLETETEAMRESULTWINDH#
1Khadija Romain10Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School36-11.251
5Miranda Smith11Franklin High School33-04.501
20Sara Goodermuth11Franklin High School28-03.751

The Complete D1 meet results can be found here
http://ma.milesplit.com/meets/257756/results/497443/formatted#.WKj4xPkrLIU

Via the Twitterverse



FHS girls indoor track take 2nd at D1 meet
FHS girls indoor track take 2nd at D1 meet











For the complete Hockomock League results
https://hockomocksports.com/hock-results-from-miaa-d1-indoor-track-state-meet/