Monday, September 22, 2008

In the News - diabetes, Charter School

Posted Sep 22, 2008 @ 12:23 AM


More than anything, Ivy Patten wants a cure for juvenile diabetes, so her 14-year-old son, Tyler, can live a normal life.

The possible complications he and others diabetics face are "not a pretty picture," she said: blindness, amputation, nerve damage, kidney problems and death.

"My fears are several. First, a cure will not come very soon. You're always afraid blood sugar is going to go too low and he'll go into a seizure, pass out and die, and it's a very real fear," Patten said.

Many things can trigger problems with a diabetic's blood-sugar level, she said, and often they are not under a person's control.

Technology can help people manage diabetes, she said, but that is not enough.

"We really need to get a cure ASAP," said Patten, especially because the longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her chances of complications.


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Milford Daily News
Posted Sep 21, 2008 @ 11:43 PM


Renting out the historic Red Brick School is a top priority for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, said Principal Kevin O'Malley.

"The topic is still under discussion here. I can assure you, it's a front-burner issue," O'Malley said.

Charter school officials have met with the Brick School Association and had several discussions with Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting about leasing the nearby property.

O'Malley has introduced the topic to the charter school's board of trustees, who will discuss the prospect at their next meeting, on Oct. 2 at the school library, he said.

"The idea is to have position papers presented where we'll talk about whether it's a good idea or not a good idea for the school," O'Malley said, noting that he is unsure whether the board will vote on Oct. 2.

"We're at a point where it's in everyone's best interest to discuss this thing and come to a conclusion. If we don't decide (on Oct. 2), then we will very soon," he said.

Town officials have been great and are making the process easy, O'Malley said. He said the charter school community wants to give back to Franklin, too.

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