Saturday, June 6, 2009

Yard sale Sat 6/6/09

Franklin: yard sale Sat 6/6/09, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Multi-family yard sale

Saturday, June 6th - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Lawrence Dr and Susan's Way

"the Alumni Association is to be a conduit"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 06, 2009 @ 01:03 AM


Giving the 2009 graduating class a glimpse into the distant future, the Franklin High School Class of 1959 reunited at a reception at Horace Mann Middle School yesterday. The tradition, which was started by former Principal Jack Lucas, dates back to 1998. However, this was only the second year that a reception was held for the alumni to gather and catch up on the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Organized by the Franklin High School Alumni Association and the Franklin Lifelong Learning Institute, the event gathered 23 members of the 95-member 1959 class. It was a strong turnout, according to Lifelong Learning Executive Director Pandora Carlucci.

"Every graduate means a lot to us, no matter how long you've been out of school," Carlucci, the first of a handful of speakers, said to the lively crowd of alumni.

Read the full article about the FHS Class of 1959 in the Milford Daily News here

"Only those who risk going too far will know how far they can go."

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 06, 2009 @ 01:00 AM


In his last speech to the Class of 2009, Superintendent Wayne Ogden urged the 370 graduating seniors, "Educate your soul, and your spirit."

"I'm pretty darn sure the world has enough smart people - it (needs) people with compassion and integrity," Ogden said.

A "good, successful human being" is balanced, he said.

He told students now that they are graduating, they "can start the process of learning."

It may seem a strange bit of advice from a school superintendent, but he explained that for too many young people, the pursuit of a credential is substituted for the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

"Seek knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. An associate's or bachelor's degree will fall into place," Ogden said.

To those who are not planning to go college, Ogden said, "you can learn a tremendous amount without going to school."

Read the full article on the FHS Graduation in the Milford Daily News here

The list of graduates can be found in the Milford Daily News here

Friday, June 5, 2009

"it's unlikely the bills were lost"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 04, 2009 @ 10:50 PM


The town treasurer mailed excise bills in February, but about 600 residents never received them, and now they've gotten hit with late fees and interest penalties, said Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting.

Nutting attributes the problem to a mailing error on the part of the U.S. Postal Service.

"When one person says they didn't get their bill, that's one thing, but when hundreds of people are coming in and telling the same story, you have to believe it's true," said Nutting.

"They've been coming in and saying, 'Why do I have to pay this? I never got an original bill,"' he said.

Read the full article about the missing excise tax bills in the Milford Daily News here

Four Corners sale complete

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 04, 2009 @ 10:53 PM
Last update Jun 05, 2009 @ 12:07 AM


The town sold the former Four Corners School to Arista Development LLC and got the check for $2.5 million Tuesday, said Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting.

Norwood-based Arista is replacing the building at the intersection of Rte. 140 and King Street with a Walgreens pharmacy.

About $1 million of the money will be used to pay the existing debt on the property, which the town bought for $1.32 million, Nutting said.

Town Council voted Wednesday to put the $1 million in an escrow account for that purpose.

The remainder of the funds can be used for any bondable expense, or capital project, such as building repairs, but cannot legally be used for operational costs, such as salaries or schools, and cannot be put into free cash, Nutting said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"The retirees' loss will not be temporary"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 04, 2009 @ 12:47 AM


The teachers union is slated to vote on a new proposal for wage concessions in the coming weeks, according to School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy.

The School Committee is asking the union to defer its negotiated 2.5 percent wage increase for one year, at which point the union will receive both a 2.5 percent raise, plus any new negotiated pay increase, Roy said.

The union has offered to take the wage freeze, as well as to forgo course reimbursements for one year, but demanded three permanent contractual changes in exchange.

The School Committee rejected that offer, and the union rejected a counter-proposal by the School Committee.

On June 15, the teachers union will meet to take a ratification vote on a proposal that strikes contractual language requiring teachers to give a reason for personal days, and eliminates one of the additional after-school meetings, in exchange for a 2.5 percent wage increase deferment, according to a copy of the proposal.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Since Bob McLaughlin was unavailable for comment to create this article, the quotations from him were taken from his posting to the teacher's website on Memorial Day, May 25th. Read his full posting here.

"the most fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate solution"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 04, 2009 @ 12:38 AM


Slowly but surely, the plan to renovate or build a new Franklin High School is moving ahead, with a favorable vote from the Massachusetts School Building Authority allowing the town to conduct a feasibility study, according to School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy.

Yesterday, the authority's board of directors voted to invite the town to conduct the study to assess the needs of Franklin High School, said state building authority press secretary Carrie Sullivan.

The "invitation to collaborate" on a feasibility study does not mean the the organization has approved the project, Sullivan said.

"It is strictly an invitation to the Franklin school district to work with the (authority) to explore potential solutions to the problems that have been identified," she said.

Roy called the authority's decision "very significant, because we're now more in the pipeline."

Read the full article on this latest development in the FHS renovation process in the Milford Daily News

"It's a war, it's one we have to win"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 04, 2009 @ 12:25 AM


Town Council last night suspended the liquor licenses of three establishments caught selling alcohol to minors in a police sting.

Police Chief Steven Williams told the Town Council that the sting on May 15 involved six officers and three teenagers working undercover to check all of Franklin's 31 establishments licensed to sell alcohol.

The teens were told to show their actual licenses, which indicate their date of birth, a phrase in red stating that they are under 21, and which are also vertical, also signifying they are underage, Williams said.

Although some councilors were sympathetic toward the owners of Devita's Market, 198 East Central St., and and J.B.'s Liquor World, 365 West Central St., both first-time offenders, they ultimately voted to stand by their precedent of suspending the liquor licenses for three days.

Devita's Market and Liquor World will lose their liquor license for one day Friday and have two days held in abeyance for two years, the council voted.

The council also took Williams' recommendation and suspended Teppanyaki Restaurant's liquor license for five days, starting Friday.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NO Live reporting available tonight

Yes, hard to believe but true. I have a prior engagement this evening and won't be live reporting from the Town Council meeting.

You'll need to tune it to the meeting via cable or via the live webcast.

Of course, you also have the option of coming on down to the Municipal building to participate in person. The seat I usually occupy near the column behind the presentation table will be open (at least I won't be in it).

I'll catch up with the meeting when the video is posted to the web.

If you find any good spots during the meeting let me know.

FSPA is growing up

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts is growing up to become the New England Center for the Performing Arts.

Visit their updated website to check out what's happening!

Business: Patco Performance Engineered Tapes

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"Patco offers solutions for today's applications and the needs of tomorrow. Meeting the client's specifications and performance criteria are the starting points for product development," says Mr. Ernie Giordano, Director of Sales and Marketing, Performance Engineered Tapes, Berry Plastics Tapes and Coatings Division. "Recognizing the emerging environmental demands and the future regulations for products is an additional value component that the team excels in incorporating," he adds.

Patco's unique manufacturing and insightful formulations are demonstrated in some of its most recent products. "Ski tape," developed for use during the manufacture of snow sports equipment, provides a high temperature protective mask. UV-Protek, a new outdoor grade tape with a first-to-market regenerative U.V.I. system, combats and blocks 100% of the U.V. rays from the surface on which the tape is applied. And when the aircraft industry needed a unique tape to meet environmental regulations, Patco engineered a flame retardant protective tape free of Halogen and PBDE's.

"We are very proud of Patco and the exceptional products that are ingeniously developed by our formulators. We are committed to producing the optimal products to meet the most challenging applications." states Mr. Ernie Giordano. "Patco boasts an impressive track record with hundreds of unique performance engineered tape solutions for client applications," he adds.

All Patco products are manufactured domestically in its certified ISO 9001:2008 facility and offer the unique combination of high performance, competitive pricing, and engineering support that are unmatched by other specialty tape manufacturers.

For further information on how Patco can meet your application needs please contact Ernie Giordano at or by calling 508.918.1684.

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NO live reporting for Town Council Mtg

Yes, hard to believe but true. I have a prior engagement this evening and won't be live reporting from the Town Council meeting.

You'll need to tune it to the meeting via cable or via the live webcast.

Of course, you also have the option of coming on down to the Municipal building to participate in person. The seat I usually occupy near the column behind the presentation table will be open (at least I won't be in it).

I'll catch up with the meeting when the video is posted to the web.

If you find any good spots during the meeting let me know.


"hard work will pay off"

By Ken Hamwey/Daily News correspondent

Sun May 31, 2009, 12:30 AM EDT

Tom Geysen never played varsity sports in high school or college, but that didn't stop him from becoming one of Franklin's top-notch coaches.

The 64-year-old Geysen, who won Hockomock League championships in girls soccer and boys track, also was a high-caliber coach in boys basketball and softball. Retired from education since 2003 after 35 years of teaching English, Geysen continues to direct the Panthers' girls soccer team and the boys track squad.

Read the full article about Tom Geysen on the Wicked Local pages here

Treesavers - Jan Bornstein, book signing

Jan Bornstein will be at Treesavers Books to sign on June 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

For more about Jan's books visit her web site

"a reasonable approach"

Posted Jun 03, 2009 @ 12:25 AM


Given the uncertainty of how much local aid the state will give Franklin, Town Administrator Jeffrey D. Nutting is recommending Town Council adopt the Finance Committee's budget, and make necessary changes in July.

He also told the Finance Committee last night that he senses, based on recent visits to the State House, legislators will not finish their budget until the end of June.

"We're $876,000 short, according to the Senate budget, the latest budget. One option is to cut our budget today, but that causes unnecessary panic," because the state could turn around and give Franklin additional funds, Nutting said. The town budget for next year is about $88 million.

Town officials could also take a middle line, and reduce the budget by $400,000 or $500,000 now, he said, but he advised the simplest option, of adopting a preliminary budget and making cuts later.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Live reporting - Finance Committee Mtg 6/2/09

Attending: Juan Rivera, Patricia Goldsmith, Phyllis Messere, Mark Cataldo, James Roche
Tina Powderly, Robert Teixeira, Brett S. Feldman, Rebecca Cameron

Missing: Jack Caufield, Craig Maire

Minutes for the following meetings were brought up for review.
April 16 - motion to approve, passed 9-0
April 21 - motion to approve, passed 9-0
April 28 - motion to approve, passed 9-0
April 29 - motion to approve, passed 9-0
May 5 - motion to approve, passed 9-0

Retirement Actuarial Study - request for $14,000 to be performed to update last one in 2007, the study is required by law to get updated every 2 years

The total outstanding liability is 49 million based upon a present value of the total liability (at an 8% assumed return)

motion to approve, passed 9-0

Library repairs
Proposing to pay off the library repairs with the net proceeds from the sale of the Four Corners building. Alternative to go to the market by June 30th to bond the library repairs. The proceeds for the Four Corners building are already in hand.

Bids for museum will be out at the end of June
Ladder truck has been bonded for the next three years

As long as an item is bondable, the proceeds from the Four Corners building can be used.

motion to approve, passed 9-0

Update on Budget
Recommendation to use the budget as recommended and acted upon by Finance Committee. Then come July, make any other changes needed. Jeff Nutting was at the State House yesterday and there are still no indications that it will be resolved by the end of the month.

Easier to adopt the budget and then when all the facts are known, make any decisions at that time. There are so many things in the air right now.

The School Committee has already provided notices to the 60 odd personnel that should be affected worse case.

The Senate is hoping to do better than what is already mentioned. Exactly what it will be remains to be seen.

The Town has used the Governor's numbers. The House's numbers were higher and the Senate's numbers were lower than the Governor's.

Jeff Nutting - "My gut feeling is that the 875,000 is going to gt smaller... They cut Chap 70 2% across the board. That is the first time Franklin has seen a lower number in 17 years."

Finance Committee meetings currently scheduled for June 9th and June 23rd in case they are needed.

There is an opening in the Finance Committee. Jeff recommended to the Charter Commission to stagger the terms to avoid a complete turn over.

New Business

T Powderly proposal for a joint committee to advocate to the MA State House for some of the legislative changes needed to get out from under some of the policy requirements and unfunded mandates.

J Roche thinks that is a great idea, if you have any interest in that arena, let me know.

J Rivera - concerned about an email about a proposal to remove the Strings Program.
J Nutting - Policy decisions about school programs are totally the perview of the School Committee. The Finance Committee and the Town Council only approve the bottom line of the budget. The Budget hearing at the School Committee was continued to June 9th.

motion to adjourn - passed 9-0

Town Council - Agenda - 6/3/09





E. APPOINTMENTS – Conservation Commission, Public Land Use Committee,
Recreation Advisory Board, Right To Know Coordinators, 2009 Annual
Committee Reappointments, Housing Authority Reappointment

F. HEARINGS - Alcoholic Beverages Licensees – Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10

* Devita’s Market
* J.B’s Liquor World
* Teppanyaki Restaurant




  1. Resolution 09-31: Dissolution of the Franklin Street Lighting Committee
  2. Resolution 09-32: Appropriation – GASB 45 Actuary Study
  3. Resolution 09-33: Establishment of a Fire Dept. Fire Rescue Training Revolving Account
  4. Resolution 09-34: Establishment of a Council on Aging Senior Center Program Revolving Account
  5. Resolution 09-35: Establishment of a Council on Aging Supportive Day Program Revolving Account
  6. Resolution 09-36: Establishment of a Law Enforcement Explorers Program Revolving Account
  7. Resolution 09-37: Establishment of a Police Dept. Rape Aggression Defense Training Revolving Account
  8. Resolution 09-38: Establishment of a Use of Facilities Revolving Account
  9. Resolution 09-39: Authorizing Escrow Agreement





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


Finance Committee - Agenda - 6/2/09

Town of Franklin

Finance Committee Agenda

Tuesday June 2, 2009
7:00 PM
Municipal Building Council Chambers

Balances as of April 2009
Gen Stab 4,554,332
PW Stab 737,853
Debt Stab 576,998
Traffic Stab 21,162
Overlay Surplus - 0 -
Free Cash 63,014

Call to Order

Citizens Comments

Approval of Minutes

Action Items
Appropriation: Retirement Actuarial Study - $14,000 Free Cash

Old Business

New Business


United Regional Chamber of Commerce - Open House

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Staff Open House on Monday, June 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Held at 3 Restaurant, 461 West Central St. in Franklin, the event will give business professionals an opportunity to learn about the only Chamber that has offices in Franklin, North Attleborough and Attleboro.

Find out about upcoming events, meet other Chamber members, and learn how the Chamber can help grow your business.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Please call any of The United Regional Chamber of Commerce offices to register: 508-528-2800, 508-222-0801, or 508-695-6011.

The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, business support organization serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medway, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

"the budget has to be balanced"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 01, 2009 @ 10:07 PM


Members of the School Committee and teachers union will meet today once again in an attempt to reach an agreement on a wage freeze that would save $800,0000, or about 16 teachers' jobs, said School Committee Chairman Jeffrey Roy.

"Hopefully, we'll get this done," Roy said.

"It's fair to say we're making a conscious effort to get this resolved before finishing the budget," he said.

The two groups already missed the May 26 deadline, which is when the School Committee opened the public hearing on the budget.

The School Committee continued the hearing to June 9, and must present its budget to Town Council on June 11.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

"all but two did card and ask for a license"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 01, 2009 @ 10:12 PM


Three establishments in town face temporary license suspensions after serving alcohol to underage buyers in a police sting, said Lt. Thomas J. Lynch.

On Wednesday, the Town Council will hold public hearings for Devita's Market, 198 East Central St., J.B.'s Liquor World, 365 West Central St., and Teppanyaki Restaurant, 264 Village Drive, all of which failed compliance checks on May 15, Lynch said.

The sting involved underage buyers using legitimate Massachusetts licenses showing their true age, Lynch said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gov Patrick continues the discussion

BOSTON – Thursday, May 28, 2009 –
Governor Deval Patrick today launched an online community forum, inviting citizens to continue the conversation started during the administration’s series of statewide community forums about the choices and priorities facing the Commonwealth in the current economic climate.

Available at, the forum presents the public with a unique opportunity to share their ideas about the state’s budget challenges as well as the transportation, pension and ethics reform proposals currently being debated on Beacon Hill. Over the next two weeks, Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Murray and senior administration officials will be online at various times, reading suggestions, answering questions and contributing to the dialogue.

“We need the collective wisdom of all the people in the Commonwealth to tackle the budget challenges and reform opportunities facing us at this critical moment,” said Governor Patrick. “This online forum allows us to continue the conversation we started during the community forums and capture those great ideas – your ideas – that will help get us through to a better tomorrow.”

Governor Patrick has selected UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack to serve as the forum’s “Citizen Moderator.” Chancellor MacCormack will work with the Governor’s Office to help facilitate the online conversation and ensure all ideas are heard. At the conclusion of the discussion, Chancellor MacCormack will select from forum participants to assemble a Citizen Task Force. The Task Force will be responsible for compiling ideas, insights and recommendations shared throughout the forum and presenting a report to the Governor.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to participate in a meaningful dialogue about the future of our Commonwealth,’’ Chancellor MacCormack said. “My primary responsibility as moderator will be to ensure that everyone with a big idea has a voice, and that we work together to help solve some of the major challenges facing the Commonwealth. I look forward to hearing everyone’s ideas.”

In addition to the more than 30 community forums the Governor and members of his administration held throughout the month of May, he kicked off a series of summer town hall meetings in Dennis on Tuesday. The meetings are open to the public, giving residents a chance to talk directly to Governor Patrick about issues they care about most, including the economy, the state’s budget challenges, and the Governor’s efforts to push for reforms on Beacon Hill. For a full schedule and more information, visit

Originally posted on the Governor's web site

Avg Teacher Salaries

I understand that unless the numbers are framed properly in context, it always causes trouble trouble to talk about "average".

From Dr Scott McLoed's posting this morning comes a handy interactive reference on average teacher starting salaries and average teacher salaries, state by state.
Play with this sortable table of beginning and average teacher salaries by state.

So what do you read from this table of information?

"one of the most heavily used waterways in the country"

By Heather McCarron/Daily News staff
Milford Daily News
Posted May 31, 2009 @ 10:29 PM

While water quality in the Charles River has improved significantly since the Clean Charles River Initiative began in 1995, there is still work to be done.

State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, is part of a new legislative team charged with making recommendations on lingering river issues.

Brown, the assistant minority whip, was recently appointed to the Charles River Water Quality Commission by Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei. The commission will investigate the water quality of the Charles River and determine what further improvements are needed to bring it to a consistently safe level for swimming - particularly in the most heavily populated area on the Boston end of the river.

"It's going to be interesting," Brown said, noting that the Charles River "obviously affects my district."

There are 35 towns within the river's watershed, including Franklin, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, Wellesley, Wrentham, Natick, Sherborn and Wayland in Brown's district. Other area towns in the watershed include Ashland, Bellingham, Foxborough, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Mendon and Milford.
Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

"We want to give these kids something to do"

Milford Daily News
Posted Jun 01, 2009 @ 12:24 AM


Worried about the town's youth, Town Council Vice Chairwoman Deborah Bartlett is calling on local leaders to help end underage drinking after learning that on two consecutive weekends, large groups of teens were arrested, despite the recent death of 17-year-old Taylor Meyer.

Meyer, a King Philip High School senior from Plainville, drowned in a swamp after drinking alcohol at a party in Norfolk last October.

"I'm very concerned, because we've had arrests for two underage parties in the last weeks, that has never happened in Franklin that I can remember," said Bartlett.

"As leaders of this town, we would be remiss if we did not try to do something" to help, Bartlett said.

Read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

To review the W.A.S.T.E.D. (when alcohol starts to affect decisions) presentation at FHS from Dec 2008 check this link

Events in the schools this week

Jefferson - Celebrity Readers @ Barnes & Nobel Bellingham 6/1/09 5:00 PM

FHS - Academic Awards Night (Mercer Auditorium) 6/1/09 6:30 PM

Jefferson - Celebrity Readers @ Barnes & Nobel Bellingham 6/2/09 5:00 PM

Jefferson - Volunteer Celebration 6/2/09 AM

Keller - Voices of the Past Breakfast & Presentation 6/4/09 9:00 AM

HMMS - Awards Ceremony 6/5/09 9:00 AM

Keller - Voices of the Past Breakfast & Presentation 6/5/09 9:00 AM

Parmenter - Kindergarten Concert 6/5/09 9:00 AM

Davis Thayer - Founder's Day Prog (Cafeteria) 6/5/09 1:00 PM

FHS - Commencement (Field House) 6/5/09 5:00 PM

FHS - All Night Party (FHS) 6/5/09 11 PM-5 AM

Oak - 5th Gr. Dare Graduation 6/5/09 12 Noon

Jefferson - Reading Prog. Celebration 6/5/09 1-2:15 PM

Davis Thayer - Annual Fun Fair (playground) 6/5/09 4-7 PM

Jefferson - Publishing Party - Gr.4 6/5/09 9-Noon

Keller - Dare Graduation (upper field) 6/6/09 10:00 AM

Sunday, May 31, 2009