Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day at the Community Garden Saturday instead of Sunday!

Hello to our Gardeners, Supporters, and Friends!

This weekend is Earth Day and the Town of Franklin is encouraging everyone to pitch in around town on Sunday 4/22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

We hope that you will help us out at the Community Garden location at King Street Memorial Park!

The forecast is for Rain on Sunday, 70% probability in the morning.  Good for the planet, Bad for our workday.

So, we are moving our particular community garden Earth Day event up a day---It will be held on Saturday instead from 9-12 a.m. 

We have a big pile of fresh wood chips to spread, weeds to pull (yes, already!), rocks to pile, compost to turn, pollinator garden beds to dig (flowers!), and more.

Please come lend a hand!  Community Service Certificates will be available for those who need them.

While we have a few gloves, shovels and rakes here at the garden, there might not be enough to go around.  
Please bring your own labeled tools and heavy duty gloves if you can.

If you have extra garden tools or equipment that you would like to donate to the Garden, we'd LOVE to have them!

Thanks to our great new shed---built for us by the awesome Tri-County RVTHS students & paid for with a Franklin Rotary grant!---we now have a place to safely store them.

The water at the garden is not on yet, that will happen some time in mid-May. We will have ice water there to drink for our volunteers this Saturday morning.
How about packing a picnic? 

Thanks for your continued support & we hope to see you at the Garden on Saturday!

Need a map to find us?  The Google map link is below:

Thank you for helping out!

The Franklin Community Garden Green Team

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." -Native American Proverb
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In the News - bath salts, water ban

Franklin man charged with using bath salts

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Franklin, MA: FY 2013 budget documents

When you start a budget, you need to know what revenues you expect to have. For your household, the revenue number would be your expected annual salary (i.e. take home pay). This document walks through the sources of Franklin's expected revenue for FY 2013.

Recall that FY 2013 will begin on July 1 and run through Jun 30, 2013. We are currently operating in FY 2012 which began on July 1, 2011 and will complete on Jun 30, 2012.

The Franklin, MA expected revenue for FY 2013:

Franklin Budget Revenues FY2013

With the revenue number to work with for FY 2013, each department goes through their budget to determine what they will need to operate with for the coming year. The capital requirements are separated and were recently approved by the Town Council. This is the operational budget at a summary level for each line of the budget.

The Finance Committee will review the budget at a detail level with each department manager. This detail review occurs over the course of several meetings. The department manager makes their recommendation, the Town Administrator makes his recommendation (which may differ) and the Finance Committee approves of their version (which may be the same as the Town Administrators or differ in some aspects).

This set of recommendations is what the Town Council will review in their two budget hearings currently scheduled for May 23 and 24. The budget total is voted on and becomes effective July 1, 2012.

The Franklin, MA proposed FY 2013 budget:

Franklin Budget Voting FY2013

Note that at the time the Franklin budget was put together, the School Dept had not yet submitted their budget. The place holder that was included 52,710,000 fortunately comes out to be exactly the number the School Dept appears to be bringing forward. I say appears to be as this document is up for discussion by the School Committee and they may make some changes before it goes to the Finance Committee and Town Council.

The School Dept budget as proposed for review by the School Committee:


You can also view or download these docs from the Franklin Matters Google doc folder
FY 2013 Expected Revenues

Franklin Budget

School Budget

Franklin, MA: Earth Day

Prepare today for Earth Day Sunday. Very little is mentioned on the Franklin website other than the one notice about registration for Earth Day. When you follow the link you find:
Thank you for your interest in the Franklin Earth Day event on April 22nd, 2012! For over 10 years, the Town of Franklin has conducted this event in an effort to educate the public on recycling, beautification, and general clean up of the town. This year, we are taking online registration for those folks looking to lock in a location in Town that they are interested in cleaning. Please select the area in town you are interested in cleaning and let us know specifics about your planned clean up. Gloves and trash bags can be picked up ahead of time at the Recreation Dept (150 Emmons St).

In the News - men in court

Suspect in Franklin home invasion goes to court

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"re-bury a pair of time capsules beneath the Town Common"

The Milford Daily News reported on the Town Council meeting in part by writing:
Councilors voted on a number of bylaws, deleting a few from the town charter because they are redundant — such as a tobacco law that simply mimics a state law — and adding to others. 
Two were added to in a substantial way. Councilors approved harsher punishments for parking in a fire lane, upping to fine from $15 to $50, and allowed town departments to make people put the number of their home’s address on their residences. 
In the latter, Nutting said the town deals with a couple of people each year who are opposed to putting the number of their address on their home, which Nutting said is a public safety problem. 
Near the beginning of the meeting Jack Lank, president of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, congratulated Franklin on its recent economic summit, and applauded the town for its willingness to help businesses hoping to settle and grow in the town.

Read more:

My set of notes from the Town Council meeting can be found here

Franklin Cub Scout Pack 126 walks a mile in other’s shoes

Shoes are something most people in our community take for granted. Ours may be a little worn, or have a broken lace, but they protect the our feet from cuts, bruises and even disease. We may not give them another thought all day once they’re on our feet, but in other parts of the world they’re a precious commodity in short supply. 
The great kids who are part of Pack 126 are learning another valuable life lesson through Scouting. This lesson is about social awareness and helping others. They’re collecting shoes for those who live in poverty and disaster stricken countries and don’t have adequate footwear.

The Scouts from Pack 126 and the other four packs across Franklin will be collecting shoes at the following locations throughout Franklin from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. until May 12th: 
Dacey Community Fields on Lincoln Street
King Street Memorial Park on King Street
Fletcher Field on Peck Street
Beaver Pond on Beaver Street
Town Common across from St. Mary’s Church 
This is just one of the many displays of altruism and community giving show by Pack 126. Others include assisting the elderly with spring yard cleaning, sprucing up the landscape at the Kennedy school and donating time and energy to helping those around them. 
Who are the boys from Pack 126? While any boy can join, Pack 126 consists mostly of kids who attend Kennedy school, or are home schooled in the neighborhoods surrounding Kennedy. They’re boys whose parents want them to learn some important life lessons in a fun and meaningful way.

What do the Cub Scouts do? Aside from helping out our community and contributing to charitable causes, the Scouts meet regularly in a social, fun and instructional atmosphere. The Scouts go to zoos, monster truck shows, build and race their own pinewood derby cars, camp out, learn about nature and so much more. 
What could possibly make Pack 126 even better? Your child! Every child brings something valuable to the pack. It’s a great place to make friends for kids and parents alike. Join us on the Franklin common on Saturday May 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. and sign your kid up on the spot with a great group of kids doing amazing things.

Cub Scout Pack 126 website

Related posts on the joint effort by the Franklin Cub Scout troops

2012 HMEA Independence Walk Run Team Customized tees and more

Hello everyone – new and exciting news for the 2012 HMEA Independence 5K Walk Run Roll & Stroll!! Coming up on May 20th!!!!

Make your own personalized (name and or photo) tee shirts!!! Orders need to be placed by May 4th to assure delivery!!

We've partnered with an innovative new company, GoodThreads, to offer personalized merchandise that tells your cause story on event day – and after! Buying customized gear is not only an exciting way for you to participate in the event, but it also helps to support 2700 children and adults with disabilities supported by 600 caring and committed staff at HMEA.

Go straight to the Event Store here 
You can personalize shirts (and other gear!) with:
•  Your name
•  Name of a loved one
•  Team name
•  Photos
•  More

How does buying personalized merchandise help HMEA?
1.       Donations
Each time you – or, one of your friends and family members – buy a piece of personalized gear from our event store, HMEA receives a portion of the purchase price as a donation!
2.       Awareness
A great part of the designs in our event store is that we make sure that our logo can be seen each and every time you wear your gear. This means more and more people learn about the great work of HMEA!
3.       Engagement
We're excited to have you be part of this event and our organization! We hope that having your own customized gear is a way for you to reflect often on your personal cause story and share it with others.

We hope you're excited to get your very own personalized event gear! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the GoodThreads support team at

The sooner you start the sooner you'll have your event tee or merchandise!!!

Take Care,
Doug MacPherson
Vice President, Development and Public Relations
8 Forge park East
Franklin, MA 02038

"Be ashamed to die until you have achieved some victory for humanity"
Horace Mann

Franklin high summer sports clinics slated

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Franklin High School Athletic Director Brad Sidwell announces high school sports-specific academies and middle school skills clinics will be offered this summer.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Town Council - Apr 18, 2012

The collection of posts reported live from the Franklin Town Council meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 can be found here

Live reporting - closing

House Ways and Means budget is calling for an increase of $350,000 over and above the Governor's budget

All budgets done by FinCom except for Schools, the budget is balanced
The budget is a little easier than the past several years when we were cutting jobs

Earth day this weekend, register through the DPW website

National Grid will be coming to the next Council meeting to discuss storm preparation and response

Pfeffer, facilities manager
Nutting, coming to the next meeting

Vallee, met with Dean recently to discuss contribution to the community

Kelly, I think it would be good to have Dean present on what they do for the community
Powderly, not to single out Dean, the largest non-profit using our resources and not paying taxes. It would be educational to see what they are doing and how equitable it is.
Jones, discuss at the next Economic Development Committee meeting to work on a set of question for the student. Do need to have continued communications.
Pfeffer, Dean has grown from a junior college, to a full college. Is everyone aware of the opportunities that Dean provides?
Mercer, I can remember back some time that met quarterly the Dean Council, a very helpful group, had regular communications between the two entities

Bissanti, how do we approach an available liquor license
Nutting, when we tripped over on population, and had a new one, we advertised, received applications and then the Council awarded. Can make a motion to put an item on the next agenda to discuss process
Bissanti made motion to review process to offer a new liquor license
motion passed 9-0 via roll call

Pfeffer questioning status of the trees in the front of town  hall
Bissanti, thanks to K+Councilor Jones efforts on the summit

Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required

motion to go to executive session, passed 9-0 via roll call

live reporting - Action items


1. Resolution 12-24: Authorization for Installation on the Town Common
discussion on the two capsules moved from the front of the sign needed due to the construction on RT 140

motion to approve, passed 9-0, via roll call

2. Bylaw Amendment 12-674: Amendment to Chapter 48, Tobacco Products – 2nd Reading
bylaw no longer required, superseded by state law

motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

3. Bylaw Amendment 12-675: Amendment to Chapter 63, Numbering of Buildings – 2nd Reading
motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

background, some folks don't want to identify their homes so this helps to define the authority and penalties as a last resort, usually occurs a couple of times a year

4. Bylaw Amendment 12-676: Amendment to Chapter 84, Fire Alarms - 2nd Reading
motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

the old fire alarms have been removed, this bylaw change takes them off the books

5. Bylaw Amendment 12-677: Amendment to Chapter 86, Fire Lanes – 2nd Reading
motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

expands the fines from $15 to $50 for parking in the fire lanes

6. Bylaw Amendment 12-678: Amendment to Chapter 95, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse – 2nd Reading
motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

clean up of bylaw references

Live reporting - Jack Lank

Jack Lank, Chamber of Commerce

largest business organization in the region
wanted to thank Bryan Taberner about the business process here in Franklin
the business process here is head and shoulders above the others in the area
you go to a department, that's not my job, you need to go to another window
not here, the person will get up and go over to the other desk to get you involved with what you need to get done

The 2nd economic summit held recently
about 60 representatives from a variety of businesses took part
resources provided, still getting phone calls, had personally received 4
Chamber tends to be one of the first call for information on Franklin
Jack has information from Bryan and company
You guys truly get it

Never once have I heard it about the Town of Franklin
We truly appreciate it at the Chamber of Commerce
we have concrete evidence to provide

Kelly - how is the economy doing from what you have seen?
Lank - haven't gotten a tremendous amount, the four I just mentioned, established businesses here in Franklin that are looking to expand, one has added one, another 3, another 10, so there is some expansion. You can get that info from the Franklin website. We have seen a small up tick

Bissanti - are you saying that the special permit process is not that bad
Lank - from a number of phone calls, it is not good for me to reveal the source

Jones - thanks for your comments at the summit
 Lank - 2 of the calls have already been set up with training for new hires.

Vallee - going back to announcements momentarily
The budget hearings will be May 23, 24
There will be only one meeting in July and Aug and those dates are 7/18, 8/15

Live reporting - license transfer


Transfer of License – Ferrara Imports, Inc

motion to approve, passed 9-0 via roll call

Live reporting: Town Council 4/18/12

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

all votes will be via roll call with Roy participating remotely

November 30,2011
December 21, 2011
January 18, 2012 Regular Session
April 4 Executive Session
motion to accept all, 9-0 via roll call

This meeting is being recorded by Verizon and Comcast, and Franklin Matters


Brian Loomis, Chestnut St
new here, congratulations on getting the new high school
how do you get new utilities, it took 10 days to get this in when we came here

Design Review Commission
Adrianna Kelly
Nancy Coleman
request to table, motion made, 9-0 via roll call

Motion to appoint Bissanti to GATRA Advisory Board
passed 9-0, via roll call

In the News - Victorian secrets, SWAT Team, Art

Franklin museum reveals Victorian secrets

Franklin man arraigned after SWAT team standoff

Teachers as Individuals (1946)

Perspective is important. Some issues that we face today have been faced before. How does that saying go, "if we don't learn from the past we are condemned to repeat it?"

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Those looking to get some historical perspective on the issue of avoiding teacher burnout should investigate the March 1946 issue of Educational Leadership on the theme "Teachers as Individuals." Read the full issue: Teachers as Individuals In the introductory essay,...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Left hand please meet right hand

So one of our eagle eyed readers found this was posted on the Schools webpage. Note the date of the application of fertilizer - April 15th. And that folks are supposed to stay off the fields for three days after.


So why was a Little League baseball game in full progress Monday evening Apr 16 on the Parmenter fields? This is one of the fields listed in this public notice. Yes, this was only one day after the fertilization.

Budget Monitor: Analyzing the House Ways and Means Budget for FY 2013

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Last Wednesday, the House Committee on Ways and Means (HWM) released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013.

Our Budget Monitor shows how the HWM budget affects each major area of state government, from health care and education to public safety and the environment--including information on tax revenues. It also compares the HWM budget with the Governor's across these same areas.

Facing a budget gap of roughly $1.3 billion, the House Ways and Means Committee proposes a combination of one-time revenues and spending reductions, including:
  • Cuts and savings of nearly $600 million, half of it from MassHealth 
  • Temporary revenues worth $685 million--$400 million of which is drawn from the "rainy day" fund. 
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SWAT team called to Franklin home standoff

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An hours-long standoff at a Lewis Street home with police from Franklin and other departments as well as a regional SWAT team ended peacefully around 11 p.m. tonight, police said.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring Break

For those school families, I hope you enjoy the week off!

Parmenter: spring break!

BIG Y starting to hire

The Big Y is continuing to make progress on their new location here in Franklin. One good sign I noticed on my run by this weekend was that they are now starting to hire.

Big Y starting to hire

Go to for more information about the company and to apply.

"continue to analyze the House budget"

The Milford Daily News posts reactions from some State legislators on the House Budget proposal released last week. The House is scheduled to discuss and approved their version of the budget by the end of April when it will go to the Senate for their review. The Senate will likely have some changes that both will need to reconcile in a joint committee before the Governor gets to sign off by June 30th.

The budget would increase Chapter 70 education aid by $164 million to cities and towns — $18.5 million over Patrick’s proposal. It would be a 4 percent increase over this year’s, bringing the Chapter 70 funding to $4.15 billion. 
Dempsey said the $164 million increase guarantees each school district a minimum of $40 more per student. 
The House budget also includes $221.5 million for the special education costs for the state’s school districts — an $8.4 million increase from last year. 
State Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, said the funds help school districts provide mandated, high-cost programs for special education students. Many schools pay tuition for those students who require an outside program or facility. 
The House budget also includes $45 million for regional school transportation, a $2 million increase from last year. A new line item in the House proposal provides $11.3 million to reimburse communities for providing special busing services for homeless students.

Read more:

MassBudget's analysis of the Governor's proposal and the House proposal can be found here

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - 4/18/12

November 30,2011
December 21, 2011
January 18, 2012 Regular Session
April 4 Executive Session

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Design Review Commission
Adrianna Kelly
Nancy Coleman


Transfer of License – Ferrara Imports, Inc

Jack Lank, Chamber of Commerce


1. Resolution 12-24: Authorization for Installation on the Town Common
2. Bylaw Amendment 12-674: Amendment to Chapter 48, Tobacco Products – 2nd Reading
3. Bylaw Amendment 12-675: Amendment to Chapter 63, Numbering of Buildings – 2nd Reading
4. Bylaw Amendment 12-676: Amendment to Chapter 84, Fire Alarms - 2nd Reading
5. Bylaw Amendment 12-677: Amendment to Chapter 86, Fire Lanes – 2nd Reading
6. Bylaw Amendment 12-678: Amendment to Chapter 95, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse – 2nd Reading





Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents published for this meeting can be found on the Franklin webpage here

Coming soon: Froyo World

Out and about on Saturday, found that Froyo World is coming soon to the Franklin Village Plaza.

Franklin, MA: Froyo coming soon

What is Froyo World?
A frozen yogurt lounge!

Their website

Their Franklin Facebook page

Wanted: Franklin High School Yearbooks

After getting into your closet to do some spring cleaning and donate shoes to the Scouts, check out your book cases for that high school yearbook that you may want to share with the Historical Museum.

Wouldn't it be nice to have your name on the yearbook that folks pick up when visiting the museum?

Specific years that are being looked for are listed in the document:

Franklin, MA: Historical Commission Yearbook Request

You can drop your yearbook off at the Town Clerk's office or at the Museum during their open hours

The Museum website
The Museum Facebook page

Cub Scouts collecting shoes

The Cub Scouts did collect shoes on Saturday.

Plan to clean your closets to drop off your shoe donation on one of the next several Saturdays. Additional details on the shoe collections can be found here

Photo credit to Mike Attinello. Thanks Mike!

Jeff Roy running for State Representative

Jeffrey Roy of Franklin, Massachusetts has entered the race for State Representative in the 10th Norfolk District. He is seeking election to the seat that Jim Vallee will be vacating in December. The district includes all of Franklin and precincts 2, 3 and 4 in Medway. 
Roy is an attorney who has maintained a trial practice in Boston for the past 26 years. He is also a member of the Franklin Town Council and served on the Franklin School Committee from 2001 through 2011. He is the current chair of Franklin's Democratic Town Committee. 
"I have considered entering this race for a long time," noted Roy. "When Representative Vallee made his announcement last week to step down, I knew it was my time to step up. It has been an honor and privilege to serve Franklin at the local level, but much work lies ahead at the state level, and I will bring my commitment, dedication and experience to those tasks. 
"Jim Vallee is one of the most honorable public servants I have had the pleasure to know. He has served Franklin admirably and has been a great friend to our community. His assistance with securing a new Franklin High is the most recent of the many ways he has helped build the Franklin/Medway area into one of the most desirable places to live in America. He is a model legislator and has been a helpful advocate on the school and town issues. It would be an honor to succeed him at the State House.” 
Roy grew up in Milford and he and his wife Maureen moved to Franklin in 1986. They have three children -- Alicia (21), Natalie (18), and Jeff Jr (15) -- all of whom were educated in the Franklin Public Schools. 
Roy is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1983, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bates Student newspaper. In addition, he received engineering training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1979 to 1981 and one year of legal training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. 
His entire legal career has been primarily devoted to the representation of injured persons. He specializes in product liability cases, automobile accidents, construction accidents, and other work-related injuries. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He was sworn in last year as a member of the United States Supreme Court bar. 
"I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from my friends and colleagues about my candidacy," said Roy. "I look forward to engaging in a healthy campaign and demonstrating why I am the best choice to represent the citizens of Franklin and Medway in the next legislature on Beacon Hill. 
"This campaign and election will be about the type of government we want and the type of things we choose to do together as people. If elected, I will be a fierce advocate for Franklin and Medway. My 14 years of service to Franklin demonstrates my commitment to the task at hand and provides a primer on how I will perform as a legislator."

For more information on Roy and the campaign, please visit