Saturday, June 2, 2012

Big Y Plans to Hire 150-plus


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"its time to let your imagination unfold"

The Milford Daily News reported on the Franklin High School graduation yesterday as 387 left the school to tackle their individual futures writing in part:
Valedictorian Susan Mullen will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. She also thanked the adults for giving her and her classmates the momentum needed to be successful students, and people. 
“By treating us with kindness and respect, all by helping us realize our potential as people, these parents, teachers and coaches have shown us the importance of treating each other well,” she said. 
“These adults have not only propelled us forward toward our goals, but also taught us how we should treat one another and how we have the aptitude to help each other grow and succeed.”

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Trout fishing derby planned at Franklin Rod & Gun Club, June 2

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The Franklin Rod & Gun Club is holding a trout fishing derby at Uncas Pond, off Florence Street, tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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From the Senate Budget and to the Conference Committee

MassBudget    Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center    Democracy.
The Senate Budget for FY 2013
Preparing for the House-Senate Conference Committee
At the end of last week, the Senate finalized its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013. MassBudget's Budget Monitor shows:
How the Senate proposal would affect each major area of state government, from health care and education to public safety and the environment—including information on tax revenues.

How individual amendments shaped the final bill.

What differences exist between the Senate and House proposals—and what choices the House-Senate Conference Committee will face.
At this point, the Governor, the House, and the Senate have all produced their own budget proposals. The challenge now is to reconcile them. Our Senate Budget Monitor Monitor describes the choices that lie ahead.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income people, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Hopkinton Networking Group: "Elevator Speech: How to Get to the Next Level."

Hello Everyone,
The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Anne Crawford. The facilitator for this week will be Vincent Rocheleau. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, Anne will talk about "Elevator Speech: How to Get to the Next Level."

Elevator Speech: How to Get to the Next Level

This workshop will cover the three essential steps to help you form a precise "Elevator Speech". Anne will discuss your own personal strengths and help you compile a 30 second introduction that does not sound like a machine talking, but actually reflects who you are and hooks them in the process. Be prepared to bring paper, pen, and an open mind. Remember: The key to your success is in yourself. Anne is just trained to bring it out.

About Anne Crawford:

Anne Crawford is a certified life coach specializing in career transitions. She has run workshops for over 5 years, helping men and women recognize their strengths, find clarity in their visions and achieve manageable goals. She is an expert in understanding human behaviors, what drives our emotions, and what is holding her clients back from the life and careers they deserve. Anne has been published in magazines, newspapers, and loves group and individual one on one coaching. She has spoken at many events and assists Bill Lippincott with the Employment Support group of Norton, MA.

Recap of HNG Meeting of May 18, 2012:

Our 76th meeting of HNG had 14 people, this is seventeen less than the previous meeting, and five signed the New Member list. Barbara McKee was our facilitator. There were four introduction speeches.

We had an impromptu interview workshop because our speaker, Joellyn Schwerdlin, had to cancel because of a personal issue.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

June 15, 2012 William Lam "Working a Job Fair"
July 6, 2012 Jen Vondenbrink "LinkedIn"
July 20, 2012 Panel Discussion with Heather Cole and Hari Narayanan
August 3, 2012 Patricia Hunt Sinacole "A Practical Guide to Landing a Job in Today's Employment Market"
August 17, 2012 TBD
September 7, 2012 TBD
September 21, 2012 Dorian Mintzer "Here Come the Boomers: New Possibilities for Positive, Creative and
Successful Aging"

General Information:

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose the first and third Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* Skills and Value Statement
* Where have you been?
* Where are you going?
* Your title
* Your target companies
* Geography of search
* Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Sandra Cipriani
Gil Krispien
Barbara McKee
Vincent Rocheleau
Ralph Sabatino
Salpi Sarafian

Job outlook, slow recovery

Unlike prior recessions, where an upturn could occur quickly with a major company expanding to add thousands of jobs at a time, this will be much slower. The top levels companies are not in a position to make major expansions. In many cases, the top level companies are continuing to cut jobs.  HP announced cutting 25,000 over the next couple of years.

Where will the growth come from? The small and medium businesses. Hence, the slow growth. They will grow over time and add jobs here and there but it will be slow.

The New England Economic Partnership issued its latest forecast for the six-state region today, showing that jobs will grow by an average of 1.3 percent a year through the end of 2016. That means the region’s labor market won’t return to pre-recession levels until 2015. 
A weak housing market and a frequent mismatch between workers’ skills and available jobs will make it tougher for the region’s economy to bounce back from the Great Recession. In Massachusetts, where the economic recovery began in mid-2009, the impending retirement of many baby boomers is also cited as a concern because it could result in a massive shortage of skilled workers.

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You can find the full report here

Planet Money confirms the past performance of slow growth with this report

In the News: tornado help, post bail, playground contest, PMC Kids

Franklin area church members helped out after the tornado

Strawberry Stroll - Jun 7 - Event Map

The Strawberry Stroll will take place o Thursday, June 7 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM all around the downtown Franklin. This map will highlight the members of the Downtown Partnership that are participating in this event

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Please join us on Thursday, June 7, for our Strawberry Stroll! 
You can download and print this map to help you navigate the event. 
Map courtesy of the Franklin Local Town Pages.
2012 Strawberry Stroll Map

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kids PMC Bake Sale - Saturday

The kids from Ms. Eickmann's class (Keller Elementary) are dedicating their ride to her. Come to the bake sale and support this team. Or you can donate directly through the team page:'s-Energizers.htm

There will be assorted baked goods available. List to come soon!

For those who may be arriving via bicycle, we'll have water, lemonade, and even gatorade available!

Where: 257 Daniels St, Franklin, MA
When: Saturday, Jun 2, 2012 from 9:00 AM to noon

You can visit the Bake Sale event page on Facebook here

Sens. Spilka, Moore, Ross currently unopposed in fall election

The campaign contest will be in the Norfolk 10th with five candidates in two parties running for the primary Sep 6 to find out who will face off on Nov 8th.

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Senate Democrats, who held a 36-4 advantage over Republicans this session, appear on course to maintain a sizeable majority after the fall elections.

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Franklin Library: Summer Reading Registration

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reminder: Norfolk Country Registry of Deeds

Office hours are being held today in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Bldg beginning at 10:00 AM

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DCU - paper shredding - Jun 9, 2012

The DCU Credit Union branch located on RT 140 will be holding a personal paper shredding event on Sat Jun 9, 2012. Additional details in the flyer posted here:

Register Today for Summer Programs & More


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Register for classes and plan your summer activities. We look forward to seeing you in classes this summer!

FREE Kids Triathlon Program
7-week program.  May 29-July 12.  Offered at all 3 branches. Participants will have a chance to compete in the New England Kids Triathlon on July 22 at MIT!

Kindergarten Readiness Program
A great opportunity for your soon-to-be kindergartner make a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten!

Summer 1 Session begins June 25.
Summer 2 Session begins July 30.

Sign up today online or in-branch!

Enhanced Formula for a Super Summer at your Y!
Click here to view our full day camps and download registration forms. photo201005_0304_04_preview

* NEW Flexible Scheduling Options     
* Enhanced Age-Appropriate Curriculum
* Increased Communication to Parents
Healthy Lunch Options
NEW Adventure Teen Camps 
click here for more info
* NEW Horizons Integration Camp click here for more info
And many more exciting opportunities! 

Click on your branch for more info on camp: 

North Attleboro   Foxboro    Franklin

NEW! Click here to view our half day mini camps!
Register online or in branch for these half day programs.photo201006_0053_01_download_3

A variety of half day programs offered in the following departments:
Arts & Enrichment

Register today!


LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA is a twelve week small group strength/fitnessIMG_6897_silhouetted
program designed for adult cancer patients and survivors who have
become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment
and/or disease. The program is based on curriculum developed by
Stanford University and is free to all participants.

Informational Brochure

The No Cancer Zone - FREE lecture - June 12

New programs starting at all 3 branches in June. Click here for more information. If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, consider joining us for this wonderfully powerful program!

Outdoor Pool Opening Celebrations

Franklin & North Attleboro Branches:  Saturday, June 16thFamily Aquatics photo
Foxboro Branch:  Saturday, June 23rd
New Spier Family Outdoor Aquatics Center!

All 3 outdoor pools will be open to members for family swim (+ 1 lap lane) Monday-Friday from 1-7pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 12:30-6:00pm.

New June: Make A Splash Week!

Click below for more info:
Foxboro            Franklin         North Attleboro

Only $25 for 5 days of swimming and safety lessons!  Each
40-minute lesson consists of basic swimming skills, plus covers a safety topic (such as boating, backyard pool safety, etc.)


Reach Out for Youth & Families Phonathon 

Starting Tuesday, dedicated volunteers and staff will be calling, asking for your support of our Y's annual campaign, the Reach Out for Youth & Families Campaign.

The phonathon will take place at Dean College.  When you see Dean College on caller ID, it is your Hockomock Area YMCA calling. We look forward to talking with you!

To-date, we are 70% to our goal of $650,000. Your gift is appreciated and will make the difference!

We are able to work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors, just like Michael:


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Franklin, MA: Memorial Day Parade - 2012

A slideshow of the Memorial Day Parade through downtown Franklin, MA

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Garden Party

The Franklin Community Garden celebrated it's one year anniversary with a birthday party on Monday. There was cake!

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And even with it looking too good to eat, it was cut and folks did enjoy a piece or two.

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For a view of the current growth of the garden beds, check out the following slideshow

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MassDOT Farmer's Markets 2012

The Franklin Farmers Market will open on Friday June 8 and run through November 2, 2012. For other farmers markets in MA, visit

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Farmers Markets, I-90, May 21, 2010MassDOT's Farmer's Market Program is now underway for 2012 and invites local farmers to take advantage of free space to sell their home grown produce and made-in-Massachusetts products at 18 Service Plazas.  Eleven plazas are located along I-90 and seven others along other Massachusetts state highways.
This year's selling season kicked off in May with stands set up at the Charlton eastbound and Framingham Service Plazas.  Letters have been sent to more than 300 Massachusetts farmers inviting them to sell their goods and produce.
Complimentary vending space is made available on a first-come, first-served basis at I-90 Service Plazas located in Lee, Blandford, Ludlow, Charlton, Westborough, Framingham and Natick.  Space is also available at seven MassDOT locations in Newton, Lexington and Beverly along Route 128/I-95.  Other locations include Bridgewater (north & southbound) on Route 24, Plymouth (Route 3), and Barnstable (Route 6).  Farmers can sell their goods as long as they do not compete with the businesses that operate within the service plazas.  MassDOT also assists in setting up the outdoor markets and provides on-the-road advertising using portable message boards.
Local farmers who want more information are asked to contact program coordinator Dave Fenton at or at 413-572-3171.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day - 2012

President Barack Obama used his weekly address to acknowledge the reason for Memorial Day

From the White House YouTube channel, another video of Vietnam veterans and what is being done to help these veterans.

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Franklin, MA: Memorial Day activities

Events today

Parade at 10:30 AM

The parade begins at the Historical Museum and ends at the Town Common. Last year the route was published as:
Marchers will line-up at the Historical Museum, 80 West Central St. The parade will travel on Main, School, Union, West Central and Beaver streets, ending at the war memorial on the Town Common. 
Marchers will stop at Dean College, Union Street Cemetery, St. Mary's Cemetery and the war memorial.
I have not found a confirmation on line that this would be the parade route but it makes sense that it would be again this year.

Garden Party 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

On May 28th, 2011 the King St. Memorial Community Garden official opened for gardening. Join us as we celebrate the our first successful first year of gardening, and the many years to come. There will be seedlings on hand for sale to support The Friends of Franklin Community Gardens efforts to continue to expand on the garden, and other events and activities. Drop by to share a story, a piece of cake, or just the view.

Franklin, MA: Community Gardens

Read more on the Community Garden website

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Measuring the Universe

How long does it take to walk from your house to the train station in downtown Franklin?

How do we measure the distance between two things?

How do we measure the distance between things when they are moving?

Let's spend a few minutes this morning to put our little place into some perspective!


Hat tip to The Exceptional Man

AG issues emergency Open Meeting Law regulation

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Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office issued an emergency regulation  that clarifies the Opening Meeting Law regulations that explain how adopting authorities can restrict the use of remote participation by members of public bodies.

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