Saturday, August 25, 2012

Big Y coins

Dolores and I made our first visit to the Big Y on Friday night. The parking lot was busy but there were open spots fairly easy to find. The store is nice. I got the feeling that some of the crowding, negotiating in the aisle will settle down as folks figure out their path through the store. Right now, there is a lot of looking and exploring going on.

And there is a lot to see and explore. Folks will hand out a store layout so you'll be able to find the produce or meat section readily. There are plenty of baggers and cashiers available. This is always the cash for a new store. It will be interesting to see how many there will be on a regular basis going forward.

You can sign up for a frequent buyer card. They apparently have multiple levels as we found out at the register when asked if we had any coins to use. Coins?

Yes, apparently based upon purchases, you can earn coins and then use them for reduced prices on future purchases. I understand the concept behind it but tracking and remembering to bring the coins back with you might be too inconvenient for some (including moi!).

I do like and appreciate their efforts to use local products. There were some stuffed clams that we purchased at a good price that were made in RI.

I was disappointed that while Big Y offers the 'store brand' of Greek yogurt, they don't offer their own for regular yogurt. Odd. They must have a reason for it. May be one factor keeping us from being a regular customer. Like others, it may very well be another stop for a good sale but may not replace our regular shopping.

What do you think of the Big Y?

"improve mobility options in our suburban communities"

The Milford Daily News informs us of a new study to look at regional transportation.
The study, paid for with a $40,000 grant from the Metropolitan Planning Organization, involves taking stock of the various public transportation options in Bellingham, Franklin, Milford, Medway, Millis, Hopkinton, Sherborn, Dover, Norfolk and Wrentham. 
The SouthWest Advisory Planning Committee represents those towns and will work with the MAPC to finalize the scope of the study. The committee met on Wednesday. 
"These types of studies are important," said Eric Halvorsen, a transportation planner, "because we are trying to identify how towns can work … to connect people to the larger transportation networks and create more mobility."

We are fortunate to have access to the two train stations to take the commuter rail into Boston. The GATRA bus gets around Franklin and to Patriot Place. In the times I have seen the bus go by or taken it myself, it is underutilized.

What kind of regularly schedule transportation would you utilize if it was available and reasonably priced? Where would it go? What times would you want it to run?

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The GATRA bus schedule can be found here

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at Big Y

Hi Steve, 

My name is Beefelicious Ben, and i'm one of the drivers of the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. My partner Tailgating Theresa and I are rolling into Franklin, MA tomorrow! We will be setting  up at the Big Y from 9am-3:00pm. We would love it if you could share this information on your site for the community to see. We hope that you'll come visit us tomorrow at the Big Y and share in the community events with the Wienermobile. 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: 

We look forward to seeing tomorrow!

Beefelicious Ben & Tailgating Theresa

Photo from wikipedia

More info on the wienermobile and here

Franklin Art Center: Fall Classes

Hello Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer! 
We will not be open during the day this week except for playgroups.
We are busy getting things organized for the Fall classes.

 New workshops will be coming up this fall  -- Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Holiday Workshops 

Preschool Classes 

We are registering for all preschool classes. They can be taken Tuesday or Thursday  , Monday or Wednesday or both days.  This first session's theme is "A for Autumn"   
We also have mom's groups scheduling for monthly themed art projects .  
Music Together will be there Tuesday and Thursday mornings this year.

After School
We have some openings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Friday's class has 2 spots left and I will close that class this week.  We have added a Wednesday 3:30-5 class for 9-11 year olds.

Teens - Adults 

Drawing 1
Wednesdays  6:30-8 
This is taught by Andrea Olmstead.  She teaches drawing classes at Emmanuel.  Any teens interested in working on their drawing skills and portfolios, this is a great class to take !  You will be working in a studio in a small class setting.  This is not only for teens.  This is a class where adults can work on their drawing skills as well. Beginners and above  are welcome to come and work on improving their skills.

Saturday morning Painting
Saturdays 10:45-11:15

We are bringing back our Saturday morning painting class.  
If interested please call.  We have not updated the website for this class.

Figure in Clay
Saturdays  11-2    Sept 29, Oct 6 & 13
NEW!  Interested in sculpture?  Come join us for 3 Saturday Workshops.   Figure In Clay is an entry level sculpture study of the human figure.  Like Auguste Rodin, students will create maquette size clay sculptures of a live model.  Students will become familiar with basic figurative gesture, surface anatomy, and measuring techniques as they learn how to represent the figure three dimensionally in clay

Call for more details as it is not on the website yet.

We look forward to a very exciting Fall !

Friday, August 24, 2012

Farmers Market: noon to 6:00 PM

The Farmers Market is open today on the Town Common from noon to 6:00 PM.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

Where in Franklin is the Town Common?

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Big Y draws big crowd in Franklin

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The Big Y supermarket, which when first proposed stoked some residents' fears that a large chain store along Rte. 140 would generate too much traffic, opened Thursday morning to the cutting of a cake.

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Taken before the opening on Thursday, the parking lot was empty.

Big Y: street view

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Kickoff Meeting - Sep 5

Save the Date! Wednesday, September 5th, 7:30pm, Union Street Grill, 371 Union Street, Franklin MA

New to town or just looking for something new? Kids? No kids? Wanting to meet new people?

We are NOT just for Newcomers!

The Franklin Newcomers & Friends Club is a social and charitable organization for residents of Franklin, Massachusetts. We like to have fun, learn new things, and give back to the community through fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. We meet monthly from September through May, often with a themed event (speakers, lively programs), and provide other activities throughout the month to facilitate friendship and fellowship. The Franklin Newcomers also host an annual Craft Fair every year in November, which has become a tradition in town.

Please join us on September 5th at 7:30pm to learn more about the Club. Take a chance on a raffle prize or just sample some appetizers. Cash bar available. Bring a friend! We look forward to meeting you for a great night and to kick off the year ahead!

Mass. NOW PAC Endorses Jeffrey Roy for State Representative

The Mass. NOW PAC Endorses Jeffrey Roy, Candidate for State Representative

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee is pleased to announce its endorsement of Jeffrey Roy.  Mr. Roy is running for election to the State House of Representatives in the 10th Norfolk District.

Christina Knowles, Chair of the Mass. NOW PAC, says:  "We are proud to endorse Jeffrey Roy for State Representative. Jeff stands with us in our commitment to equal rights, and we are excited to offer him our support in his election bid and work with him on Beacon Hill."

The Mass. NOW PAC endorses candidates who are committed to NOW's mission and priority issue areas, including reproductive freedom, racial justice, constitutional rights, economic justice, LGBT rights, and ending violence against women.  In order to receive the support of the Mass. NOW PAC, candidates must go through a rigorous endorsement process, including a multi-issue questionnaire and an interview with PAC members.

The Mass. NOW PAC works to ensure that women's rights and other social justice issues are given a voice on Beacon Hill.  Prior to running for office, Mr. Roy served on Franklin's Town Council and has chaired the town's Master Plan Committee, the School Committee, and the Franklin Democratic Town Committee.  He is a graduate of Bates College and a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School.  Mr. Roy has been a staunch supporter of equality and a voice for those who are often unheard, devoting his career as a trial lawyer to representing injured persons and co-chairing Franklin's Anti-Bullying Task Force.  The Mass. NOW PAC looks forward to electing Mr. Roy to the Legislature and working with him on equal rights and social justice issues.

On receiving the Mass. NOW PAC endorsement, Mr. Roy says: "I am honored to have the support of Mass. NOW and I share their commitment to equal rights and to giving women and girls a voice on Beacon Hill.  We share many values and a commitment to the notion of equal rights and justice for all.  I will bring those values and that commitment with me to Beacon Hill."

The primary election is Thursday September 6th.  Please be sure to head to the polls and join the Mass. NOW PAC in supporting Jeffrey Roy for State Representative. 


Mass. NOW Political Action Committee
PAC Chair, Christina M. Knowles 
Policy and Programs Manager, Ellie Adair
727 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Democratic Debate video

Couldn't get to Medway High School for the Democratic Debate on Tuesday? The video is now available.

Yes, you'll see me from time to time as I was honored to be one of the questioners for the debate. Many of the questions that you submitted were used. Thank you for helping to get information on each candidate's position!

McGovern endorses Roy

US Congressman Jim McGovern poses with Jeff Roy

Catching up to this press release that arrived while I was away on vacation last week. The glories of internet access kept me connected until Sunday when there was no posting here.

For additional information on Jeff Roy and his campaign visit his website

Cops investigating armed robbery of Franklin pharmacy

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Authorities are hunting a man who they say robbed a pharmacy on Monday night. The suspect, wearing a hood, mask and gloves, broke into the Walgreens at 160 East Central St. at about 11 p.m. and pulled a handgun on two employees preparing to leave for the night, police said.

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Franklin Public Library: End of Summer Carnival

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"Theater operates on that whole suspension of disbelief system"

The Milford Daily News writes about Elizabeth Barrett Groth who was nominated last month for a "New York Innovative Theatre Award in outstanding innovative design for a puppet she created"

She credits her education (and a childhood of watching the Muppets) in helping her to find a niche in designing the costumes and sets that help a production cheat reality. In 2010, the former Franklin School for the Performing Arts student earned a master’s in theater design from Yale University School of Drama. 
Asked about what prompted her to abandon her acting career, Barrett Groth said she always was fascinated by the costumes and set of a performance, more so than the actors themselves. 
"I don’t pretend to be a really great actress," she said. "What I enjoyed the most about acting was putting the costume together before hand — the visual side of things. When I would read a play, I would be more worried about imagining what everything actually looked like than the motivation behind the characters."

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

One step

As mentioned previously, the modular units at Parmenter School are scheduled to be removed before school starts in September. The first step in the process mentioned in the School Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug 7 was the removal of the propane tank.

What was in place when the photos were taken the weekend of 8/12

Parmenter Modular Units

is now gone

10th Norfolk Democratic Debate results

The 2nd debate or question and answer discussion for the Democratic Candidates was held at Medway High School Tuesday night. About 70 folks attended, applauding frequently as their respective candidate made a point. The Milford Daily News reports on the event in part by writing:
So far, the Franklin residents in the race for 10th Norfolk District seat, formerly held by James Vallee, have not hid their similarities — their backgrounds in law and focus on desire to push for more local aid. 
And the candidates continue to force home a pledge that the district, Franklin and parts of Medway, would have a constant voice in the state’s House of Representatives. 
But during Tuesday night’s debate, the congenial mood of the race seemed at points to become a bit more combative.
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My thanks to you for helping craft the questions that for the most part were used in the debate.

In the News: girls softball, false claims, kickoff meeting

Franklin softball girls in league of their own

Franklin Public Library: Tanglewood Marionettes

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Help the Baby Beats - Sep 15 - Boston Heart walk

From the Amante Family:
Welcome to the fundraising page for team Baby Beats. We have been raising money for the Heart Association since 2002! Just two weeks after Damian's third open heart surgery we attended our first Heart Walk in New York. 
Funds donated to the Heart Association go toward life saving research, techniques and equipment.

Damian has directly benefited from projects that were funded by the Heart Association.

We celebrate Damian and the victory over his struggles by raising money to support this important organization.

Please support our team by donating to the Heart Association! Thank you!

You can find the fund raising page here

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Bus Routes for 2012-2013

The school bus routes have been published to the Franklin Public Schools Transportation web page and shared here.

If you have trouble with the Google link, you can also go directly to the School Transportation page to view and download the PDF file

Election participation data 1990-2010

Pew Center releases election participation interactive

"step out of your comfort zone"

The Nautilus embarked on its expedition in July. With remotely operated vehicles, the scientists on board study the seafloor, collecting geological and biological specimens. High-definition cameras document their work and broadcast it in real time via 
Durkin boards the Nautilus as part of the JASON Project, which brings students and teachers together for field research adventures. He said it aims to attract children to science through hands-on experiences in the field. 
"It’s such a different level for kids to see and feel those experiences," he explained. "It really makes science real."

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In the News: big league, gas prices

Franklin team, player get big league help

Monday, August 20, 2012

Questions for the 10th Norfolk Democratic Debate

Questions for the second round debate between the Democratic Candidates for the 10th Norfolk District. Jeff Roy and Peter Padula will face off in Medway on Tuesday at Medway High School at 7:30PM


What have you done or are planning to do to prepare for serving Medway in in the Legislature?

Based upon the flyer on the door, it seems like you are both walking the neighborhoods. What is one thing that going door to door does for your campaign?

How much will websites and other social media tools help your campaign?


Two part Q: What do you see as Medway’s key issue at the State level and how do you plan to address it?

Do you  have any relationships with folks in or around the State House or in the Legislature that you can leverage when you are in office to help serve Medway? Please elaborate.

Medway and Franklin like most other MA communities are faced with Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) requirements that are underfunded. What is your position on what the Legislature can do to help?

What do you think about casinos as a source of state revenue?

There has been talk of the Legislature revising the Chap 70 funding formula. Franklin is a significant beneficiary of these funds. What would be your position on a revision of the formula?

What is your position on the State budget priorities? Should MA government focus on infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) or education, or??

What is your position on taxes overall? How should the business of providing government services be funded?

What is your position on usage fees? Are there cases where it makes sense to use them in lieu of a more broadly based tax?

What is your position on the governance of utilities, their service rates and performance?

The Medway library, like the Franklin Library, faces an annual budget issue. The MA Library Board of Governors is the body that provides oversight to the library systems. What is your position on what the Legislature should or should not do to help?

Franklin resident submitted questions

If elected what changes would you propose to help commuters from Medway/Franklin afford to get into Boston for work?

What are your thoughts about the MA higher education costs. Is there anything you would propose to help more students afford MA State higher education?

Local officials often complain to voters that costly state mandates tie their hands and prevent them from making common-sense fiscal policies for the town. What will you do as state rep to remove burdensome state mandates and un-tie local officials' hands?

What will be your priorities if you are selected to serve in the state legislature?

How can we make health care in Massachusetts more affordable for the commonwealth, cities, towns, businesses and individuals?

How do you feel about what Gov Patrick has done so far about containing health care costs?

My question to all is This... I think all of you are educated well, are lawyers and have held local seats on a board but what Political experience so you have that I may not know about that you feel makes you qualified to be successful at this job?

What distinguishes you from the other candidates?

Specifically, how have you served the towns of Franklin and/or Medway?  (Public service, elected office?)

What makes you the best person to go to Beacon Hill to fight for funding for our district?

What would you do to get Massachusetts off dependence on oil?

If you would like to add a question you can send me an email or use the question form here

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Aug 21,2012

Vision Statement
The Franklin Public Schools will foster within its students the knowledge and skills to find and achieve satisfaction in life as productive global citizens.

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the August 7, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. FHS Handbook – Peter Light
b. Medical Emergency Response Plan – Mo/Sally

3. Discussion Only Items
Elimination Policies (First Read):
JICA Student Dress Code
JICDA Academic Honesty Policy
JICF Gang Activity/Secret Societies
JKAA Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention
JKAA-R Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Administration Procedures/Crisis Team Procedures
JKF-E Memorandum of Understanding
JKF-R Matters Involving Violence, Weapons, Hate Crimes and Drug Distribution
JLF-E Child Abuse/Neglect
JLF-R Statement of Child Abuse and Neglect

New/Revised Policies (First Read):
JLF Child Abuse/Neglect
JKAA Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention

4. Action Items
a. I recommend appointing the Superintendent of Schools to represent the Franklin Public Schools on the Board of Directors of the Bi-County Collaborative for the 2012-2013 school year.
b. I recommend appointing the Superintendent of Schools to represent the Franklin Public Schools on the Board of Directors of the ACCEPT Collaborative for the 2012-2013 school year.
c. I recommend approval of the budget transfers as detailed.
d. I recommend acceptance of a check for $50.00 from Rosalind Gordon for the Schaeffer Scholarship at FHS.
e. I recommend acceptance of a check for $242.28 from Douglas Lee / Well Fargo Community Support Campaign for the FHS.
f. I recommend acceptance of the donation of three pallets of mixed paper from Lindenmeyr Munroe to the Franklin Public Schools.
g. I recommend approval of the FHS Handbook as discussed.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

"will be useful for other communities"

"There are a lot of ideas out there, but there is not a lot of numbers behind those ideas," said director Robert Cantoreggi. "We are doing a lot of good things and progressive things in Franklin, but what’s their ultimate value?" 
Cantoreggi said he would also continue adopting more environmentally friendly approaches to development. A recent example, the public works chief said, is how his department has tried to green up as many of the town’s 220 cul-de-sacs — big producers of runoff — as much as possible, removing pavement and replacing it with miniature oases of flowers and trees.

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Parmenter School has several rain gardens to help with the rain water runoff