Saturday, October 20, 2012

From the feed reader

I have several tools to capture information being published about Franklin, MA. One of my key tools is Google Reader In today's reader, I find several good articles about what is happening in and around Franklin.

1 - Warren Reynolds publishes regularly at He has his write up for the FHS ground breaking event held last week

New Franklin High School ground breaking celebrated

3 - Mary writes about the new items that have arrived for the Mill Store on Union St located at the railroad crossing.

Autumn awesomeness


Networking Event

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to a very special Franklin Downtown Partnership 
Networking Event hosted by Six One Seven Studios

Thursday, November 15th -- Starting at 5:00 p.m.
This is a special evening for FDP members looking for connections and networking opportunities. The event will be at Six One Seven Studios' state-of-the-art film studio located at 25 Kenwood Circle in Franklin. 

Come and enjoy good company, delicious appetizers, beer and wine as you tour the exciting new state-of-the-art studios.

Please RSVP to Joel Carrara at

Learn more about Six One Seven Studios
Six One Seven Studios is a full-service video production company based in Franklin, MA, dedicated to telling your story through high quality video production. 

Our experienced team of professionals has years of experience in the art of communicating through video. From videography, editing, scripting and all aspects of video production service, Six One Seven Studios represents some of the best in the field offering our services at competitive prices.

Six One Studios is equipped with a 3,200 square foot soundstage, makeup and client area, state-of-the-art editing suite and multiple offices.

We look forward to seeing everyone who can attend.

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Help the YMCA, shop Whole Foods Oct 23

Whole Foods in Bellingham will contribute 5% of the proceeds Oct 23 to support the YMCA and their 'healthy futures' initiative!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Farmers Market - Library Book sale

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market

Where in Franklin is the Town Common?

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Library Book Sale

Preview for Friends of Library members Friday night, open to all on Saturday

Where is the DPW Garage?
Turn on Hayward St off of RT 140 or West Central St, and follow signs to garage.

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Parking Control Officer returns to downtown Franklin

October 17, 2012

Letter from the Chief’s Office
As I am sure most of the citizens of Franklin are now aware the Town has hired a part-time Parking Control Officer. For many years the Parking Control Officer was a well known fixture in the center of Town. The PCO, as we call it, would walk the Downtown streets, have conversation with citizens, help with pedestrian crossings and engage in all around friendly behavior. Due to budgetary constraints the PCO position had gone unfilled for a lengthy period of time. That has changed and a PCO is now actively enforcing parking violations for the Town. 
My experience with feedback about the PCO position was that it was welcomed by the Downtown and overall community until that bright orange parking ticket was placed under a windshield wiper blade. We have learned that parking control is one of those job functions that can bring out the worst in some people. It is however a necessary enforcement function. 
There may be any number of good reasons and/or explanations as to why a parking violation might have happened and a civil explanation may make all the sense in the world possibly remedying the ticket issue right on the spot. Parking control, particularly in the Downtown where there are businesses who need and deserve convenient access for their customers to help them stay ahead of a downtrodden economy, coupled with the amount of Commuter Rail travelers looking for available parking, is a necessary and important enforcement effort conducted by the Town. 
If you have issue with a parking violation I want to remind you that you cannot remedy your parking ticket issue at the Police Station. Parking Ticket appeals are handled by the Franklin Town Treasurer/Collector. If you received a parking ticket that you believe to be in error I would encourage you to appeal to the Town Treasurer and request a hearing. When you appear for the hearing have your facts ready, be civil when presenting your argument and leave knowing the matter has been heard and I can assure you will be decided in a fair and impartial manner.
Thank You
Stephan H. Semerjian
Chief of Police

Note the original letter can be found on the Franklin webpage. the formatting was change to improve the readability

School meals, KIDS COUNT data, and other MassBudget updates

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  • Are free and reduced-price school meals getting to all the kids who need them? That's the question that motivated Breakfast and Lunch Participation in Massachusetts Schools--part of a joint project involving MassBudget, the Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston, and the Mass Law Reform Institute, supported by the EOS foundation. Our online chartpack summarizes the major findings.

  • A complete diagram of the food assistance programs in Massachusetts shows: who is eligible for them, who runs them, where they get their funding, and how people can gain access.

  • The KIDS COUNT data center has been updated to include a breakdown of low income students by city and town based on eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch.

  • In a brief analysis of funding for children through the Department of Children and Families, we found a significant cut over the last four years--amounting to roughly $130 million.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

FEF Casino Night - Nov 3

The Franklin Education Foundation will be holding its annual Casino Night, Saturday, Nov 3

Additional information can be found on the FEF webpage
or Facebook page

Parmenter modular update - last

The grass is filling in. The fence is back in place.

Hard to believe that there were modular units here for more than 10 years. Looking good DPW grounds crew!

Related posts depicting the changes as the modulars were taken down and removed

Town Council - 10/17/12

The posts reported on live during the Town Council meeting of Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 can be found here

In the News: resignation, liquor store, earthquake

Norfolk County prosecutor resigns over contact with state lab tech

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Live reporting - Closing

Town Council returns from Executive Session at 7:45 PM

2. Resolution 12-71 (undefined in public session)
motion to table resolution, not debatable, passed 8-0 (Roy recuse)

motion to adjourn, passed 9-0

Live reporting - license hearing

Alcoholic Beverage License-Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10 PM
Franklin Wine and Spirits

Chief Semerjian providing additional info

Owners: We take it very seriously, 30 plus years of experience, beyond disheartening that this happened at this location. There have been no other violations. There is a license transfer pending for ownership reasons.

Q - Councilor Roy: What training have you had?
Owners: We have had the TIPS training, the Police have been very helpful to provide information on what to look for, clock with up to date approval time. Hard to believe that someone with 30 years of experience.

Q - Councilor Jones: how does this violation work with the pending sale/
A - Counsel Cerel: The issue does not transfer with the license, it is really held to the individual

motion to approve, passed 9-0 license suspended for this Saturday

N. Council Comments
Oct 23, Senior Center tax relief programs

Ground breaking great event, well attended

thanks for attending the ground breaking
thanks to those who put the day together

The Building Hearing will be holding a public meeting on Nov 14th in the Council Chambers. An update on the project, the different phases, traffic patterns, etc.
Architect, Project Manager, Contractor will all be present. Will also be televised via Franklin TV

Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required

Motion to go to executive session for purchase of property, open session will return
approved 8-0, Roy recuse
the Council left to use Room 205 and will return to the Council Chambers when the executive session has completed

Live reporting - adjusted schedule of meeting

with little to do before the scheduled 7:10 hearing, the Council jumped around the agenda to full in time

coming forward with some temporary easements for during the downtown construction period


For Future Legislation

after getting this far, there was a two minute recess to return in time for the 7:10 hearing

Live reporting - Town Council - Oct 17, 2012

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

September 19, 2012
motion to approve, passed 9-0

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29.


motion to add Res - 1271 to agenda, approved via roll call 8-0 (Roy recuse)


COA Appointment - Suzanne Wade
motion to approve, passed 9-0




1. Resolution 12-70:Appropriation - Insurance Recovery Account
motion to approve, passed 9-0

10th Norfolk candidates state positions

I was unable to get a good internet connection to report live from Medway High School but took my notes by hand and have transcribed them to share here.

10th Norfolk District candidate debate

Republican candidate - Richard Eustis
Democratic candidate - Jeff Roy

Co-hosted by the Republican and Democratic Town Committees of Medway at the Medway High School

The format was for both candidates to have an opening and closing statement and in between state their positions on a set of five topics; (1) Education, (2) Economic Development, (3) Local funding, (4) Tax policy and (5) the Role of government.

There are distinct differences between the two candidates as shown in their statements on each topic.

Opening Statements
Roy - provided an overview on his public service record and how he will represent everyone in the District.

Eustis - opened with a challenge to Mr Roy’s statement that MA is doing it right and went on to list the litany of corruption associated with Beacon Hill and the Democratic Party. Referenced the Forbes study that listed MA as 47th among the states as a place to do business.

1 - Education
Eustis - cares about schools, understands the need for investment in the community, recognizes that stronger schools will make the community more attractive for businesses. Doesn’t support instate tuition for illegal immigrants because the state can’t afford it. Thinks the college tuition is too high and that with 50% of the recent graduates still looking for work says that is a problem that needs to be addressed.

Roy - every child deserves a good education, invited Mr Eustis to tour the Franklin schools with him to see how well they are doing spending less in all 11 categories tracked by the state and yet a high performing district. The good schools are why businesses come here. Tri-county and Norfolk provide area students alternatives. He does not favor the Governor’s proposal on instate tuition. Thinks that we should focus on the local issues.

2 - Economic Development
Roy - wants to help businesses get back to work, with good schools businesses want to locate here. he goes on to reference three companies in Franklin two of whom relocated there and the reasons were good work force, good school system and quality of life in the community. Referenced a study by Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) that touts the progress MA has made during this recent economy has been the envy of other states and regions. Can we do better? Yes. His strategic plan on economic development covers five points: 1 - money to consumers by reducing the sales tax to 5%, 2 - helping small businesses, 3 - help public higher education, 4 - reduce the cost of doing business here, and 5 - partner with the leaders in Franklin and Medway.

Eustis - I will continue to bash Beacon Hill because their performance is unacceptable. According to the Forbes report MA is 47th among the states as a place to do business. That tax rates and regulations have scared away ⅓ of the businesses who were based here in MA. RI and NH in particular have lured companies with tax breaks and incentives. MA is not competitive. As an example,the data security protection regulation implemented goes further than the FDC requires, why is that necessary? Need to follow the examples set by our neighboring states, need to enforce immigration laws.

3 - Local Funding
Eustis - wants every dollar that goes to Beacon Hill to come back, local government should make the choice, makes local government accountable, the the towns are running on increasingly tight budgets yet there is waste, fraud and abuse with the money that leaves here. Referenced EBT card abuses, the creation of 2,000 jobs in state government where the salaries exceed $100,000, the scandal in the probation department. He closed by reiterating that he would fight for every dollar to come back.

Roy - I am a fan of Massachusetts. In a rebuttal of the Forbes study referenced, many of the same CEO’s in the survey actually live in the places that are lower ranked, CA, NY and MA. Why is that? They’ll live in the lower ranked state but not do business there? Agrees, that local aid is important. Education, parks and green spaces, senior centers, all of these things are paid for with public funds, we are not funding Republican or Democratic facilities. Stated he is opposed to illegal activities, violators need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Attempted to link the Beacon Hill challenges to an attack on former Rep Vallee and asked Mr Eustis why if he was so interested in the party abuses didn’t he do something about it? Closed with he has the experience to get local aid for Medway and to spend it appropriately in the priority areas.

4 - Tax Policy
Roy - opens with ‘nobody likes to pay taxes’, taxes fund our government operations and our budgets should reflect our values. He reiterated his desire to roll back the sales tax to 5%. Wants to collect taxes on internet based sales. MA is losing $335 million in this arena. Not collecting this tax, creates a competitive disadvantage for those brick and mortar stores. He wants to ensure no unfunded mandates come from new legislation. He wants to look at tax haven abuses. MA is doing well as it has gone three years with no new taxes or fees. He would like to see an analysis on tax credits to see that they actually return what they are supposed to.

Eustis - Opens by objecting to Mr ROy’s linking of Vallee to Beacon Hill. you know I like Rep Vallee, “don’t do that Jeff.” He then questions state government, if the CEO’s don’t rate MA higher, how are we better off? We are taxed at the highest rate in the nation. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. Stated Mr Roy opposes the tax free weekend and can’t understand why. All you need to do is drive down an exit or two to the Wrentham Outlets to see how much of an effect it has. Reiterates the need for MA to be competitive in the region, wants to explore a tax exemption for seniors, of the 21 communities who have declared their tax rates, all 21 have increased them. People need tax relief not an increase in taxes.

5 - Role of Government
Eustis - He stated that there are two roles for government, the first is to provide the common services (public safety, education, and the safety net for those in need). If there was a second point I missed it. He did reference MA as having create the first constitution and how the US Constitution defines government. That ‘what we think (as candidates) doesn’t really matter’. His shortest statement as he surprised Mr Roy by ending without using all of his allotted time.

Roy - government is the name we give to that which we do together. Government doesn’t do everything, it does provide an opportunity. He told a story of meeting a mother of an FHS student who as a sophomore was struggling with school until he took advantage of the new Arts Academy program at FHS. Now as a junior he is excited about school and looking at where to go to college. We need to create these educational opportunities. Help those in their later years. Need to do the common things, build roads and bridges, greenspace, without being dependent for everything at Beacon Hill.

Closing Statements
Roy - gives series of thanks to those who organized this, those present, has respect for Mr Eustis, is overwhelmed by the support and endorsements he has received. Refers folks to read the letters available on his website. “Can we do better? Of course we can” We are modeling how to do it better. I will help spread the word. I will combine my experience and energy to make MA a good place to work and live. The question this election is who has the most commitment? who has the most relevant experience? who is the best qualified to represent Franklin and Medway? I have all three of these and I look for your vote on Nov 6th.

Eustis - gives series of thanks to those who organized this, those present. Reiterates that this election is about a choice. If you think MA is going in the right direction, then he is not your candidate. He didn’t talk about his local service but did serve in the Navy for four years. He did serve in other ways, his work as an attorney, never turned someone away for inability to pay, always provided service at a reduced rate and gets great satisfaction from doing so. In reference to Mr Roy’s endorsements, his mother had said; “Show me your friends and I will show you who you are.” Closed with a story of helping a lady shopping with her daughter at Market Basket, lady was challenged by shopping and trying to make ends meet with little money.We need to do better, we deserve more from our state government.

The next debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct 23 at the Horace Mann Middle School on Oak St in Franklin, MA. It will begin at 7:00 PM.

Help the YMCA, shop at Whole Foods Oct 23

Whole Foods is donating to the YMCA next Tuesday, Oct 23 to promote 'healthy futures'

Lady Bug 5K, Kids Fun Run planned

Fund raising road races are increasing in number in Franklin. A good sign of interest in health!

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The Kennedy School PCC will hold its Second Annual Lady Bug 5K Run/Walk, as well as a Kids Fun Run, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Kennedy Elementary School 551 Pond St., Franklin.

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FSPA to stage ‘How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying’

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FSPA How to succeed in HS
The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will present "How to Succeed in High School Without Really Trying," an original musical parody written by FSPA drama instructor Nick Paone, this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, 224 Oak St., Franklin.

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10th Norfolk: Eustis and Roy state positions

The first debate, really a series of position statements, was held at Medway High School Tuesday evening. Richard Eustis and Jeff Roy faced off on a series of five topics. They'll face off again next week in Franklin. My notes from the session will be posted soon. The Milford Dailt News writes in part:
The state representative candidates for the 10th Norfolk District seat sparred in an hour-long debate, co-sponsored by Medway’s Republican and Democrat committees, atop the stage inside the high school auditorium. 
The district consists of Franklin and precincts 2, 3 and 4 in Medway. Democrat James Vallee previously held the seat. 
Both attorneys, Roy and Eustis still managed to draw bold distinctions between one another's background. And they disagreed on what the State House has done, or not done, to improve Massachusetts.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"developing a comprehensive digital catalogue"

In the article, the Milford Daily News writes about the effort to catalogue the collection at the Franklin Historical Museum.
Spearheading the effort, Delwyn Arnold estimates that 90 percent of the items now on display have been recorded. He said that more than 1,000 items, currently stored in the museum's basement, have not been entered into the system. 
The bulk of the collection consists of newspapers, town reports, documents and photographs dating back to the 1800s. 
So far, the commission hasn’t unearthed any hidden gems — significant artifacts in the collection that members had no idea existed. But Arnold said it’s still a possibility. 
At present, members don't have a timeline for when the database will be complete.

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The Museum will be putting together a display of military uniforms for November to honor the veterans. Have you stopped by to see yet? It is quite the place to visit!

Experience Life as Upper, Middle, or Low Income Citizen at Dean College Hunger Banquet

Experience Life as Upper, Middle, or Low Income Citizen at Dean College Hunger Banquet

Dean Community Outreach invites guests to an interactive learning experience banquet promoting hunger awareness, featuring a complimentary meal & guest speaker.

Franklin, MA (October 15, 2012) – Taking a "can drive" one step further, Dean College invites the Franklin and surrounding communities to a public "Hunger Banquet" on Tuesday, November 13, in which participants will experience a meal either as an Upper Income citizen, Middle Income citizen, or Lower Income citizen.

Dean Community Outreach students conceptualized and will emcee this learning experience where guests will be assigned a class upon arrival and will experience life as a member of that class for the duration of the program.  Upper income class guests will receive a scrumptious meal served to them in an upper class setting at a roundtable.  Middle income class guests will experience their meal middle class meal at rectangular tables, while the lower income class experiences their meal on the floor.

"The stunning visual aspect of this meal is unfortunately an accurate representation of the issue of Hunger in the United States, and beyond," said Shannon Overcash, Staff Adviser to the Dean Community Outreach student group.  "While most people are aware that hunger is a problem out there, many do not realize it can be a problem very close to home, even here in Franklin.  Bringing you're children, friends, or spouses to experience it first-hand will be very beneficial to yourself and the community."

Guests are invited to experience this program free of charge, however, Dean Community Outreach students ask that each guests bring with them a canned food donation which will go to the Franklin Food Pantry.  In addition to the meal experience, a representative from the Franklin Food Pantry will speak to guests about the hunger and poverty in the Franklin area.

Event Details:
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00pm
Who: Dean Community Outreach, Franklin Food Pantry
Where: Dean College Campus Center (109 W. Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038)
Why: To help promote awareness surrounding poverty & hunger in the local community & beyond.

Franklin area Preschool Fair - Oct 25

The MOMS Club of Franklin, in cooperation with the Franklin Public Library, invites the public to attend a preschool fair. This fair, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Franklin Library on Thursday, October 25th from 5:30-8:00 p.m
Representatives from local preschools in Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Norfolk and Wrentham will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information to parents seeking preschools for the 2013-2014 school year. 
Please join us in the Community Room of the Library at 118 Main Street in Franklin.
For additional information about the fair contact Kelly Boucher (508)400-5246 or Krystal Myers (508)868-8230.

Taste of the Region - Oct 23

Sample the variety of delicacies offered from around the region at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Taste of the Region event. This fun-filled food festival features an eclectic mix of restaurants serving a variety of dishes. Enjoy wonderful music and bid on exciting items in a silent auction.

The Taste of the Region is Tues., Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School, 147 Pond St., Franklin.

Tickets are available at The United Regional Chamber of Commerce offices in Attleboro (40 Union St.) and Franklin (4 West St.). Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 508-528-2800, 508-222-0801 or 508-695-6011 for more information.

In the News: election information

The two 10th Norfolk candidates face off tonight for the first time at Medway High School. Next week, the meet again at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin.

Eustis, Roy meet Tuesday in first debate in Medway

Despite new law, AAA urging people to vote for right-to-repair on ballot

Kennedy, Bielat debate the economy

Monday, October 15, 2012

Food channel choices

The food shopping choices for Franklin are varied. Stop and Shop and Shaw's have been joined by the Big Y. Market Basket is in Bellingham. Trader Joe's in Foxboro. These are the 'traditional' food outlets. BJ Warehouse, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and then the smaller stores sell food as well. I had been working on an article to discuss what the introduction of the Big Y is doing to my family's shopping but the Globe has beaten me to the punch.

The Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday had a good article on the growth and evolution of supermarkets. Currently, we are shopping at more than one each week finding the best deals. The super stores that Walmart introduced have cut into the overall food sales of traditional supermarkets.

In part the article says:
Seventy-six percent of Americans now visit at least five “channels” for food — places like supermarkets, drug, and dollar stores — according to an August 2012 report from SymphonyIRI Group, a research firm in Chicago. Only 3 percent of us visit only one or two channels. Even my mom now shops at four. 
On average, a Boston-area family spends $8,066 a year on food, according to government statistics, but nearly half of it goes to things like restaurants and takeout. That leaves everyone selling groceries to tussle over only $4,870 per family. And for some time now, the traditional supermarket has been losing ground in the fight. 
Once the only game in town, supermarkets today only get about half of US grocery sales. Twenty-five percent goes to Walmart, which only introduced its Supercenters in 1988. Target is squeezing full food sections into many of its locations, including dozens in Massachusetts in recent years. Walgreens and CVS are now carving out more space for food on their shelves, and dollar stores across the country are adding freezers for items like pie crust and frozen vegetables. 
Offered this smorgasbord of options, today’s shoppers have become incredibly picky. Our sole loyalty, Rand says, is to our ability to find the best food at the best deals, behavior that increased during the Great Recession and still continues.

The online version of this article will require registration and/or subscription to the Globe

"Miracle Workers" (video)

I spent the last four days at the Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival, an amazing gathering of poets and lovers of poetry. Among the many poets there, Taylor Mali stood out as one of the more dynamic performers.

He taught for several years in New York and built his reputation in the 'slam poetry' world. This video of his poem "Miracle Workers" was recorded in 2007. I saw Taylor perform this in almost the same way this weekend.

Taylor says:
I wanted to say, "All I did was give you what I knew you needed before you knew you needed it. Thank you for the compliment but education is the miracle, I am just the worker. I am a teacher and that is what we do." 


For more Taylor Mali visit his webpage here:

Tri-County recognized for career program by Cisco

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The Tri-County RVTHS Computer Information Systems (CIS) career program was recently recognized with a special plaque by Cisco Systems, Inc. for 10 years of active participation in the Cisco Networking Academy.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - Oct 17, 2012

September 19, 2012

This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast channel 11 and Verizon channel 29.



COA Appointment - Suzanne Wade

Alcoholic Beverage License-Failure to Pass Compliance Check – 7:10 PM
Franklin Wine and Spirits




1. Resolution 12-70:Appropriation - Insurance Recovery Account



For Future Legislation


Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required


The full set of documents for this agenda can be found here

Spilka endorses Roy

Senator Karen Spilka endorses Jeff Roy for the 10th Norfolk seat to replace Rep Jim Vallee.

''I cannot rectify it,'' he said, ''with the woman I know.''

'I find it hard to believe that she was an individual who decided to falsify lab results ... that she would turn into someone who did something like that. ... That isn't the person I remember,'' said John Warner, an instructor who gave her A's and A-minuses in 2000 when she took his biochemistry class as a senior at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. 
''Obviously, things can happen to people,'' he said. ''Either something happened in her life that changed the person that she is, or this is a deeper story.'' 
Dookhan's struggle with both personal and professional problems in 2009 - including a miscarriage and a legal ruling that put new pressures on chemists at the lab - may help offer an explanation, one former co-worker said.

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More Mass. voters steer clear of party affiliation

If you have not already registered to vote, the opportunity closes at 8:00 PM on Weds Oct 17th.

If you will be out of town on election day, you can still get an absentee ballot.

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As voter registration forms flood into town halls across MetroWest, more voters than ever are choosing not to register with a political party.

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