Saturday, December 15, 2012

FPS: Family - Educator Resources


A message from FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

December 15, 2012

Good Morning,

As we all continue to try to comprehend the unspeakable act that happened in a CT elementary school, parents and community members may be asking how school personnel plan to handle this tragedy. Administrators, school counselors and our teaching staff will assess needs at the classroom and individual level. Our counseling staff is comprised of highly trained professionals and they collaborate and function as a team. If a school or classroom needs additional assistance we can assign personnel from other schools to provide support. We have a variety of instructional strategies and tools we use such; as Middle School Advisory, Open Circle, Social Skill groups and individual/group counseling. If you feel your child is struggling with managing their emotions about this incident please contact school personnel Monday morning. Principals and counseling personnel will be ready to assist.

Here are some resources that may help you discuss this tragedy with your child. One of our parents who is a professional in the education field offered these links. We will post on our websites as well. These are challenging conversation to have with a child, especially at a time of year that should be magical for children. Stay well.

Respectfully,
Maureen Sabolinski



Resources: (note - links updated 6/11/16)
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/trauma/how-children-cope-with-ongoing-threat-and-trauma

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-prevention/school-violence-prevention-tips-for-parents-and-educators

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
http://www.nctsnet.org/resources/audiences/school-personnel/trauma-toolkit

SAMHSA's "Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events" Web site
http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/?from=carousel&position=1&date=11012012

School Crisis Guide: Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.sswaa.org/resource/resmgr/imported/schoolcrisisguide.pdf
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A Word from the Chief: Sandy Hook Tragedy



December 14, 2012

In light of today's tragic shooting of school children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut as your Police Chief I thought it important to put some of my thoughts to paper. I would like to begin by sending along my thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost their loved ones and all of those in Newtown who have suffered as a result of today's tragic event. It will take much more than words and a great deal of time to heal those wounds suffered by these families today. I hope and pray for all of them to heal.

As Police Chief I often times wonder what has happened to us. What has gone wrong? Why do some feel the need to act out their anger and aggression on the innocent? Is it the fact that access to dangerous weapons, i.e. firearms is too easy in our Nation? Is it the fact that we have a generation of young people who spend an inordinate amount of time with violent video games? Is it the violence watched on television or seen at the movies? Some of these factors may surely contribute to such behavior, but I can't help but feel the issue goes much deeper than this. In my 34 plus years in law enforcement I have been witness to innumerable amounts of family violence. Violence that is not only physical but mental in nature. Children who grow up with such insecurity in their lives because of unstable familial relationships with those who are supposed to take care of them. Supposed to protect them. Children who have watched their parents fight and been witness to intoxicated ranting and ravings. Children, who go without, are hungry and cold left pretty much on their own to fend for themselves.

This is a cycle; it is not germane to any one generation. It begins at some time in the family and becomes learned; carried on sometimes generation to generation not by deliberation or design, but this is just what was learned from watching, seeing and being victim to. The end result is a weakness of the mind; an inability to deal with the daily stressors of life in a humane and civil way. The learned response of anger and violence becomes the way to solve the problem. Hence it is a societal issue. One where we fail as a people. We lose care and respect for one another and those closest to us. More over we have no respect in ourselves or our lives and begin to believe that life is cheap, worth nothing.

The underlying issue as I see it is our society's mental health. The inability of us as a people to help those in crisis before violence becomes the answer; before the anger boils over. When law enforcement looks back into the history of those who commit such crimes in nearly every case warning signs were present. These warning signs may have been a lifelong secret, overlooked or dismissed as nothing important, or they may have been improperly diagnosed and/or treated. The fact remains that the unknown variable will always be in the mind of the offender and until we learn how we can accurately read a person's mind we will never be able to say with any degree of certainty that tragedies such as those in Newtown Connecticut today will never happen again.

Stephan H. Semerjian
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FPS: Community Update


A message from FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

December 14, 2012

Dear Franklin Public School Community

By now you have probably heard about the tragic events in Connecticut. In the days ahead we will all grapple with this human tragedy and the impact on families and the community. Please know that we continually collaborate with the Franklin Police, the Office of the District Attorney, the Franklin Fire Department and Public Facilities personnel to continually revise and update our protocols and procedures in an effort to prevent this type of senseless act. Our collective goal is to assure that your children are safe at all times when they are in our schools. This is one of our core values and we continue to improve communication and collaboration so all our schools are safe.

Please keep the families and victims of Newtown CT in your thoughts and give your children and loved ones an extra hug tonight.

Respectfully,

Maureen Sabolinski
Superintendent of Schools


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Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

"What you do [to provide better aid is] you shut up. You never arrive in a community with any ideas.” (Ernesto Sirolli)

TEDTalks are great sources of ideas. The speakers effectively deliver their ideas with a story. Ernesto Sirolli tells his story with good humor.




Well worth spending time with (17 minutes).

Accused syringe robber arraigned for third time

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Matt Tota/Daily News staff on 12/14/12

A man, accused of robbing or attempting to rob five  doughnut shops during a single week in October by threatening employees with a syringe, was ordered held on $100,000 bail Friday at his arraignment in Milford District Court.

Things you can do from here:

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in Franklin!


Over 100 folks enjoyed a dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol" as performed by Al LePage with musical accompaniment by Rev Diane Carpenter on Thursday evening.


On behalf of the Food Pantry Board of Directors, our sincere thanks to the Historical Commission and to the United Methodist Church for arranging this event. Our special thanks to performer Al Lepage for his significant contribution to make this happen. It was a wonderful performance.

One gentleman as he left the performance checked with Mary Olsson on whether the show had sold out. Informed that there had been about 15 tickets unsold, he said that he would provide a check to ensure that the event had been sold out.

The event raised over $1,300 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

This is the kind of Christmas Spirit that exists in Franklin and for which we are most grateful!


Related post:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/tickets-on-sale-christmas-carol-times.html



Dean College "flash mob" (video)

The Dance Group at Dean College did a flash mob at Patriot Place recently



Happy holidays!


Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the video

12 Days of Donating


The Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership are trying to reach a new goal of collecting 2 tons or 4,000 pounds of food for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
The drive is only 310 pounds away from reaching that goal. 
Also, the Food Elves are trying to surpass last year’s money donations and are only $300 away from meeting that new goal.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x1783182947/Food-Elves-extend-12-days-of-donating-in-Franklin#ixzz2F1WQ8ViF

In the News: Tri-County, NationalGrid

Nice work Tri-County!

Tri-County robotics team receives $5,000

St Mary's - Bike collection - Dec 15



St. Mary's Church in Franklin is sponsoring Bikes for Africa on Saturday, December 15th. They are collecting old bikes in the charter school parking lot from 9-2. If you are like us and have all those old bikes nobody rides anymore, this is a perfect opportunity to get rid of them at no cost and help others.

Thanks to Marianne Lonati for sharing this via Facebook!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water (video)


This TEDTalk is less than 6 minutes. Ludwick briefly summarizes his motivation and process to develop a waterless bathing solution.



The key for me is his motivation. The second and related key is how he persisted to develop his idea with only his cell phone.

Reminds me of that familiar adage "If there is a will, there is a way!"

Food Elves and FDP trying reach 2 Tons of food for Pantry


A Big Thank You for all of your support on this year's "12 Days of Donating" campaign.

The Food Elves and FDP passed their goal and are now trying to set a New Goal of bringing in 2 TONS (over 4,000 pounds) of Food for the Food Pantry.

We are only 310 pounds away...so please pass the word.

The Food Elves are also trying to beat last year's money donation total and need just $300 more to meet this goal.

The "12 Days of Donating" is extended until this Saturday
...so please send a reminder out to encourage everyone to drop off their donations at one of the following locations:  Franklin Downtown Partnership, Berry Insurance, Chestnut Dental, Dean Bank, Dean College, DCU, East Coast Driving School, Emma's Quilt Cupboard, Janes'Frames, Murphy Business, RE/MAX Executive Realty

Or have them drop off donations at the Food Pantry between 9-1 on Thursday
or Friday and let them know it is for the Food Elve "12 Days of Donating".

Together we are making a difference....

Franklin Downtown Partnership
and the Franklin Food Elves...50 elves and counting...



Tri-County cosmetology students host Family Day

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Staff reports on 12/12/12

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Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School juniors enrolled in the Cosmetology career program hosted a Family Day at the school on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Students invited family members into the school's salon for complimentary scalp treatments, haircuts, coloring and blow drying services.

Things you can do from here:

WINTERBLOOM - Holiday Show


Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Saturday, December 15, 8:00PM


Our Holiday Show
WINTERBLOOM
Songs of the seasons - old and new



featuring Anne Heaton, Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson, & Natalia Zukerman, $25

The Winterbloom webpage can be found http://winterbloom.com/

you can purchase your tickets on the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse webpage http://circlefolk.org/

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"There was never really any consideration of going far away"


The move is effective Jan. 1. Terracon, located at 5 Boynton Road, has 14 employees. The company will move to a new 18,000-square-foot-facility at 1376 West Central St. in Franklin. 
Company President Rob Jewett said in the press release the move is necessary because of significant growth in the last few years. 
"As our products and solutions have become better known in the industry, demand has risen – and quickly," Jewett said in the release. "Our new office and manufacturing space is 50 percent larger than our previous offices and offers a more efficient layout. It will support our continued growth and expansion, and provide a better work environment for current and future staff."

Read more: Holliston company announces move to Franklin - Franklin, MA - Wicked Local Franklin http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x719504533/Holliston-company-announces-move-to-Franklin#ixzz2EpjSCGRc

You can visit the Terracon web page here   http://www.terracon-solutions.com/

Franklin Art Center - new classes

Hello,
We are busy getting ready for  the new year, adding new classes for session 3 starting January 3rd

Saturday Morning Painting  11-12:30
Teens -Adults      6 weeks  Jan 5-Feb 16( no class the 26)  $180

Our beginner painting class is back on Saturdays.  In this class students will use acrylics and/or oils.
This is a great class for those wanting to try painting or work on developing a portfolio for art school.  Students are encouraged to bring in a starter oil set or acrylic set.


Watercolor  Mondays 7-9
Teen-Adult         6 weeks  Jan 7- Feb 11     $180

New class taught by Richard Denzer.  Richard has been teaching watercolor in Dover/Sherbon and is now joining us at the Franklin Art Center.  This is a great class for those interested in learning watercolor or improving their skills.  Teens are welcome to join and develop pieces for their portfolio.  Supply list will be provided.

Session 3 

After school classes are still registering.  Call if interested as these classes fill quickly.

Preschool Art
Looking for something for your little Picasso to do this winter?  Check out the Literature based art classes we offer Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays 9:30-11  or Tuesday and Thursdays 12;30-2

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS COMING SOON!

Have a wonderful Holiday!
Ian and Linda Kabat

For more information on the Franklin Art Center, please visit their web page


Disclosure: my daughter is one of the part-time instructors at the Art Center.

Reminder: "Nutcracker" - Dec 15, Dec 16


Rehearsing for their debut performances in the "Nutcracker" as Clara are Celine Santorsola, left and Caroline Lounsbury, right, at the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center in Franklin, MA.


The show performances are Saturday, December 15 at 5:30pm and Sunday, December 16 at 1pm. Tickets are available by calling 508-520-7873.

In the News: publisher changes, sales tax

GateHouse Media publishes the Milford Daily News

President of GateHouse Media New England to step down

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 12


On the last day of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.


We are still in December, so to try and reflect on the month while only in the middle is a bit fool hardy. The tree has been purchased but not yet set up or decorated. Cookies are being made. Plans are being reviewed, action items completed, presents wrapped and perhaps shipped to places far from Franklin to arrive in time.

There'll be places to go, people to see: performances of the Nutcracker (Dec 15 and 16 at the Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center); Midsummer Night's Dream (Dec 19 and 20 at Franklin High School)... A Christmas Carol at the United Methodist Church this Thursday, Dec 13. 

In your travels around Franklin, consider dropping off a contribution of food or non-food items, to the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership for their 12 Days of Donating drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

Day 11 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-11.html

Day 10 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-10.html
Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html

Rail Trail Committee meeting Dec 11, 2012 - 7:00 PM


The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) will hold its annual meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm and will be held at the YMCA in Franklin. This meeting will serve as the FBRTC's annual meeting and we will be electing officers for 2013. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please respond to this email or contact Marc Kaplan (mkap7@hotmail.com) or David Labonte (david.labonte@verizon.net)

Other items we will discuss at this meeting include: motorized vehicle usage on the trail, a map of the trail in Franklin and Bellingham, potential grant projects, and the developments with the Town of Franklin related to the Prospect St crossing. Attached is an agenda. We need your help with these projects, so please consider attending tomorrow.

Also, last Sunday a group of students from Dean College's Outdoor Recreation Club volunteered to staff an information table at the trail head on Grove St. For a few hours, students took a count of the number of users/visitors to the trail and the type (walker, biker, etc). This could become an ongoing project for the club starting in the spring. While it is unscientific study, it will help give us an idea of the utilization of the trail and help get the word out about the committee and trail efforts. Attached is a picture from last Sunday.


We look forward to your participation and input tomorrow and in 2013.

The agenda:



The trail map


State opens registration for Student Government Day

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Staff reports on 12/10/12

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has opened registration for the 2013 Student Government Day, and Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, is encouraging all area high schools to participate.

Things you can do from here:

The Great $3 Candle Sale: December 15 & 16




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CANDLES   
FOR
COMMUNITY 

THE GREAT $3 CANDLE SALE
AT THE HOCKOMOCK AREA YMCA THIS WEEKEND AT ALL 3 BRANCHES


WHEN: Saturday, December 15th 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, December 16th 10:00am-2:00pm


These high-end, designer candles will be sold for $3.  ($20+ retail value)

Thanks to a good friend of our YMCA, we have thousands of designer candles donated to help support our Reach Out For Youth & Families Campaign. "Help Light the Way" for children & families in our community.  

Every dollar (and scent!) will benefit our Y's annual campaign.  

Candles make great gifts for holiday hosts, teachers, friends, grandparents, parents, siblings, etc. We look forward to seeing you this weekend and thank you in advance for your support.
Sincerely,
Hockomock Area YMCA

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CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND SERVICES

Dear Friends of Our Lady of La Salette and Her Shrine,
Rev. Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Media Friends and Pilgrim Friends:
Please review our new Shrine and Welcome Center Christmas Concerts enclosed.
We also wish to invite you to come and visit us and see the most beautiful Lights and Services you've ever seen here at Our Lady's Shrine. 
We've got more lights than ever!  Beautiful snowflakes, Christmas trees beautifully decorated, the outdoor Manger and a live donkey named Clopper for the little children and big children to enjoy seeing how gentle Clopper really is. It's like reliving the birth of Jesus.
You can also have the opportunity to send Jesus His birthday card by going to the Welcome Center and visit the Birthday Card for Jesus!
These are precious moments that you will find Our Lady's Shrine and we all continue to share with each one of you the Spirit of the Season ...Jesus' birth.
Christmas is the true "DESCENDING DOVE" we truly wish to bless you and your loved ones in this Year of Faith. 
Come and be blessed at Christmas and year-round! We are here for you!  




Wishing you A Healthy, Happy, Holy Christmas and A Peace-filled New Year!

May Our Lady of La Salette and Jesus always bless you!

Merci! Dzienkujemy, Bog Zaplacz! Gracias! Graci!

Brother Bob Russell, M.S., Director
Brother David Eubank, M.S. / Shrine Publicist & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
All of us The Attleboro La Salette Missionaries



Monday, December 10, 2012

12 Days of Donating: Day 11

On Day 11 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In November, the FHS Girls Soccer team won the state championship to complete their season undefeated, over 300 runners/walker turned out on Thanksgiving morning to raise a ton of food and a great deal of money for the Feed the Need 5K, the high school building project got update with a better timeline now that construction is actually underway and Franklin went to the field house to vote on Nov 6th.

The voter turnout for this Presidential year was just over 80% and similar to other elections of this category. This is the highest turnout that Franklin provides for an election. The lowest is the biannual vote for the Town Council, School Committee and other local officials that are elected (rather than appointed). For these elections, Franklin generally turns out around 18% although there was an increase in the last election. If that is the indication of a change in turnout, time will tell.

The every four year State level elections turn out the second most Franklin voters with just over 60%. The elections that really matter the most to Franklin taxpayers are those for override or debt exclusion votes and about 40% turn out for those.



One could say that money is what drives these numbers. The overall campaign dollars spent for a Presidential election dwarfs the State level and especially the local level. The dollars up for vote is what drives the override and debt exclusion turnout to be twice what it is for electing our officials.

Perhaps then, the need for money to assist the Food Pantry in completing its mission will help both the Food Elves and the Franklin Downtown Partnership be successful in their drive. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.

You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page


Day 10 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-10.html
Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
Day 1 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/11/12-days-of-donating-day-1.html


How can I volunteer? (video)


Thanks to Eagle Scout Zach Zollo, the Franklin Food Pantry has a couple of videos to share. This one answers the question on what you could do to volunteer for the Food Pantry.






Parmenter and Five Guys, Dec 11

From the sing outside the Parmenter Elementary School, we find that there is a fund raising event on Tuesday, Dec 11 at Five Guys.




The schools have half days on Thu/Fri with parent conferences scheduled.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Dec 11, 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 November 27, 2012 School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mrs. McIntyre
Payroll Mrs. Douglas

2. Action Items
a. I recommend acceptance of the donation of assorted science laboratory supplies as detailed with an estimated value of $2,000.00 to the FHS from Melissa Hancock from BD Biosciences.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $400.00 from PISA for in-house enrichment at the FHS.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1,000.00 from the Davis Thayer PCC for Library Books at DT.
d. I recommend approval of the Budget Transfers as detailed.
e. I recommend approval of the request of Brad Sidwell for the Boys Ice Hockey team to travel to North Smithfield, RI on December 28 & 29, 2012 for a team building event.
f. I recommend acceptance of a check for $1569.20 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips.

3. NEASC - Core Values and Expectations Focus Group

4. Adjourn

12 Days of Donating: Day 10

On Day 10 of the "12 Days of Donating", let's continue to look back through the events of the year and see how much we can be thankful for in Franklin.

In October, the campaigns made their final pitch, the Library Book Sale took place, and the ceremonial shovel went into the ground for the new Franklin High School among the many highlights. These are just a few of the many events that occurred during this busy month. I would suggest that most folks would agree on Hurricane Sandy probably as being the most significant event of October.

NationalGrid power outage map for Franklin during Hurricane Sandy


Franklin was lucky. Some folks did lose power. NationalGrid for all the improvements they made did fail in the communication realm and town officials will be working with them to improve yet again to do better next time.

While Franklin was lucky, getting some rain and wind, Sandy bore her full force on the NY/NJ area. Sections of the metropolitan area will be a long time recovering. It will take time and resources to rebuild.

Collection bin for NJ Hurricane Sandy relief

Franklin participated in a relief effort to send food, water and other key items to those in need. Franklin has been good about this, it is a caring and sharing community.

While the Food Pantry has two part-time employees, everything it does is really accomplished through the efforts of volunteers. The collections, sorting and stocking the shelves, assisting with the distribution of food; all of these steps take time and effort and are driven by Food Pantry volunteers.

A current example of the community effort to supply the Food Pantry is that of the Food Elves with the Franklin Downtown Partnership. The people of Franklin receive the real benefits of such collaboration!

Donation bins are available at these participating businesses:
  • Berry Insurance, 9 Main St.
  • Chestnut Dental Associates, 38 Pond St.
  • Dean Bank, 21 Main St.
  • Dean College, Campus Center
  • DCU, 500 West Central St.
  • East Coast Driving School, 25 East Central St.
  • Emma’s Quilt Cupboard, 12 Main St.
  • Franklin Downtown Partnership Office, 9 East Central St.
  • Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central St.
  • Murphy Business, 15 East Central St.
  • RE/MAX Executive Realty, 445 Franklin Village Dr.
You can also make a donation securely through the Franklin Food Pantry web page

Day 9 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-9.html
Day 8 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-8.html
Day 7 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-7.html
Day 6 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-6.html
Day 5 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-5.html
Day 4 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-4.html
Day 3 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-3.html
Day 2 - http://www.franklinmatters.org/2012/12/12-days-of-donating-day-2.html
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Will area residents be left out in the cold this winter?

Sent to you by Steve Sherlock via Google Reader:

via The Milford Daily News News RSS by Jeff Malachowski/Daily News staff on 12/8/12

With the impending "fiscal cliff" and recent state budget cuts, local fuel assistance programs that rely on federal and state dollars are worried residents who need help might be left out in the cold this winter.

Things you can do from here: