Saturday, May 4, 2013

Franklin Art Association at Stony Brook - May 4th and 5th

For the first time ever, the Franklin Art Association is partnering with the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to produce an art show on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, complete with bin sales, live landscape painting demonstrations, and complimentary food and beverages. 
Stony Brook, a sprawling 86-acre panorama of New England Wildlife, is part of the Mass Audubon Society. 
Doug Cannon, a Stony Brook employee in charge of coordinating the show, is thrilled about the newfound relationship between Stony Brook and the FAA. 
“We are excited for a few reasons: We definitely want to work more with local organizations, and the Franklin Art Association originally came out here to use the space to paint on their own. When we saw that, we thought it’d be a great idea to use the grounds as a jumping-off place for their art and their shows,” Canon said.

Read more: Stony Brook, Franklin Art Association team up for art show, this weekend - Franklin, MA - Wicked Local Franklin

"a foretaste of things to come"

Realtor Warren Reynolds writes:
Demographic trends are very powerful forces in the social and economic development of any society. In every decade of the latter half of the 20th Century, the US experienced the profound influence of the Baby Boom generation (both for the good and the bad). Now we may stand poised to benefit in coming decades from the economic and social vitality about to be unleashed by the Millennial Generation as they come of economic age. There are many reasons for optimism about our futures!
Read more about the increase in housing prices and why this is a good thing

Why housing may stay on the rise

Franklin Library: Krafty Mondays - Beach Hats

Krafty Mondays - Beach Hats

Franklin Public Library - 118 Main Street Franklin MA 02038 - 508.520.4940

Save The Date - May 17th - PMC Fundraiser

On Friday May 17th, we are having our Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) fundraiser at the Franklin Country Club, which will include dinner and entertainment. The entertainment is absolutely hysterical. 
Yes, we are having Jim Spinnato back again this year, the R - Rated Hypnotist / Comedian. It is a great night out. For those of you who attended last year, you know the show is nonstop laughter…. and the best thing is….. you don’t have to travel to the CT Casino’s (where he regularly sells out) and spend a lot of money. I really hope that you can attend. 
I will get back to you with more details…. But please save the date and please spread the word and invite neighbors, friends and family. We need to pack the house again this year.

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"To me, life’s just too short"

In February, Drengberg, under the pen name P.L. Byers, might have become the first CEO in the defense industry to publish a romance novel. 
“Divine Intervention,” her first self-published book, revolves around a harrowing plane crash that brings together the only two survivors. 
“I enjoy these types of stories because much of what I do for a living is reading defense contracts,” she said, sitting in front of The Cake Bar on a recent afternoon. “When you’re done with that, you want to read something that makes you feel good, that’s light and has a good ending. Romance novels put me in another world, where I’m not thinking about helicopters …” 
Drengberg, who lives in Franklin with her husband, Mark, read romance novels feverishly as a young girl. Her first was Kathleen Woodiwiss’s “The Flame and the Flower,” which sparked her interest in writing.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Reminder: 1st Annual Best Buddies Dodgeball

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Spring Fair: Sunrise Montessori

Sunrise Montessori is having their annual spring fair, this Saturday (May 4th) from noon - 2pm.

This event is open to the general public. Kids of all ages enjoy riding in the train and jumping in the bounce house. 
How about getting your face painted or designing a bracelet? Plenty of fun, games and crafts for the kids. 
Adults will definitely want to take a chance on our raffle baskets or perhaps, bid in our silent auction. 
All proceeds to benefit the Sunrise Montessori School, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization, which offers preschool and kindergarten programs to children in Franklin and the surrounding communities.
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Rail Trail Presentation

The presentation used by the Rail Trail Committee in their update to the Town Council on Wednesday is shown here:

For additional notes from the Town Council meeting on weds, check this link

MassBudget: cuts to Early Education & Care in the House proposal

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Quality Early Education & Care helps prepare kids for school, and has been shown to have far-reaching effects on reading proficiency, graduation rates, and even future earnings. It also helps gives parents the flexibility they need to find and keep jobs.

MassBudget's new brief, "Cuts to Early Education & Care in the House Budget for FY 2014" analyzes the House proposal for Early Education and finds that:

  • The House budget would cut funding for Early Ed. & Care by $11 million. This comes on top of years of funding reductions following the income tax cuts of 1998-2002.

  • The Governor's earlier proposal would have invested $130 million of new tax revenue to clear a long wait-list for child care and improve the overall quality of Early Ed. & Care

"Cuts to Early Education & Care in the House Budget for FY 2014" is part of a series of MassBudget briefs analyzing key elements in the budget proposals for FY 2014. It is also one of a number of recent MassBudget reports on Early Education & Care in Massachusetts, including:

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"that’s what I love about it — the adventure"

"I just got up one day, contacted a recruiter and didn’t even tell my mom until after I joined," she recalled. 
Despite the spontaneity of her decision, Bazinet knew exactly what she’d signed up for: "I wanted to help people in communities where disaster strikes." 
The longtime Franklin resident has since done just that — in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina smashed the Gulf Coast and in Springfield after a powerful tornado tore through the area, displacing hundreds. 
In honor of her military career, Bazinet will receive the American Hero Award this morning during Wrentham District Court’s annual celebration of Law Day, a national holiday that recognizes America’s legal system.

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Senator Spilka Files Bill to Establish MetroWest Women's Commission

Senator Spilka Files Bill to Establish MetroWest Women's Commission

(BOSTON) – Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) has filed legislation to establish a permanent commission on the status of women in the MetroWest region.

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will consist of nine persons to be appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and will conduct an ongoing study of all matters concerning women in MetroWest.

"I filed this bill to help give our female residents an opportunity to discuss, identify, and report the challenges and opportunities they face in our area," said Spilka. "Establishing a Commission comprised of the women in our region will help us best serve the specific needs of our area and will give women throughout MetroWest a seat at the table and a stronger voice in the process."

The Commission will operate under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, there are 4 regional Commissions throughout the state studying the status of women in Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape Cod and the Islands, and Essex County. 

Under this bill, the Commission would be mandated to report their findings to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women annually, on or before June 2, and make recommendations on how to solve the problems facing the women of MetroWest. 

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is an independent state agency that was created in 1998 by the Legislature to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.

Senate Approves Boost to Local Transportation Aid

Senate Approves Boost to Local Transportation Aid

(BOSTON) – Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced today that the Senate passed legislation calling for a $100 million increase over Chapter 90 funding from last year, as part of a $300 million local transportation funding package for Fiscal Year 2014.

"Investment in our local road and bridges is essential to the lives of our residents and the economic health of our communities," said Spilka. "This is a significant and much-needed boost for each city and town across the state and will give our partners at the local level additional resources to help accelerate these important projects."

Communities can use Chapter 90 funds for local projects such as rebuilding or repairing roads and bridges. The rates of funding are based on a formula that factors in each community's total road miles, population, and employment.

Below is a breakdown of the funding towns in the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district are set to receive under this bill:

·         Ashland – $687,386 in funding, an increase of $229,129
·         Framingham – $2,863,194 in funding, an increase of $954,398
·         Franklin – $1,382,441 in funding, an increase of $460,814
·         Holliston – $760,929 in funding, an increase of $253,643
·         Hopkinton – $959,188 in funding, an increase of $319,729
·         Medway – $617,259 in funding, an increase of $205,753
·         Natick – $1,512,525 in funding, an increase of $504,175

The bill will now go to the Governor for his approval. 

FYI: K9 Training Exercise

Please be advised the Boston Police K9 Unit along with the Franklin Police and several other law enforcement agencies will be conducting training exercises in and around the Forge Park area On Thursday May 02, 2013.

~ These exercises will start around 1600(4pm) hours and end at approximately 2300 hours(11pm)...

~ Officers will have police credentials and police clothing on identifying themselves as law enforcement.

~ You will see police dogs being trained to find people. Do not be alarmed if you see people walking behind buildings or into the wood lines.

~ Again this is a training exercise only. ~

~Any questions please contact Officer Gilboy at .~ Thank you.

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Message from National Grid; helicopter flights

A note from National Grid

National Grid PM&CC Inspection/Maintenance Group will start our first visual inspection program for All Transmission lines in New England starting Monday May 6th 2013. These flights will be conducted over a fifteen to twenty working day period plus any additional days added for weather cancellations.

The Helicopter contractor will notify our Transmission control center of their daily flight plan as well as other agencies as required.
The Helicopter Company we will be using is JBI Helicopters from NH. Their Bell Jet-Ranger helicopters are Blue and Yellow.

Brad Newman
National Grid/ Global Corporate Security

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Send BMAC down under!

G’day! I’m Brittany MacLeod, but my mates call me BMAC. I’m an electrically enthusiastic sheila who squeezes the most out of every day. I’m always down for an adventure and to explore. I’m the furthest thing from shy and love meeting new people. Variety is the spice of life, which is why I’m applying for the best job in the world! 
The 30 second entry video for this contest wasn’t enough time for me to express just how fun and qualified I am to be Chief Funster, so I decided to create a social media campaign [leading up to the day they announce the final contestants] further convincing why Australia should pick me for the best job in the world!
If you don't already know Brittany, you can quickly find out a lot about her with this campaign for the 'best job in the world.'

I remember Brittany as she was the FHS Student representative to the School Committee for a couple of years. This was in the time where my schedule allowed me to report from more of those meetings than I have been able to recently. She was always a bundle of energy.

So what is one lesson to take away from this? For those in the job market, this is a good example of what it can take to get what you want. That BMAC, an FHS graduate, is now one of the top 25 out of thousands of applications from around the world for a position in Australia is significant.

Will this kind of social media campaign work for every job applicant? No, but consider what you can do for your job search circumstances. This topic will be one of those on the agenda for discussion at the Job search Jam Sessions coming up on June 14th.

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Town Council - 05/01/13

The application for a beer and wine license for the DB Mart on Pond St drew the crowd out to the Town Council meeting on Wednesday. With four councilors missing from this meeting much of the legislation for action was postponed to a new meeting added to the calendar next Wednesday, May 8th. The first license transaction, a change in manager for the Alumni Restaurant was handled quickly and easily.

The application for the DB Mart drew multiple comments from neighbors and questions from the Town Council. This is an interesting situation. A small convenience store in a neighborhood is looking to add the beer and wine license. They will need to go through the Planning Board to address parking and other site plan issues but were attempting to see if they would be able to get the license to make the additional expense of site improvements worth it. The chicken and egg situation is creating most of the problem. had they gone through the Planning Board process, the neighbors concerns would have been addressed at least from the perspective of the bylaws for parking, trash and other site issues.

That the location is currently a bus stop is likely to be reviewed if the license is granted. The schools involved will likely not want to have the students so close to such an establishment. This is the bigger question. When the site issues are address, assuming the applicants follow through with their proposal, should a license be granted for a store in a residential neighborhood so close to a school?

Stay tuned for the continuation of the hearing on the license currently scheduled for next Weds May 8th. Check the Planning Board agenda to see when it will also appear for discussion there. As of Thursday morning, the agenda for the next meeting May 6th has not yet been posted.

For the rest of what occured during the meeing, you can review my full set of notes as reported live here

MassBudget: Shelter, housing, and homelessness policy in Massachusetts

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Limiting Access to Shelter, Promoting Housing
In order to ensure that every family in Massachusetts has a safe place to sleep and live, our state provides emergency shelters for short-term support and housing subsidies to help low-income families find more permanent homes.

Our new report, "Shelter, Housing, and Homelessness Policy in Massachusetts" looks at both parts of the state's multi-year "Housing First" effort, which has limited families' access to shelter while modestly increasing affordable housing resources.

  • Shelters: The need for shelter increased dramatically during the Great Recession, driving up the costs of shelter programs. Since that time, the state has imposed strict new limits on shelter access, forcing some families to live in unhealthy conditions before they can enter shelter.

  • Housing Support: Over the past few years, the state has created--or expanded--a number of programs designed to help low-income and homeless families find housing and pay rent. In some cases, these supports may be too small and too time-limited to keep families housed over the medium and long-term.

Looking ahead, both the Governor and the House have proposed budgets for FY 2014 that keep the new limits on shelter eligibility, reduce funding for shelter, and provide only limited new funding for housing.

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Franklin Downtown Partnership: General Meeting - Agenda

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Dean College Campus Center @ 8:30 am
Golder Room

  1. Open Meeting 8:30am

  1. Adoption of Agenda 8:32am

  1. Introductions 8:35am

  1. Spring Fundraiser Party-Lisa Piana 8:40am
Pour Richards-Tuesday, May 7th, 5:00-7:30

  1. Downtown Parking-Town Administrator- Jeff Nutting, 8:45am
    1. Parking discussion and solutions

  1. Report from Excutive Director 9:20am
    1. Membership, Sponsorship,

  1. Strawberry Stroll Report:  Nicole Fortier, Bryan Taberner 9:30am
Strawberry Stroll-June 13th

  1. Networking Luncheon-Joel Carrara 9:35am

  1. Beautification Day and Cleaning Committee: Chris Bond 9:40am
Planting Day-Saturday, May 18th-9:00am-Eileen Mason
  1. New Business 9:45am
    1. New businesses coming to downtown

  1. Adjourn

Next General FDP meeting-Thursday, September 5th (No July Meeting)

In the News: Tri-County, charter school, kindergarten

The first annual Tee-Off For Tri-County Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the New England Country Club, located at 180 Paine Street in Bellingham, MA, beginning at 1 pm with a shotgun start.

The Department of Education will conduct a coordinated program review of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School during the week of May 6 through 10.

Franklin Public Schools Summer Program 2013 is offering Ready Set Kindergarten.

Library: Fun Club - Make Lava Lamps

Fun Club - Make Lava Lamps

Franklin Public Library - 118 Main Street Franklin MA 02038 - 508.520.4940

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Live reporting - Closing

1. Resolution 13-25: Order of Acceptance of Tanglewood Drive and Sierra Drive as Public Ways
2. Resolution 13-26: Order of Acceptance of Mary Jane Road and Anna Road as Public Ways
3. Resolution 13-27: Order of Acceptance of Summer Heights Drive, Autumn Lane and Fall Lane as Public Ways
4. Resolution 13-28: Order of Acceptance of Dutchess Road as a Public Way
5. Resolution 13-30: Town Council Proposal of Charter Amendment to Voters: Treasurer Collector to be changed from Elected to Appointment Position

motion to postpone the action items to May 8th
passed 5-0-4

The BJ's intersection is now a four way stop sign

Nutting - I did pull reports on the work orders as requested
Will post the meeting for Wed the 8th

Powderly - looking for clarification on purview of Council versus Planning Board
Nutting - if the applicant is willing to agree to constraints that is okay, the purview of the council is outside of  what the Council can do


Bissanti - just adopted a dog and the process was good

Mercer - 3-4 weeks away from completing the vertical steel, then pouring the 2rd and 3rd floor decks
underground electrical is underway as well as underground plumbing

the mock up wall uses all the planned materials for the building, so the architect can review the quality of work before they get to the actual building, those are the areas where you could have water issues and they get to confirm the process and materials before it really gets done full scale
a very valuable tool, will finish the outside wall to see what the outside wall will look like

Roy - young lady graduated from FHS in 2009
Brittany MacLeod, applied for 'best job in the world' - "chief funster"
started a social media campaign to apply for the job, one of 25 finalists for this position
search for "send bmac down under"

O. EXECUTIVE SESSION – Negotiations, Litigation, Real Property, as May Be Required
not needed

motion to adjourn, passed 5-0-4