Saturday, July 13, 2013

MassBudget: What the Governor vetoed from the FY14 budget--and what he proposes

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The Governor's Vetoes
Today (7/12/13), the Governor signed into law a budget for FY 2014. He also exercised his authority to veto individual line items within the budget. In this case, there were essentially two types of vetoes: 1) for programs that the Governor would support, but which he feels cannot be funded until a separate transportation revenue bill is passed into law, and 2) for programs that the Governor would not fund at the level specified by the Legislature.

The budget proposal that the legislature passed relied on new revenue from a separate transportation funding bill. That bill, however, was not signed by the Governor. He sent it back to the legislature with an amendment designed to compensate for a funding shortfall that would occur if certain Mass Pike tolls are taken down in 2017. Because he sent it back, however, the revenue specified in that bill is not available to help fund the state budget. The vetoes to transportation and local aid line-items listed in Table 1 would help lower state spending enough to offset this missing revenue. These same line-items would be restored under the Governor's supplemental budget bill, described below (if you cannot see the table below, be sure your email client is set to display images or click here.)

The Governor also vetoed a number of line-items--totaling $18.3 million--whose funding would not be restored in his supplemental budget bill. A full list is available here.

Along with the vetoes he issued today, the Governor filed a supplemental budget bill, which would restore funding for the items in table 1 above, namely those programs that the Governor felt he had to veto because of the unfinished transportation bill. These restorations would only occur when a new transportation funding bill is passed which resolves the potential medium-term funding shortfall.

Also included in the supplemental bill are some funding increases for particular programs. The money to support these increases comes in part from the Governor's other vetoes--those funding reductions which would not be restored with the transportation funding bill (see here)--and also from an expansion of the 5 cents refundable deposit on bottled beverages to cover non-carbonated drinks (if you cannot see the list of new programs below, be sure your email client is set to display images or click here.)

A state budget can include not only funding appropriations but also changes to state law, in what are called "outside sections." The Governor did veto and amend some outside sections (details are included here.)

The vetoes and amendments described above represent just the last step of the FY 2014 budget process. The rest of the details about the state's spending blueprint for the coming year can be found in our BUDGET MONITOR.

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"a solution that meets multiple economic and environmental goals"

Changes in the food waste handling regulations talked of during the anaerobic digestion discussion last month have been formally announced.
If approved, the commercial food waste ban, drawn by the state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), would take effect by July 1, 2014. 
Large institutions that dispose of at least one ton of organic waste per week must ship the food that cannot be donated or recycled to an anaerobic digester facility, composting operation or animal-feed operation, according to the proposal. 
Not included in the ban is residential food waste. 
In a statement, Rick Sullivan, the secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said: "Banning commercial food waste and supporting the development of (anaerobic digester) facilities across the commonwealth is critical to achieving our aggressive waste disposal reduction goals."

Read more:

For more about the anaerobic digestion proposal discussed at the Town Council meeting

For more about the anaerobic digestion proposal discussed at the Planning Board meeting

Save the Date! Voices Against Violence 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon!

Save the Date!
October 19, 2013
Downtown Framingham Common 10:00 a.m.

2nd Annual  
 Walk to Break the Silence

Voices Against Violence Picture
Voices Against Violence
Breaking the Silence to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

For more information or to join our planning committee,
Please contact: Mary Gianakis 
Want to be a sponsor for this event? 

Voices Against Violence
300 Howard Street, Framingham, MA 01702
24 hour Hotline
(508) 626-8686 / (800) 593-1125


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Farmers Market - noon to 6:00 PM

on the Town Common, along the High St side.

Franklin, MA: Farmers Market
Farmers Market today

4th Annual Run, Walk, or Crawl 5K

Who: You, Your family, Your friends!

What: 4th Annual Run, Walk, or Crawl 5K

Why: Because we will NOT lay down to Cancer!

When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013, 8:00am-11am
Registration: 8:00 AM
Runners: 9:00 AM
Walkers: following runners
Food following the race!

Where: Helen Keller Elementary School, 500 Lincoln St. Franklin, MA

How: Pre-reg $30, register by July 1st for guarantee Tech shirt
others while supplies last, $35 day of race

Registration on line here

Beaver Street RR Crossing Work

Hello.  This is Gary Premo calling with an important traffic alert. 
The Mass Bay Commuter Rail will be rehabilitating the railroad crossing at BEAVER STREET.
The work will be done this Saturday, JULY 13th, between 6:00AM and 6:00PM. 
The BEAVER STREET railroad crossing will be CLOSED to thru traffic between RTE. 140 and GROVE STREET. Please avoid the area and plan accordingly.  Thank you.  Goodbye.

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How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 & Up

How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up

How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up
How to Draw Stuff for Ages 11 and Up

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

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"a form of vital relief"

Unfunded mandates that drive implementation costs for school districts are finally getting some attention.

Addressing many of the mandates, Ludlow Public Schools Superintendent Todd Gaza said at the hearing, "The new teacher evaluation regulations, bullying legislation, implementation of the Common Core … all require professional development for our teachers in order to meet their requirements. This leaves little time for other professional activities." 
Daniel Gutekanst testified that the grind to put in place all of the mandates actually steals time away from improving classroom learning. 
"The pace of change and reform is grueling and unrelenting," Gutekanst said. "Teachers, school staff and principals are increasingly required to address and attend to mandates and initiatives that leave them little time to personalize learning experiences for children in their charge."

Read more:

Related posts:

Jun 16 - summary of impacts that unfunded mandates will have for the coming school year

The first article in MDN (Jun 29) about the hearing on this bill

Rep Jeff Roy's newsletter describing his co-sponsorship of the legislation (Jul 7)

Shuttle buses replacing Franklin Line from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM on Sat Jul 13, 2013 due to track work

When I saw the notice about Beaver St being closed for track work on Saturday, I expected to hear about what that work would do to the train schedule. The notification has arrived. There will be shuttle bus service between Forge Park and downtown Franklin to avoid the track work on Saturday. If you are going to Boston, simply start from downtown Franklin, don't use Forge Park. You'll avoid the shuttle!

In case you missed the earlier notification on Beaver St

Shuttle buses replacing Franklin Line from 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM on Sat Jul 13, 2013 due to track work

Affected stops:
Forge Park / 495

Last updated: Jul 10 2013 7:16 AM
Sent by the MBTA.  - Help (or write )

Senator Karen Spilka's Office Announces Holliston Office Hours

On Friday, July 12th, join Senator Karen Spilka and Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka's District and Constituent Services Director, for district office hours in Holliston. Senator Spilka will be available to update constituents on the latest news and events and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

Pejamajo Café
770 Washington Street, Holliston, MA
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Any resident unable to attend or those interested in scheduling an appointment should feel free to contact Senator Spilka's office at (617) 722-1640 at any time.

For more on Senator Karen Spilka visit her entry on the MA Senate page

Concerts on the Common - full schedule 2013

Following is the lineup for the rest of the summer:
July 17 - Franklin School for the Performing Arts' Electric Youth
July 24 - Sharon Band; children's program is Elaine Kessler, story teller
July 31 - Frank Padula; children's program is led by DJ Mike Ruttkowski
Aug. 7 - Ayla Brown, Ambient Entertainment
Aug. 14 - Fab 4 Ever (Beatles music)
In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Benjamin Fraklin Classical Charter Public School across the street from the common.

Set aside Wednesday nights for "family night" on the common. Bring a blanket and chairs, and a picnic dinner.

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Chantal has fallen apart

An update on the Tropical Storm that earlier this week appeared headed for the East Coast. Chantal has fallen apart and is no longer a threat.

remnants of Chantal
remnants of Chantal

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Concerts on the Common: Roy Scott Swing Band



Concerts on the Common
Concerts on the Common

July 10th = Roy Scott Swing Band

Children's Program = Ethan Rossiter and the Jamberries

Attention Franklin: Board and Committee openings

The following Boards/Committees are looking for members:

Conservation Commission - Kathy Celorier-508-520-4929

Finance Committee - Jeff Nutting-508-520-4949-Send letter of interest and resume to Jeff Nutting, 355 E.Central Street

Franklin Cultural Council - Claire Griffin-508-520-8857

Library Board of Directors - Felicia Oti -508-520-4940

Franklin Housing Trust Fund - Maxine Kinhart 508-553-4886

Public Land Use Committee - Beth Dahlstrom 508-553-4852

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please complete the attached form and if you would like more information on the committee, please contact the above.

The Committee application form can be found here:

Updated 7/11/13 - the PDF form was removed from the Committee notification on the Franklin website. You'll need to use the phone numbers to make contact for each of the open positions.

Franklin Library: Advanced "Ductivities"

Advanced "Ductivities"
Franklin Library: Advanced "Ductivities"
Franklin Library

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

In the News: master degree, casino talks

Franklin resident earns masters from Westfield State

Amanda King of Franklin recently received her masters in Public Administration from Westfield State University. She received a B.A. in English in 2010

Milford anti-casino group: end talks with Foxwoods

Claiming that continued changes in the design and scope a proposed casino make it impossible for the town to properly assess the project, Casino-Free Milford called on selectmen to end discussions with developer Foxwoods.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Antique Appraisal Day - Sep 15

The Franklin Historical Museum will host an antique appraisal day on Sunday September 15th from 1-3pm. Nancy Wyman, certified appraiser from Coyle’s Auction Gallery of Bellingham will appraise 2-3 items per person at a rate of $5.00 per item.

Coyle’s Auction Gallery is a family owned and operated antique auction company founded in 1985. They conduct monthly antique estate auctions at the Medway VFW Post 1526. They are licensed and bonded and have a nationwide advertising program that attracts buyers from around the country. Michael Coyle is the principal auctioneer and manager. His sister Nancy of Franklin is the auction coordinator. Nancy Wyman holds a BA from North Adams State College, is a graduate and instructor at the International Auction School in South Deerfield, MA and has completed a certification course from the Certified Appraisers Guild of America. More information on the auction gallery can be found at as well as on their Facebook page.

Franklin Historical Museum - 1
Franklin Historical Museum

Anything that you can carry in to the museum will be appraised, including Decorative Stoneware and Pottery; Vintage Clothing and Costume Jewelry; Fine China, glass and art glass; Oriental Rugs; Paintings and Prints; Objects D’art; Lamps, Clocks, Decorative Accessories; Hummels and Music Boxes; Sterling Silver, Pewter and Brass; American, Victorian and Country Furniture and Accessories; although no fine jewelry, no coins, no stamps and no weapons.

All proceeds from the day will benefit the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. The Museum is located at 80 West Central Street Franklin in the old Senior Center. Museum hours are Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm; Sundays 1:00-4:00pm and Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm.

The museum website can be found here

Text provided by the Franklin Historical Museum

Rail Trail Committee - 7/9/13 - agenda

The Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) will have a meeting, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The meeting will be held at the YMCA in Franklin and will begin at 7:30 pm.

Attached is an agenda. Some items that we will discuss include a recap of the FBRTC table at the Bellingham July 4th festival, upcoming trail awareness events, and non-motorized vehicle signage.

For additional information on the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, visit their webpage

Summer Sprouts - July 13-14 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Please join us on July 13th and 14th, from 9am to 11am, at the King St. Memorial Garden for child focused gardening events. Grown-up children welcome as well! Attendees can make their own pots and plant green beans in them to take home. We will also be planting green beans in the garden itself. These beans will then be available for children to harvest at events on September 7th and 8th, when the beans are mature. 
green beans
green beans 

We will also be giving tours of the garden to help children identify the plants that grow the fruits and vegetables that they love, or refuse, to eat. This is an excellent opportunity to have your children learn about where their food comes from, and eat something they've grown from seed. In the short time since the garden was founded we've had numerous parents comment on the difference growing their own vegetables made in their children's eating habits. This is an opportunity for the community at large to join in the fun, so please tell your friends!

For more info about the Community Gardens visit their website

Tropical Storm Chantal

The National Hurricane Center is charting the tracking of Tropical Storm Chantal. It is early but the track looks like it would come up the East coast next week. What path it will take and how strong it will be is another story.

Updated 7/11/13 - 
Chantal has degenerated and is no longer considered a 'tropical storm'

Tropical Storm Chantal

As the storm approaches, we'll get inundated with  updates. You can follow along with updates directly from NOAA by watching this page

BEAVER STREET railroad crossing - closed July 13


Mass Bay Commuter Rail will be rehabilitating the grade crossing at BEAVER STREET

The work will commence on Saturday, JULY 13th at 6:00AM and will be completed at approximately

The BEAVER STREET railroad crossing will be closed to through traffic between RTE. 140 and GROVE STREET.

The work will consist of removing the existing track and road surface and installing new track and road
surface. Inquires Call 617 222-8640

Note; this was originally posted to the Franklin webpage

In the News:4th July, summer music, flag presentation

Franklin celebrates the Fourth with stars, stripes and smiles
Franklin held its annual Fourth of July parade on Sunday drawing large crowds to the center of town.

Franklin Lifelong Learning offering Summer Music Program

This summer, Franklin's Lifelong Learning program is offering its very popular "Summer Music Program" from July 22 - Aug. 2.

Flag presentation

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III presented Jodi Cipriano-Cabino with a flag that flew over the Capitol on Flag Day. The presentation was made at the memorial to her son, Lance Cpl. Shayne Cabino, at the Bernon Family Branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA in Franklin.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Wedding Gowns at the Franklin Historical Museum

This summer the popular Wedding Gown Exhibit has returned once again to the Franklin Historical Museum. Volunteers from the Franklin Historical Commission have been hard at work sewing, mending, ironing, dressing mannequins and researching in preparation for the exhibit.

FHM: wedding dress
wedding dress on exhibit

The ever popular Parachute Gown from the 1940’s, worn by Emma Velluti and made from silk material from a Japanese parachute, sent home by the groom Edward Rabaioli, is the centerpiece dress once again this year. A gown from the late 1800s with accent pieces recently discovered by comparing photographs to items in the museum’s bridal collection is on display. A beautiful Pricilla of Boston gown from 1954 adorned with tiny blue flowers is shown. On loan for the exhibit is a hoop style gown worn by Rosalie DeBaggis at her wedding to Charlie Crevo in 1959 as well as Rosalie’s mother’s Flapper Style wedding dress from 1930. Most dresses have pictures or stories to accompany them along with names, dates and details of the couples.

FHM: wedding dress
wedding dress on exhibit

Have you ever wondered when the fashion for brides to wear white began? It wasn’t always the case. Where did the custom to wear ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ come from? Why does the bride throw her bouquet? Just how much influence did a young Queen Victoria have on today’s modern weddings? You’ll find it out when you visit the Franklin Historical Museum from now through mid September and experience the Wedding Gown Exhibit.

The Museum is open Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm and Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm and is located at 80 West Central Street, downtown Franklin.

Visit the Franklin Historical Museum website here

Text and photos provided by the Franklin Historical Museum

The Heart of the Matter

Lovely image and explanation of the connection between the stem and the blossom at the beginning of this 7 minute video.

Well worth the 7 minutes.

The Heart of the Matter from americanacad on Vimeo.


For more on the report that lead to this film, visit the American Academy website

Thanks to Rosa Say for pointing to this

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rep Roy: July newsletter: What's happening in the district

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Unfunded mandate topic reaches Hill

There was a full house on hand at a recent Education Committee hearing on accountability and unfunded mandates. Over 80 Superintendents from across the state appeared to give testimony and provide support for the bills.

Among the bills was one to establish a commission to study regulations and unfunded mandates on schools, which Rep. Roy has co-sponsored. This was always a hot topic for Rep. Roy while a member of Franklin's School Committee and now he has an opportunity to address it on Beacon Hill. To view the complete text of the bill and view its progress, click here.

Briefly the bill charges the task force to (i) identify and review all existing mandates imposed on school districts by state law or regulation, including school and district reporting requirements; (ii) determine the costs of such mandates and reporting requirements to school districts; and (iii) identify opportunities to streamline, consolidate, or eliminate such mandates or reporting requirements that are duplicative or inconsistent with current laws, regulations or practices.

At the hearing, a great deal of information and testimony provided. To view some of the materials, click here

Treasurer tours new FHS

At the invitation of Rep. Roy, State Treasurer Steve Grossman joined us on a tour of the new Franklin High School in June. As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, he was seeking an in-person view of the state's largest model school.

During the tour, we were joined by members of the Town Council, School Committee, School Building Committee, and school administrators. Treasurer Grossman was very impressed with the quality of the facility and programming that will be offered at the new FHS, and he is looking forward to returning soon.

For pictures from the tour, please click here. To view the Milford Daily News report on the visit, click here. Follow the construction of the new FHS on Facebook by clicking here.

New memorial honors Franklin soldier

There is a wonderful new memorial in Franklin thanks to the artwork of Jesse Greene and the generosity of Jody Cipriano Cabino. Last month, the memorial was unveiled at the YMCA in Franklin and Rep. Roy was honored to participate and present House citations to Jody and Jesse.

The memorial is a place of remembrance and reflection for Shayne Cabino, a Franklin soldier who answered the call of duty and served in harm's way for the sake of this country. It will also serve as a place where Y kids will start their day with the Pledge of Allegiance, to promote both civic awareness and patriotism.  

Pan Mass Challenge

On August 3-4, Rep. Roy will join thousands of cyclists in the Pan Mass Challenge in the fight against cancer. This will be Jeff's 11th ride. The PMC, which began in 1980, is the nation's oldest and most successful bicycling fundraising event and shows what the determination of each individual can do.

The event has been instrumental in helping Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's clinicians and researchers learn more about cancer and its causes, and to develop new, increasingly effective treatments for this deadly disease. Over the past 33 years, PMC cyclists have ridden to raise and contribute $375 million to cancer research.

To learn more about the ride and donate to the cause, click here.

Horace Mann leaders bring ideas to Boston

Last month, we had a great visit with leaders from Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin. They were recognized public service announcement projects they produced, focused on helping others.

They were an impressive group of 8th graders and did some inspiring work which no doubt will continue when they get to high school.

Budget sent to Governor

Rep. Roy joined his colleagues in the Legislature to enact a $34.06 billion state budget for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). The spending plan makes important investments to rebuild the Commonwealth's essential services and programs, including local aid, education, housing, public safety, and health and human services, and supports the ongoing recovery of the local economy. It is now on the Governor'[s desk for his signature.
The budget reflects the priorities of the Commonwealth and the needs of cities, towns and residents, while also maintaining the highest level of fiscal responsibility and accountability, leaving the state's rainy day fund at $1.46 billion. It makes important and thoughtful investments in many of our core services and programs in the Commonwealth, including education, care for the elderly, housing, distressed hospitals and mental health
The budget also includes a renewed focus on governmental oversight and accountability to eliminate fraud and delays and to ensure that those who need the Commonwealth's assistance receive it. 
Locally, the FY14 budget also includes a $20,000 grant for Franklin's sculpture park and $15,000 to help fund the Vietnam Moving Wall in Medway.

You can see more details about the budget by clicking here.

Medway Cheerleading Champs Honored

Medway's two time National Varsity Championship Cheerleaders were honored at the State House. They also took a tour of the building, including a trip to the Governor's office, the House Chamber, and the Senate Chamber.

"It was great to see such an engaged group of students from Medway High School," noted Rep. Roy. "We had some great discussions about what we do in the State House and had a lively conversation on pending legislation. The girls shared their thoughts about a number of bills, including ones on cheerleader safety and the recognition of cheerleading as a sport."

Congratulations to the Medway girls and we wish you luck next year.

New website features and improvements announced

Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) announced  updates to the public website that will allow users to personalize their experience when navigating bills, committees, hearing information and connecting with legislators.

Through "MyLegislature," users can create a user-id and password to access their secure MyLegislature account. Users can identify specific bills, hearings, committees and legislators that they are interested in following and their personalized homepage will display each selection. Any hearings scheduled for their selected committees will automatically be included in their MyLegislature hearing list. In addition, users can further personalize MyLegislature by identifying any accessibility needs.
The updated website also includes an easy-to-use format to connect with legislators. The public website can be found at

July office hours

Rep. Roy announced that constituent office hours for the month of July will be held on the following days:

Franklin – Saturday, July 20th, 10:00-11:00AM,
Franklin Public Library – 18 Main Street Franklin, MA

Medway – Saturday, July 27th, 10:00-11:00AM,
Gaetano's Bakery – 74 Main Street Medway, MA

All office hours are open to anyone with questions or concerns that they wish to bring to his attention.  Walk-ins are welcome and no appointments are necessary. 
He also invites all constituents to call him at his State House office at (617) 722-2400, stop by Room 134 in the State House, or email him by clicking here.

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