Thursday, November 7, 2013

Why Mount St? Where did this come from?

Mount St resident Judith Cobb writes:
I am writing to alert all those of you who may have dealings with the Town of Franklin (Or other town governments), solar companies with promises, and National Grid. Not so long ago Franklin granted a permit to a solar company to install a farm which would grant all sorts of electrical benefits to the town. I am a supporter of solar energy. The word at the time was that it would be kind to the land and would connect to the Grid through the Union St. Industrial Park. Very soon after all the large roadside trees were cleared from the site.


Read the remainder of her letter here: http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/opinions/letters_to_the_editor/x1467731152/Cobb-Franklin-solar-project-hurts-neighborhood#ixzz2jxORIJ1B


Helen Markee had also commented on a prior solar panel update:
This project may be great for the town but not for the Franklin residents who live on Mount St. In order to connect the solar farm into the electrical grid, National Grid has decided to run the 23 thousand volt power line along Mount St, which already has three power lines crossing it, one twenty three thousand volt line and two one hundred and fifteen thousand volt power transmission lines. This decision was made and the work started without notifying any of the residents on Mount St about this additional power line. Other routes for this new power line are available which would not increase the harmful electromagnetic radiation exposure to the Mount St residents. Running this type of power line along a street by itself would not normally be a hazard, but combined with the effects of three other power transmission lines already crossing it greatly increase the risk of health related issues including cancer. Perhaps the residents of Mount St in Franklin don't Matter!
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/solar-farm-update.html


Sculpture Park - November Update (video)

I got out to the Sculpture Park this past weekend to check out the new piece that has been installed. Come along with me for about a 6 minute walk in the park.



Where is the Sculpture Park?
On Panther Way, next to the Franklin Police Station.


Now hiring - Artistry Kitchen


We are looking for people who understand and appreciate the art of hospitality and recognize the
importance of being involved in our community. If you are a motivated, service-oriented team
player who is ready to be part of the pre-opening team of this property, please forward your resume

AVAILABLE POSITIONS
Line Cook, Prep Cook, Bartender, Server, Greeter, Busperson, Runner, Dishwasher

BENEFITS
• Competitive Compensation
• Health Insurance
• Paid Time Off

VISIT US AT OUR JOB FAIR!
When: Wednesday, November 13 from 12 PM to 8 PM
Where: Rockland Trust Bank, 58 Main St., Franklin MA


Artistry Kitchen is part of an emerging multi-faceted hospitality company in Massachusetts called
Artistry. In addition to Artistry Kitchen, the organization is comprised of The Inn at Hastings Park,
a boutique inn and restaurant, as well as a full-service catering and event planning company.


The Artistry Kitchen flyer:




Where is Artistry Kitchen?
in downtown Franklin on the corner of Cottage and East Central


Senior Center introduces Companion Caregiver Program

Funded by a grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation, Franklin's Senior Center is offering a program to provide some off time for care givers. For those caring for the sick and elderly, the job is 24x7. To get a break, you can now get some qualified help at a reasonable price.
The Companion Caregiver Program is designed to provide a regular break (respite) for unpaid caregivers of elders, aged 60 and over, in Franklin and Bellingham. Care recipients must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, a related dementia, or a significant chronic medical condition. This in-home respite service is provided by a trained companion employed by the Franklin Senior Center. The program provides socialization and stimulation for the care recipient, through an activities plan developed for that individual, based on his or her interests and abilities. It also provides affordable respite for caregivers.

The details are contained in the flyer shown here:



Franklin Library: Air - Is it really there?

For children in the 1st through 4th grades, the next program in Silly Science and Mystical Math is scheduled for Friday, Nov 15th.

Registration is required as space in the class is limited. You can register here
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e8ft554ybc860073&oseq=&c=&ch=

Additional information can be found in the flyer:

Air: Is it really there?
Air: Is it really there?

This was shared from the Franklin Public Library page
http://franklinpl.blogspot.com/2013/11/silly-science-mystical-math-air_6.html


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Town Of Franklin has gone GREEN with UniPay Gold


Are you tired of receiving bills in the mail, putting them down somewhere until you cannot find them when you are ready to pay them? Have you ever paid a late fee and/or interest charges because you misplaced a bill? Then you are ready to take the next step to bill presentment or paperless billing.

The Town of Franklin offers you the convenience of paperless billing through UniPay’s new electronic billing feature. Managing your bills online has now become faster and easier. With electronic bill presentment you will receive an email notice as soon as your bill is available for payment. With paperless billing you will no longer receive those paper bills to save.

It’s easy as 1, 2, 3~ …. Register, view, and pay….. And you are using the same trusted, dependable UniPay product. Your bills are stored electronically on UniPay and your payment history is also available. You can retrieve them by logging in. If you need a copy, just print it out. If you need to know what you paid for taxes for income tax purposes, just look them up.

No searching for paper copies.
No forgetting to pay.
No hassle.

And it is available 24 hours a day/365 days a year so you can manage your Real Estate and water/sewer/trash bills when you want to.

Use our on-line bill payment link to get you there to register. The link is on the Town of Franklin
Home page. franklin.ma.us/

or go directly here

It is easy to “be green”.



As posted by the Treasurer to the Franklin webpage
http://franklinma.virtualtownhall.net/Pages/FranklinMA_News/01BF8971-000F8513


MassBudget: Mass. Leading the Way in Kids Mental Health Screening + New KIDS COUNT Report



MassBudget  Information.
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KIDS COUNT 
Mental Health Screening for Moms and Kids 
To ensure that all kids across the Commonwealth have the chance to reach their full potential, Massachusetts has introduced a number of programs that support children's behavioral development.

The success of some of these efforts is reflected in a KIDS COUNT report released today by the Annie E. Casey foundation which finds Massachusetts leading the nation in providing screenings that assess whether a child is at risk for developmental or other behavioral health concerns and that allow for timely intervention.   

MassBudget's new brief, "It's a Family Affair: Massachusetts Leading the Way in Mental Health Screening for Moms and Kids," describes these initiatives and shows how the combination of early screening and effective intervention can work together to help children. We find that: 

  • Two-thirds of young, low-income children in Massachusetts get early, developmental screenings, compared to just one-third nationwide.

  • Massachusetts is making major strides in the assessment of post-partum depression.

  • Making sure that mental health screenings are followed up by community-based treatment and family supports could help improve outcomes for children. 

Research has shown that maternal depression affects the well-being of kids. According to Liz Friedman, Program Director for MotherWoman, "There are serious implications for children who are born to mothers with untreated depression or anxiety such as being more likely to experience social, emotional, and cognitive delays, have the potential of facing unintended neglect and can have lifelong increases in medical care utilization and expenses."

The national KIDS COUNT report, "The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success,"  presents a strong case for investing in the early years of a child's life. The report details the many, long-term benefits of investing in the early years of a child's life. For children to succeed, classroom learning should be integrated with other aspects of child development, such as social, emotional and physical development, to create opportunities for children to develop the full array of competencies they will need in life.

"All children need nurturing and plentiful opportunities to develop during their crucial first eight years," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Foundation. "Today's complicated world can strain families' ability to ensure their children are receiving all the stimulation and care they need to develop to their full potential."
   
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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FHS playoff teams had mixed results on Tuesday

FHS Girls Soccer: Franklin vs. Marshfield
The Franklin High School girl's soccer team beat Marshfield 2-0 Tuesday night under the lights at Pisini Field.

The Lady Panther's went into half time with a 0-0 stalemate, but seventeen minutes into the second half junior Taylor Cogliano slipped one past Marshfield on an assist by sophomore Victoria Stowell to give Franklin a 1-0 edge. Ten minutes later Cogliano tallied another to make it the 2-0 final.

The defending state champs continue their 2013 tournament run on Thursday November 7 at Medway High School against number five seeded Needham. Time is to be announced.



FHS Girls Volleyball
"The Franklin volleyball team had its season come to an end in a 3-1 (23-25, 20-25, 25-22, 19-25) loss at Natick on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 Central-West tournament."
Read the full article on HockomockSports.com
http://www.hockomocksports.com/1/post/2013/11/panthers-season-ends-at-natick.html



FHS Boys Soccer
Déjà vu isn't always a good thing - just ask the Franklin Panthers boys soccer team. Franklin tied #3 New Bedford 1-1 in regulation and the score stayed the same through the two overtime periods before the Whalers escaped with a 6-5 win in penalty kicks - the same manner Franklin was eliminated last year.
Read the full article on HockomockSports.com
http://www.hockomocksports.com/1/post/2013/11/penalty-kicks-end-franklins-season-again.html

“Clara’s Tea Party” - Nov 17th


Dress up in your Holiday best and enjoy an afternoon of tea, crafts and fun with Clara and her friends. The cast of Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center’s “The Nutcracker” invites you to celebrate the season with them on Sunday, Nov 17, 2013, at its studios on 31 Hayward Street in Franklin, MA. 
“Last year was such a success! Our guests really enjoyed meeting the cast of the show and asking lots of questions. They sipped ‘tea’ together, enjoyed Sugarplum Sweets, made crafts and enjoyed dancing with Clara, the Sugarplum Fairy, the Dew Drop Fairy and the Snow Queen,” said Patti Eisenhauer, owner of PEDC. She added, “This year we are offering two seatings. The first seating, from 1 to 2:15pm is for our youngest guests to participate with a parent or guardian. Our second seating is from 3 to 4:30 for our older guests that can attend alone or with a friend.” 
Included in the $25 ticket fee is a digital photo with Clara, as well as a small gift from her to each child. 
“I am so excited to have a Tea Party with the children all dressed up in their holiday clothes!” said Sarah Finamore, who is hosting the Tea Party, along with Ainsley McStay, as both girls will dance the role of Clara in PEDC’s upcoming Nutcracker production on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. “It is so much fun to see how excited the kids are when they see us in our beautiful costumes and crowns. It really is magical,” said Sarah. Ainsley added, “I really enjoy doing crafts with the kids and showing them some of our dances from the show. I hope that when the see the show live, they will remember our tea party.” 
The “Nutcracker” Box Office is also open and tickets for the Saturday, Dec. 14 show at 5:30 and for the Sunday, Dec. 15 show at 1pm are available. Ticket prices are $15 and $12. Tickets are available by calling PEDC. 
In its 33rd year of dance education, Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center is a state-of the art Dance Center offering tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop and gymnastics classes, as well as birthday parties. Classes are held for each age group from pre-school children through adult. Children are taught the discipline of tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling during their class each week. The center offers air conditioning and springboard flooring. 
For more information or to purchase tickets, email: pedcnews@gmail.com or call the studio at 508-520-7873.

You can visit the PEDC webpage here  http://www.pedancecenter.com/Home.html

"paltry turnout at the polls"

Milford Daily News writes on the Franklin election results:
Turnout proved slow throughout the chilly, sun-splashed day and never picked up. Roughly 2,527 people filed into the polls, a little more than 10 percent of the town’s 22,000 registered voters, according to Town Clerk Deborah Pellegri. That number stands as the lowest recorded at a town election in a decade. 
In addition to voting for the council seats, voters weighed in on two ballot referendums. 
For the nonbinding question, they rejected the idea of amending the town charter to allow for the election of a mayor, with 1,374 residents voting yes and 936 voting no.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x825428002/New-Franklin-town-council-elected#ixzz2jrTZhkgm


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Franklin Election results - Nov 5, 2013


Town Council results

Padula * 1667
Williams * 1622
Vallee * 1431
Mercer * 1383
Kelly * 1378
Pfeffer * 1347
Bissanti * 1318
Jones * 1249
Feldman * 1041
DelFino 953

Top 9 are elected *

School Committee results

Douglas * 1439
O'Malley * 1410
Trahan * 1387
Jewell * 1213
Rohrbach * 1196
Clement * 1168
Mullen * 1154
All 7 are elected

Constable results

McCahill * 1265
LaRosa 685

Board of Assessors (4 year term)

Feeley * 1343
Ballinger 694

Board of Assessors (2 year term)

Neas 1464


Planning Board results

Padula *  1407
Halligan * 1282
Arora 862


Board of Health 

Hunchard * 1583


Ballot Question #1 (Franklin will appoint the next Treasurer)


Yes 1177
No 1118

Ballot Question #2 (Franklin will not explore a Mayor)

Yes 936
No 1374

Remember to vote today - 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

At the Franklin High School field house, the following positions are up for election.

There are ten candidates for nine Town Council positions
  • Brett S. Feldman
  • Glenn F. Jones
  • Thomas D. Mercer
  • Andrew M. Bissanti
  • Judith Pond Pfeffer
  • Matthew T. Kelly
  • Stephen T. Williams
  • Peter E. Padula
  • Robert R. Vallee
  • Charles F. Delfino, Jr.
no school today, go and vote
no school today, go and vote!

There are seven candidates for the seven School Committee positions
  • John S. Jewell PhD
  • Cynthia J.Douglas
  • Roberta D. Trahan
  • Paula T. Mullen
  • Susan T. Rohrbach
  • Kevin P. O'Malley
  • Trevor A. Clement
There are two candidates for the one Board of Assessors position for a four year term
  • Christopher K. Feeley
  • Daniel B. Ballinger
There is one candidate for the one Board of Assessors position for a two year term
  • John H. Neas
There is one candidate for the one Board of Health position for a four year term
  • Bruce J. Hunchard
There are two candidates for the one Constable position for a two year term
  • Rancourt LaRosa
  • Daniel S. McCahill
There are three candidates for the two Planning Board positions for a four year term
  • Joseph F. Halligan
  • Anthony D. Padula
  • Navdeep S. Arora

There are two ballot questions, one to change from elected to appointed the Treasurer/Collector and one non-binding question on exploring a mayor form of government.

Ballot question text: (binding)
Shall the city known as the Town of Franklin approve the charter amendment proposed by the Franklin Town Council in Resolution 13-30 summarized below? 
The proposed amendment eliminates the provision for election of the Town Treasurer-Collector and adds a provision for appointment of the Town Treasurer-Collector by the Town Administrator, with input from a selection committee and ratification by the Town Council; the amendment takes effect if and when approved by the voters, except that the incumbent Treasurer-Collector shall serve the remainder of his current term.

Ballot question text: (non-binding)
"Would you be in favor of further amending the Franklin Home Rule Charter to provide for the election of a mayor to govern the city known as the town of Franklin?"

Other information on the Nov 5th election can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/franklin-election-2013.html



Voter history for Franklin local elections 2003 - 2011

What kind of turn out will the voters make on Tuesday? If history is any guide, it will be low.

Franklin Election History 2003 - 2011
Franklin Election History 2003 - 2011
The elections of 2005, 2009 and this year 2013 are comparable. The elections of 2003, 2007, and 2011 are also comparable. The difference between the two sets is that the Town Clerk and Treasurer/Collector are up for election in the later set (2003, 2007 and 2011) and with their election on the ballot there has shown a growth in voter turn out.

With this this election excluding those positions, it will likely be in the 15-18% range. I would hope it would be more like 2011 given the ballot questions: one binding to change the Treasurer/Collector to an appointed position and one non-binding to consider a mayor. We'll see what happens on Tuesday


The full workbook with the official statistics can be found here
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczbWllZDI1MzA4Sjg/edit?usp=sharing

Franklin Garden Club - "Gardening for a Lifetime"

The Franklin Garden Club is meeting Tuesday, Nov 5th at the St. John's Episcopal Church, Pleasant Street, Franklin, MA at 7:00 p.m. Betty Sanders is will be doing a presentation about Gardening for a Lifetime!  Betty is a member of the Landscape Design Council, the Gardening Study Council and a student Flower Show judge. She has designed and built the Master Gardener exhibit at the New England Spring Flower Show and the Boston Flower and Garden Show since 2006 and has lectured at the New England Flower Show. 
Betty volunteers at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, where she helped design the 6,000-square-foot vegetable garden that supplies crops for three area food pantries. For more information, please visit her website, www.Bettyongardening.com
Like the Franklin Garden Club on Facebook


FYSA - Soccer playoff fever continues... Come on out this Tuesday!

The FHS varsity teams are still going strong!  Both teams have made it to the quarter-final round of the D1 South Sectional playoffs.
FHS Soccer
FHS Soccer

Thanks to all of you who have come out to support the players.  Having those large crowds at the games really make a difference!!

The FHS Varsity Girls will play Marshfield on Tuesday at 4pm at FHS turf field.

The FHS Varsity Boys will play New Bedford on Tuesday at 6pm at New Bedford.

Please come out and support the girls...give them a great local crowd for an awesome home field advantage! 

If you're up for a road trip, the boys would love the support as it's going to be a tough game on the road. 

GO PANTHERS!!



http://franklinyouthsoccer.org, info@franklinyouthsoccer.org, (508) 520-4070

Candidates for Town Council (part 3)


Robert Vallee
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439627/Robert-Vallee-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true



The prior listings can be found here
Judith Pond Pfeffer
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/topstories/x915439608/Judith-Pond-Pfeffer-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Andrew Bissanti
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439617/Andrew-Bissanti-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Glenn Jones
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439619/Glenn-Jones-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Matt Kelly
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439623/Matthew-Kelly-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Peter Padula
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439625/Peter-Padula-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Stephen Williams
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439629/Stephen-Williams-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true


Charles DelFino
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/newsnow/x915439602/Charles-DelFino-Jr-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Brett Feldman
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/newsnow/x915439604/Brett-S-Feldman-Candidate-for-Town-Council



You can find all the 2013 Election information in one place:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/franklin-election-2013.html

Monday, November 4, 2013

Voices of Franklin: Powderly -> Appoint the Treasurer/Collector Position


Friends and Colleagues

Tomorrow is election day, and I respectfully ask you to VOTE YES on Question 1 to make the Treasurer/Collector position in Franklin an appointed position, not an elected position as it currently stands.

Moving the position to an appointed position does not indicate a loss of faith or trust in the voters.  The move recognizes that Franklin has grown to a $100 million+ business, with complex debt management and cash flows, and that an election does not necessarily allow one to properly vet candidates for such a critical position.  The process for hiring our next Treasurer/Collector should include interviews, references, requirements for certifications, prior experience, assessment of ability to work with other Franklin departments, at a minimum.  Indeed, the likes of General Motors or IBM or Pepsi do not choose their CFO based on a poll of their staff because although their staff may be well-informed and well-intentioned, the dynamics of an election do not automatically mean that a rigorous full review of the candidates takes place.

Please note that our current Treasurer/Collector, Jim Dacey, has lobbied for a change to an Appointed position for years.  He has done a phenomenal job for the Town and is the one most qualified to comment on the rigors of the position.  Please read his editorial below for his reasoning, and note that last week Milford approved by Town Meeting this same change.


Please support the Treasurer/Collector position as Appointed for the long-term financial health and stability of Franklin.

Thank you.


Tina Powderly


Conversation with Brett Feldman - Town Council Candidate


Brett Feldman is attempting to step up to the Town Council after 8 years with the Finance Committee. Brett will be one of 10 candidates for 9 positions on the Town Council. Aside from the existing Councilors, his experience on the Finance Committee has probably best prepared him for what will be needed to serve on the Town Council.

By the time, Brett and I got together earlier this month, he has already met with Town Administrator Jeff Nutting to review the listing of the topics Jeff had prepared for the candidates to be aware of. There were no surprises on the list. Brett was already familiar with the issues around the funding for the roads, the schedule for the downtown project, and Davis Thayer’s status, to mention just a few.

Brett’s eight years on the Finance Committee has provided him a good knowledge of the overall business of Franklin. He understands the budget process. He has worked with the various department managers and other committees.

Brett is an energy professional with experience working for energy companies. He lives in Franklin with his wife and two children. The oldest of his two children is in elementary school and youngest is about to enter. He is a civic minded volunteer looking to be ‘part of the solution’ for Franklin.



You can also find Brett’s input during the Candidate Forum on Oct 23rd here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/live-reporting-candidates-forum-town.html

Election sign collection - 2013

The photos of the election signs that I found around Franklin can be found here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_sherlock/sets/72157637276276744/


If you find a sign for a candidate that I missed please send it to me so I can add it to the collection.

Thanks


"We are hoping that it will be good"

The Milford Daily News writes about the local Franklin election happening on Tuesday, Nov 5th
The ballot includes races for Planning Board, Board of Assessors, constable and Town Council. 
Voters are to decide whether to make the treasure/collector position appointed through an amendment to the town’s charter. And they will see a non-biding referendum asking if the town should adopt a mayoral form of government. 
Ten candidates, six incumbents and four hopefuls, are vying for the nine available council seats.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x825427347/Election-day-is-Tuesday-in-Franklin#ixzz2jfnSzSy1


The candidate profiles are posted to the Wicked Local Franklin page and summarized here:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/11/candidates-for-town-council-part-2.html

and here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/11/candidates-for-town-council.html


The Franklin Matters election collection can be found here:
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/franklin-election-2013.html


Candidates for Town Council (part 2)

The Milford Daily News is posting their candidate profiles to the Wicked Local webpage.

Judith Pond Pfeffer
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/topstories/x915439608/Judith-Pond-Pfeffer-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Andrew Bissanti
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439617/Andrew-Bissanti-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Glenn Jones
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439619/Glenn-Jones-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Matt Kelly
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439623/Matthew-Kelly-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Peter Padula
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439625/Peter-Padula-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true

Stephen Williams
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/news/x915439629/Stephen-Williams-Candidate-for-Town-Council?rssfeed=true


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Conversation with Andrew Bissanti - Town Council Candidate


Andrew Bissanti is up for his second term on the Town Council. His first two years went by quickly. Andy spent the time doing a lot of learning. He expects that he will be more active in this next Council assuming he is re-elected. We sat down recently to discuss the top questions facing Franklin.

Q - Now that the Master Plan has been approved, what do you think will happen to it?
The previous Master Plan sat on a shelf and was referenced from time to time but that was about it. There was a good team that worked on this plan. The skills and abilities in the room were impressive. I am all for this plan, it needs to work for us..The Master Plan was well presented by the team and should be good to work with.

Q - Do you think the Treasurer/Collector should be appointed or elected?
I think it should be appointed. Franklin is a $100 million dollar business. We need the expertise to manage the money properly. There should be a search committee. I expect that there will be some good candidates. If the individual is a Franklin resident, all the better. That should be our #1 option.

Q - What do you think of the non-binding question for mayor? Should we have one?
The first question is what kind of mayor? There are different kinds. We pretty much have the structure today, just change the name from Town Administrator to Mayor and that is one of the possibilities. We need to look at what we want. Where are the strengths, where are the weaknesses?

From this point the conversation turned to related matters. Andy feels there should be a joint session with the Planning Board and Town Council. There needs to be a better understanding of the “Special Permit” criteria. A lot of what has been set up was done years ago. Franklin needs to grow again. How do we do that? We should look at ‘net equity yield’. Andy says he hears of folks saying we can’t have more kids here. Look around you. We have good schools, look at all the youth programs, there are lots of families here. I don’t think it has to be growth without kids. We are a top community to raise a family. We can continue to be that and grow.


Related Links
The 2013 election collection can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/franklin-election-2013.html

The 2011 election collection can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/08/election-2011-summary.html

The 2009 election collection can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2009/10/2009-election-collection.html


Conversation with Judy Pfeffer - Candidate for Town Council


When Judy Pfeffer and I sat down recently to talk about the election Nov 5th, we realized that the last time we had got together was prior to the election in 2009. My how time does fly? Without letting too much more time go by, we got into a series of questions which Judy answered.

Q - Now that the Master Plan has been approved, what do you think will happen to it?
A - The Master Plan needs an implementation committee to do the work. It took a whole lot of good work by a lot of people to put the Master Plan together. It will take some work to put into action.

Q - Do you think the Treasurer/Collector should be appointed or elected?
A - I had been on the side to have the position appointed. I have changed my mind and it should remain elected. It is the only way to keep the position with a Franklin resident. And with the size of the budget, it really should be managed by someone local. I have long advocated for Franklin residents to be first inline for town positions. Keeping the position elected will do that.

Q - What do you think of the non-binding question for mayor? Should we have one?
A - How will the mayor be set up? It depends. I don’t want to be mayor. Some others might but not me. people need to know that this won’t happen anytime soon. It will take another charter commission to study, make a proposal, go through the approvals and require another vote before we see it.

After these questions, our conversation vered to cover other Franklin topics. Judy thinks the Citizens Committee is shaking things up a bit. Attention needs to be paid to some things where it hasn’t been. The downtown train station got fixed up recently due to their efforts. What will we do with the old municipal building? It needs repair because nobody was paying attention to the building. That should not happen. Judy would like to return to the Town Council to help address these things.


Related Links
The 2013 election collection can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2013/10/franklin-election-2013.html

The 2011 election collection can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/08/election-2011-summary.html

The 2009 election collection can be found here
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Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - Nov 6, 2013

WEDNESDAY - November 6, 2013
Municipal Building – Training Room - 7:30 P.M.
This meeting will not be televised

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.

AGENDA
"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."


ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

1. Action Items:
a. I recommend acceptance of two checks totaling $1190.00 from the Oak Street PCC for field trips.
b. I recommend acceptance of a check for $472.00 from All American Publishing for FHS.
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $800.00 from the Parmenter PCC for field trips.
d. I recommend acceptance of $10.00 from MIT for in house enrichment.

2. Adjourn

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Candidates for Town Council

Milford Daily News is starting to post profiles for the Town Council candidates

Charles DelFino
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/newsnow/x915439602/Charles-DelFino-Jr-Candidate-for-Town-Council

Brett Feldman
http://www.wickedlocal.com/franklin/newsnow/x915439604/Brett-S-Feldman-Candidate-for-Town-Council


"tax-free online purchases are unfair for local business"

When you purchase something from Amazon beginning Nov 1, you'll notice that you will have to pay a MA sales tax when you checkout.
"It's something we needed in Massachusetts because our Main Street businesses and local businesses have been at a disadvantage," said state Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin. 
Roy said tax-free online purchases are unfair for local business that must pay the state sales tax. 
"If somebody goes into a local store, they can effectively use it as a showroom, look at the items, talk to store owners, learn about the qualities of the merchandise, and then they can leave the store and order it online, and they will save 6.25 percent," he said. "I am glad to see it has finally been fixed."

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x825427174/Local-reps-applaud-sales-tax-collection-from-Amazon#ixzz2jU9crwmX

Franklin Youth Soccer Assoc: Keep that playoff energy going!!


From: FYSA - Keep that playoff energy going!!
FHS Soccer
FHS Soccer

The Sox won!  Now let's keep that playoff energy going!

Come out an support the FHS soccer teams as they start their playoff runs this weekend!

A great crowd is an awesome home field advantage!  Please stop by if you can!
  • Sat, Nov 2:  FHS Varsity Boys (#5 seed) vs Taunton (#12 seed) 
  • 4:00pm  - FHS turf field

  • Sun, Nov 3:  FHS Varsity Girls (#1 seed) vs winner of N. Quincy(16)/Milford(17)
  • 4:00pm  -  FHS turf field


And if that's not enough playoff fever for you... get out on Saturday night to cheer on the Revs!!
  • Sat, Nov 2:  New England Revolution vs Sporting KC
  • 8:00pm  - Gillette Stadium, Foxboro


 


"to help handle the ripple effects"

Franklin has sent a letter to the casino developers for the Milford project asking to be considered a "surrounding community."
"We continue to have concerns about the impact of the casino on the town’s housing stock, negative impacts on local retail, including loss of meals and hotel tax revenues, impact on the education system and the demand for increased public safety response to Interstate 495 as a result of the dramatic increase of traffic to and from the casino," Nutting wrote. 
Nutting penned a similar letter in June asking for a meeting with Foxwoods officials, but he did not hear back. 
According to the gaming commission, the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act aims to protect not just the town or city where a casino might be built, but also those municipalities nearby.

Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x825427163/Franklin-rolls-dice-on-Foxwoods-compensation#ixzz2jU82WneP


Dean College Hosts Early Childhood Education Training on Nutrition


The Dean College School of Continuing Studies will be hosting a free training for early childhood educators on the topic of nutrition. The event will be held on Wednesday November 20, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and participants will earn two hours of nutrition training from the Department of Early Education and Care.  Seating is limited. 
Highlighting the schedule is a presentation from Pam Mele, titled "Growing up Healthy: A nutrition seminar for early childhood education providers", Pam is an adjunct faculty member and expert in the field of Early Education with over 30 years experience working with young children and educators. 
"On behalf of Dean College's School of Continuing Studies, I am pleased we are able to support the professional development of early childhood educators in our community on such a critical topic as childhood nutrition," says Veatrice Carabine, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Dean College. 
The training will take place in the Golder Room, located in the Dean College Campus Center. Attendees are asked to park in the Campus Center parking lot, at 109 West Central Street/Route 140. 
To register for the event, please call 508-541-1629 or email vcarabine@dean.edu. For more information, please visit www.dean.edu   

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nov 2: Due to the Rolling Rally, Commuter Rail's Saturday schedule has been modified



Nov 2: Due to the Rolling Rally, Commuter Rail's Sat sched has been modified to provide special, pre-parade service w/ extra IB trains in the morning

Capacity is being significantly increased along each line. Pleas expect variations in scheduled times due to increased ridership and allow extra time for your trip. The MBTA strongly urges parade-goers to take advantage of the earliest trains to avoid very heavy volume on subsequent trains.

Please note: Commuter Rail service will not run on lines that do not normally run on Saturdays (Greenbush, Kingston, Needham, Fairmount, and Stoughton).

Making stops on each line, the North Side train departure times will be:

Trains departing Rockport at: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m.
Trains departing Newburyport at: 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:48 a.m.
Trains departing Haverhill at: 6:00 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m.
Trains departing Lowell at: 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m.
Train departing Wilmington at: 7:45 a.m., 9:20 a.m.
Trains departing Fitchburg at: 6:00 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:40 a.m.
Train departing South Acton at: 8:50 a.m.
Making stops on each line, the South/West Side departure times will be:

Trains departing Worcester at: 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m.
Trains departing Franklin/Forge Park at: 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m.
Trains departing Providence at: 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m.
Trains departing Middleboro/Lakeville at: 6:50 a.m., 8:22 a.m.
All Commuter Rail lines will return to their regular Saturday schedules at approximately 4:00 p.m. Additional outbound trains have also been added to the Fitchburg Line, leaving North Station at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m., making stops at all stations.

Commuter Rail customers can purchase a $10 roundtrip fare electronically via our mTicket mobile ticketing app at www.mbta.com/mticket beginning Friday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.

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Food Pantry, Food Elves and Downtown Partnership


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is once again teaming up with the Franklin Foods Elves for the "12 Days of Donating" Campaign to support the Franklin Food Pantry.
The "Food Elves" which is a student run organization will collect food donations the first 12 days of December for the Food Pantry.  We are looking for 10 businesses that will agree to have a food donation bin placed at their business location for this time period for residents to drop by and donate food.  In addition,each business will agree to donate $200 to the Food Pantry for the campaign.
Last year the Food Elves collected 2 Tons of food! It was one
of the most successful food drives ever in Franklin!

Let us know if you would like to be one of the participating businesses so we can list your business in the press release and on the Holiday Stroll flyers. The deadline is next week so let us know soon.  The $200 is not collected until December 12th.
Thanks for your interest....

Lisa Piana
Executive Director
and The Franklin Food Elves


Candidates Forum replay schedule

The recent Candidates Forum is available for replay via your cable channel on these days and times. Franklin TV has confirmed that the schedule was adjusted to provide more views of the program before our election on Tuesday, Nov 5th.
Franklin Town Hall TV
Franklin Town Hall TV

The Candidates Forum will run this week:
Friday  2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM

They will also schedule it heavily Mon/Tues next week.


Franklin.TV ... 23 Hutchinson St., Box 286 Franklin, MA 02038-0286 ... 508-541-4118

What are you going to do with all that Halloween candy?

Friendly reminder that the Franklin Lions will take it off your hands on Sunday


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Sunday November 3rd, 2013
VFW Hall
1034 Pond Street
Franklin, MA 02038
10am to 2pm

Every Child who donates is entered into a drawing various prizes!!!

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