Saturday, May 31, 2014

Franklin, MA: Finance Committee - Agenda - June 3, 2014

Call to Order
Citizens Comments
Approval of Minutes

Library Addition – Felicia Oti, Library Director
VOTE: Bond Authorization

Roads – DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi
VOTE: Proposition 2 ½ Override

Items for Action: FY 14 Budget adjustments
Street Light Account Transfer
Comptroller Expenses Transfer
Zoning Board of Appeals Transfer
Legal Expenses Transfer

Old Business
New Business

The agenda was posted to the Franklin website

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

Electric Youth To Perform At Showcase Live - Bon Voyage Concert for European Tour

Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), will perform at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a Bon Voyage Concert for Electric Youth, coming just days before the ensemble departs on June 19th for a three-week concert tour of Austria and Italy. The group’s 11th European tour will include a return Fourth of July engagement at Aviano Air Force Base to entertain U.S. Troops and families stationed abroad. 
Electric Youth is backed by an eight-piece band of Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with such music legends as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Van Morrison. EY’s show offers high-energy family entertainment, delivering fully choreographed performances of classic rock, contemporary pop and Broadway hits for audiences of all ages. Audiences at Showcase Live will hear two full sets featuring the best of Aerosmith, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Frank Sinatra, Carrie Underwood and more. 
The 10 singer-dancers of Electric Youth 2014 are trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts
The 12-concert tour will feature shows in Vienna, Melk and Steiermark, Austria, including a performance at Ehrenhausen Castle, benefit concert at Vienna’s historic 19th century Odeon Theater and workshop with students at the Amadeus International School. Performances in Italy will include multiple shows in Lignano and Bibione along the Adriatic Coast, concerts in Todi and Montecatini within the Tuscany-Umbria region, and at Lake Como. 
Prior to departure, Electric Youth will wrap up the group’s 6th professional album. The ensemble and musicians have already laid tracks at Mansfield’s MockingBird Recording Studio. As with EY shows, the studio album will include unique renditions of timeless hits.
“Several of the band members also write arrangements for EY that allow the group to take classic songs and make them their own,” says Director Raye Lynn Mercer. 
Electric Youth has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help cover costs associated with the album’s mixing, mastering and distribution. Visit and search the group’s project to learn more. 
Electric Youth 2014 debuted at Showcase Live on February 28. Selected by audition annually, EY members are chosen for superior musicianship, stage presence and triple threat accomplishments in voice, dance and acting. This season EY features 10 performers, including Madison Asgeirsson, 15, Kendra Dombroski, 15, Ali Funkhouser, 17, Graham Hancock, 17, Jocelyn Jones, 15, and Shaina McGillis, 15, from Franklin; Michael Fajardo, 15, from Hopkinton; Sam Evans, 14, from Medfield; Maddy Williams, 15, from Medway; and Jenna McDermott, 15, from Wrentham. 
EY’s show band features Kenny Hadley on drums, Arnie Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Artie Montanaro on trombone, Walter Platt on trumpet, Bill Miele on bass, Ken Reid on baritone saxophone, Mark White on guitar and Mercer on piano. Under the direction of Mark Poniatowski, musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Rick Hammett, Jeff Perry, Walter Platt, Poniatowski, Mark White and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp. 
Tickets for the Showcase Live concert are $18 for Loge Sets and $28 for Premium Seating. To purchase tickets, visit Please call FSPA at 508-528-8668 for table reservations for larger parties. Doors open at 6 p.m. for best seat selection and dinner, featuring Showcase Live’s menu of distinctive cuisine and kid-friendly fare. Prospective FSPA students are encouraged to contact FSPA for information about complimentary tickets, available through the school’s All Access Pass program.

FHS Softball team advances, Boys Tennis season ends

From Hockomock Sports, the spring playoff results from Friday show that the softball team wins to advance and the Boys tennis team lost to end their season.

D1 South Playoffs
#18 Franklin, 2 @ #2 Silver Lake, 0 - Final -
In the sixth inning, lead off hitter Erin Hanley reached on an error and was pushed to second on a sacrifice bunt. With the shift on in the outfield, Maddie Connelly ripped a double into right center field to score Hanley. Sabrina LoMonaco singled up the middle to score Connelly. Lilly Criscione pitched a complete game shutout for the Panthers. 
Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals and will play at the winner of #7 King Philip/#10 Weymouth on Monday, 6/2 at a time to be announced.

Boys Tennis
D1 South Playoffs
#14 Franklin, 1 @ #3 Dartmouth, 4 - Final - Franklin's Rahul Herur was the lone winner, winning 6-3, 6-1 at second singles.

the new Franklin High School under construction
the new Franklin High School under construction

The full set of results from Friday's playoffs can be found here

MA DUA - Unemployment Assistance

The blog has a good posting on unemployment assistance.
Making ends meet after losing a job can be a difficult experience. That’s why the Commonwealth provides unemployment aid to eligible residents who have been laid-off through no fault of their own and are actively looking for work. 
The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) offers many programs to help residents get back on their feet during a period of unemployment:
Click through to the site to continue reading about the services offered.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 5/30/14 - THU 6/5/14

FRI 5/30   6:30pm-8:30pm   Painting and Pizza Night for Teens at Franklin Art Center

SAT 5/31   9am-1pm   Franklin DPW Annual Open House (Hayward St.), Touch a Truck, Hay Ride, Free Hot Dogs and Popcorn
SAT 5/31   9am-2pm   Electronic Recycling Day at Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School
SAT 5/31   2pm-4pm   Franklin Cub Scouts Registration Drive, Franklin Town Common

SUN 6/1   10am   The Franklin 5K - YMCA event, 431 Washington St., Franklin, Touch a Truck, Kids Fun Run, Games, Music, Silent Auction and Raffles
SUN 6/1   10am   6th Annual Parmenter School 5K Run at Parmenter School in Franklin.

MON 6/2   Franklin - Mandatory Water Conservation Begins!

TUE 6/3   6pm-8pm   Franklin Downtown Partnership Fundraiser at Pour Richard’s

THU 6/5   7pm   Author Laura Spinella at Franklin Public Library, free event.

For more details on above events click HERE.

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

The Boys of Beaver - the video story of FHS boys lacrosse 2014

Via Pantherbook, I find that the Boys Lacrosse season had been captured via video. Now you can follow the team from the first practice...

Franklin Lacrosse 24/7: The Boys of Beaver (Ep.1)

Franklin Lacrosse 24/7: The Boys of Beaver (Ep.2)

Franklin Lacrosse 24/7: The Boys of Beaver (Ep. 3)

MassBudget Conference Preview: Comparing the FY 2015 House and Senate Budgets

MassBudget   Information.
 Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center  Democracy.

FY 2015 Conference Preview:
Comparing the House and Senate Budgets 

While there are differences in the FY 2015 House and Senate budget proposals, in many respects they are very similar. MassBudget's Conference Preview Budget Monitor details these differences. Both budgets make modest, well targeted, investments in important initiatives:

  • Supporting substance abuse treatment and prevention;   
  • Improving the capacity of the Department of Children and Families to protect vulnerable children and support families;
  • Investing in higher education.  

There are differences in emphasis: the Senate more comprehensively addresses substance abuse issues and the House provides greater funding for higher education. But much is the same: in a budget of about $39.5 billion, the proposals agree on $39.2 billion - more than 99%.
This overlap reflects broad agreement about what we want to achieve together through our government: high quality education for all of our young people; safe, vibrant communities; the transportation infrastructure our economy needs; the security of a safety net for when we fall on hard times; keeping of air and water clean; and doing those other things that we know need to get done that we can do more effectively together than alone.

The House and Senate are also operating in the same context: a weak national economy and the ongoing effects of $3 billion in tax cuts from 15 years ago. Even with the modest funding increases proposed for FY 2015, higher education spending would be roughly 22 percent below where it was in FY 2001 (adjusted for inflation). Local aid would be 45 percent below 2001 levels. Public health would be down 19 percent. And early education and care would be down 24 percent. While the House and Senate budget proposals contain no significant tax reforms, ultimately, it would require additional revenue to make the investments that could support sustainable and broadly shared prosperity.

To read MassBudget's Conference Preview Budget Monitor click HERE.
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FHS Girls Softball, Lacrosse and Tennis advance

D1 South

#18 Franklin, 5 @ #15 Milford, 4 - Final
Lilly Criscione pitched a complete game with three strikeouts and hit a three-run home run at the plate to guide the Panthers. Franklin advances to the D1 South First Round to play at #2 Silver Lake on Friday, 5/30 at 3:30.

Girls Lacrosse
D1 East Playoffs
#3 Franklin, 18 vs. #6 Natick, 7 - Final
Tara Doherty scored two goals and had three assists, Julia Jette and Julianne Pisani each had two goals and an assist and Sheelagh Walsh had four goals and an assist. Nicole Ellin played well on defensively and stepped in to take draws for the Panthers. Alex Mitchell had 11 saves in net. Franklin advances to the D1 East Semifinals to play the winner of #2 Lincoln-Sudbury/#7 Framingham. The game is tenatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 3rd.

Girls Tennis
D1 South Playoffs
#14 Franklin, 3 @ #3 Framingham, 2 - Final
Franklin advances to the D1 South Quarterfinals to play the winner of #6 Needham/#11 Braintree on a date and time to be announced.

the new Franklin High School - under construction
the new Franklin High School - under construction

Additional info on the results across the Hockomock League for Thursday can be found here

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Parenting Your Child with ADHD

Dr Craig Wiener, author of "Parenting Your Child with ADHD" will speak at the Franklin Public Library, Thursday, May 29th at 6:30 PM.

Parenting Your Child with ADHD
Parenting Your Child with ADHD

For more about Dr Wiener, you can visit his website

local author Laura Spinella will speak June 5th
local author Laura Spinella will speak June 5th

Franklin DPW Annual Open House - May 31

The Franklin Department of Public Works will host its annual open house, featuring 
Touch-A-Truck for kids! 
Saturday, May 31, 2014
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
at 25 Public Works Way 
Enjoy free hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and Hay Rides (one per person)

Franklin DPW Headquarters
Franklin DPW Headquarters

Franklin Boys Lacrosse advances

From Hockomock Sports we find the results of the FHS boys lacrosse game on Wednesday, May 28th

Boys Lacrosse
D1 South Playoffs
#7 Franklin, 12 vs. #10 Dartmouth (@ Beaver), 6 - Final - Franklin advances to play #2 Needham on Sunday, June 1 at Memorial Field.

Note - game time is 5:30 PM at Memorial Park in Needham  (updated 5/29/14 - 5:30 PM)

Reminder: 6th Annual Parmenter Run for all Ages - Jun 1

Friendly reminder!

The 6th Annual Parmenter 5K Run for All Ages is scheduled for June 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Parmenter School on Wachusett St.

student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012
student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012

You can register for the 6th Annual Parmenter 5K here

student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012
student poster for the Parmenter 5K in 2012

Or print the form here:

Getting ready at the starting line in 2012
Getting ready at the starting line in 2012

Yes, there are two races starting at the same time on the same day here in Franklin. The Franklin 5K will start at 10:00 AM on Washington St and the Parmenter 5K will start in front of the Parmenter School on Wachusett St.

Reminder: The Franklin 5K - Jun 1

Friendly reminder!
At The Franklin 5K, you will enjoy spirit, teamwork, and commitment to community with the Hoyts and The K Girls! Join us Sunday, June 1 at Marsh and McLellan Companies, 431 Washington Street in Franklin. Day of registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the run, walk, or roll starts at 10:00 a.m.

The family day includes Touch a Truck, with vehicles from Bass Pro Shops, the National Guard, and Franklin’s police and fire departments. Kids get the excitement of crossing a finish line of their own with a free fun run, starting immediately after the 5K and cheered on by the Y’s Teen Leaders Club. Healthy activities for the whole family include Minute to Win It challenges, KidTucky Derby racing, Noodle tag, face painting, a silent auction, raffles, music, and more.

Register today by visiting Cost to participate is $30. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 men’s and women’s finishers from several age categories and all participants will receive a finisher medal.

The Franklin 5K - Jun 1
The Franklin 5K - Jun 1

Register here

Related information

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Memorial Day - Parade and Ceremony - Photo Essay

Photos from the Memorial Day parade and ceremony on the Town Common at the conclusion of the parade on Monday.
parade honor guard
parade honor guard
Leaders of the Elks
Leaders of the Elks
Rep Jeff Roy and Senator Richard Ross
Rep Jeff Roy and Senator Richard Ross

tolling the bell as roll call of those veterans who died in the last year were read
tolling the bell as roll call of those veterans who died in the last year were read
The names of those veterans can be found in the program posted here

placing the wreath
placing the wreath

Additional photos from the parade and ceremony can be found in this set here

HMEA 5K Road Race - photos

The 13th Annual HMEA Independence Day 5K Walk, Run and Stroll took place on Sunday May 18th. I helped as part of a group that coordinated the road race pre-registered runners, day-of registrations, and then managed the course with water stops, etc. Once the race was underway, I was positioned at the 2 mile mark to provide the time as the runners came by. I managed to see the runners on their way out to the turn around point before reading them their time. I captured a bunch of photos as the runners passed by and then photos from the awards ceremony after the race.

Ben Burgess lead Brad Highcove early on but Brad eventually won
Ben Burgess lead Brad Highcove early on but Brad eventually won

1st female winner overall = Mary Cole
1st female winner overall = Mary Cole

The full set can be viewed as a slide show here

The race results can be found here

FHS spring playoff schedule

Several FHS spring sports teams qualified for the playoffs that begin this week. The schedule as published by Hockomock Sports is shown here:

Boys Tennis - D1 South
#14 Franklin (8-8) will play at #3 Dartmouth (18-2) on Friday, 5/30 at 2:30 

Girls Tennis - D1 South
#14 Franklin (8-8) will play at #3 Framingham (13-1) on Thursday, 5/29 at 3:30

Baseball - D1 South
#8 Franklin (10-10) will host #9 Barnstable (9-9) on Saturday, 5/31 at 2:00

Softball - D1 South
#15 Milford (13-7) will host #18 Franklin (11-9) on Thursday, 5/29 at 3:30
new Franklin High School under construction
new Franklin High School under construction

Additional info on the Hockocmock Sports schedules and results can be found here

Reminder: Cub Scout registration - May 31

Friendly reminder!

Franklin Cub Scouts are holding a registration drive on Saturday, May 31st from 2-4pm on the Franklin Town Common, Main Street. 

Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts
Scouting is a fun way to foster friendships, life skills and build character. For more information, contact Chris at

For additional information on Pack 17, you can visit their webpage

Electronics Recycling - Sat May 31

The parking lot at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School will be the scene for an electronics recycling event on Saturday, May 31.

electronics and recycle day - May 31
electronics and recycle day - May 31

When? from 9:00 AM to noon.

For more about the Charter School visit their website

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Program - 2014

placing the wreath at the World War I memorial
placing the wreath at the World War I memorial

In case you did not get a copy of the Memorial Day program, you can read, or download and print this copy.

I'll post photos of the parade and ceremony on the Town Common later this week.

The Estate at Franklin - an Emeritus Senior Living community

The construction fences are down and finishing touches being applied to the new building at 656 King St.
This is the promise that the staff at The Estate at Franklin – and throughout all Emeritus Senior Living communities – live by. It's a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful – a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our community for their home. 
The Estate at Franklin is a brand new senior residential community. This community is being specifically designed and built for seniors who need some assistance with daily living, such as medication management, dressing, or bathing. The Estate at Franklin also includes a Memory Care Neighborhood for those who are experiencing some memory loss. As we get ready to open our doors, we invite you learn more about us!
Read more about the Estate at Franklin

sign at entrance - the Estate at Franklin
sign at entrance - the Estate at Franklin
a rain garden along the entrance way
a rain garden along the entrance way

Be the Match for Noah - Blood Drive - June 7

Please join us for a Blood Drive 
blood drive
blood drive
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Franklin United Methodist Church
82 West Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038

positive id required

This Blood Drive is in honor of Oak Street Elementary Student Noah Smith
To make an appointment please log onto
Sponsor code for this drive is FRMETHCH or call Susan Touhey at 508-404-6914

Power line utility work starting

On one of my 'reporting by walking around' excursions, I found that some of the shrubs and underbrush have been trimmed back to provide access to the power lines. Several utility poles are placed nearby. Whether they are adding poles or doing maintenance by replacing older poles with new ones, is not known at this time.

underbrush cut back
underbrush cut back

power line view
power line view

new utility poles ready for use
new utility poles ready for use
 The poles are on the open space at the corner of Summer and King streets.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Benediction

The following is the benediction I will be giving at the War Memorial on the Franklin Town Common on Monday May 26th at the end of the Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony held at the Town Memorial to all the veterans of all the Wars to keep our country free.

Franklin World War I memorial - May 2009
Franklin World War I memorial - May 2009

O Eternal Father in heaven, God of Mercy and love, we beg you to protect our loved ones who are fighting in defense of our country which we love so much. 
Stretch out your protecting arm over all our men and women serving our great nation. 
We implore you to have welcomed all who gave of the ultimate sacrifice into your heavenly presence. 
Give our military now serving the courage to face the enemy that threatens the safety and well being of ALL your children around the globe, help them to overcome the powers of darkness that cause so much world strife. 
O creator of all things, we beseech you to watch over the souls and bodies of all who are exposed to the horrors of war and the spiritual dangers that accompany it. Bless them and take care of them. 
When they are lonely, let them know that you are near them. 
If they are tired, give them strength. If they are wounded, give them comfort. 
Bless them with faith and trust in you and bring them back to their family and friends who love them so dearly. 
May you hasten the day when all your children will know a time of peace and brotherhood toward all. 

Pax et Bonum
Peace and All God's Goodness be with you

Rev. Fr. Bob Johnnene OFD

Mission Saints Sergius and Bacchus
Divine Mercy Old Catholic Parish

Independent Catholic Church of the Americas

Link to Fr. Bob's Weekly TV show
Our Facebook page:
Mission Web Site
Franciscan Web Site
ICCA Seminary Link
Diocese Office:

Town Common looking good

When walking around this weekend I got to see that the Town Common was getting spiffed up. The lawns were being cut Saturday morning. Fresh mulch had been placed around the monuments and trees. It could have been a result of the DPW or the Downtown Partnership 'Beautification Day' efforts, either way it looks good.

fresh mulch around the trees and monuments
fresh mulch around the trees and monuments

Union St sidewalk lined with trees
Union St sidewalk lined with trees

The World War I 'dough boy' keeps an eye on the monuments
The World War I 'dough boy' keeps an eye on the monuments
The Memorial Day parade will finish at the Town Common with a service about noon time.

The full parade route can be found here

Downtown red, white and blue

Thanks to the Franklin Downtown Partnership and a host of volunteers for decorating and planting this year. The mix of red, white and blue flowers hopefully will grow healthy and colorfully this year.

planter along railroad bridge railing
planter along railroad bridge railing

planter along railroad bridge railing 1
planter along railroad bridge railing 1

planter along railroad bridge railing 2
planter along railroad bridge railing 2

Additional photos from the Beautification Day can be found on the Downtown Partnership page

With June comes hurricane season

The MA.GOV blog has info on preparation for hurricane season. The checklist of what to do now to avoid last minute problems.
The best time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on the radio. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-31, is a time to get ready for whatever comes your way when New England hurricane season hits June 1 through November 30.   
 ...Continue Reading Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness Week web site

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day - Parade Route

  • Parade begins at the Historical Museum on West Central Street at 10:45.
  • Departs museum eastbound on West Central Street to Clark Square (the railroad overpass) at the junction of West Central and Main Streets.
  • North on Main Street through the center of town to the Dean College gate where the parade will delay for a wreath laying at the Dean Memorial.
  • North on Main to the corner of Main and School Street; then west on School Street to Union Street.
  • South on Union Street to the corner of West Central and Union, turning west on West Central Street.
  • Delay at Union Street Cemetery for a memorial, then continuing west on West Central Street to Beaver Street.
  • East on Beaver Street to Saint Mary’s Cemetery where the parade will delay for another memorial.
  • East on Beaver from Saint Mary’s Cemetery to the Town Common where the parade will terminate at approximately 12:00 noon
  • Memorial Service will be held at the Town Common following the parade
BFCCPS marching band from the parade in 2013
BFCCPS marching band from the parade in 2013

You can download and print the route from this file

Franklin, MA: School Committee - Agenda - May 27

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."

Franklin Public Schools
Franklin Public Schools

1. Routine Business
Citizen’s Comments
Review of Agenda
Minutes: I recommend approval of the minutes from the May 13, 2014
School Committee Meeting.
Payment of Bills Mr. Clement
Payroll Mrs. Douglas
FHS Student Representatives
Correspondence: none

2. Guests/Presentations
a. Davis Thayer Update – Evemarie McNeil

b. Keller Update – Julie Vincentsen

c. MKEA – Joyce Edwards

3. Discussion Only Items
a. Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan – Sally Winslow
b. New Policy – Second Readings
1. GBADA – Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) Checks Made for Non-Criminal Justice Purposes.
2. CB – School Superintendent
c. Policy Elimination – Second Readings
1. CBC – Superintendents Powers and Responsibilities
2. BDC – Appointed Committee Officials

4. Action Items
a. I recommend approval of budget transfers as detailed.
b. I recommend acceptance of checks totaling: $405.00 in memory of Joseph DeNapoli as follows:
1. Mary Picht - $50.00
2. Judith and Carl Beckett and Charles and Jo Dierling - $50.00
3. Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Rivolla - $50.00
4. Lois M. Scott - $25.00
5. Barbara Houston - $100.00
6. Mary Tarallo - $30.00
7. Paul and Judith Badavas - $50.00
8. Elizabeth Vassiliou - $50.00
c. I recommend acceptance of a check for $4,438.50 from the Davis Thayer PCC for field trips.
d. I recommend adopting Policy GBADA – Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) Checks Made for Non-Criminal Justice Purposes as discussed.
e. I recommend adopting Policy CB – School Superintendent as discussed.
f. I recommend elimination of Policy CBC – Superintendents Powers and Responsibilities as discussed.
g. I recommend elimination of Policy BDC – Appointed Committee Officials as discussed.

5. Information Matters
Superintendent’s Report
School Committee Sub-Committee Reports
School Committee Liaison Reports

6. New Business
To discuss future business that may be brought before the School Committee.

7. Executive Session
Contractual Negotiations

8. Adjourn

Note: additional information on the Mass Kindergarten Early Assessment can be found here

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures - June 2

Mandatory Water Conservation Measures


  • No lawn watering between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • No holiday delays for watering
  • No lawn watering is permitted on other days of the week

See Town website for details = Water Conservation Information

Upper Union St water tower - Jun 2013
Upper Union St water tower - Jun 2013

Franklin is BioReady(R): Franklin now Platinum-rated community for biotech

The Town of Franklin has improved its zoning bylaws, building codes and other business and industry-related criteria to raise its BioReady® ranking from Gold to Platinum, signifying Franklin's readiness to work with biotechnology companies interested in locating there. 
"We are very excited to see Franklin reach the Platinum level of BioReadiness®," said Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio. "Franklin has proved its commitment to facilitating innovation and supporting industry growth in Massachusetts.""The Town of Franklin is honored to be a Platinum level BioReady® Community, and is very appreciative to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for the recognition," said Jeffery Nutting, Franklin's Town Administrator. "This award signifies the success of Franklin Town Council's continued efforts to promote a higher level of investment in the Town's industrial areas, increase employment options for the Town's residents, and increase the Town's commercial and industrial tax base." 
MassBio and partner organizations across the state began the statewide BioReady® Communities Campaign in 2008 in order to provide background to municipal officials about the biotech industry and offer guidance on how to position municipalities as destinations for biotech laboratory and manufacturing facilities. To date, there are 77 BioReady® rated communities in the state. 
Communities are ranked on a scale of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, and the system helps Massachusetts cities and towns market themselves to biotechnology companies looking to expand or relocate. As part of the campaign, the MassBio Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) developed criteria to both guide communities in their pursuit of biotech facility opportunities and rate them for BioReadiness® in order to provide each with a tangible marketing tool. 
Other communities that have recently been awarded new or upgraded  BioReady® ratings include Leominster (Platinum), Malden (Gold), Millis (Silver), and Brookline (Bronze). 
To view full ratings criteria, visit MassBio's BioReady® Communities web page at

About MassBio
MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 620 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.