Saturday, October 10, 2015

In the News: HMEA recognizes McNulty, zoning bylaw change discussed

Douglas McNulty, of Franklin, received the Outstanding Employee Award at Horace Mann Educational Associates 26th annual awards night Oct. 7.
McNulty received the honor for his work in HMEA’s Hopedale Employment Program. This award is given to a person who is an exemplary co-worker at a supported employment site and/or one who has most increased the number of hours worked in supported employment. McNulty is employed as a dining room attendant at Dean College in Franklin an average of four days per week. 
Horace Mann Educational Associates is a human services provider that serves individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities across Central and Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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A zoning bylaw amendment proposes to make demolishing and rebuilding commercial structures easier for developers. 
The Town Council held a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday night.
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the change would allow developers to demolish and rebuild a building that currently does not meet town zoning regulations by obtaining a special permit.
"Right now, they have to get a variance, which is a higher legal standard," he said. "This streamlines the process, but still allows for review."

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