Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In the News: school calendar, rail trail road race, lawsuit dismissed, Exelon PILOT approved

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The School Committee will soon decide whether to abridge February vacations in coming years.
The committee is scheduled to meet tonight and scheduled to take action on the school calendar. The changes, if enacted, would not take effect until the 2017-2018 school year; next year's calendar has already been set. 
Two proposals - put forward by a calendar subgroup - will be considered, though the committee can change the calendar however it sees fit. 
The first option would retain current practices. School would begin on Aug. 30, 2017 and the district would reach the required 180 days on June 13, 2018. Both February and April vacations would remain intact under the proposal."

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The current two calendar options can be found here

Parmenter School early in the morning
Parmenter School early in the morning

"The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee will host a race this weekend, in an attempt to raise money and develop the trail within the towns.
Those taking part in the event - scheduled to take place on Saturday morning at the Remington Middle School - have several options; a 5K race, a five-mile run or a 1.5-mile walk."

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"A U.S. District Court judge has again decided not to reconsider dismissing a local family's lawsuit against the town of Franklin and local police officers. 
In the decision announced Monday, Judge Richard Stearns affirmed his decision that ended, without prejudice, a suit filed by plaintiffs Amy and Jeffrey DeLucia against the town, Police Chief Stephan Semerjian and five police officers. 
The family had claimed several acts of police misconduct, including a physical attack in which Jeffrey DeLucia suffered broken bones."

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"Without much discussion regarding a hotly-debated topic among residents and town officials for the better part of a year, residents at Annual Town Meeting passed a $75.2 million tax agreement for Exelon’s proposed power plant expansion. 
The agreement, a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT), has Exelon, which is proposing a 200-megawatt, two-turbine expansion at its Summer Street power plant, paying the town that amount over a 20-year period. 
Annual payments begin at just more than $3.8 million and drop to just under $3.5 million by year 20 of the agreement, according to the PILOT."

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