Saturday, June 18, 2016

In the News: Freedom from Hunger Food Drive, workforce disability conference, teacher contract close

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"St. Mary’s Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its sixth annual Freedom from Hunger Food Drive from June 25 to 26. 
In order to receive a variety of nonperishable items, the group has divided the alphabet into six groups and are requesting different donations from each group.
The items requested are divided by the spelling of last names. Below are the items requested by beginning letter of the donors' last names.
  • A-D: cereal; coffee; tea; juice boxes; muffins and bread mixes.
  • E-H: peanut butter and jelly; individual containers of Jell-O, fruit and pudding.
  • I-L: granola bars; rice; whole grain crackers; oatmeal.
  • M-P: canned fruit; fruit juice; applesauce; cranberry sauce.
  • Q-T: tuna and Tuna Helper; beef stew; spaghetti sauce and paste; canned vegetables.
  • U-Z: all paper products; shampoo; detergent; soap; toothpaste; deodorant."

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"The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and Riverside Community Care’s Central Massachusetts Employment Collaborative co-hosted a free workshop at Milford National Bank &Trust to educate employers on ways to expand their workforce by hiring people with disabilities. Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, talked about the connection between members of the MDSC and government work. 
Roy talked about different initiatives that he is currently following, in an effort to move people into more meaningful jobs. He mentioned the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative and the higher education bill of Rep. Tom Sannicandro, D-Ashland, both of which push for people with differing abilities to receive higher education and skill training. Roy also told the attendees about his plans to refile a bill for student loan repayments."

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"The town school district and its teachers union are reportedly nearing a contract agreement. 
The School Committee, at its meeting this week, approved a memorandum of understanding with the Franklin Education Association, outlining the changes that a new three-year contract would bring. The committee is scheduled to sign the contract at its June 28 meeting, after which its full terms will be made public. 
Chairman Kevin O'Malley said the memo was approved unanimously by the committee. He said the teachers, too, voted to approve the document."

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For additional information from the recent School Committee meeting

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