Friday, September 2, 2016

In the News: Charles River Meadowlands, Berry Ins wins award, Charter School opens school year with dogs

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A group of volunteers is looking to raise awareness of and help protect the Charles River Meadowlands, which are several pieces of property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that border the river in multiple places. 
The group is scheduled to hold a workshop on the topic on Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. at Franklin's First Universalist Society on Chestnut Street. 
Alan Earles, who is helping to lead the local effort, said the land is used to help manage the Charles River. 
"About 40 years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers was trying to solve the problem of flooding along the Charles River," he said. "The traditional way to do that was by using dams but, when the '70s came along, they decided to look at alternatives."

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"Berry Insurance in Franklin has earned a 2016 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for its community work with Boston Children’s Hospital. 
The award includes a $4,000 donation to Boston Children’s Hospital from Safeco Insurance. Berry Insurance agent Amanda Spittell, and Boston Children’s Hospital also had a story featured on, which awarded the hospital an additional $1,000. For the hospital to win the extra money, at least 50 different individuals had to leave a virtual “cheer” on the story."

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"The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School started its 2016-2017 year this week, using several methods — including a visit from dogs — to smooth the back-to-school process. 
The school resumed session on Tuesday, said spokeswoman Joanne Basile, with a visit from three "Pawsitive Touch Therapy" dogs — a way to calm those who might feel anxious about the new year. 
"We had a few service dogs on hand to help ease the transition," she said, adding that they were well received."

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Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School

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