Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105

Do you or a loved one need assistance in treatment and support for Substance Use Disorder? 

Call the SAFE Support Line for free and confidential help.

The SAFE Support Line is a confidential supportive service which will provide callers with access to resources related to Substance Use Disorder including;

  • Locating treatment for Substance Use Disorder including (but not limited to) Detox, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, Halfway Houses, Sober Homes
  • Support with MassHealth Insurance
  • Referrals to counselors for psychiatric assessments and therapeutic treatment
  • Information and assistance with Section 35 and Section 12
  • Knowledge of local supportive services for families and loved ones
  • Information on obtaining Narcan
  • Information on veterans substance use services

Hours of Operation: 

The SAFE Support phone line will be answered between the hours of 9am and 9pm. All calls beyond these hours will reach a voicemail with calls being returned within 24 hours.

This line is a for non-emergency calls. In the event of an emergency call 911 for Emergency Services

Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105
Announcing the SAFE Support Line: (508)-488-8105

Franklin Downtown Partnership Hosts Holiday Stroll December 1

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is hosting its annual holiday party on Thursday, December 1, from 4:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Franklin’s newly revitalized downtown.

Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic for this year’s Holiday Stroll, allowing easy walking between all the festivities on Main, West Central, East Central and Summer streets. Families will find decorated store fronts, entertainment and refreshments, visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Post Mark the North Pole Postman, crafts and gingerbread cookie decorating, and gift shopping.

“This event is always so much fun and really gets you in the mood for the holidays,” says Roberta Trahan, event co-organizer. “The Holiday Stroll showcases our businesses beautifully, and the downtown looks festive with the storefronts decorated. This year we have special guests and a new Holiday Stroll Passport that offers shoppers something extra.”
Holiday Stroll December 1
Holiday Stroll December 1

The Holiday Stroll begins at 4:15 p.m. with costumed carolers and refreshments on Dean College’s Dean Hall Common. The tree will be lit at sundown. Visitors don’t need to wait for the tree to be lit to begin their stroll through downtown; vendor booths and shops will be open for business by 4:30 p.m.

The Franklin Food Elves “12 Days of Donating” campaign benefiting the Food Pantry kicks off that day, and red donation bin will be placed at the tree lighting. Bins will also be set up participating downtown businesses.

An all-new Holiday Stroll Passport will help visitors check items off their holiday gift shopping lists. The free passport can be picked up at participating businesses. Visitors will get their passport stamped at each location listed. When the passport is full of stamps it will be entered into a grand prize drawing, which is one $25 gift card from each business listed. Check the FDP website,, and Facebook event page for a list of passport business locations.

Several special guests will make appearances at this year’s Holiday Stroll. At Emma’s Quilt Cupboard on Main Street, Post Mark the North Pole Postman will mail letters to Santa and read from a Christmas book he’s written from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Families can follow Candy Cane Lane down East Central Street to Simon’s Furniture where Santa Claus and his elves will hear wish lists from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Franklin Historical Museum at 5 p.m. to treat kids to stories and snacks.

Great entertainers will put everyone into a jolly mood. Jamie Barrett will sing and play guitar at Jane’s Frames. The Saint Mary’s choir will perform holiday favorites on Main Street, and WMRC 1490-AM will broadcast live with giveaways and contests.

At Simon’s Furniture, talented Franklin High School musicians will perform inside while Feet In Motion Dance School students will put on holiday-themed dances and Eric the Wood Carver will create his artwork using a chainsaw and logs outside in the parking lot.

On West Central Street, performers at THE BLACK BOX will perform scenes from three FPAC December shows, including The Nutcracker, Humbug, and a holiday panto entitled A Glass Slipper Christmas.

Check the FDP website,, or Facebook event page for entertainment times and location updates.

Kids will enjoy the Touch-A-Truck event at the Franklin Fire Station, and the Historical Museum will have delicious treats when kids come to see Mrs. Claus.

Downtown businesses will open their doors and tempt visitors with refreshments and shopping deals on holiday gifts, services and gift cards. Sponsors and merchants will have booths inside the Depot Plaza building next to Acapulco’s on Main Street, and also at Dean Bank and Simon’s Furniture.

“We’re turning downtown Franklin into ‘Holiday Central’ during our Stroll. Everyone can visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Postman, sing Christmas carols, shop for gifts, and meet friends for dinner, all right here in the center of town,” says Jennifer Hurst, event co-chair.

The Holiday Stroll is made possible by the generous sponsorship of local businesses. Dean Bank and Dean College are Gold sponsors of this event. Silver sponsors are DCU, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, Franklin Ford, Middlesex Savings Bank and Rescom Exteriors.

Bronze sponsors are Beaux Regards Photographic Art by Marjorie Sardella, BMW Gallery of Norwood, Boston Solar, Flynn/Wirkus/Young Attorneys at Law, Franklin Central Pizza, Franklin Driving School, Franklin Girl Scouts, Simon’s Furniture and Tom Fricker Heating & A/C.

For more information about the Holiday Stroll contact event organizers Roberta Trahan,, and Jennifer Hurst,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is celebrating its 15th year as a 501©3 organization made up of business owners, community leaders and residents working to revitalize downtown Franklin. For more information about the FDP, please visit, or contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at

Boston may follow Franklin on plastic bags

The Boston City Council meets today to take up a measure to reduce plastic bags for retail use. This is similar to the efforts in Franklin and other communities in MA.

  • Boston City Council full agenda

The proposed ordinance regarding the reduction of plastic bags in Boston

Coincidentally, the Franklin proposed bylaw is up for discussion at the Economic Development Committee meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 PM

cover page of presentation to Town Council on reducing plastic bags for retail
cover page of presentation to Town Council on reducing plastic bags for retail

The DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter

Dear Residents

Please note, the DelCarte playground will be covered up this week for winter to help protect the playground after it was repaired this past Spring. 

We want to be on the safe side!

The playground will reopen in March.

 the DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter
the DelCarte playground will be covered up during the winter

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"a stunning array of beautiful holiday music"

If you are looking for some new music to play this holiday season, we have exactly what you are looking for!

Released in 2015, this album features children ages 8 to 18 in a stunning array of beautiful holiday music. Included are some holiday classics, along with some beautiful arrangements of newer holiday favorites. To purchase, simply click on the link below. 

All proceeds from the sale of this album go directly to the Encore Music Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and subsidies to deserving students of music.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful holiday season!

if you have any trouble with the iTunes link, here is another good source for the CD

Note: When I attempted to follow the link (on a non-Apple device) I was getting prompted to install iTunes (which was already installed). I was able to find the album by searching for "Emma Newton". She comes up with several entries and the album "December" fortunately is one of them.

Charles River Meadowlands & #GivingTuesday

Season's Greetings to All,

We have some great news to report. I recently had a follow-up meeting with the Board of Metacomet Land Trust. They have been supportive of the Meadowlands initiative from the start, particularly Susan Speers and Larry Rettman, who have attended all of our meetings and provided much valuable advice. Since we are not a registered 501 (c) 3 it is not really appropriate for us to raise funds to help with the Charles River Meadowlands initiative. 

However, Metacomet has indicated a willingness to continue to work with us. So, if anyone is willing or able to put a few dollars behind their commitment to the Charles River Meadowlands vision, the best way to support us is by either joining Metacomet or by sending along a donation and indicating that your gift should be applied to the Charles River Meadowlands project.

Today, "Giving Tuesday," is an especially appropriate day for taking action. Metacomet Land Trust joins with charities around the country to encourage giving through the #GivingTuesday campaign. Metacomet will be able to set up an earmarked account to support the endeavor. At the very least you will be helping the most active, independent voice for land protection in our area. Please go to for more information or simply donate here.

In other news, we had a very useful "workshop" in September at the First Universalist Society in Franklin. This meeting brought together town officials, planners, and others and generated useful input for a "vision" document. In early November I also met with the board of the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee to apprise them of our efforts and to open the door to coordinating our efforts in the future.

Last but not least, our legislators, Jeff Roy and Kevin Kuros are continuing to monitor the funds earmarked for this project in the state budget in an effort to get them moved toward the right people.

We will resume meeting monthly in the new year, at 6:30 PM, Dean Rm, First Universalist Soc. 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA.

The dates we have lined up are:
  • Tues. Jan 10
  • Tues. Feb 7
  • Tues Mar 7
  • Tues Apr 4
  • Tues May 2
In the event of inclement weather, feel free to call my cell phone – 508 560 3786.


Alan Earls
Charles River Meadowlands initiative

Charles River Meadowlands
Charles River Meadowlands

The Metacomet Land Trust website can be found

Affordable Housing - 5 Mark's Way

5 Mark's Way - Completely updated

Building Description:
  • Style: Colonial
  • Year Built: 1994
  • Building Grade: Good
  • Finished Area: 1300 sf
  • Number of Rooms: 6
  • Foundation Type: Concrete
  • Number of Bedrooms: 3
  • Number of 1/2 baths: 1 Full Baths: 1
  • Flooring Type: Hardwood
  • Basement Floor: Concrete
  • Heating Type: Forced Hot Water
  • Heating Fuel: Gas

House completely updated with granite counters, new appliances, gas stove, new cabinets, hard wood floors, fire place and mantle, 1.5 bathrooms updated

This property contains 0.120 acres of land mainly classified as one family with a colonial style building, built about 1994, having vinyl exterior and asphalt shingle roof cover, with u unit, 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 half bath

Municipal Affordable Housing Trust
Municipal Affordable Housing Trust

You Must Be a 1st Time Home Buyer

In the News: Japanese students visit FHS; O'Connell and Clancey scheduled for Circle of Friends

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

"A group of 38 students from Japan came to Franklin High School Tuesday morning to interact with local students, view American classrooms and even eat lunch. 
The students, visiting from the city of Fuji, came to the school as part of a tour of the Boston area. Laura Evans, the director of world languages for Franklin schools, said they were partnered with FHS students - members of the Spanish National Honor Society - and spent the morning shadowing their American counterparts. 
"They wanted to see a day in the life of a high school student in the U.S.," she said."

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Franklin High School
Franklin High School

"The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse will present "A Celtic Christmas" at 8 p.m. Dec. 10, featuring Robbie O’Connell and Rose Clancy. 
The music of O’Connell and Clancy has a distinct Celtic flavor and extends from the little known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage. They explore both the Christian and pagan traditions surrounding the Winter Solstice in a mixture of songs and instrumental pieces that create a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season. 
O’Connell was born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. A nephew of the Clancy Brothers, he began touring with his uncles in 1977 and recorded 3 albums with them. In 1979 he moved to Franklin, where he lived many years until moving to Rhode Island. He has also toured with Mick Moloney and Jimmy Keane, and with Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan in the Green Fields of America"
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Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

#shopFranklin: Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store (video)

#shopFranklin spends time with Mel Hamblen, recent new owner of Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store. Mel explains how she went from working in a lab to working on finding the best products for the Franklin community. 
We also learn how to make homemade root beer with a definitive fizz!

If you have pets, check out their line up of pet foods!

If you make your own beer, check out their beer supplies!

Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store
Franklin Agway - Your Urban Farm Store

Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, Dec 3

The Cub Scouts Pack 126 will hold their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec 3 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Franklin Elks Lodge.  

$7 per person, Scouts in uniform and children under 3 are free.

Cub Scouts Pack 126 will hold their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec 3
Cub Scouts Pack 126 will hold their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Dec 3

You Saved the Best for Last


   November 29, 2016

You Saved the Best for Last

Dear Friends,
Our wish is that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones, and that you enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in good cheer and with a festive spirit. 

With all of the gifts checked off on your list, you saved the best for last. Today, Giving Tuesday, you can give a gift to help a neighbor you may never have met.
We ask that you consider making a donation for one of the 322 children right here in your community who wouldn't have enough to eat without the Franklin Food Pantry.

We ask that you share this email with your friends and family so that we can meet our goal of 322 gifts today.

For the donations already made and for those still to come,


 Donate to Food Pantry
 Donate to Food Pantry

Additional leadership gift and corporate sponsor opportunities available,
for details please email Erin Lynch

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, 
across the street from the fire station.
Franklin Food Pantry, 43 West Central Street, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038

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A Ballet for The Ages: Growing Up With The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday season tradition for countless young dancers whose annual turn in the Christmas fantasy marks a celebrated rite of passage. The chance to take part in the enchanting production, full of pageantry and splendor, engages the starry-eyed child dancer, while more advanced ballerinas relish opportunities to be cast in progressively more challenging roles.

Franklin’s Shaina McGillis, 18, made her Nutcracker debut with the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) in 2004 at the age of six. A polichinelle coming out from Mother Ginger’s giant hoop skirt, it was her first time performing on stage. Now a senior at Franklin High School and a veteran of 12 FPAC Nutcrackers, Shaina dances her 13th consecutive year in FPAC’s production this season. She has played most of the ballet’s roles, including little mouse, party girl, little Chinese, marzipan, Clara, Chinese demi-soloist, Chinese soloist, kissy doll, soldier doll, Spanish and Arabian corp, Russian, rose flower, Mouse Queen, candy cane soloist, Nutcracker, Spanish soloist, and Dew Drop. 

Franklin's Shaina McGillis is pictured, center, in this 2015 production photo, dancing the role of Dew Drop
Franklin's Shaina McGillis is pictured, center, in this 2015 production photo, dancing the role of Dew Drop

“Particularly for students who start dancing The Nutcracker at younger ages, the ballet becomes tradition, a treasured part of their holiday season,” says Director/Choreographer Cheryl Madeux, who formerly danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Hartford Ballet and American Ballet Theatre companies. “As dancers continue to train year after year, they develop the maturity, physically and emotionally, to take on more demanding and age-appropriate roles.”

Shaina’s parts in the ballet’s magical snow scene reflect her progression, dancing first as a snow maiden, then as a snowflake and snow princess, and this year as Snow Queen. “The snow scene is exciting,” she says, “and very cool with the live orchestra. There’s a lot going on, and there are many dancers on stage. The snow can be slippery under point shoes. It’s well rehearsed, but you have to be very aware.”

Cast in multiple roles, Shaina will also dance the parts of Spanish soloist and Dew Drop this season. “It’s great to have the opportunity to grow into it,” she says of Dew Drop and the chance to reprise the coveted role. “It’s more artistically challenging, and it’s tiring physically. The stamina is hard.”

Shaina will be joined on stage by her dad, Jim McGillis, who will perform the role of Clara’s father, Herr Silberhaus. This is Jim’s sixth consecutive year as Party Parent in the festive Christmas Eve scene that opens the ballet’s first act. Jim, who used to coach Shaina in soccer, stepped into his Nutcracker role to share a different experience with his daughter when she stopped playing soccer to focus on her ballet training.

“It’s a real team effort,” says Shaina’s mom, Anne McGillis, noting how the sport and ballet production share a spirit of collaboration. “Jim appreciates the athleticism, too, and the way in which the dancers make what is so physically challenging look so effortless.”

“Everyone has to work together,” she continues, “and Ms. Madeux promotes such a positive attitude among the dancers. They really support each other.”

Shaina adds, “Ms. Madeux expects a lot from us, and that makes us work harder.”

A student in the Ballet Conservatory program at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), where Ms. Madeux is Ballet Director, Shaina also studies jazz, tap and contemporary dance at FSPA. Her training has included summer intensive programs at the Joffrey Ballet in San Francisco, Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City, and Ballet West Academy in Salt Lake City. Shaina plans to continue dancing in college and aspires to dance professionally.

Reflecting on her last season in FPAC’s The Nutcracker, she says, “It will be bittersweet. It went by so fast.”

FPAC presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at the Franklin High School auditorium, 218 Oak Street. With special guest artists, world-class musicians and more than 100 area dancers, the fairytale ballet features Festival Ballet Providence company dancers Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys in the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier and a professional orchestra under the direction of maestro Peter Cokkinias.

“There’s so much excitement around it – the music, the costumes, the choreography – as it all comes together,” Shaina says of the production.

For tickets ($30-$34) and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370. Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation is FPAC’s 2016 Holiday Sponsor.

Franklin Library: Author Susan Kapatoes - Dec 3 - 2:00 PM

The Franklin Public Library will host author Susan Kapatoes on Saturday, Dec 3 at 2:00 PM.

"Greetings to all :) 
Throughout my life, I have had the unexpected opportunity to experience certain events that can be described as divine intervention. In a beneficial manner, I have been allowed to feel the omnipresent energy that is moving through our amazing universe and permeating our everyday lives. I felt compelled to write about these graceful times in order to help people expand their consciousness and connect to their own inner power in a positive way.

As a result of my life experiences, I enjoy writing books with a spiritual and uplifting theme. In regards to my educational background, I hold a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Nutrition and a masters degree in Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.). As a complement to my formal learning, I have also studied holistic healing modalities which help to promote balance and optimal well-being in a person's life."

Franklin Library: Author Susan Kapatoes - Dec 3 - 2:00 PM
Franklin Library: Author Susan Kapatoes - Dec 3 - 2:00 PM
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"It's not really something we have to worry about until 2018"

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

"After a state vote in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, a town committee is scheduled to discuss the potential impacts at a meeting this week. 
The matter is one of the items on the agenda for the Town Council's economic development subcommittee meeting, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Franklin Municipal Building's council chambers. 
Subcommittee Chairman Andrew Bissanti said the town had, in its zoning bylaws, already considered recreational marijuana. Those bylaws, he said, consign such facilities to industrial parks."

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The full agenda for the Economic Development Committee (EDC) is

The EDC meeting agenda 
1. Plastic Bag Ban Legislation 2. Recreational Marijuana Zoning 

A full copy of the agenda can be found here

Additional info on the plastic bag bylaw can be found here

cover page of presentation to Town Council on reducing plastic bags for retail
cover page of presentation to Town Council on reducing plastic bags for retail

It's #GivingTuesday!


Celebrate the spirit of the holidays and show your support for THE BLACK BOX and the venue's exceptional live music and theatrical programming with a Giving Tuesday donation today! 

We gratefully appreciate gifts of any amount, and will enter your name in a raffle drawing for a pair of tickets to the Franklin Performing Arts Company's holiday musical Humbug! (performances on 12/17 & 12/18) as a token of our thanks for your Giving Tuesday contribution. 

We are also pleased to offer two tickets to any Cabaret, Classical, Local Artist or Jazz music series event at THE BLACK BOX this 2016-2017 season for anyone who donates $100 or more. Your gift certificate, to be redeemed for the music concert of your choice, will come packaged with THE BLACK BOX calendar of events and wrapped for holiday gift-giving, making it a great time to give and receive!

  Thank you for supporting THE BLACK BOX on #GivingTuesday!


Franklin Performing Arts Company uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Franklin Performing Arts Company - PO Box 16, Franklin, MA, 02038, (508) 528-8668
Vendini, Inc. - 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

Monday, November 28, 2016

Capital Budget Planning Committee - Agenda - Nov 30 - 7:00 PM

1. Capital Budget Requests
A. Turf Fields design and development funds 
B. Google Doc’s 
C. E-Permitting Software for the Town Clerk’s Office

the crumb rubber fill will be one of the considerations for the turf field replacements
the crumb rubber fill will be one of the considerations for the turf field replacements

The meeting is scheduled for the Council Chambers and will follow the Economic Development Committee scheduled for the same room to begin at 5:30 PM.

Related posts on the crumb rubber turf issue

  • Legislative request to US Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Medway took action to move away from crumb rubber

  • NBC covers the crumb rubber safety issue

  • New England Center for Investigative Reporting gets into it

  • What do Franklin's turf fields look like? photos from a walk around Franklin in February

"evidence of student learning must be included in the body of evidence evaluators use to determine educator ratings"

"The state’s education commissioner, aiming to end a long-brewing controversy, is proposing to scrap a rule requiring school systems to develop individual ratings for teachers and administrators based solely on student test scores. 
“I heard loud and clear from teacher unions and administrators that having a separate rating has more downsides then upsides,” Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, said in an interview. 
His proposal, however, would not entirely do away with the use of student test scores in evaluating teachers and administrators, prompting mixed reaction to the proposal Tuesday. 
Instead, it would require school systems to fold the scores into a separate system of judging educator performance: the annual job review, a process that has been based largely on observations, and a review of other evidence, such as lesson plans."

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The full agenda for the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016 can be found here

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

"Importantly, the proposed amendments eliminate the separate student impact rating, but preserve a focus on student learning in the evaluation framework. This approach addresses the concerns about a separate student impact rating while retaining evidence of student learning based on multiple measures, including common assessments and statewide student growth measures, as a component of the educator's summative performance rating."

Summary of Proposed Amendments

The proposed regulatory amendments include the following:

  • Eliminating the separate student impact rating of high, moderate, or low, which was to be reported to the Department at the educator level.
  • Retaining the 5-step cycle, which culminates in a summative performance rating based on multiple categories of evidence and the professional judgment of the evaluator. (See the attached Quick Reference Guide for more information about the evaluation process.)
  • Establishing a "student learning indicator" under Standard II: Teaching All Students (for teachers) and under Standard I: Instructional Leadership (for administrators). Standards describe the broad categories of knowledge, skills and performance of effective practice, and indicators describe specific knowledge, skills, and performance for each standard. By including a student learning indicator, impact on student learning is a component of the rating for the Standard. The rating for the Standard, in turn, is a component of the Summative Performance Rating. The student learning indicator does not result in a separate stand-alone rating.
  • Providing additional information about the types of measures that can be used as evidence of educator impact on student learning, including: a definition of common assessments, establishing the use of common assessments and statewide growth measures in the evaluation process as optional for educators who are not responsible for direct instruction, and clarity that other evidence of student learning beyond common assessments and statewide growth measures may be considered.
  • Adding a new definition of "expected impact" on student learning to guide evaluators and educators in understanding the role of professional judgment in looking across multiple measures to understand an educator's impact on student learning.

In addition, the proposed amendments also include technical changes unrelated to the student impact rating, such as removing provisions describing timelines that have expired.

FHS Boys Hockey Boosters and Incontro Restaurant team up for a great discount offer

The FHS Boys Hockey Boosters will be selling these cards for the whole month of December and into January at various times at the rink. We will post on Facebook and Twitter the times we will be at the rink. Anyone can also contact the FHS email listed on the flyer.

FHS Boys Hockey Boosters and Incontro Restaurant team up for a great discount offer.

Norfolk County Register of Deeds Announces REBA Meeting - Dec 6

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O'Donnell Announces
 REBA Meeting at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds  
Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell
Real Estate Bar Association for MA ~ REBA
Meeting at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds
Tuesday, December 6th at 8:30am
Register O'Donnell Announces REBA Meeting at the
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell, in conjunction with the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (REBA), announces REBA's Residential Conveyancing Section (RCS) will hold a practice development and educational breakfast meeting for REBA members and their guests at 8:30AM on Tuesday, Dec 6th at the historic Norfolk County Registry of Deeds building, 649 High Street, Dedham, MA.
The meeting will take place in the Registry's Hannon Annex, named after Barry T. Hannon, Norfolk County Register of Deeds from 1970-2001. Featuring an original vault, computer terminals for the public's use, over 14,000 books and conference room sized tables with seating, the Hannon Annex is one of many rooms at the Registry Building named after a former Norfolk County Register and dedicated for use of the public and members of the real estate bar for the purpose of conducting real estate closings and transactions.
The meeting, sponsored by Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency and Belmont Savings Bank, will include an overview of issues important to REBA along with an update on legislation before the Massachusetts Legislature affecting real estate conveyancing. In addition, a discussion on solar panels and how they affect properties, homeownership, refinances, and more will also take place.
Register O'Donnell noted, "I am delighted to provide Registry facilities to REBA for the holding of their meeting. As Register, it is important to have a good working relationship with key stakeholders including the real estate conveyancing community. REBA does an outstanding job promoting best practices which helps not only real estate attorneys and their clients but Registry customers and employees."
REBA RCS Co-Chair Attorney Michelle T. Simons notes that all REBA members and their guests are welcome, regardless of their practice concentration. The program is free of charge. Interested participants are requested to RSVP by Dec 2nd to Nicole Cohen at
To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at or follow us on and/or
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham, MA 02026-1831

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