Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the News: superintendent search priority; Charles River meadowlands; where the Irish are

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

"The School Committee has canceled this week's meeting because of snow, but hopes to continue its superintendent search effort unabated. 
The committee had been set to receive a slate of candidates from its search consultant - Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) - at that Tuesday night session, and to interview those prospects during the day on Friday. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said the district had taken steps to avoid any delay. 
"We're very concerned," he said. "We have a schedule that's very short."

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"A local group is hoping to have a say in plans for the future of the Charles River Meadowlands. 
The area consists of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properties that abut the river. 
The group has submitted a response to the corps' master plan for the land, which includes parcels in Bellingham, Franklin and Medway and is intended to provide a buffer for river flooding. 
Alan Earls, a leader of the local effort, said the corps had solicited his group's feedback, and that it had responded with remarks that encourage the government to preserve the land and promote recreational opportunities there."

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"While there's a saying that everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, more than one in five people in Massachusetts can trace their roots back to the emerald isle all year round. 
Massachusetts and New Hampshire have a higher concentration of Irish-Americans than any other state in the country. According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, 20.2 percent of Massachusetts residents and 20.6 percent of New Hampshire residents claim Irish ancestry. The difference between the two states' estimates is within the margin of error, making the figures statistically even. 
"People of Irish descent form the largest ethnic group in Massachusetts," said Seamus Mulligan, president of the Canton-based Irish Cultural Centre of New England. "The state changed dramatically in the 19th century following the arrival of Irish immigrants. The [Irish] famine of the 1840s caused an enormous change in the demographics. The Yankees during the period hired the Irish as workers and servants and they became more assimilated into society. "

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screen grab of interactive map on Milford Daily News article
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