Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In the News: the message is spread; Franklin downtown more friendly

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

"Four years after the Boston Marathon terror attack, Bill Richard continues to share his son’s message of peace and kindness. 
The attack, which took place near the finish line of the race on April 15, 2013, killed three people - including Bill’s son Martin - and injured at least 264. The attack involved two pressure cooker bombs placed on Boylston Street that detonated 12 seconds apart. 
“We were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Richard said Monday at Horace Mann Middle School. “We lost Martin, people were hurt, and hundreds of people are still dealing with their injuries today.” 
A year after the loss of his eight-year-old son, Richard created the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc., to honor and preserve the memory of his son and his message to the world: “No more hurting people. Peace.”

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"Change has been a constant in Franklin’s downtown neighborhood, but its place as an active center of town life hasn’t changed. 
The area - largely defined by the triangle formed by Main, Emmons and West Central streets - boasts an MBTA commuter rail station, a museum and the town fire department, as well as a mix of restaurants, retailers and organizations. 
The downtown’s current look is no accident - it’s the product of a continuing effort to make the area more friendly for those who wish to come by and wander. The downtown transformed during a two-year overhaul - a “streetscape” project - that changed the traffic pattern on several streets from one-way to two-way, among other improvements."

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