Saturday, October 28, 2017

In the News: Berry costume drive success; planning rail trail connections to Boston

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

"The children at Boston Children’s hospital are geared up with hundreds of costumes and accessories for this Halloween, thanks to a costume drive at Berry Insurance. 
Berry was able to collect 300 costumes and accessories this year. Owner of Berry, Kaitlyn Pintarich, said that this is the business’ 11th and most successful year. In its 11-year-run, the business has collected more than 2,000 costumes, said Pintarich. 
“For me, I have four children, all who have been seen at Children’s at some point or another,” she said. “The work that they do there is just incredible. To be able to put a little bit of normalcy into (the patients’) lives when this time could be very scary for them in the hospital, it’s something you just can’t pass up.” 
In addition to the costumes, Berry also raised $1,400 in cash donations. The cash, she said, will be used to buy discount costumes after Halloween to keep the drive going. She also mentioned the business accepts donations all year round."

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"If trail planner David Loutzenheiser had his way, an intrepid cyclist could jump on a bike in Milford and pedal safely to Boston on a network of greenways and rail trails. 
“I’ve been spending the last five years or more mapping the trails throughout the region,” Loutzenheiser told a crowd of MetroWest trail enthusiasts Friday morning. 
The ride to Boston will likely stay a dream a little longer, but, thanks to a new regional initiative, easy bicycle and foot travel through MetroWest is drawing closer to reality. 
Loutzenheiser and dozens of local trail experts gathered under a pavilion in Ashland State Park Friday to kick off the MetroWest Landline Project. The initiative, orchestrated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and MetroWest Regional Collaborative, looks to close seven trail gaps in the region. Loutzenheiser will act as the chief project coordinator."

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  The SNETT in Franklin and Bellingham is not currently part of this plan
The SNETT in Franklin and Bellingham is not currently part of this plan

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