Saturday, October 14, 2017

In the News: Franklin asks Norfolk for traffic study; Social Security gets small increase

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

"Because of a Norfolk development near the Franklin town line, Franklin town council members want the zoning board in Norfolk to conduct a traffic study at the intersection of Mill and Chestnut streets. 
Town Administrator Jeff Nutting said that some residents had contacted the Town Council to voice their concerns about traffic flow near their homes. The vote at Town Council meeting on Oct. 11 was unanimous. 
“There are a lot of residents that are very concerned, and we’re concerned as well,” he said. “Because Mill Street, which is where the development is near, is a hilly, curvy, winding road.” 
Nutting also said that there will be a flow of haulers moving dirt and rocks out of the site during the beginning of construction."
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"Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, though it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. 
The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about one in five Americans. 
By law, the COLA is based on a broad measure of consumer prices generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Advocates for seniors claim the inflation index doesn’t accurately capture rising prices faced by seniors, especially for health care. 
“It doesn’t make your life any easier. It’s really made it tight,” said Barbara Bogart, who retired from a home health care company. “You have to be so careful to make it each month.”

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Social Security gets small increase
Social Security gets small increase

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