Friday, December 22, 2017

In the News: Tri-County needs repairs funded; Citizen proposals confirmed for ballot; author donates book

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

"The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is in a quandary about how to fund at least $12 million in repairs to the school’s roof, windows, doors and parking lot. 
Officials noted that many things at the school are original to the more than 40-year-old building, and are in dire need of replacement or repair. Facilities Director Thomas Shanahan said the building is the same age as the old Franklin High School, which the town tore down and replaced with the current $100 million structure a few years ago. 
Superintendent Stephen Dockray said this week that the school had applied to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for help, but had been denied. School officials, he said, are considering ways in which the needed projects might be funded."

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Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School

"Citizen proposals calling for a $15 minimum wage, a paid family and medical leave program, a sharp reduction in the sales tax, nurse staffing requirements in hospitals, and a Citizens United commission have garnered enough certified signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot, Secretary of State William Galvin’s office confirmed Thursday morning. 
Two other proposals -- imposing a 4 percent surtax on household income above $1 million and repealing the 2016 transgender anti-discrimination law -- had previously met 2018 ballot eligibility requirements, although the income surtax is being challenged in the courts by opponents. 
Petitioners behind the proposals deemed newly eligible for next year’s ballot submitted more than the 64,750 signatures required by the constitution. The measures will now be transmitted from Galvin’s office to the Legislature for their consideration."

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"Phyllis Calvey, author of “The Butterfly Club: Is That You?”, recently donated her book to the newly renovated Franklin Public Library. Over the years she presented many programs in Franklin and has great memories of the warm community there. 
Reading a particular book is often inspired by the feelings a season brings, and Calvey’s book is a perfect read as winter ushers in the season when nature is dying and returning back to the earth. 
And yet winter can tell things that summer will never know as we see and experience how that life returns again in the spring."

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