Saturday, May 6, 2017

Peace Week at HMMS kicks off May 8

On Monday, May 8th at 12:15, Bill Richard from the Martin Richard Foundation will be speaking to the students at the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, Massachusetts. 

Mr. Richard will be kicking off Peace Week at HMMS by spreading his son, Martin’s message: “No more hurting people. Peace.” As you may remember, Martin was the 8 year old boy killed during the Boston bombings.

Peace Week at HMMS will actually begin at 7:00am on May 8th with a surprise welcome. Students will be greeted by members of the HMMS Community Service Club and the Franklin High School 40% Club. This will be a “Morning of Happiness”.

The remainder of the week will include a Wall of Compliments, a Kindness Raffle and another surprise message on Thursday morning.

Horace Mann MIddle School on a bright and sunny summer day
Horace Mann MIddle School on a bright and sunny summer day

“The unqualified man tends to win”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics. 
“The national political environment we’re in, that’s the backdrop to every political discussion,” said Lexington resident Mary Ann Stewart, a freshly declared candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the 4th Middlesex seat in the state Senate. “I think it was a huge wake-up call to people.” 
Before his win in the presidential election, Trump drew frequent criticism over comments he made about women. On a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape, the future president was caught boasting, in vulgar terms, about groping women. He disparaged a female political rival’s looks, then criticized a former beauty queen’s weight gain. 
The 2016 election provided a stark illustration of the uphill climb women face in the world of politics, said Roslindale resident Katie Forde."

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Drawing @ 1:30 pm, May 22, 2017

SAFE Coalition 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
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SAFE Coalition Raffle
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"people feel like they have a good alternative"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A small but growing number of cities and towns are negotiating new electric contracts for their residents to boost renewable energy use in Massachusetts, bypassing the basic service offered by utilities such as National Grid and Eversource. 
The practice is called municipal aggregation. 
“Traditionally, it’s been much more used as a practice to achieve savings and provide much more price stability,” said Cammy Peterson, director of clean energy at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “The innovation is that piece where they’re also using it as a tool to advance renewable energy in a supply.”

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Franklin's plan was released in Feb 2016

The aggregation plan is ready to go as of Nov 2016
Municipal aggregation is ready but the pricing is not expected to produce sufficient savings to execute it right now. The Town is ready to do so, all the approvals have been received.They will continue to watch the market pricing to see when to make the move.

Greater Franklin Distinguished Young Women To Hold Program Showcase May 13th

The Greater Franklin Distinguished Young Women Program will hold their annual program on Saturday May 13 at 6pm at Dean College. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. 

Franklin's own Helen Huang
Franklin's own Helen Huang
Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school girls to develop their full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. 

Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for a successful future. Franklin's own Helen Huang was named Massachusetts Distinguished Young Woman last year and will be on hand to give a talent presentation. 

This year 8 candidates will vie for scholarships in the areas of scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression. Please come out on Saturday May 13th at 6pm to support some of Franklin's finest!

MassBudget: Analyzing the House budget proposal

MassBudget  Information.
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The House largely followed the recommendations of its Ways and Means (HWM) Committee in crafting its budget proposal last week.  The state budget is how we as a Commonwealth determine how much we will spend in the coming year to educate our children, provide local services, ensure access to health care, protect public safety, and accomplish everything else we do through our government. In two days of debate the House adopted amendments to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that increased funding by just under two tenths of one percent from the levels its budget committee proposed last month.
MassBudget's new Budget Monitor describes the changes adopted by the House in each major section of the budget.  While many of the House amendments provide targeted funding to specific programs in particular communities, a few address significant issues of statewide concern, including the following:
  • An increase of $5.0 million (above the $15.0 million proposed by the HWM Committee) for early education and care rates. This additional funding would provide enhanced support for early education quality efforts including salary and benefit increases along with professional development for early educators.
  • A study on the feasibility of creating a common application for MassHealth and several other public benefit programs. In particular, creating a common application for MassHealth and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "food stamps") would help identify people who are potentially eligible for SNAP but are unenrolled (the so-called "SNAP Gap"). Doing so would simplify the application for the program and would get more low-income residents in the Commonwealth on SNAP, a fully federally-funded program that is central to combating food insecurity across the state.
The rest of this Budget Monitor examines the House amendments to major state programs in greater detail. Links from the Table of Contents below allow readers to jump quickly to specific sections. Each section also provides links to our on-line budget tools including our Budget Browser (which provides funding information for every account in the state budget going back to FY 2001) and, where applicable, to our Children's Budget and Jobs and Workforce Budget.
Click on a Budget Monitor section below:
To read the full House Budget Monitor, click here (LINK).

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 5/5/17 - THU 5/11/17

FRIDAY 5/5/17
7pm   Culinary Cabaret @ The Black Box

10am   7th Annual Franklin Fives Road Race (registration at 9am) @ Remington MS
10am   Free Rainbarrel Workshop (registration required ahead of time) @ DPW
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10-3pm  Mother's Day Spring Craft Fair, An Unlikely Story, Plainville
12-2pm  Spring Fair  Sunrise Montessori School
1-3pm   Chocolate and Wine Tasting @ Green Mountain Chocolates in Hopedale
8pm   Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Catie Curtis with Rachel Kilgour @ FUSF

SUNDAY 5/7/17
8am   Race for Recovery 5K @ Remington MS
11am-1pm   Horace Mann Statue Unveiling @ Horace Mann Square
11:30am   Teen Book Brunch @ Franklin Public Library
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open

MONDAY 5/8/17
4pm   WordPlay @ Franklin Public Library
6-8pm   Beginners Chess for All Ages @ Franklin Public Library
7-8:30pm   Learn To Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 5/9/17
6:30pm   Author Nancy Haines - We Answered With Love @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Yankee Quilters Guild Meeting @ St. John Episcopal Church
7:30pm   Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Meeting @ Franklin YMCA

5pm   Lego Club @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Teen Advisory Board Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
7:30pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club Meeting @ 3 Restaurant

THURSDAY 5/11/17
4pm   Family Coloring Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
5-8pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
6-10pm   The Treasured Chests Team’s Annual Fundraiser (Avon 39 Walk) @ Holiday Inn Mansfield
6pm   Kindergarten Info Night @ Davis Thayer School
6:30pm   Metacomet Land Trust Annual Meeting: Celebrate Project Green Schools! @ Blackstone Valley RVTHS
7-8pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA
7:30pm   Stony Brook Camera Club @ Anglican Church of the Redeemer (31 Hayward St)

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM.

Tegra Medical Invests in People with Toolmaker Apprentice Program

While Massachusetts sees a shortage of employees for advanced manufacturing jobs, Tegra Medical is creating its own skilled workforce with its Toolmaker Apprentice Program.

Advanced manufacturing combines information technology with advanced machinery, and requires highly-skilled employees. The four-year program, which has been implemented in Tegra Medical’s Franklin location and may be extended to other locations, accepts two students who are required to enroll in engineering programs at local colleges. The company pays their tuition and a salary, then promotes them to journeyman toolmaker positions when they graduate.

Apprentices spend 40 hours a week in Tegra Medical’s GENESIS Tech Center® (GTC), which is devoted to prototyping and product development. They learn all aspects of machining including how to plan a machining job, programming the machines, and doing CAD drawing and solid modeling. At least 95- percent of the apprentices’ time at Tegra Medical is spent on the job. They juggle these responsibilities with their college course load.

“We put apprentices right into the thick of things at our GTC,” said Brian Rua, Director of Support Services and the apprentice program manager. “Here, the apprentices are exposed to every kind of machining we do. They’re working on real projects, and learning from all the engineers, toolmakers, maintenance, quality and program managers who are refining customers’ medical device designs and figuring out the most efficient ways to manufacture them.”

Antonio Bettencourt, the first apprentice program participant and Brian Rua, Director of Support Services and founder of the apprentice program.
Antonio Bettencourt, the first apprentice program participant
and Brian Rua, Director of Support Services
 and founder of the apprentice program.
Tegra Medical is unusual in having this apprentice program. This makes it a popular choice for students graduating from local vocational high schools.

“It’s a great way to help a young person find his niche,” said Rua. “We had one apprentice who was so “green” when he started that he hardly knew what any of the machines were for. Today he is excelling in the program. With what he has learned here combined with a self-starter attitude, he can now take a project from start to finish with minimal help. He is working on some of the most advanced systems in the shop and has done research and presented suggestions for new equipment upgrades and more.”

The first graduate of the apprentice program, Antonio Bettencourt, received his certificate in April. He was also presented with a beautiful oak Gerstner tool chest with felt-lined compartments to protect his tools for years to come. The second graduate, Nick Voyer, is due to complete the program in July.

FHS softball tops Foxboro 9-1

From Hockomock Sports, we share the results of the FHS spring sports action on Thursday, May 4.

Softball = Franklin, 9 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final 
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
– Franklin scored three runs in the third and added three more in the sixth inning to beat Foxboro in a game continued from Sunday (rain). Franklin held a 1-0 lead when the game resumed. Olivia DiGiacomo (four RBI) went 3-for-4 and put an exclamation point on the day with a bases-clearing double in the sixth inning. Kylie Bouzan added two hits and scored a pair for runs for Franklin. Jackie Cherry pitched four innings, retiring the side in order in the first, second and third innings. Emily Valentino pitched the last three innings and recorded three strikeouts. FHS head coach Kate Fallon Comeau said Tara Hartnett played excellent defense at shortstop.

For the other results around the Hockomock League

Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6

Come join us for a celebration of Spring, Mother's Day and locally grown/made food and crafts!

An Unlikely Story
111 South St, Plainville, Massachusetts 02762

Saturday, May 6 at 10 AM - 3 PM

Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6
Mother's Day Local Food and Craft Fair - Saturday, May 6

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Lifelong Learning: FUN One-Night Workshops In May

Franklin Public Schools ~ Lifelong Learning Institute
The Center for Adult Education and
Community Learning
Your Spring Adventure

Fun One-Night Workshops 
Don't miss these......

Idea Filled Brunch Workshop
Come join us in a fun-filled evening of cooking demos, tasting and sharing! 
Some menu items include: 

Join us for a blissful 75 minutes of relaxation and meditation that will leave you refreshed and revitalized. We will start with a group discussion on meditation, then move through some relaxing yoga and breath work that will transition into a guided meditation and finally an optional individual meditation. You will leave feeling ready to start your own meditation practice at home or expand your existing practice.
Saturday, May 13
11:00 am to 12:30 pmTranquil Souls Yoga, 15 East Central Street, Franklin


Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?  Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?  This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar.  After this event buying wine will never be the same!
Thursday, May 18
7 to 8:30 pm
Franklin Liquors,363 E. Central St, Franklin
Cost: $25

North End Market Tour - Visit "Little Italy" and 
experience the markets of Boston's North End

The secret of Italian cuisine is the high quality of ingredients, a sense of regional tradition, and that very Italian love of life. Sources for ingredients abound in the narrow streets of the North End. But for the outsider, finding the finest is not always easy. Join us on Michele Topor's original award-winning North End Market Tour and let us unlock for you the secrets of the cuisine and of America's oldest Italian community while you enjoy the colorful sights, the tantalizing aromas and authentic tastes of America's most vibrant Italian neighborhood.
 Saturday, May 20
11:00 am
North End, Boston, MA
Cost: $61

Exploring Italian Wines 

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Tuesday, May 23
7 to 8:30 pm
Franklin Liquors,363 E. Central St

FPS- Lifelong Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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