Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the News: student debt oversight needed; Medway Community Farm

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

"As the Senate unanimously passed a bill to increase oversight of the student loan industry in Massachusetts, the measure’s House backers pointed to their own borrowing experiences to make the case for why their chamber should follow suit. 
Sen. Eric Lesser, the sponsor of the bill (S 2380) that passed the Senate Wednesday, said it would create a student loan ombudsman in the attorney general’s office, require the state licensing of student loan servicers and empower state officials to investigate abusive practices by loan servicers. 
Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, said on the Senate floor that the bill would shine a light on an industry that now operates in the shadows, and that the country has reached “the boiling point” on student loan debt."

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"Though recent snow flurries might suggest otherwise, warmer weather is coming, and the Medway Community Farm is gearing up to offer educational and community programs throughout the spring and summer. 
The Winthrop Street-based farm, now entering its eighth season, looks to inform local residents about farming and healthy eating, in addition to its mission of growing crops. The farm offers shares, in which participants can pick up produce regularly over the course of the growing season. 
Alison Dempsey, the farm’s education coordinator, said major work is currently taking place, now that the snow has melted and more temperate days are on the way. At the same time, the farm is ramping up to begin its informational programming."

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