Distillery hearing Feb 25
"Depending on the outcome of a public hearing in a couple weeks, Franklin could have a new distillery in town.
Local resident Patrick Downing, 51, and his wife, Beth, are looking to take over the space of the recently closed Incontro restaurant to create GlenPharmer Distillery. They’ll not only be serving food, but creating their own liquor from scratch.
The couple plan to make gin, whiskey, vodka, rum and other drinks.
The old mill building at 860 West Central St. may soon be home to the distillery and restaurant after a public hearing on Feb. 25. The hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. during a Planning Board hearing in the Town Council Chambers at the Franklin Municipal Building."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
MA at forefront of national climate change forum
"As proposals for global warming legislation gain traction on a national level, several Massachusetts officials have emerged as key players in the conversation.
Sen. Edward Markey has joined Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in announcing the Green New Deal, a sweeping policy bill that aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions in multiple sectors of the economy while also creating clean energy jobs.
Markey, who has made environmental issues a signature component of his career while representing Massachusetts in the U.S. House and Senate, called climate change “the most important issue facing this country” at recent a press conference in Washington.
Larry Stoodt, a member of the legislative team of the MetroWest node of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future, a climate activist group, said a Green New Deal in Massachusetts is still in the development phase. But he commended Framingham’s three state reps - Maria Robinson, Jack Lewis and Carmine Gentile - for endorsing bills the group asked them to co-sponsor."Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)