Saturday, April 27, 2019

In the News: Robert “Sully” Sullivan; Milford Regional expands; all transportation revenue options are still “on the table”

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

Robert “Sully” Sullivan
"For Jack Lank, president of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce in Plainville, the visual of Robert “Sully” Sullivan, in a red Santa suit and hat patrolling through Franklin in his red convertible, is a lasting memory. Sullivan used to joke that he also had the physique for it, said Lank. 
Sullivan, Franklin’s beloved Santa Claus and co-founder of the Santa Foundation, died Monday at Whittier Hospital in Westborough. He was 70. 
“It’s a tremendous loss to the community, and a tremendous loss for all the families that he has helped over the years,” said Lank, who worked with Sullivan on his Santa Foundation for 10 years, calling him a “town icon.” 
“He was one of the kindest individuals you would ever meet, and he never said no,” said Lank.

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Santa Foundation
Santa Foundation

Milford Regional expands in Franklin
"Things have gotten a little easier for Franklin-area residents who use services and physicians at Milford Regional Medical Center. 
The Milford-based hospital opened a new building at 1280 West Central St. in Franklin earlier this month. 
“Franklin is a huge, important part of our service area,” said Teri McDonald, vice president of public relations, marketing and communications at Milford Regional Medical Center. ”(The new building is) going to be a great improvement for the area.” 
The location consolidates four medical practices previously scattered throughout Franklin, expands the hospital’s diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, and adds an urgent care center."

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all transportation revenue options are still “on the table”
"Expanding road tolls across Massachusetts and to the state’s borders could be a way to generate new revenue to address growing transportation woes, Senate President Karen Spilka said Thursday. 
In remarks at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday, Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, told business leaders that tolls similar to those along Interstate 90 deserve consideration for other places. 
“Simply put, and I put this out there, if tolls are a good idea for my district, my region, I believe we should explore the possibility of expanded tolling, including possibly at our borders,” Spilka said. “Our best ideas won’t matter if we can’t find a way to make a 21st century transportation infrastructure a reality — and find a way to pay for it.”

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