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Showing posts with label Frongillo. Show all posts

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Cobi's Corner: A Time for Reflection



12/06/2021

Cobi's Corner

Hey Neighbors!

As the Fall comes to a close, the past few months have centered on reflection and community feedback. I am excited to share the continued progress we've made on pursuing our priorities.

If you are joining us for the first time, welcome! Here are my past seasonal updates:


In personal news...
As always, please reach out if you ever have any thoughts or questions!

Your Franklin neighbor,



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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Strong Towns Event @ THE BLACK BOX - 11/15/21 (audio)

FM #661 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 661 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Strong Towns Town Hall event with Congressman Jake Auchincloss, State Rep Jeff Roy, Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo, and Charles Marohn from Strong Towns. 


The event was held at THE BLACK BOX and broadcast via Franklin TV and Zoom. 


After a round of opening remarks, there is a question and answer period with audience participation. Each question asker identifies themselves so you should be able to follow along.

 

The recording runs about 1  hour and 14 minutes, so let’s listen to the Strong Towns Event on Nov 15, 2021. Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/9af1799e-c16d-4b73-8329-74515b343b2f



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My notes from the session

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/11/recap-strong-towns-event-fostering.html 


More about Strong Towns can be found online -> https://www.strongtowns.org/


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 


Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Talk Franklin: Strong Towns, FY 2022 budget adjustments, Critical Conversations and restaurant alcohol licenses (audio)

FM #660 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 660 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing Communication Specialist Lily Rivera. We had our conversation in person in Jamie’s office in the Franklin Municipal Building.


We talk about: 

The Strong Towns event at THE BLACK BOX

Finance Committee

  • Budget adjustments

  • Overall budget cycle, tax rate hearing coming to close, but capital budget for FY 2023 underway

Town Council

  • Swearing in, re-org

  • Open meeting law, Ethics, records review

  • Meeting conduct reminders

Critical Conversations – Nov 18

  • Substance abuse and mental health panel and breakout sessions


Links to the key references are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 40 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Lily.

Audio file ->  
https://player.captivate.fm/episode/96623c72-eadb-4095-b468-70bd35dab55e


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Finance Committee meeting agenda ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/_2021-11-10_finance_committee_agenda_1.pdf


My meeting notes & meeting audio -> https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/11/fm-655-finance-committee-mtg-111021.html 


Town Council Agenda (98 page PDF agenda and docs released for this meeting)    

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_meeting_agenda_nov_17_2021.pdf


The Worcester Regional Research Bureau restaurant license report referenced during our conversation ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/191cph8dOCd8DJnmB8xQg1rpwkfwRhqz8/view?usp=sharing 



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Talk Franklin:  Strong Towns, FY 2022 budget adjustments, Critical Conversations and restaurant alcohol licenses (audio)
Talk Franklin:  Strong Towns, FY 2022 budget adjustments, Critical Conversations and restaurant alcohol licenses (audio)

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Link for Strong Towns event Nov 15 - 9:30 AM (updated)

Updated:
Event Details for Congressman Jake Auchincloss’s Municipal Leaders Town Hall featuring Special Guests Charles Marohn of Strong Towns, State Representative Jeff Roy, and Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo

When: Monday, November 15 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Where: THE BLACK BOX theater (Home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company) at 15 West Central St, Franklin MA 02038

• Free parking is available next to and behind the theater, and on Main Street.
• We request that participants wear face coverings at this indoor event. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance to the event.
• Questions? Please contact Dana Hanson at dana.hanson@mail.house.gov.



This will be live streamed on Franklin.TV All-Access (online, Comcast 8, Verizon 26)
Remote link and live streaming info -> https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83485517073



Link for Strong Towns event Nov 15 - 9:30 AM
Link for Strong Towns event Nov 15 - 9:30 AM


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Strong Towns Conversation - Nov 15

RSVP for Town Hall featuring special guests Charles Marohn of Strong Towns, State Representative Jeff Roy, and Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo

Congressman Auchincloss is looking forward to bringing together local elected leaders, municipal administrators/managers, planners and economic development professionals, and grassroots advocates to discuss how to make our communities financially strong and resilient.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to staff or any other interested stakeholders in your cities and towns.

Event Details for Congressman Jake Auchincloss’s Municipal Leaders Town Hall featuring Special Guests Charles Marohn of Strong Towns, State Representative Jeff Roy, and Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo

When: Monday, November 15 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Where: THE BLACK BOX theater (Home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company) at 15 West Central St, Franklin MA 02038

• Free parking is available next to and behind the theater, and on Main Street.
• We request that participants wear face coverings at this indoor event. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at the entrance to the event.
• Questions? Please contact Dana Hanson at dana.hanson@mail.house.gov.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cobi Frongillo authors report "Offshore Wind Workforce Training & Development in Massachusetts"

Via Cobi Frongillo:
Want a peek into my professional life? Super proud to attend this important event with the Governor, calling for further offshore wind workforce investments and announcing the release of a report I authored!
"Today at the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal @MassGovernor + @MassLtGov announced a new report that assesses the workforce strengths, gaps, + opportunities in MA for the emerging #offshorewind industry. #MAClimateWeek









Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Franklin Area Mom's "Lessons for Littles" (video)

"How do you navigate conversations with your young children about topics such as race, diversity, inclusion, and equity? 

Watch as Jamele Adams (educator, poet, and activist), Dr. Ashley Cameron (licensed child and adult psychologist), Julie Parsons (Executive Director of the Cambridge-Ellis School and veteran kindergarten teacher), Sofie Chouinard (local high school student), and Mia Story (local high school student) discuss the importance of having race-related conversations with young children, and when and how to have these conversations. The discussion is moderated by Franklin Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo

This event was sponsored by Franklin Area Moms (www.franklinareamoms.com) and Franklin Area Against Racism (FAAR). Video by Franklin TV."

Direct link to video on YouTube ->  https://youtu.be/7bx3nLfeYS4

Direct link to Franklin Area Mom's page with speaker profiles, and additional resources





Franklin Area Mom's "Lessons for Littles" - Jun 6, 2021
Franklin Area Mom's "Lessons for Littles" - Jun 6, 2021


Announcing Re-Election Bid, Cobi Frongillo Energized and Focused on Franklin's Bright Future

In Just 8 Months, Frongillo Has Provided A Spark To The Town Council

Early Tuesday morning, Cobi Frongillo - a lifelong Maple Street resident and 2015 graduate of Franklin High School - pulled nomination papers for reelection to the Franklin Town Council. Following a vibrant campaign and landslide victory in December’s Special Election, Frongillo quickly established himself as a man of action.

“I am proud to see the Council take increasingly proactive steps toward building a brighter future for Franklin,” said Cobi Frongillo. “The public's strong support for investing in education, open space, and affordable housing over the past year is inspiring.”

Frongillo identifies the significance of the coming election in shaping Franklin’s future. “While we have made substantial progress over the past year, the next two years will be critical in ensuring Franklin remains a prosperous and vibrant community,” explained Frongillo. “The once-in-a-decade implementation of a Housing Production, Complete Streets, Downtown Zoning, and Master Plan are all on the immediate agenda. We need leadership with both the care for what Franklin has been and a vision for what Franklin can be in a changing world.”

Throughout his early tenure, Cobi Frongillo, 24, has prioritized education, open space & recreation, community engagement, and economic development. He cites intentions to follow through on the progress that has been made - including pushing to revisit education funding, reshape zoning in key districts, and place renewed attention on the cultural and environmental amenities that make Franklin home.

A member of the Economic Development Committee, Cobi has worked to publish a New Business guide, expand food trucks, remove taproom limits, reduce parking minimums, launch a Downtown Zoning study, fund Pop-Up Shops and Shared Streets, host new cultural events, and increase public art.

To help promote natural areas and healthy living, Cobi pushed to purchase the Maple Hill property, adopt a Complete Streets framework, and find a home for recreational cricket.

Central to Cobi’s December campaign was engaging a larger bloc of Town residents in regular conversation around local priorities. To this end, Cobi has published frequent infographic-laden updates via social media and newsletter, hosted four Community Conversations around race in town, attended a wide variety of Franklin events, and helped launch the Franklin Freedom Team - a coalition of Town leaders prepared to field and respond to issues of hate or bias. 

In a poignant moment during this year’s budget hearings, Cobi spoke out against further education budget cuts. His advocacy this year helped ensure the majority of new Town revenue went toward schools and led to the launch of Franklin Public Schools’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee with student involvement.

A third-generation Franklin resident, Cobi is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. He recently accepted a research role with the state legislature’s Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee - currently Chaired by Franklin Representative Jeffrey Roy. Around town, Frongillo has been actively involved with the Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, Franklin Downtown Partnership, Franklin Freedom Team, Franklin Youth Soccer, Franklin Area Against Racism, SAFE Coalition, Neighbor Brigade, Franklin Gardening Club, 350, and Random Smile Project.

You can learn more about Cobi Frongillo’s progress and vision on his website (cobifrongillo.com) and Facebook page (fb.me/Frongillo4Franklin).

Cobi Frongillo Energized and Focused on Franklin's Bright Future
Cobi Frongillo Energized and Focused on Franklin's Bright Future

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life


Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life

07/23/2021

Cobi's Corner

Hey Neighbors!

As life reemerges in Franklin, the Town is bustling with energy and new priorities. The summer's been busy, so I'm excited to share progress in chipping away at the goals laid out in my campaign values (https://www.cobifrongillo.com/values/)!

Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life
1. New Priorities - Franklin is learning to invest in ourselves

Open Space and Recreation
  • On Wednesday, the Council voted for the first time ever to exercise our "right of first refusal" on the sale of a protected property. The Maple Hill property - 70 acres of trail-laden, old-growth forest that abuts numerous neighborhoods, schools, and public lands between Maple and Lincoln street - presents a fantastic opportunity to prioritize open space and recreation. The Town's purchase will be partially funded through the newly-formed Community Preservation Fund.
  • The Council adopted the Complete Streets framework - opening the Town to state funding for safe and accessible transportation improvements - and are in the process of creating our first strategic plan to examine the pedestrian, biking, and public transportation impacts of future infrastructure projects.
Economic Development
  • Following the launch of our new Business Guide, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) continued actively seeking ways to help our struggling businesses and open up new opportunities for innovative businesses. To date, the Council has approved the removal of unnecessary restrictions on local taprooms and the allowance for food trucks on private property.
  • Legislation to reduce stifling parking minimums downtown is awaiting final Council approval, and the EDC is considering legislation to allow for micro-retail in residential spaces (i.e. a small-scale artisans or bakers). Both changes will help spur economic investment in Town.
  • The Town has received first-time state grants to invest in both community pop-up shops (temporary spaces Downtown where entrepreneurs can test out their business idea) and shared streets (temporarily opening up Main Street to pedestrians, bikes, and on-street dining). The initiatives were priorities of mine, and I will continue working with Town Administration to ensure the funds are allocated properly.

In personal news, I am excited to have accepted a new job in May with the state legislature's Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy! The TUE Committee - currently Chaired by Franklin State Rep. Jeffrey Roy - is working to ensure Massachusetts remains a leader the clean energy transition.
Please reach out if you ever have any questions!

Your Franklin neighbor,
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