Showing posts with label Red Brick School. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Brick School. Show all posts

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Pantherbook - series on "History of Franklin"

Pantherbook, is working on a series touting the "History of Franklin":

History of Franklin: America’s First Public Library
"Considered “America’s first public library”, the Franklin Public Library is located in Franklin, MA and was named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. In exchange for the library being named after Franklin, he was asked to donate a bell for the town’s church. Rather than donating a bell, though, Dr. Franklin decided that in return, he would actually donate books for the citizens of Franklin to use. Later on, there were many disputes over who should be allowed to use those gifts. In 1790, the people of Franklin voted to let the books be free for anyone to borrow. This was the vote that had established the Franklin collection of books as the first public library in the US. "
Continue reading ->  https://franklinpanthers.us/news/2021/10/15/a-history-of-franklin-americas-first-public-library/

History of Franklin: The Red Brick School
"In the nineteenth century, school was quite different than it is now. Children, flushed red in the cheeks from their wearisome trudge through the fickle New England weather, gathered in a one-room schoolhouse clutching a bundle of wood, a thin slate, and perhaps an apple to slice with their friends over lunch. They relied on the glowing flames of the fireplace, and later the wood-stove, as their heat source. "
Continue reading ->  https://franklinpanthers.us/news/2021/10/20/history-of-franklin-the-red-brick-school/

History of Franklin: The Ladybug Story
"To those who have never heard of “The Ladybug Story,” the several ladybug decorations around Franklin may seem like mere ornaments, or perhaps contributors to an obscure joke that only townies understand.  
However, the red-and-black bugs hold much more significance than what meets the eye. Whether they be represented in kindness rock gardens or in sculptures downtown, ladybugs make clear to passersby that they are a significant aspect of Franklin’s cultural fabric. "

Continue reading ->  https://franklinpanthers.us/entertainment/2021/10/29/history-of-franklin-the-ladybug-story/

One of the Ladybugs around Franklin is at the Library
One of the Ladybugs around Franklin is at the Library


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Community Preservation Committee meeting - 10/05/21 (audio)

FM #621 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 621 in the series. 


This shares the Community Preservation Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid mode; committee members present were in the Council Chambers, along with some public participants and the Town Administration staff. Others were able to via the Zoom conference bridge. 


Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are in the show notes. The meeting recording runs about eighteen minutes (~:18) .  Let’s listen to the Community Preservation Committee  meeting for Oct 5


** Audio file -> 
https://player.captivate.fm/episode/8e68f1b2-859f-4b5a-870a-2e76c745f1e7


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Meeting agenda  (including connection info) ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2021-10-05_cpc_agenda_1_0.pdf 


My notes captured via Twitter and shared here

  • Getting ready for the Community Preservation committee meeting at 7 PM #cpc1005

  • Meeting opens, motion to approve minutes for three prior meetings, seconded, passes (# to be confirmed) #cpc1005

  • Discussion on public hearing to gather project ideas, possible Dec time frame, no application yet for projects or funding, anticipate to follow the budget process and then see what the match is available for projects available #cpc1005

  • Two week notice on lead time for public hearing, Attny Cerel is the CPC Chair for Medway. Staff needs to put form together. Recommendation on two hearings, 4th and 18th of Jan, 2022. Meeting on Dec 7, 2021 would still be for prep. #cpc1005

  • Google form for ideas, submit anytime. Review during Dec 7, application form is separate to apply for funds. #cpc1005 Town Admin and staff will develop apps for town properties, application would be for private entities to apply

  • Could use the Feb meeting to review ideas and submissions. March possible for review of the combined listing of projects. Ideally FinCom in April would get review before the Town Council budget hearings and approval #cpc1005

  • Red brick project, recreation project one or two (i.e. Nason St. tot lot) #cpc1005 would be likely, committee should have town view on projects to consider along with whatever comes in from the 'public'

  • Catching up to the meeting ending with motion to adjourn.  An elapsed time of ~18 minutes. #cpc1005


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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/

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"

 


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Community Preservation Committee Meeting - Agenda - Oct 5, 2021

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
October 5, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd Floor, Council Chambers 355 East Central Street

Agenda:

1. Approval of Minutes for 9/21/21, 9/29/21 and 10/1/21.
2. Discussion on the following topics:
a. Schedule required public hearings
b. Development of the required Community Preservation Act Plan
c. Discussion on process, timeline and forms to solicit public input. 


 

cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum, a possible future project for CPC funds
cupola at the Franklin Historical Museum, a possible future project for CPC funds

Thursday, September 23, 2021

FM #609 - Community Preservation Committee Meeting - 09/21/21 (audio)

FM #609 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 609 in the series. 


This shares the Community Preservation Committee meeting that was held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021


The meeting was conducted in a hybrid mode; committee members present were in the Council Chambers, along with some public participants and the Town Administration staff. Others were able to via the Zoom conference bridge. 


Links to the meeting agenda and my notes are in the show notes. The meeting recording runs about fifty minutes (~50 mins).  Let’s listen to the Community Preservation Committee  meeting for Sep 21


** Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/083c2b2f-c461-41ca-8e6a-0e7a3c453b74



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Meeting agenda  (including connection info) ->

https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee/agenda/cpc-agenda-4 


My notes captured via Twitter and shared here in summary form

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/recap-community-preservation-committee.html 


--------------

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/

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!

------------------


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

 

Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Recap: Community Preservation Committee - historical tour scheduled, housing and zoning discussed

Quick Recap:
  • Tour of Red Brick and Historical Museum scheduled for Sep 29, Oct 1, formal agenda with details to be published soon to cover open meeting requirements
  • Update on 215 Prospect St with appraisal by town provided to owner/developer this week. They may accept or choose a 2nd view
  • Amy Love, Town Planner, provides update on housing plan as shared in this past summer's meeting
  • After roundabout discussion on zoning and development and affordable as a component of, meeting adjourns
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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live via the Zoom conference bridge.
 
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #cpc0921  
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cpc0921&src=typeahead_click  
 
Agenda doc (including connection info) ->
https://www.franklinma.gov/community-preservation-committee/agenda/cpc-agenda-4 
 
 
Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen
Questions on housing being answered by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Franklin, MA: Community Preservation Committee - Sep 21, 2021

Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
September 21, 2021 - 7:00 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd Floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street

Agenda:

1. Approval of Minutes for 6/17/21.
2. Historical Tours Dates Discussion
a. September 29th from 4-6PM at the Franklin Historical Museum and Red Brick Schoolhouse.
b. October 1st from 9-11 AM at the same venues.
3. Chapter 61A Update - 215 Prospect Street change of use.
4. Affordable Housing Update - Town Administration and Community Development and Planning Offices
a. Draft 2021 Housing Production Plan  (
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/preliminary_final_housing_production_plan_-_august_2021.pdf)
b. Affordable Housing Update   (
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/maht_december_14_2020.pdf)
c. 2020 Town Master Plan Update   (
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/uploads/masterplan_update_materials.pdf)

 


Franklin, MA: Community Preservation Committee - Sep 23, 2021
Franklin, MA: Community Preservation Committee - Sep 23, 2021

Thursday, November 7, 2019

“We live in the hub of the robotics universe”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The site of a long-vacant drug manufacturing plant on Otis Street is getting a new life.

Amazon.com Inc. announced plans on Wednesday to construct a $40 million Amazon Robotics Innovation Hub at the former AstraZeneca site at 50 Otis St. and bring 200 new jobs to town. The 35,000-square-foot facility will be in addition to the Amazon Robotics facility in North Reading that will together serve as the e-commerce giant’s epicenter of robotics innovation.

“We are going to completely re-do that site,” said Tye Brady, Amazon Robotics chief technologist, in a phone interview with the Daily News. “I can guarantee it’s going to be a world-class, state-of-the-art facility.”

The innovation hub will feature corporate offices, research and development labs and manufacturing space. The new location will allow Amazon Robotics to grow its engineering, manufacturing, support and test teams in the state. Crews will design, build, program and ship robots all under the same roof that will improve delivery speeds for customers around the world, said Brady."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20191106/amazon-to-build-robotics-innovation-hub-at-former-astrazeneca-site-in-westborough

This is good news. There are robotics groups in local schools. There is also the robotics group that has moved into the Red Brick School to utilize that facility for their robotics activities.

For more info about 4H Alarm Robotics 2079 visit their page   https://www.alarmrobotics.com/

The Alarm 2079 robotics team is a competitive high school robotics team
"The Alarm 2079 robotics team is a competitive high school robotics team"

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Town Council recap: Ag Commission, Fire Captain sworn in, robot enters the Chamber, Electric Youth perform

The Town Council meeting Wednesday was one of the most varied and entertaining meetings in a long time.

FSPA's Electric Youth sang a song as part of their annual visit before heading to their annual tour in Europe.


FSPA's Electric Youth sang a song as part of their annual visit
FSPA's Electric Youth sang a song as part of their annual visit

Fire Captain Darrell Griffin was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr


Fire Captain Darrell Griffin was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr
Fire Captain Darrell Griffin was sworn in by Town Clerk Teresa Burr

The Agriculture Commission presented an update on what they have done since they were formally approved last year.



The 4H Alarm Robotics Club presented an overview of their operation and educational mission. They will lease the Red Brick School as their base of operations in Franklin. They had been located in the old Thompson Printing building (until it was torn down) and recently in another location in Bellingham but wanting to return to Franklin.


After the Council approved of the lease arrangement, their robot entered the Chamber to deliver the pen for the signing ceremony. With some technical difficulty they did demonstrate the robots movements and capabilities along with how the team operated under pressure and recovered from problems.




My notes from the meeting can be found in the links here:


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Live reporting: Presentation - Red Brick Schoolhouse


8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS

b. Red Brick Schoolhouse

4H - First Robotics

A
Lot of
Awesome
Robot
Makers

Mansfield, Millis, Uxbridge, whole King Philip region

high school focuses on programing
this group does the mechanical as well
STEAM (science technology engineering art math)

coopetition (cooperative competition)
teaching real skills that are needed in the work place

did form in 2007, so have some experience over time

"the sport of the mind"

mutually beneficial to be here in Franklin and use the Red Brick School

senior mentors devote over 150 hours per year volunteering

a win-win for Franklin


Live Reporting: Presentation - Ag Commission


8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
a. Agricultural Commission

officially formed in 2018
5 person commission with 2 associates
diverse group; horses, eggs, vegetables, Farmers Market

screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)
screen grab of presentation copy (to be added later)

Ag Comm brochure
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/agcom_brochure.pdf

women farmers are 38% of the farmers in MA
MA leading country in farm to table movement

moving to smaller farms, hydroponics, etc.

working with local ag comms and other agencies and organizations in this arena

looking to help with MGL understanding to help the farmers and the community
farming is a little different

Franklin farms story map
https://townoffranklin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=89e4b7b4fae645cca1fc6c5645d9b0b6

Facebook page with current posts on events and info
newsletters on local farms

not much open space left, if you want it get it now
mapped chapter 61 land
http://townoffranklin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=cf4e63e0a95a49d0af7ea02525d34772

pollinator pastures to be piloted at Remington-Jefferson and Dacey Fields

looking to partner with the schools

re-look at the Community Preservation Act, maybe better late than never

Establish an Open Farm Day

20,000 to 80,000 in a hive and currently about 50 hives
1 1/2 to 2 hives per acres for a cranberry bog


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Franklin, MA: Town Council - Agenda - June 5, 2019

The published agenda and documents for the Franklin Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

You can also find the full set of documents in one PDF
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/town_council_agenda_6-5-19_0.pdf

(Note: where there are active links in the agenda item, it will take you to the associated document)

Agenda ItemSummary
Town Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting of June 5, 2019
1. ANNOUNCEMENTS
a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.
2. CITIZENS COMMENTS
a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda.  The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTESMeeting of May 8, 2019
4. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS
Electric Youth Performance

5. APPOINTMENTS
Swearing in of Fire Captain
6. HEARINGS
Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-837: Zoning Map Changes from General Residential V to Single Family Residential IV an Area on or Near West Central Street - 7:10 PM
7. LICENSE TRANSACTIONS
None
8. PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSIONS
a. Agricultural Commission
b. Red Brick Schoolhouse
9. SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS
a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
b. Budget Subcommittee
c. Economic Development Subcommittee
10. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
10a. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-36: Red Brick School: Declaration as Surplus and Available for Disposition (Leasing) and Authorization to Lease (Motion to approve Resolution 19-36 - Majority Vote (5))
10b. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-37: Acceptance of Gift - Veterans Services (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-37 - Majority Vote (5))
10c. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-38 Acceptance of Gift- Conservation Commission (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-38 - Majority Vote (5))
10d. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-39: Acceptance of Gift-Franklin Cultural Council (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-39 - Majority Vote (5))
10e. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-40: Appropriation of Cable Funds (Motion to Approve Resolution 19-40- Majority Vote (5))
10f. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-842 Zoning Bylaw Amendment -Changes to Chapter 185 section 40.D(3)(a) -Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 19-842- Majority Vote (5))
10g. LEGISLATION FOR ACTION
19-843: Bylaw Amendment- Chapter 25 Human Resource Management - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 19-843 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote (5))
11. TOWN ADMINISTRATORS REPORT
12. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
13. COUNCIL COMMENTS
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
None Scheduled
15. ADJOURN

Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - June 5, 2019
Franklin, MA: Town Council  - Agenda - June 5, 2019