Showing posts with label accident. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accident. Show all posts

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Franklin Police: Crash with property damage under investigation

"The Franklin Police Department is currently investigating an incident at roughly 10:43 PM November 9, with a Jordan Road resident reporting that a Ford F450 truck had crashed into her garage, damaging that structure and a vehicle within that garage.

The driver of the truck was immediately transported to a nearby hospital, treated and released. Although the investigation is ongoing and not yet completed, charges are anticipated.

The suspect driver is a sworn member of the Franklin Police Department but was not on duty at the time of the incident. The officer is being placed on paid administrative leave by the Town Administrator. Further information will be released should charges be taken."

Copy of the Police Media Release ->

Franklin Police: Crash with property damage under investigation
Franklin Police: Crash with property damage under investigation

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In the News: "Lawmakers make plea for federal dollars"; 3 year old loses part of leg in accident

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin: 

"Dozens of lawmakers want the Baker administration to act promptly to aid workers who missed out on up to $1,800 in additional benefits because of “arbitrary” and “punitive” eligibility requirements.

More than 110 legislators, almost all Democrats and no Republicans, wrote to Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta on Thursday, urging her to work with the House and Senate to raise the state’s minimum unemployment benefit payments so all recipients can access a pool of federal aid.

A small but unclear number of Bay State residents facing major economic strain fell just short of qualifying for the temporary Lost Wages Assistance federal program, lawmakers say, blocking off additional aid that could help them survive the pandemic’s continuing upheaval."

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"Sarah Reardon “got the kind of phone call that no parent ever wants to get.”

She was unpacking boxes on Aug. 22 at her new home in Franklin while her two daughters, Alexa, 6, and Abigail, 3, stayed at their father’s home in Lakeville for a few days. That Saturday, she received a hysterical call from her children’s father riding in the back of an ambulance.

Abigail had been backed over by a riding lawn mower.

He told her the ambulance was on its way toward Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, which had the closest Level 1 Trauma center." 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Live reporting: Legislation for Action

a. Capital Budget Subcommittee
nothing now, will be getting going soon

b. Budget Subcommittee

c. Economic Development Subcommittee
preliminary discussion this evening, next meeting Dec 12 at 5:45

d. Town Administrator Search Committee
to be updated in another portion of the agenda
Resolution 18-65: Conditional Offer of Town Administrator Position to Current Deputy Town Administrator (Motion to Approve Resolution 18-65- Majority Vote (5))

Kelly - Chair of search committee
none of the applicants were from Franklin
(audio recording of the meeting is available and has been posted here previously)

recap of items mentioned during subcommittee meeting

Pellegri - ditto to everything Kelly said
assistants need to be developed for these roles

Hamblen - we're looking for a candidate with the best qualifications to fulfill the spot, Jamie gets Franklin, he has been around, volunteering even on the decoration effort recently

Jones - there is a logical path, some sense for what we do. When he was hired three years ago, he has worked closely with us, this is a person who is ready willing and able to make Franklin better. 

Padula - you have to earn this job, we are absolutely spoiled with the best in Jeff Nutting, people want to emulate Franklin, applaud this search committee for making this decision. He has a great attitude, he gets it. He has been on a three year job interview. I think we are through that and he fits the bill for us. I want this because he will make our job easier.

Dellorco - commend you for making this decision, it wasn't handed to him. He has got to be the best guy, I have been on the council 8 years, and I never call Jeff anymore, I call Jamie.

Earls - I have been impressed with his professionalism and wide range of experience; apprenticeship the last three years

Mercer - on the search committee this gave me some insights to what is out there. Three years ago, I was part of the committee that has hired Hellen. He has been mentored by the best and has done a great job. I am looking for someone who cares. Jamie cares about the community.

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0
via roll call 

Jamie does have some 'prepared' remarks

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-821: Zoning Map Changes On Or Near Plain Street, Pond Street, and Palomino Drive - 1st Reading (Motion to Move Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-821 to a 2nd Reading-Majority Vote (5))

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-822: Changes to §185-20. Signs - Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-822 to the Planning Board - Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to planning board, seconded, passed 9-0

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-823: Changes To Sign District Regulations - Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-823 to the Planning Board- Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to planning board, seconded, passed 9-0

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-824: Changes to Sign District Overlay Map- Referral to the Planning Board (Motion to Refer Zoning Bylaw Amendment 18-824 to the Planning Board- Majority Vote (5))

motion to waive reading, seconded, passed 9-0
motion to refer to planning board, seconded, passed 9-0

Bylaw Amendment 18-825: Chapter 47, Alcoholic Beverages- 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-825 to a 2nd Reading - Majority Vote (5))

effectively a modification to the existing bylaw to enable THE BLACK BOX and other entertainment establishments to apply for an annual liquor license without having to do the single license per event that they have been doing.

motion to move to 2nd reading, seconded, passed 9-0

Bylaw Amendment 18-828: Fees Bylaw Changes- 1st Reading (Motion to Move Bylaw Amendment 18-828 to a 2nd Reading- Majority Vote (5))

a series of tweaks based upon feedback and items just missed previously, adding a fee waiver for Beaver St Recycling for those who qualify by income

motion to move to 2nd reading, seconded, passed 9-0

L-R Attny Mark Cerel, Deputy Admin Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator Jeff Nutting
L-R Attny Mark Cerel, Deputy Admin Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator Jeff Nutting

Sunday, August 27, 2017

“A lot of these issues have to do with congestion”

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

"MetroWest in recent years has become an economic hub home to numerous global corporations and businesses. 
The large corporations bring increased tax revenue for local communities and much-needed jobs, but also more commuters and traffic congestion to the area’s main thoroughfare – Interstate 495. 
“The congestion has increased dramatically the past 15 years,” said Stephanie Hirshon, executive director of the MetroWest/495 Transportation Management Association. 
With more congestion comes more car crashes, said Hirson and Milford Fire Chief William Touhey."

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

In the News: superintendent search, 4 legs to stand on, Franklin motorcycle driver crashes

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

"The Franklin School District hopes to finish its search for a new superintendent early next year. 
The School Committee held its first work session Tuesday with the firm it has hired to conduct the process, and set a tentative schedule for its search. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said he was pleased with the results of the initial session, but the district must move quickly. 
"We are competing for candidates with other school districts," he said. "We have to feel that pressure."

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Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

"A local group dedicated to fighting the opioid abuse crisis will be taking an unusual tack of spreading its message: by putting on a show. 
The Support for Addicts and Families through Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition will be hosting a theater production of "Four Legs to Stand On," which dramatizes the struggles that the epidemic presents. The show will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Black Box theater."

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"A 56-year-old Franklin man riding a motorcycle was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a three-vehicle crash on a busy part of South Main Street.
The crash, reported at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, involved three vehicles – a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle, a 2004 Toyota Corolla and a 2002 Cadillac Seville.
One of the sedans was traveling north on the street and was attempting to take a left into McDonalds. The other sedan, traveling in the opposite direction, stopped to allow the opposing vehicle to turn, according to Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin."

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

In the News: DARE camp, crash victim ID'd, Historical Commissions to meet

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

"Children attending the Franklin DARE summer camp got an unexpected treat on Thursday - a visit from a Massachusetts State Police helicopter. 
The helicopter arrived shortly after noon, touching down at Meadowlark Field as the campers eagerly waited. After the landing, state police troopers Ron Baker and Tim Foley spoke to the campers, answering questions they had about their unit."

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"Police have identified the man killed in a Thursday morning crash on Rte. 495 as a 23-year-old Rhode Island resident. 
Zachary R. Lemir, of Warwick, Rhode Island, died as the result of a single-vehicle crash at around 6 a.m. that day, according to the Massachusetts State Police. The incident occurred north of Exit 17 on Rte. 495 northbound. 
According to police, Lemir's 1997 Ford F-150 pickup went off the highway and into the woods."

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"The Franklin Historical Commission will host a reception for area historical commissions on Aug. 7. 
Commission members from Wrentham, Norfolk, Medway, Bellingham, Millis, Foxborough, Plainville and Blackstone have been invited to participate in a meet and greet reception at the Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St., Franklin."

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Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

Friday, May 20, 2016

In the News: 4th of July schedule, Franklin man run over in Easton

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"The Franklin 4th of July Celebration will run from June 28 to July 4. 
Some of the highlights this year will include a laser light show with 3-D glasses and sound at 10 p.m. July 2. Earlier that day, at noon, the usual Children's Parade will take place, and children's entertainment will follow at 1 p.m. 
A Celebration Parade will begin at 2 p.m. July 3."

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will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!
will the spinning apple ride return this year? We'll see!
The full 4th of July Scheduled of events:

"A 44-year-old Franklin man was injured when he was struck by a car while working in a manhole on Foundry Street in Easton about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. 
Watch the report 
At about 10:23 a.m., Suzanne Omansky, 72, called 911 to report she had run over Thomas Hannan as she pulled into her assigned parking spot in the Landsdowne Village apartment complex at 41 Foundry St. (Route 106), near Route 138."
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the News: i495 accident, 2800 on bus this year

A crash between a car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 495 sent the driver to the hospital via medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries Tuesday, state police officials say. 
The crash, which occurred sometime after 11 a.m. just prior to exit 17, shut down all three southbound lanes of the highway, reducing traffic to just the breakdown lane for about two and a half hours. 
The driver of a 2002 Toyota Echo, a 25-year-old from Brockton, was taken to a Rhode Island hospital via medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries and a 22-year-old passenger was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, state police spokesman David Procopio said. The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured.
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About 2,800 students will be taking the bus to school this year and nearly 70 percent of them will pay for the privilege, the School Committee was told Tuesday night. 
Business Administrator Miriam Goodman said the district will be hauling approximately 2,800 students on 31 buses. A total of 51 students are on a waiting list. 
"Twenty-one of them are at the high school level - the high school buses are pretty full," she said, noting that 19 buses travel to the high school. "We're trying to get everyone on as quickly as possible and meet everyone's needs."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

BJ's Intersection

The improved signage for the intersection of Forge Parkway and West Central St has apparently reduced the number of traffic incidents. You may recall that for a period of time, the neighborhood was quite upset when  traffic signals were removed by the state. Several accidents occurred some of them with significant injury. Franklin worked with MassDOT to improve the stop signs at the intersection.

In my own use of the intersection, it seems much better behaved than the 'wild west' it used to be.

early warning stop sign ahead
early warning stop sign ahead

stop sign has blinking lights all around the edge
stop sign has blinking lights all around the edge

the intersection is a wide one with good views
the intersection is a wide one with good views

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In the News: ruled accidental, still in shock, invasive plants

The Norfolk District Attorney said that preliminary autopsy results show the deaths of two children trapped in a cedar chest were accidental. 
The statement also confirms that the chest manufactured by the Lane Furniture Co. of Altavista, Va, on July 13, 1939 had been recalled because of an unsafe locking mechanism.

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Still in shock over the loss of her daughter’s best friend, Dawn Powers kept repeating how Lexi and Sean Munroe were the "best kids a parent could ask for."
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Botanists with the New England Wild Flower Society have not found any trace of two of the more troublesome invasive plant species thought to have been present at the new DelCarte recreation park. 
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In the News: motorcycle accident, rail trail

All three travel lanes on Interstate-495 south near Exit 26 are closed after a motorcycle accident, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Work on the final one-mile section of the Upper Charles Rail Trail, to connect the existing five miles of trail in town, is progressing and should be completed within the next 18 months.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life changing on Washington St

A pleasant scene. Could almost be anywhere.

Yet, it is here in Franklin along Washington St.

Running by this area on Sunday morning I was concerned to see a road side shrine and the familiar markings of an accident investigation. The flowers were fresh so it had to be recent. So recent that it hadn't made the newspapers yet. (Milford Daily News put a story online at 11:30 AM, and updated the details around 7:30 PM Sunday)

The Franklin Police logs did record the accident as multiple vehicles (2 were towed away) with a fatality involved. Saturday morning at 11:17 AM there were multiple 911 calls to report the accident.

There is a story or two inside the police report yet to be known. One or more families lives were changed suddenly on Saturday morning with the death and the aftermath....

The Milford Daily News article can be found here

A form of this was originally published on Steve's 2 Cents

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

In the News - accident, Chronicle, Chilson Beach

DA identifies woman who died on I-495

WCVB's 'Chronicle' coming to Franklin on Wednesday

Franklin, MA

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Franklin, MA: Police alert - injured officer status

I saw helicopters circling above i495 earlier today and couldn't find out what was up. Now this Franklin Police alert fills in the details.


On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 11:30 am Franklin Police Officers responded to a report of a police officer that had been struck by a motor vehicle while on paid detail duty at the intersections of King Street and Route 495 in Franklin. The suspect vehicle described by witnesses as a small red car fled the scene leaving the officer, 25 year police veteran Edward Clifford on the roadway. Franklin Firefighters were luckily on scene and immediately rendered first aid to Officer Clifford. Clifford was transported by Franklin Fire to the Milford Whitinsville Regional Hospital for injuries suffered. His condition is good as he was released and is recovering at this time at home.
Witness accounts of the accident and subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Ari C. Cunard, age 25 of 301 Union Street apartment 220 in Franklin for the offenses of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Operating a Motor Vehicle so as to Endanger the Lives and Safety of the Public. Cunard was located at her home address and subsequent to questioning by Franklin Police Officers admitted to having been the operator of the suspect motor vehicle, a 2006 Red Chevrolet Cobalt Massachusetts registration 698ES6. The suspect vehicle was located in the rear parking area of 301 Union Street where Ari Cunard resides. Ari Cunard was booked for the above listed offenses and held in the Franklin Station until released on bail for appearance in the Wrentham District Court on Wednesday the 4th of August.

Updated: 8/8/10
Boston Herald says Ari has a record:


Note: The police officers working on details are working on their own personal time earning extra money and money for Franklin. Franklin charges the contractors for the detail services which covers the cost of the police officers time, plus. This information has been confirmed in prior budget meeting discussions with police and town personnel.

Franklin, MA

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"you have to live with that for the rest of your life"

Posted Jan 24, 2009 @ 12:05 AM


In any police department, reconstructing a fatal accident requires using technical gadgets, solving complex mathematical equations, capturing hundreds of images from the accident scene, and "good old-fashioned" practices like taking measurements and gathering witness testimony.

Their detective works yields minute details - such as how many seconds it takes a pedestrian to cross the street, a car's speed, objects the drivers perceived, response time, whether someone used their brakes or cut around a corner too quickly.

Yesterday afternoon, Lt. Thomas Lynch and Officers Rick Grover and David Gove explained the ABC's of reconstructing fatal and serious car wrecks, as they completed the final leg of investigating the accident that killed beloved teacher Palma Johnson Dec. 12.

Read the full article to understand the attention to detail that is involved in accident reconstruction.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

In the new - Washington St accident, China protest, immigrant legal advice

Man killed in crash

By Joyce Kelley/Daily News staff

A 49-year-old Rhode Island man driving an 18-wheel tractor trailer died in a crash on Washington Street yesterday morning, police said.

Police declined to identify the man or his hometown until his relatives are notified, said Lt. Thomas Lynch. No one else was involved or injured in the accident, he said.

The man was dead when police arrived at the accident near 890 Washington St., in front of Temple Etz Chaim about 11:15 a.m., said Lynch. A driver behind the truck saw the accident and alerted police, he said.

The truck snapped two utility poles in half, said Fire Captain James Klich.

"We don't know exactly what happened, but ... it took out three utility poles," Lynch said.

Read the remainder of the article here


Human Rights group to use Marathon route to protest

By Michael Morton/Daily News staff

Three weeks before the Boston Marathon grabs the world's attention, a group alarmed by China's alleged human rights abuses plans to use the same Hopkinton-to-Boston route to publicize its cause: protesting this summer's Olympic Games.

"We believe the Olympic Games represent something universal and good," said Steve Gigliotti, the Massachusetts spokesman for the Human Rights Torch Relay. "The Olympics and human rights violations cannot coexist within China."

Seeking to expose alleged abuses ahead of the games, protest supporters lit a torch in Athens, Greece, in August and have since carried it to Europe, South America and Australia. The group has chosen Boston and its Marathon route to introduce its initiative to the United States and North America.

"Boston symbolizes the birthplace of freedom and liberty in the U.S.," Gigliotti said. "We decided it was a nice fit."

While he will have help carrying the torch, triathlete and marathoner Paul Guzzi, who lives in Franklin and works in Wellesley, will run the entire 26-mile route for the March 30 event. He volunteered after being told of abuses in China by his mother, who practices Falun Gong's tenets and became involved with the torch effort.

Read the remainder of the article here.


Rocky road to citizenship

By Joyce Kelly/Daily News staff

Immigration lawyer Chris Lavery sees the problem too often: an employer who hasn't paid his illegal worker for four months. Lavery has to tell the illegal immigrant what the law says: they have no recourse.

"I'd like to see some sort of cure for that," he said, responding to Librarian Margaret Ellis' question about what immigration issue he'd like to see examined during elections.

Ellis invited Lavery to speak about modern immigration law to draw out the theme in "Dark Tide," by Stephen Puleo, a non-fiction book that she urges the whole town to read.

"The book deals with immigration in the early part of the 20th century. I wanted to (see) how different is immigration today? In some ways, it's the same, just a different group of people," Ellis said.

Read the remainder of the article here.