Showing posts with label collaboration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label collaboration. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Listen to why you should "Escape to the Arts!" - ArtWALK Celebration June 11-12-13 (audio)

Franklin Public Radio ( features almost an hour of excitement bubbling from two separate interviews combined for easy listening. 

  • Nancy Schoen, Chair of the Franklin Cultural District talks of the forthcoming ArtWALK Celebration, how it started, what kinds of events there are scheduled. 
  • A panel discussion on bringing arts into a business and how to display the art features Melanie Hamblen, Christine Blue Lamb Toubeau, Laural Katsaros, and Walter Spencer.

The two interviews were edited together for broadcast on Wednesday at 9:00 AM, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 PM.

You can listen to the broadcast on the local Franklin area dial at 102.9 or anywhere with an internet browser at

If you miss the broadcast hour, you can also find the interviews on you favorite podcast app by looking for "Franklin Matters Radio"
or listen here:
Listen to why you should "Escape to the Arts!" - ArtWALK Celebration June 11-12-13 (audio)
Listen to why you should "Escape to the Arts!" - ArtWALK Celebration June 11-12-13 (audio)

Sunday, January 31, 2021

50+ Jobseekers Networking Program - February Events

We are excited to offer a wide range of programming including interactive workshops [3 options offered], follow-up networking sessions, 1-1 speed coaching, exciting guest speakers and panel events.
February is packed with programming! Mark your calendar! Be sure to visit our website for additional details.
Interactive Workshop Series: Learn new Job Search Skills and Strategies
  • Session #2-Create your STARS: Mon, Feb 1st: 630-830pm: 
  • Session #3-Use your STARS: Tues Feb 9th: 10-12N
  • Session #3-Use your STARS: Fri Feb 12th: 1-3pm
  • Session #3-Use your STARS: Mon Feb 15th: 630-830pm
  • Session #4-Creating your Resume-Part I: Tues Feb 23rd:10-12N
G2G Networking Sessions: Session Recap-Homework-Networking-Open Forum Q&A
  • Networking Session #2: Tues Feb 2nd: 10-1130am 
  • Networking Session #3: Tues Feb 16th 10-1130am
Special Events Series: Guest Speakers and Panel Events
  • 50+ Job Seekers Community Forum: Fri Feb 5th: 10-11am [In Collaboration w/EOEA**]
  • Finding Resiliency and Resources: Thu Feb 11th: 10-12N [In collaboration with EBN **]
  • Age-Friendly Employer Forum - Panel Event Wed Feb 24th[In collaboration with EBN **]
  • GUEST SPEAKER-Nancy Collamer: Hot Small Business and Gig Ideas: Thu Feb 25th::10-1130am
If you are registered with the 50+ program, you will receive a URL to join the events.

Not registered?  Register at our website


Ed Lawrence
* 50+ Program - Group Leader
* Resume-writer for the Framingham Public Library
* Principal coach -
50+ Jobseekers Networking Program - February Events
50+ Jobseekers Networking Program - February Events

Saturday, January 30, 2021

“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston

"As is the case with so many of Boston’s beloved destinations, it’s hard not to think about the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and get a little bummed out. All the celebrations that would normally take place in its giant shadow, like the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectaculars, the BSO performances, and all the free-to-all concerts held there every year, have been canceled. One of the loudest publicly-accessible outdoor spaces in the city has gone quiet, and dark.

But a new month long public art project slated to take over the Hatch Shell this winter will change all that, and in the process, give Bostonians something they have no doubt been craving of late: something cool to do outside.

Beginning later this month, the stage will host what the Esplanade Association is calling a “four week illumination and sound experience.” Called Hatched: Breaking through the silence, it will include laser-projected animations that will fill the 40-foot-tall arch, as well as music that can be played through smartphones and portable speakers.

It debuts on January 22, and viewings will last 15 minutes and run every 20 minutes from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night through February 21. It’s free to all, and the Hatch Shell’s lawn will be open to anyone who wants to see the show up close while keeping a safe distance apart."
Continue reading the article online
Shared from Twitter:
“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston
“Four Week Illumination and Sound Experience” - Hatch Shell, Boston (Rendering via the MF Dynamics)

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Inside the deal: "There was still one important person to persuade: the president"

From the New York Times:
"A week before Thanksgiving, a small group of moderate senators gathered in the spacious living room of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s home on Capitol Hill to embark on what they considered an urgent assignment.

They were there — eating Tuscan takeout as they sat socially distanced, with the windows open to let the cold air circulate as a coronavirus precaution — to talk about how to get the Senate, polarized and paralyzed on nearly every issue, working again.

They were also determined to find a way to deliver a more immediate kind of relief, brainstorming how to break a monthslong partisan stalemate over providing a new round of federal aid to millions of Americans and businesses buckling under the economic weight of the coronavirus pandemic."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

And given the late news that the President is signaling that he would not to sign the bill as drafted after saying he would, we wait. That doesn't take away from the story. The story on how to broker a deal via compromise and collaboration still is a good message on what works for rational folks.

Friday, November 27, 2020

A Most Worthy Read: "We walked up to the edge — and did not jump"

Via Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) :
"This wondrous piece by my friend ⁦@MollyMcKew⁩ is simply the best description of where we've been, and where we must now go. Poetry, prose and truth.  Read this and be thankful we've stepped back from the edge."  
We walked up to the edge — and did not jump
A Thanksgiving message, part 1 = by Molly McKew

"I’ve spent these past weeks with breath held, fingers crossed, afraid to look away, but also afraid not to. To just put all this down for a minute, and take a breath, and look up, out, see again the horizon and the sense of movement toward it that has always defined the expansive land and spirit of America. 

America is a constantly morphing and adaptive idea. But fundamentally we are still, as we have always been, a nation of madness. Mostly good madness — but madness still. 

The people who would build this nation must have been mad to seek where there be dragons — to cross storm-riven seas, arrive on the shores of this wild and magical land, and embrace the idea of living in the haunted wilderness to have the chance — just a chance — of shaping something new. Something removed from the mental and physical confinements of history. 

In that time of wilderness, each one of us here was a zealot of some cause — a zealot of gods, commerce, ideas, quests, adventures. We came here running from things, or toward others. And this strange amalgamated zealotry was somehow integral to our survival, the good and bad forces that shaped us in their conflict. A core belief that old rules didn’t apply. That the frontier could be pushed ever outward. That we could survive against the odds. And that always, always, the sins of the past could be overcome by achieving a righteous future."

Continue reading the article online =

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

"want to be prepared to move ahead once the disease threat recedes"

From the Boston Globe, an article of interest to Franklin
"Democratic governors in the Northeast — as well as Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker — and along the West Coast on Monday announced separate state compacts to coordinate one of their biggest challenges in the weeks to come: How to begin reopening society amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The governors made separate announcements just hours after President Trump said on Twitter that it was his decision to decide when to “open up the states."

The governors did not announce specific plans on how to scale back stay-at-home orders or reopen businesses. Instead, both groups said they would coordinate those decisions while first considering the health of residents. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said it could take time."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Gov Charlie Baker spoke during a media availability at the State House to discuss updates relating to COVID-19 on Monday in Boston, MA.Nancy Lane
Gov Charlie Baker spoke during a media availability at the State House to discuss updates relating to COVID-19 on Monday in Boston, MA.Nancy Lane

The "What Trump Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law" is a worthy and timely listen. Law Professor Elizabeth Joh discusses the separation of powers between the President and the States. Our current president may say anything he wants, but as we have heard, not all of it is actually true.   
"During a health crisis, what is the government allowed to do? As the novel coronavirus spreads across America, there have been closures and lockdowns across the country. In this episode, we look to history to understand who has the power to quarantine, and how the office of the president can be used to slow down a pandemic."

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Melanie Hamblen says "Thank you!"

Via Facebook post by Melanie Hamblen:
"This was amazing. Thank you everyone for participating. Together we can stomp out the stigma of addiction and support our community. 
Jen Knight of the SAFE Coalition and I picked out 21 games at Pete's Nerd Emporium Wowza! Thank you Franklin!"

With collaboration among the #ShopFranklin business like this, here is a good reason to visit both establishments (if you haven't already).

Jen Knight of the SAFE Coalition and I picked out 21 games at Pete's Nerd Emporium Wowza! Thank you Franklin!
Jen Knight of the SAFE Coalition and I picked out 21 games at
Pete's Nerd Emporium Wowza! Thank you Franklin!
close up on the games selected, quite a variety!
close up on the games selected, quite a variety!
The Facebook post can be found

The challenge ran from Nov 24 to Dec 8

For more information about the work of the SAFE Coalition

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Franklin Cultural District Meeting - June 19

The Franklin Cultural District Committee has completed the cultural district application and has recently submitted it to the state for approval.The committee would like to invite you to our first quarterly partnership meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:30 PM in the Franklin Senior Center.

At this meeting will present an overview of our work to date and also share several exciting possibilities for the future. We look forward to working together to promote the arts and the economic growth of downtown Franklin.

Please join us on June 19th!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Senator Spilka Hosts Social Emotional Learning Discussion on Jan 17, 2017 in Ashland

Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) will host a discussion of social and emotional learning (SEL) and possible models for implementation in MetroWest schools and communities.

Social and emotional learning – defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” – is increasingly recognized as the key to success, in school and beyond, for children of all backgrounds. Join Senator Spilka and CASEL senior consultant Ruth Cross to learn about the importance of SEL and ways to bring these strategies to MetroWest students.

Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland)
Ruth Cross, Senior SEL Consultant, CASEL

Discussion of social and emotional learning and a model for district-wide SEL implementation

January 17, 2017
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Warren Conference Center and Inn
Warren House Telechron Room
529 Chestnut Street, Ashland

This event is free and open to the public; attendees must RSVP via Eventbrite.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

To learn more about SEL, visit
To learn more about Ruth Cross, visit
To learn more about CASEL, visit

Monday, October 19, 2015

"a partnership-based program with cities and towns"

The article does not reference it but this may be the kind of deal that Franklin is part of to bring the joint emergency dispatch center to reality. 

There is not much money attached to Gov. Charlie Baker's "Community Compacts" program, but local officials who have signed on say it may help in other ways. 
The push for the agreements, which encourage the towns to adopt "best practices" in return for state support, has seen results in MetroWest and the Milford area - Ashland, Marlborough and Medway have signed the compacts, while Natick, Upton, Mendon and Hopkinton are listed as considering the pacts. Forty-one communities statewide have signed on to the program.


Medway Town Administrator Michael Boynton said his town pledged in September to improve communication within the community. 
"It's about doing more outreach," he said. "We want to be more interactive, and use social media, the Web and video." 
Though the town could pursue greater outreach on its own, Boynton said he believed the state's expertise on these matters would help Medway achieve its goal. 
"I think, while you can always do anything on your own, there's certainly a benefit to partnering with the state," he said.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"It's a really nice collaboration"

You may recall that the Dave Matthews Band was helping the Food Pantry. How much help did they provide?
This year, Lynch said, the pantry convinced Reverb to invite Hoffmann Farm, run by Nick Hoffmann, who started his community-supported agriculture program anew in 2012 after moving to Franklin from New Braintree. 
At the show last Saturday, the pantry and the farm had two booths set up in the concourse. The pantry collected more than 500 pounds of food and $2,400 to purchase produce from Hoffmann. 
And both were able to get some exposure, as thousands of people attended the show.
You can read the full article in the Milford Daily News here

The prior article on the Dave Matthew Band and the Food Pantry

What will the $2,400 be used for?
The Food Pantry already purchases some Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares from Hoffman Farms to provide fresh produce to our neighbors. These funds will either add to this program for this year or next year. The Hoffman Farm is located on Daniels St in Franklin.

Hoffman Farm, Daniels St - Franklin
Hoffman Farm, Daniels St - Franklin
For more about the Franklin Food Pantry, you can visit their webpage

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"you need to learn how to disagree without being disagreeable"

In this 12 minute video clip, John Perry Barlow says:

the internet is enabling the possibility of collective human thought
it was going to be a difficult road
it was going to question every system of authority

political process, you need each other
you need to learn how to disagree without being disagreeable
all politics is local

it is possible to see the future where money didn't matter in an election

the internet has made it practically impossible to govern something like the nation

we have to use the same mechanism where we ran a campaign from the bottom to run the government from the bottom

A worthy lesson given the recent events around the override vote

Note: email subscribers will need to click through to Franklin Matters to view the video clip.

Franklin, MA

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Crowd sourcing real time data

What does that mean?
What would you do if you heard a giant boom and you didn't know where it came from? If you're like thousands of people in Portland, Oregon, you might hit Twitter and Google Maps to participate in the city-wide exploration of a slightly frightening mystery. Last night at about 8 p.m., people in a big part of the city felt their windows shake and no one could tell them what caused it.
Some folks in Portland, OR collaborated to combine their Tweets with updates to a Google Map and help to pin point a city park where the explosion seemed to originate. The police, also following on Twitter, checked out the park and did find remains of a bomb.

Read the full post including detailed maps and screen shots here

Franklin, MA

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"a coherent answer"

At first, the silence in the room was deafening. Then, gasps and questions came flying out. “Hey, Jason’s typing on MY screen.” Then, “Whoa. There’s a chat box. Are we ALLOWED to use that?!?!” After the first five minutes, the students figured out that they were supposed to work together to answer the question that I provided. I was amazed. I had not provided the students with a single verbal prompt or redirection, and they were using the tool to write a response together. Before I knew it, they had drafted a coherent answer to the question together. Their single response was much better than anything they had written individually all year.
How did this occur?
Etherpad is a free tool that allows users to collaborate in real real time. There’s no need to refresh your screen with Etherpad, it automatically updates every .5 seconds!
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